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Cool week ahead; Rain, snow forecast Tuesday-Wednesday

SACRAMENTO, CA - The last week of 2010 will be an unsettled and chilly one, with the exception of the brief dry break from rain Monday.

Monday will be a mostly dry day throughout the area. Highs will warm to the mid to upper 50s.

Hazy sunshine may peak through by midday with increasing clouds late ahead of another round of wet weather starting Tuesday. The heaviest amount of precipitation looks to be Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ski resorts could get another one to two feet of snow!

Snow levels will start high with this passing system around 6,000feet in the Sierra, but then drop down to 3,000 feet Wednesday morning, delivering snow down to foothill levels.

Moonwatchers treated to total lunar eclipse

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UNDATED (AP) -- It's a rare event -- a total eclipse of the moon.

And even rarer is an eclipse that take place during the winter solstice. It meant that the moon was glowing high in the sky during the eclipse overnight.

The 3 1/2 hour spectacle was visible from North and Central America where skies were clear.

The totality phase -- when the moon was completely immersed in Earth's shadow -- lasted 72 minutes.

Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

Bank robber with sunglasses strikes twice, say Sacramento police

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento police hope a bank robber's disguise of wearing sunglasses won't stop someone from recognizing him.

Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Norm Leong says robbery detectives think the same man has struck area banks twice since Dec. 10 and also believe they have a bank surveilliance camera image of him as he waited in line at a third bank. The man left as he reached the front of the line without going up to a teller in that case.

Leong said the robber's first hit was at a bank near Folsom Boulevard and 64th Street on Dec. 10 at 10:47 a.m.. The man went into the bank, demanded and received money from a teller, and then left on foot.

It was Dec. 21 at 9:55 a.m. when the man entered a bank near West El Camino Avenue and Truxel Road, waited in line and then left.

Sacramento volunteers use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to volunteer

SACRAMENTO, CA  - The U.S. Postal Service is not delivering mail, schools across the country are closed and many Americans have the day off work. But many Americans are using Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day on, not a day off.


In 1994, Congress designated the MLK, Jr. dederal holiday as a national day of service to encourage Americans to go out into their communities and volunteer.

Pet owners get financial break

Sacramento and Yolo County pet owners can now apply to have their pets spayed or neutered for just $20 per dog and $15 per cat as part of “Spay Day Sacramento” on March 6.  This is a savings of 90 percent or more on this routine, but important veterinary procedure.  Spaying or neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters.

Qualifying pet owners must be either Sacramento or Yolo County residents and have an annual household income of $35,000 or less.  There is a 2 animal (dog and/or cat) limit per household.  Proof of income will be required.

Elk Grove parents eager to attend school board meeting for boundary proposal

Elk Grove parents eager to attend school board meeting for boundary proposal

ELK GROVE - Parents of students attending schools within the Elk Grove Unified School District said they are expecting a huge turnout at the next board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road.

The community of Laguna West just found out in December of last year that the school district was proposing boundary changes that would ship students from their current schools to others within the district. Parents were outraged they were not notified earlier.

At Tuesday's meeting, the district is expected to present the findings collected from community meetings conducted throughout late last year, to the board members for consideration.

Fog rolls in for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

According to News10 meteorologist Monica Woods, fog will once again be present to start the day for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The fog will begin to clear by midday for the valley. The foothills below about 1,000 feet will start with some fog and then clear midday.

Afternoon temperatures on Monday will be in the mid to upper 50s with overnight temps in the mid to upper 40s.

Burning is discouraged in Sacramento County and prohibited in Stanislaus County.

Less fog is ahead in the forecast though as a northwest wind begins to erode the low clouds.

Highs will warm to the low 60s for the rest of the week with mostly sunny skies through at least Friday.

The Sierra will stay dry and mild with highs in the 50s Monday and Tuesday then dropping to the 40s by Wednesday.

Violent crime up in Sacramento and Stockton

SACRAMENTO, CA- Violent crime in Sacramento and Stockton saw a modest increase in the first six months of 2010.

FBI crime statistics showed the number of violent crimes in Sacramento for the period stood at 2,157 incidents, up by 112 from the first 6 months of 2009.

In Stockton, there were 1,941 violent crimes for the period, compared to 1,864 during the same time in 2009, an increase of 77.

Most other major cities in California saw drops in violent crime. It was not immediately clear why.

"We did see an increase from 2009 and 2010. It was very minimal, and we are very fortunate for that," said Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Officer Laura Peck.

Boys Hoops: Sheldon Huskies 82, Sacramento Dragons 64

ANTELOPE, CA - The marquee matchup at the 4th annual Common Good Classic Basketball Tournament, between two of the Sacramento area's best teams, became a one-sided Sheldon victory, as the Huskies defeated the Sacramento Dragons 82-64 on Saturday.

The Huskies held a 30-25 lead at halftime after a very competitive first half, but Sheldon's size and athleticism proved to be too much for the short-handed Dragons, who will continue the season without star player Josiah Turner.

Turner was removed from the team by head coach Derek Swafford, after he missed practices and games, including a 78-74 loss to Burbank; the first game the team played without Turner on January 7th.

With the loss to the Huskies, the Sacramento Dragons are 2-2 without Turner, who averaged 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.