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2-day event will focus on bullying prevention

FAIRFIELD — Larry Bluford, founder of Operation Thugs Inc., is launching a new program, “Operation Restoration: The Bullying Prevention Project.” The two-day event, March 6-7, was spurred by the Jan. 12 assault on Bluford’s daughter. After people read his story, Bluford began hearing from families whose children were being bullied and Operation Restoration was born. […]

Copter makes emergency landing in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — A helicopter transporting a patient from VacaValley Hospital to San Francisco made an emergency landing at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after the aircraft was believed to have struck a bird, the Vacaville Fire Department said. The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue helicopter was not damaged but protocol is to land and the aircraft did […]

Declining enrollment sneaks up on school district

FAIRFIELD — At first it was thought that flat was the new up. Demographically speaking, that is. “Last year at this time, when we brought the projections forward . . . we started to see a trend of flattening,” said Kim VanGundy, the facilities and construction department head for the Fairfield-Suiusn School District. “We were […]

Kaiser offers Capoot scholarships

VALLEJO — Napa-Solano Kaiser Permanente is offering 10 $1,000 scholarships in honor of former Vallejo police officer Jim Capoot. The scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Students must attend high school in the Vallejo, Vacaville or Travis school districts and plan to attend either a two-year or four-year […]

Republican women to hear about immigration reform

FAIRFIELD — Susan Tully, national field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, will speak to members and guests of the Solano Republic Women Federated on Monday. The meeting is at 11 a.m. at the Republican Central Committee Headquarters, 625 Jackson St. Those attending can purchase an optional catered lunch. The Federation for American […]

Police investigate Fairfield’s 2nd homicide of 2015

FAIRFIELD — Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man late Wednesday as Fairfield’s second homicide of the year.

Police were called to NorthBay Medical Center shortly before 11:15 p.m. after a gunshot victim arrived at the hospital. The teen was pronounced dead at the hospital, police announced Thursday morning in a press release.

No additional information was released at the time, to include the victim’s name and city of residence. Police kept a tight lid on information throughout much of the day.

City Councilwoman Catherine Moy confirmed late Thursday afternoon that the victim was Aaron Malave of Fairfield, the son of Ivonne Malave, who served last year on the Mayor’s Commission on Crime. Police confirmed early Thursday . . .

Wolk to chair committee on state’s wine industry

FAIRFIELD — State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has been appointed to chair the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry, her office announced in a press release. The committee will develop policy to sustain and support the health of the industry, the release said. “California’s wine industry is a critical contributor to our state’s economy,” […]

Oakland author, vet talks about researching Vietnamese side of war

FAIRFIELD — When author and Navy Vietnam veteran Kevin Levin asked the five North Vietnamese army veterans facing him across the room how they felt about winning the Vietnam War, the reply was simple. “They looked at me and said nobody wins a war,” Levin said. When the meeting started, Levin was not sure how […]

Lawyer: Defendant to testify in police shooting case

FAIRFIELD — Prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday for a man accused of trying to shoot and kill three Fairfield police officers during a search of a North Texas Street apartment in June 2011. The man’s attorney, meanwhile, said his client will testify in the case. Jordan C. Hughes has pleaded not guilty to three counts […]

Fundraiser set to benefit kidney transplant patient, organization

FAIRFIELD — A fundraiser will take place in April for Louise Ward to help raise money for her kidney transplant. The Help Hope Live National Transplant Assistance Fund will host an event called Evening in the Islands with Polynesian dancers and food. The dress is casual. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. April 25 at the […]

Suisun City police log: Feb. 25, 2015

12:24 a.m. — Assault, 800 block of LOTZ WAY 9:43 a.m. — Fraud, 500 block of EL MAR COURT 12:59 p.m. — Reckless driving, HIGHWAY 12 / SUNSET AVENUE 4:40 p.m. — Reckless driving, HIGHWAY 12 / WALTERS ROAD 5:50 p.m. — Robbery, HERITAGE PARK

Fairfield police log: Feb. 25, 2015

12:32 a.m. — Robbery, 1400 block of CROWLEY LANE 7:08 a.m. — Residential burglary, 1700 block of MICHIGAN STREET 7:14 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 2100 block of AUDUBON COURT 7:40 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1300 block of WILSON STREET 7:44 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1800 block of MINNESOTA STREET 7:58 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 5000 block of RED TOP […]

Airmen with local ties finish basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Natasha P. Reddy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Reddy is the daughter […]

Force draws many from South, middle class

A new “Population Representation” report on the U.S. military affirms that the four-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross-section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper southern drawl than the nation as a whole. The percentage of female enlisted members has declined slightly over the past decade, […]

Members of Vaca High wrestling team in trouble with police

VACAVILLE — Members of the Vacaville High School wrestling team were among seven boys cited Wednesday night by Vacaville Police after two cars of kids were allegedly using slingshots to shoot paintballs at other cars, according to police. Police had reports of nine victims, including one driver who was hit in the eye and nearly […]

Fairfield High instructor named district Teacher of the Year

FAIRFIELD — Shari Patterson drives right by a new high school in Woodland on her commute to work each day. A closer commute, a new school – no, thank you. “I love Fairfield High School,” said the history teacher who’s spent her entire 16-year teaching career at the school. The feeling is obviously reciprocated as […]

Vacaville police clear homeless from area

VACAVILLE — A move by Vacaville police to clear homeless people from an area of town has resulted in 60 arrests for violation of the city’s anti-camping ordinance since the beginning of February, according to Lt. Mark Donaldson. The action came after an effort failed to get the homeless population to voluntarily comply, Donaldson said. […]

Suisun Walmart to open March 25

SUISUN CITY — Ten years after the idea of a Walmart in Suisun City first surfaced, the nearly finished supercenter will open to customers. The doors of Suisun City’s own Walmart will open for business with a big grand opening ceremony March 25, according to the store’s website. What customers will get is a 215,000-square-foot, 24-hour […]

Children tackle history during Wax Museum project

FAIRFIELD — Baseball great Jackie Robinson paid a visit Wednesday to Tolenas Elementary School.

Wearing a backwards navy blue ball cap and a blue and white baseball shirt, he clutched a baseball and baseball glove as he told Tolenas students five important facts about himself.

“It’s pretty fun,” he said, as he stood in the library describing his visit.

Fifty important people, including Coretta Scott King, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama and even the “Thriller” king himself, Michael Jackson, came to teach the children at Tolenas about famous black figures throughout history, including current times, in a celebration of Black History Month.

Pedestrians hit by cars in 2 separate incidents

FAIRFIELD — Two Fairfield residents were taken to hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries after separate incidents involving vehicles hitting pedestrians Wednesday afternoon, police said. In the first incident, reported to police at 3:13 p.m., a 14-year-old Fairfield boy was hit while riding his bicycle across a crosswalk on East Travis Boulevard, near the intersection […]

Hearing reveals sordid details of alleged child molestation

FAIRFIELD — The awful enormity of what authorities believe Steven Sherwood did to several young Fairfield girls was revealed during a two-day probable cause hearing that ended Thursday with Sherwood being ordered to stand trial on 16 felony sexual assault charges. Prosecutors say Sherwood is the worst, most heinous sexual predators they have seen in Solano […]

$265-an-hour consultant is wrong way to spend public money, say Bertani, Moy

FAIRFIELD — A consultant will be paid $265-an-hour for assisting with performance reviews of the Fairfield city manager and city attorney – a potential $12,500 cost that two City Council members question. Sherry L. Lund Associates of Portola Valley in San Mateo County conducted telephone interviews with City Council members and summarized their comments for […]

County schools office schedules Transition Information Fair

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Office of Education will host a Transition Information Fair next month. Parents, guardians and students are invited to attend the fair, which is aimed at sons or daughters in middle school or beyond who have a disability or are in a special education program, according to a press release from […]

Police: Bicyclist with replica firearm shot with stun gun

FAIRFIELD — Police used a stun gun to shoot a bicyclist who fled into a shopping center Tuesday night after an officer tried stop him along East Tabor Avenue for a suspected Vehicle Code violation, Fairfield police said. Roderick Harris, 40, of Oakland, had turned toward an officer and allegedly took an aggressive, fighting stance, at […]

Legislative committee votes for earthquake relief bill

FAIRFIELD — Legislation by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to assist residents and businesses affected by the South Napa Earthquake earned a 6-0 vote Wednesday in the Senate’s Governance & Finance Committee. Senate Bill 35 extends excess disaster loss provisions to the losses sustained in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, which […]

Solano part-time professors forward employment issues

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College part-time professors and teachers chose not to walk out on this first national day of recognition – National Adjunct Walkout Day – but they still want others to know about the disparity between part-time and full-time employees. Instead of heading to the state Capitol on Wednesday, the Solano Adjunct Alliance is holding […]

Property crime spike in Vacaville tied to state ballot measure

VACAVILLE — A statewide measure changing some felony property and drug offenses to misdemeanors has helped increase property crimes in the city, Vacaville officials say. Lt. Matt Lydon of the Vacaville Police Department, responding Tuesday to comments by Mayor Len Augustine and Councilman Mitch Mashburn, agreed that Proposition 47 has contributed to an influx of […]

Vacaville’s City Coach offers training program for riders

VACAVILLE — City Coach, Vacaville’s public transit provider, is offering a travel training program to help residents, especially those with a disability, learn how to maneuver their way around town on the city’s transit system. The program is aimed at providing an opportunity for residents to enjoy a new level of freedom and independence, according […]

NorthBay Healthcare Group expands lease

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare Group has expanded its recently announced lease in the new Westside Professional II office building on Hilborn Road, the Wiseman Company announced Wednesday. The space will be used for general administrative activities and for the occupational health practice, according to a Wiseman press release. “With this 11,000-square-foot expansion, our new building is […]

State to close part of I-80 to continue project

FAIRFIELD — Work scheduled on the Interstate 80/Interstate 680/Highway 12 interchange will require closure of the eastbound I-80 onramp from Green Valley Road and also the far right lane of a portion of I-80 for a second consecutive night, Caltrans has announced. The work is slated between 10 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, according […]

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