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Boys Hoops: Pleasant Grove 64, Jesuit 58

ELK GROVE, CA - The Pleasant Grove Eagles won their first game in the Delta River League by defeating the Jesuit Marauders 64-58 Friday night.

The Eagles (13-6) will face top ranked Oak Ridge on Tuesday. The Marauders (13-7) will host top ranked Sheldon also on Tuesday.

State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

Carmichael man suspected of distributing child porn

CARMICHAEL, CA - A Carmichael man who had an active role with boys in his church sits in the Sacramento County Jail accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Neighbors said they watched as the FBI arrested Dustin Scott Cassady, 29, at his Carmichael home early Wednesday.

The criminal complaint states an undercover agent was able to download sexually explicit photos of young boys from Cassady's computer in November using peer-to-peer file sharing software.

A search of Cassady's desktop computer taken from his home uncovered additional pornographic images, according to a sworn statement by an FBI agent.

Following his arrest, Cassady told agents he worked with boys 12 to 14 years old at a Mormon church in the area.

Agents said he had taken pictures of some of the boys without their knowledge, including several pictures with boys not wearing shirts.

Boys Hoops: Del Campo 65, Oakmont 42

FAIR OAKS, CA - The Del Campo Cougars defeated the Oakmont Vikings 65-42 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to six games.

The Vikings (12-7) have lost two in a row and will host Bella Vista next Tuesday. The Cougars (15-5) will travel to Christian Brothers high school also on Tuesday.

Fair Oaks man nearly victimized by persistent scammer

FAIR OAKS, Calif. - The scammer who wouldn't take "no" for an answer was nearly rewarded for his persistence by a retired electrician.

John Henry, 74, said he knew in his heart that the offer of $50,000 was a fraud-- but after a series of letters, bogus checks and phone calls, Henry's resistance had withered.

Henry was first contacted by mail in October with a letter notifying him that he had won $50,000 in a British sweepstakes.  The letter was accompanied by a check for nearly $4,000 to cover the taxes, it was explained.

"It was a scam," Henry said confidently.

The initial letter was followed by another in December, along with a second check in the same amount.  Although the letterhead was different, Henry believed both letters and the checks came from the same person.

"I think he just couldn't keep track of who he was sending them to," Henry said.

Johnson asks for volunteers, contributions in speech

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In his annual state of the city address, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson asked for donations of time and money to help make sure every Sacramento third grader is able to read at grade level. 

Johnson said just 39% of third graders in Sacramento score "proficient" or better on the subject in standardized test.

"This is not just an inner city problem for black and latino kids," Johnson said. "There is not a single zip code in Sacramento where the majority of our third graders are proficient."

Speaking to the business leaders attending Thursday's speech before the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Johnson asked businesses to donate to schools in order to improve reading instruction. Johnson also asked for retirees to volunteer their time to neighborhood schools.

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

Divers end search for Amber Alert suspect's car in canal until Thursday

PATTERSON, CA - Dive teams have concluded their search for the night at the Delta Mendota Canal for a car matching the description of one driven by the suspect in a Patterson abduction was seen going into the water Tuesday.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said a man who works in the area called his department Wednesday afternoon after learning about the Amber Alert for 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas. He reported seeing a car like the Toyota driven by abduction suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez driven into the canal yesterday.

Christianson said divers dragged the canal and reported snagging a large object.

On the first dive, a diver found the object to be a large piece of concrete. On a second dive, a car that had been reported stolen was brought up but it was not the one connected to the abduction.

Divers found a third object in the water, but were not able to identify what it was before it got dark.

Divers will return to the canal at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Oak Ridge boys & St. Mary's girls top this week's Sac-Joaquin Massey Ratings

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week's high school basketball Massey Ratings catapult the Oak Ridge Trojans boys team into the Sac-Joaquin Section top spot, ahead of the second ranked Sacramento Dragons.

The undefeated Trojans become the area's top boys team this week in the Section and rank 13th in the state.

Joining the Trojans and the Dragons in the Sac-Joaquin top ten boys Massey Ratings this week are:

1.  Oak Ridge Trojans (18-0)

2.  Sacramento Dragons (12-4)

3.  Jesuit Marauders (13-6)

4.  Sheldon Huskies (12-7)

5.  Granite Bay Grizzlies (15-3)

6.  Luther Burbank Titans (12-4)

7.  Woodcreek Timberwoles (16-3)

8.  Franklin Wildcats (Elk Grove) (14-5)

9.  Monterey Trail Mustangs (13-5)

10.  Fairfield Falcons (13-5)