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Former Cal Fire chief enters no guilty plea

SACRAMENTO - "Please remain seated. Department 60 is now in session," the court bailiff said, marking the trial of Orville Fleming as the court's first order of business for the day.

According to Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, the former Cal Fire battalion chief had previously given a videotaped confession to detectives, admitting to killing his live-in girlfriend Sarah Douglas.

Fleming, 55, is accused of stabbing Douglas, 26, to death and then hiding for 16 days during a massive search.

In court today, Fleming's attorney Peter Kmeto requested a plea of not guilt, setting off an emotional response from family.

"I mean, he confessed. There it is, there," said Trina Werly, Sarah Douglas' aunt.

"Rarely are there false confessions but sometimes it does happen but he confessed."

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Front Street Shelter's 4TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, OCT. 26TH

Front Street Shelter's 4TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY, OCT. 26TH

Join us on Sunday, October 26th to celebrate all of the many lives we have been able to save!  We are so proud to be part of the Sacramento community and want to invite you to party at the shelter.  We will have carnival games, vendors, costumes, a haunted house and much more!  Plenty of tasty food will be available for purchase!  This is a free event, so there is no charge for admission.  Game tickets will be $1 each - and lots of prizes will be given out!  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, or participating as a vendor, please click on the picture above.   See you there!

Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto among America's 20 rattiest cities

SACRAMENTO – Ah rats! Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto are among the 20 most rat-infested cities in America, according to pest control company Orkin.

The nationwide pest remediation company ranked cities based on the number of rodent treatments it performed in 2013.

"Each city on this list is a major urban area that provides ideal conditions for rats and mice to thrive," said entomologist and Orkin Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. "Commensal rodents depend on humans and their resources to survive, so unless residents and city officials take proactive steps to prevent rodents, infestations can easily get out of hand…"

Scroll through the gallery at the top of the page to view the 20 cities Orkin ranked as the rattiest.

2015 Amgen Tour of California to kick off in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - Local cycling fans received exciting news Monday morning when it was revealed that the 2015 Amgen Tour of California would be starting in Sacramento.

The announcement was made at a media briefing in Sacramento Monday morning.

The eight-stage race, which spans almost 700 miles of California terrain, will begin May 10. After the opening stage in California's capital city, the race will feature stages in Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Barbara, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Folsom, which hosted a time trial during the 2014 race did not receive a return engagement. Lodi's inclusion marks its first as an Amgen host city.

The Former Downtown Plaza

The Former Downtown Plaza

At an amazing pace, the Downtown Plaza is all but torn down. ... Read More

New Roma Bakery

New Roma Bakery

Donut lovers take note—New Roma Bakery is still a must-stop shop for real brick-oven fresh baked donuts and other baked goods. I recently moved to midtown and was pleased to find that this long-time Sacramento classic is just around the corner from my apartment. I’ll be honest, at first I was thrilled and then grew very concerned—there’s no way my waistline will survive this... Read More

Half Off Any Beverage at Peet's After 12 Noon in October

Half Off Any Beverage at Peet's After 12 Noon in October

Looking to save 50% off your afternoon hit of caffeine? Peet's Coffee & Tea is offering 50% off any beverage made in the store after 12 noon through Oct. 31... Read More