A man with a lengthy criminal history is headed back to prison for robbing an Elk Grove doughnut shop.

Elk Grove will give its first-ever ceremonial key to the city today to Kyle Larson, days before the NASCAR phenom takes to the track this weekend at Sonoma.

Despite initial hopes that Elk Grove’s anticipated outlet mall could open by late next year, city officials now project it may not open until at least 2017.

Two adult males carrying handguns tied up three employees during a robbery at a T-Mobile store Saturday morning, according to the Elk Grove Police Department.

Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Steven Ladd surprised staff and school board members when he announced Tuesday that he will retire in September.

Inside a brightly lit Laguna Creek High School trailer, Griffin Henderson was hard at work last week putting the final touches on a boat he said was “designed to cut through water with a knife.”

Old Town Elk Grove is positioning itself as something different in a suburb where franchises and national chain restaurants dominate the wide commercial thoroughfares.

A 28-year-old Elk Grove man has been identified as the victim of a drowning in the American River near Discovery Park Friday night.

Three teens knocked another young person unconscious and then rifled his pocket for his cell phone in Elk Grove on Wednesday evening, police said.

At Elk Grove High School, administrators temporarily withheld the diplomas of two graduates for taking selfies as they walked across the stage last Tuesday at the school’s graduation ceremony.

Elk Grove police are asking the public’s help in identifying assailants in Thursday night’s armed robbery of a Jimboy’s restaurant.

A wrangler roped a cow near Highway 99 and Elk Grove Boulevard early Wednesday after the animal spent about four hours traipsing through a portion of Elk Grove.

For the first time, California school officials have called on school districts to provide graduation attire at no cost to students or their families if required during the diploma ceremony. The guidance comes after a new state law strengthening a prohibition on charging fees for integral parts of the public education process.

Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner is one of three finalists for the same top job in Seattle.

Elk Grove police report an Elk Grove woman who went missing Sunday has been found in Sutter County.

Elk Grove police are asking the community’s help in identifying two suspects in the armed robbery of a gas station.

Elk Grove has worked hard to carve out walking paths and bike trails, part of its long-held plan of a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city, but one barrier has always stood in its way: Highway 99. That changes Saturday when the city opens its first walk-and-bike bridge spanning the busy freeway and connecting East and West Stockton boulevards.

On the afternoon of March 4, 2011, Sikh grandfathers Surinder Singh and his friend Gurmej Atwal were taking a break from their daily walk along East Stockton Boulevard when they were shot. Singh, 67, died at the scene, while Atwal, 78, succumbed to his wounds six weeks later.

Elk Grove police are asking the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who reportedly posed as a Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker to gain entry to a residence.

Soap box derby competitor Alejandro Noche, 9, above, of Lincoln concentrates before a race Sunday in Elk Grove. At right, David Stagnaro checks on Jeremy Johnston, 11, as he and Wyatt Coffing, 10, square off for their race. Below right, Miranda Ricks, 12, in front, competes with Amanda McVey, 11. Community organizers brought the All American Soap Box Derby competition back to to Elk Grove over the weekend, prompting closures of Elk Grove Boulevard. The two-day, family-oriented event featured amateur racing heats with soap box racers ages 7 to 18 and their parent “pit crews.” The races revive a tradition that was popular in Elk Grove in the 1970s.

Elk Grove wants to build a train station to serve commuters in the fast-growing city, with hopes of turning dirt on the project in summer 2015.

Third-grader Duncan Nakamoto of Elk Grove was surprised Friday morning upon learning he had won $100,000 toward his college fund in the “Big Dreams Start Small” national scholarship contest.

The driver of the FedEx truck that veered into a bus carrying high schoolers near Orland Thursday was a family man, sports fan and “a kind soul,” a family member said. Meanwhile, the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash said the FedEx truck was on fire before the collision.

Howard Hughes Corp. will convert the former Promenade site into The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove. Almost a year after first raising the idea with Elk Grove officials, the Dallas developer filed formal development plans with the city Friday to resume construction at the site off Highway 99.

Elk Grove’s pending withdrawal from a habitat conservation plan has further delayed a decades-old proposal to protect sensitive plants and wildlife in the county when developers build new projects, officials said this week.

Elk Grove police are asking the public’s help in locating 12-year-old boy who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.

Popular websites already help consumers connect with private owners to rent vacation homes, parking spaces and vehicles. Elk Grove is using a new social media venture for a more charitable purpose: connecting residents in need with excess food that would otherwise go to waste.

Empty storefronts once pocked the city’s wide commercial thoroughfares after major chains such as Borders and Circuit City collapsed in the retail crash. Today, a retailer would be hard-pressed to find sales space in the city.

Elk Grove police are at the scene of a single-vehicle crash and report at least two people injured.

New revisions to the substation’s power supply system and server room, as well as to masonry and duct work, have added more than $260,000 and a month’s delay to the center’s construction, according to a March report to the county Board of Supervisors. That follows earlier cost increases totaling more than $147,000.

A 40-year-old Elk Grove man died Wednesday evening when the car he was driving was struck by a train on Calvine Road near Vintage Park Drive in south Sacramento County.

Green Acres Nursery & Supply is planting roots in Elk Grove with plans to open a new location in 2015.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly setting fires in restrooms at Elk Grove High School.

A fire in a feed store in Galt killed up to 150 young chickens Saturday, the Cosumnes Fire Department reported via Twitter.

It’s the last remaining expanse of land open for development in Elk Grove’s urban core, and what gets built there could shape the future direction of Sacramento County’s second-largest city.

Donations of prom dresses and accessories are sought as part a volunteer effort to make sure all girls at Galt high schools have access to affordable dresses for their prom.

Elk Grove police are searching for two suspects in a shooting that occurred this evening in the 9800 block of Dartmoor Court.

Elk Grove leaders over the weekend abruptly backed out of a proposed sister-city relationship with a Nigerian city after learning of escalating sectarian violence and human rights atrocities in its region.

Elk Grove has never had an enterprise zone, one of 40 economically struggling areas around California that offer special tax credits for businesses. It also never has had a redevelopment project, a local program meant to fight blight by subsidizing new development.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services, a fixture in the city for 40 years, is expanding its reach into south Sacramento neighborhoods north of the city limits.

An Elk Grove man on vacation in Yuma County, Arizona, is missing, according to authorities.

Elk Grove neighborhoods could soon glow under LED light if leaders move ahead with a plan to replace traditional street lamps with the energy-saving technology, joining other cities that are switching to save money and electricity.

Elk Grove police ask the community’s help in finding a 79-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred about 12:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling on Highway 99 went off the roadway and crashed into a tree.

The Sacramento County coroner’s office has released the name of the motorcyclist who died Thursday on Bradshaw road when his vehicle hit a big rig trailer.

Elk Grove is calling on residents to voluntarily cut back their water use by 20 percent, joining cities across the region that are girding for drought.

A federal jury today found an Elk Grove man guilty in a $36 million investment fraud scheme.

Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin confirmed Tuesday he has taken a job in Elk Grove and will leave the Merced Fire Department on Feb. 2.

The city meets the country on Grant Line Road in southeastern Sacramento County: Subdivisions, restaurants and other developments lie to the west of the two-lane asphalt divide, while vineyards, grazing fields and other farmland lie to the east.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury on Friday rejected a discrimination lawsuit filed against the city of Galt by its former parks director, who claimed he was laid off because of his age.

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