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Man hired by Sacramento woman to kill husband sentenced


SACRAMENTO - A judge sentenced Jake Clark to three years plus 25 years to life in prison for the 2011 murder of Ghulam Ayobi Friday, district attorney Jan Scully announced.

In June, a jury convicted Clark of first-degree murder.

The sentence comes two years after Sacramento police officers responded to a call of a male shot on Interstate 80. Upon arrival, officers found Ghulam Ayobi shot in the upper body.

Ayobi was later declared dead after he was transported to the hospital.

Man arrested for fourth DUI injures horse, rider in Rio Linda crash


RIO LINDA, Calif. - A horse was injured when it was struck by a man suspected of driving while under the influence Sunday.

Two horses were crossing the road near M St. and Front St. in Rio Linda when Larry York, 56, of Antelope struck one of the them, according to California Highway Patrol officer Chad Hertzell.

The horse suffered a broken leg in the collision, and may have broken a second leg.

The man riding the horse fell onto the vehicle, smashing the windshield. He was taken to Mercy San Juan Hospital for treatment.

York was taken into custody and transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital where he was evaluated before being booked into jail on charges of felony DUI with injuries and driving on a suspended license, according to the CHP.

CHP officers said York had three prior DUI charges.

Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect vehicle

Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect vehicle


Sacramento police need the public's help finding a suspect vehicle in an injury hit-and-run case.

A bicyclist, a woman in her 40s, was going south on the 6800 block of 24th Street around 4 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 when she was hit by a SUV. Police said she suffered serious injuries.

Through the investigation, detectives believe the SUV to be a 1996-2001 Ford Explorer or a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. Police said it is a dark colored SUV and would have damage to the right front headlight area, with possible damage to the right front hood area.

Baby dies after arriving at Sacramento firehouse

Baby dies after arriving at Sacramento firehouse


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento police are investigating the death of a baby girl who was taken to a fire station with a traumatic injury.

The 14-month-old girl was in a state of medical distress when she was taken to Sacramento Fire Station No. 17 around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The baby was then transported to UC Davis Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Police said homicide detectives were called to the hospital to investigate because the baby had unexplained physical trauma. Investigators haven't determined a cause of death. Her identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.

Detectives found that the mother's boyfriend was taking care of the toddler while she was at work. When the mother returned home, she saw that the girl needed medical help. She and her boyfriend then took the baby to the fire station.

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.

2 crop dusters from same company crash in same day in Sutter Co.


SUTTER COUNTY, Calif. - Two crop dusters belonging to the same company crashed just hours apart within a half mile of each other Monday.

Both planes experienced problems with their engines, according to Steve Anderson, owner of Anderson's Flying Service of Yuba City.

The first plane crashed south of Riego Road and west of Highway 99 around 7:30 a.m. The pilot was unhurt. He said his engine seized, so he dumped his load of chemicals and set the plane down. During the emergency landing, the plane's wheel caught an edge and tipped the plane forward. A crane was brought in to remove the plane by mid-morning.

Here kitty, kitty … oh, that's a mountain lion

Here kitty, kitty … oh, that's a mountain lion


SACRAMENTO - Law enforcement and animal control were called to East Sacramento after a mountain lion was spotted early Saturday morning.

Sacramento Police Officer Doug Morse said A resident called 911 at 1:35 a.m. to report seeing a mountain lion in the area of 58th and M streets. Then around 3 a.m., another resident called to report seeing the mountain lion near 36th Street and Folsom Boulevard.

A lieutenant responded to the area around 4 p.m. and saw what appeared to be a mountain lion at 36th and R streets, near the light rail tracks, Morse said. The animal jumped over a chain link fence and moved toward Highway 50.

Around 10:21 p.m., an officer located the mountain lion inside the yard of a home in the area of 32nd and X St.

California Department of fish and wildlife officials were called to the scene and sedated the animal without incident.