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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.

World War II veteran critically injured in home invasion


SACRAMENTO - He's a member of the greatest generation, but a home invasion has left him on life support.

John Masson, 92, was at his North Highlands home last week when suspects broke in and attacked him in the middle of the night.

Family members said it does not look good for Masson. Now, the only comfort the family has would be finding the people responsible for the attack and bringing them to justice.

Masson was leading an active life, even taking care of his step-daughter Akemi Girion, who was paralyzed in an accident three years ago. Girion said helping others came naturally to her father after a lifetime of service.

"World War II, Korean War and the beginning of Vietnam War, and my mother stopped it, enough is enough," Girion said.

Orangevale man pleads guilty in $1.5 million drug money case


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of transporting or shipping over $1.5 million in drug trafficking money has pleaded guilty to federal drug and money laundering charges in Ohio.

Justice Department officials say 25-year-old Samuel Flek, of Orangevale, California, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Columbus.

Court documents say a drug organization began paying Flek in 2012 to travel to Columbus to transport narcotics money from Ohio to California. He stored it in his luggage on flights and sometimes shipped it, investigators say. He's also accused of transporting marijuana from Columbus to Dayton.

Authorities say Flek could be facing decades in prison. Flek's attorney, Steve Nolder, says Flek hasn't been in trouble before, and he'll argue for a "reasonable sentence."


Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


California officials unveil 'Johnny Cash Trail'


SACRAMENTO (AP) - The city of Folsom has completed the first section of the "Johnny Cash Trail" that will pay tribute to the country music icon and his 1968 album "At Folsom Prison."

City officials planned to unveil the first section of the 2.5-mile trail on Saturday - a pedestrian and bike bridge designed to echo Folsom State Prison's east gate guard towers, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The trail will traverse prison property and link to area trails.

The newspaper reports that the city is planning a $3 million fundraising drive to pay for a 2-acre park next to the bridge and art installations along the trail - including a 40-foot steel statue of Cash.

Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash was at the ribbon cutting ceremony and spoke to the crowd.

Folsom to challenge approved increase in cargo flights to Mather Airport


On Tuesday, the Folsom City Council unanimously agreed to file a lawsuit challenging the recent approval by Sacramento County of the Mather Master Plan and related environmental documents.

In a release issued by the City of Folsom, spokesperson Sue Ryan stated the lawsuit cites a failure by Sacramento County to consider significant noise impacts on residents and neighbors from increased air traffic directly over Folsom.

"We value our relationship with the County and this decision was not taken lightly," said Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell. "The long-term impacts to Folsom residents are too great and a legal challenge is the only alternative remaining. If the Master Plan proceeds as planned and Mather is converted to a significant cargo hub, the impacts on the residents of Folsom will be significant into perpetuity, and that is unacceptable."

West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.