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State agency cuts red tape to get Folsom Tap House taps flowing


FOLSOM, CA - The owners of a new restaurant called the Folsom Tap House have been forced to pour nothing stronger than soda because of a fatal crash that happened months before they opened their doors.

"It's really difficult to run a tap house without any taps," said Gail Back, who opened the restaurant with her husband, Jeff, at the beginning of April.

The Backs paid $20,000 to buy the liquor license and settle a tax lien from the bankrupt owner of a failed sports bar that occupied the space until last year.

The couple said a representative of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control assured them in February the transfer would go smoothly.

"ABC said about seven to 10 business days we'll get that license issued and you should have no problem," Jeff Back said.

Folsom couple urges pharmaceutical company to reconsider cancer drug trial decision


FOLSOM, Calif. – A third pharmaceutical company has turned down a Folsom couple request for a clinical cancer drug trial.

Merck, based in New Jersey, last week denied Keith Knapp's request for a compassionate use trial of an anti-PD1 drug that he believes may give wife Mikaela a chance to live.

"We can't just let that serve as the final answer," Knapp said.

Doctors have diagnosed Mikaela's form of kidney cancer as terminal.

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Folsom Lake boat race promoter arrested on fraud charges


SACRAMENTO – The promoter of a yearly boat race at Folsom Lake was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of defrauding people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A release from the Placer County Sheriff's Office stated Robert Richards Jr., 54, was arrested during a search warrant execution at his Folsom home.

According to the release, an investigation was launched into Richards after vendors from the 2013 Big Wake Weekend boat race reported they were not getting paid.

One man to whom Richards was indebted $200,000, was paid in checks that bounced. Throughout the investigation, it was learned that other vendors had also been defrauded by Richards, the report detailed.

Richards was booked into Placer County Jail and bailed out the same day.


Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales


SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.


Big-game hunter files complaint against feds for seizing ivory tusks


A big-game hunter from Folsom is trying to stop the federal government from destroying a prize pair of elephant tusks.

The tusks were taken legally during a hunting safari in Africa, but they were shipped to the U.S. without the proper permit.

Folsom attorney Rod Klein recently went on one last African safari before turning 80. While in Tanzania he legally hunted lion, leopard and elephant – which are all listed as endangered species.

The animals were trophy mounted in South Africa and shipped to the U.S. in a large crate, included two large ivory tusks. Klein thought he had all the proper import permits when federal inspectors in San Francisco opened the crate.

Folsom man fighting for clinical cancer drug trial to keep his wife alive


FOLSOM, Calif. - High school sweethearts since before they could legally drive a car, Keith and Mikaela Knapp have spent the last decade building a beautiful life together.

But in October 2013, doctors discovered a terminal form of cancer in Mikaela's kidneys.

Doctors diagnosed it as XP 11.2 translocation renal cell carcinoma.

"We've kind of known there's no chance of her surviving," Mikaela's husband, Keith, said.

Besides being by her side, Keith has spent the months since the diagnosis asking major drug companies to include Mikaela in clinical trials for new cancer treatments.

"It's not fun to put your hopes on things that can't even cure her," Knapp said.

One by one, drug companies have denied the Knapps' requests.

Mikaela's last hope is getting a compassionate use trial from Merck.

Your help needed to find owner of dog involved in Orangevale attack


The family of a three-legged Jack Russell terrier that was mauled to death by a Rottweiler is asking the public for help.

Ziggy was repeatedly bitten by a Rottweiler that was not on a leash at Pecan Park in Orangevale Wednesday. The owner's son, who was walking Ziggy, was also bitten several times on his hands as he tried to push the attacking dog away.

On Wednesday night Ziggy died from his massive internal injuries. The family of Ziggy's owner is asking for the public's help to identify the Rottweiler's owner.

The Rottweiler's owner, who was driving a pickup with Oregon license plates, agreed to follow the young man to the vet but then drove away.

"We don't want this to happen to anybody else," said Val Akana, the daughter of Ziggy's owner. "It's not right. It's not the law. You need to keep your dog on a leash and control them. And if you can't, keep them home."