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  1. Northern California doctor suspected of child sex abuseRead the original story

    Jul 6, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    A Northern California doctor has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abusing eight minors, some of whom were his patients. Redding police said Thursday that Dr. Benjamin Shettell has been booked on suspicion of sexually abusing victims ranging in age from six to 17, and they expect more may come forward.


  2. Surgeon charged with child rape gets $6.45 million bailRead the original story

    Jun 28, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    A judge has set bail at $6.45 million for a Northern California brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children. Prosecutors had opposed bail for Dr. James Kohut, saying the neurologist is a public danger who recruits women to help find child victims.


  3. Jerry Nelson, astronomer who built advanced telescopes, diesRead the original story

    Jun 22, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, has died in California. He was 73. The University of California, Santa Cruz, where Nelson was a professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, says he died June 10 at his home.


  4. Surgeon charged with child sex abuse suspected for yearsRead the original story

    Jun 19, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Northern California prosecutors say a brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children had been suspected of molesting youngsters for years and sought to impregnate women to create more victims. The Santa Cruz district attorney's office made those allegations in court papers filed Friday arguing against bail.


  5. California brain surgeon pleads not guilty to sex chargesRead the original story

    May 26, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    A California brain surgeon pleaded not guilty Friday to 10 felony charges accusing him of sexually assaulting two boys and a girl under 14 years old as part of a child sex ring with seven victims. James Kohut entered the plea in a Santa Cruz County court, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported .


  6. 3rd suspect named in doctor, nurse child sex caseRead the original story

    May 17, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    The third suspect arrested in a Northern California child abuse case involving a brain surgeon and a nurse has been identified as a 29-year-old Arizona nurse. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports Wednesday court documents show Emily Joy Stephens was arrested May 12 in Tucson, Arizona on six felony child sex abuse charges involving three children under the age of 10 and three children under 14. Stephens is accused along with Dr. James Kohut, who was arrested Sunday at his home in Santa Cruz, and nurse Rashel Brandon, arrested May 9 in nearby Watsonville.


  7. Brain surgeon, nurse charged with child sex crimesRead the original story

    May 15, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports Dr. James Kohut was arrested Sunday at his home in Santa Cruz in cases involving a child under the age of 10 and a child under 14. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and is being held without bail. Watsonville police Capt.


  8. Pioneering computer scientist Harry Huskey dies at 101Read the original story

    Apr 21, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    One of the last surviving members of the team that created the pioneering ENIAC computer in the 1940s has died. Harry Huskey was 101.


  9. Feds detain prostitute who gave Google exec fatal drug shotRead the original story

    Apr 3, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Federal immigration officials have detained a California prostitute after she completed a jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the accidental heroin overdose of a Google executive she was entertaining aboard his yacht. Santa Cruz sheriff's officials confirmed Monday that they turned over 30-year-old Alix Tichelman to the custody of Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on the morning she completed her sentence and was released from jail on March 29. The Santa Cruz Sentinel, citing court records, says Tichelman holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.


  10. UC sexual misconduct files show faculty resigned, retiredRead the original story

    Mar 9, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    An associate UCLA professor who pursued a student until she was afraid to attend classes paid the university $7,500 in lieu of suspension. At UC Irvine, a dean accused of sexually harassing a co-worker agreed to take a demotion and stayed on as a teacher.


  11. Feds deny duping California police into immigration raidRead the original story

    Feb 23, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Federal immigration officials pushed back hard against the assertion that they had duped the Santa Cruz, California, police department into helping them make immigration arrests during a raid on an El Salvador-based gang. They also denied that the aggressive immigration approach of President Donald Trump's administration had anything to do with their plans or actions.


  12. The Latest: Feds deny deceiving police in California raidRead the original story

    Feb 23, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Federal immigration officials are firmly denying that they misled a local police force in California in a raid targeting an El Salvador-based gang. Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel had said Thursday that Department of Homeland Security officials lied when they assured them that a Feb. 13 joint operation in the region would not include immigration-related arrests.


  13. Teen Murderer Again Denied ParoleRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Behind bars nearly 30 years now for the grisly murder of his girlfriend, 19 at the time, a former Tuolumne County teen may not ever walk free if her family and county officials can help it. As many were enjoying happier times on Valentine's Day just about a week ago, Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg and Yvette Stagno's immediate family members were embarked on a mission of the heart after receiving a notice that the state's Board of Parole Hearings was on that day considering whether or not to release her killer, Cheyenne Knox.


  14. Former student settles assault claim in CaliforniaRead the original story

    Feb 1, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    A former University of California, Santa Cruz student who claims she was raped by a professor has settled her claim against the University of California Regents for $1.15 million for what she claims was its failure to address previous allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence by the professor. Luz Portillo, 24, said she came forward in hopes of helping other women who might be in the same or a similar situation.


  15. Former student settles assault claim against UC Santa CruzRead the original story

    Feb 1, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    The University of California Regents have agreed to pay a former student $1.15 million to settle her claim that the University of California, Santa Cruz failed to address previous claims of sexual harassment and violence by a professor. Her attorney, John Kristensen, says the university knew for years that the professor was a sexual predator.


  16. Frampton meets Santa Cruz in title rematchRead the original story

    Jan 27, 2017 | My Mother Lode

    Two things have changed since Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz staged a thrilling featherweight title fight last July in New York. Frampton won a majority decision from Santa Cruz in their first fight, one so good the two men decided not to waste any time doing it again.


  17. Rare plant named after rock guitarist Jimi HendrixRead the original story

    Dec 15, 2016 | My Mother Lode

    This one is a stalky plant less than a foot tall with pinkish-white flowers that dies in summer and re-sprouts in fall. San Diego State University says a former graduate student, Mark Dodero, discovered the plant -- supposedly while listening to Hendrix's song "Voodoo Child."


  18. Nevada ski resort avalanche victim was California man, 64Read the original story

    Dec 13, 2016 | My Mother Lode

    The Washoe County coroner has identified the avalanche victim at a ski resort near Reno over the weekend as a 64-year-old California man who lived near Santa Cruz. The medical examiner's office said Tuesday the body of Thomas Barker of Aptos, California was found beneath the snow on Sunday at the Mt.


  19. A look at the BAE 146, the plane that crashed near MedellinRead the original story

    Nov 11, 2012 | My Mother Lode

    The plane type that crashed near Medellin, Colombia, is a short-haul aircraft that has been used to land in hard-to-access airports and is increasingly used in firefighting duties. Variants of the British Aerospace 146, or BAE 146, and a related model known as the Avro RJ have a maximum range of only about 1,700 nautical miles .


  20. Tamara Berg KCRA 3Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 26, 2016 | My Mother Lode

    "Both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties run from the east end of the central valley, up to the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Based on topogrophy, elevation changes, canyons, terrain, climate and incoming storm systems, the Mother lode creates good challenges for our weather team," said Berg.


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