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More than 6,000 Natomas residents affected by power outage

SMUD reported Sunday that more than 6,000 customers residing in north and south Natomas were affected by a power outage.

SMUD spokesperson Jonathan Tudor said a substation went out causing the power outages.

A total of 426 calls came in from both areas between 3:10 - 3:45 p.m. According to SMUD's website, restoration time was estimed to be between 4:20 - 4:50 p.m.

At 4:41 p.m. SMUD tweeted that they restored power to 5,000 customers in Natomas.

South Natomas crash leaves driver dead

A man died early Monday when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree in South Natomas.

Sacramento police said Roseville resident Louis Ramon Escudero, 22, was driving north on Truxel Road near San Juan Road at about 12:30 a.m. when he left the road and struck a tree.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Construction in Natomas could begin in June

Natomas has waited a long seven years to be able to continue and start construction projects, and now it is one step closer to making that happen.

In December 2008, the federal government said put a building moratorium in Natomas because the levee system needed upgrades as part of revised requirements by FEMA following Hurricane Katrina.

Then, Thursday afternoon Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby held a press conference at Sacramento City Hall where she had a big announcement.

The city is expecting a letter from FEMA later this month that will lift the moratorium in Natomas and allow construction to resume in the area. Once that letter is received, building permit applications will be accepted. And 90 days after that, the city can start issuing building permits to anyone interested in building again.

As it stands, that means construction could begin in June.

Southwest experiments with rear boarding at SMF


SACRAMENTO - Southwest Airlines, the busiest carrier at Sacramento International Airport, is allowing passengers on selected flights to board and exit the aircraft through the rear door in an effort to reduce turnaround times.

The month-long experiment in dual boarding at gates 12, 14 and 15 began last week and the early results are encouraging, according to Southwest's manager of ramp and ground operations at the airport.

"We've had up to 17-minute gains on certain aircraft," Pedro Teixeira said. "So this provides a benefit for everyone."

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

Man killed at Arden-Arcade apartment complex

A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at an apartment complex in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the man in his mid-20s was shot at least once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about the victim was available. Bowman said the man's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office after next of kin is notified.

The shooting happened around midnight in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Bowman said detectives are investigating the shooting. No other information about the homicide was available.

Boy, 12, killed in Sacramento crash

A 12-year-old boy died in a solo-vehicle crash in Sacramento Tuesday evening.

According to Sacramento police Officer Justin Brown, a car slammed into a pole on West El Camino Avenue at Stonecreek Drive just after 8 p.m.

The victim, identified by the Sacramento County corner as Elias Joel Urrutia, was an occupant in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Brown said.

One other person was transported to the hospital. That person's condition was unknown.

Brown said the cause of the crash wasn't known. Investigators would be looking into whether there was a mechanical issue with the vehicle.

Victim in Natomas murder identified


Sacramento police have identified a man who they believe was stabbed and killed by his roommate Monday night at a Natomas apartment complex Monday night.

Zachary Kane, 23, was stabbed multiple times inside a unit at a complex just off of Arena Boulevard just before 11 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

During a preliminary investigation, detectives identified Aaron Ramzy, 24, as a suspect in the homicide, police said.