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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Ryan McCarthy

Solano County arrest follows alleged $34,000 theft

FAIRFIELD — A 34-year-old transient was arrested in Solano County on a warrant obtained by a police department in San Mateo County for alleged financial abuse of a 71-year-old woman involving the withdrawal of $34,000 from her bank account. The suspect, Samuel Bustos, moved last August with his girlfriend into the victim’s Belmont residence as […]

Review set for $2M pizza case in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — An Aug. 6 case management conference is set in the case of a man who seeks more than $2 million for injuries and lost wages that he said followed his slipping and falling because of water around the front door of the Round Table Pizza on Business Center Drive. Joseph Buchmeier seeks the […]

Spilled tomato juice case set for trial

FAIRFIELD — A September trial is set in the case of a woman who sued after she said she slipped on tomato juice on the floor at the Mexico Meat Market along North Texas Street, and fell. Frances Robinson entered the market Aug. 1, 2012, to buy produce, according to court documents. No sign or warning […]

Garamendi talks love, pro football and Peace Corps

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi told high school students Wednesday how he chose the Peace Corps over pro football, why Travis Air Force Base will remain open for decades and that California will never be split into six states. “It has to do with political power,” he said of California remaining a single state. “Do […]

Fairfield police mum on Monday shooting that injured 2

FAIRFIELD — Police on Tuesday remained tight-lipped about a Monday night shooting in Fairfield that left two men injured. Fairfield Police Sgt. Jeff Osgood said early in the investigation that the victims were found as police responded to a shooting report at 8:05 p.m. at the Tradewinds Apartments on the 1100 block of Dana Drive. […]

Slain Fairfield man loved family, laughter

FAIRFIELD — Gustavo Banda, the 27-year-old man killed in a shooting Saturday, loved his wife and two young sons, was always telling jokes and – reflecting his Los Angeles roots – was a fan of the Lakers and Dodgers, family members said Tuesday. “He was always protecting everybody,” said his sister, Roxana Banda, 21. “He […]

Public Safety Academy in Fairfield may expand, move

FAIRFIELD — The Public Safety Academy would move from its Atlantic Avenue site to the current location of Sem Yeto High School – which is proposed to relocate with satellite programs at high school campuses – under recommendations Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees will discuss Thursday. The move and expansion of the safety academy would be […]

Police release name of man killed in Saturday shooting

FAIRFIELD — The name of the man killed in Saturday’s shooting just north of Travis Boulevard is Gustavo Banda, Fairfield police said Tuesday about the incident that also wounded a 15-year-old boy. The teen was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the shoulder. His name is not being released. Police responded at 10:42 […]

Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District eyes new auditor

FAIRFIELD — A rotation of auditors means Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District directors may award a contract to a San Jose-based firm to review the sewer district’s financial records. Directors who meet next Monday will take up the staff recommendation for Chavan & Associates to audit the sewer district. The firm would undertake the work after five […]

2 men found Monday night in Fairfield with gunshot wounds

FAIRFIELD — Police found two men Monday with gunshot wounds that were not thought to be life-threatening – and one of the shooting victims was uncooperative and walked on his own to a nearby hospital emergency room, said Fairfield Police Sgt. Jeff Osgood. Police after the 8:05 p.m. shooting report discovered the first gunshot victim […]

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Fairfield council to meet in closed session about In-N-Out case

FAIRFIELD — A federal court case in Sacramento, where the judge ordered the city to pay $316,750 in fees and costs to attorneys who represent three customers arrested at the In-N-Out on Holiday Lane, will be the subject of a special, closed session Thursday of the Fairfield City Council. The March 31 order by U.S. […]

Kids fishing derby in Fairfield is part of Earth Day

FAIRFIELD — A kids fishing derby at the pond of the Fairfield Civic Center is part of an Earth Day celebration Saturday in the city. Composting demonstrations, eco-friendly products and practices, entertainment, food vendors, pet adoption, free confidential paper shredding, e-waste collection and prizes are part of the event, which takes place from 8 a.m. […]

Tobacco sting snares 6 clerks in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Six clerks at various stores were arrested and cited Friday on suspicion of selling tobacco to minors – a marked increase of sales to minors over previous sting operations, Vacaville police said. The sting operation resulted in the arrest of Taylor Fields, 19, Parampreet Singh, 29, Rajinder Kumar, 37, Rubyan Rodriguez-Velasquez, 22, Alberta […]

Garamendi to host open house at Fairfield office

FAIRFIELD — Help with federal agencies that include Medicare, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs will be available Wednesday when Rep. John Garamendi hosts an open house at his Fairfield office on Jefferson Street, across from the Solano County Government Center. Garamendi, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, will be present […]

