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1 dead, 1 injured in Rancho Cordova car crash

A car collided with a power pole Saturday morning in Rancho Cordova, leaving the driver dead and his passenger with minor injuries according to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. 

The sheriff's department said the accident happened at 10:45 a.m. at the intersection of White Rock Road and Luyung Drive. A preliminary investigation suggests the driver, 26-year-old Johnathon Long, was traveling eastbound White Rock Road when he lost control of the vehicle and ended up across the roadway onto the westbound side, according to the department.  

Long then struck a power pole just off the roadway, the department said, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and his passenger, another male in his 20s, was left injured.

Sacramento Metro firefighters rescue kitten from storm drain

ID=31488907A tiny kitten was rescued from a storm drain thanks to the patience and creativity from Sacramento Metro firefighters.

According to their spokesperson, Michelle Eidam, firefighters were called to head to Rainsong Circle in Rancho Cordova to lure a kitten out of a storm drain.

Residents in the area saw the kitten run into the drain a few days ago, and it had been crying ever since, Eidam said.

One dog dies in Rancho Cordova house fire

Six people and two dogs were displaced after their house caught on fire Sunday morning, Sacramento Metro Fire said. The fire happened in the 2900 block of Calle Del Sol Way, right off Zinfandel Drive.

Firefighters responded to a single-alarm fire at a two-story house. Six people and three dogs were at home at the time of the fire. One dog died due to smoke inhalation, the department said.

Firefighters had difficulty accessing the house due to items outside and inside the house, but were able to quickly keep the fire to a single room on the second floor of the house.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly

The Sacramento Public Library is getting some attention for a great idea that makes it easier for teens to help themselves with problems like depression, abuse and eating disorders.

Justin Azevedo, a librarian at the Arcade branch put together a list with issues teenagers sometimes deal with but are difficult to talk about. Next to each topic is the code that leads you to a self-help book.

"Whether it's something as seemingly mild as acne or whether it's something more serious like being in an abusive relationship," Sacramento Public Library teen librarian Molly Milazzo said. "These are the kinds of topics, especially when you are young, that you want to be able to handle quietly."

Decision to delay leak repair leads to water main gusher

RANCHO CORDOVA - A decision to delay repairing a leaking eight-inch water main to avoid Sunday overtime led to a major gusher early Monday morning.

"Every lawn in the neighborhood is brown because they can't water it and we've got thousands of gallons of water rushing down this street," said Gary Parker, who first noticed water bubbling up Sunday morning in front of his home on Ramsgate Way.

Parker said he couldn't initially reach anyone at California American Water to report the leak, but that a company representative who eventually showed up determined the leak wasn't serious enough to warrant a Sunday repair.


Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding

Heads to the Senate Floor

Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor.  AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.

Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as

2015 Veteran of the Year

STATE CAPITOL – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was pleased to honor United States Air Force Sergeant Michael Hughes at the Annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon in Downtown Sacramento.

“I am proud to honor Sergeant Michael Hughes, not only for his service as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, but also for his work establishing the No Veteran Dies Alone program,” said Cooley.  “Sergeant Hughes has continued  his legacy of service with his heart by assisting terminally-ill veterans reach their end-of-life with someone at their side, and even escorting the deceased along with a U.S. flag to their final resting place,” continued Cooley.