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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. 

Death penalty sought against suspect in deputy killings


Prosecutors from the Placer County and Sacramento County District Attorney Offices said they planned to seek the death penalty against accused deputy killer Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes -- charged in gunning down two sheriff's officers and wounding two others in October.

The announcement came in a brief from Sacramento's District Attorney's office. Bracamontes is expected to be back in court Feb. 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced


There was talks of adding new regulations to ridesharing services including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.Taxi cab drivers, who feel those services create an unfair market, called on state lawmakers to do something to help their cause.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation this week that will address that. The exact details of his bill won't be released until the early part of the new year, but Nazarian's chief of staff told the Sacramento Business Journal that the legislation will add new regulations.

Sacramento Good Samaritan allegedly killed by family he helped

Sacramento Good Samaritan allegedly killed by family he helped


A family a 77-year-old south Sacramento man police say took in and helped has been arrested for his murder.

The body of Leo Curry Jr. was found by Sacramento police inside of his home on the 4000 block of Shining Star Drive on Nov. 17. Officers were checking on Curry's welfare after being contacted by the victim's own family who hadn't been able to reach him. Curry had sustained trauma to his body.

As detectives took over the case, they learned Curry had been helping a family and invited them into his home. The police investigation alleged the family, identified as Michael Moreno, 37; Sandy George, 35, and Kevin Moreno, 19, began stealing money and belongings from Curry.

Sacramento shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 under arrest

Sacramento shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 under arrest


A Citrus Heights man was arrested Thursday morning in connection to a shooting death on the 7900 block of Blackfoot Way in Antelope.

The dead man was described by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as white and in his late 30s. He was found with a gunshot wound in a home by deputies shortly after 12:45 a.m. Thursday, according to Sgt. Lisa Bowman. The man was transported to an area hospital but died soon after, she said.

The victim's name is not being released until his relatives were notified.

The suspect in the shooting, Sean Gregory Sandlin, 25, is an acquaintance of a resident of the home. Bowman said he was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of murder.

Detectives have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.


Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.