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Investigators: Fight led to man's death in Rancho Cordova


Investigators believe that injuries a man sustained in a fight Thursday led to his death in Rancho Cordova.

The name of the victim, who is in his early 60s, has not been released.

In a press release, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said police in Rancho Cordova received a call at about 11 p.m. Thursday that the victim had been taken to the hospital. He was suffering from injuries stemming from an assault. Officers determined that the assault occurred in the 3300 block of Mather Field Road, and they believe it was a "mutual altercation."

The victim died at the hospital, the release stated. Investigators said the case will be forwarded to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office for review.


West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Stand Down helping younger homeless veterans


Many local veterans were busy on this 9/11 anniversary getting things ready for Sacramento County's annual Stand Down.

Stand Down takes homeless vets off the streets for the weekend and provides resources to help them get back on their feet.

"We bring them in, get them meals, medical, dental, vision services," said Randy Smith, president of Sacramento Stand Down Association.

The event is in its 23rd year and is credited with saving the lives of those who sacrificed their own in the battlefield.

"Last year, three vets that were in our line coming in an intake the beginning morning literally had to be rushed to local area hospitals because they were in critical condition," said Smith.

Many of those who need assistance are younger vets coming out of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where they served multiple deployments.

Rancho Cordova man receives notice from city to water lawn


A homeowner's quest to conserve water could be landing him in hot water with the City of Rancho Cordova.

At least, that's what Yoro Shcherbanyuk thought when he received a notice in the mail Wednesday stating that he needs to water his lawn more.

"I was kind of surprised," Shcherbanyuk said. "I was kind of mad."

Shcherbanyuk said he's been doing his part and only watering once, maybe twice, a week to conserve water because of the drought. But the notice he received stated a number of residents have complained about the appearance of his property. It also indicated Shcherbanyuk could face a number of fines for his golden-color lawn.

"It said we have until Sept. 29 to start watering our lawn or we'll get a fine," Shcherbanyuk said. "First, it's $100 and then it's $200."

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train


With the San Francisco 49ers' first game at their new Levi's Stadium set for Sunday, some in the Central Valley are seeing the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train as the best way to get there, while saving both time and money.

"I cannot wait. I cannot wait. I mean, the first train - I will probably be on it because I want to go to the 49er game. I do not like the drive," said Carrie Croteau, as she stood in line at the Sacramento Amtrak station ticket window.

Several Sunday trains can get you Levi's Stadium in time for 49ers games for $55.50 round trip, that includes a 25 percent discount Amtrak is providing through April 2015. The trip should take about 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to Amtrak.

The trains drop passengers within a short five minute walk of the stadium, eliminating the need to pay for parking.

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip


SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say the executive director of a zoo in Northern California has died unexpectedly during a trip overseas.

Mary Healy, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Zoo, died Thursday while traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

Zoo spokeswoman Tonja Candelaria said Saturday the 61-year-old Healy had left a port in Ecuador by ship when she suffered a cerebral aneurysm and was declared brain dead.

Candelaria says Healy was headed to the Galapagos Islands on business and vacation to see animals in the wild and their habitats. Healy's husband was traveling with her.

The widely respected Healy, who had been the Sacramento Zoo's director for nearly 15 years, also worked at zoos in Texas and South Carolina and at a Disney animal park in Florida.

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento


Hundreds of classic cars will be cruising down Sacramento streets Saturday afternoon during this year's California Automobile Museum Car Cruise.

The route starts at Sacramento State University at 4 p.m. as cars drive down Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue.

The event ends with a huge car show between El Camino and Marconi Avenue and will feature a beer garden, food trucks and a music festival.

People can register their classic ride at Sac State starting at 1 p.m. The on-site fee is $50.

You can find all the information about the California Automobile Museum Car Cruise at http://bit.ly/1shkv7P