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Thanksgiving meals served up in Fairfield, Suisun City

FAIRFIELD — The only things missing were huge floats of cartoon characters, turducken and football games on the TV. Fairfield At the Community Center, more than 400 guests were served Thanksgiving dinners by volunteers recruited by the local nonprofit Mission Solano. Planning for the annual effort began in August and involved scores of volunteers including […]

Turkey Trot keeping holiday tradition pace

FAIRFIELD — Why? Because you can. Hundreds of local runners and walkers added to their lists of things to be thankful for by starting Thanksgiving with a brisk, beautiful morning trek.

What was not to like? The bit ‘o frost on the ground disappeared as soon as it was touched by the sunlight in the blue pristine sky of a cloudless day.

Hundreds of folks and families made their way to Suisun Valley for the seventh annual Solano Turkey Trot. The bright blue race T-shirts dappled the crowd and a smattering of warm turkey hats adorned the heads . . .

Vallejo police chief wants to chat over coffee

VALLEJO — Police Chief Andrew Bidou invites residents to “Coffee with the Cops” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m on Dec. 3. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided at event at Saint Vincent Memorial, 925 Sacramento St., at the corner of Sacramento and Florida streets. Coffee with the Cops is designed to promote better community relations and […]

Couple face child endangerment charges after judge sees burn video

FAIRFIELD — Details about how a 12-year-old boy was seriously burned at a slumber party earlier this year have resulted in a Vacaville couple being ordered to stand trial on felony child endangerment charges. A judge and prosecutor in the Monday probable cause hearing for Daryl M. Gunderson and Kathryn M. Breen raised concerns about how […]

Not guilty plea in Fairfield attempted murder case

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of trying to kill the brother of his ex-girlfriend pleaded not guilty Monday to crimes that could land him in prison for the rest of his life. Juan A. Rodriguez-Reyes, 39, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm and being a felon who used a gun in […]

Solano DA’s Office recipient of DUI prosecution grant

FAIRFIELD — The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded a grant of nearly $288,000 to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office to pay for continued funding for prosecuting those caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “We are honored to be a recipient of this grant for the fourth consecutive year,” District […]

Judge weighs sentence for man responsible for deadly DUI crash

FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Fairfield man who was the “designated driver” on the night of Oct. 25, 2014, and later convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving charges was taken into custody Friday while a judge considers his fate. Prosecutors say Gary S. Woodgate told his friends after a night of drinking that he was all right […]

She said, she said ends 2nd week of murder trial

FAIRFIELD — The second week of the murder trial for the suspect in the April 2014 fatal shooting of Salathiel J. Maynard ended Friday with prosecutors presenting hours of video showing two women being questioned by Suisun City police. Laron M. Gilbert, 21, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The two women were on the witness […]

2 convicted robbers face long prison sentences

FAIRFIELD — Two men who robbed a U-Haul business in Vacaville face long prison stints after being found guilty Friday of multiple robbery and assault charges. Joshua L. Davenport and Michael J. Delacruz walked into the East Monte Vista Avenue business on the evening of Jan. 5, 2014. They forced the employees into one area […]

Federal case against Fairfield couple postponed

FAIRFIELD — A federal criminal case against a Fairfield couple  in Omaha was postponed Wednesday until February, 2016. Brian and Kimberly Robinson face charges of money laundering and conspiring to possess and distribute more than a ton of marijuana, court records state. The Robinsons came to the attention of federal authorities in October, 2013, when a […]

Fairfield officer recounts incident judge calls asinine

FAIRFIELD — A veteran Fairfield police officer was stopped at a red light in North Texas Street on the morning of March 17, when he became the target of a brazen crime, according to his court testimony Monday. Officer Steve Garcia recalled watching David D. Yepiz, 23, walking through a nearby parking lot, pause, raise […]

Police arrest Fairfield man after reported mugging outside mall eatery

FAIRFIELD — Police said an employee at a Solano Town Center restaurant was mugged Sunday night while he was taking a break in his car in the mall parking lot. A stranger walked up to the employee’s car at around 8:20 p.m. and saw him using a cellphone. The stranger grabbed the cellphone and when the […]

No plea as suspect in deadly Fairfield shooting appears in court

FAIRFIELD — The suspect in the February killing of a 20-year-old Fairfield man made his first court appearance Friday. James A. Cruz, 20, did not enter a plea to a murder charge. Judge Robert Fracchia appointed the Public Defender’s Office for Cruz and set his bail at $1.5 million. Cruz was ordered to return to […]

DUI case comes to a stop over brake light

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faced a felony drunken driving charge had his case thrown out last week after his defense lawyer called into question the integrity of the Fairfield police officer who had arrested him. Officer Zachary Sandoval saw Andrew M. Hill, 43, driving a red Toyota on East Tabor Avenue in the early […]

Jury finds woman guilty of drug felony

FAIRFIELD — A 52-year-old Vacaville woman was found guilty Friday of possessing methamphetamine for sale. Sagra M. Walker told jurors earlier in the week that it was her boyfriend who had stored his nearly 2 ounces of methamphetamine in her bedroom dresser drawer of her Ralph Avenue home. Walker also explained the small digital scale on […]

