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Author Archive: Mike Corpos

Vallejo police search causes school lockdown

FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo police search caused a lockdown at a local elementary school Tuesday, but turned up no suspects. The situation began just before 11 a.m. when a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crew working in a field adjacent to Wardlaw Elementary School reported seeing several people shooting from an elevated position […]

Traffic stop yields marijuana cache, 1 arrest

VACAVILLE — A routine traffic stop Monday night by Vacaville police led to the arrest of a local man on suspicion of possession of more than 13 pounds of marijuana. An officer working radar enforcement on East Monte Vista Avenue stopped the driver of a vehicle at approximately 9 p.m. for allegedly speeding, according to […]

Fire aid system proves its worth in county

FAIRFIELD — Sometimes even those who come to the rescue need to call for help.

When that happens to California’s firefighters, there’s a system in place that is a model for the rest of the country.

It’s a system that has worked well for decades and one that other states try to emulate. It’s also one that helped keep one of the worst disasters in Fairfield history from becoming far worse.

California’s fire mutual aid system provides a way for departments to request assistance when a fire or . . .

First responders to take part in mass-casualty exercise

VACAVILLE — Several Solano County agencies are planning a mass-casualty exercise Nov. 14 at Sierra Vista Elementary School in Vacaville. The exercise is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. and will involve a variety of first responders, including police and firefighters from all over the county and Travis Air Force Base, according to a press […]

Sheriff, DEA schedule prescription drug take-back event

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will conduct a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at the county coroner’s office. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 520 Clay St. in Fairfield. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the event gives the public […]

Imagine Me Foundation honors cancer patients, families

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Encouraging and uplifting current and former cancer patients and their loved ones was the goal, Saturday night, as the Imagine Me Foundation celebrated its annual awards ceremony at the Delta Breeze Club at Travis Air Force Base. Close to 250 people gathered for an evening of music and celebration of […]

Meals on Wheels thanks volunteers

SUISUN CITY — Volunteering can sometimes be a thankless gig. Meals on Wheels made sure that wasn’t the case for its volunteers at its Suisun City headquarters on Saturday. The nonprofit organization that delivers food to seniors, who often have little or no other outside contact, held an ice cream social and thank-you gathering for […]

Italian Festival draws crowd in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Red, white and green were everywhere and Town Square was packed for the inaugural Italian Festival in downtown Vacaville, Saturday. The one-day event featured live music, folk dancers, Italian food, vendors and a whole lot of people. For the first attempt at an Italian festival in downtown, organizers were pleased with the day. […]

Pumpkin patch at Larry’s Produce draws early crowd

FAIRFIELD — Beating the weekend crowds and taking in some rather warm October weather, a number of families took to the pumpkin patch at Larry’s Produce this week in Suisun Valley. With temperatures reaching into the upper 80s and minimal breeze, the long shadows of fall belied the positively August-like heat. Dozens of children ran […]

Rollover on I-680 sends 1 to hospital

FAIRFIELD — A single-vehicle rollover accident sent one person to the hospital Thursday afternoon with minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol responded to the accident, which was reported just before 5 p.m. on southbound Interstate 680 south of Marshview Road. The CHP’s Traffic Management Center said a gray, four-door Chevrolet Impala with a single occupant […]

Vacaville school board gets staffing, facilities updates

VACAVILLE — Local school officials are beginning an analysis designed to provide smaller class sizes in early grades within the next seven years. Vacaville school board members received updates Thursday on personnel levels and facilities, both aimed at steering eventual decisions on implementation of new state funding requirements. The new state formula for education funding […]

Vacaville school board to recognize Red Ribbon Week

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville school board will recognize the upcoming Red Ribbon Week with a resolution expected to be passed in its regular meeting Thursday. Set for 7 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road, the meeting will feature the board approving a resolution declaring its support of the alcohol, tobacco and […]

Vacaville gets new public works director

VACAVILLE — Wednesday marked the first day on the job for Vacaville’s new public works director, Steven Hartwig. Hartwig takes over as the permanent director of public works after the retirement last year of Rod Moresco. Since then, Shawn Cunningham has served as interim director. Cunningham remains with the department as an assistant director. City manager Laura […]

Property tax bills go out with new payment address

FAIRFIELD — Solano County officials say property tax bills are in the mail, but there is a change with this year’s tax bill. Specifically, the address for payment has changed, according to a press release from Tax Collector Charles Lomeli’s office. “To improve operational efficiency, tax payments are being handled by a processing center in […]

CHP to host Smart Start driving class

FAIRFIELD — The California Highway Patrol in Fairfield will host a Start Smart class for teen drivers and their parents on Tuesday at the Fairfield Civic Center Library located at 1050 Kentucky St. The class is from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Start Smart includes a review of the rules of the road, with video clips […]

