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Teen's lawyer: Crash was an accident, not road rage


SACRAMENTO – The lawyer for the teenage girl accused of deliberately mowing down a boy in a fit of road rage said it was all an accident.

Attorney Todd Leras offered a different account from what witnesses and California Highway Patrol have said. They say Isabelle Salgado purposely ran over the 13-year-old boy after he and another boy threw a bottle at her Mercedes SUV on Sunday.

"There's been an effort to smear her and try this case in the press," Leras said.

Leras said she wasn't chasing them out of road rage, but to find out who was throwing something at her vehicle.

"In an effort to find out who they were and where they were going, she did go after where they fled," Leras explained.

Witnesses claim the boy was yelling for her to stop after she started chasing him. Leras said that's wrong.

Road rage teen charged as adult for running over boy


SACRAMENTO - A teenage girl accused of deliberately running over boy in a fit of road rage will be considered an adult when she goes before a judge.

Witnesses say the girl became enraged after believing the boy threw a bottle or can at her Mercedes SUV as she drove through Arden Arcade this weekend.

Prosecutors have charged Isabelle Salgado with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Jail records show that Wednesday was her 18th birthday, but she was 17 at the time of the incident.

With that broken-down Mercedes sitting in the driveway on blocks, no one would answer the door at the Salgado home even as they asked us to leave.

Family friend Omar Andrade couldn't believe it when he heard reports that Salgado deliberately ran over the boy.

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.