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Pet owners get financial break

Sacramento and Yolo County pet owners can now apply to have their pets spayed or neutered for just $20 per dog and $15 per cat as part of “Spay Day Sacramento” on March 6.  This is a savings of 90 percent or more on this routine, but important veterinary procedure.  Spaying or neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters.

Qualifying pet owners must be either Sacramento or Yolo County residents and have an annual household income of $35,000 or less.  There is a 2 animal (dog and/or cat) limit per household.  Proof of income will be required.

20-year-old dies in fiery Sacramento wreck; Driver charged

SACRAMENTO, CA - One woman died, two others were injured and the driver has been arrested after a car hit a tree and then burst into flames Saturday morning.

In a news release, the California Highway Patrol said Ashley Marie McEntee, 20, died after the car she was a passenger in hit a tree going about 90 miles per hour at a home on Rudway Court. The driver, McEntee and another passenger, Rommel Borjas, 19, were all transported to the University of California Davis Medical Center.

McEntee was pronounced dead late Saturday night. Borjas was released from the hospital Sunday morning.  The 17-year-old driver's name and condition have not been released because he is a minor. 

The California Highway Patrol did say the driver was arrested but did not give specifics on that arrest.  No one inside the home was hurt.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fairies & Fools!"

"A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fairies & Fools!"

Fairytale Town  is proud to present SHAKESPERIMENT 2011, a new extension of their popular and successful Fairytale Town Troupers program. The first production will be a brand new one act adaptation of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fairies & Fools!",  featuring young actors ages 12 to 21. 

This innovative and original production focuses on the disharmony between the King and Queen of Fairyland and a group of bumbling actors who unwittingly cross their paths. It's a fun and family friendly romp filled with music, magic, mirth and mayhem.

When: Saturdays & Sundays, Feb. 19, 20, 26, 27
Time: 12:00p.m.

Telugu Association hosts SanKranthi and 7th Anniversary Celebration

The Telugu Association of Greater Sacramento (TAGS) is celebrating the Indian harvest festival “Sankranti” and its 7th year Anniversary with a gamut of cultural events.

Over 150 local artists and performers are scheduled to perform.

When:  Saturday, Jan.

Free real estate mobile app launched

Cheri Elliott, one of America’s most legendary cyclist and locally well known as “The Broker on a Bike,” announced the launch of her free real estate mobile app.

The app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and instantly display real estate listings in the immediate area. No more having to pull flyers.  You can see and save all the listings details and photos on the spot. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps, pictures and more. The “Refine Search” feature lets users select a price range, property type and the number of beds and baths to help them find just what they’re looking for. 

It works on standard cell phones, smartphones, and iPhones/iPads across all mobile carriers.   Cheri explains, “This tool is extremely powerful.

New Zodiac calendar changes after 13th sign added

SACRAMENTO, CA - Astronomers created quite a stir for astrologers when they pointed out current Zodiac signs are out of date, and could be off by up to a month.

Astronomer's said the Earth's axis doesn't rotate in the same direction all the time; it actually "wobbles" back and forth. The wobble caused a shift on the view of the constellations since they were first charted by the Babylonians 2,000 years ago.

"Everybody needs something to believe in and you know, why not?" Amateur Astronomer Walter Heiges said. "I could tell you every day, this is what's going to happen and if it happens, I'm a hero. If it doesn't happen, well, I screwed up today."

The new Zodiac calendar would add a 13th sign, Ophichus. Ophichus was originally abandoned by the Babylonians because they only wanted 12.

Snowboarders and skiers look for Sierra deals

SACRAMENTO, CA - With a holiday weekend here, thousands of snowboarders and skiers could be heading to the Sierra.  Problem is - most will pay full price to ride the slopes unless they follow experts' advice.

Boreal Ski Resort marketing director Jon Slaughter tells people to research on-line for entrance and lift ticket deals. His favorite site is www.snowbomb.com.

"It has all the deals from most, if not all, of the resorts in the Sierra," Slaughter said.

Most of the resorts have deals posted on their own websites.  But with warm weather forecast and big weekend crowds expected already, many special offers won't be around.  

Natalie Sentz, nsentz@news10.net

Deportee Mom Wins Temporary Reprieve

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA-  Silva Mamikonyan is breathing a bit easier knowing she can stay in the US, at least for a while longer.

The mother of two who is a native of Armenia was told she can stay in the U.S. until February 17th, while her case is reviewed.

News10 first reported the story last month when Mamikonyon was facing deportation on January 20th,  after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered her deported. Officials say she entered the U.S. illegally in 2002.

The family says Silva is not a criminal, but is hopeful officials will review her case and grant her a green card.

"I am hopeful for good things, I love this country," said Mamkonyan. 

US Congressman Dan Lundgren's office is reviewing her case and talking with the family.


Sacramento couple sentenced in 5-year-old's torture killing

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento mother and her boyfriend convicted of murdering her 5-year-old son were given long prison sentences Friday.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny sentenced Eduardo Zamora Jr., 32, to 23 years to life in prison and a second life term in the first-degree murder and torture of Braeden James Gardner in June 2009.

Amber Ingram, 26, convicted of second-degree murder, received a 15 years to life sentence for child endangerment for leaving her son with Zamora while she went to work.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Zamora called 911 on June 17, 2009, from the couple's home to report the boy had stopped breathing. Paramedics took the child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital officials said the boy had extensive bruising and injuries indicating he had been abused.

Jack L. Parker book signing event

Jack L. Parker, a resident of Roseville, will be signing copies of his Action and Adventure novel, Bhutanese Adventure.

When: Saturday, Jan. 22 from 1p.m.-5p.m.

Where: Borders, 2765 E. Bidwell St., Folsom 95630

Avid fly-fisher and eager adventurer Jeff Thornton has settled back into college life with his close friend Trudy Garrison after the rescue of his kidnapped parents from the evil Chinese Colonel Chin.