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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.

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.

Runaway light rail train travels more than a mile with no operator

A light rail train recently traveled for more than a mile without an operator due to a technician's error, the Sacramento Regional Transit District said Thursday.

The district said that on Feb. 17 the train traveled 1.5 miles at speeds up to 43 miles per hour from the RT light rail maintenance facility at 2700 Academy Way to the Arden/Del Paso light rail station.

"The light rail vehicle was out of service due to an intermittent electrical fault," the district said. "The light rail vehicle technician erred and bypassed key safety features designed to prevent the light rail vehicle from moving. These actions set the light rail vehicle in motion without an operator."

The train traveled from a storage track to the main track, where its middle wheels derailed for a period. The wheels went back on the rails when the train struck concrete edge of the platform at the the Swanston station.

Firefighters battle blaze in Arden


Sacramento Metro Fire crews extinguished a garage fire in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento Friday afternoon.

The fire department said the detached garage was fully involved in flames, while several arching power lines were on the ground.

"In a situation like this, there was no question what the priority had to be -- keep our firefighters away from the lines," Battalion Chief Chris Reed said in a news release. "Hold the fire in check, and protect the residence until the power can be shut down."

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Woman injured in Arden hit-and-run crash

A woman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash Friday night in the Arden-Arcade area.

Sacramento police officers found the woman on the roadway; she was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, Officer Traci Trapani said.

The woman was walking eastbound on Arcade Boulevard, near Palmer Street, around 11:35 p.m. when a car left the roadway and hit the victim. Trapani said the driver immediately drove away from the area, going westbound on Arcade Boulevard.

Police need the public's help to find the suspect vehicle. Trapani said it is described as a 2000 to 2004 dark gray Ford Taurus. The car is missing the passenger-side mirror and may have significant damage to the hood and windshield due to the collision.

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

Pay raise, better retirement part of nurses’ contract

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced Saturday they had reached a tentative nurses’ contract with Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will cover their 18,000 California RNs. The deal will give the RNs increased pay, a stronger voice on patient care and improve workplace protections according to the union.

The agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the RNs, also provides significant raises and adds to their retirement package... Read More