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UPDATE: Missing Hiram Johnson High School student found


An at-risk 16-year-old Hiram Johnson High School student who went missing Tuesday morning has been located and is safe, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

Zong Chang had last been seen at the high school on 14th Avenue at about 8 a.m., police Officer Michele Gigante said. No details were provided about how and where Chang was found Tuesday afternoon.


Arson destroys East Sacramento business


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Sacramento city firefighters believe a blaze that destroyed a business early Monday morning was the result of arson.

The fire started at around 1 a.m. at Crepes and Burgers at 56th and H streets in Sacramento. There were no injuries.

The blaze remains under investigation.


Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


Bike compounds at Sac State aim to prevent thefts


The fall semester is well underway at Sacramento State University.

But one concern students have outside the classroom: bicycle thefts.

The campus is no stranger to bike thefts. In the month of September, 16 bikes were reported stolen to campus police, according to Police Chief Mark Iwasa.

In an effort to beef up security, school officials opened two new gated bike compounds this summer for a total of three on campus. Each compound is staffed with a student security officer who helps keep a watchful eye.

"They're pretty vigilant. They're watching to make sure no one is here, clipping, cutting locks and stealing bikes," Tony Lucas, the senior director of Transportation & Parking Services at Sacramento State, said.

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Crews will be performing work on Highway 50 this weekend between 15th Street in Sacramento and Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. Expect delays while crews are working and take alternate routes when possible.

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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat


SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday


For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.


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Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.