LOCAL NEWS 5-4-22

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By BStigers on May 5, 2022.

The April 12 hearing by the Town Of Loomis on the Costco Project was rescheduled to last week, which appears to be a final step in hearings and local ordinance and regulation changes that have keep the project from going forward for several years.

The Loomis Town Council scheduled the required public hearing for April 12 but continued the hearing to the special meeting Tuesday because it wasn’t properly advertised beforehand in the newspaper therefore was not legal as dictated by Loomis Town rules.  officials said: The town of Loomis required many zoning changes and other actions to accommodate the project.

As proposed, the plan calls for a 155,000-square-foot Costco store and a 24-pump gas station on 17 acres at the southeast corner of Sierra College Boulevard and Brace Road. The town approved a use permit in 2020 but the project has been stalled in court until recently.

Officially, the council certified an addendum to the Environmental Impact Report, amended the town General Plan and zoning code, and approved a revised conditional use permit and design review. Town officials reiterated that these General Plan changes do not affect the rest of Loomis. Traffic has been an issue for several years as this project continued through the process. The new changes will accommodate the community issues of traffic, particularly truck traffic, which will be required to follow certain routes into the store and certain time restrictions such as late night activity. The measures were adopted with a 4-0 vote.

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Sacramento prosecutors have filed the first murder charges in the April 3 gang shootout downtown, charging brothers Smiley Martin and Dandrae Martin and fugitive Mtula Payton each with three counts stemming from the shooting deaths of three women killed in crossfire.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester announced the charges yesterday afternoon as prosecutors filed court documents outlining the precise details of the 2 a.m. shootout that killed six people and wounded 12 gathered near 10th and K streets. “This was a gun battle between two rival gangs,” Schubert said. “The evidence shows that the rival gang members armed themselves with weapons.”

The Martin brothers, held currently in Sacramento County Main Jail on weapons charges, and Payton, still being sought by police, are each charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of Yamile Martinez, 21; Johntaya Alexander, 21; and Melinda Davis, 57, who authorities believe were innocent bystanders cut down in a hail of bullets between two groups of shooters.

Schubert’s office filed charges along with special circumstances that the suspects allegedly committed multiple murders, a filing that could lead to a death penalty prosecution if Schubert’s office decides to pursue that. Payton also was charged separately with $45,000 in Employment Development Department fraud allegedly committed while he was in prison in 2020. No charges filed in the deaths of three men shot that night, with court papers saying they were involved in the gunfight or appeared to be armed. -0

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