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Cold rain drenches Sacramento; snow possible later in week

Cold rain drenches Sacramento; snow possible later in week

SACRAMENTO, CA - Rain slowed down the afternoon commute across Northern California Thursday.

"I have my golf umbrella, so I'm doing ok and dry for now, " David Low said.

Capitol Ace Hardware in downtown Sacramento is ready to help people get prepared for the stormy weather.

"We've got tarps, pipe insulation and even snow shovels if it comes to that," hardware store employee Matt London said.

The cold blast of artic air and rain was a brisk reminder of what could come Friday night, possible valley snow.

"I'm ready, it hasn't snowed in Sacramento since 1976," Low said.

Fruit Ridge students back to school at backup campus

SACRAMENTO, CA - Fruit Ridge Elementary School students returned to class Thursday morning, but at a different location after Sacramento City Unified School District officials shut down their campus due to the discovery of asbestos fibers.

The former Bear Flag Elementary campus has now been changed to Fruit Ridge Elementary II.  School was supposed to begin Wednesday but the district said it needed an extra day to get the school ready.

District administrators ordered Fruit Ridge elementary closed last week after learning that work crews may have disturbed asbestos in the school's attic, a district representative said.

Crews fight fire at Sacramento piping warehouse

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Metro Fire Department fought a fire at the Columbia Specialty Industrial Piping Material warehouse Wednesday around 7:27 p.m. at 8670 Fruitridge Road.

The fire spread rapidly to the roof and walls, which started to bow, said Sac Fire Department Spokesman Jonathan Burgess.

Firefighters were ordered out of the building because the roof could have collapsed, said Burgess.

Flammable materials inside the building caused multiple explosions as crews tried to extinguish the flame.

There were over 50 firefighters at the scene with Sac Fire and Cosumnes Fire Departments. Crews are expected to be on scene through the night as they make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

The business was not open when the fire started.

The extent of the damage is unclear at the time.

A fire investigator was called to the scene to look into the cause of the fire.

Sacramento fire departments awarded $11 million to hire firefighters

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento area's two fire departments, Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Metro Fire District have been awarded more than $11 million in federal funds to hire firefighters and in the case of the Sac Fire, restore two fire engine companies.

Sac Fire is to receive $5,606,864 in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant monies, the office of Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, announced Wednesday. That will allow the department to hire 27 firefighters in addition to restoring two browned-out companies. The department began rotating fire company brown-outs in July 2008 due to budget cuts.  

Sac Metro was awarded $5,470,824 to hire 24 firefighters.

Sac Fire Chief Ray Jones said the funds will make communities safer by improving response times.

Stepmom pleads no contest to 3 year old's beating death

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento woman accused of beating her toddler stepson to death last March entered a no contest plea to causing great bodily resulting in death, says the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

District attorney spokeswoman Shelly Orio said Dayshawna Lawrence was caring for 3-year-old Jeremiah McRath when she became so angry at him for toilet training accidents she inflicted severe physical discipline. The boy fell into unconsciousness. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center where doctors observed injuries to the child's head and bruising over his body and reported it to police. He died two days later.

An autopsy determined Jeremiah succumbed to blunt force head injuries.

The no contest plea carries a 25-years-to-life prison term. Lawrence will be sentenced March 18 in Sacramento County Superior Court.

The boy's father, Adrian McRath, was also arrested in the case.

Children's Dental Clinic - February 15, 2011

A new children's dental clinic in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento will serve underserved children.

The Sacramento non-profit agency -The Effort -  is proud to announce the Grand Opening of their new state of the art children's dental clinic, the first community dental clinic in Sacramento County that has pediatric specialists.

Where: The Effort Oak Park Community Health Center
3415 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sacramento

Jury convicts ex-boyfriend in Sacramento domestic violence murder

SACRAMENTO, CA - A jury Thursday convicted a Sacramento man of rape and murder in the 2007 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend. 

Jurors convicted Lamont Rhinehart, 37, faces life in prison after jurors convicted him of attacking Avery Polk, 27, as she left her Center Parkway apartment on July 2, 2007. 

Rhinehart dragged her back into the apartment, raped her, and stabbed her several times, prosecutors said. 

Rhinhart had three previous domestic violence convictions, including one from 2005 for an incident involving Polk.  Rhinehart is scheduled to be formally sentenced in April.

Sacramento deed scheme surfaces in So. Cal, NY

SACRAMENTO, CA -  News10 Exclusive: An organization that promised dozens of troubled homeowners in the Sacramento area that it could make their mortgages disappear has surfaced in Southern California and New York.

A lawyer for one victim in Orange County said an FBI agent told him the losses in Southern California could be much larger than those in Sacramento.

In December, News10 broke the story of the mortgage rescue scheme which had targeted roughly 50 Russian families and individuals in Sacramento and neighboring counties.

Six charged, 1 at large in deadly Sacramento barbershop shootout

SACRAMENTO, CA - Homicide charges against the prime suspect  in the south Sacramento barbershop shootout last December, as well as five others, were filed Wednesday.

Lonnie Orlando Mitchell, Charles Edward Barksdale, James Leo Carney, Dominique Marcel Lott, Louis James Mitchell and Larry Jones were all charged with one count of homicide for the murder of Monique Brown and four counts of felony assault.