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Jury convicts man in Carmichael park murder

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man accused of fatally stabbing and stealing from a homeless man who lived out of his car at Carmichael Park has been found guilty of first-degree murder and robbery, says the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

The victim, Richard Seeger, 57, was attacked by James Ray Alden, 37, early on the morning of April 9, 2009, claimed prosecutor Rick Miller. As Sacramento County sheriff's detectives canvassed neighborhoods by the Grant Avenue park, they reported finding Seeger's SUV as well as his checkbook, car keys and other personal items at an apartment where Alden was temporarily staying. DNa analysis linked Seeger and Alden to the items, according to court records.

Alden faces a life sentence without parole when he is sentenced Feb. 25.

Comedy: Jay Phillips returns to Sacramento

Comedy: Jay Phillips returns to Sacramento

Check out Jay Phillips from January 20 - 23 at Punchline.

Phillips is one of the funniest comedians in the country. Known for his intelligent humor and presence on stage, his story telling has been compared to the greats of past and present. His quick wit and likable personality landed him a spot on one of Baltimore's more successful radio morning shows. That success led him to being named Baltimore's Comedian of The Year, after winning the award in Washington DC the year prior. Crafting his skill on the road performing at clubs and colleges in every state in the country gained Jay a wide variety of fans.

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FBI agents execute 14 searches in child porn operation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Federal and local law enforcement agencies from across the state launched a series of raids Wednesday targeting people collecting and trading child pornography, according to the FBI.

Approximately 150 officers executed 14 searches, seized 14 computer systems, and made four arrests, FBI Special Agent Herb Brown said.

Brown said he expects additional arrests once all the evidence is analyzed.

Brown did not identify the suspects or say how they were identified. But court records show federal agents arrested 29-year-old Carmichael resident Dustin Cassady early Wednesday morning on child pornography charges.

Cassady's neighbors said they watched as the FBI raided his home and hauled Cassady off.

A criminal complaint states Cassady sent an undercover agent sexually explicit photos of underage boys over a peer-to-peer file sharing service.

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.