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Adrienne Harris

Artistic ingenuity unhinged at Contraptor’s Road Rally

MARE ISLAND — They pedaled for the metal. An eclectic mix of human-powered vehicles rounded a course fraught with danger Sunday as Obtainium Works hosted its third annual Contraptor’s Road Rally on Mare Island. Dressed in costumes from an imagined era, racers brought their clunky creations of recycled parts and gears to the starting line in hopes of claiming […]

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

CHP: Fairfield man who fled traffic stop arrested after crash

NAPA — California Highway Patrol officers arrested an 18-year-old Fairfield man who crashed his vehicle after fleeing a traffic stop in Napa. A pair of CHP officers were monitoring traffic on Highway 12 east of Mountain Avenue just before 3 a.m. Sunday when they attempted to stop a 2002 Dodge Intrepid for a speed violation, according to […]

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,

Canines graduate from CHP training academy

FAIRFIELD — A group of eight canines joined the ranks of the California Highway Patrol after completing an intensive 11-week training course Friday. Three of the canines and their handlers were assigned to the Golden Gate Division, which covers the nine Bay Area counties. The CHP Canine Academy pairs a canine with an experienced officer and puts them through […]

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,

Elizabeth Terry

April 20, 1938 — July 23, 2014 Elizabeth Terry, 76, of Vacaville, passed away on July 23, 2014. Liz was born in Mizpah, New Jersey, on April 20, 1938, to Edna and Edward Walker. During her youth, she would spend her summer school breaks in Savannah, Ga., with her aunt Daisy, living the life of a true […]

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Obituaries | Tagged ,

Families camp out in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Families who wanted the camping experience without the hassle pitched their tents at Peña Adobe Park, Saturday. The Vacaville Community Services Department hosted a Community Campout with dozens of activities to keep the campers busy while the temperature soared over 100 degrees. “It’s been a lot of fun so far, even with the […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

‘Rosie’ the Shelby Mustang arrives at Jelly Belly

FAIRFIELD — The Shelby Mustang that was parked at Jelly Belly on Saturday had already covered a lot of ground. The high-powered car named Rosie traversed the country for the fifth annual High Five Tour that raises funds for Wounded Warriors. Members of the Golden Hills Mustang Club got to drive the enhanced Ford Mustang GT500 to various locations […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Military service a family tradition

FAIRFIELD — All branches of the military were represented Saturday at Doug Daut’s Cordelia Villages home where family gathered to send off the their youngest recruit. Reid Daut, 19, is set to continue a family tradition of military service after joining the U.S. Army. Facing basic training, the Rodriguez High graduate joins a lineage of service members that have collectively served […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Woman dead, child injured in Vallejo; police catch suspect

FAIRFIELD — A state parolee was caught Saturday in Vallejo hours after he allegedly attacked a woman and her young son, killing the woman and seriously injuring the boy. Police received a call at 1:52 a.m. reporting an assault on the 2000 block of Marin Street in Vallejo, according to a press release. Officers arrived there […]

July 27, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,

Mission Solano short on food

FAIRFIELD — Mission Solano’s food supply is running low. The nonprofit that offers meals and shelter for the area’s homeless at its two Fairfield locations is seeking donations during what’s considered the slow season. “This is the summer slump time for Mission Solano,” said Ron Marlette, executive director. He said 50 to 60 percent of food comes in donations and […]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Fenton’s Creamery celebrates 120 years

VACAVILLE — The line at Fenton’s Creamery wound around the shop and out the door Sunday as people headed for a discounted cup of ice cream. Celebrating its 120th anniversary in conjunction with National Ice Cream Day, the company hosted an ice cream social at its two locations in Oakland and Vacaville. At the Nut Tree Plaza, patrons […]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Parkway Gardens celebrates community, hope

FAIRFIELD — Mike McKinnon was done with the game, but the game wasn’t done with him. After writing a letter to his wife from prison that said he wanted to change his life, McKinnon had to take a beating before he would be saved. “(I was) in that cell screaming for my life while I was […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Birds Landing hosts benefit for Collinsville fire victims

BIRDS LANDING — The black and white photos on the walls of the lone watering hole in Birds Landing tell a story of their own. Inside the rustic pub, images of the tiny town as well as neighboring Collinsville reveal a once-vibrant Italian fishing community that has seen its share of floods and fires. “It’s home,” said owner Shirley Paolini, who relocated from Texas […]

July 20, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Vacaville to host Pirate Plunge at the pool

VACAVILLE — Families are welcomed to what city officials bill as a “fun-filled night full of pirate adventures” at the Graham Aquatic Center on Saturday. Vacaville’s Community Services Department will host the Pirate Plunge Family Swim Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., according to a city press release. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian may walk the plank, hunt […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Vacaville | Tagged ,

Solano College trustees mull sheriff’s police takeover options

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College is inching toward the takeover of its law enforcement by the Sheriff’s Office with the completion of a union settlement and a revised memorandum of understanding between the two parties. The college’s board of trustees briefly addressed the proposed transition at its Wednesday meeting. The district has been negotiating a contract over the past year […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Education | Tagged ,

