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Ian Thompson

Solano County gets into holiday spirit

FAIRFIELD — Communities across Solano County will again get into the holiday spirit this winter with community tree lightings, caroling, Christmas gift vendors and the arrival of Santa Claus. Vacaville gets things started Vacaville starts the season when it hosts its 33rd annual Merriment on Main celebration from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 from West Street to […]

Open house to showcase Native American culture

VACAVILLE — Local Native American Little Bear will talk about the American Indian presence in Solano County during an open house Saturday at Pena Adobe Park. He will also show how he makes many of the tools that they used. Visitors can tour the historic Pena family home built in 1842, the Mowers-Goheen Museum, the Willis […]

Main Street group selects Travis colonel as Veterans Day grand marshal

FAIRFIELD — Col. Joel Jackson, commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, has been named the Veterans Day Parade grand marshal, the Fairfield Main Street Association announced this week. This year’s parade theme is Land of the Free, Because of the Brave. The Nov. 11 event is hosted by the […]

Discover Solano Fall 2015: Join in as Solano celebrates the holidays

FAIRFIELD — Communities across Solano County will again get into the holiday spirit this winter with community tree lightings, caroling, Christmas gift vendors and the arrival of Santa Claus. Vacaville gets things started Vacaville starts the season when it hosts its 33rd annual Merriment on Main celebration from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 from […]

Suisun asks residents for input to make healthier town

SUISUN CITY — The city wants to make itself a healthier community and asked for help from residents at a Tuesday night workshop on how to do that. Those residents present agreed with the objectives to increase smoke-free environments and improve access to healthy foods. When it came to smoke-free environments, participants mostly supported seeing […]

Dutch Bros. Coffee completes school supplies drive

FAIRFIELD — The West Texas Street Dutch Bros. Coffee shop made the start of the school year a little easier for children at E. Ruth Sheldon Elementary School this month by providing nearly filled coffee cards to customers in return for school items. “The nine-stamp fundraiser was amazing,” said Kayleigh Slover, Dutch Bros. Fairfield owner, in a […]

Suisun City seeks feedback on health of town

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City planners want to hear from the community about what can be done to make the town a healthier place to live in and raise children. A community workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, the city announced. Officials are seeking ideas and concerns. While Suisun […]

Monday fire disrupted cable, Internet, Verizon service

FAIRFIELD — Monday’s fire that destroyed a house on Taft Street and left thousands without power also knocked out Comcast and Verizon service to customers in Fairfield and Vacaville. The fire occurred a little before 4 p.m., damaging a node and fiber optic lines which disrupted Comcast service that evening. The outage affected several thousand customers […]

CHP to hold Age Well Drive Smart class

FAIRFIELD — Local senior drivers can tune up their driving skills when the California Highway Patrol hosts its latest Age Well Drive Smart class on Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fairfield Senior Center at 1200 Civic Center Drive. The class is an education program designed to help seniors improve driving […]

Thunderbirds headlining Capital Airshow

FAIRFIELD — Both the USAF Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team and the Royal Canadian Forces Snowbirds will be lighting up the sky over Sacramento for the 10th anniversary of the three-day California Capital Airshow that starts Oct. 2. The Thunderbirds will be performing on both Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 at the air show, which will […]

Fight in Fairfield sends 2 to hospital

FAIRFIELD — A fight between three Fairfield men Tuesday on the 1800 block of Kidder Avenue ended left two with moderate injuries, sending them to the hospital, according to Fairfield police. The fight took place just after 5 p.m. with at least one of them armed with brass knuckles. There were no arrests as of Tuesday night […]

CHP names new Solano area commander

FAIRFIELD — California Highway Patrol Capt. Rodney Strate has been named the new commander for the Solano County area, according to a CHP press release. Strate, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, replaces Capt. Sam Dickson, who is taking command of the CHP Patrol Academy in Sacramento. A member of the CHP since 1990, Strate started as a […]

Winters resident hurt in solo crash

VACAVILLE — A Winters resident had major injuries after the car in which he was a passenger crashed Monday near the end of Crocker Drive in north Vacaville, the Police Department reported. Police said the driver, Eric Reyna-Najar, 31, of Vacaville, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and suspicion of being impaired and causing […]

Air Force Sgt. tells of bringing MIA great-uncle home

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — When Marine 1st Lt. Raymond Ball died Nov. 27, 1950, as Chinese Communist troops assaulted the hill he was defending near the Chosin Reservoir, his fellow Marines could not recover his body.

He and 24 others lay in a shallow grave until after the fighting ended. When the North Koreans handed over those remains in 1954, he was among 10 of the dead who could not be identified.

Ball was interred by the Marines among the other . . .

