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Union Pacific train derails in Galt; no injuries


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GALT - A Union Pacific train carrying consumer goods derailed Wednesday afternoon near Galt.

Union Pacific said the 75-car derailed around 3:30 p.m. near South Kost Road while it was headed north from Lathrop to Proviso, Ill. Fourteen cars carrying wine, wine bottles, hardware, canned goods and more tipped over and onto their side.

No injuries have been reported. Officials said the derailment is not considered a hazardous situation.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Family of wandering girl in Lodi located


Lodi police said they have reunited a young girl and her brother after a search Wednesday morning for her parents.

She was found wandering near Church and Lockeford streets Wednesday morning. Police posted her picture to their Facebook page around 8 a.m. asking the public for help finding her parents.

About an hour later, police said they found the child's father.

There are no charges, and the investigation is ongoing.


Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

Community Business Bank Ranked Sixth in Nation

 Community Business Bank Ranked Sixth in Nation

Community Business Bank announces that it now ranks even higher on the list of Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America developed by DepositAccounts, an online publication focused on banking and savings information for consumers.

The 2015 list ranks Community Business Bank sixth in the nation - up two spots from 2014. The bank is one of only 49 out of nearly 7,000 federally insured banks to be listed in the top ten percent for the second straight year.

“We are very pleased to again be nationally recognized as one of the top 10 healthiest institutions across the U.S.,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “The fact that we have been ranked even higher on the list this year speaks to the dedication of our staff and directors, as well as to our commitment to the communities we serve.” 

2 Lodi residents killed in Alaska plane crash


Two of the nine people killed in a sightseeing plane crash in Alaska Thursday were from Lodi, Alaska State Troopers said Friday night.

Strike team heads out to Corrin Fire in Mariposa


GALT - The firefighters of this quickly assembled California Office of Emergency Services (OES) strike team are just getting acquainted.

"A lot of these guys have never met each other before. They're exchanging numbers and information right now," said strike team leader Steve Binns, who is normally a Battalion Chief with the West Sacramento Fire Department. "They're forming a bond right now and they're getting ready to go."

Less than two hours before, these firefighters were working their usual jobs at fire departments in West Sacramento, Yolo County, Folsom, Sacramento, Sacramento Metro Fire and Consumnes.

"They just told us to rendezvous at this Raley's. And I'm getting orders as I'm talking right now," Binns said as he waits for his last team members to arrive.

'Berry Bandits' make off with 500 pounds of blueberries


As if the drought wasn't bad enough, a Galt farmer just got hit hard from a second source – thieves.

Over the weekend, burglars made off with 500 pounds of blueberries from Joe Cotta's farm, and left him with thousands of dollars in losses. Cotta said thieves got into his outdoor refrigerator and stole the produce.

"It's probably going to take another week off of our season because that's blueberries we could have sold," Cotta said.

The blueberries were taken in yellow crates unique to the ranch. Cotta believes that $5,000 worth of berries were stolen.

The berry bandits also stole supplies from a storage unit.