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West Sacramento company helps protect priceless Michelangelo statue


A global company based in West Sacramento is at the forefront of making sure the last statue Michelangelo ever worked on doesn't get damaged by an earthquake.

Michelangelo's last masterpiece the "Pieta Rondanini" sits unfinished in the Museum of Ancient Art of Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy. The Renaissance artist worked on the "Pieta Rondanini" for twelve years before he died at the age of 89. The statue depicts the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of Jesus.

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."

Raley Field goes orange: River Cats welcome new Giants affiliation

SACRAMENTO – It's out with the green and gold, and on with the orange and black -- it appears the crowd welcomed the Sacramento River Cats' new affiliation with the San Francisco Giants.

Thursday night was opening day at Raley Field and fans lined up waiting to get in the gates.

"You can't even imagine for people that love the Giants that aren't able to go down to San Francisco as much as we'd like, we have them here now," fan Donna Mez said. "We get to watch these young guys come up and hopefully become something."

Most River Cats' fans are ecstatic about getting to call the World Series Champions Sacramento's home team.

"Oh, it's fantastic. We just got done winning our third World Series in five years," Terry Burke said.

The switch from the Oakland A's affiliation to the Giants could be having an impact on the number of people coming to games.

Fire: Bus driveline crushes man's chest

A man was injured when a driveline from a bus fell on him in West Sacramento Thursday morning.

According to West Sacramento Fire Battalion Chief Scott Pfeifer, the man was working on the bus when the driveline fell on his upper body.

Pfeifer said the man suffered a chest injury and was transported to an area hospital. He was in stable condition at the time he was transported.

The incident was at a truck, bus and off-highway vehicle repair business in the 800 block of Stillwater Road.

UPDATE: Missing West Sacramento man located

The California Highway Patrol says 77-year-old Everette Snow of West Sacramento has been found. They have cancelled a Silver Alert for him.

Snow was reported missing when he didn't return home after leaving in a pickup truck a little before 8 Monday evening.

He was considered at risk because of a medical condition.

CHP: Multiple casualty incident reported in West Sacramento

California Highway Patrol reported that a traffic collision which happened in West Sacramento left multiple people injured Monday morning.

The accident happened near Harbor Boulevard and I-80. No details were initially given by CHP on how many people were injured.

This is a developing story check back for more details.

Arson suspected in West Sacramento playground fire

West Sacramento firefighters were called to the playground at Riverbank Elementary School around 7 p.m. Thursday. The Washington Unified School District suspect the fire was arson.

Firefighters found accelerant on playground equipment and chipping material, Scott Lantsberger, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the school district said.

The fire caused paint to peel off playground equipment and plastic slides to melt. The chipped materials used to cover the ground around the playground, called FIBAR, burned despite being fire retardant.

Lantsberger said about 60 percent of the playground is now closed, and damage is estimated between $40,000 to $50,000. Repairs are estimated to take around 90 days.

City fire officials have not released any information about a suspect at this time.