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Close call for customer when SUV slams into Natomas convenience store


An SUV barreled through the front doors of an Extra Mile convenience store at a Natomas Chevron on Thursday, not stopping until it smashed into the refrigerators filled with soda at the rear of the store. The driver of the Nissan Murano left shattered glass everywhere, mowing over everything.

Bystander Seda Bryant was in line paying for gas. She said she had just moments to get to safety.

"She was just coming through the doors and I ran behind the register to get out of the way," Bryant said. "She just kept going. She didn't brake or anything."

2 injured in North Sacramento shooting

A man and woman were injured in a shooting early Saturday morning in North Sacramento.

Sacramento police said the woman and man are being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is unknown.

The shooting happening around midnight at an apartment complex on North Avenue. Sgt. Doug Morse said the two victims were inside of an apartment when the unknown suspect shot at them, injuring the two before fleeing the scene.

Police continue to investigate the shooting.

Natomas chase ends with crash and 4 arrests

Four people who led Sacramento police on a high-speed chase that covered more than 10 miles were in custody Thursday evening.

Police suspect the group burglarized a home in north Natomas in the 3700 block of Far Niente Way and then stole a car and filled it with stolen property from the home.

Patrol officers reported finding the four unloading the stolen goods into another car. After officers attempted to stop them, a chase ensued.

"It just seems like they were willing to stop at nothing to get away, which creates a very dangerous situation for us," Officer Traci Trapani said.

The pursuit continued to El Camino Boulevard where the occupants of the white Pontiac were seen tossing rifles from their windows.

"During the pursuit, they actually threw two guns out the window, but both have been recovered, thankfully," Trapani said.

Natomas building ban lifted

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mayor Kevin Johnson received FEMA's finals designation letter letting the city move forward with construction in Natomas Tuesday evening.

Those who live and love the area like Leo Pantoja with KB Home said while the wait was hard, they're just concentrating on what's next.

"We've been on hold for quite a few years," he said. "It's been a long time coming."

In 2008, the building moratorium in Natomas went into effect after the federal government found the area did not meet enhanced flood protection requirements.

Pantoja said he's just grateful all that is behind the area.

"It's a very convenient location, good neighborhoods, amenities, schools, I think it's going to be great," he said.

And so do city leaders who were busy taking applications like the one from KB homes all day. They're calling it a relief.

Feds lift Natomas building moratorium

For years, the Natomas neighborhood has not been a pretty sight for Denise Chapel. It has been an eyesore with unfinished structures. Chapel purchased her Natomas home just a few months before the building moratorium.

"Since we came in about seven years ago, the house has gone down in value about one-third of what we purchased," Chapel explained.

After years of putting construction on hold, Natomas will soon start seeing signs of building growth. On Tuesday, the City of Sacramento received a letter from FEMA giving them the okay to move forward with building plans.

The building moratorium in Natomas went into effect in 2008 after the federal government found that the area did not meet enhanced flood protection requirements. The feds looked at all U.S. cities more carefully following Hurricane Katrina.

But, walls will go back up with levee improvements now halfway done.

Garth Brooks performed his first of six shows in Sacramento Friday night. Fans and area businesses are benefiting.

SACRAMENTO - The thunder rolled at Sleep Train Arena Friday night as Garth Brooks opened up a six-show concert series.

"There are five places in the world if you ask Garth Brooks where you want to play. Sacramento is one of the five," the county music legend said before his show Friday.

His fans have been anxious for him to return to California's capital.

"We've been waiting 23 years," fan Kaytee Sanders said.

Area businesses are looking forward to a boost from the back-to-back shows, as well.

The staff at The Original Mel's Diner off Arena Boulevard came in early Friday and they were ready for a rush.

"Everyone is expected to work overtime, if we get busy, which we're hoping," server Gabriel Ahmad said.

South Natomas man guilty of murdering his 9-year-old son with a hatchet

A south Natomas man has been found guilty of murdering his 9-year-old son.

Phillip Raymond Hernandez was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and the use of a weapon for the death of his son, Matthew Hernandez, in February 2013, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. The district attorney's office said Phillip Hernandez went into his backyard, got a hatchet, broke through a sliding glass door and attacked his son while he slept on the couch.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Phillip Hernandez was found walking on the street a short time later and arrested.

He faces a potential maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison, the district attorney's office said.