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Good Samaritans rescue pets from Carmichael duplex fire

Residents of a Carmichael neighborhood worked together to rescue pets from a duplex fire Friday afternoon.

Neighbors and strangers ran in and out of the burning homes trying to save five dogs, three cats and two snakes when firefighters arrived at the duplex on the 3800 block of Walnut Avenue, Sacramento Metro Fire Capt. Michelle Eidam said.

Neighbors were able to rescue all nine of the animals. One cat was given resuscitation by a neighbor and taken to a nearby veterinarian, where it later died.

"I would like to give a shout out to all the people who stopped yesterday, just good Samaritans that saw that the house was on fire," Cornette Property Management's Nancy Drikas said. "They kicked in doors, with bare hands broke windows, dragged all the animals to safety. We actually had two girls who put the cats on the ground and gave them CPR. "

New Sacramento Co. ordinance bans panhandling in certain areas

Sacramento County it's imposing new law to put a stop to panhandling at street corners and various other locations.

The ordinance will make it illegal to panhandle near ATMs, bus stops, gas stations, stop lights, stop signs and while standing on a traffic median. The new rules would also ban aggressive panhandling.

"I believe in the no aggressive panhandling. I feel for them. There's so many of them out there," motorist Carl Worthen said. "But yet, I hate driving up every time, coming to a stop and having to look away."

For the next 30 days, the sheriff's department said it's going to offer panhandlers fliers and a warning. Then, they could be fined or face jail time.

The ordinance is yielding mixed reactions.

"I think panhandling should be prohibited on the streets big time," Jason Edwards said.

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show

Local 'child genius' competes in reality TV show

Tanishq Abraham, 10, of Sacramento, was one of the youngest people to graduate high school.

His intelligence was ranked in the top 10th of a percent in the nation. Now at 11, the child prodigy was vying for the title of "Child Genius" through America Mensa's TV competition.

The Lifetime reality show featured 20 of the brightest young minds in the country as they competed for a shot at a $100,000 scholarship. "I know it's a very big prize but it's just for fun as well," said Tanishq Abraham, whose goal is to get a PhD by the time he's eligible for his driver's license.

The full time college student, who attends American River College, admitted he was a bit nervous going into the eight-week competition, but took it all in stride.

"I wasn't scared. I was having fun, playing with the other kids," said Tanishq.

Sacramento Co. deputy's car catches fire

A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy unit caught fire on Interstate 80 Tuesday afternoon.

The Sacramento Fire Department was able to knock down the flames around 3:30 p.m.

No one was injured in the fire.

Traffic was blocked in both directions of I-80 near Arden Way for more then 30 minutes after the fire started around 3:10 p.m.

Arden mall shuts down early due to fights

SACRAMENTO - The day after Christmas is the second busiest shopping day of the year. But, Arden Fair Mall shut down early when fights broke out Friday evening.

Two fights broke out within two hours of each other. The first one happened in the food court around 4 p.m. and expanded, Mall Security Director Steve Reed said. The second fight broke out around 6 p.m.

Fortunately, there was a large amount of law enforcement at the mall because it was the day after Christmas.

Mall security and police had to break up the fight that involved 20 or more people.

"We kind of funneled them downstairs. More fights broke out," Reed said. "We hope to be proactive; so, we just shut down the mall. In the meantime, a planter box fell down which someone determined to be shots fired. We had to quell that type of thing.

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville earn prestigious cancer care accreditation

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville earn prestigious cancer care accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with commendation to the cancer programs at the Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento and Roseville.

The medical centers have been designated as Comprehensive Community Cancer Programs by The Commission on Cancer (CoC).

To earn voluntary (CoC) accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. 

Central Valley commute patterns signal regional shift

Central Valley commute patterns signal regional shift

STOCKTON — Over the past 35 years, the northern San Joaquin Valley, including San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties, has become increasingly tied to the economy of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the explosive growth in the numbers of Central Valley workers who commute north and west every day... Read More