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Jess Sullivan

Police use high-tech tools to track down suspects

FAIRFIELD — Thugs and brutal violent criminals are being taken down by Fairfield police using keystrokes, databases and other high-tech crime-fighting tools. Case in point: A recent armed robbery was solved in less than 15 minutes, according to court records filed Wednesday. Back on the afternoon of June 18, two men came into a pharmacy […]

Dixon resident new prison warden in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A Dixon man was named the new warden at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville, according to a press release issued Thursday by the governor’s office. Eric Arnold, 54, has served as acting warden at the prison since 2014 and was chief deputy warden from 2013 to 2014. Arnold’s 26-year career with the California […]

Retired Solano judge appointed to state board

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield native and current Vacaville resident retired Solano Superior Court Judge Ramona J. Garrett has been appointed by the Judicial Council to the state Board of State and Community Corrections. The agency was created in the wake of the criminal justice realignment reforms in 2011 and provides “leadership, coordination and technical assistance to promote […]

Accused cop killer’s case goes to jurors

FAIRFIELD — The four-hour closing argument the defense team gave Monday for an accused cop killer was dissected and countered Wednesday by prosecutor Karen Jensen in less than 40 minutes. Jensen’s closing argument, before jurors spent hours deliberating the fate of Henry A. Smith, began by labeling the defense theory that a second unidentified accomplice […]

Jury convicts Fairfield man of 6th DUI offense

FAIRFIELD — A 38-year-old alcoholic could face up to seven years in prison after being found guilty Tuesday of his sixth drunken driving offense. Frederick G. Bryson Jr. of Fairfield has already been to prison for a previous drunken driving conviction. Bryson, who had been free on bail awaiting trial since his 2013 arrest, was […]

Court grants defense request to delay case of girl’s suspected killer

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield man awaiting trial for allegedly raping and strangling a 13-year-old girl was in court briefly Tuesday to get another delay in his case. Anthony L. Jones has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge with three special circumstances and earlier this year prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty […]

Grand jury blasts Solano College over $348M Measure Q

FAIRFIELD — A scathing Solano County grand jury report issued Monday reports that local voters were duped in 2012 by Solano Community College staff and supporters of a $348 million bond measure. The report claims the wording of Measure Q on the November 2012 ballot was deliberately misleading and violated state laws and the California […]

Defense summarizes case to jury, asks for acquittal

FAIRFIELD — A one-day delay in the trial of an accused cop killer arose with a juror calling in sick Tuesday morning. Jurors were ordered to return Wednesday morning when closing arguments in the possible death penalty case are wrapped up. The lead defense counsel of Henry A. Smith’s legal team gave jurors his closing […]

Defense wraps case in Smith murder trial

FAIRFIELD — The defense case for an accused cop killer had been predicted to take a week. Instead it took only a few hours as the defense team rested Wednesday after just a few hours of witness testimony. Jurors in the murder trial for Henry A. Smith, ongoing since April, were sent home early and […]

Convicted Vacaville rapist may see new trial

FAIRFIELD — A former Vacaville ironworker serving a 39-years-to-life sentence for repeatedly sexually assaulting three young girls over the course of several years may get his 2013 conviction and sentencing overturned. Nelson Arana, 35, went through a three-week trial in 2013 before a jury found him guilty of felony rape and other sexual assault charges […]

Prosecution rests in accused cop-killer’s trial

FAIRFIELD — The prosecution rested Tuesday in the murder trial for a Fairfield man accused of fatally shooting a Vallejo police officer in the back during a 2011 foot pursuit in the backyard of a Vallejo home. Henry A. Smith, 41, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of murdering Vallejo Police Officer Jim […]

2 former Solano College hoopsters to face trial for vicious park attack

Prosecutor drops charges against 1 former women’s team player, pair of mothers FAIRFIELD — Two of four former Solano Community College women’s basketball players implicated in a vicious beating of a fellow student – and two of the suspects’ mothers – were in court Monday for the conclusion of a two-day probable cause hearing. Justice […]

Vallejo police investigate shooting that left 1 dead

VALLEJO — Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting early this week as a homicide. Police got a 911 call shortly after 1 a.m. Monday about a shooting near Indiana Street and Sonoma Boulevard. When officers arrived, they discovered a shooting victim dying on the sidewalk, according to a press release about the incident. Paramedics arrived and […]

Judge orders driver at center of mobile pot deliveries case to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old delivery driver for a medical marijuana business was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of possessing and transporting marijuana for sale. “It’s a gray area,” Judge Donald E. Shaver said Friday about current state law regulating the green medicine and cash. Good Heart Collective – www.ghc.club – is ostensibly a medical marijuana […]

