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Defendant convicted of kidnapping, rape of Cosumnes River College student

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 / No Comments

A man charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, was convicted this morning in a jury trial at Sacramento Superior Court. 

Raphael Garcia was also convicted to on two counts of sexual penetration, attempted rape, and lewd acts with a minor. On October 26, 2015, Garcia dragged a female Cosumnes River College student into a men’s bathroom on campus and sexually assaulted her. 

The next day, in a separate incident Garcia touched and sexually propositioned a 15-year-old high school student near the same campus. Los Rios and Sacramento police were able to Garcia to these crimes through DNA evidence and the quick-thinking 15-year-old victim, who took a photo of Garcia with her cell phone. 

Sentencing will be on February 4 and Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 27 years to life in prison. 

South Sacramento shooting being investigated as homicide

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 / No Comments

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department is investigating a South Sacramento shooting this morning as a homicide.

The shooting on the 7800 block of Orchard Woods way was first report just before 9:30 a.m. today in social media. According to most recent information a suspect described as Black male in his late teens or early 20s.

The suspect was seen fleeing the scene with a handgun. No other information is currently available. 

Perfect for a cool night - Double Rainbow Chicken Soup

Monday, January 7, 2019 / No Comments

With many cool nights still ahead, the fresh soup provides a rainbow of key nutrients vital for healthy skin, immune function, circulation and vision in fewer than 180 calories per serving.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch rainbow carrots, chopped
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, chopped
  • 1 bunch dino kale, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 green onion, sliced for garnish

  • Preparation

    In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over high heat. When oil begins to smoke, add chicken and sear 5-6 minutes on each side to brown. Add onion, garlic, carrots and chard and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Garnish with sliced green onion.

    One big bowl of soup supplies 100% of vitamin C and 20% of potassium needs. And thanks to the rainbow vegetables, this soup also supplies colorful pigments such as beta-carotene, lutein and cryptoxanthin, which along with vitamin C and potassium, support heart health and ward off chronic ailments such as cancer and high blood pressure.  - Dr. Liz Applegate

    Recipe compliments of Nugget Markets.

    Father convicted of kidnapping son from protective custody sentenced to 36 years to life

    Friday, January 4, 2019 / No Comments

    A Shasta County man who was convicted in March 2018 was sentenced today for the kidnapping of his infant son.

    David Watson was sentenced in Superior Superior Court to 36 years to life in prison. Watson convicted of kidnapping while personally using a knife and parental child abduction. 

    In September 2016, the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force conducted a probation search at the home where David Watson and Christina Bell had been residing. Bell, who was home at the time with the couple’s 5-month-old baby, was arrested for child endangerment and drug-related charges. 

    As a result of the search, the child was placed in protective custody and Shasta County Children’s Services placed the child with Bell’s mother, who resides in Sacramento County and obtained legal temporary guardianship of the baby. On October 12, 2016, Watson and Bell went to have a supervised visit with their child at the home of Bell’s mother. 

    During that visit, Watson removed the child from the residence, pulled out a knife and proceeded to leave with the baby. Watson and Bell returned to Shasta County with the child. 

    The next day Bell was arrested on October 13, 2016. Watson was found with the baby and arrested on October 15, 2016. On January 30, 2017, Christina Bell pled no contest to child abduction and was sentenced to 364 days in jail.

    In mashup aimed at Flexitarians, Carl's Jr. teams with Beyond Meat for Beyond Burger

    Thursday, January 3, 2019 / No Comments

    In the ever-competitive fast food business, menu innovations have taken on urgency given the rapidly evolving tastes of consumers. In an indication of the evolving tastes, one of the country's largest fast-food chains is for a limited time is offering a meatless burger version of one of its well-known items for so-call flexitarians - people who do not adhere to one specific eating style and may combine plant-based and meat-based diets. 

    Carl's Jr. announced today that they will be offering their a "first-of-its-kind flexitarian take" on their long-established Famous Star burger with a 100-percent plant-based patty from Beyond Meat.  Like the original version, the quarter-pound precooked patty is grilled top-to-bottom on an open flame in Carl’s Jr.’s unique charbroiler.  

    “We know people are looking for options – in fact, roughly one-third1 of consumers identify as flexitarians – and we’re thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat to bring more delicious, irresistible flavors to our menu,”  Jason Marker, CEO of Carl's Jr. parent company, CKE Restaurants, said. “The new Beyond Famous Star is a true industry game changer, and we’re proud to add it to our roster of innovative offerings and build on the legacy of mouthwatering flavors.”

