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Raley Field goes orange: River Cats welcome new Giants affiliation


SACRAMENTO – It's out with the green and gold, and on with the orange and black -- it appears the crowd welcomed the Sacramento River Cats' new affiliation with the San Francisco Giants.

Thursday night was opening day at Raley Field and fans lined up waiting to get in the gates.

"You can't even imagine for people that love the Giants that aren't able to go down to San Francisco as much as we'd like, we have them here now," fan Donna Mez said. "We get to watch these young guys come up and hopefully become something."

Most River Cats' fans are ecstatic about getting to call the World Series Champions Sacramento's home team.

"Oh, it's fantastic. We just got done winning our third World Series in five years," Terry Burke said.

The switch from the Oakland A's affiliation to the Giants could be having an impact on the number of people coming to games.

Fire: Bus driveline crushes man's chest


A man was injured when a driveline from a bus fell on him in West Sacramento Thursday morning.

According to West Sacramento Fire Battalion Chief Scott Pfeifer, the man was working on the bus when the driveline fell on his upper body.

Pfeifer said the man suffered a chest injury and was transported to an area hospital. He was in stable condition at the time he was transported.

The incident was at a truck, bus and off-highway vehicle repair business in the 800 block of Stillwater Road.


UPDATE: Missing West Sacramento man located


The California Highway Patrol says 77-year-old Everette Snow of West Sacramento has been found. They have cancelled a Silver Alert for him.

Snow was reported missing when he didn't return home after leaving in a pickup truck a little before 8 Monday evening.

He was considered at risk because of a medical condition.


CHP: Multiple casualty incident reported in West Sacramento


California Highway Patrol reported that a traffic collision which happened in West Sacramento left multiple people injured Monday morning.

The accident happened near Harbor Boulevard and I-80. No details were initially given by CHP on how many people were injured.

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Arson suspected in West Sacramento playground fire


West Sacramento firefighters were called to the playground at Riverbank Elementary School around 7 p.m. Thursday. The Washington Unified School District suspect the fire was arson.

Firefighters found accelerant on playground equipment and chipping material, Scott Lantsberger, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the school district said.

The fire caused paint to peel off playground equipment and plastic slides to melt. The chipped materials used to cover the ground around the playground, called FIBAR, burned despite being fire retardant.

Lantsberger said about 60 percent of the playground is now closed, and damage is estimated between $40,000 to $50,000. Repairs are estimated to take around 90 days.

City fire officials have not released any information about a suspect at this time.

Person killed by semi-truck in West Sacramento


A semi-truck hit and killed a person early Friday morning in West Sacramento.

Police said the person was walking in the middle of West Capitol Avenue when the semi-truck struck the victim, killing them. No information about the victim has been released. The driver is talking to investigators.

The accident happened around 2 a.m. on West Capitol Avenue between Harbor Blvd and Enterprise Drive. The road was closed for a few hours while police were investigating. It reopened before 7 a.m.

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Fatal pickup crash at Graffiti Bridge in West Sacramento


A man believed to be in his 70s was pronounced dead following a crash Friday morning in West Sacramento, police said.

The name of the victim has not been released. West Sacramento police said at about 7:45 a.m. the man crashed his sports utility vehicle into what is known as the Graffiti Bridge on South River Road and Gregory Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The roads were expected to be closed for several hours Friday morning while police investigated.