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Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area


The much-needed rain storm throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday did not go off without a hitch.

The wet and slippery roads caused major travel problems for commuters during the evening rush hour. The heavy congestion was a headache for drivers who were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

Dozens of vehicle accidents were reported, including a solo-vehicle roll over crash on Exposition Boulevard. The driver walked away without injuries.

"There's a lot of traffic and accidents so it kind of helped me," said Lea Johnson, who found herself stuck in traffic, trying to make her flight out of Sacramento International Airport.

Luckily for Johnson, her flight, as well as dozens of others, were delayed because of the inclement weather.

"First, they told me 35 minutes [delay] and now, it's almost an hour," she said.

Nearly 40 arrested at Rancho Cordova Walmart protest


ID=19640201Thirty eight people were arrested near a Walmart in Rancho Cordova Friday for refusing to comply with the lawful order of a peace officer order according to Sacramento Sheriff spokeswoman Lisa Bowman.

Walmart workers demanded Walmart and its owners to pay a minimum of $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time work and started their protest at 10 a.m. according to their media release.

The release stated that the protest would include "150 workers and community allies."


Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families


President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

Bicyclist hit and killed by a Regional Transit light rail train


A male bicyclist was fatally hit by a Regional Transit light rail at Mather Field and Folsom Boulevard Tuesday morning, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Captain Michele Eidam confirmed.

According to Sacramento Regional Transit spokesperson Alane Matsui, at 8:30 a.m. a witness reported that a male put his bike down on the sidewalk, crossed a ditch and then jumped in front of the eastbound Gold Line train.

Later around 230 p.m., Regional Transit said surveillance video showed that the male deliberately laid down on the train tracks.

The incident was about a half a mile away from where a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed last week.

Gunman shoots 2 men in Sacramento

Gunman shoots 2 men in Sacramento


Two men were shot in a confrontation Monday afternoon.

Emergency responders said their injuries were non-life-threatening.

The incident was on the 3800 block of Pinell Street in Sacramento at approximately 1:40 p.m.

Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante said an Hispanic man came up to the two victims who were working on a concrete job and demanded money. The workers refused and that is when the man pulled a long-barreled gun and shot them.

The shooter then fled in a waiting car.


Teen,15, struck and killed by Light Rail train


A Light Rail train struck and killed a teenager in Rancho Cordova Thursday afternoon.

The 15-year-old girl walked into the path of a Gold Line train traveling toward Sunrise Boulevard at 2:50 p.m., according to Regional Transit spokesperson Alane Matsui. The collision was in the area of Folsom Boulevard and Coloma Road.

The victim's mother said her daughter, Mariah Burgess, was walking home from school before the collision.

Witnesses told investigators the train's warning lights were on and the train operator honked the horn, Matsui said. Witnesses also said the girl might have been wearing headphones.

Matsui said train passengers were being taken by bus from the Mather Field station to Sunrise.

Woman hit and killed in Rancho Cordova crash


An elderly woman crossing the street was hit and killed by a car Wednesday night in Rancho Cordova.

Therese Ozorak, 80, of Canada, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rancho Cordova police said a Toyota Camry was driving north on Sunrise Boulevard when the driver approached a green traffic light at International Drive. The driver saw a woman in the roadway and tried to stop, but couldn't stop before hitting Ozorak.

The driver of the Toyota Camry remained at the scene. Investigators do no think speed or weather were contributing factors in the crash.