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Deadly early morning crash in Natomas, victim identified


A woman was killed early Monday morning when her car struck a tree on Interstate 5 in Natomas, the California Highway Patrol said.

The victim was identified as 44-year-old Priya Sharma of Sacramento according to the Sacramento County Coroner.

She was driving a Lexus that witnesses said drove off the roadway and struck a tree at about 2:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near North Del Paso Road. CHP said speed was a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Ambulance funds approved for Natomas

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night for a motion to include funds for two dual-role paramedics in the general budget for 2015-2016.

If included in an upcoming budget vote, the funds would staff two firefighter-paramedics for an ambulance at Station 30 in North Natomas.

Residents argued that Natomas, with 100,000 residents, has 20 percent of the city's population, but only a little more than seven percent of the city's fire protection services. The vote came after emotional testimony from more than two dozen residents and concerned citizens.

"I couldn't imagine, if you put yourself in my position that day, standing over a loved one, and you lose them because you don't have the proper response," said one unidentified resident who recalled waiting for firefighters to arrive when he had suffered a pair of gunshot wounds.

Cousins convicted of abduction and rape

Two men have been found guilty of kidnapping and multiple sexual assault charges including rape in the abduction of a woman from her north Sacramento driveway three years ago.

The victim, who was in her 20s, was blindfolded, tied up and forced to take medication, according to Sacramento Superior Court documents. Cousins Sarbjit Singh Sandhu and Rajdev Singh Purewal drove her for approximately 40 miles and took turns raping and forcing her into oral and anal sex for five hours.

They released her north of Sacramento and she reported the offenses.

The prosecution said a DNA database linked Sandhu to the crimes eight months later. Purewal was identified as the second suspect three months after that through phone records and other evidence, including DNA evidence.

Man who bludgeoned son with hatchet is sentenced

A south Natomas father convicted of killing his 9-year-old son with a hatchet was sentenced Friday.

In March, Phillip Raymond Hernandez was convicted by a Sacramento jury of first-degree murder and the use of a weapon in the Feb. 26, 2013 slaying of Matthew Hernandez.

Phillip Hernandez received 26-years-to-life in prison.

Prosecutors for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said Hernandez went into his backyard, retrieved a hatchet, broke through a sliding glass door and struck his son in the head with the hatchet while the boy slept on the couch.

Sacramento police found Hernandez walking on the street not long after.

Standing up to bully gets Natomas 2nd grader suspended

Brayden Barron spent Thursday hanging out with his dad playing catch, watching TV and walking their dog. Usually the 2nd grader would be at H. Allen Hight Elementary school in Natomas during the day.

"We are a little bit livid, yes were are upset," his father Tim Barron said.

Brayden is home serving out a one-day suspension for fighting. However, his father's anger isn't directed him directed at the 7-year-old.

"Brayden was not the aggressor," he declared. "He was actually protecting himself and trying to stop this bully from advancing towards him."

Barron said Brayden complained to him about a 9-year-old boy that had been bullying him and that he even told his teacher.

Explosive device found at Natomas shopping area

A landscaping company working in a shopping area along Truxel Road in Natomas found what appeared to be an explosive device Friday morning. They found the item just after 7 a.m. near the intersection with San Juan Road.

Sacramento Police and the bomb squad responded, and discovered the item was actually an explosive device. Officers contained the device, then took it away to destroy it somewhere else.

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."