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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. […]

Council agrees to nix Vacaville plastic bag ban talk, for now

VACAVILLE — City Council members once again dug in their heels Tuesday, opting to hold off on work that could lead to an eventual countywide plastic bag ban. The overwhelming reason by all council members came down to reluctance to having staff spend time on the project given that a duplicate plan is wending its […]

Vacaville man to stand trial for baseball bat attack

FAIRFIELD — A 20-year-old Vacaville man who police believe is a gang member was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a felony assault charge for a January baseball bat attack on a man visiting his mother’s Brown Street apartment. Adrian M. Medina was with several other bat-wielding young men on the night of Jan. 16 […]

Supervisors voice concern on state Delta plans

FAIRFIELD — California’s Delta plans could lead to east Solano County farmland being converted to wildlife preserves, make Delta farm irrigation water saltier during droughts and hurt the county’s farm income, according to county officials.

The county is formulating a response to the state’s 30,000-plus-page Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Solano County Board of Supervisors heard an initial report Tuesday and will hear more reports in coming months, prior to voting June 10 on a comment letter to the state.

At this point, the county has numerous concerns. Among them is that the state proposals to mitigate the plan’s effects . . .

Rotarians talk about running clinic to help Haitians

SUISUN CITY — Spending a week in a southern Haitian village seeing to the needs of the people there gave photographer and local Rotarian Jim Inks a good grasp of much help Haiti still needs from the outside world. “I got a good appreciation about how much there still needs to be done,” Inks told […]

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 […]

Mustangs and More event moved back to October

VACAVILLE — The date for this year’s Mustangs and More event at the Nut Tree Airport is being moved again, this time to Oct. 18, said organizers of the gathering that is dedicated to one of World War II’s most successful aircraft, the P-51 Mustang fighter. “It is better weather and it is not as […]

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 […]

Rotary club to host clay shooting derby

BIRDS LANDING — The Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Club will host a clay shoot beginning with a 7 a.m. registration Saturday at the Birds Landing Hunting Preserve. The two-derby event includes 100 National Sporting Clay Association registered targets, continental breakfast and lunch, silent auction and door prizes. Pre-flight begins at 8:15 a.m., main flight at 10:30 […]

County honors Purple Heart recipients

FAIRFIELD — Solano County on Tuesday became a Purple Heart County. The county Board of Supervisors made the designation by a unanimous vote. A green sign with a Purple Heart award depiction will go up on roads at various locations. “Today is a milestone for Solano County,” Supervisor Jim Spering said. Seven Purple Heart award […]

Solano recognizes 1,300-strong volunteer corps

FAIRFIELD — Solano County on Tuesday honored the 1,300 people who volunteer to help with such county services as libraries, parks and historical records. The Board of Supervisors heard a presentation on volunteers. Then it had a midmorning reception in the lobby to its chamber for dozens of volunteers who attended the board meeting. “You […]

Ghost Walk returns to Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — Suisun’s paranormal will be explored during a Ghost Walk from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. The event is open to ages 10 and older. Ages 10-16 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour begins at the Lawler House, 718 Main St. Walking shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Register online at hwww.suisunwaterfront.com. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at […]

Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

WOODLAND — The case of a Winters homicide suspect was delayed several weeks while Yolo County prosecutors determine whether to seek the death penalty against the defendant. William Carl Gardner III, 30, was indicted by the Yolo County grand jury last month on charges that include first-degree murder with the special circumstances of murder of […]

County approves Icon agreements

FAIRFIELD — Icon Aircraft won approval from Solano County on Tuesday for several agreements related to a proposed aircraft assembly and production plant next to the county’s Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. Vacaville has been wooing Icon for more than a year. Icon is looking for a location to build its Icon A5, a two-seat, amphibious […]

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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Woman to stand trial on domestic violence charges

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield woman accused of smashing her boyfriend’s face with a large ashtray was ordered Monday to face a jury trial on felony assault and domestic violence charges. Letha B. Portis said nothing during her probable cause hearing, in which three Fairfield police officers testified about a drunken brawl and its aftermath at […]

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 […]

Fairfield library to host Overdrive Digital Bookmobile in May

FAIRFIELD — The 21st century high-tech version of the bookmobile will be setting up shop at the Civic Center Library from 11 to 3 p.m. May 10. The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile is crisscrossing the country in order to teach library patrons how to download electronic library books using the Overdrive application, or to introduce them […]

Criminals, cheating spouses, classmates ready for box office debut

FAIRFIELD — A handful of new movies are coming to the big screen this weekend. The late Paul Walker stars in “Brick Mansions,” set in dystopian Detroit, where criminals live in abandoned homes surrounded by a containment wall. It’s rated PG-13. Revenge is the plot in “The Other Woman,” PG-13, with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann […]

Ceremony set to break ground for Suisun City Walmart

SUISUN CITY — A longtime dream takes another step toward reality Thursday when ground is broken for the Suisun City Walmart.

“We can’t wait,” said Suzanne Bragdon, city manager.

Bragdon, the City Council and Suisun City residents have waited for several years.

An application was filed in 2005 with the Suisun City Community Development Department for a Walmart super center. The development was approved in 2008.

Challenges followed, and the project was in limbo.

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 […]

CHP search for suspects in separate I-80 shootings

FAIRFIELD — The California Highway Patrol reported no new updates Tuesday in two rolling shootings on Intestate 80 near Travis Boulevard that kept its officers busy over the weekend. The first incident occurred about 8 p.m. Friday when a passenger in a 2003 BMW was shot in the head by an assailant in an unknown […]

1 dead, 1 injured in solo rollover I-80 crash

FAIRFIELD — One person died after a solo rollover vehicle crash this weekend on eastbound Interstate 80. The crash occurred about 11:10 p.m. Saturday near the American Canyon exit when a 1993 Isuzu Rodeo with two occupants lost control and veered off  the roadway, said Sgt. Mike Lehman of the California Highway Patrol. The vehicle […]

Museum readies to host Sallie Fox Day in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum’s annual Sallie Fox Day is noon to 3 p.m. May 4 at the museum, 213 Buck Ave. The free event is geared toward children who want to learn all about pioneer life and Fox. The 12-year-old traveled to California with her family by wagon train. She survived an American Indian […]

Delta barriers no longer needed

FAIRFIELD — Rains over the past three months washed away plans to put up temporary saltwater barriers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The state Department of Water Resources had planned to put up barriers at three location in the Delta to deal with the drought. That would have prevented salty ocean water from intruding in […]

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