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February 4, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The most serious problems started back in 2004, when Pam Pratt was recalled as mayor of this tiny city on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a half-square-mile known these days for crawdads and municipal chaos. In the dysfunction that followed, Isleton stopped paying its bills. City workers and council members ran up $600,000 in attorneys' fees. The city spent more than $156,000 that belonged to its waste collector and had to pay it back -- with interest.
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April 23, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Coroner's officials have formally identified the final victim who died in a fiery Northern California crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus full of students. The April 10 head-on collision on Interstate 5 near Orland killed 10 people as more than 40 Southern California high school students were on their way to visit the campus of Humboldt State University. Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner Larry Jones confirmed that Adrian Castro, a 19-year-old senior at El Monte High School, died in the crash, along with four other students, three adult chaperons and the two drivers.
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September 12, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors reversed itself this week and voted to offer domestic partnership benefits to the county's 14,000 employees. The 3-2 decision Tuesday came when Supervisor Muriel Johnson announced a change of heart after hearing stories of county employees who faced hardships because their partners did not have insurance. Previously, a majority of supervisors had opposed the move, citing potential increased costs and opposition to recognizing same-sex unions.
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March 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A man was in custody Friday in connection with the beating and alleged sexual assault of a Subway sandwich shop employee earlier this week in Sacramento. Kenneth Chandler Anderson, 22, was arrested by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and booked on four felony charges in connection with the assault on the woman as she arrived to work early Tuesday, KTXL-TV in Sacramento reported . Anderson is a longtime employee of the sandwich shop, according to the Sacramento Bee. He was booked into jail Thursday.
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December 6, 1989 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ken Cory, the former state controller and assemblyman from Southern California who spent 22 often-controversial years in the Capitol, is at the center of a new flap over Sacramento County's tentative decision to buy his riverfront home, which sits two miles from the end of a Metropolitan Airport runway.
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January 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
ELVERTA, Calif. - With your flute of French Champagne this weekend, how about a little caviar on toast from Sacramento? To the surprise of many would-be gourmands, the halcyon days of caviar are over. Most of the world's production no longer comes from such exotic spots as Russia's Volga River and western Asia's Caspian Sea. Those supplies are almost completely depleted from pollution, poaching, and overfishing of the caviar-egg-bearing sturgeon. Instead, it turns out that Sacramento County now is the epicenter of U.S. sturgeon and caviar production, and experts say California now accounts for an estimated 70% to 80% of U.S. production.
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March 27, 2006 | From Associated Press
A man wielding a shotgun on a busy downtown street Saturday night killed one person and wounded four others before he was shot by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy, officials said. Aaron Norman Dunn, 28, remained under arrest Sunday at UC Davis Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries received during a rampage that started outside a restaurant, Sgt. R. L. Davis said. Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, Dunn shot a man in the head at 7:45 p.m.
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A college basketball player was held as a suspect in a drive-by shooting that killed a member of the Crips street gang on Nov. 16, police said. Officers alleged that Kevin Dewayne Johnson, 19, a forward for Sacramento City College, was one of three Meadowview Bloods gang members who gunned down John Hampton, 19, from a car as he was walking home with a 12-year-old cousin. Johnson, Selvan Griggs and Tyrone Turner, both 19, were held without bail in Sacramento County Jail.
NEWS
June 19, 2008
Marriage licenses: A map in Wednesday's Section A showing the number of marriage licenses issued Tuesday in various counties around the state reported that 27 licenses were issued in Riverside County. That was the midday figure. By the end of business Tuesday, the Riverside County clerk issued 133 marriage licenses. In addition, the average number of licenses issued in a day in Sacramento County is 25, not four, as the graphic reported.
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September 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Sacramento County will pay a teenager $47,000 to settle a lawsuit over two broken wrists inflicted on him by a county probation officer. The county will pay $11,482 to Michael Mendez's attorney and $1,068 for incidentals and medical expenses, and will deposit $34,448 into a trust account for Mendez until he turns 18, on July 12. The officer was reprimanded but is still on the job.
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January 17, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
California has now confirmed 45 deaths from influenza this season, health officials have reported - an increase of 38 since the end of last week and further indication that this year's flu may be especially severe. "The great majority" of the newly confirmed patients who died had not received an influenza vaccine, said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez during a phone call with reporters Friday. Two of the new deaths occurred in children, and the state is investigating an additional 50 suspected flu fatalities, reported recently by counties, that "are likely to be confirmed by next week," Chavez added.
