FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of wrecking his wife’s Jaguar convertible after wreaking havoc inside their home was ordered Friday to stand trial on five felony charges. Jason B. Wells, 41, told Fairfield police he used his Pontiac to ram into the Jaguar, which he pushed into their Santa Monica Street home on the […]
FAIRFIELD — The man who murdered Fairfield Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 was given another delay Friday by the Court of Appeal in San Francisco to challenge a January ruling denying him a new trial. The two-month delay, the fourth given to Henry D. Williams this year by the 1st District Court of Appeal, gives Williams […]
FAIRFIELD — Four Vallejo firefighters seriously hurt in the August 2014 crash of their ladder truck filed a lawsuit Tuesday blaming their injuries on the manufacturer and seller of the truck, as well as the state Department of Transportation and the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with which they collided, court records state. Mitchell Stockli, Frederick Taylor, […]
FAIRFIELD — Donald R. Hill Jr. did not pull the trigger of one of the two guns used in a shootout between two groups of men on Grande Circle on the afternoon of April 11, 2014. But he did help the gunmen and for that he was found guilty Wednesday on charges of premeditated murder […]
FAIRFIELD — The 68-year-old victim of a brutal mugging in the parking lot of the Solano Town Center mall took the witness stand Wednesday in the jury trial for her alleged attacker. The woman described being blindsided, struck in the head and knocked to the ground before a man grabbed a briefcase and dragged her […]
German Lopez guilty of voluntary manslaughter FAIRFIELD — A jury after two days of deliberations acquitted a Fairfield man Tuesday of a murder charge but found him guilty instead of voluntary manslaughter. German Lopez acted in a heat of passion, according to his attorney, when he shot and killed his half-brother shortly after they botched an […]
FAIRFIELD — A 26-year old Pacifica woman with an extensive history of stealing was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a felony burglary charge. Catherine S. Strickfaden walked into the Blake Austin Beauty Academy on July 11 and pilfered an employee’s wallet she found in an office of the East Monte Vista business, according to testimony […]
VALLEJO — A judge on Thursday urged two state agencies to launch investigations into how a private for-profit company operates a local oversight program for seriously mentally ill violent criminals released back into Solano County from secured state mental hospitals.
Judge Ramona J. Garrett said the company, Mental Health Management Inc., operates in Solano County in a way that is “beyond dysfunctional.”
VALLEJO — Two days after he turned 18, Patrick C. Scarpaci’s mother gave him an ultimatum: Get a job, go to college or get out of the house, Kathryn Scarpaci told her son one day in December 2001. Kathryn Scarpaci had tried repeatedly – without success – to get her son mental health treatment. Scarpaci’s […]
FAIRFIELD — Closing arguments are set for Friday in the jury trial for a Fairfield man who faces murder and attempted murder charges for his role in an April 2014 shootout between two groups of men outside a Grande Circle apartment complex. The shooting left one man dead and wounded another, court records state. Donald R. […]
FAIRFIELD — Closing arguments are set for Friday morning in the jury trial of a Fairfield man who faces a murder charge for the 2013 shooting death of his half-brother. German Lopez, 33, has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges, court records state. A psychiatrist testified Thursday for Lopez, saying he suffered from post traumatic […]
FAIRFIELD — A convergence of circumstance occurred Tuesday with German Lopez standing trial for allegedly trying to kill his uncle, while a few steps away in the adjacent courtroom the uncle was at a hearing for accusations of abuse that Lopez’s attorney has said fueled the effort to kill. Lopez spent much of the afternoon watching police […]
FAIRFIELD — Vacaville and Vallejo are among 21 California cities to received grants from the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at creating, and in some cases protecting, law enforcement positions. More than $107 million will be awarded nationally through the Community Oriented Policing Services hiring program, according to a Department of Justice press release issued Monday. Vacaville […]
FAIRFIELD — A 54-year-old Fairfield man with no criminal record was ordered Monday to stand trial on multiple felony charges of rape and elder abuse involving a 74-year-old woman at her Phoenix Drive home. The elderly victim testified at the probable cause hearing for Luis A. Matos. The woman described meeting Matos in May at […]
FAIRFIELD — A Taft Street resident called 911 at 3:41 p.m. Monday reporting the dead grass in the small field behind her backyard was on fire.
