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Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families


President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

Gunman shoots 2 men in Sacramento

Gunman shoots 2 men in Sacramento


Two men were shot in a confrontation Monday afternoon.

Emergency responders said their injuries were non-life-threatening.

The incident was on the 3800 block of Pinell Street in Sacramento at approximately 1:40 p.m.

Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante said an Hispanic man came up to the two victims who were working on a concrete job and demanded money. The workers refused and that is when the man pulled a long-barreled gun and shot them.

The shooter then fled in a waiting car.


Two-alarm strip mall fire ruled arson


SACRAMENTO COUNTY - Arson investigators have ruled a two-alarm fire that broke out at an Arden-area strip mall Saturday morning "incendiary in nature."

According to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokeswoman Michelle Eidam, it happened just after 5 a.m. Saturday on the 900 block of Howe Avenue.

Metro Fire Crews responded to a report of visible flames in the area. When they arrived, they found multiple structures engulfed in flames.

Crews forced their way into the building, eventually extinguishing the fire.

Two structures were damaged, but crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading.

According to Sac Metro Fire Battalion Chief Patrick Ellis, the fire caused between $100,000 and $200,000 in damage.

There were no reported injuries.


CHP asks for help with hit and run seriously injuring man


A Sacramento pedestrian suffered severe head and leg injuries in a hit and run collision Thursday evening.

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the car and driver who struck 51-year-old Antonio Garcia as he crossed El Camino Avenue from the north side to the south side, east of Darwin Street. The time was about 7:25 p.m.

Garcia was carried approximately 1,000 feet on the car before he fell to the street.

The driver of the sedan that hit the victim continued westward toward Interstate 80, witnesses reported. The car was only described as an older model sedan that may have front end damage, the CHP said.

Sacramento hookah bar fire under investigation


A fire at a Arden-Arcade area hookah bar early Saturday morning was deemed suspicious by Sacramento Metro Fire Department investigators.

Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said investigators have deemed the fire "incendiary in nature," but have did not specially say it was an arson investigation.

The fire broke out at Romeo's Hookah Cafe on the 2700 block of El Camino Avenue. When crews arrived at the scene, smoke was visible from the building.

Investigators said the commercial building was equipped with a working sprinkler system, which helped firefighters quickly contain the blaze.

Investigators did not know the origin of the fire.


Arden-Arcade man suspected of stabbing toddler


A man is accused of stabbing and wounding a toddler in an Arden-Arcade apartment Friday morning.

The 2-year-old child was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife, Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. The boy was taken to the hospital for treatment and is listed in fair condition. Bowman said the child is expected to survive.

Deputies arrested Johnroy Aguilar, 26, after 7 a.m. at the apartment in the 1800 block of Morse Avenue, Bowman said. The child and mother had locked themselves in a back room of the apartment after the attack then called the sheriff's office. When deputies arrived at the scene, they forced their way inside the apartment and apprehended Aguilar.

Aguilar's mother, who did not want her name reported, said she and her son lived in the Brockford Place apartment, which they shared with the little boy and the boy's mother.

Fallen deputies: Revisiting a deadly crime spree from Sacramento to Placer Co.


A multi-county, six-hour crime spree on Oct. 24, 2014 left two law enforcement officials dead, another wounded, a bystander fighting for his life in the hospital and two people as the victims of carjackings. Those directly connected to the day's horrific events, as well as the public, were left wondering why the events unfolded as they did and how a two-time deportee with a criminal background was able to perpetrate a crime that rendered so many people fearful for their safety.

What follows is a timeline of events from one of the more tragic days in recent history for the Sacramento area, beginning with a deadly encounter in an Arden Arcade motel parking lot.

An investigation of a suspicious vehicle: