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Vacaville will save $25,000 and start city attorney selection with in-house interviews

VACAVILLE — Interview internal candidates for city attorney, the City Council said Tuesday when citing the $25,000 Vacaville saves by not hiring a recruiting firm. “We should start with in-house candidates,” Councilman Curtis Hunt said. He also noted the council only gets to hire two employees – the city manager and city attorney. City Attorney […]

Chamber report wins Vacaville council OK

VACAVILLE — A work and progress report by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce won approval Tuesday by City Council members who praised the work of the business organization. “It’s good to see the chamber so active,” Councilman Curtis Hunt said. Councilman Mitch Mashburn said, “It’s wonderful to have a resource like you.” Assisting businesses with […]

3-year prison sentence upheld for man who woman said made her life a nightmare

FAIRFIELD — The three-year prison sentence for a man a Fairfield woman said made her life a nightmare by his drug use and endangering their baby boy has been upheld by a state court. Quincy Collins, 31, was released on bail in 2014 pending sentencing after his no-contest plea to domestic violence and felony reckless […]

Bogus $100 bills in laundry basket bring forgery charges for pair

FAIRFIELD — Two men were held to answer Monday on charges that include forgery after a Vacaville police officer testified a search of a vehicle at a Quik Stop gas station produced fraudulent $100 bills inside a laundry basket in the trunk of the car. Lonnie Ray Decker and Nathan Cole Markham will be arraigned Feb. […]

Man who said he bought 2013 Audi for $5,000 faces stolen vehicle charge

FAIRFIELD — A man who police said claimed he bought a 2013 Audi for $5,000 was held to answer Monday on a vehicle theft charge. Damarcus Anthony Payton, 23, of Vallejo, will be arraigned Feb. 22 in Solano County Superior Court. Fairfield police arrested Payton on Jan. 25 at the Motel 6 on Holiday Lane […]

Hearing continued for trio in July 2015 fatal Fairfield shooting

FAIRFIELD — The preliminary hearing for three people arrested after a fatal July 22, 2015, shooting along Phoenix Drive was continued Monday to April 22. Jamison P. Nodine, Jaime P. Hernandez and Leonel G. Flores have pleaded not guilty in the murder of Phillip Liberto, 23, of Fairfield. Many people in the crowded courtroom Monday were […]

Texas, South Carolina, Oregon travel up for approval by Fairfield-Suisun schools

FAIRFIELD — Trips to Texas, Oregon and South Carolina go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday. Three Armijo High School teachers plan to attend International Baccalaureate professional development training. The training is occur Feb. 20-22 in Charleston, South Carolina, and from Feb. 28 to March 1 in Houston. Total cost is $6,000. This is […]

Help available for seniors who ride the ‘white bull’

VACAVILLE — Kristin Milliken helps people ride the white bull. That was writer Ernest Hemingway’s term for the blank page. Milliken teaches a new class in creative writing for seniors. The instruction at the McBride Senior Center covers mostly fiction and some poetry, but is not limited to those forms. Milliken, who has always had a […]

Chamber work report cites business assists, magazine

VACAVILLE — Assisting businesses with city permits, publishing a quarterly magazine and hosting the annual business walk are among efforts the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce cites in its yearly work and progress report that the City Council takes up Tuesday. Vacaville and the chamber entered into a 15-year lease in 1992 for the property on […]

Fairfield-Suisun district considers June 7 school bond vote

FAIRFIELD — A resolution ordering a multimillion-dollar school bond election June 7 goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday. The bond, if passed by voters, would cost property owners no more than $60 a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation, a school district staff report said. The total amount of bonds to be sold is not yet […]

Texts mark New Year’s Eve police response that ended without incident

FAIRFIELD — A New Year’s Eve incident that included texts between a Fairfield police sergeant and a suicidal 43-year-old man at a residence ended peacefully when the man was convinced to come out of the home. Police responded to the residence off Green Valley Road after a report of a possibly suicidal person, according to Solano […]

City Council free to select attorney in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The City Council is free to fill the position of city attorney in any manner it chooses, said Gerald Hobrecht, who will retire from the job July 31. No ordinance, law or rule governs how a city attorney is appointed, Hobrecht said. In a report for Tuesday’s council meeting, he said the estimated […]

Senior Scam Stopper workshop set in Solano

VACAVILLE — A free Senior Scam Stopper workshop will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Brookdale Vacaville senior living, located at 1111 Ulatis Drive. The event will explain the many ways people are commonly ripped off, including involving home and auto repair fraud, foreign lotteries and identity theft, state Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office […]

Woman assaulted at mall worked as nurse, loved to cook, dance

FAIRFIELD — The family of the 63-year-old woman assaulted Wednesday in a parking lot at the Solano Town Center mall spoke about her work as a nurse, the caring and compassion she showed and how she loved to dance and cook.

The 89-year-old mother of the woman was among family members gathered Thursday around a bed at a local trauma center.

“She said she can’t imagine losing her beautiful daughter,” Catherine Moy recounted.

A friend of the family contacted the Fairfield city councilwoman after Moy . . .

