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Dog saves man from Sacramento home fire

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside his home.

Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson Roberto Padilla said the man told firefighters he was sleeping when his dog Buddy nudged him and woke him up around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The man saw a fire burning in a bedroom in the rear of his house on 40th Street.

The man was treated at the scene and then released. He later went to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

Padilla said the man did not recall hearing a smoke alarm, and firefighters found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the house. He said the home had significant damage.

Former CHP deputy convicted of insurance fraud

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer has been convicted in a case involving workers' compensation insurance fraud.

A Sacramento County jury on Thursday convicted Tony Yao on felony charges of failure to disclose a prior motor vehicle accident and resulting injury, making false statements and filing a false claim.

The Sacramento Bee reports Yao was a CHP officer working in the Commissioner's Support Unit when he alleged he had suffered a work injury to his back. Evidence showed that Yao didn't disclose a pre-existing back injury.

Yao claimed he was unable to work because he could not walk without a cane. But video surveillance showed him walking normally without a cane, bending and twisting with ease.

Yao is to be sentenced Jan. 28 in Sacramento.

Cops uncover sexual assaults while answering burglary call

While Sacramento police were investigating a suspected shoplifting incident Wednesday, they learned the suspect had inappropriately touched women in the store.

The incident was on the 6500 block of 4th Avenue just before 5 p.m. Officer Doug Morse said officers went to the business to find the suspected shoplifter being detained by store security. During questioning, officers found out the man had allegedly sexually assaulted several women in the store.

Morse said the man was arrested on numerous sexual battery and theft charges. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail.

The suspect's name had not been released as of this writing.

12 Beers of Christmas at zpizza

12 Beers of Christmas at zpizza

If you don’t already have plans for this Friday evening (or feel like skipping the seventh holiday party on your calendar), consider heading over to zpizza in the Pocket area to sample the “12 Beers of Christmas” during their Lagunitas tap takeover event.

Beers on tap will include... Read More

Sacramento residents torn over Sony decision not to release 'The Interview'

Sacramento-area residents' opinions on Sony's decision not to release the film "The Interview" ran the gamut.

Some felt strongly that the company was making a mistake.

"Ultimately, it's like, the terrorists win. You know, like they got what they wanted," said Priscilla Garcia, of Sacramento.

"I don't think it's the right call at all. Release the film, get it out there," Sacramento resident Randy Wilson said. "This is the United States of America. Just because they hacked it, I don't see what the threat is here."

Others thought Sony's decision came after the hackers, believed by U.S. intelligence to be connected to North Korea, threatened harm to those who might go to see the film.

"I think it's better not to provoke the North Koreans further, it was a smart decision," Sacramento resident Carolyn Kendrick said.

Ask a Rabbi: Hanukkah Edition

Ask a Rabbi: Hanukkah Edition

Rabbi Mona Alfi #bosslady

By Co-Editor Rachel Smith

Does this Menorah make me look Jewish?

Ladies and gentiles, tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah 2014 (or if you’re following the Hebrew calendar – which I guarantee you are not – Hanukkah 5775).

Yay, Hanukkah! Eight or some-odd days where Jewish kids get hella presents and decorate their houses in blue and white!


Who the hell knows!  But we have approximately two songs (Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel and that one Adam Sandler beat) to prove that it’s a real thing.... Read More

Shaq Shares Favorite Easy-Bake Oven Recipes‬‬

Shaq Shares Favorite Easy-Bake Oven Recipes‬‬

In need of a some new recipes this holiday season?... Read More