Fairfield firefighters within six minutes had declared a four-alarm fire sending in more than 30 fire crews from throughout the county to the area around Taft Street trying to avert what loomed as a potential disaster. …
FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man who got behind the wheel of a car loaded with friends after guzzling some rum in 2013 lost his appeal Friday after being found guilty last year of a felony charge of causing a drunken driving crash with injuries. Anthony Barragan-Sullivan was speeding down Dobbins Street and lost control of […]
FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield ex-con who savagely killed a 19-year-old woman in March 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 52 years to life in prison. Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, who successfully tried the murder case against Warren H. Sloan, 44, earlier this year, has said tattoos on Sloan’s arms epitomize the killer’s depth of hatred […]
FAIRFIELD — Prosecutors began their case Thursday in the jury trial of a Fairfield man who faces a murder charge for the 2013 shooting death of his half-brother. German Lopez, 33, has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. The attempted murder charge is tied to Lopez allegedly shooting his uncle, Jose G. Reyes, […]
FAIRFIELD — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for the Fairfield man who shot and killed a Vallejo police officer in 2011.
The announcement came Wednesday at a hearing that ended with Solano County Superior Court Judge Peter B. Foor ordering Henry A. Smith Jr. to return to court Nov. 9 when Smith will be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
FAIRFIELD — A new date for the start of a jury trial was scheduled Wednesday. Solano County Superior Courts Judge Robert Fracchia rescheduled the murder trial for Laron M. Gilbert to get underway Dec. 1. The trial had previously been scheduled to begin this week. Gilbert has pleaded not guilty. Authorities believe Gilbert shot and […]
FAIRFIELD — Claims of putrid discharges and the foul odor of burning fuel have led to the state suing the Potrero Hills landfill and Waste Connections Inc. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management Board seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit states that methane gas eruptions from underground waste breached the landfill […]
FAIRFIELD — Jury selection got underway Tuesday for the jury trial of a Fairfield man who faces a murder charge for the 2013 shooting death of his half-brother. German Lopez, 33, previously pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. The attempted murder charge is tied to Lopez allegedly shooting his uncle, Jose G. Reyes, […]
FAIRFIELD — Local California Highway Patrol officers have recently added DNA testing to their investigative tools when scrutinizing certain fatal and serious crashes. CHP investigators recently got a judge to sign off on a pair of search warrants to obtain DNA samples from two men they believe were responsible for two serious crashes. A fatal […]
FAIRFIELD — The last of seven defendants who joined in the 2011 beating, torture and killing of a man some believed had stolen a Sony PlayStation game machine and a laptop computer was sentenced to prison Friday. Keith E. Osby Jr. was lured into the converted garage of a San Andreas Street home in Fairfield […]
FAIRFIELD — Two weeks after trying to plead guilty to attempted murder and assault for a random attack on a stranger in a Vacaville CVS store, James E. Barnes was in court briefly Friday where he entered not guilty pleas to the same charges. Judge Robert Bowers ordered Barnes to return to court Oct. 6 when […]
VALLEJO — A Vacaville man accused of killing 18-year-old Demetrious Ward over an ounce of marijuana made a brief court appearance Friday. Alijondro E. Jones Jr., 20, had a probable cause hearing for a murder charge scheduled for Jan. 26. Judge Tim Kam also ordered Jones’ co-defendant, Aimee E. Sabedra, 34, to attend the hearing. […]
FAIRFIELD — A jury was seated Friday in the murder trial of a Fairfield man accused of participating in an April 2014 shootout between two groups of men outside a Grande Circle apartment complex. Donald R. Hill Jr., 26, has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors are expected to begin presenting their case against Hill when the trial […]
FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man was arraigned Friday on a murder charge arising from the April 19, 2014, shooting death of Gustavo Banda, a father of two. Jason Thompson, 22, was ordered to stand trial starting March 7. Thompson is accused of shooting Banda, 27, of Fairfield, in the back of the head in a […]
FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old Fairfield woman accused of fatally poisoning her infant son with methamphetamine agreed to a 12-year prison sentence in a plea deal finalized Thursday. The deal for Shelby L. Frederick included her no-contest plea to a felony charge of child endangerment causing great bodily injury or death. Prosecutors then dropped murder charges against […]