Crash on I-80 sends 1 to hospital

VACAVILLE — A two-vehicle crash Tuesday on eastbound Interstate 80 in Vacaville sent one person to the hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP got the first call about the accident between a Toyota Corolla and a Honda Civic at 7:08 p.m., reporting that the vehicles were blocking the center lanes at the […]

Backers say Truancy Court proves effective after 2 years

FAIRFIELD — As the Solano County Truancy Court approaches its second anniversary, the numbers of parents referred to school attendance review boards and to truancy court are growing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to Solano County District Attorney Donald du Bain and county Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck. In a press release sent […]

College fair helps students with application process

VACAVILLE — Over the years, a lot has changed about the college application process. The Scholastic Aptitude Test has gone from a maximum value of 1,600 points to 2,400 points. Some schools have become more selective because of the number of applicants. Applications are often online rather than on paper. But some things don’t change, like the […]

Backers see downtown theater as likely boost to area’s profile

VACAVILLE — After about 20 years of relative nonuse and nearly a century after it was built, the theater in downtown Vacaville is getting new life.

New owner DeVille Enterprises has big plans for the theater once it completes a seven-figure renovation.

Vacaville’s Hearn Construction has been working feverishly to complete the project as soon as possible. While there is no firm opening date, Don Matthews, DeVille Enterprises’ director of business services, said the company is shooting for the end

PinkFest raises cancer awareness; supports community

FAIRFIELD — Raising cancer awareness and having a good time. Those two things were on the agenda Saturday at Solano County’s inaugural PinkFest, on the lawn near the courthouse in downtown Fairfield. Live music echoed through downtown and people wearing all shades of pink filed into the event to see Grammy-winning artists such as Santana […]

Police shooting competition supports Public Safety Academy

FAIRFIELD — About 85 law enforcement officers from all over the country and all different agencies descended on Fairfield’s Art Koch Range & Training Facility on Saturday for the third annual Fallen Officers Shooting Competition. “(They’re) all over the state, some that are federal, (Drug Enforcement Administration), homeland security, then we have a bunch of […]

Two-vehicle accident injures at least one on Rio Vista Bridge

RIO VISTA — A two-vehicle accident on the Rio Vista Bridge sent at least one person to the hospital. The accident, which occurred just before 9:50 a.m., was reported as a vehicle vs. big rig, and multiple ambulances were requested. but no other information was available, Saturday. Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or Follow […]

Bass Derby Festival brings something for everyone

RIO VISTA — While the focus was fish, there was far more to do off the water than on, Saturday at the 66th annual Rio Vista Bass Derby Festival. All of downtown Rio Vista was jammed with festivalgoers as they checked out the car show with dozens of hot rods and classic rides on display. […]

Big plays can’t save Mustangs in loss to Napa

NAPA — Still searching for consistency, the Rodriguez High football team found a knack for big plays, but it wasn’t nearly enough in an 66-21 defeat at the hands of host Napa at Memorial Stadium in the Monticello Empire League opener for both teams, Friday night. After the Indians (4-2) took an 8-0 lead on […]

Police look for owner of medical device mistaken for possible bomb

VACAVILLE — Police are looking for the owner of a gray zippered bag that was mistaken Thursday evening for an explosive device. A suspicious package in the parking lot of the Brenden Theatres in Vacaville caused a stir after a recruiter from a nearby military recruiting office discovered it under his government-issued vehicle. The recruiter […]

Firefighters to burn house near downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Fire Department is scheduled to conduct a training burn Saturday near downtown Fairfield. City firefighters, along with departments from several area cities, will burn a home at 445 Jefferson St. The training is set to start at 8 a.m. The home was scheduled for demolition, according to the Fire Department. Reach Mike […]

Rollover crash leaves man dead in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A single-vehicle rollover accident on Lopes Road in rural Fairfield left a man dead Thursday night. The California Highway Patrol responded to a call of a vehicle rollover around 9:35 p.m. Emergency crews arrived to find the driver of a charcoal gray Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck laying face down in the middle of the […]

College night draws hundreds, helps decision process

VACAVILLE — Hundreds of students swarmed the Vacaville High School campus Thursday night, all hoping to come away a little closer to knowing where they are going for college. With more than 30 colleges and universities in attendance, the students had plenty to choose from. “This is something we were looking forward to,” said Robert […]

Attic fire damages northeast Fairfield home

FAIRFIELD — An attic fire left a northeast Fairfield home damaged, but the occupants unhurt in the wee hours Thursday morning. The Fairfield Fire Department received the call just before 5 a.m. and responded to the house on the 600 block of Paradise Court. Battalion Chief Steve Trepagnier said fire crews were on scene within minutes. […]

Firefighters douse blaze at fruit packing company

VACAVILLE — A small fire in a warehouse caused the Mariani Packing Company to evacuate up to 300 employees Wednesday afternoon as firefighters rushed to keep flames from spreading. The first calls came in around 4:10 p.m., reporting a pallet fire in the warehouse on the 500 block of Crocker Drive in north Vacaville. “It […]

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