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Prosecution wraps case against Fairfield man in child sexual assault trial

FAIRFIELD — The third week of a jury trial for a Fairfield man accused of sexually assaulting several young girls ended Friday with prosecutors wrapping up their case against Steven Sherwood. Sherwood, 51, is standing trial on 17 felony child sexual assault charges and a felony charge of possessing child pornography. Jurors have been visibly […]

No plea as suspect in deadly 2012 shooting makes court appearance

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man who faces a murder charge for the 2012 shooting of a newspaper carrier was in court briefly Friday morning. Daniel J. Diaz, 30, did not enter a plea. Instead, he agreed to wait until a Feb. 9 court hearing at the Vallejo courthouse to complete his arraignment. Diaz was […]

Fairfield man to stand trial on felony charge

FAIRFIELD — A 31-year-old Fairfield man was ordered Friday to stand trial on a felony charge of evading police. Mark S. Nezrab was ordered at the close of his brief probable cause hearing to return to court Feb. 25. A Fairfield police officer testified at the hearing that he walked up to Nezrab’s car parked […]

Plea deal nets Fairfield ex-con 8 years in prison

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield ex-con took a plea deal Friday that will land him eight years in prison for a pair of 2014 muggings. Frederick F. Ferrando, 37, was accused in the attack and robbery of a 69-year-old Vallejo woman in front of her home, during which the woman’s purse was stolen, on the afternoon of […]

Jury acquits Fairfield man of 2 murder charges

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faced two murder charges and the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison was acquitted Friday after a three-week jury trial. Patrick E. Alley, 44, had been locked up for the past four and a half years since his arrest by Solano County sheriff’s deputies in 2011. […]

Teen suspected of running down child in Fairfield has past traffic-related cases

FAIRFIELD — The 19-year-old who Fairfield police believe ran down a 5-year-old girl as she crossed San Marco Street has racked up an extensive record of traffic offenses in the past year. Jefferson T. Tara was booked Tuesday into the Solano County jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving without a license, a misdemeanor. He […]

Suspect in Fairfield park beating appears in Solano court after arrest near Seattle

FAIRFIELD — A former Solano Community College women’s basketball player made her first court appearance Wednesday since her January arrest, after being on the lam for nearly a year. Ajanee Rankins, 20, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault and vandalism. She is accused of joining two of her former teammates, Justice Robinson, 19, […]

Hearing for Fairfield man in Vacaville CVS knife attack sees 3-week delay

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of the August stabbing of a woman at the CVS store on Elmira Road in Vacaville made a brief court appearance Tuesday. James E. Barnes, 41, had been scheduled for a probable cause hearing later this week on charges of attempted murder and assault. Instead his attorney, Denis Honeychurch, […]

Fairfield police seek driver who ran down 5-year-old girl, fled scene

FAIRFIELD — A 5-year-old girl was struck and seriously injured Monday afternoon by a hit-and-run driver near the intersection of Kidder Avenue and San Marco Street. The girl was hit by the car around 4:45 p.m. as she was crossing San Marco Street. She flew up onto the hood of the car and onto the […]

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Trial on hold – for now – for pair accused in Fairfield girl’s shooting death

FAIRFIELD — A pair of Fairfield gang members who face murder charges had their upcoming trial put on hold Monday. Jovon N. Granado, 25, and Eric A. Rico, 20, have pleaded not guilty for the late-night shooting death of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas. Granado and Rico learned Monday that their murder and conspiracy case is being reassigned […]

Man caught in human-trafficking Facebook sting faces 14-year prison term

VALLEJO — Shawn A. Shields set out last year to boost his income by recruiting young women on Facebook to join him in his business endeavour. His entrepreneurial effort resulted Thursday in his being found guilty of three felonies. He now faces up to 14 years behind bars. Shields, 37, met a 17-year-old girl on Facebook […]

Young girls testify in Fairfield man’s child sexual assault trial

FAIRFIELD — Jurors sat through another day of poignant and sometimes disturbing testimony Wednesday in the trial of a Fairfield man local authorities have described as one of the most egregious child molesters they have encountered. Steven Sherwood is standing trial on 17 felony child sexual assault charges and a felony charge of possessing child […]

Solano woman suspected in Benny the pug’s abuse enters plea

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County woman suspected of abusing a small dog in Fairfield pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony animal cruelty charge. Brandi D. Chin, 31, of Vallejo, was arrested after authorities obtained and reviewed surveillance camera video showing Chin carrying Benny the black pug into a parking lot. The apartment complex video from Dec. […]

