Man’s arrest in officer’s death shocks neighbors

FAIRFIELD — The suspect arrested early Thursday morning by Fairfield police in the fatal shooting of off-duty Richmond Police Officer Augustine Vegas, 58, had left Wednesday to get his 6-year-old son who sometimes stayed with him at the Fairfield apartment, a neighbor said.

Robert Vega, 30, had moved about three years ago to the Fairfield Heights Apartments along Grande Circle, said Whitney Bruce, who lives in an apartment next to Vega.

“This is not the person we knew,” she said of Vega’s arrest in the officer’s death.

Vega was the father of the Richmond officer’s 6-year-old grandson, Vallejo police said.

Fairfield police log: Feb. 10, 2016

2:32 a.m. — Vandalism, 800 block of OHIO STREET 5:16 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1900 block of GRANDE CIRCLE 6:38 a.m. — Vandalism, 2800 block of MARIGOLD DRIVE 7 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 900 block of OHIO STREET 9 a.m. — Vandalism, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 9:09 a.m. — Vandalism, 700 block of GOLD COAST DRIVE 9:11 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 700 block of NORTH […]

Day’s high temperature matches record at Travis

FAIRFIELD — Unseasonably warm weather remained in the region Wednesday, with the local high temperature of 71 degrees at Travis Air Force Base equalling the previous high set in Feb. 10, 2006. It marked the third straight day of record temperatures, according to local meteorologist Mike Pechner. Temperatures also hit a high of 71 degrees […]

53-unit Fairfield development wins planners’ OK

FAIRFIELD — A 53-unit subdivision on 7 acres between Business Center Drive and Mangels Boulevard won Planning Commission approval Wednesday after several residents near the site raised concerns about worsening traffic and the loss of privacy because of the development. Second-story houses that will be built provide a direct line of sight into nearby homes, […]

Jurors start deliberations in Fairfield child sex assault trial

FAIRFIELD — Jurors began deliberating the fate Wednesday of a Fairfield man accused of sexually assaulting 11 young girls until his arrest in 2014. Prosecutors have said Steven Sherwood, 51, is the worst, most heinous sexual predator they have seen in Solano County. His alleged victims ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old. […]

Solano high-speed chase suspect enters plea

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con with a penchant for high-speed chases fleeing police pleaded not guilty Wednesday to his latest felony evading charge. Julius Watson III, 38, was ordered to return to court for a Feb. 19 probable cause hearing. Authorities suspect that Watson was headed home from a Fairfield party with two friends shortly before […]

Cut $175-an-hour consultant on city manager, attorney, 2 councilwomen say

FAIRFIELD — The contract with a $175-an-hour consultant to assist on evaluations of the city manager and city attorney is unnecessary, Councilwomen Pam Bertani and Catherine Moy say. The pact with Finesse the Future, a consultant in Marin County, is less expensive than last year’s consultant for the same work but not a cost taxpayers […]

Court seeks volunteers to serve on Solano grand jury

FAIRFIELD — Volunteers are being sought to serve as jurors on the 2016-17 civil grand jury of Solano County, with the potential to serve a subsequent term. Residents who have lived in the county for one year, are U.S. citizens and are 18 years of age or older may apply for service, according to a […]

Fairfield firefighters celebrate birthday with young hit-and-run victim

FAIRFIELD — Vestia DeMarco celebrated her sixth birthday Wednesday morning with some special guests.

Among them, Rex Dorrough, the Fairfield firefighter who tended the Cleo Gordon kindergartner Feb. 1 after she was hit by a car on San Marco Street.

“Her injuries were pretty critical,” Dorrough recalled while standing in the lobby of the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. A few minutes later he was getting hugs from Vestia, who may come home Thursday.

Four Fairfield firefighters made the trek to bestow wishes and gifts and the . . .

No decision yet on whether Travis to house unaccompanied refugee children

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis is still being considered as a possible location to temporarily shelter a large number of unaccompanied children who have arrived at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. “No decision has been made yet,” Andrea Helling, a spokesman for the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Local mayors were informed earlier this […]

State parks program seeks volunteers for Earthy Day cleanup

FAIRFIELD — Volunteers are needed April 16 at select California state parks for the 18th Annual California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Businesses and individuals are sought to actively participate with their communities. Trail and campground improvements, trash cleanup, tree planting and restoring wildlife habitats are just some of the projects planned […]

Thunderbirds on Travis calendar in 2017

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s premiere aerial demonstration team, will return to Travis for the base’s next open house air expo, which is scheduled May 6-7, 2017, according to the team’s 2016-17 schedule. If you can’t wait that long, the Thunderbirds will appear April 16-17 at March Air […]

No arrests after woman pepper-sprayed at Raley’s checkout line

FAIRFIELD — A 20-year-old Fairfield resident said she pepper-sprayed a woman Wednesday morning at the Raley’s on Travis Boulevard after the woman cut in front at the self-checkout lines, called her white trash and got so close she was worried about the safety of her 3-month-old baby daughter. Stephenee Armas said she was attacked last […]

Fairfield police log: Feb. 9, 2016

12:11 a.m. — Robbery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 2:36 a.m. — Drunken driver, PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE 5:55 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 800 block of WASHINGTON STREET 6:40 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2000 block of CADENASSO DRIVE 8:24 a.m. — Forgery, 2500 block of MARTIN ROAD 8:38 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2000 block of CADENASSO DRIVE […]

