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Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.

School principal busted with drugs, young woman in Rancho Cordova motel room

A 54-year-old Marin County high school principal was arrested with a 21-year-old woman and illegal drugs in a Rancho Cordova motel room last Friday.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department was alerted by a man who said he was the boyfriend of the woman in a room at the Hyatt Place, according to sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. The boyfriend claimed Brittany Hall was being given drugs by the older man.

Ramos said deputies went to the motel for a welfare check. Thomas Woodrow Price took a minute to open the door and when he did, officers saw Hall lying unresponsive on a bed. Deputies also noted methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in the room as well as prescription drugs, Ramos said.

Officers revived Hall and arrested Price and her on suspicion of possession of controlled narcotics for sale due to the amount of drugs.

Rancho Cordova won't reprint botched voter guide

Rancho Cordova officials said they won't reprint the city's voter information guide even though it includes an error in a section on a sales tax measure.

The literature was meant to inform voters on a half-cent sales tax known as Measure H. The rebuttal to the argument in support of the measure was not printed. In its place - under the headline "REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE H" - is the exact opposite argument. It gives voters reasons to support the tax hike.

"The county is the agency responsible for printing ballots, so we don't have control over that," said Mindy Cuppy, the Rancho Cordova city clerk.

But the county elections office told News 10 they printed out exactly what was sent to them and the city chose not to do anything about it once notified of the error.

The city clerk said that's not true.

Woman arrested in connection to fatal Rancho Cordova hit and run

A woman was arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash Wednesday morning in Rancho Cordova, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

Suspect Mahdu Lata Singh, 56, was arrested a short distance from the scene of the fatal crash -- Fite Circle, south of Horn Road -- after her vehicle was spotted by investigators, the sheriff's department said.

Singh was booked into Sacramento County Jail for a felony hit-and-run charge. Her bail was set at $75,000.

The victim of the hit-and-run crash was a 65-year-old woman walking to work in the morning. The name of the victim is not being released pending notification to next of kin.

Decorating for Fall: Pumpkin floral decor

Looking for a way to spruce up your place for fall?

Beautiful by Florist is a dry wholesale flower store in Rancho Cordova that specializes in seasonal floral arrangements.

Florist Joan Pennebaker joined News10 mornings to show us how to make a pumpkin floral arrangement in the video above.

She is opening the first dry wholesale flowers store in Sacramento this November.

To learn more about her store and other arrangements they offer, visit here: http://bit.ly/1DNXRLB

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

Bill Increasing Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits Signed Into Law by Governor Brown

On Thursday, September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2494 to curb frivolous litigation tactics.

Prior to 1995, California law provided that litigants subjected to bad-faith and unmeritorious tactics could seek sanctions in the form of attorney’s fees. While invoking this provision did occur and promoted fairness in tactics, it was rare because a very high burden of proof is required to establish bad-faith.

"CMTA appreciates Ken's work on this bill - it demonstrates his commitment to reform the difficult regulatory climate in California,” said Jack Stewart, President of California Manufacturers and Technology Association. “He understands that we need to find ways to make regulations less burdensome and reduce compliance costs such as the frivolous litigation this bill will discourage."

UPDATE: Missing Rancho Cordova woman located

An at-risk Rancho Cordova woman who was reported missing Thursday has been found.

Brianna Jones, 23, is safe and back home, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

No information about where Jones was found was provided. It was believed she took the family vehicle which was found abandoned Thursday morning near Zamora in rural Yolo County, the sheriff's department reported earlier.