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Post office branch adjusts on the fly on Tax Day

WEST SACRAMENTO – The main post office branch in West Sacramento had made it clear: they would only stay open until 9 p.m. for last-minute income tax filers.

At least that was the plan, as dozens of cars arrived through the evening to drop off returns.

In past years, postal workers lined the street in front of the West Sacramento branch on Tax Day to take in 11th-hour returns and make sure they were postmarked before the midnight deadline. However, they changed the plan this year -- Post office officials said demand for curbside service has been going down as more and more taxpayers filed their returns electronically.

But, many filers soon made it clear they were very unhappy with the 9 p.m. cutoff.

"I think it's horrible. There's a lot of folks who have businesses and things to operate like that," one upset patron said.

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.

9 people hospitalized in 3-vehicle crash on I-80 in West Sacramento

Nine people were injured in a fiery four-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in West Sacramento Saturday morning.

Nick Wride, of Hawthorne, Nev., was driving to Suisun City for a friend's wedding with his wife and three friends when the crash happened. Wride's car, a Cadlillac Fleetwood, was rear-ended by a Toyota sedan, causing it to hit the two cars ahead of it, California Highway Patrol Officer John Pinoli said.

Wride's car then burst into flames.


Former West Sacramento cop sentenced for multiple rapes

SACRAMENTO - A man who served as a West Sacramento police officer was sentenced to 205 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting women.


In February, a Yolo County Superior Court jury convicted Sergio Alvarez of 18 counts, including rape, oral copulation against will and kidnapping. Five women testified against him at his trial.

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

This month, the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health welcomed Karen Larsen as the department’s new Mental Health Director and Alcohol & Drug Administrator.  Prior to her position with Yolo County, she was the Director of Behavioral Health Services for CommuniCare Health Centers, responsible for the implementation and oversight of several specialized programs for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

Ms. Larsen is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s of science in counseling from California State University Sacramento.  She has been providing services for mental health and substance use disorders for over 20 years.  She has managed several substance abuse programs throughout the region and has worked in every modality of substance abuse treatment, including detoxification, residential and outpatient.