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August is Toy Train Month at the Railroad Museum!

August is Toy Train Month at the Railroad Museum!

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to recognize August 2015 as Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the crowd-favorite Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit.

In recognition of Toy Train month in August, an entirely new selection of Buddy “L” toys – never before displayed at the Museum -- will be introduced as part of the “Small Wonders” exhibit.  The special items added to the exhibit will include a Model T dump truck, fire truck, lumber truck, cement mixer, toy boat, toy airplane complete with its hangar, and a four-motor “air cruiser.”  With a few exceptions, these collectibles were manufactured in the late 1920s and early 1930s which are considered the classic years of Buddy “L.”  Plus, one very rare item -- a late 1920s vintage Buddy “L” coach (bus) with gold gilding -- will be on special display for one month only to protect it from fading.

Vehicle crashes into power poles, cuts power in Florin

A vehicle that crashed into two power poles cut power to nearly 12,000 residents in Florin and closed two roads.

SMUD reported a power outage in Florin around 8:14 a.m. Sunday. California Highway Patrol followed up to report that a vehicle had crashed into two power poles.

SMUD workers rerouted lines and worked to replace the fallen poles. Power was estimated to be restored by 9:50 a.m.

Sacramento Fire Department tweeted that two people had been injured in the crash and that Stockton Boulevard at Elsie Avenue was closed in both directions until the scene was cleared.

Man charged with multi-county shooting back in court

He went on a multi-county shooting rampage last October 24th, killing two Sheriff's Deputies and wounding two others. That man, Luis Bracamontes, was back in court today -- along with his wife and alleged accomplice, Janelle Monroy.

While he was in court last fall, neither of the suspect's faces were allowed to be shown on camera and it was the last time cameras were allowed in court to capture his or his wife's image.

On February 4th, Bracamontes was again back in court and things took a turn for the wild. Bracamontes smiled throughout the proceding and said hello to all in the courtroom. At the end of the session, he yelled out "I'm guilty" and as he was led out of the courtroom, said "I did kill those cops."

CHP investigates latest wrong-way crash

California Highway Patrol says while the number of wrong way crashes have gone down across the state in recent years -- they're seeing a spike in the Sacramento region.

So far this year, there have been 6 wrong way collisions, the latest one happened Thursday night.

The collision involved a Toyota Prius going head on with a big-rig on Highway 99.

The CHP says Kevin Vanarkel was behind the wheel of the Prius when he got on the T Street off ramp - and started going the wrong way on Business 80.

Vanarkel drove south about 4 miles on the northbound lanes before crashing off 47th Avenue.

"Mr. Vanarkel was driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages and collided head on with that big rig," said Officer Michael Bradley, the south Sacramento CHP public information officer.

ShotSpotter helps police dsitinguish gunshots over other noises

Ever heard of a ShotSpotter?

It's being used by Sacramento Police Department and has already proven valuable in finding out where gunshots were fired. It's innovative audio technology that helps distinguish gunfire from bottle rockets, firecrackers and even car backfires.

Stockton police has been using ShotSpotter for over a year and a half. Sacramento police will be trying out the new technology over the next year in a three square mile area in north Sacramento.

Alerts from the ShotSpotter are immediately sent to dispatch centers, patrol cars and smartphones, showing where shots were fired within 25 feet.

We can see how many rounds go off nightly in that area and it's about two per night. Nobody should be in a community that has to tolerate that," according to Sam Somers, the Sacramento police chief,

Here's where you can stay cool during the extreme heat in Sacramento

Even if you were born and raised in California, triple-digit heat waves do not get easy.

We're here to help.

Here's a few places around the Sacramento area intended to keep you cool when temperatures get to the extreme.

Public Pools

North Area:



TV show helps Sacramentans find 'Hidden Treasures'

In a fancy limo, Inside Edition rolled into downtown Sacramento Wednesday afternoon and parked at 11th and L streets. Inside the limo, "Hidden Treasures" segment hosts connected people to lost riches.

All people had to do is give the staff their names. Show runners then checked a state database to see if they have any unclaimed treasure – or money.

"We've been all over the country notifying people that they're owed a hidden treasure that they didn't know exists, and the looks on their faces is spectacular," Inside Edition Investigative Reporter Lisa Guerrero said.

People walking by the state Capitol curiously walked up and into the limo, hoping this may be their day.

Davis resident Lucas Tuttle said he didn't find anything in his name. But, "I found out my Dad has about $45 in unclaimed property. So, I'm going to make him go get that money," Tuttle said.