Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said 41-year-old Kurt Schoemig was charged Monday with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
She said in a statement he "played a substantial factor" in causing the deaths of 69-year-old Albert Senzatimore of San Jose and 57-year-old Gary Trovinger of Los Gatos at Trovinger's home in Tahoe Donner in October.
Ferguson said Schoemig, president of Cedar Ridge Builders, didn't have the necessary permit for work done last year.
Police say an employee cut a furnace exhaust pipe, but the project wasn't completed, leaving the pipe to vent into the home when the heater started.
Governor Jerry Brown signed new regulations designed to track racial profiling and use of force by police, while rejecting tougher penalties for criminals.
A new study finds California’s prison realignment did not reduce prison costs or the number of repeat offenders, but it did help the state meet a court-mandated prison population.
A Sacramento County Office of Education program for kids who have displayed violent behavior is celebrating its 17th year and considerable success.
The next time you use your cell phone to make a 9-1-1 call to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, it won't have to be relayed by the CHP. The department has spent $18 million for a new dispatch center.