Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Saturday, December 27, 2014.
Frost warning: The National Weather Service issued the season’s first frost advisory, with early morning temperatures today dropping to 34 degrees. Today’s high is predicted to reach 55 degrees, with a return of patchy fog tonight.
After that the skies will be mostly clear, with highs over 50 degrees through Thursday. The frost will be back Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Mall melee: Arden Fair officials promised beefed-up security today after two large-scale brawls and several smaller skirmishes sent at least two people to jail and forced the mall to close its doors early Friday evening.
Twenty or more people were involved in the fights in the mall crowded with after-Christmas shoppers.
Police detained a handful of people suspected of starting the fights, arresting at least two people, according to mall security. Reports of shots fired were later attributed to the loud noise made by a planter that had been knocked over.
Former Sacramento sheriff dies: Glen Craig, a former Sacramento County sheriff and California Highway Patrol commissioner, died Friday in Arizona.
Craig’s son, Kevin Craig, said his father was playing golf with friends when he suffered and aortic anuerism. He died in Phoenex with his wife and children at his side. Kevin Craig said his father would have turned 82 on Jan. 8.
Glen Craig retired as sheriff in January 1999, after leading the department for 12 years. His tenure as sheriff capped a 44-year-career in law enforcement that began with the Visalia Police Department after his discharge from the military in 1955. He moved on to the California Highway Patrol and was appointed commissioner in 1975, a position he held for eight years.
Craig was appointed director of the state Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement in 1983, and established the agency’s groundbreaking computerized fingerprint system. He won the Sacramento County sheriff’s job from incumbent Robbie Waters in 1986.
Services are pending and will be held in the Sacramento area.
Checkpoint planned: The West Sacramento Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint at an undesignated location within the city limits from 7 p.m. this evening to 3 a.m. Sunday.
The checkpoint is funded by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant and is part of traffic enforcement efforts in the city during the holiday.
Local sports: The Sacramento Kings face the New York Knicks at Sleep Train Arena, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, NBA)
Sacramento Bee Optimist All-Star Classic (area seniors from Divisions I-III) at Folsom High School, 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, free for 8 and younger.