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Suisun man files federal civil rights suit against city police, others

SUISUN CITY — A Suisun City man who’s awaiting retrial on felony and misdemeanor charges filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday in Sacramento against the Suisun City Police Department, Police Chief Ed Dadisho, three of his officers, the Suisun City Council, the city manager and attorney. Rich Giddens’ lawsuit – he is acting as […]

Jury acquits substitute teacher in child abuse case

FAIRFIELD — A substitute teacher’s nightmare ended Friday when a four-day jury trial ended with quick not guilty verdicts on four child abuse charges involving four second-graders at David A. Weir Elementary School. Joe Yow, 52, of Suisun City, was arrested by Fairfield police at his home on Oct. 19, 2012, the day after the […]

3 of 5 suspects in fatal Grande Circle shooting appear in court

FAIRFIELD — Three of five suspects in the deadly April 11 Grande Circle shootout made their first court appearances Friday. Donald R. Hill Jr., 24, Darren J. McFadden, 19, and Trayvon L. Wayfer, 19, all of Fairfield, were arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting death of Tereaun Berry. Berry, 26, was shot […]

DA kicks more cash into campaign; endorsements continue

FAIRFIELD — With a $75,000 donation to his own campaign earlier this week, District Attorney Donald A. du Bain has now given his campaign nearly $225,000. The latest donation follows donations of $20,000 and $30,000 apiece that du Bain put into his campaign a few weeks ago. Those donations accompany more than $80,000 left over […]

Jury acquits in case that revealed Coroner’s Office controversy

VALLEJO — A jury gave the Solano County District Attorney’s Office a sharp and quick rebuke Thursday with a not guilty verdict in a murder trial that has been the center of a controversy about how top prosecutors have handled and hid alleged problems with homicide autopsies. The verdict may portend to problems in possibly […]

Man to stand trial in rural Vacaville killing

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a murder charge for the July 9, 2013, execution-style shooting death of a Suisun City man at a rural home in the hills north of Vacaville. The suspect, 27-year-old Sergio Perez, spent much of his probable cause hearing crying and sobbing. His mother and […]

Jurors get case in Vallejo trial that started coroner controversy

FAIRFIELD — Jurors began deliberating the fate of a Vallejo man who faces a murder charge for the 2012 death of his girlfriend in a rough residential motel in Vallejo. Michael A. Daniels and Jessica Brastow had both been drinking heavily before she passed out in their motel room. Vallejo police believe Daniels, 62, suffocated […]

Judge sets next court date as man shot by Fairfield police enters plea

FAIRFIELD — A man shot multiple times by Fairfield police on the afternoon of April 3 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder, assault and gun charges. Cory L. Davis, 33, of Suisun City, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, had been hospitalized for more than a week since the shooting, according to his […]

Court rejects appeal of man who carved X in wife’s back

FAIRFIELD — The man who carved a deep, bloody X into his wife’s back, from her shoulders to her hips, as part of a bizarre scheme in a 2011 child custody dispute lost his appeal Tuesday. Jose P. Romero, 36, staged a series of violent attacks on his 19-year-old wife that spanned four months and culminated […]

Trial begins for teacher accused of abusing children

FAIRFIELD — A jury trial started Tuesday for a David A. Weir Elementary School substitute teacher accused of abusing four second-graders in his classroom in October 2012. The teacher, Joe H. Yow, 53, of Suisun City, is represented by Fairfield attorney Vincent R. Maher. The District Attorney’s Office has opted to have a volunteer who just […]

1 dead after 2 shootings in 2 hours in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — One man died after three people were shot in two incidents that occurred about two hours apart Friday afternoon in Fairfield.

The man who died was shot in the second of the day’s shootings, on Grande Circle. That shooting left another victim hospitalized.

Lt. Stephen Crane confirmed the Grande Circle victim’s death late Friday. His age and city of residence was not released.

The afternoon’s violence . . .

Solano DA lands support from his deputies

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Solano County Association of Deputy District Attorneys on Friday endorsed their boss, Donald A. du Bain, for re-election in the upcoming June election. “I have resided in Solano County for my entire life and I have been a prosecutor in Solano County for over 15 years,” said Karen Jensen, president of the […]

Documents link stolen gun to Rojas killing

FAIRFIELD — A gun stolen from a rural Vacaville home during a December 2013 home invasion robbery has been linked to one of the suspects who faces murder charges for the Feb. 15 shooting death of 16-year-old Naomy Rojas, according to court records filed earlier this week. Police said they found the gun at the home of […]

Vallejo pursuit ends in Fairfield with ex-con’s arrest

FAIRFIELD — A high-speed chase from Vallejo to Fairfield ended Thursday afternoon with the arrest of a Vallejo man on suspicion of drug possession and auto theft. The chase began around 5:30 p.m. when a Vallejo police officer spotted a gray, four-door sedan that had been recently reported stolen. The driver sped off when police […]

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Police: Lone bandit robs Fairfield bank

FAIRFIELD — A lone robber held up the Chase Bank on Business Center Drive in the Green Valley Crossing shopping center shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. The robber gave a note to a teller that said he had a gun. The robber left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen driving […]

