Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Dry and warmer: After a taste of fall in September, October weather will begin with temperatures that are more often experienced in the summer. After a high of about 82 degrees today in Sacramento, look for temperatures to climb throughout the week with the daily high expected to reach the mid-90s on Saturday. The normal afternoon high in early October is about 85 degrees.
Wanted in dog-drowning case: A 47-year-old Citrus Heights man is wanted for allegedly tying a bowling ball around the neck of a border collie named Zelda and dropping her in the American River to drown. William David Meek Jr. has a lengthy rap sheet with at least six cases filed in Sacramento Superior Court since 2003, ranging from robbery to possession of a controlled substance.
An ag island: The 61-acre Placer County fairgrounds have become an agricultural island surrounded by modern suburbia. The once rural landmark has been surrounded by middle-class tract homes, golf courses, schools, parks and retail centers. Revenues are down, and Placer County supervisors are considering how to improve the aging facility in the near term while looking for a possible new location in future years.
Progress on King fire: Firefighters continue to make progress against the massive 97,099-acre King fire, which was 92 percent contained Monday night after being at 18 percent just a week earlier. Last week’s rain and lingering humidity have helped put a damper on burn conditions.
Lead in: As a North Natomas pastor’s son stands accused of murdering his 5-month-old nephew, a Sacramento County prosecutor said Monday that church congregants were “circling the wagons” to protect the defendant and insinuate that the infant’s mother was instead to blame. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Tuesday in the case.
Local sports: Oakland A’s at Kansas City Royals in a one-game wild-card playoff, 5:07 p.m. (TBS, KCTC 1320)