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Fire consumes abandoned house near Arden Fair Mall

An abandoned house just north of the Arden Fair Mall was damaged by fire early Tuesday morning according to fire officials.

The house, located in the 2000 block of Waterford Road off of Ethan Way, had been abandoned for several years and firefighters believed squatters had started the fire.

The investigation is ongoing.

Girl, 15, killed in Business 80 crash

A teenager who died in a three-vehicle collision on the Capital City Freeway Sunday has been identified as a Sacramento-area high school student.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 15-year-old Haylie Jordan died when the Ford Focus she was in was struck by a Ford pick-up truck in the number 2 northbound lane of the freeway at 3:50 p.m. Haylie was sitting in the backseat.

The impact sent the Focus into the back of a tractor trailer.

The CHP said Haylie died at the scene.

San Juan Unified School District spokesperson Kim Minugh said Haylie was a freshman at El Camino Fundamental High School and on the dance team. Her hobby was beekeeping.

The two adults in Haylie's car suffered minor injuries as did the driver of the pickup truck.

The big rig driver was not hurt.

The CHP said the Focus and pickup truck had major damage.

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."

CHP: Cap City Freeway suspicious device could have exploded

A device "consistent with a pipe bomb" found along the Cap City Freeway Monday that necessitated the closure of eastbound lanes during the afternoon commute had the "capability of functioning," according to a California Highway Patrol bomb squad spokesperson.

It was not known how the device ended up on a frontage road to the freeway in the area of the Arden Way off-ramp. The off-ramp was also closed while the California Highway Patrol investigated. A Caltrans worker making repairs in the area found the device.

The device was safely detonated approximately three hours after it was spotted.

The device residue was sent to a Bay Area lab for analysis of components, said the CHP's Sgt. Dave Kessler. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in charge of the investigation.

Cap City Freeway reopened after pipe-bomb-like device detonated

A bomb squad detonated a suspicious device along the eastbound Cap City Freeway in Sacramento early Monday evening.

The California Highway Patrol described the item as a cylinder and similar to a pipe bomb. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating.

A Caltrans worker saw the unknown device along a freeway frontage road and reported it to authorities. The CHP closed the Arden Way exit and the eastbound lanes of the freeway in the area while it investigated. Around 3:30 p.m., traffic was directed to exit at Exposition Boulevard.

All lanes of the freeway reopened to backed-up traffic at approximately 6 p.m.

According to Graham Barlowe with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the incident is an open investigation. Materials found at the scene were sent to an explosives lab in the Bay Area for analysis.

Flames damage part of Arden-Arcade home

A fire burned part of an Arden-Arcade home and caused thousands of dollars of damage Saturday morning.

Sacramento Metro Fire crews responded to the home at the corner of Eastern and Robertson avenues around 5:30 a.m. Flames had engulfed the left side of the home and had moved up into the attic.

Firefighters contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other buildings. The fire caused $50,000 to $75,000 in damages. No injuries were reported.

The house was unoccupied and up for rent, the fire department said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Man allegedly robs elderly couple, comes back to rob them again, gets arrested

A man who allegedly stole an elderly couple's vamnMonday in Rio Linda tried to rob them again Tuesday morning, but was subsequently arrested on the second attempt, according to a Sacramento sheriff's sergeant on scene.

The sergeant explained that after the man allegedly robbed the couple's van in the 7000 block of Chesney Way, returned early Tuesday morning to try to rob them again.

According to the victim, 71-year-old Ken Wilkinson, the suspect returned with the very same van that was stolen. Wilkinson struggled with the robber and then called the police.

When officers arrived, they brought canines with them. They thought the suspect had fled the scene but under further investigation, he was found hiding inside the shower.