Travis runners honor POWs, MIAs

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — For Master Sgt. Justin Halterman, it was a point of honor to take part in Thursday afternoon’s start of the 24-hour POW/MIA remembrance run. “I would not be anywhere else today,” Halterman said. Part of the reason stems from the three years he was part of the Joint POW/MIA Authority, which identified […]

Vacaville police arrest 6 for alleged gun possession, prostitution

VACAVILLE — Surveillance of a Lawrence Drive motel ended with several arrests Tuesday on allegations that included weapons possession, prostitution and violation of probation, according to a Vacaville Police Department press release. Detectives started their afternoon by arresting two men, John Campos, 27, of Sheldon, Washington, and Jaime Quezada, 38, of Winters, who had left the motel […]

Suisun council changes dock tax to bring in new business

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council agreed Tuesday to change a tax imposed on businesses using city docks to get a sports fishing business to locate itself in the Suisun City Marina. Under the change, a business that rents one of the marina’s berths would not have to pay the 10 percent tax. The […]

Stone to see promotion to staff sergeant, receive Purple Heart

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who subdued a gunman on a train heading to Paris on Aug. 21, will be promoted to staff sergeant, Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced Tuesday in an Air Force Times report. Stone will also receive two medals […]

Sutter Health donates $300,000 to fire relief efforts

FAIRFIELD — Sutter Health, the Sacramento-based health care provider that also provides health care services in Solano County, donated $300,000 Tuesday to support fire relief efforts across several Northern California communities. The donations will go to several organizations helping bring food, shelter and other resources to those affected by the massive Valley Fire still raging in Lake, Napa […]

Suisun police schedule medication take-back day

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City residents can bring expired, outdated or unneeded prescription medications to the Police Department parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 to dispose of them free of charge. Police cadets and an officer will staff the drop-off station, where medications will be accepted anonymously. Prescription pills, liquids and creams […]

Travis major makes strides to fight sickle-cell disease in Ugandan homeland

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — It has been a long road from the crushing discovery 14 years ago that her daughter had sickle-cell disease to getting Uganda’s leaders in her homeland this year to call for a national policy for better education and treatment of the disease.

This call came in June at a daylong annual conference on the disease that took place in Kampala, Uganda, the third that U.S. Air Force Maj. Lukiah “Lucky” Mulumba had set up to get medical and political leaders talking about the disease that afflicts too many African children.

Firefighters, students remember 9/11

SUISUN CITY — Schoolchildren and firefighters at the Suisun Fire Department paid homage Friday – each in their own way – to what happened 14 years ago on 9/11.

Young participants at the Kids Corner program at Tolenas Elementary School observed the anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by making a 10-foot-long banner honoring American military members.

Fairfield native earns Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield native Navy Master Chief Douglas S. White, currently attached to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 55 in Southern California, received the Bronze Star medal Friday during a ceremony to recognize his heroic action. White while serving in August 2013 in Afghanistan defended three unarmed contractors from approaching insurgents who had just breached the perimeter wall with a vehicle-borne […]

Harbor Theatre coming back to life

SUISUN CITY — The Creative Arts Collective, the new operators of the Harbor Theatre, have hit the ground running with a GoFundMe campaign and a cleanup day planned for Saturday. This is all designed to get the theater ready for the first performing arts classes that members hope to see start in October. “We have […]

Pink Heals Solano gets a police car

VACAVILLE — They have a pink fire truck covered with hundreds of signatures to raise awareness and funding to battle cancer. Now they will have a pink police car to take on that same mission, compliments of the Vacaville Police Department. Pink Heals Solano, the local nonprofit that works to raise awareness of men’s, women’s and children’s cancer, […]

Sheriff’s Office seeks help to find homicide suspects

VALLEJO — The Solano County Sheriff’s Office released photos Tuesday of two vehicles seen in the area of the 300 block of Benicia Road on the morning that A’Tierra Westbrook of Benicia was killed. Westbrook was leaving for work at 7:15 a.m. Aug. 3 when she was shot to death in her car. Sheriff’s detectives are asking […]

Teen girl reports failed kidnapping try in Fairfield

Police search for suspect in Tuesday incident FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police investigated a reported kidnapping attempt Tuesday of a girl in her early teens who told police that a man tried to grab her at about 9 a.m. while she was walking alone on East Tabor Avenue near a creek east of Sunset Avenue. The suspect […]

Preschoolers enjoy literacy night

FAIRFIELD — Several parents and their children found an evening of enjoyment Tuesday during a Fairfield-Suisun Adult School open house by reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” The special reading was part of the celebration of International Literacy Day at the Adult School put on by the Special Education Preschool, the PEP Preschool and the Bransford […]

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