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Dixon man faces rape allegations

DIXON — A 24-year-old Dixon man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape and rape of an intoxicated person, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Jose A. Gonzales was booked into the county jail with bail set at more than $770,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in […]

Lawyers to argue issues in trial of man suspected of killing Vallejo cop

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield man on trial for the 2011 shooting death of a Vallejo police officer after a failed bank heist was in court briefly Friday. Henry A. Smith and his trio of court-appointed defense attorneys agreed to return to court Monday when Judge Peter B. Foor will consider several of their pretrial requests, […]

Jury acquits in Fairfield copper theft trial

FAIRFIELD — A trial involving a pair of massive Fairfield copper thefts in 2012 totaling $236,000 included the defendant’s admissions and his DNA at the crime scene. But that was not enough for jurors who found Angel G. Monroy not guilty Thursday of felony theft and burglary charges. Thieves on two nights in May and […]

Jury deadlocks in Suisun City gun case

FAIRFIELD — A weeklong trial for a Suisun City man who faces felony gun possession charges and several other felony charges ended Thursday with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial. Domingo Mouton, 24, was arrested on the evening of June 18, 2014, by Suisun City police after a brief foot chase that ended in the back patio […]

Court rejects jury pool challenge in trial of man accused of killing Capoot

FAIRFIELD — The Court of Appeal late Thursday afternoon rejected an effort in the San Francisco court by the defense team for an accused cop killer to further delay or reject jury selection in his murder trial. Henry A. Smith of Fairfield faces murder and robbery charges and faces the possibility of the death penalty in […]

Trial starts for suspected online sexual predator

FAIRFIELD — A jury trial got underway Wednesday for a Fairfield man who faces several felony charges of trying to send harmful sexual matter to a child and a felony charge of trying to get a child to engage in a sex act. Zion J. Crawford, 36, struck up an Internet relationship with 14-year-old Amanda G. […]

Judge Ramona Garrett retires from Solano County bench

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Superior Court Judge Ramona J. Garrett retired Wednesday after more than 23 years on the bench. Garrett was a deputy district attorney when she was appointed to the Municipal Court bench in 1992 by Gov. Pete Wilson. At the time she was the first woman and first African-American appointed to a […]

Credit card use by Solano cities topic of grand jury report

FAIRFIELD — The current Solano County grand jury issued a report Tuesday on local city employee credit card usage that said, in summary, credit cards are good. The brief report, four pages, claims past practices of city employees getting work-related items was “expensive and time-consuming” and that credit cards have streamlined the procurement process. Grand jury […]

Juror illness leads to delay in accused killer’s trial

FAIRFIELD — Juror illness prompted a one-day delay in the murder trial for a Fairfield man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Cheynah D. Watson on the night of March 31, 2012. Jurors are set to return to court Thursday when District Attorney Krishna Abrams is expected to resume presenting her case against Warren G. Sloan […]

Police arrest man after woman’s disturbance, gunshots call

FAIRFIELD — Police dispatchers got a call at around 4 a.m. Monday from a woman who lives on Woodward Lane saying a man she knew was causing a disturbance in front of her home. She called back a bit later saying the guy had fired off several gunshots – gunshots that also prompted calls from several of […]

Small group gathers to honor deceased veterans at Fairfield cemetery

FAIRFIELD — A handful of veterans gathered Monday afternoon for a ceremony at the Fairmont Memorial Park to honor those men and women who were killed in service to their country. The participants from the Veterans of Foreign War Post 2333 and the Ladies Auxiliary briefly met and decided who would recite what words from well-worn beige […]

Eyewitness takes stand, describes scene where Fairfield teen stabbed to death

FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams kept a promise Friday she made long ago to the family of a woman brutally stabbed and killed in 2012. Abrams had promised the family of 19-year-old Cheynah Watson that she would oversee the prosecution of Warren G. Sloan III, who authorities believe stabbed Watson 26 times in […]

Sons follow parents’ lead, enter pleas in drug-dealing case

FAIRFIELD — A family accused of drug-dealing – a father, mother and their two sons were in court Wednesday where the sons pleaded not guilty felony drug dealing charges. Their father previously pleaded not guilty to similar charges and their mother pleaded not guilty to a related felony charge. German A. Inzunza, 50, has been […]

Judge orders trial in 2014 Vacaville shooting case

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man who is a suspected gang member was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on attempted murder and assault charges for an October 2014 shooting outside of a Novato Drive home. Adrian Garcia, 20, faces a possible life sentence if he is found guilty. Judge Peter B. Foor at the conclusion of […]

Quick trial for public urination leads to $500 fine

FAIRFIELD — The court trial took about two minutes and it cost a Vacaville man $500 for an uncouth moment in the front yard of a Carlsbad Circle home back on Feb. 19. John Askew’s response to the $500 fine for littering was to raise a defiant hand and wave an obscene gesture at the […]

