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Last-minute strategies to cut your tax bill

Last-minute strategies to cut your tax bill

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Sacramento Good Samaritan allegedly killed by family he helped

Sacramento Good Samaritan allegedly killed by family he helped

A family a 77-year-old south Sacramento man police say took in and helped has been arrested for his murder.

The body of Leo Curry Jr. was found by Sacramento police inside of his home on the 4000 block of Shining Star Drive on Nov. 17. Officers were checking on Curry's welfare after being contacted by the victim's own family who hadn't been able to reach him. Curry had sustained trauma to his body.

As detectives took over the case, they learned Curry had been helping a family and invited them into his home. The police investigation alleged the family, identified as Michael Moreno, 37; Sandy George, 35, and Kevin Moreno, 19, began stealing money and belongings from Curry.

Sacramento shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 under arrest

Sacramento shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 under arrest

A Citrus Heights man was arrested Thursday morning in connection to a shooting death on the 7900 block of Blackfoot Way in Antelope.

The dead man was described by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as white and in his late 30s. He was found with a gunshot wound in a home by deputies shortly after 12:45 a.m. Thursday, according to Sgt. Lisa Bowman. The man was transported to an area hospital but died soon after, she said.

The victim's name is not being released until his relatives were notified.

The suspect in the shooting, Sean Gregory Sandlin, 25, is an acquaintance of a resident of the home. Bowman said he was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on a charge of murder.

Detectives have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

The much-needed rain storm throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday did not go off without a hitch.

The wet and slippery roads caused major travel problems for commuters during the evening rush hour. The heavy congestion was a headache for drivers who were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

Dozens of vehicle accidents were reported, including a solo-vehicle roll over crash on Exposition Boulevard. The driver walked away without injuries.

"There's a lot of traffic and accidents so it kind of helped me," said Lea Johnson, who found herself stuck in traffic, trying to make her flight out of Sacramento International Airport.

Luckily for Johnson, her flight, as well as dozens of others, were delayed because of the inclement weather.

"First, they told me 35 minutes [delay] and now, it's almost an hour," she said.

Two burglars caught in Roseville after vehicle crashes into house

Two burglars were caught in Roseville after their vehicle crashed into a house and police surrounded the neighborhood according to City of Roseville Public Safety's Facebook group.

The suspect's vehicle crashed into a house near Human Way and Junction Boulevard, Sunday evening and a suspect fled into a neighborhood nearby.

No one was inside the house at the time.

Officers from Sacramento Sheriff's Department, Roseville Police Department and other agencies surrounded the neighborhood according to the sheriff's department. A law enforcement helicopter also assisted.

One suspect was caught in the neighborhood, the other suspect was caught by Sacramento sheriff deputies in their jurisdiction. Sacramento Sheriff's Department said there were no additional suspects.

Placer Sheriff: Be aware of phony warrant scam

The Placer County Sheriff's Office Facebook page warned its followers of a phony warrant scam Sunday morning.

The page stated that the scam resurfaced in Placer County after a resident was scammed by buying Moneypak cards and reading the account numbers over the phone to man who was falsely posing as a lieutenant with the sheriff's officer.

According to the sheriff's office Facebook post, the resident received a call from a man claiming he was "Lt. Greg Allen" with Placer County sheriff's office and that he had a warrant for the resident's arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.