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Sexual predator moves from Vallejo to Dixon

DIXON — Sexually violent predator Fraisure Smith is staying at the Dixon Motel, police learned Tuesday, and officers will monitor the 51-year-old while he is in the city. “Due to his transient status, Smith can move to different hotels, locations in Dixon or other cities in Solano County without notifying the Police Department,” Dixon police said […]

DA seeks cash from suspected drug trafficker

FAIRFIELD — Police said they found $2,225 in cash on Ruben Alexander Tomelloso, a digital scale in the trunk of his vehicle and suspected methamphetamine when he was stopped in May along Davis Street in Vacaville – and the Solano County district attorney wants the funds forfeited because she contends Tomelloso was trafficking drugs. An […]

Downtown losing 2 stores but Fairfield aims to improve

FAIRFIELD — One downtown business has shut down and an adjoining store is closing — but a Fairfield councilwoman says the city is working to boost the business district. Pet Shop Jungle’s closing follows the end of Teeny Tots Second Time Around Children’s Store. “I had big hopes for the pet store,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy […]

400 turkey dinners provided by Mission Solano

FAIRFIELD – Mission Solano provided about 400 turkey dinners Tuesday as cars lined up along Travis Boulevard to receive the holiday meals that came with help from Fairfield city employees.

“They’re a lifesaver,” Fairfield resident Wendell Celestine said of Mission Solano “They really are.”

The turkeys the non-profit provided for the 17th year included those donated by Fairfield city employees, whose 350 turkeys also went to St. Stephen’s CME, Heather House and Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Garamendi gets heat for vote on refugees

FAIRFIELD — U.S. Rep. John Garamendi’s vote for legislation requiring background checks on Syrian refugees has spurred criticism from an influential Democratic donor and a group that describes itself as the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Blake Byrne, 80, a retired broadcasting executive in Southern California, wrote a letter to […]

$55,808 restitution upheld in embezzlement from Solano business

FAIRFIELD — The $55,808 restitution imposed as part of the sentence for a Suisun City man convicted of embezzling – by use of a company gasoline credit card from a Solano County business – was upheld Monday by a state court. Craig Elliott Pinckley pleaded no contest after the Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed […]

Felony evading charge follows alleged 100 mph motorcycle ride

FAIRFIELD — A 37-year-old man was held to answer Monday on charges that include felony reckless evading after testimony he drove his motorcycle at 100 mph during a chase that began on Interstate 80 past American Canyon and ended along Highway 12. Brad Glen Brantley also faces charges of driving on a suspended license for a […]

600 families in Solano County get Thanksgiving turkeys, meals

FAIRFIELD — About 600 families in Solano County received a 12- to 16-pound turkey Monday and a food box with everything needed for the rest of the Thanksgiving meal, the Salvation Army said.

Capt. Jonathan Harvey stood Monday morning outside the Fairfield Family Care Center of The Salvation Army as people arrived in cars to pick up the food for the holiday. Meals were also distributed in Vallejo.

“The people are always so grateful, and we are always pleased to help,” Vickie Harvey, Solano County coordinator, who distributed meals in Vallejo, said Monday in a press release.

Toy drive begins to benefit Fun on the Run participants

FAIRFIELD — Unwrapped toys and gift cards can be dropped off through Dec. 19 at several locations – a baker’s dozen in all – as the Fairfield Community Services Foundation kicks off its third annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit children who take part in the Fun on the Run program. Drop-off locations include the Fairfield Community […]

San Jose conference lodging costs city $2,800

FAIRFIELD — Lodging for three City Council members, the city manager and an administrative analyst cost $2,829 for stays at the San Jose Marriott, Hyatt Place and Dolce Hotel-Hayes Mansion when attending the League of California Cities conference. “It is too much,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said. “It’s way too much.” She said her two-night stay […]

Fairfield to court: Destroy weapons found after ‘car ramming’

FAIRFIELD — Five weapons found when police responded to a home where Jason Wells, 41, allegedly rammed his car into another vehicle in the driveway should be destroyed, Fairfield officials said in a Thursday court filing. Three shotguns, a .32-caliber revolver and a Glock 9 mm handgun were recovered Sept. 20, states the Solano County […]

Fairfield police: Traffic stop leads to stolen gun, drugs

FAIRFIELD — Detectives from the Fairfield Police Department’s Special Operations Team arrested a driver Thursday night for allegedly possessing ammunition while being a felon and said they located a hidden compartment containing a loaded 9 mm handgun that had been reported stolen from a neighboring city during a residential burglary. The 9:38 p.m. traffic stop on […]

Catered meals for Fairfield-Suisun School District panel cost $990

FAIRFIELD — Catering for meals of chicken fettucine alfredo and three-cheese tortellini served to the facilities master plan committee members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District at September and October meetings cost $990. Thirty-five people had dinner at each of the two meetings, and the $11 meal cost includes tax and a 20 percent tip, according […]

Solano County, SEIU reach tentative pact in labor dispute

FAIRFIELD — A late-night tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union was reached Thursday after a 10-hour session with a state mediator, Solano County officials said – and a union spokeswoman said its bargaining team will recommend members approve the agreement. …