Jury selected for trial in fatal 2012 Fairfield stabbing

FAIRFIELD — A jury was selected Monday and Tuesday for the murder trial for a Fairfield man accused of the March 2012 stabbing death of Cheynah Watson, 19. Warren G. Sloan III, 44, has pleaded not guilty. Fairfield police found Watson’s body in the side yard of a Fourth Street home on the morning of […]

Former dean sues Solano College, administrators

FAIRFIELD — A former dean at Solano Community College sued the college, its president and an associate dean claiming he is the victim of discrimination, defamation, slander and breach of contract. Charles Rieger’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims he was the victim of a biased hiring process followed by “being thrown under the bus” in 2014 […]

Garamendi applauds Coast Guard funding vote

FAIRFIELD — The House of Representatives on Monday passed the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine budgets for the upcoming fiscal year by a unanimous voice vote. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove and ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, co-authored the bill and welcomed its […]

Appellate court chastises Solano judge over restitution order

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County judge was chastised Friday by the Court of Appeal in San Francisco and had a 2013 ruling thrown out involving a mother who in 2009 committed what the judge described as “a pretty sophisticated little scheme.” $8,300 The head cashier at the Barnes & Noble in Fairfield got caught stealing back in […]

Appeals court modifies probation terms for teen caught with gun

FAIRFIELD — A 17-year old Vallejo teen who was packing a stolen gun when arrested in May 2013 had the conditions of his juvenile home detention probation modified by the Court of Appeal in San Francisco. The unidentified boy was 15 when he was spotted by police with three friends who had joined him in stealing bottles […]

Jury acquits – mostly – in Crowley Lane shooting trial

FAIRFIELD — A jury after a half-day of deliberations acquitted a man Friday of attempted murder and assault charges for a 2013 shooting at a Crowley Lane apartment complex. Several jurors were nearly celebratory in the courthouse hallway after their verdicts. Delwan T. Blazer, 34, testified he opened fire on a man he had seen […]

Jurors begin deliberations in Fairfield shooting trial

FAIRFIELD — Jurors began deliberating the fate of a San Francisco man who faces attempted murder and other felony charges for a December 2013 shooting in a Crowley Lane apartment complex. Delwan T. Blazer, 34, took the witness stand earlier this week in his trial and admitted to the Dec. 3, 2013, shooting that left one […]

Suspect in fast-food place robbery, ID’d by ex-wife, enters plea

FAIRFIELD — Nearly two years after their divorce was finalized, the ex-wife of a Vacaville robbery suspect dropped a dime on her estranged spouse for an April restaurant robbery in Vacaville. David V. Butorovich, 55, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony robbery, burglary and drug charges. Butorovich was arrested a month after a man walked […]

Crowley Lane shooting suspect takes witness stand

FAIRFIELD — A three-time convicted felon on trial for a pair of attempted murder charges took the witness stand Wednesday to explain why he opened fire on two men at a car in a Crowley Lane apartment complex one night in 2013. Delwan T. Blazer, 34, of San Francisco, admitted to the Dec. 3, 2013, […]

Convicted killer sues Solano jail over alleged mistreatment

FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Suisun City man doing 40 years to life in prison for the 2012 murder of his sister’s boyfriend in a brawl over a broken chair has sued the Solano County jail seeking $7.5 million. Zavier A. Pigues filed his two federal lawsuits last week in Sacramento, detailing the pain and anguish he […]

Mom accused in infant son’s death to return to court in August

FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old Fairfield woman accused of fatally poisoning her infant son with methamphetamine made a brief court appearance Wednesday. Shelby L. Frederick has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and was ordered to return to court Aug. 13 for a probable cause hearing. Frederick is being held without bail. Her 2-month-old son was […]

Judge imposes 2-year sentence in Craigslist, credit card fraud case

FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old Vacaville man who bilked gullible Craigslist shoppers and who used stolen credit card numbers to pay for customizing his car was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars. Justin A. King has had his probation revoked three times in the past two years. Judge Wendy G. Getty, who had given King […]

Judge grants request, delays sentencing for convicted killer

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faces a near-certain punishment of life in prison without possibility of parole for a May 2011 murder was in court briefly Tuesday to get a three-month delay in sentencing. Damarcus V. Armstrong joined six others in ambushing, beating and killing Keith Osby Jr. at a San Andreas Street home as […]

Man at center of girls locker room cellphone video case appears in court

FAIRFIELD — A 33-year-old Sacramento man accused of sneaking into a girls locker room and taking pictures of young girls made a brief court appearance Tuesday. Jason Paner was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after a girl participating in a March swim meet at Solano Community College reported seeing a man in the locker room using […]

Appellate court halts trial of man charged with killing Capoot

FAIRFIELD — The jury trial for an accused cop killer was halted Thursday afternoon by the Court of Appeal. Judge Peter B. Foor announced the ruling from the 1st Appellate District in San Francisco that came in response to a defense team request made earlier this week. The appellate ruling gives prosecutors until May 18 to […]

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