Solano County midyear financial report shows added revenue, savings

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors received a midyear financial report Tuesday that shows less than half of the deficit spending anticipated in the original budget. Supervisors also acted on recommendations of staff, that included approving more than $1 million in new spending in various departments. The midyear projections for general fund expenditures are $214.3 million and $207.5 million […]

Supervisors work toward Solano WIB replacement

FAIRFIELD — The next steps have been taken to form a new Workforce Development Board of Solano County, which replaces the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County. Supervisors by a unanimous vote Tuesday established the composition of the new board and initiated the process for appointment to the board. The move to the new board is […]

Solano board gives green light to road repairs tax measure

FAIRFIELD — The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took the final steps to put a sales tax plan for road repairs in Solano County on the June ballot. The board voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance for the measure to impose a half-cent sales tax countywide for five years and passed a resolution to submit […]

Solano County extends medi-pot moratorium

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has added a 10-month, 15-day extension to an interim urgency ordinance that established a moratorium on any cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distributing, transporting or home delivery of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county. The Board of Supervisors approved the extension by a unanimous vote Tuesday. The board action stems from […]

Parkway Gardens robbery suspects to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — Three Fairfield men police believe are tied to a botched armed robbery at the Parkway Gardens condominiums in November were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony attempted robbery or gun charges. One of the victims of the Nov. 19, incident took the witness stand Monday at the probable cause hearing for Domanick […]

Suisun man accused in fatal shooting enters plea

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man accused of shooting and killing a newspaper carrier in 2012 was in court briefly Monday where he entered a plea of not guilty to a murder charge. Daniel J. Diaz, 30, was ordered to return to court April 1 when a date for a probable cause hearing may be […]

Rockville pursuit ends in arrest of 3 in Vallejo

ROCKVILLE — A pursuit that started on Suisun Valley Road and continued along Interstate 80 into Vallejo ended Tuesday in the arrest of three people. A Solano County sheriff’s deputy pulled into the Rockville Cemetery parking lot at approximately 11:30 a.m. to check on a parked vehicle. The car immediately pulled out, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman […]

Warm weather breaks temperature records

FAIRFIELD — Two days of unseasonably warm weather set high temperature records in the Fairfield area Monday and Tuesday.

The spell of nice early February weather during this El Niño winter is no first, through, according to local meteorologist Mike Pechner, who said the same thing happened during the last El Niño in 1994-95.

Fairfield man injured in roll-over crash

FAIRFIELD — A 28-year-old Fairfield man was injured after the Toyota Yaris he was driving flipped over and caught fire late Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police. The man was driving north on Peabody Road just north of Vanden Road shortly after 11 a.m. when he lost control of his car, which left the road […]

Library friends to provide free citizenship practice test

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Cordelia Library will host a free citizenship practice test at 2 p.m. Saturday at 5050 Business Center Drive. Those who attend will learn what they need to know about U.S. geography, government and history utilizing questions provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The program is sponsored by the Friends […]

Garamendi to host series of senior conversations

FAIRFIELD — Rep. John Garamendi will host a series of senior center conversations in February and March throughout the 3rd Congressional District. The events will focus on helping seniors learn about senior services and support available in our region; discuss the issues most important to the community and particularly for seniors; watch the KVIE PBS documentary “Fading Away,” […]

Learn to create believable characters at workshop

FAIRFIELD — The Writers Resource Center will host a workshop on how to create believable characters from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Fairfield. This program is being taught in sections covering the basics of the writing process from editing to publication. Participants should bring their own pen, paper and laptop. The workshop takes place in the conference room […]

‘American Pickers’ comes to California

FAIRFIELD — The television show “American Pickers” with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on the History Channel will make its way to California in March and are the show’s producers are looking for some good picking. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and […]

Fairfield library to host 2 musical events

FAIRFIELD — Music is in the air this month at the Fairfield Cordelia Library with what organizers describe as two fun and interactive events. The first event is by Zun Zun, who will perform The Water Beat at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Families and children of all ages will sing and dance along with this interactive music program, which […]

Fairfield police log: Feb. 7, 2016

1:06 a.m. — Shots fired, sub-100 block of GLASTONBURY WAY 1:09 a.m. — Fight with a weapon, 2300 block of FAIRFIELD AVENUE 1:55 a.m. — Battery, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 8:53 a.m. — Battery, 1200 block of B. GALE WILSON BOULEVARD 8:55 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, 2900 block of REDWOOD DRIVE 10:02 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 3200 block of MUSTANG CIRCLE 10:25 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, […]

Fairfield police log: Feb. 8, 2016

12:58 a.m. — Trespassing, 1600 block of NEW HAMPSHIRE STREET 6:31 a.m. — Grand theft, 500 block of BERKELEY WAY 7:19 a.m. — Battery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 8:44 a.m. — Forgery, 300 block of BELL AVENUE 9:26 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of UNION AVENUE 10:27 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 2900 block of HANFORD COURT 12:37 p.m. — Trespassing, 2000 block of CADENASSO DRIVE 1:11 p.m. — Trespassing, […]