Court issues yearlong ban on former Parkway Gardens directors

FAIRFIELD — Former homeowners association directors who served on the board in 2013, when a receiver was appointed to take over Parkway Gardens, will not be able to seek election to a new five-member board – a Thursday court order that former director Minnie Noble says discriminates against her. Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul […]

Fairfield police arrest 3, recover loaded guns

FAIRFIELD — Police arrested three Fairfield residents after responding Thursday morning to a call about people approaching with a gun in El Dorado Court. Officers learned four men had demanded a necklace from a victim and one man fired a gun into the victim’s unoccupied car after the victim refused to turn over the necklace, police […]

Red Kettle Kickoff attracts more than 200, raises $40,269

FAIRFIELD — More than 200 people attended the Very Cherry Red Kettle Kickoff luncheon Wednesday, when $40,269 was raised and a video told how The Salvation Army of Solano County helped change the life of a 37-year-old Suisun City woman.

“I live a life that I never knew was possible, and it’s because of The Salvation Army,” Corinne said.

She spoke on the video, shown at the annual event at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center, about growing up in a family full of alcoholism.

Dana Drive residents gather to ‘celebrate the peace in the neighborhood’

FAIRFIELD — Scores of residents gathered Wednesday along Dana Drive for a community safety meeting that a crime prevention specialist with the Fairfield Police Department said included the opportunity to “celebrate the peace in the neighborhood.” Jeff Conner spoke to residents about how no major crime has happened for at least a year – and […]

Security system at Parkway Gardens set, company says

FAIRFIELD — A report by a Contra Costa County company on the security system at Parkway Gardens condominiums in Fairfield concludes that, “We would not be willing to accept a system in this condition.” Ultimate Security of Roseville says all issues have been addressed. “We took care of everything,” Jon Fenton said Tuesday. “Everything’s fine.” […]

Strict water landscape requirements win Fairfield OK

FAIRFIELD — Water-efficient landscape requirements that change the city code and adopt a California Water Commission-approved model won approval Tuesday from Fairfield City Council members. The measure establishes more efficient irrigation systems, use of gray water, storm water capture and limits to the parts of landscapes that can be covered in turf. Gov. Jerry Brown […]

Council OKs force-option simulator for Fairfield police

FAIRFIELD — A $75,427 force-option simulator for training police when not to shoot or use other options won approval Tuesday from Fairfield City Council members. The Art Koch Range and Training Facility has a room to provide officers with decision-making training opportunities in a controlled environment, a report to the council said. The Police Department […]

Woman faces 3 years in prison after 7th DUI injures pedestrian

FAIRFIELD — A judge said Monday he’s inclined to sentence a Dixon resident – with six previous DUI convictions – to state prison for three years after a DUI that injured a pedestrian in a crosswalk and resulted in $100,000 of medical costs. Probation for Lois P. Litz, 57, would be “absolutely inappropriate,” said Solano […]

Fairfield man faces 6 years in prison for motel shooting near police

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man, whose gun discharged near police officers after they told him to show his hands in March 2014 outside Americas Best Value Inn on North Texas Street, pleaded no contest Monday to assault with a firearm and faces a six-year prison sentence. Jerry Lyle Andrews Jr., 32, a former state prison […]

Fairfield council eyes new water-efficient landscape measures

FAIRFIELD — Water-efficient landscape requirements that change the city code and adopt a California Water Commission-approved model go before Fairfield City Council members Tuesday for a public hearing and possible approval. The measure establishes more efficient irrigation systems, use of gray water, storm water capture and limits to the parts of landscapes that can be covered in […]

Fairfield: ‘Substandard’ facility still renting units

FAIRFIELD — The owner of an East Tabor Avenue senior facility called “beyond substandard” by the city was advertising units for rent as recently as October, Fairfield states in a legal filing that asks the Solano County Superior Court to authorize the city to vacate residents and board up units at the property. “It is […]

Good News: Sheriff’s Office announces promotion

FAIRFIELD — Sgt. Daniel Castillo has been promoted to custody lieutenant effective Nov. 22, Solano County Sheriff Thomas A. Ferrara said Friday. Castillo started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2002 when he was hired as a services technician. He was promoted to correctional officer in 2003 and to custody sergeant in 2011. Do you […]

Vallejo notified of ‘predator’s’ release by end of month

VALLEJO — Liberty Healthcare Corporation notified the Vallejo Police Department on Thursday that the state ordered Fraisure Smith, a 51-year-old, high-risk sexually violent predator, be released to Solano County by Nov. 30, police said Friday. Liberty Healthcare Corporation will monitor Smith during his temporary stays in motels, police said. The Vallejo Police Department believes Smith will […]

Police say 5 guns, crossbow, pot found during Fairfield search

FAIRFIELD — Police arrested one man and recovered five guns, a crossbow and three-quarters of a pound of marijuana during a probation search, police said Friday. Fairfield officers and Solano County Probation Department agents at about 1 p.m. Thursday went to a residence on the 1300 block of Kansas Street to conduct a probation compliance check, police said. Officers arrested […]

Frazier gets 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood

FAIRFIELD — A 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood for state Assemblyman Jim Frazier matches all but two of the other 52 Democrats in the Assembly – where the highest Planned Parenthood rating for a Republican is 57 percent and many GOP representatives were rated “zero.” Frazier, D-Oakley, joined a Planned Parenthood rally last year […]

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