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Veterinary clinic needs your help to help homeless pets


A veterinary clinic that serves the pets of homeless people in Sacramento may have to shut down if they don't get a new building and permits.

Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is run by UC Davis veterinary school students who volunteer their time to care for hundreds of dogs and cats during their free monthly clinic. The clinic takes place on the second Saturday of the month; the next clinic is scheduled for March 14.

Volunteer and UC Davis Veterinary student Monica McCann said serving the homeless and their pets is also good for them.

Sacramento Realtor indicted for bank fraud


SACRAMENTO - A federal grand jury has indicted a Sacramento Realtor on eight counts of bank fraud for her alleged role in obtaining home loans for buyers who would not have qualified with their actual income.

Gabriela "Gabby" Carter, 43, has been a licensed real estate salesperson for 20 years and was acting as a loan officer when the fraudulent applications were submitted in 2007 and 2008, according to the indictment.

The eight mortgages identified in the indictment, from Wells Fargo Bank and Washington Mutual Bank, totaled more than $2 million.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Carter falsely represented her clients' income and generated false W-2 forms and pay stubs for various shell companies that did not, in fact, employ them.

Too old to work? Sacramento twins struggle to find a job


John and James Pitocco are 57 years old, unemployed and living in a van.

"We live day by day, hour by hour," John said. "We're always on the edge."

Man sentenced for killing his 3-week-old daughter


A man was sentenced to prison for killing his infant daughter, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said Friday.

Alias James McLaughlin was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him on Jan. 29 of second-degree murder of his 21-day-old daughter Ada, D.A. spokesperson Shelly Orio said.

Orio said on May 10, 2013, McLaughlin got angry that Ada would not stop crying. During a few hours, Ada, who weighed 5 pound and was 19 inches in length, was held upside down, shaken and thrown into her bassinet multiple times by McLaughlin.

Orio said McLaughlin then threw Ada on the ground with such force that she suffered a 1.5 inch skull fracture and severe brain trauma that caused her death.

CHP: Fatal crash involving motorcycle closes lane on Franklin Boulevard


ID=24130305The northbound lane of Franklin Boulevard was closed Friday morning due to a fatal crash involving a motorcycle, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rich Wetzel.

6 decapitated goats found near bike path in Sacramento


SACRAMENTO - Animal care officials said the bodies of six goats were found decapitated in Sacramento.

It's the latest discovery of dead animals left in local recreation areas.

Sacramento's Animal Care Services' Gina Knepp said the two adult goats and four baby goats were found in plastic bags next to a bike path.

"It doesn't make any sense to me at all," Knepp said. "If you have livestock and they're sick and dying, why would you cut their heads off before you dump them?"

Knepp said this is the fifth such incident in the last two months.

Other dead animals have included headless chickens, a goat, a tortoise, and a beheaded lamb.

"(It's) disturbing. I was hoping we could put that behind us," Knepp said. "I wasn't expecting to get another case of beheaded dumped animals."