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Sacramento Army vet leaving to fight ISIS


NATOMAS – The images put out by ISIS are gut-wrenching. For one Sacramento Army veteran, he's seen enough and is ready to take action.

Very soon Ciel, who did not want his last name published, will travel to the Middle East to join the fight against the terror group. Once there, Ciel will meet up with fellow American veterans and join the Kurdistan militia.

"The 'A Team' -- a group of veterans against ISIS," he said.

Ciel is the newest member of the group and is ready to fight.

"We're going to go out there and meet up with the YPG," he said. "And, we're going to get our weapons and gear; and we're going to make our way and start meeting ISIS head on."

Ciel said he and the other vets have a lot of valuable experience to offer the fight.

7-year moratorium on Natomas construction ends Tuesday


A seven year moratorium on new construction in the City of Natomas officially ends Tuesday.

The city's department on community development will start accepting and issuing building permits for new Natomas homes and businesses for the first time since 2008. This comes after a revised flood map was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Permits are expected to be approved for construction of more than a thousand new homes, with new permits for businesses expected to follow soon.

"So we can put bathrooms in our parks, we can build hotels, we can build businesses, we can add on to our schools, we can finish neighborhoods that were started with homes," Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby said.

In the next 18 months Ashby said you can expect to see a new hotel, a new elder care facility, doctors' offices and much-needed new school construction.

Victim identified in Natomas shooting


The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified Octavio Isai Gobea Maldanado, 37, as the man who died in Natomas after a Friday morning shooting.

Police said they were called to an apartment complex on Capital Park Drive after reports came in of gunfire. When they arrived, Maldanado was found with gunshot wounds in the front doorway of an apartment.

Sacramento fire pronounced him dead as the scene.

Police have not released any information regarding a suspect in the shooting of Maldanadoor and a motive for the killing is unknown.

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Sacramento is a top 10 destination city

Sacramento is a top 10 destination city


Sacramento is a destination city? It seems so, according to U-Haul.

Sacramento made this year's cut – rising three spots from last year to be named the 10th U.S. destination city.

The rankings reflect the top 10 destinations of U-Haul one-way rentals for the previous year. There are several reasons for the growth.

The survey credits the area's "green living" initiatives, as well as affordable regional home prices compared to coastal cities.

Another reason, Sacramento's growing entertainment hub with the new downtown arena well on its way.

"We're really stoked," said new Sacramento resident Whitney Dufresne, who moved to an east Sacramento home on Thursday. "Living near a great park within walking distance to a lot of neat restaurants and things to do is exciting for sure."

Deadly early morning crash in Natomas, victim identified


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A woman was killed early Monday morning when her car struck a tree on Interstate 5 in Natomas, the California Highway Patrol said.

The victim was identified as 44-year-old Priya Sharma of Sacramento according to the Sacramento County Coroner.

She was driving a Lexus that witnesses said drove off the roadway and struck a tree at about 2:30 a.m. on northbound Interstate 5 near North Del Paso Road. CHP said speed was a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

Ambulance funds approved for Natomas


SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night for a motion to include funds for two dual-role paramedics in the general budget for 2015-2016.

If included in an upcoming budget vote, the funds would staff two firefighter-paramedics for an ambulance at Station 30 in North Natomas.

Residents argued that Natomas, with 100,000 residents, has 20 percent of the city's population, but only a little more than seven percent of the city's fire protection services. The vote came after emotional testimony from more than two dozen residents and concerned citizens.

"I couldn't imagine, if you put yourself in my position that day, standing over a loved one, and you lose them because you don't have the proper response," said one unidentified resident who recalled waiting for firefighters to arrive when he had suffered a pair of gunshot wounds.

Cousins convicted of abduction and rape


Two men have been found guilty of kidnapping and multiple sexual assault charges including rape in the abduction of a woman from her north Sacramento driveway three years ago.

The victim, who was in her 20s, was blindfolded, tied up and forced to take medication, according to Sacramento Superior Court documents. Cousins Sarbjit Singh Sandhu and Rajdev Singh Purewal drove her for approximately 40 miles and took turns raping and forcing her into oral and anal sex for five hours.

They released her north of Sacramento and she reported the offenses.

The prosecution said a DNA database linked Sandhu to the crimes eight months later. Purewal was identified as the second suspect three months after that through phone records and other evidence, including DNA evidence.