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PHOTOS: Spring storm viewer pictures

SACRAMENTO - Spring came in like a lion this year, with winds, rain, and snow.  But during this spring storm, our viewers caught some interesting and beautiful photos.

SLIDESHOW: Spring storm viewer pictures

Levee crack leads to Sutter County local emergency

SUTTER COUNTY, CA - A 240-foot-long crack has been found in a Sutter County levee that protects residents and agricultural operations in the Nicolaus and Verona communities.

SLIDESHOW: Sutter County levee crack repairs

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday evening, because of the damage the levee could cause if it breaks.

County spokesperson Chuck Smith said the horizontal crack is on the land side of the northern levee along the Natomas Cross Canal about one and a quarter miles from the Garden Highway. The canal feeds the Sacramento River.

Robbers steal special bike from disabled person

SACRAMENTO, CA - A person with cerebral palsy had his bicycle, his main means of getting around, and money stolen during a robbery early last Friday morning, say police.

The Sacramento Police Department hopes the public can help them crack the case.

According to police, the victim was riding his three-wheeled bike home in the area of San Juan Road and Rancho Silva Drive at 1:30 a.m., March 18, when two young men came up, brandished a gun, and demanded the victim's money and bike. The victim wasn't hurt.

The bike was described as three-wheeled, blue, with a chrome handle bar, black seat and a black basket attached to the back.

One robber was described as a black man, 18-20 years old, 6 feet tall with a muscular build. He wore a black sweater and jeans.

The other robber was described as younger - between 17 and 19 years old - black, and thin. He wore a puffy jacket and jeans.

Congresswoman Matsui hosts successful federal art grants workshop

Congresswoman Matsui hosts successful federal art grants workshop

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Tuesday, March 22, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) hosted a special federal grants workshop to help area artists, galleries and museums find and apply for federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The event was held in KVIE’s Community Room, and featured a Congressional Liaison from the NEA, who gave a comprehensive overview of the Arts Endowment’s application and grant selection process. 

“The arts and cultural tourism are an in import part of our region's identity - and our economy,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “This workshop helped provide our local arts community with the opportunity to learn more about how to access federal grant funding, and I look forward to hosting similar events in the future.”

The Congresswoman’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are available here: https://matsui.house.gov:444/images

Detectives: Mistaken ID led to Elverta man's murder

RIO LINDA, CA - It appears a young man who was chased down and killed with an axe early Sunday morning may have been mistaken for a burglar, according to a Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman.

Update: Counselor devastated by client's fatal axe attack

David Valdez, 20, of Elverta, was driving an SUV that became stuck in a ditch near the corner of 2nd and Q streets in Rio Linda Saturday night, said spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

Ramos said Steven Zinda, 29, came home early Sunday morning and discovered his home had been burglarized and apparently assumed Valdez was responsible.  The corner where the vehicle was stuck is across the street from Zunda's home.

Counselor devastated by client's fatal axe attack

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA - An anger management counselor who treated Steven Zinda for over a year said she was "devastated" when she heard Zinda was charged with killing a young man with an axe just days after he graduated from the program.

"I don't have a crystal ball," said Claudia Dias, Director of Changing Courses, where records obtained by News10 show Zinda, 29, enrolled in a court-ordered anger management program in December 2009.

"I've done this kind of work for about 30 years and I've never had anyone do (anything like this) with my name on a completion certificate," Dias said.  "This is not my shining moment."

Sacramento County sheriff's investigators said Zinda killed David Valdez, 20, after chasing him nearly a quarter mile through a field in Rio Linda.

Valdez' car became stuck in the mud in front of Zinda's home early Sunday morning and Zinda apparently mistook Valdez for a burglar who had earlier broken into his home.

State: Natomas Unified among 110 school districts in financial difficulty

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- State education officials are reporting  about 30 percent of California students attend schools in 110 districts that are in serious financial trouble.

Nearly 2 million students are enrolled in the local educational agencies listed in the report released Monday by the California Department of Education. That's down from the 126 listed last year.

Thirteen districts have negative certification, which means the state projects they will not meet their financial obligations in the current or next fiscal year.

Another 97 have qualified certification, which means the state believes they may not be able to pay their bills over the next two years.

Local health club goes 'Green for Pink '

Local health club goes 'Green for Pink '

ELK GROVE - On Saturday, March 26, California Family Fitness (CFF) and Going Green for Pink, a company dedicated to free recycling of old or unused electronics with the proceeds benefiting the fight to find a cure for breast cancer, will host four recycling events throughout the greater Sacramento area. The events are open to the community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CFF’s Citrus Heights, Laguna, Natomas, and Folsom clubs. CFF will offer specialty classes, personal training and prizes for participation. Additionally, in honor of Susan G.

Beautiful Sky in Natomas

Beautiful Sky in Natomas

Despite all of the wild weather activity this afternoon, here in Natomas we saw sunshine in a beautiful sky!

City of Anaheim looking to upgrade Honda Center, lure Sacramento Kings

ANAHEIM, CA - The Anaheim city council will discuss making improvements to the Honda Center in what could be seen as an official move by the city to land the Sacramento Kings.

On the City Council agenda, a public hearing is scheduled to "Continue the duly noticed public hearing relating to the proposed financing of costs of certain improvements to the Honda Center to the City's next regular meeting."

The meeting, as first reported by the Orange County Register, was originally scheduled for Tuesday March 22nd, but was postponed to April 12th, a day before the Kings host the Lakers in their final game of the regular season.

The Register also reported that in 2008, a city official had predicted Anaheim would land an NBA franchise within five years, but the Honda Center would need to be NBA-ready, including better locker rooms and a practice facility.