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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday


For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.


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Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.

Family of chefs cooks up healthy meals with new food truck


SACRAMENTO – It's a true culinary family affair for the two chefs behind the new healthy Fork Lifter Food Truck.

"We were tired of making money for other people," Richard Joseph said. "We wanted to have something for our families, to take care of our families."

Chefs Richard and Adam Sakakihara are entrepreneurial brothers-in-law. They also like to workout. So, when they decided to start their own food truck, cooking up healthy food was a no brainer.

But the Fork Lifter Food Truck ended up taking on a life of its own.

"That was never a thought in our minds, Sakakihara said. "Doing prepared meals."

Victim's close friend arrested in fatal hookah lounge shooting


Sheriff's detectives have arrested a close friend of the victim in a July 13 shooting at a Arden Arcade hookah lounge that killed 20-year-old Tyrell Hall.

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Hall's friend, 19-year-old Salvador Ramon Martinez, was taken into custody because he stood near the victim and initiated the gun battle resulting in Hall's shooting, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Key witness in barbershop murder trial killed in drive-by shooting


SACRAMENTO – The family of a man killed in a drive-by shooting suspects his murder is linked to his testimony in the high profile barbershop murder trial.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Marquelle Jones, 24, was killed Tuesday night. Officials said there is no indication his murder is connected to the trial, but Jones' father doesn't believe his son's death is a coincidence.

"I had a gut feeling something was wrong," Marvin Barksdale said.

Call it a father's intuition -- Barksdale had a nagging feeling all day Tuesday.

"Something was bothering me that particular day," Barksdale recalled. "I wanted to see what was going on with my son."

So, when he saw the crime scene on the news that night, Barksdale knew it had something to do with one of his sons.

Person killed in Arden-Arcade drive-by shooting


A person was killed in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night in the Arden Arcade area, near an In-N-Out restaurant parking lot.

California Highway Patrol Officer Chad Hertzel said the victim was shot while driving and then crashed into bushes near Howe Avenue and Alta Arden Expressway around 9 p.m. No other information about the victim was available.

The shooter drove away in a 1990s gray Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. Hertzel said no other information about the shooter was available.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating the homicide, while CHP investigates the crash.


Sheriff: Arden Arcade man with dementia missing


A man diagnosed with dementia has been missing since Monday morning and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department hope anyone who sees Richard Sneed will call in with that information.

Sneed, 61, was last seen near the 2500 block of Northrop Avenue at about 11 a.m. Monday, the sheriff's office reported. He becomes easily confused and is believed to not have medication he takes with him.

Sneed was described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He has gray hair worn short and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Sneed was urged to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.