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Construction to restart on Elk Grove outlet mall

Construction on an Elk Grove outlet mall will begin again, after the city settled a lawsuit with a neighboring property owner.

The property, sitting along Highway 99, was taken over by the Howard Hughes Corporation in late 2013. The company plans to build a 100-acre development with stores, restaurants, a movie theater and more – and will be called the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove.

The property has sat half-finished for the past several years. After the Howard Hughes Corporation took over the property to begin building the mall, the lawsuit was filed last year and halted construction. Now that the lawsuit has been settled, construction can begin again.

UPDATE: Missing Elk Grove woman is safe

Elk Grove police said 68-year-old Judith Wendler returned home Wednesday afternoon and is safe.

Wendler was reported missing Wednesday morning. There was concern for her because of health conditions and she did not have her medication with her, police said.

Elk Grove church fire under investigation

The Consumnes Fire Department is investigating a fire that started at the Elk Grove United Methodist Church on Friday morning.

Batillion Chief Sean Stumbaught said fire crews responded to a 911 call made by a women who said she smelled smoke and saw flames in a room adjacent to the church. According to Stumbaught, the room did not have sprinklers.

The fire was contained without injuries, but items for an upcoming rummage sale were lost.

Electrical fire reveals marijuana grow in Elk Grove


A man is facing charges for an illegal marijuana grow after a small electrical fire brought firefighters, then police to his Elk Grove home. The fire started at a home along Vilamoura Way around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department investigators say the fire appears to have been caused by an overheated electrical connection. Firefighters believed the overheated connection was being used to power a marijuana plant grow.

Wounded dog with maggots rescued thanks to group effort

ELK GROVE – A number of people across Northern California came together to help save the life of a 3-month-old puppy.

Jamie Levingston, a volunteer at Kritter Kamp Rescue in Elk Grove, said Hope, aGerman Shepherd or Shepherd mix, was found in the front yard of a Stockton home on Tuesday. When she was found, Hope had severe head wounds with maggots in them.

"They took her to their house and flushed out some of the maggots and nasty stuff she had," Levingston said.

The residents then posted Hope's picture on a lost and found pet Facebook page. Levingston responded and a day later, volunteers were sent down to pick up the puppy.

Levingston contacted Kittel Family Veterinary Practice and they agreed to treat her.

Armed man shot, hundreds of marijuana plants found in wildlife preserve

An armed man was shot and killed by a Fish and Wildlife officer during a multiple-agency raid of a marijuana grow operation, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Lisa Bowman said. Officers were conducting a raid at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Elk Grove Wednesday morning when they say there was a man armed with a handgun.

The raid was in a section off Hood Franklin Road near I-5. Investigators said there were hundreds of marijuana plants in this grow.

Police: Man shoots self at Elk Grove auto dealership

Elk Grove police taped off an local auto dealership after a man killed himself there Monday afternoon.

Police dispatchers took a call reporting that John Connor, 29, from West Sacramento, was brandishing a weapon at the Maita Chevrolet dealership in the 9600 block of Auto Center Drive at 2:01 p.m. Dispatchers were told Connor was upset over the repossession of his vehicle and he pulled out a gun during the dispute with the repossession agent.

As officers arrived, Connor ran into the dealership and shot himself by an elevator, according to police.

Emergency medical responders declared the man dead at the scene.