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Local Russians and Ukranians react to Crimea crisis

Local Russians and Ukranians react to Crimea crisis


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento is home to a sizable number of Russian and Ukrainian residents. Some of them are split about what's happening a world away.

Svetlana is the owner of Firebird Russian Restaurant in Carmichael. She was born in Ukraine. Her mother is Ukrainian; her father was Russian.

"As half Russian, half Ukrainian, it feels a little confusing," Svetlana said. " t feels like each side has an independent and strong opinion."

As chicken Kiev and beef stroganov go out to her diners, Svetlana can only hope for the best for loved ones back home.

"I just hope peace will be established," she said.

At Grace Family Church where Slavic services are held in Russian, church members are all praying.

Toddler found wandering street twice in one week


SACRAMENTO – A toddler is home with his family after he was found wandering the street alone Thursday morning.

Good Samaritan, Chantelle Gordon, saw the boy and came to his rescue. She was in her car on El Monte Ave. and Arden Way around 9 a.m. when she spotted the toddler.

"Black t-shirt, pamper, no shoes," Gordon described. "Pretty grungy looking."

Gordon, a mother of two, immediately stopped once she realized he was alone.

"Anything could have happened," Gordon said. "He could have been hit by a car, a stranger could have picked him up."

She knocked on doors looking to take him home. She reached a neighbor who knew the child and called police.

It turns out that the toddler, named Amir, lives in a home on Arden Way. He'd wandered at least 100 feet before Gordon found him.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Hosts District Office Open House

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Hosts District Office Open House

On Saturday, April 5, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) will host his second annual open house at his district office in Rancho Cordova. During the open house, constituents will be able to talk with Assemblyman Cooley about a variety of state-related issues, hear about his 2013 and 2014 legislation, or just drop-by to say hello. The event will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 12:00 PM.

 

“In my 10 years as Mayor and Councilmember in Rancho Cordova, and now as a State Assemblyman, it has always been my priority to make myself accessible to my constituents to hear their issues at events throughout the district,” said Cooley. “This open house is an opportunity to meet with the community and explore how my district office can serve them.  In the past year, I have assisted over 400 constituents, local businesses and non-profits resolve their problems with state and local agencies.”

 

4 arrested in deadly Arden-Arcade stabbing


SACRAMENTO – Four people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the stabbing of three people in the Arden Arcade area March 12.

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said Sebastian Torres, 21, and three teen boys were arrested as suspects in the stabbing of a teenage boy and two men who came to the teen's aid. One of the men died from his injuries.

According to a previous statement from Bowman March 13, information collected at the scene of the stabbings indicated a group of suspected gang members targeted the teenage victim and followed him to a home on Wyda Way where they instigated a fight and stabbed him. Shannon Gregg, 41, and another man intervened and were also stabbed.

Gregg died the following day at a local hospital.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

On Tuesday, March 11, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. In this role, Cooley will lead his colleagues in developing policy addressing the ever-changing needs of kids in California’s foster care system.

 

“California’s foster care system is not as effective as it can be, often placing burdens on families and relatives trying to help children without homes. These policies can also restrict access to key resources children need to help them succeed,” said Cooley. “I am honored to accept this appointment as Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and am eager to work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve our system.”

 

Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

On Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) awarded Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully with the California State Assembly’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cooley nominated Scully for the award for her work as Sacramento’s chief criminal prosecutor and as a principal victim rights advocate in the region.

“20 years ago, in her first year as Sacramento County District Attorney, Jan was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Alby. It is a great privilege to honor Jan as Woman of the Year on the Floor of the Assembly again as she closes out two decades of outstanding service to the people of Sacramento,” said Cooley.

3 stabbed in Arden-Arcade fight


SACRAMENTO - One of three men stabbed in the Arden-Arcade area Wednesday night died on Thursday.

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said deputies responded the incident on the 2300 block of Wyda Way at 6:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies determined a 41-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a juvenile male had been stabbed.

Information gathered from witnesses indicated a group of suspected gang members targeted the juvenile and followed him to a home on Wyda Way where they instigated a fight and stabbed him, Bowman said. Two uninvolved men who came to the aid of the juvenile were also stabbed.

The suspects fled the scene and were not identified.

Early Thursday morning, the 41-year-old man died from his injuries sustained during the incident. His identification was withheld pending notification of family, Bowman said.