Civil rights suit names 8 Fairfield police officers, former chief

FAIRFIELD — Three people arrested by Fairfield police after a 2013 altercation in a Delaware Street apartment sued the city and eight of its police officers Thursday, claiming they are the victims of false arrest, assault and multiple civil rights violations. The trio, Billy R. Cook, Michael J. Maroulas and Becky Smisek-Gage, were arrested after […]

Trial begins for 2 U-Haul robbery suspects

FAIRFIELD — A jury trial got underway Thursday for two men accused of the 2014 armed robbery of a Vacaville U-Haul business. Joshua Davenport, 35, and Michael J. Delacruz, 19, both face multiple felony robbery and assault charges. They have both pleaded not guilty. Davenport and Delacruz went into the East Monte Vista Avenue business […]

Fairfield man who killed half-brother has sentencing pushed to 2016

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who shot and killed his half-brother shortly after they botched an attempt to kill an uncle had his sentencing postponed Thursday. German Lopez, who faces up to 22 years in prison, was ordered to return to court in February 2016 to be sentenced for voluntary manslaughter and attempted voluntary manslaughter. […]

Double-dipping military likely to be costly

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville man who served as a major in the California National Guard, and who worked as a sergeant with the University of California, San Francisco Police Department, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a theft charge in federal court in Sacramento. Thomas Venable, 46, filed time sheets and expense reports for two years starting in 2008 […]

Workers’ comp fraud gets man 6 months

FAIRFIELD — A longtime counselor with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for workers’ compensation fraud and related criminal charges. Hosea Morgan, 55, of Vacaville, worked at San Quentin State Prison. Morgan told doctors starting in 2009 of pain in several parts of his body that […]

Suisun City murder trial getting jury

FAIRFIELD — Jury selection got underway Tuesday in the murder trial for a 21-year-old Suisun City man. Authorities believe Laron M. Gilbert shot and killed Salathiel J. Maynard, 33, on the night of April 12, 2014, outside Maynard’s home on Terry Lane in Suisun City. Gilbert has pleaded not guilty. Maynard was shot after an argument […]

Letter from family read in court

FAIRFIELD — The family of Vallejo police Officer Jim Capoot of Vacaville shared this letter during the Monday sentencing of his convicted killer, Henry A. Smith of Fairfield: It is with great sadness that our family has to find relief in a verdict of guilty by the person that murdered our loved one. No family should […]

Judge sentences Fairfield man who killed Vallejo officer to life in prison, no parole

FAIRFIELD — Empty chairs.

Fifteen of them in the first four rows of the courtroom, directly behind where Henry A. Smith was to be seated to be sentenced for the 2011 cold-blooded killing of Vallejo police officer Jim Capoot.

The empty seats in an otherwise crowded courtroom had previously been where Smith’s wife, their relatives, her fellow church members and others sat when attending his murder trial that began in April and ended in July with guilty verdicts for murder robbery and special circumstances that made …

Police officer’s killer likely to get life term

FAIRFIELD — It’s routine after a jury’s guilty verdict in a major crime case, particularly if murder, for defense lawyers to file motions seeking new trials or raising other issues before sentencing. That is not the case for the Fairfield man who shot and killed Vallejo police Officer Jim Capoot in 2011. The defense team for Henry A. […]

Solano College names 4 finalists for top admin post

ROCKVILLE — Four longtime administrators from four different California junior colleges were named Friday as the finalists in the search for a new superintendent-president of Solano Community College. The four finalists are Lawrence Buckley, president of Canada College in Redwood City; Deborah Budd, president of Berkeley City College; Celia Esposito-Noy, a vice chancellor at Chabot-Las Positas […]

Vallejo man faces federal drug smuggling charges

FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo man who oversaw passenger security X-ray screening at a terminal at San Francisco International Airport faces federal charges of defrauding the government and smuggling more than 5 kilos of cocaine. Joseph Scott, 35, posted $50,000 bail Friday and was ordered to return Dec. 23 to court in San Francisco. Scott and two alleged accomplices, Michael […]

Jury convicts in Super Bowl Sunday attempted rape trial

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man who preyed upon a drunk woman stumbling away from a Vacaville bar on Super Bowl Sunday is likely heading to prison after being found guilty Thursday of a pair of felonies. Miguel A. Garcia, 26, found the woman in an East Monte Vista Avenue parking lot and led her to […]

Suspected gunman: ‘Not guilty’ of murder

FAIRFIELD — The last of five men suspected in a deadly Fairfield shooting pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and attempted murder. Timothy J. Mitchell III, 24, was arrested in October after being on the lam for more than 18 months. Police believe Mitchell was one of three gunmen who were involved in an April […]

Jury finds Fairfield man not guilty in robbery

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of helping in the December 2014 armed takeover robbery at the Solano First Credit Union was found not guilty Wednesday after a two-week jury trial. Prosecutors claimed Gabriel J. Mosby, 56, was the getaway driver and accomplice in the robbery that was thwarted by Fairfield police, who interrupted the […]

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