Fairfield train station, Peabody Road work on track, city says

FAIRFIELD — Rain isn’t slowing progress on the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station, the city says of the largest public works project in its history. The station and Peabody Road overpass work are on track and on time, with Peabody Road expected to reopen in August by the start of the 2016-17 school year, the city said […]

Commission eyes 53-unit project between Business Center Drive, Mangels Boulevard

FAIRFIELD — A public hearing will occur Wednesday on a proposed 53-unit subdivision on 7 acres between Business Center Drive and Mangels Boulevard in Fairfield. The site was approved in 2011 for a 238-bed assisted living facility but the building was not developed and approvals expired in 2013, a report to city planning commissioners noted. […]

Police arrest teen after assault at mall parking lot leaves woman with life-threatening injuries

FAIRFIELD — A 63-year-old woman was transported Wednesday to a trauma center with life-threatening head injuries after an assault in a parking lot at the Solano Town Center mall – followed by the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect in Vallejo less than an hour later, Fairfield police said. The Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit interviewed several […]

Hearing set on Vacaville Christian Schools restraining order request

FAIRFIELD — A Feb. 16 court hearing is set for Vacaville Christian Schools’ request for a workplace violence restraining order involving a parent whom the school says is not allowed on campus because of a previous court order. An August 2014 court order in a divorce-related case names the parent and does not list the […]

Planned Parenthood worried about wrong pro-life group, attorney says

FAIRFIELD — Planned Parenthood mistakenly thought 40 Days for Life wanted to lease space across from its offices in Vacaville, an attorney for Alpha Pregnancy Clinics says. Alpha and 40 Days are pro-life groups, although Alpha does not engage in protests, attorney Kevin Snider said Wednesday. Snider, an attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute in […]

Ban on medical marijuana cultivation, delivery, dispensaries wins Fairfield council OK

FAIRFIELD — A ban on medical marijuana cultivation, along with dispensaries and commercial delivery of the drug, won City Council approval Tuesday after speakers opposed the measure they said they would make them criminals. “Your panic is not my emergency,” Michael Kimmel told council members. Medical marijuana users are not hopping fences and committing crimes, […]

New Fairfield Transportation Center structure could be ‘like a curtain flowing in the wind’

FAIRFIELD — An architectural design for Phase 3 of the Fairfield Transportation Center to 900 parking spaces would not be a stagnant box but feature an outer shell in motion – “something like a curtain flowing in the wind,” the City Council was told Tuesday. City staff member Nathaniel Atherstone said the five-story structure as long […]

Man faces ag theft charge in alleged Dixon corn heist

FAIRFIELD — Javier Ortega, 46, was held to answer Monday on a charge of grand theft of agricultural product after testimony in Solano County Superior Court by sheriff’s deputies and a farm owner about two tons of corn taken from Atkinson Farms outside Dixon. Deputies testified about responding at about 8 p.m. Oct. 6 to […]

Sexism, criticism of junkets and ‘club’ kept her from board presidency, Moy says

FAIRFIELD — Catherine Moy says sexism, along with her opposition to junkets and a club mentality, led to a Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District board majority vote against her for president – assertions former board president Pete Sanchez disputes. “I am shocked and disappointed in this kind of behavior,” Fairfield Councilwoman Moy said of the Jan. 25 […]

Fairfield eyes ban on medi-pot dispensaries, plant cultivation, delivery

FAIRFIELD — An urgency measure banning medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation of the plant and delivery goes before City Council members this week with a staff recommendation to adopt the measure for reasons that include the “skunk-like” fumes marijuana plants emit. “This odor can have the effect of encouraging theft by alerting persons to the location of […]

Fairfield considers ban on new payday lender, check cashing, car title loan businesses

FAIRFIELD — A moratorium on car title loan businesses – part of alternative financial services clustered on North Texas and West Texas streets – goes before the City Council next week with a city staff report that says high concentration of such companies affects the community’s character. Car title loan companies join payday loan and check cashing […]

Bertani says politics behind vote to remove her from panel

FAIRFIELD — A vote by an advisory board to remove her after two unexcused absences is political, said Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who promised Friday to follow issues before the board that recommends how to spend state money on homelessness and other issues. The Tripartite Advisory Board, a panel that meets quarterly and includes Solano County […]

Police training facility ‘pipe dream’ comes true at Travis

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — What was once a pipe dream came true Friday when Travis Air Force Base opened a training site for the military as well as local and federal law enforcement.

“We can all train together,” said Lt. Col Jearl Allman, 60th Security Forces Squadron commander.

The ability to train together builds on common ground.

“My relationship with local law enforcement is fantastic,” Allman said. “They’re good people.”

The new training site was said Friday to have been once seen as a pipe dream that would be difficult to realize.

Fairfield Fire Department honors top performers

FAIRFIELD — A Star Wars-style opening crawl with the words “A short time ago in a galaxy not so far away” was shown, the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade Bagpipe Band performed in its traditional Scottish dress and an unsung hero heard some music Thursday. The Fairfield Fire Department at its recognition ceremony in Willow […]

Asset forfeiture case continued for Fairfield woman

FAIRFIELD — The asset forfeiture case involving a woman stopped near her Pennsylvania Avenue home by Fairfield police – who said they found 10.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a 3-inch glass smoking pipe and $736 in cash – has been continued to June 9. The case management conference was set Jan. 16 in the civil […]

Goodwill suit over clothes rack goes to arbitration

FAIRFIELD — The suit filed by a Suisun City woman who says she suffered grievous injuries when falling because a clothes rack at a Goodwill store in Fairfield was negligently left in the aisle is going to arbitration. The review, ordered Jan. 21 by the Solano County Superior Court, will be completed by May 6. […]

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