Fairfield council candidates weigh in on crime

FAIRFIELD — Crime was a key topic when Ben Afisivalu formally announced Friday that’s he running for Fairfield City Council. “We are facing hard times in our city,” he said. “Crime has brought fear in the minds of some of the residents.” When people are scared to enjoy the place they call home, Afisivalu said, […]

Police release name of woman found dead in Fairfield canal

FAIRFIELD — Police on Friday released the name of a woman found dead April 10 in a canal off North Texas Street. The woman was identified as Delicia Wilkerson-Smith, a 41-year-old Fairfield resident. Wilkerson-Smith was identified after assistance from the Solano County Fingerprint Analysis Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her name was initially withheld pending […]

Spering, Bertani spar over fighting crime

FAIRFIELD — Pam Bertani says statements by incumbent Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering show he doesn’t care about crime in Fairfield – while Spering counters that the city councilwoman’s criticism reflects her desperation after failing to deal with crime in Fairfield. Bertani and Spering are among four candidates on the June 3 ballot for the […]

Restraining-order dad says school district retaliates with stay-away order

FAIRFIELD — Stephen Feudner, the father who has a restraining order against a 9-year-old child for alleged bullying, says the Fairfield-Suisun School District has retaliated by serving a stay-away order to keep Feudner off Rolling Hills Elementary School grounds. “They sure are real quick,” Feudner said Friday, “to send the police to my house.” A […]

Barbecue brings big crowd, progress to Parkway Gardens

FAIRFIELD — More than 200 people attended a barbecue Thursday at Parkway Gardens – an event praised by participants and city officials as evidence of improvement at the 240-unit condominium development. “This is so good to see so many people,” Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet said. The event with hamburgers and hot dogs drew at […]

Town hall on crime set in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Police Department at an April 29 community meeting will discuss how law enforcement is addressing recent crime and provide additional strategies on crime, blight and homelessness in the city. Police Chief Walt said Fairfield-Suisun School District officials are part of the 6 to 8 p.m. event at Willow Hall in the Fairfield […]

Afisivalu announces run for Fairfield council

FAIRFIELD — Ben Afisivalu, facility manager at a residential program for at-risk youth, is running for Fairfield City Council in part to connect a new generation with the community. “It takes young people to reach young people,” said Afisivalu, 29. He’ll formally announce his candidacy Friday. “I fell in love with this city,” Afisivalu said […]

Tonnesen seeks Fairfield City Council seat

FAIRFIELD — Scott Tonnesen, vice chairman of the city planning commission, seeks a seat on the Fairfield City Council with public safety a top concern. “I’m really running because it’s important for me as a parent and a grandparent for people to feel safe in our neighborhoods,” he said. “I love this city.” Tonnesen, 52, […]

Fairfield town hall on crime delayed

FAIRFIELD — The planned April 22 town hall about crime in Fairfield has been canceled and a meeting on the subject will take place later in April, Councilwoman Catherine Moy said Wednesday. She said city administrators plan a more comprehensive meeting near the end of the month. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or

Travis trustee takes back blast at radio duo

VACAVILLE — She’d listened to the two Sacramento-based broadcasters for 12 years – and then, after appearing in March on their radio show to talk about Common Core State Standards, she concluded that Armstrong & Getty mocked her and another female guest, while respecting men speaking on the same subject. But Angela Weinzinger, a Travis […]

Council to staff: Negotiate labor pact for train station project

FAIRFIELD — Negotiate a project labor agreement for the train station project, the City Council directed the staff Tuesday after speakers praised such a pact as promoting local jobs and union labor while others criticized the agreement as un-American and anti-competition. Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who with other council members supported the decision that the staff […]

Council rejects bids for Dunnell Nature Park in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — All bids for the Dunnell Nature Park off Hilborn Road were rejected Tuesday by the City Council after an Alameda County-based labor management cooperative asked for another look at the low bidder on the project. Pat Wirsing of the Northern California Electrical Construction Industry Labor Management Cooperative Trust said a court has assessed […]

Appeal dropped for dangerous dog designation in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The court appeal over a dangerous dog designation for the 2-year-old pit bull Zanny has been dropped and the matter resolved, an attorney for the city of Fairfield says. Toussaint Bailey said Tuesday in Solano County Superior Court that the brother of dog owner Christian Armstrong said the appeal filed after a Feb. […]

Fear in Fairfield follows crime spike, councilwoman says

FAIRFIELD — An April 22 town hall for residents to discuss concerns about crime comes as Fairfield City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says about 20 residents have contacted her concerning crime and a few have said they’re thinking about moving out of the city. “People are scared,” Moy said. “There is fear out there.” Moy, who […]

Championship race in Vacaville targets children 2 through 5

VACAVILLE — The Strider Championship Race that’s scheduled May 10 at Andrews Park will give children ages 2 through 5 a chance to test their skills through obstacles and ramps. Strider Sports International, manufacturer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, sponsors the event running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park in downtown Vacaville. […]

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