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Another email surfaces in autopsies controversy

FAIRFIELD — Suspicions by defense attorneys that the District Attorney’s Office might somehow have colluded with the doctor who performed most of the homicide autopsies for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office in recent years were ratcheted up Thursday by an email that was made public. The brief email from Dr. Susan Hogan was sent to a deputy […]

Prosecution stumbles again in Vallejo homicide case

VALLEJO — The prosecution in a murder trial was abruptly halted Wednesday and District Attorney Donald A. du Bain’s ethics policy, which he has labeled as “the gold standard,” has been further tarnished. Three days into the prosecution case against a Vallejo man accused of suffocating his girlfriend in a Vallejo motel room in August […]

Real estate fraud committee meets

FAIRFIELD — An advisory committee on real estate fraud had its first meeting Tuesday at the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. The 16-member committee, named the Solano County Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team, will collaborate on strategies and tactics to prevent, detect and report real estate fraud that affects homeowners in Solano County. The committee is […]

Man shot by federal marshals pleads not guilty to other charges

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield fugitive shot by federal marshals Thursday in a Walmart parking lot while being apprehended pleaded not guilty Tuesday to weapons charges. Markell Davis, 27, also pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault and cocaine possession charges arising from a Feb. 17 shooting on Clay Bank Road in which Davis, a cousin and an […]

DA pumps $50,000 into campaign war chest

FAIRFIELD — District Attorney Donald A. du Bain pumped $20,000 of his own money into his campaign coffers shortly after his challenger announced Friday she had garnered the endorsements of most law enforcement and firefighters in the county. The contribution, reported Monday, came less than a week after du Bain put an additional $30,000 into […]

Plea deal in works for man accused in failed jail break

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County jail inmate who’s accused of trying to escape by dousing three sheriff’s deputies with flame retardant from a fire extinguisher was in court briefly Monday. Michael J. Schabert, 24, may take a plea deal put forward by prosecutors, but that decision is on hold until Schabert’s next court appearance, scheduled May […]

Man enters plea in home-invasion robbery that ended in shooting

FAIRFIELD — A 26-year-old Fairfield man accused of joining three other men in Dec. 18 home-invasion robbery in rural Vacaville pleaded not guilty Friday to three charges of armed robbery. Kyle M. Amos, an ex-con on parole at the time of the heist, was arrested last week. He was ordered to return to court April […]

Endorsement moves change tone of Solano DA race

FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of police, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters have endorsed veteran prosecutor Krishna Abrams in the upcoming district attorney contest. The announcement Friday afternoon on the steps of the courthouse included a rebuke to District Attorney Donald A. du Bain from the 120 members of the Solano County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. The group jumped […]

Police: 2 armed men shot in separate incidents

FAIRFIELD — Police shot two armed men in separate confrontations Thursday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot on North Texas Street and less than 100 yards away, 30 minutes later, in an upscale apartment complex across the street from the busy retailer.

The first shooting involved a team of federal agents including U.S. Marshals who had been hunting a man wanted for a recent attempted murder in Fairfield, police said. The man was spotted around 2:45 p.m. near the west end of Walmart in the parking lot around the corner from the store’s main entrances. As many as seven shots were fired in a few seconds and the suspect was wounded.

CHP probes big-rig injury incident

FAIRFIELD — The California Highway Patrol asked for the public’s help Thursday in identifying a big-rig truck that crashed into a car on the night of March 27 on westbound Interstate 80 just east of the Manuel Campos Parkway offramp. A woman who was not identified by CHP was driving in the slow lane at […]

Man accused of fatal hit-and-run appears in court

FAIRFIELD — A 23-year-old Fairfield man who faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence causing death was briefly in court Thursday where dates for a jury trial were scheduled. Alex Perez was speeding down Peabody Road in his truck at nearly twice the posted speed limit on the rainy […]

Ex-con accused in Clay Bank Road shooting to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield ex-con parolee was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges of attempted murder and assault with a firearm for his role in a gun battle that involved two cars speeding down Clay Bank Road during the afternoon rush hour. Demetri D. Moore, 33, was the passenger in one car being driven […]

Lowe’s to pay $18.1M in illegal dumping case

FAIRFIELD — Two years of environmental inspectors rooting through trash bins at Lowe’s stores throughout California followed by a lawsuit filed last week by prosecutors in four counties – including Solano County – resulted in Lowe’s agreeing to pay authorities $18.1 million. Solano County prosecutors and the health department will receive $953,000 of the settlement, according […]

Pastor to stand trial on theft, perjury, fraud-related charges

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville pastor was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony theft, perjury and fraud-related charges linked to his alleged use of church property as collateral for bail to get of jail. Vacaville police arrested the Rev. Mark W. Lewis, 39, and three others after the Jan. 9 firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s Vacaville […]

State high court rejects bid by sheriff candidate

FAIRFIELD — The California Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it had rejected a request made Friday by a spurned sheriff’s candidate seeking to have the top court put him on the Solano County ballot for the June election. Joel “Tom” Toler of Fairfield received the bad news Friday, a few hours after he appealed a […]

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