Obituary: LRPD Sgt. Alex Montoya, 54, trained fellow officers to connect with the community

Funeral services to be held Saturday

Alex Montoya, a 15-year veteran of the Los Rios Police Department who was known for his caring attitude and enthusiastic service, died Oct. 23 of brain cancer, said LRPD Chief Cheryl Sears. He was 54.

“I constantly got positive feedback about Officer Montoya,” said City College Police Capt. Valerie Cox. “He really cared about people. He never thought of anybody as ‘calls.’”

Mr. Montoya began his career with LRPD as an officer for the Sacramento City College

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The state of fear in 2014

City College student store display set up for Halloween. | Emily Foley | Staff Photographer |

Halloween gives City College students the opportunity to choose their fears in a celebratory, escapist fashion.

Playing with makeup and fog machines is a refreshing respite from actual fears about post-college employment and student debt.

As a mixture of  fledgling adults and seasoned learners, City College students have replaced the plastic, factory-pressed, rubber-band strapped superhero masks of their youth with a veneer rooted in over-confidence and ambition.

City College students today love to be scared of a bleak reality because it mirrors their own outlook of their projected futures. This dilutes the impact of Halloween and reduces it to the equivalent of an autumn version of non-religious Easter: a reason to have a party and

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Enter if you dare

Photo by Gabrielle Smith // Photo Editor //
Sacramento’s haunted houses open their doors for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, ghoulish attractions and shows rise to frighten and delight scare-seekers. This year, the Express visited four of the region’s headliner haunted houses.

Heartstoppers Haunted House

2300 Mine Shaft Lane, Rancho Cordova

Admission: $20 to $25, depending on the night you attend

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Sacramento’s haunted locales

City Theatre's production of "The Uninvited" centers around a house with a ghostly presence. Sacramento's haunted locations range from the Sacramento Theatre Company to the Delta King paddle wheeler. Emily Foley // Photo Editor //
River City hosts many apparitions, disturbing citizens for decades

Halloween is the time to celebrate the things that, for lack of a better phrase, go bump in the night.

Homes will soon be dressed with plastic skeletons, rubber bats and other spooky decorations in pretense that they are haunted by specters from beyond the grave.

However, some places in Sacramento are thought to be haunted by supernatural or ghostly presences. With Halloween on the horizon, now might be a good time to hunt for ghosts at some of these rumored haunted places.

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On their final break of the day, freshman cosmetology students enjoy the summer-like weather Sept. 29 while eating snacks and making jokes outside the Cosmetology building at City College. Elizabeth Ramirez|Staff Photographer|
City College students Hoi Luc, business major, Nancy Vang, nursing major, Amanda Yehya and Ken San play a card game called "Duces" while they wait for class to start. 
Alina Castillo| Online photo editor|
City College gets hit by the first rainfall of the season. City College, Nursing student, Jaisha Alzaraz is preparing for the weather by wearing her poncho as she walks to class. Emily Foley | Staff Photographer |
Art student at City College Kristine Bugge draws the landscape of the art court theatre quad Sept. 22 with a fine point sharpie for Art 302. Elizabeth Ramirez | Staff Photographer |



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