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Brothers sentenced in deadly shootout in front of Sacramento barbershop


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has sentenced two brothers to more than 50 years to life in prison each in a shootout at a Sacramento barbershop that killed two people, including a mother shielding her toddler.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a judge issued the sentences against 28-year-old Lonnie Mitchell and 23-year-old Louis Mitchell on Friday.

Authorities say the Mitchells and a rival group headed by a man named Marvion Barksdale got into a shootout at the Fly Cuts & Styles barbershop on Dec. 14, 2010. Thirty-year-old Monique Nelson was killed while protecting her 2-year-old son. Barksdale also died.

A man on the Barksdale side who fired the bullet that killed Nelson, 35-year-old James Leo Carney III, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison. Carney claimed he shot in self-defense.

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins Oct. 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael Marion, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento, was recently appointed to the California Student Aid Commission, where he will support the mission to make higher education more accessible for California students.

Appointments to the Commission are made by California Governor Jerry Brown and the position requires State Senate confirmation. As a commissioner, Marion will represent private and secondary education schools. He’ll attend his first Commission meeting in November.

“It’s a huge honor to be considered by Governor Brown for this role and be able to join some of the outstanding individuals who are already serving as commissioners,” Marion said. “This is a great opportunity to give back to students to make sure they can access financial aid and have the opportunity to be successful in college.”

Sacramento Police: Man allegedly attacks woman with ax


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento Police arrested a man after he allegedly attacked a woman with an ax.

The woman suffered serious injuries.

Jamaal Ringgold, 25, was booked on attempted homicide and domestic violence charges.

The incident happened just after 6 p.m. on the 7800 block of Center Parkway.

According to police, officers responded to a report of a female calling for help. When they arrived, they found a female with significant injuries from an ax.

Ringgold was later located after fleeing on foot.

In addition to homicide and domestic violence charges, he faces another charge of resisting arrest.

One officer sustained minor injuries during the pursuit.

It is unknown what prompted the attack.


Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


Investigators search for answers in south Sacramento home invasion killing


Sacramento County sheriff's deputies say they are still looking for answers in the shooting death of 45-year-old Byron Darbonne.

The father of five was shot during a home invasion on the 8300 block of Auberry Drive Tuesday evening.

STORY: Father of 5 shot, killed in south Sacramento home invasion

The question investigators are trying to determine is if Darbonne was targeted or if the shooting was a random incident.

"We don't know, we can't confirm, we don't know I t hasn't been 24 hours," sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.

Neighbors described the area as very quiet and without violence.

Police: Drunk driver kills mother walking with child, flees scene


SACRAMENTO – A woman walking with her 2-year-old child in south Sacramento was struck and killed by a drunk driver who fled the scene Thursday evening, according to authorities.

California Highway Patrol officer Michael Bradley said Tocoh Fidel, 27, was driving a Toyota westbound on 47th Ave. near Kiessig Ave. around 5:50 p.m. At the same time, a woman was walking eastbound on the sidewalk with her child. Due to Fidel's intoxication, he allowed his vehicle to drift onto the sidewalk where he hit the woman.

The force of the impact propelled the woman into the roadway.

Fidel then lost control of the car and crossed into the eastbound lanes where he collided with a vehicle and hit an electrical pole. A third vehicle traveling eastbound could not stop and rear-ended the car hit by Fidel, Bradley said.