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Man who bludgeoned son with hatchet is sentenced

A south Natomas father convicted of killing his 9-year-old son with a hatchet was sentenced Friday.

In March, Phillip Raymond Hernandez was convicted by a Sacramento jury of first-degree murder and the use of a weapon in the Feb. 26, 2013 slaying of Matthew Hernandez.

Phillip Hernandez received 26-years-to-life in prison.

Prosecutors for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said Hernandez went into his backyard, retrieved a hatchet, broke through a sliding glass door and struck his son in the head with the hatchet while the boy slept on the couch.

Sacramento police found Hernandez walking on the street not long after.

Standing up to bully gets Natomas 2nd grader suspended

Brayden Barron spent Thursday hanging out with his dad playing catch, watching TV and walking their dog. Usually the 2nd grader would be at H. Allen Hight Elementary school in Natomas during the day.

"We are a little bit livid, yes were are upset," his father Tim Barron said.

Brayden is home serving out a one-day suspension for fighting. However, his father's anger isn't directed him directed at the 7-year-old.

"Brayden was not the aggressor," he declared. "He was actually protecting himself and trying to stop this bully from advancing towards him."

Barron said Brayden complained to him about a 9-year-old boy that had been bullying him and that he even told his teacher.

Explosive device found at Natomas shopping area

A landscaping company working in a shopping area along Truxel Road in Natomas found what appeared to be an explosive device Friday morning. They found the item just after 7 a.m. near the intersection with San Juan Road.

Sacramento Police and the bomb squad responded, and discovered the item was actually an explosive device. Officers contained the device, then took it away to destroy it somewhere else.

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."

I-80 reduced to one lane for weekend commuters

Eastbound Interstate 80 will be reduced to one lane for 55 hours from 10 p.m. Friday, April 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 20 for road maintenance.

The West El Camino off-ramp on northbound Highway 99 will also be closed.

The California Department of Transportation is expecting eastbound traffic is be heavy at the Hwy 50 and I-80 interchange at the West El Camino off-ramp.

Caltrans encourages drivers headed to the Davis area to detour to east Hwy 50, using I-5 northbound to reconnect with I-80 in North Natomas to avoid traffic.

All eastbound I-80 work zones will be limited to a 55 mile-per-hour speed limit from the Sacramento River to Watt Avenue. California Highway Patrol will be onsite for enforcement.

Police: toddler puts SUV in gear, dodge rolls into neighbor's house

A 2-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sibling were transported to a Sacramento hospital to be medically evaluated after the younger child put the family SUV into gear and it slammed into a neighbor's home Friday morning.

According to Sacramento police Officer Doug Morrison, the two children and a 9-year-old sibling were left in the SUV in the garage with the motor running to warm up the vehicle. Morse said the 2 year old was not in a child restraint seat and he put the SUV in gear. It rolled backward into a house across the street.

The 9 year old suffered bumps but was not taken to the hospital.

Morse said the children's mother was nearby at the time.

This was in the 3900 block of Belden Street a little before 8 a.m.

Police accuse man of murdering woman found in north Sacramento hotel

Sacramento police are seeking murder charges against Fredrick Tatum for the death of a woman whose body was found in a north Sacramento hotel room pn Wednesday.

Tatum, 52, was accused of killing 42-year-old April Fowler Friday, two days after he was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, police said. Police said Tatum, who was Fowler's friend, physically assaulted her and caused fatal injuries.

Fowler's body was found around 12:35 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the hotel in the 3700 block of Northgate Boulevard. Officers responded to the scene after Tatum's caregiver, who became suspicious during a brief visit with the suspect at the hotel room's door, called police.