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What it's like to ride Sac RT train for the first time

What it's like to ride Sac RT train for the first time


SACRAMENTO - Because of the impact of the FIX 50 project, there is expected to be thousands of first-time riders on Sacramento's light-rail system. But first-timers may have some questions about riding the trains.

Whether you'll be using the green, gold, or blue line, you'll want to get your boarding pass, and make sure you have it on you at all times. Riding the train can be easy and stress-free, and a better alternative to waiting in gridlock.

First-time rider Kachet Jackson-Henderson will be choosing the train, instead of the traffic nightmare.

"I don't really know what to expect," she says. "I've taken public transit in San Francisco, and I feel like if I can do that I can do Sacramento RT."

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day


SACRAMENTO - For all of you tax deadline day procrastinators, the West Sacramento processing and distribution center is the location that will be open the latest of all for Tuesday's tax deadline. It was much different in years past, when post offices would stay open until midnight on tax D-day, but the demand for that need has dropped significantly with more people opting to file electronically online.

Post office officials said over 90 percent of tax returns have been filed electronically. That leaves just 10 percent of the population across the country filing their taxes using the mail-in process, which leaves an even smaller percentage needing additional time.

Most post offices throughout Sacramento will be open until 5 p.m., with the exception of the West Sacramento branch remaining open until 9 p.m., and the Royal Oaks post office at 2000 Royal Oaks Drive, which will be open until 6 p.m.

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon


SACRAMENTO - Runners with the Sacramento Running Association are preparing to head to Massachusetts for the Boston Marathon, one year after the deadly bombing.

"I heard the first explosion and it was really really loud," said runner Michelle La Sala.

La Sala finished last year's Boston Marathon an hour before the explosion.

She says she was in her hotel room 21 floors up on the street where the explosion occurred.

"I just saw people running away, running away from Boylston St., and that was one of the scariest things I have ever seen," La Sala remembered.

Despite the horror, La Sala and 40,000 other runners are not allowing fear to prevent them from participating in this year's race.

Assemblyman Cooley Awarded Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

Assemblyman Cooley Awarded Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

Assemblyman Cooley Awarded

Legislator of the Year by Crime Victims United

 

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Crime Victims United of California presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award.  Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights.

 

Neighbors lead to apprehension of suspected school arsonists in Del Paso Heights


SACRAMENTO- Police took several youths into custody Sunday night on suspicion of trying to set a school on fire in Del Paso Heights.

The fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. at the North Avenue elementary school and neighbors were credited for not only alerting the fire department, but also leading to the apprehension of the suspected arsonists.

"It appears that the neighbors turned them in," said Battalion Chief Shawn Perry with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. "So we had what we call a neighborhood commitment. I believe some of the suspects were relatives of the people who turned them in."

The exact reason why the fire was set was not revealed, but a neighbor and former student at the school was disturbed by the act.

Break-in draws police, deputies to Arden Fair Nordstrom


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and Sacramento police officers responded to an activated alarm at the Nordstrom store inside Arden Fair Mall Friday morning.

Authorities were dispatched to the scene and mall employees were evacuated from the building after alarms in jewelry cases and motion-activated alarms in the store sounded around 4 a.m.

No suspects were caught at the store but upon reviewing surveillance video, several men were seen running out of the north side of the store with bags around 3:49 a.m., according to authorities on scene.

Authorities had no information on what was taken or an estimated value of losses.

Man shot to death in Sacramento home-invasion robbery

Man shot to death in Sacramento home-invasion robbery


SACRAMENTO – A man was killed and two men are sought as suspects in a home-invasion shooting on Little Oak Lane in Sacramento Tuesday night.

Sacramento County sheriff's spokesperson Lisa Bowman said deputies were called to the 4900 block of Little Oak Ln. around 10:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies were directed to an apartment where a 30-year-old man had been fatally shot.

Witnesses told deputies two men had forced their way into the apartment, confronted the man, shot him and then taken undisclosed items from the residence before fleeing.

Both suspects were described as black men within the age range of 25 to 40 years old. One of the men was described as possibly light skinned.