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March 27, 2011 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood can have Schwarzenegger. Sacramento has Sutter. In a company town with little pizzazz but lots of lawmakers squabbling over the state's financial mess, Gov. Jerry Brown's 7-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi has become a bona fide celebrity. For months, California's first dog has starred in feverish blog posts and front-page news stories. Legislators and lobbyists fawn over the stocky little brown-and-white canine. He's become a fixture in budget negotiations ? actually sitting at the bargaining table once ?
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April 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Two employees have been fired and three others disciplined at a Las Vegas hospital accused of "patient dumping" -- sending mentally ill patients to other states, including California. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that 10 of roughly 1,500 patients discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital had been placed on buses within the last five years without "a support system/family/friends/housing at the destination," the Sacramento Bee reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Comedian Katt Williams avoided jail Thursday when he was sentenced to 90 days of community service after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless evasion of an officer in Sacramento. The original sentence was 180 days in county jail, according to the Sacramento Bee , but the judge converted it to the community service stretch with the other 90 days stayed if he does the work and stays out of trouble. The charge was originally a felony vehicle code violation. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots The chase that sparked the charge occurred last November, during a rough patch for the comic as he played dates on the West Coast and bumped up against the law repeatedly along the way. Driving a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle, Williams led police on a chase through sidewalks and walkways in downtown Sacramento after they approached him on a disturbing-the-peace complaint, Fox40 News reported at the time.
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December 3, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The second suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire at a Sikh sports event in Sacramento County has been caught in India five years after the fatal shooting, the FBI announced. Amandeep Singh Dhami, 28, went on the run after the August 2008 attack at the Gurmukh Singh Johal Memorial Tournament, according to the FBI. One person -- 26-year-old Parmjit Pamma Singh -- died in the shooting, and several more were injured. Spectators were able to hold down the other shooter -- 28-year-old Gurpreet Singh Gosal -- until Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, some of them using hockey sticks and cricket bats, the Sacramento Bee reported.
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April 22, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The city attorney Monday announced a formal investigation into allegations that Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital had bused hundreds of indigent mentally ill patients out of state with few or no resources. The allegations of patient-dumping were brought to light by the Sacramento Bee. The paper reported that at least 36 of 1,500 patients discharged by Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas over the last five years had been sent to San Francisco on Greyhound buses.
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November 13, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The fate of a 9-year-old Lodi boy whose family was killed in a car crash last month remains up in the air as he continues to recover from his injuries. A relative told reporters at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento on Tuesday that three weeks after the crash claimed the lives of Eden Miranda's parents, three siblings and his mother's unborn baby, talks about where he will end up are ongoing. Luis Miranda Ochoa, 32; his wife, Viviana Rodriguez Saldado, 31, who was seven months pregnant; and three of their children, Irvin, 12, Jose, 6, and Stephanie, 5, died in the crash.
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October 23, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Former Democratic state Assemblyman Tom Calderon has decided not to run next year for the state Senate seat being vacated by his brother, Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), friends and associates said Wednesday. The decision was not a surprise to many watching the campaign, including former campaign advisors who noted he had raised little money for the election. In June, the FBI served search warrants on the office of Sen. Ron Calderon as part of a public corruption investigation.
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October 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A former Sacramento police officer was ordered to stand trial on charges that he raped a 75-year-old stroke-impaired woman in 2010. Gary Dale Baker is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 17 on two counts of rape, two counts of forced oral sex, two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual assault during a first-degree burglary, the Sacramento Bee reported . Baker, 50, remains free on $1-million bail. The burglary-related offenses could bring Baker a life term in prison if convicted, the paper reported.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Marion Adams, 59, the track and field coach and an assistant football coach at Rio Linda High in Sacramento, died after he was impaled by a parking-lot barrier outside the stadium where he coached. Adams was riding his bicycle out of the parking lot Monday night when he turned to wave at a student. While looking back, he biked into the end of the yellow bar that drops down to allow cars access to the parking lot. The bar impaled him in the stomach. Students rushed to his aid and called 911, but he died of his injuries a few hours later at a hospital.
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