Solano grand jury issues report on 2 county jails

FAIRFIELD — The 2014-15 grand jury panel turned its legal oversight powers on two of the three Solano County jails, noting in a brief report issued Thursday only one flaw in both jails. The current civil grand jury reported no problems in the program in which select prison inmates interact with local youth. The grand […]

Convicted killer Sloan appears in court; juror issues letter

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield ex-con found guilty of first-degree murder last week for the 2012 stabbing death of a 19-year-old girl he met at a crack house was in court briefly Thursday, and a juror in the case released a letter summarizing her thoughts on the case. Warren H. Sloan III was ordered to return […]

Jury hears testimony about gunshot residue in trial of accused cop killer

FAIRFIELD — The defense team for an accused cop killer put an expert witness on the stand Thursday trying to convince jurors that because no microscopic gunpowder residue was found on the suspect’s hands, he could not be the killer. The expert witness conceded that the suspect, Henry A. Smith, could have been wearing gloves […]

Trial resumes for man accused of killing Solano police officer

FAIRFIELD — A death-penalty trial for an accused cop killer resumed Wednesday after a weeklong delay. The trial of Henry A. Smith of Fairfield had been on hold since June 10 when Judge Peter B. Foor became ill. Foor, occasionally coughing, and jurors watched prosecutor Karen Jensen present the testimony of several Vallejo police officers who […]

Judge agrees to delay in Jones’ trial

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield man accused of raping and strangling a 13-year-old girl in 2013 made his first court appearance since prosecutors announced in April that they will seek the death penalty in the case. The court appearance, requested by the defense team for Anthony L. Jones, was to seek another continuance in the case. […]

Delta Conservation Camp earns grand jury’s praise

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury issued a four-page report Tuesday lavishing praise on the Delta Conservation Camp center for minimum-risk prison inmates southeast of Suisun City. The 2014-15 grand jury panel reported no problems at the camp and summarized their review of the camp by saying “the grand jury believes that Delta Camp is […]

Solano grand jury praises Vacaville prison outreach program

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury issued a report Tuesday praising the prisoner’s outreach program at California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville. The 2014-15 grand jury panel, which describes itself as an investigative agency tasked with being a watchdog over local government and an investigator of citizen complaints about public agencies and officials, reported no problems […]

Jury convicts Sloan for 2012 Fairfield murder

FAIRFIELD — A jury convicted a Fairfield man Friday of first-degree murder in the 2012 death of a Fairfield teen. The afternoon verdict in the four-week trial of Warren H. Sloan III came after less than an hour of deliberations. Cheynah D. Watson, 19, was stabbed 26 times the night of March 31, 2012. Fairfield […]

Man imprisoned in kidnap, carjack of Solano College student gets parole

VACAVILLE — One of two men who kidnapped and carjacked a Solano Community College student in September 2003 was granted parole Wednesday after nearly 12 years behind bars. Johnny T. Jones, of Richmond, and his cousin, Arsenio R. Morgan, drank a lot of beer, smoked some marijuana and did a little methamphetamine before finding themselves […]

Hearing begins in beating case that involves former Solano College women’s basketball players

FAIRFIELD — Three of four former Solano Community College women’s basketball players implicated in a vicious beating of a fellow student – and two of the suspects’ mothers – were in court Friday for the start of a slow-moving probable cause hearing. Justice Robinson, 19, Jainice Robinson, 18, and Kiara Beacham, 19, face felony assault and […]

Jury convicts speeding motorcyclist who raced through Vacaville

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con with a long history of drug dealing when he’s not behind bars was found guilty Thursday of fleeing police and having a stolen motorcycle. Jeren M. Mills, 29, of Merced, was on the stolen Kawasaki speeding through Vacaville on eastbound Interstate 80 on the afternoon of July 25, 2012. California Highway […]

Solano church sues former pastor, claims $1M misspent

FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo church has sued its former pastor claiming he pilfered as much as $1 million in church funds before leaving last year for another Vallejo church. The Rescue Mission Church of God in Christ of Vallejo filed their lawsuit Monday seeking more than $16 million from the Rev. Yaahn G. Hunter. The lawsuit […]

Convicted rapist sues prison over loss of entertainment equipment

FAIRFIELD — A twice-convicted rapist partway through his 45-year prison stint has sued staff at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville claiming they wrongly took away his Xbox video game console, his color television and its remote control, his electronic piano keyboard and his CDs and cassettes. Lionel Tate, 66, pleaded guilty to multiple rape […]

Solano judge allows jurors to see accused killer’s tattoos

FAIRFIELD — A pair of tattoos on the forearms of an accused killer will be used against him by the prosecutor in his murder trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Warren G. Sloan III, 44, is accused of fatally stabbing a 19-year-old girl in 2012 at an abandoned home adjacent to a Kentucky Street crack house. […]

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