    According to Carl's Jr. and Beyond Meat, a study conducted this summer by one unnamed grocery chain found that 90-percent of consumers who purchased Beyond Burgers, also consume animal-based proteins. 

    “I have long looked forward to the day when my kids can go to a major fast-food chain and order The Beyond Burger," Beyond Meat Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat Founder & CEO said. "I am grateful to say that day has arrived." 

    Like the traditional Famous Star, the Beyond Meat version is served with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, special sauce and mayonnaise on a seeded bun. The burgers are now available at participating Carl's Jr. outlets.  

    CA Supreme Court rejects police union's last minute appeal to gut transparency law

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 / No Comments

    Today the California Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch effort to weaken Senate Bill 1421 that will allow added transparency to police records, particularly as it relates to police misconduct. 

    The legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on September 30 gives the public additional access to police records not previosuly accessible. The Supreme Court rejected the petition in a one-sentence ruling. 

    The petition filed on December 18 by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association sought to make the records accessible only applicable to those created after January 1, 2019, the effective date of the legislation. A coalition of media organization led by the San Rafael-based First Amendment Coalition that included KQED, the Los Angeles Times and California Newspaper Publishers Associaton filed a brief opposing the police union's petition. 

    “This is a great result for transparency and for the public,” FAC Executive Director David Snyder said. “We’re grateful the Supreme Court saw through the union’s Hail Mary effort to weaken this law, which will allow broad public access to police misconduct files.”

    Among local legislators, Sen. Dr. Richard Pan (D - Sacramento) and Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D - Rancho Cordova) voted in favor, while Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) voted against the legislation. The bill was introduced by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D - Berkeley). 

    Tips to Embrace a Keto-Friendly Diet

    Monday, December 31, 2018 / No Comments

    (StatePoint) It seems that everyone these days has a friend following a “keto-friendly” diet -- a low-carb eating plan designed to make the body burn fat more efficiently.

    Developed years ago to control diabetes and then later to treat epilepsy in children, different versions of the keto diet have gained traction as effective weight loss plans, according to The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

    “One thing all keto diets have in common is that they restrict carbohydrates in favor of healthy fats in an effort to achieve nutritional ketosis -- the state in which your body burns fat instead of glucose,” explains registered dietitian, Courtney McCormick.

    The experts at the South Beach Diet are now taking a safe, effective approach to keto by offering a keto-friendly plan, and are providing helpful tips to get started. 

    1. Count net carbs: A keto-friendly diet is based around the idea of net carbs. Limit yourself to no more than 50 grams of net carbs daily. While this isn’t considered a strict keto diet, it follows the keto plan for those looking for assistance with getting started. To calculate this number, take your total grams of fiber and grams of sugar alcohols consumed and subtract that from your total grams of carbohydrates. The resulting number should be within the 40 to 50 net carb range.

    2. No beans, legumes or fruits: To keep your overall daily net carbs within a certain range, even good carbs like beans, legumes and those in most fruits are off-limits except for occasional indulgences. Stick to non-starchy veggies only, like leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms and zucchini.

    3. Water is essential: Your fiber intake is reduced on a keto-friendly diet with the elimination of whole grains, beans and legumes. For digestive health and to ward off constipation, it’s important that you drink sufficient amounts of water.

    “We recommend drinking at least 64 ounces per day on the South Beach Diet Keto-Friendly plan,” says McCormick. “Plus, water keeps you fuller longer, prevents overeating before meals and may boost metabolism if it’s ice cold.”

    4. Variety is key: Following a keto diet could put you at risk for deficiencies in micronutrients, including selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins B and C. To compensate, take a multivitamin and stay away from eating the exact same thing each day. Mix it up with an array of lean proteins, healthy fats and a daily serving of non-starchy veggies. Pay attention to changes in your health like hair loss, vision changes, aches, pains or weakness. Simple blood tests can reveal levels of vitamins and minerals.

    5. Plan special occasions: Carbs are king at special meals and holidays. Communicating your needs with family and friends beforehand can help you avoid peer pressure and garner support for your efforts. Offer to bring a keto-friendly dish so you’ll be sure to have something to eat.

    When following a keto or keto-friendly eating plan, do so in the safest, healthiest way possible. Consult your doctor and consider following a plan supported by trusted weight loss and healthy lifestyle experts.