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Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day

Sacramento-area post offices closing earlier on tax deadline day

SACRAMENTO - For all of you tax deadline day procrastinators, the West Sacramento processing and distribution center is the location that will be open the latest of all for Tuesday's tax deadline. It was much different in years past, when post offices would stay open until midnight on tax D-day, but the demand for that need has dropped significantly with more people opting to file electronically online.

Post office officials said over 90 percent of tax returns have been filed electronically. That leaves just 10 percent of the population across the country filing their taxes using the mail-in process, which leaves an even smaller percentage needing additional time.

Most post offices throughout Sacramento will be open until 5 p.m., with the exception of the West Sacramento branch remaining open until 9 p.m., and the Royal Oaks post office at 2000 Royal Oaks Drive, which will be open until 6 p.m.

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

Local runners prepare for Boston Marathon

SACRAMENTO - Runners with the Sacramento Running Association are preparing to head to Massachusetts for the Boston Marathon, one year after the deadly bombing.

"I heard the first explosion and it was really really loud," said runner Michelle La Sala.

La Sala finished last year's Boston Marathon an hour before the explosion.

She says she was in her hotel room 21 floors up on the street where the explosion occurred.

"I just saw people running away, running away from Boylston St., and that was one of the scariest things I have ever seen," La Sala remembered.

Despite the horror, La Sala and 40,000 other runners are not allowing fear to prevent them from participating in this year's race.

McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Team Earns Distinctions in Competitions Across the Country

McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Team Earns Distinctions in Competitions Across the Country

Oak Park’s own McGeorge School of Law concluded its 2013-2014 appellate advocacy competition season this week earning awards in several contests around the United States.

The appellate advocacy team, known as the Moot Court Team, argues issues of law before simulated panels of appellate judges. Each competition provides a different fact pattern with different legal issues for the students to research. After preparing a brief that is up to fifty pages long, the students prepare 10 to 20-minute oral arguments. During the arguments the judges ask specific questions about the law to assess the student’s presentation, critical thinking, and research skills. The students are scored based on their brief writing and oral argument abilities.

Murder suspect denies fatal shooting from behind bars

SACRAMENTO - A man accused of a random, deadly shooting in a parking lot last month is speaking out from behind bars. This comes after the murder suspect made a courtroom outburst last week where he declared he was pleading guilty to all charges against him.

Jeffrey Caylor, 44, was transferred to the Sacramento County Jail from Butte County Saturday after he was arrested on unrelated charges.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit during a jailhouse interview, Caylor appeared defiant about the murder charges. "I'm good. I don't need no Johnnie Cochran or any other dudes to come help me. I wish they would," said Caylor.

Caylor is accused of fatally shooting Hassan Alawsi, an Iraqi refugee, in the parking lot of a Sacramento Home Depot on March 16.

Common Core debate leads to mom's suspension from son's school

SACRAMENTO - As California prepares to adopt the new state educational standards known as Common Core this fall, more parents are speaking out against them. Now one local mom says she was suspended from her son's school for doing so.

"I was outraged," 12-year-old Christopher Duran said.

The boy couldn't believe it when he found out his mom had been suspended from Mark Twain Elementary School.

"Why would the principal sign a withdrawal of consent to my mom, and furthermore, why would she send the police to the house?" Christopher asked.

That withdrawal of consent, delivered by a police officer, banned Christopher's mom from school for 14 days. Last week when we asked the school district why, they told us Katherine Duran was disrupting the school.

Police: Man assaults parking enforcement officer over ticket

SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento parking enforcement officer was assaulted for doing his job Sunday night, according to police.

A Sacramento police report stated the parking agent informed officers he had been assaulted while issuing a ticket in the area of 24th St. and 24th Ave. around 6:01 p.m. The officer added that the man had then stood in front of his car and would not let him leave.

According to the report, the man was verbally aggressive and threw the ticket at the parking agent.

Officers arrived at the scene, contacted 24-year-old Jake Thomas and arrested him for assault, delaying and obstructing in an officer's duties and violation of probation.

Suspect in custody in Home Depot parking lot murder

SACRAMENTO - A man who is in custody in Butte County has been identified as a suspect in a man's murder at a Sacramento parking lot.

Hassan Alawsi, 46, was gunned down in front of the Home Depot at 4641 Florin Road about 7:30 p.m. March 16.

According to Sacramento Superior Court documents, an arrest warrant has been issued for murder and firearm charges for Jeffrey M. Caylor, 44, in connection to Alawsi's death.

"I feel very happy for police to catch those people that killed my brother," said Alawsi's brother who did not want to be identified.

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