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Jury selected in prison counselor’s workers’ comp trial

FAIRFIELD — A jury was selected Wednesday for the trial of a longtime counselor with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who is standing trial on four felony charges related to accusations of workers’ compensation fraud. Hosea Morgan, 55, of Vacaville, worked at San Quentin State Prison. Morgan told doctors starting in 2009 of pain […]

3 suspects in deadly Fairfield shooting in court; 2 enter pleas

FAIRFIELD — A trio of young men who face murder charges for a fatal July 22 Phoenix Drive shooting were in court briefly Tuesday morning. Jamison P. Nodine, 18, previously pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Jaime P. Hernandez, 22, and Leonel G. Flores Jr., 21, entered similar pleas to the same charges […]

$25M federal suit shifts courts for man shot in eye with Taser

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man recently had his $25 million federal lawsuit against Fairfield police transferred from a San Francisco federal courthouse to a federal courthouse in Sacramento. The transfer postpones a request by lawyers for the city and the Police Department to throw out the lawsuit filed in May by Jerome Hill. Hill, who […]

Court documents provide details that led to vicious CVS knife attack

FAIRFIELD — Grim new details emerged Tuesday in last week’s random stabbing of a Vacaville CVS customer. James E. Barnes, 41, allegedly walked up to a stranger, a 52-year-old woman who was using a photo kiosk on the afternoon of Aug. 24 at the Elmira Road store. Witnesses say Barnes then plunged a knife repeatedly […]

Vallejo man pleads guilty in $250,000 federal ID theft case

VALLEJO — A Vallejo man who went to six different Bay Area car dealerships and bought six cars and two motorcycles using fake IDs, stolen credit cards and counterfeit checks agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in a Sacramento courtroom more than six months after his arrest by federal agents in February. Gurpinder Sandhu, 47, pleaded […]

Jury convicts 2 for stealing woman’s cellphone at gunpoint

FAIRFIELD — Two Fairfield men who stole a woman’s cellphone at gunpoint and then tried to sell it back to her were both found guilty of felony robbery charges. It only took a jury a few hours Monday after days of testimony to decide Malik C. Bailey and Israel W. Sloan engineered a scheme that […]

Suisun police release name of teen homicide victim

SUISUN CITY — Police have identified the victim of Friday’s fatal shooting as 18-year-old Derado Printers. Printers was with two other men on the 600 block of Barnacle Way at the time of the shooting. Neither of his companions was wounded in the 9:15 p.m. shooting, according to a brief press release issued Monday night […]

Fire destroys 5th-wheel trailer in downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A quick-moving fire Monday night destroyed a fifth-wheel trailer parked at a downtown mobile home park. Dispatchers received several calls shortly after 9 p.m. reporting the fire at the back of the Fairfield Mobile Home and RV Park on the 1400 block of West Texas Street. The first Fairfield police officer to arrive at […]

Important Contacts: Community Post Offices

Benicia Post Office 290 E. L St., Benicia 94510 707-745-4019 Dixon Post Office 221 W. A St., Dixon 95620 Phone: 707-678-1348 Fairfield Post Office 600 Kentucky St., Fairfield 94533 707-425-2789 Rio Vista Post Office 140 Sacramento St., Rio Vista 94571 Phone: 707-374-2057 Suisun City Post Office 325 Merganser Drive, Suisun City 94585 707-425-1334 Vacaville Post […]

Important Contacts: Solano County, Community Libraries

Benicia Public Library 150 E. L St., Benicia 94510 Phone: 707-746-4343 Dixon Public Library 230 N. First St., Dixon 95620 Phone: 707-678-5447 Fairfield Civic Center Library 1150 Kentucky St., Fairfield 94533 866-572-7587 Fairfield Cordelia Library 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield 94534 866-572-7587 Rio Vista Library 44 S. Second St., Rio Vista 94571 866-572-7587 Suisun City […]

Important Contacts: Solano County Courts

Hall of Justice 600 Union Ave. Fairfield, 94533 Law and Justice 530 Union Ave. Fairfield, 94533 Old Solano Courthouse 580 Texas Street Fairfield, CA 94533 Solano Justice Building 321 Tuolumne St. Vallejo, 94590 General information: 707-207-7300 www.solanocourts.com Judge Paul L. Beeman, Department 1. 707-207-7301 Judge Daniel J. Healy, Department 2. 707-561-7802 Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt, […]

Important Contacts: Solano County Public Safety

Solano County Sheriff’s Office Administration: 500 Union Ave., Fairfield, 94533. 707-784-7030 General information: 707-784-7000 Animal Care Services: 707-784-1359 Animal Control Services: 707-784-4733 Marine Patrol: 707-784-1382 Office of Emergency Services: 707-784-1600 Justice Center Detention Facility: 530 Union Ave., Suite 100, Fairfield, 94533. 707-421-7130 Sentenced Detention Facility: 2500 Claybank Riad, Fairfield, 94533. 707-421-7180 Benicia Fire Station 11 – […]