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December 26, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A lawsuit filed Christmas Eve alleges that a prominent California lobbying firm sought influence by directing illegal contributions to dozens of politicians - including nearly a third of the Legislature. The suit charges that Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates tapped its roster of Fortune 500 clients to steer hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks to favored politicians - although the document fails to name any. According to the court papers, company founder Kevin Sloat, who was once an aide to former Gov. Pete Wilson, also improperly gave gifts to legislators, instructing that no written record of them be kept.
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August 9, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
More than a year after a 13-year-old girl was found brutally beaten and stabbed to death in a Sacramento park, authorities said they have arrested a man in connection to her death. Sacramento County sheriff's detectives announced Thursday that DNA evidence led them to arrest Ryan Douglas Roberts, 23, on suspicion of killing Jessica Funk-Haslam, who was found dead March 6, 2012, from a stab wound, blunt-force trauma and asphyxia. Authorities said he wasn't even on their radar until DNA collected at the scene matched his. “We knew pretty early on we had a foreign DNA sample there and it was our obligation, obviously, to figure out who it belonged to,” said Det. Tony Turnbull.
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July 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
One of two bodies found Tuesday at a Huntington Beach park appears to be that of a man wanted in connection with a double arson murder near Sacramento and a carjacking in Merced, law enforcement authorities said. The bodies of the two men were found by a passerby shortly before 1 p.m. amid trees and brush at Bartlett Park, the Huntington Beach Police Department said. Police later informed detectives in Sacramento County that one of the bodies appears to be that of a 32-year-old man who allegedly killed two relatives Monday morning in the arson blaze, said Sgt. Jason Ramos of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.
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June 28, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Anthony York and Samantha Schaefer
The San Francisco county clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses late into the evening Friday and over the weekend, a spokeswoman from Mayor Ed Lee's office said in the wake of a federal court's decision clearing the way for gay marriages to resume in California. Officials said precise business hours Friday and over the weekend were not immediately clear but confirmed that licenses would be issued late into Friday night as well as on Saturday and possibly on Sunday. People interested in getting a marriage licenses can visit SFMayor.org for updates, officials said.
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June 28, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The timing couldn't be better for Abby Maurer's parents, who were visiting California from Guatemala for her brother's wedding. When they heard about the Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, they hoped to witness Maurer's wedding to her partner of six years, Kim Kearsing, as well. But they doubted the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would lift the stay so fast. Then they saw the news Friday, and Maurer, 30, quickly picked up the phone. "I called my parents and said, 'FYI, we might be getting married in an hour.'" They all assembled at the Sacramento County clerk's office, which was staying open until 7 p.m., two hours later than usual.
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February 16, 2001
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says it will, with the FBI's help, revive a criminal investigation of the 1975 shooting death of Myrna Opsahl and robbery of Crocker National Bank in Carmichael, Calif. Sheriff Lou Blanas said he is assigning a full-time investigator to the crime, which is believed to have been committed by members of the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army. The FBI also is assigning two part-time agents and a part-time crime analyst to assist.
NEWS
August 13, 1986
A five-day-old sickout by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies seeking higher pay widened, and Wendell Phillips, president of the Deputy Sheriff's Assn., claimed that 95% of the force was off the job. Phillips said, however, that he was encouraged by a letter from county negotiator Daniel Bonebrake that indicated the county would increase its offer of a 2.6% pay raise for the 1,100 deputies.
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June 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Republican Elizabeth Emken, who fell short in her bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein last year, still wants to serve in Congress. On Wednesday she announced plans to run against U.S. Rep Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove), who she denounced as an "Obama foot soldier. " "I've got the conservative ideas for putting our country back on track," Emken said in a statement. "You better believe Ami Bera and the Democrat establishment are scared to face me in this race. " Bera, a freshman lawmaker, is up for reelection next year.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Robert Greene
The killing last month of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez of Palmdale led Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles to demand a state audit of L.A. County's   Department of Children and Family Services. On its face, the demand appears to make some sense. An outside investigator such as State Auditor Elaine M. Howle might be able to provide some valuable insight into why an agency like DCFS didn't remove Gabriel from a situation that, in retrospect, looks only too clearly to have been cruel and abusive.
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