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24-hour 'give-a-thon' aims to help more than 500 charities


UPDATE 9 a.m.: Organizations participating in the BIG Day of Giving had raised more than $1.6 million. The 24-hour online give-a-thon hopes to raise at least $5 million for the region. Learn more about BIG DoG Sacramento at http://bigdayofgiving.org

Police presence increased during Cinco de Mayo

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Area law enforcement leaders said they want everyone to enjoy themselves on Cinco De Mayo, responsibly. They said more officers will be out Tuesday evening.

Sacramento police said the average DUI costs about $10,000. They ask, wouldn't you rather just get a cab?

Sacramento Police said fiesta time doesn't need to mean jail time. The department said they are working with multiple agencies to conduct saturation patrols.

Local bars and restaurants were also encouraging designated drivers or taking the bus, Police advised that you do not ride your bike if you plan on drinking as well; you could get a citation for intoxication while operating a bicycle.

Officers said they do look to the public's help to catch drunks on your roads. If you suspect a DUI, you're asked to call 911.

Sacramento artists react to Garland shooting

The Warehouse Artist lofts on R and 11th Streets have become a haven for creativity. A photographer captured actor Immanuel Kontokanis. He was up for a role as a serial killer, and he hoped these pictures showed his devious side.

"We are in America, we should be able to express what we want to express, how we want to express it and when we want to express it," he said.

But an art show in the Dallas suburb of Garland took a violent turn Sunday, when two men armed with assault rifles and wearing tactical gear opened fire outside of the event. Police killed the men, but it was believed they targeted the show because of what was on display.

Fourth-grader gives you an inside look at Reading Partners

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reading Partners is a nonprofit that promotes literacy and helps elementary school students enhance their reading skills. Damian, a fourth grader at Bret Harte Elementary School in Sacramento, and his Reading Partners tutor, News10 Digital Producer Maneeza Iqbal worked to together to write this story – an inside look at Reading Partners from a student's point of view.

Reading Partners is taking part in the Big Day of Giving (Big DoG) on Tuesday. The 24-hour online give-a-thon is working with more than 500 nonprofit organizations throughout a four-county region. Learn more about Big DoG at http://bigdayofgiving.org

The fun thing here in Reading Partners is it's in the school, right here in the school – not even a mile away.

Watch 'Breakfast on the Job' this Friday at UC Davis Children's Hospital!

Watch 'Breakfast on the Job' this Friday at UC Davis Children's Hospital!

News10 will be at UC Davis Children Hospital May 8 from 5A-7A for 'Breakfast on the Job'.

Anchor Dan Elliott and employees will be enjoying breakfast cuisine, thanks to Culinerdy Cruiser , and talking about job opportunities at the hospital during this live broadcast.

There's some exciting news at UC Davis Children's Hospital, too.  You'll hear all about it on Friday, but  here's a bit of a preview:

Firefighters contain landfill fire in Sacramento


Firefighters knocked down a landfill fire in Sacramento, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said.

The landfill fire, which burned near Florin Perkins and Fruitridge Roads, was 20 feet high and 50 feet long, according to Padilla.

Niko King, the assistant chief of the Sacramento Fire Department said a fire chief spotted the black smoke and called in crews. King said it would take several hours for the fire to burn out.

Vigil Honors 13 Fallen Officers, 3 From the Area

Last year in 2014 marked the end of watch for 13 California officers. Their names are new additions to the Peace Officers' Memorial. Hundreds showed up to see them honored.

"We do our best to never forget them, to honor them and honor their families," said Sacramento County deputy Kevin Mickelson. He also served as president of the California Peace Officers Memorial Foundation, which organizes the annual ceremony to honor those fallen officers.

"I take it to heart every time we lose a fallen officer. It is especially close this year because it is one of our own deputies," he said.

Attorney General Kamala Harris read off the names of those officers, "Danny Oliver, end of watch October 24, 2014," she said. Oliver's partner, Deputy Scott Brown stood as Oliver's name was read.