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Friends search for answers, missing pet of murder-suicide victim


DAVIS, Calif. - As police in Davis search for answers in the murder-suicide involving a UC Davis veterinary school student and her housemate, friends launched a special search Saturday for the victim's cat and dog.

The pet owner, 27-year-old Whitney Engler, was killed Thursday night in what police call a murder-suicide at a duplex on Glacier Drive in Davis.

Police say 23-year-old Joseph Andrew Hein of Davis, who lived with Engler, is the suspected gunman.

Police have not disclosed any others details or a motive.

Pets of Davis student involved in murder-suicide found

ID=70639176A dog, which belonged to a UC Davis veterinary school student who was a victim of what police called a murder-suicide involving her housemate, was found safe Sunday morning according to a close friend of the victim.

The pet's owner, 27-year-old Whitney Engler, was killed Thursday night at a duplex on Glacier Drive in Davis. As police in Davis searched for answers friends launched a special search Saturday for Engler's dog, Rosie, and her cat, Chique

Man, woman found dead in Davis duplex identified


Davis police were investigating the deaths of two people who were discovered inside a duplex on Thursday night.

The Yolo County coroner identified the woman as Whitney Joypauline Engler, 27, and the man as Joseph Andrew Hein, 23, both of Davis. The cause of death is not being released until the autopsy report is complete.

Investigators said a man called Davis police to report two people dead. When officers received no response from inside the residence on Glacier Drive, the neighborhood was evacuated and a SWAT unit arrived.

Police pursuit on westbound I-80 near Davis

A police pursuit is underway on westbound Interstate 80 toward Davis with what the law enforcement says is a suspect wanted in a carjacking.

The carjacked car is a gold-colored Buick LeSabre, California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Hertzel said.

The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento County sheriff 's deputies are involved.

Sheriff spokesperson Sharon Chow said a woman was pumping gas into the Buick at an AM/PM mini-mart on Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard at approximately 1:55 when a man jumped in her car and drove off.

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Former priest who pleaded guilty to sex with teen facing deportation

A former priest who pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl from his Davis parish is facing deportation.

Hector Coria-Gonzalez, 46, who is from Mexico, was taken into custody Friday at his Davis residence by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, ICE said. He is being held without bond.

Coria-Gonzalez reportedly sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation after pleading guilty in 2014. At the time of his arrest he was in the U.S. legally.

He was later stripped of his priesthood, ICE said. That allowed ICE to being deportation proceedings.

"We entrust members of the clergy to act as role models for our youth," said Michael Vaughn, assistant field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations in Sacramento, in a press release. "Tragically, when that trust is violated, the effects are far-reaching."

Solano farmer takes dramatic steps to save water

WINTERS - A prominent walnut grower with more than a mile of frontage along Putah Creek is removing dozens of eucalyptus trees that compete with native species for creek water.

Sierra Orchards owner Craig McNamara is also the president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

"Why are we doing this today? Because we are in a crisis in California," McNamara said. "With climate change and the fourth year of drought that we're witnessing, we have a catastrophe on our hands."

With the blessing of the Solano County Water Agency, the eucalyptus trees will be cut into sections and placed in the creek bed.

McNamara said the action will not only save water, but the narrower channel will make the creek flow faster and cooler, which should help the fragile chinook salmon population.

Paralyzed dog is able to walk again

It has been quite a remarkable journey for a Yolo County dog.

Daisy, a 1-year-old pit bull/basset hound mix was thought to be paralyzed because she couldn't move her rear legs. A month ago, Daisy would try to walk by dragging her legs, using her front legs to slowly move forward.

Her owners surrendered Daisy to the SPCA because they thought there was nothing they could do to help her.

Then, Yolo County SPCA volunteer Ashley Carr fostered Daisy. Carr was determined to find Daisy help -- and she did. After a few weeks of treatment, Daisy has defied all expectations.

"It was very miraculous from day to day," Carr said. "You could see amazing difference in how she was walking."

Daisy's prognosis wasn't clear in the beginning. In February, Carr contacted the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital's Neurology and Neurosurgery Service center for help.