Caltrans: I-80 re-striping part of interchange project

FAIRFIELD — Motorists driving on westbound Interstate 80 will likely see reconfigured traffic lanes Thursday morning, as the California Department of Transportation prepares to start work on the I-680/Highway 12 interchange project. Caltrans planned to re-stripe the traffic lanes of westbound I-80 between the connector ramps to southbound I-680 and westbound Highway 12 on Wednesday night, according to […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Game Day a success in Suisun

SUISUN CITY — Board games were in abundance Sunday as Bad Zero Games hosted its inaugural Game Day at the Hampton Inn & Suites. A couple dozen attendees surrounded several tables that were cluttered with elaborately designed dice and card games that put Monopoly to shame. “It’s going amazing,” said owner Justin Woods. “It’s exactly what I was […]

July 14, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Fast-moving grass fire forces evacuations, shuts Highway 12

FAIRFIELD — A four-alarm grass fire Sunday along Highway 12 forced the evacuation of several homes and stopped traffic as a cadre of firefighters from the surrounding areas converged to battle the fast-moving blaze.

The fire also tapped out the city’s firefighting resources.

Fairfield fire crews responded about 2 p.m. to the creek just east of the Meyer Corp. property where a vegetation fire sent clouds of white and black smoke into the sky. …

Birds Landing barbecue to benefit fire victims

BIRDS LANDING — A barbecue fundraiser hosted by the Solano County Historical Society will benefit the families who lost their homes in the Collinsville fire while offering donors the chance to explore local history. The Birds Landing BBQ Celebration starts at noon July 19 at Montezuma Fire Protection District Station 52 in Birds Landing. Docents will be on hand […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Monticello Fire 100 percent contained

FAIRFIELD — A fire that erupted on the Fourth of July in the hills east of Lake Berryessa was 100 percent contained Saturday, state fire officials said. The Monticello Fire burned 6,488 acres and required more than 1,000 fire personnel during its peak last weekend. It began at about 9:30 p.m. July 4 near Monticello Dam and […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Winterhawk Winery continues to draw a crowd

FAIRFIELD — Spirits were high Saturday as Winterhawk Winery hosted its weekly dose of live music and wine tastings among the vineyards of the Suisun Valley. A few hundred residents from as far as Chico flooded the outdoor tables and dance floor to hear Vacaville blues singer Matt Applin and taste the varieties that Winterhawk carries under its roof. “This is […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Solano Recovery Project plans healing conference

FAIRFIELD — A local nonprofit that helps people fighting substance abuse will host a conference next month for those interested in joining the recovery community for a “day of healing.” The Solano Recovery Project will bring its inaugural Paths to Healing Conference to the Fairfield Community Center on Aug. 23. The event includes a showing of the […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Solano County | Tagged ,

Summer car washes benefit Solano Warriors

FAIRFIELD — A series of car washes that started Saturday will benefit the Solano County Warriors youth football and cheerleading teams in preparation for the upcoming season. “We’re trying to raise money for practice uniforms and help the less fortunate kids pay for next season,” said coach Brandon Jackson. A handful of children, parents and […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Fairfield police seek baseball bat bandit

FAIRFIELD — Police are searching for a man who broke into a vehicle late last month at a convenience store on the 3500 block of Nelson Road, June 23. Surveillance images show a man who police suspect used a baseball bat to break into a vehicle and steal a purse at 12:30 a.m. June 23, according to the Fairfield police Facebook page. […]

July 10, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,

CalSTAR helicopter lands for Solano College training

FAIRFIELD — Students studying emergency medical response at Solano Community College got a close look of a medical transport helicopter Wednesday after it landed on campus for a brief training exercise on trauma operations.

A California Shock Trauma Air Rescue crew of two flight nurses and a pilot demonstrated the landing process before emerging from the aircraft to deliver a briefing to a group of about 22 students.

Flight nurse Michelle Starbuck said helicopter responders are trained on how to work a scene, conduct hospital transfers and deliver “safe patient care quickly, efficiently and . . .

Vacaville police arrest arson suspect

VACAVILLE — Police arrested a Vacaville man Tuesday after he allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at a home and fled. Officers responded to the 100 block of Dundee Court after someone reported an arson, according to a police press release. A witness said someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a home and started a fire, which was extinguished […]

July 10, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,

FAST to change fare structure next month

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield and Suisun Transit will implement a new fare structure starting Aug. 1 to comply with an updated card payment system. The Clipper universal transit card is expected to be implemented in Solano County this fall, according to a city press release. The Fairfield City Council adopted a new fare structure March 18 to comply with the new […]

July 10, 2014 | Posted in Fairfield | Tagged ,

Police probe Vacaville shots fired report

VACAVILLE — Police are seeking the help of anyone who may have witnessed a shooting Tuesday at an apartment building on Alamo Drive. Police received multiple calls about 9:50 p.m. from residents saying they heard several gunshots outside the complex on the 1500 block of Alamo Drive, according to a police press release. Officers responded to the […]

July 10, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,

Vacaville police seek auto theft suspect

VACAVILLE — Police are searching for a man who fled a stolen vehicle and ran from officers, Wednesday, in a Vacaville neighborhood. A police detective was patrolling the 100 block of Ralph Drive about 4 p.m. after a complaint about possible narcotics activity at one of the houses, according to a press release from the Vacaville […]

July 07, 2014 | Posted in Crime-courts | Tagged ,
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