Missing 88-year-old Rocklin man found

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Dennis Knibbs
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ROCKLIN, CA – A missing 88-year-old man was found Thursday after a volunteer search party discovered the man hidden off a walking trail in Rocklin.

According to the Rocklin Police Department, authorities and volunteers began searching for Dennis Knibbs at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, after he was reported missing the night before.

Joining in the search was the Rocklin Fire Department, fire and police volunteers, motorcycle officers, detectives, Placer County Sheriff’s and Placer County Mountain Rescue volunteers. There were sporadic sighting of Knibbs, but nothing materialized.

After hours of searching on Thursday at around 5:40 p.m., a volunteer from Placer County Mountain Rescue Team discovered Knibbs a few hundred feet away from a walking trail, in a thick, wooded portion of a greenbelt area. Apparently Knibbs had slipped and fell and was lying down, out of view.

Police officers and a Rocklin Fire engine company responded to the scene with emergency equipment to extract Knibbs from the area and transport him to a local hospital. Emergency crews had to use a chainsaw to clear a pathway through the trees for emergency equipment and additional personnel to reach him.

The Rocklin Police and Fire Departments wish to express our thanks to the dedicated volunteers of Placer County Mountain Rescue Team for their relentless efforts in locating and aiding in the rescuing of Knibbs, as well as those from our community who were very engaged on social media to help spread the word in our search efforts.

Rocklin Chief of Police said in a statement, “We are fortunate to have had the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team, as well as their Air Operations Unit. I also want to thank all of the people from our community who remained engaged on social media to help spread the word and locate Mr. Knibbs. Placer County really is an amazing place!”

Power outage and explosion rocks UC Berkeley

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BERKELEY, CA – The University of California at Berkley has been evacuated after a power outage and subsequent explosion rocked the campus Monday evening.

According to authorities a power outage hit the campus early Monday evening, causing classes to be canceled. Students were told to suspend activities and leave the campus. About a half-hour later there was an apparent ammonia leak in a room at Latimer Hall.

Then just before 7 p.m. there was an underground explosion and fire near California Hall, forcing a total evacuation.

A number of ambulances responded to the scene, but there was very little information available. There were several people who suffered minor injuries and one person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Fire crews were trying to free people trapped after the initial power outage. There were an estimated 20 people in dormitory elevators on the west side of the campus.

Vandals are being blamed for the blast after stealing copper grounding wire from an underground vault.

Officials are still trying to determine if the theft of copper is responsible for the other incidents.


Mariah Carey rushed to hospital after fall

mariah-miguel-beautifulNEW YORK, NY – Mariah Carey was hospitalized Sunday after taking a spill while filming a new music video.

While the aging pop-singer didn’t break a hip, she did dislocate her shoulder.

According to Carey’s reps, the singer was admitted to a hospital in New York after she injured her shoulder during the making of a new music video with rapper Young Jeezy.

Her shoulder was “reset” at the hospital and she is currently doing just fine, her rep said in a statement.

The 43-year-old singer was filming a remix version of “#Beautiful” when the mishap occurred. The video was being directed by her husband Nick Cannon.

While on the Today show Tuesday morning, Cannon said, “It was pretty serious. Not only did she dislocate her shoulder, she actually cracked a rib and … she chipped her shoulder bone.”nick-cannon

“She was in this nice, beautiful gown, heels on and everything, and was kind of on this platform and reached and slipped and fell on her whole side,” he explained.

Cannon went on to explain why he didn’t go to the hospital. According to Cannon, Carey insisted that he, “get back in there and finish that video!”

Carey returned to the taping after they bandaged her up, so they could finish the shoot.

The singer is still scheduled to perform Saturday with the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert, benefiting Superstorm Sandy victims.

Carey plans on releasing a new album later this year.

As for Cannon, he’s always got something going on over and above his hosting gig on America’s Got Talent. He will be returning to his improve comedy show, ‘Whild ‘n Out.’

Body found at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights

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Area where body was found
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – A body was discovered early Sunday morning at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights.

According to Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Ken Lewis, officers were dispatched to the area after receiving a report from a passerby that spotted what appeared to be a dead body in the creek located in Rusch Park near Antelope Road.

Officers found a dead male in the creek. There was no indication of foul play.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department’s tip line at (916) 727-5524.

Man shot at house party identified


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SACRAMENTO, CA – The man shot outside a home in Sacramento over the weekend has been identified.

The shooting occurred at a Sacramento house party early Sunday morning leaving 19-year-old Alvin Saivon Valentine dead and three others injured.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, officers responded to several reports of gunshots being heard in the area of 4000 Sea Drift Way at approximately 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

When officers arrived they discovered the shooting had occurred at a home that had hosted a party earlier Saturday night. Officers were unable to locate any victims, but did observe a few subjects in the area.

While officers were investigating the shooting, an area hospital called into dispatch to report that four victims of a shooting arrived in the emergency room. Valentine was declared dead shortly after arriving.

Three other victims, one a 15-year-year-old female, and two male victims, one 17-years-old and the other  an 18-year-old, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators were able to determine that two groups that were attending the party had some type of altercation, leading to the shooting. The shooting occurred outside the residence.

