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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

On Wednesday, June 25, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Don Harper as the 8th Assembly District’s 2014 Veteran of the Year. Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve making significant contributions to their communities.

“Following his distinguished service in the Marine Corps, Don became an outstanding community leader who continually serves his fellow Americans,” said Cooley. “His tenacious attitude and drive to serve have helped him succeed in his 20-year career in local government, as the director of Vietnam Veterans of California, and as one of the founding members of the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center.”   

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks


SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.

Cooley Bill to Protect Youth Football Players

Cooley Bill to Protect Youth Football Players

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 passed out of the State Senate on Thursday, June 19, with a bipartisan vote, and now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.

AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the playing field too soon. Procedures for return-to-play will be developed by the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees competitive high school sports for 1,540 California schools.

Man stabbed, killed in Rancho Cordova; suspect arrested

Man stabbed, killed in Rancho Cordova; suspect arrested


A man accused of stabbing and killing a 20-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning in Rancho Cordova.

Fabian Pozos, 22, was taken into custody in the 10500 block of Peter A McCuen Boulevard, Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.

Deputies arrived at the scene just after midnight and found several people trying to help the victim. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. The victim's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Bowman said Pozos got into an argument with the victim; the argument then escalated into a stabbing.

Pozos was booked into Sacramento County Jail for murder.


Sacramento man reported missing


A missing Gold River man diagnosed with several health conditions has been found safe.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says 73-year-old John Brownrigg was back home safe. It was known he arrived at the Department of Motor Vehicles on Broadway Wednesday afternoon but until he was located Thursday, no one had heard from him or seen him.


Autistic boy reported missing


Authorities say 8-year-old Eduardo "Tito" Avalos has been found safe

Tito is autistic and doesn't communicate. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said he walked away from his home on the 4100 block of Justin Way at around noon Friday.

A little after 5:30 p.m., the boy was located.


Wait times for new VA patients in California


Veterans Affairs medical centers have come under criticism for long wait times for care. These are the VA hospitals in California with the longest average wait times as of May 15 for new patients seeking primary care, specialty care and mental health care, according to audit results released Monday.

NEW PATIENT PRIMARY CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

1: Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: 56.2 days

2. Loma Linda: 44 days

3. San Diego: 43.8 days

4. Northern California Health Care System (Sacramento-Mather and Martinez): 43.5 days

5. Palo Alto: 42 days

6. Long Beach: 33.7 days

7. San Francisco: 29.7 days

8. Fresno: 25.5 days

NEW PATIENT SPECIALTY CARE AVERAGE WAIT TIME:

1. Fresno: 61.4 days

2. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System: 55.1 days