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Baby dies after arriving at Sacramento firehouse

Baby dies after arriving at Sacramento firehouse

SACRAMENTO - Sacramento police are investigating the death of a baby girl who was taken to a fire station with a traumatic injury.

The 14-month-old girl was in a state of medical distress when she was taken to Sacramento Fire Station No. 17 around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The baby was then transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Police said homicide detectives were called to the hospital to investigate because the baby had unexplained physical trauma. Investigators haven't determined a cause of death. Her identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Detectives found that the mother's boyfriend was taking care of the toddler while she was at work. When the mother returned home, she saw that the girl needed medical help. She and her boyfriend then took the baby to the fire station.

Cooley Bill Strengthens Responsible Management of State IT Projects

Cooley Bill Strengthens Responsible Management of State IT Projects

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2523 passed with bipartisan support out of the State Senate’s Governmental Organization Committee this morning. AB 2523 strengthens top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects by requiring the Director of Technology to report recommendations to the legislature on how a team of senior technology experts could be developed to support state agency technology projects, and then directs the Department of Technology to establish such a unit.

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

On Monday, June 30, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 2187 – was signed by Governor Brown.  AB 2187 clarifies the pathway of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate, as to the portion of the fee used for child abuse prevention and intervention programs. Previously, the fee collected did not necessarily follow the child into the county in which he or she was going to be raised to fund programs in that county, if the child’s mom gave birth outside of that county and that county had a delivery facility.

“Given the current nature of health care delivery, in which health insurance rules may dictate what delivery facilities are in a patient’s ‘network,’ some patients may not have a choice but to deliver outside the county in which they live. As a result, the birth certificate fee revenue is lost to the county in which they delivered not the county where services may be used,” explains Cooley.

2 construction workers hit by car, driver arrested

A Carmichael woman is accused of driving under the influence when she struck two construction workers on Arden Way Wednesday night.

One of the men had head and internal injuries and the other suffered a broken leg, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Sgt. Troy Rivers said a car traveling about 40 mph entered a marked construction zone on Arden east of Eastern Avenue about 10:45 p.m. The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Shaleen Khan Shiltz, tried to stop but hit the two victims. She is facing felony DUI, the CHP said.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

On Wednesday, June 25, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Don Harper as the 8th Assembly District’s 2014 Veteran of the Year. Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve making significant contributions to their communities.

“Following his distinguished service in the Marine Corps, Don became an outstanding community leader who continually serves his fellow Americans,” said Cooley. “His tenacious attitude and drive to serve have helped him succeed in his 20-year career in local government, as the director of Vietnam Veterans of California, and as one of the founding members of the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center.”   

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.

2 suspects arrested in baby's abuse death

SACRAMENTO - Fourteen months ago a 2-month-old Sacramento baby died under suspicious circumstances. On Friday, authorities announced they arrested his mother and her boyfriend on suspicion of murder and assault causing bodily injury resulting in death.

An autopsy on the baby boy determined he had been abused, had multiple injuries and his death was a homicide, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The child was found unresponsive April 8, 2013 at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Doctors at a local hospital pronounced him dead.

On Wednesday, law enforcement arrested 24-year-old Davonna Byrd, the baby's mother, and 25-year-old Damian Porter, her boyfriend, in San Francisco where they had moved, for the baby's death. The suspects have been transported to Sacramento County Jail