Homicide Investigators and Gang Detectives responded to both the hospital and Sea Drift Way. CSI and the Sacramento Coroner’s Office responded to assist in the investigation.

Officials believe there are other witnesses to the shooting and are urging anyone who may have seen anything, or know any other information to contact the Communications Center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Van Halen 2012 Tour

Van Halen recently released their first new album in fifteen years, Different Kind of Truth, with front man David Lee Roth.

Their initial single from the album “Tattoo“ was met with mixed reviews:

“Crappy un-imaginative song, Crappy un-imaginative video………..This sucks! I really was hoping to like what I heard but I’m pretty let down that this is the best they could come up with. Van Halen 4?”

“it’s almost immediately forgettable regardless of a solid Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, but it’s otherwise bathroom-break material for the upcoming tour.”

When they released their new album fans started to change their tune. While the album continues to get some mixed reviews, it continues to gain ground. As of this week Different Kind of Truth is #2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, second to Black Keys.

Some of the positive feedback:

“After a couple of months since this album came out, I can’t believe how incredible it really is.”

“This album has truley (sic) come at a time in which “Rock and Roll” was really dead! As a singer in a band, trying to find modern rock n roll that could actually be sang live was almost impossible! The over processed music today is just…fake, uninspiring and talentless. “A Different Kind of Truth” is a roll down the window and turn it up kind of album.”

Putting aside all the reviews, you can judge for yourself as Van Halen kicks off their Van Halen 2012 Tour starting this month.

The original dates skipped Sacramento entirely, but they will be coming through on a later leg of their tour on August 25th at Power Balance Pavilion.

Be there – then decide.

It’ll be a trip seeing David Lee Roth bouncing around the stage regardless!

Rock Guitar Legend Tommy Bolin Paid Tribute On “Great Gypsy Soul”

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Tommy Bolin - Great Gypsy Soul

The CD and special deluxe edition double with bonus material was #1 on Amazon’s rock download last week.

An all-star Lineup contributes to all new recordings of “Teaser” Tracks Performing Alongside Bolin. Guests Include Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa  and others.

In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres–rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others.   Along with a much lauded solo career that pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.

There’s been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on Great Gypsy Soul.  Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it’s a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin’s playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album “Teaser.”  Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project and who recently posted about it to his 150,000 Facebook fans), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project.

The Huffington Post and Guitar World have confirmed coverage in upcoming publications.

Great Gypsy Soul was released on 429 Records on March 26th and immediately became Amazon’s #1 Rock Download for last week!  Great Gypsy Soul is both a widely available single CD format and a double CD with 39 minutes of bonus available only at Amazon.com.

Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70’s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock and guitar legend peers.

It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.   With the release of his second solo album “Private Eyes”, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.

Says Warren Haynes: “Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy–all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own–well worth the travel.”

Track Listing:

Disc 1
The Grind  w/ Peter Frampton
Teaser w/ Warren Haynes
Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline

Disc 2 Bonus CD
Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
Marching Bag-Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
Marching Bag-Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
Marching Bag-Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
Marching Bag-Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton

Longtime Drummer for Doobie Brothers Dies

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Longtime drummer for the Doobie Brothers Michael “‘Big Mike’ Hossack died at his home after battling cancer in Dubois, Wyoming, on Monday at the age of 65.

Big Mike was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, during which time he played on several of the Doobie Brothers best-known hits, including “Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Listen to the Music” and “China Grove.”

Returning to the band in 1987 he remained until his health took a turn for the worse in 2010

The Doobie Brothers had released a statement in January letting Hossack’s fans know that he was improving slowly.

The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston remembered Hossack, “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers; from our earliest singles, like China Grove and Blackwater to our most recent single Brighter Day.   He was an incredible musician, a studio quality drummer.  The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that.  He was a terrific dad and family man, and we will all miss him.”

The Doobie’s Pat Simmons, who was a close friend of Hossack’s, said, “When my kids were little, they used to call him Big Mike, because to them he was such a big guy.  But to me and those who knew him, he had an even a bigger heart.  We were friends for 43 years and we shared some wonderful adventures together, times I will never forget.  Thanks for all those wonderful memories Mike, and all the great music. We love you.”


He will be missed.


Globetrotters take on the Elite at Power Balance

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The world renowned Harlem Globetrotters were at Power Balance Pavilion Sunday to take on the International Elite, as they went head-to-head to determine who would be the world champions.

Globie, the team mascot, came out before the show to entertain the crowd with a little bit of magic and some dance moves. As Globie set up chairs he had four boys lay flat on their back on the chair seat. Then Globie started pulling out the chairs one by one and you could hear the collective gasp of the crowd as Globie pulled out the last chair, leaving the boys laying on one another without the need for the chairs.

Afterward Globie started strutting around like Michael Jackson as the crowd went wild, with some kids jumping up to dance along with Globie.