Hearing for suspect in teen’s shooting death sees delay

VALLEJO — A probable cause hearing set Tuesday for a Vacaville man accused of killing 18-year-old Demetrious Ward in 2014 over an ounce of marijuana has once again been postponed. Alijondro E. Jones Jr., 21, and his defense attorney Daniel Russo agreed to the delay requested by prosecutors. Judge Tim Kam agreed to the delay […]

Fairfield woman loses appeal of murder conviction

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield mother serving a life sentence in prison without possibility of parole for a 2011 revenge scheme of torture and murder lost her appeal Tuesday. Ryan S. Odom, 46, led the plot to beat and kill 20-year-old Keith E. Osby Jr. who she believed stole a Sony PlayStation and computer from her […]

Jones case returns to court

Fairfield man accused in death of 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen FAIRFIELD — The man accused of the 2013 kidnapping, rape and strangulation of a 13-year-old girl was in court Monday with his trio of court-appointed lawyers. Anthony L. Jones, 34, of Fairfield, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge with three special circumstances that could result […]

Judge orders 3-month evaluation of man at center of Fairfield school lockdown

FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Fairfield man who sparked an April 2015 lockdown of Cleo Gordon Elementary School was locked up Friday after being ordered to be shipped off to prison for a three-month evaluation. Garland Callum, 24, was a felon on probation when a Fairfield police officer spotted him driving down East Tabor Avenue while […]

Solano jury hits Caltrans with $12M verdict in valley fever suit

FAIRFIELD — The deceptions and failures of employees of the state’s department of transportation resulted in a Solano County jury slapping the agency Thursday with a nearly $12 million damage award. The judgment against Caltrans was for four workers and the owner of a small construction company doing earth-movement and expanding a culvert in Kern […]

Solano man earns 12-year federal prison sentence in bank fraud case

FAIRFIELD — An aspiring kinesiologist and music producer from Vallejo had his professional hopes put on hold Thursday when he was sentenced to 12 years and one month in federal prison. Deshawn A. Ray, 43, was found guilty in a 2014 jury trial of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Ray […]

Solano man caught up in meth investigation faces federal allegations

FAIRFIELD — Lino R. Jimenez was in Solano County Superior Court just two weeks ago where he got his probation reinstated for his 2012 methamphetamine dealing case. Jimenez’ possible freedom, arranged by his lawyer, Vince Maher, was short-lived with federal prosecutors getting an indictment for him Thursday in Sacramento for allegedly possessing more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine […]

AT&T worker guilty in knife attacks; sanity ruling awaits testimony

FAIRFIELD — A knife-wielding 51-year-old AT&T employee who exploded in a violent rage in 2014 at the North Texas Street AT&T facility was found guilty Wednesday of two felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism. Bradley P. Johnston, 51, had no criminal history when he confronted an unfamiliar coworker wrapping up his […]

Jury selection starts in Fairfield child molestation case

FAIRFIELD — Jury selection got underway Wednesday for a Fairfield man accused of sexually assaulting 11 children ranging in age from 5 to 15 years old. Steven Sherwood, 51, was arrested by Fairfield police in June 2014 after some of his Garfield Street neighbors reported he had molested their children. Prosecutors say Sherwood is the […]

Suspect in Fairfield credit union heist to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con accused of joining in the armed takeover robbery of the Solano First Credit Union on the morning of Dec. 12, 2014, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a pair of armed robbery charges. A two-day probable cause hearing for Johnnie Ledbetter, 45, ended with his being ordered to return to […]

Jury convicts Vacaville mom of having sex with adopted son

FAIRFIELD — A jury found a Vacaville mother guilty Tuesday of three felony sex charges that will likely land her a life sentence when she is sentenced in March. The verdict came after two days of deliberations. Michelle V. Souza testified during her trial that her boyfriend, Ricky A. Groseclose, had threatened and forced her […]

Suspect in deadly Fairfield crash agrees to delay hearing

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield man who faces a murder charge for a fatal October crash on East Travis Boulevard agreed Tuesday to delay his probable cause hearing. Nathan M. Vargas, 31, agreed to return to court next week to reschedule the hearing. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and has been in jail with […]

Hearing begins for suspect in Fairfield credit union heist

FAIRFIELD — A probable cause hearing got underway Tuesday for an ex-con accused of joining in the armed takeover robbery of the Solano First Credit Union in December 2014. Johnnie Ledbetter, 45, faces a pair of robbery charges for his role in the botched heist that ended when Fairfield police saw the robbers’ getaway car […]

Jury set to deliberate fate of Vacaville woman accused of having sex with young son

FAIRFIELD — Closing arguments were presented Thursday in the jury trial for a Vacaville mother who faces felony sexual assault charges for allegedly having sex repeatedly with her 10-year-old son. Michelle V. Souza, 41, testified earlier in the week that she had engaged in repeated sex acts with her adopted son in 2014, but did so […]

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