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Christmas Eve Grinch stalks Fed Ex truck

SACRAMENTO,CA - A Fed Ex delivery driver looked in his mirrors perplexed, another driver was stalking his truck.

The driver would leave holiday deliveries at the doors with a tag, but suspected a Grinch was soon stealing the Christmas packages, boxes, and bags.

"It's unfortunate that people do that. It's happened before to our neighbor," said Cory Anderson, who was waiting for a Fed Ex package.

A Fed Ex driver called Sacramento police when he noticed a white pickup truck following his route. He said he thought the driver was getting out and taking the packages he just delivered. He took down the license plate number and description.

"I've heard about it and I've known about it, but its something that happens on occasion unfortunately. Tis the season. ho-ho-ho," Tom Harris, Fed Ex Express driver who heard of the report. Harris said he delivered 150 packages today without any incident.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

Tips to recycling holiday waste

SACRAMENTO - The Regional Recycling Group says more residential waste is created during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, so residents in the Sacramento County area are urged to to recycle as much as possible.

Most residents can shed a few pounds by recycling all of their holiday waste paper such as greeting cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper, in their curbside mixed recycling program. Phone books and calendars are also accepted in the mixed recycling container.

"The amount of garbage sent to the landfill increases dramatically during the holiday season," said Doug Ebanks of Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management and Recycling. "We can change the traditional holiday habit of tearing open presents and throwing away wrapping paper and cardboard.

Berg Injury Lawyers offer free cab rides on New Year's Eve

SACRAMENTO - Berg Injury Lawyers will offer its Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program to residents in Sacramento this New Year's Eve. The free cab rides will be offered from 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 through 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Due to the program's overwhelming popularity in past years, a cap of $35 will be placed on each ride home. Patrons must may any cab fare above that amount.

For a ride home, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a participating restaurant, hotel or bar in the downtown Sacramento area to qualify for a free ride. Rides home must be within the city of Sacramento.

Free driving class for teens

Free driving class for teens

The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free educational class to teenage drivers (or future drivers) on driver safety.

December storm preparation in West Sacramento

West Sac city officials say they are ready for increased storm activity. In addition to coordinating public safety departments, the city is in contact with Yolo County, the state and the National Weather Service.
 
You can help minimize flooding by keeping storm drains and inlets on your property clear of leaves and other debris.

Need sand and sandbags? Go to the City Public Works Yard, 1951 South River Road (sand and sandbags are located in the driveway north of the building). The "self-help" sand service is available during and after regular business hours: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday -- ­ Friday.


California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.