Even though the stadium was far from sold out, the audience members made up for it in enthusiasm. Throughout the game the crowd was cheering and clapping for the Globetrotters, with a few boos thrown in for team Elite. At times the cheering was deafening with kids and their parents jumping in to help cheer the team to victory.

As with all Globetrotter games this was an audience participation sport. One couple found out the hard way, with the wife having her purse

Dad goes for a dance with Big Easy

taken, but in true Globetrotter style they were kind enough to give her a gift for participating in all the fun and games ““ her purse.

As for her husband, he didn’t fare any better. He was dragged out on the basketball court, or should I say dance floor, as Big Easy convinced him to dance along.

Kids joined in on the fun too, with several young kids competing for a team jersey. The kids were dressed up as if they were headed to bed. Their task was to dash to the other side of the basketball court, shoot a basket, dash back to the start where a makeshift bed awaited them. The first to complete the task won – In the end they all were winners.


Of course the game came down to the wire and with 5 seconds to go on the clock the Globetrotters made a mad dash to score at the last minute just edging out the International Elite.

Some of the Globetrotters were in town earlier last week to visit with fans. You can read all about their visit here.



Ladies Night Out at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort

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OMG! I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to write this after the Chippendale’s performance at Thunder Valley Casino Resort Wednesday night.

It was only after taking a cold shower and having a glass ““ scratch that ““ a bottle of wine that I was able to start thinking clearly.

What? No! The water heater went out and a “glass” of wine is how I like to end my day.

My intent on writing this is to warn any unsuspecting women who may decide to take in a show like the Chippendales’. Don’t. Seriously, nobody liked the show!

It was quite obvious that every woman in the place, which was around 99.9 percent of the people, couldn’t stand the show. I couldn’t believe it! I was completely dumbfounded. They were screaming “Get off!” almost the entire show. The Chippendales never got the message. They stayed onstage the whole time!

The strange thing is when they finally ended the show and did get off the stage, all the women started screaming “More, more, more.” I know, I find women confusing, too. They say one thing and mean another. (Come to think of it, they may have been screaming “Take it off!”)

As for the men onstage, I felt bad for these guys. It appeared to be a little chilly in the room, but that didn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm. All I can say is I was feeling a tad inadequate at this point.

The biggest criticism I have of the show? It was the most disgusting display of pure

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animalistic behavior I have ever witnessed. It was really quite a sight to see. None of the women could keep it together. They were falling over in the aisles, standing on chairs, trying to get back stage, onstage, or anywhere close to those big hunks. Now hold on a minute! I’m only referring to them as big hunks because I know that’s how women refer to those large glistening bodies of pure muscle and all their gyrating ways.

I will say there was definitely an excitement in the air as the show progressed, but it’s difficult for me to explain the atmosphere. I liken it to when I receive a package from FedEx that I have to sign for because I know it’s got to be something really cool, otherwise I wouldn’t have to sign for it. Well, that’s the way all the ladies were acting, but I guess they weren’t interested in a FedEx package.

Speaking of packages ““ the Chippendales were the complete package, with eight of the most physically perfect male dancers all competing for the audience’s attention, all dressed in their trademark bow ties and shirt cuffs with bare torso, at least some of the time.

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The opening was quite dramatic with the stage dark and ominous and smoke filling the air. One by one they took center stage with a lone spotlight lighting their muscular curves and superior physique. Is it getting hot in here?

The first few routines found these delectable morsels stripping down to pretty much nothing ““ why do I keep writing like this? Delectable morsels? Now I’m starting to worry.

As each layer came off, the decibel levels in Pano Hall rose exponentially. People were gathering outside trying to get a glimpse of the show. Quite the curious crowd.

A couple of times during the show, they danced around the audience, going down aisles and over chairs. One of the Chippendales was looking for someone to give an autographed poster to. He found her when he exclaimed she deserved it for grabbing his penis. Yes ““ there you have it. I said it, now it’s out there for all to see.

Several people had the opportunity to jump onstage. In one case three ladies were in a game show where they were told to complete a task. The first one had to perform her best lap dance on one of the Chippendales. The second had to demonstrate her favorite position when making love, and the third had to demonstrate her favorite way of putting on a condom. The third won due to her technique and the timely fashion of completing her task. Oh ““ I should clarify. She put it on a banana.

This was definitely ladies’ night out. There were a few men in attendance, and you could tell which ones were straight. They were carrying a ball and chain and didn’t look all too happy. I believe my count was two husbands/significant others in attendance.

The show was so successful that Thunder Valley had to provide additional seats to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowd.

After the show, the Chippendales remained onstage so audience members could have their photos taken with their favorites. I declined. They also announced they would be going to Thunder Valley’s Falls Bar for an after-party. [Insert loud cheers here.]

So at the end of the day I feel like I was able to embrace my inner gayness and survive. As I’m sitting here writing this, I’m convinced that I have no lingering side effects from the show.

Well I have to go. I just started to redecorate the house and have to put up these curtains that are simply to die for. And if you think that’s something, wait until you see my new landscape design. We can talk about it over the nice gourmet meal that I’m preparing.

To all my gay friends, including my kids god parents – no offense! Next time Dean, your coming with.



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