Solano County grand jury serves constitutional role

FAIRFIELD — The grand jury is an investigative body and part of the judicial branch of government. Both the United States and the California constitutions call for grand juries. Unlike a trial jury, which exists only to try an individual case, the Solano County grand jury is a permanent body with members serving one-year terms. […]

Solano court hearing brings to light concerns about oversight of violent mental health patients after release

VALLEJO — The private for-profit company responsible for overseeing and monitoring local criminals judged to be insane for serious crimes that include murder has been rife with problems and currently uses two unlicensed interns to do most of the work. The Solano County program director for Mental Health Management Inc., Dr. Mark Naas, was recently ordered […]

Hearing testimony begins in 2014 Vacaville homicide case

FAIRFIELD — The lawyer for a 21-year-old Vacaville man who faces a gang-related murder charge put a 7-year-old girl on the witness stand Friday trying to make the case that her client may have been acting in self-defense in the 2014 killing of Aurelio Pena-Lemus. Samuel “Lefty” Nodine has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. […]

Lawyer arranges psychological evaluation for suspect in CVS stabbing

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman in the back Monday afternoon as she was using a photo kiosk at the CVS store on Elmira Road in Vacaville made a brief court appearance Friday. James E. Barnes had been scheduled to enter pleas to attempted murder and assault charges. Instead his […]

Death-penalty trial in case of slain Suisun City teen pushes to late 2016

FAIRFIELD — It will be another year before the possible start of a jury trial for the Fairfield man who faces the possibility of the death penalty for allegedly raping and strangling 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen in 2013. Anthony L. Jones was in court Friday and said little during a hearing that focused on typos and spelling […]

County to host Solano drug court reunion

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Superior Court announced Thursday that it will host an annual reunion Sept. 9 for parents who have completed the Dependency Drug Court program. The reunion, co-hosted with Solano County officials, will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St. in downtown Fairfield. The Dependency Drug […]

Family Justice Center site of planned health fair

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County District Attorney’s Office will host an Oct. 17 health fair in collaboration with several community organizations. The public is invited to the free event scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Justice Center, 604 Empire St. in Fairfield. Activities will include health screenings, medical and dental mobile […]

Suspect in woman’s stabbing at Vacaville CVS tries to plead guilty

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman in a Vacaville store tried to plead guilty Wednesday at his first court appearance since the attack. James E. Barnes had his plea rejected by Court Commissioner William J. Pendergast, who appointed the Public Defender’s Office to serve as his attorney. The appointment came in […]

Solano judge sentences 3rd suspect in Vacaville smash-and-grab jewelry store heist

FAIRFIELD — The third of five people who faced felony armed robbery charges for an August 2012 robbery of a Vacaville jewelry store was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars. Philip K. Meredith was accused of joining four others in the daytime takeover, smash-and-grab armed robbery of DeBartolo & Co. jewelry store in downtown Vacaville, which […]

Attorney conflict prompts delay in case of man accused of killing teen girl

FAIRFIELD — The oft-delayed death penalty case for the Fairfield man accused of raping and strangling a 13-year-old girl in January 2013 was delayed again Monday. Anthony L. Jones has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and special circumstances that make him subject to the death penalty. Jones is accused of abducting Genelle Conway-Allen as […]

Ex-con accused in Fairfield credit union heist enters plea

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con who is accused of joining in the Dec. 12 armed takeover robbery at the Solano First Credit Union pleaded not guilty Monday to a pair of felony armed robbery charges. Johnnie Ledbetter, 45, of San Francisco, is one of three suspects who allegedly joined in the scheme that ended with Maurice […]

Police: ‘Random’ attack at Vacaville pharmacy leaves woman critically injured

VACAVILLE — A 52-year-old woman shopping Monday afternoon at the CVS store on Elmira Road was attacked and stabbed repeatedly in the back by a stranger. Vacaville police received several 911 calls just after 1 p.m. reporting the stabbing that police later described as a “random act of violence” and unprovoked. Authorities reported Monday night […]

August 25, 2015 | Posted in Crime-courts | 12 Replies

Judge grants defense request to delay hearing in fatal shooting case

VALLEJO — A probable cause hearing set Thursday for a Vacaville man accused of killing 18-year-old Demetrious Ward over an ounce of marijuana has been postponed. Alijondro E. Jones Jr., 20, of Vacaville, had the hearing postponed at the request of his attorney, Daniel Russo. Judge Tim Kam agreed to the delay and ordered Jones […]

Ex-con takes plea deal in case of crash that hurt 3 children

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con who shattered the lives of three young Vacaville children and their families took a plea deal Tuesday instead of facing a jury. Wesley T. Murray, 32, pleaded no contest to a pair of felony charges – auto theft and leaving the scene of an accident. Murray agreed to a sentence of four […]

Judge sets hearing date for teen accused of shooting at Dixon police officer

FAIRFIELD — A Dixon teenager accused of shooting and trying to kill a Dixon police officer had a probable cause hearing scheduled Monday after months of delays. Bret R. Baugher, 16, allegedly opened fire the officer on the morning of Oct. 8, 2014. The officer was not hurt but the rear window of his patrol car was […]

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