Vanden High grad hits the business ground running with Pocket Dog

FAIRFIELD — When a new customer walks into 18-year-old Hayden Konstantinopoulos’ downtown Fairfield shop, the first question is almost invariably, “what’s a pocket dog.” There are a few who have experienced the food when they were in France or in Hawaii where it is known as puka dog. Konstantinopoulos is more than glad not only […]

Photos: 27th Annual Tournament of Champions

22 tournament of champions bay valley 1 The Dixon High School Marching band prepares to march in the Tournament of Champions at Fairfield High School, Saturday. More than 40 schools participated in the competition. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic) 22 tournament of champions bay valley 2 From left, Oak Ridge High School’s Nicholas Pham, Eddie Chan, Connie […]

Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-80 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Fairfield left a motorcyclist dead and backed up traffic along the interstate and into the city as the freeway was closed to investigate the crash and to clear the scene. The crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. on westbound I-80 at the Interstate 680 overcrossing. Witnesses […]

Churches provide hot food, companionship at pre-Thanksgiving meals

FAIRFIELD — The holiday spirit radiated for those less fortunate this weekend with two churches laying out full Thanksgiving dinners, clothing and emotional support early Saturday. JoJo Perez, who said he likes to go by Brother Joe, said the meal served at Mount Calvary Baptist Church meant more than a hot meal. He said he is originally […]

School bands put best feet forward at Tournament of Champions

FAIRFIELD — Band members from across the regions were giddy with anticipation Saturday as various aspects of the the 27th Annual Tournament of Champions – hosted by the Scarlet Brigade at Fairfield High School – took place throughout the day.

The nervousness of band members subsided as they put their best effort into the day’s activities.

Emily Washburn, 15, a clarinet player at Benicia High School, was there for the first time. She’s also in her first year at Benicia High.

Police: Woman armed with knife, whip caught after apartments evacuated

FAIRFIELD — A number of people were cleared from their apartments Friday night after police said a woman suspected of threatening residents while armed with a whip and a knife bolted into an apartment and then tried to flee from police though an attic crawl space. The woman, identified by police as Breanna Palaganas, 23, of […]

Supervisors consider plan to create new public health unit

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposed reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services to create a new Medical Services Division. The county’s Department of Health and Social Services has recommended dividing Public Health into two divisions: the Public Health Division and the Medical Services Division. The […]

Toy drive begins to benefit Fun on the Run participants

FAIRFIELD — Unwrapped toys and gift cards can be dropped off through Dec. 19 at several locations – a baker’s dozen in all – as the Fairfield Community Services Foundation kicks off its third annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit children who take part in the Fun on the Run program. Drop-off locations include the Fairfield Community […]

Solano Land Trust offers chance to walk off turkey with post-Thanksgiving hike

FAIRFIELD — Solano Land Trust is offering an outdoor experience the day after Thanksgiving. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and goes to about 2 p.m Friday at Rockville Trails Preserve. Participants are encouraged to bring Thanksgiving leftovers. Those who sign up for the outing will hike 4 to 5 miles up and down hills while experiencing views of […]

Judge weighs sentence for man responsible for deadly DUI crash

FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Fairfield man who was the “designated driver” on the night of Oct. 25, 2014, and later convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving charges was taken into custody Friday while a judge considers his fate. Prosecutors say Gary S. Woodgate told his friends after a night of drinking that he was all right […]

Authorities arrest 4 during Solano sex offender compliance checks

FAIRFIELD — Four people were arrested after 16 sex offender compliance checks Wednesday and Thursday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said. Three were arrested for failing to comply with the terms of their parole, and one for failing to comply with the terms of his probation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s Investigations Bureau, Solano County […]

San Jose conference lodging costs city $2,800

FAIRFIELD — Lodging for three City Council members, the city manager and an administrative analyst cost $2,829 for stays at the San Jose Marriott, Hyatt Place and Dolce Hotel-Hayes Mansion when attending the League of California Cities conference. “It is too much,” Councilwoman Catherine Moy said. “It’s way too much.” She said her two-night stay […]

Fairfield to court: Destroy weapons found after ‘car ramming’

FAIRFIELD — Five weapons found when police responded to a home where Jason Wells, 41, allegedly rammed his car into another vehicle in the driveway should be destroyed, Fairfield officials said in a Thursday court filing. Three shotguns, a .32-caliber revolver and a Glock 9 mm handgun were recovered Sept. 20, states the Solano County […]

Fairfield police: Traffic stop leads to stolen gun, drugs

FAIRFIELD — Detectives from the Fairfield Police Department’s Special Operations Team arrested a driver Thursday night for allegedly possessing ammunition while being a felon and said they located a hidden compartment containing a loaded 9 mm handgun that had been reported stolen from a neighboring city during a residential burglary. The 9:38 p.m. traffic stop on […]

Fairfield man tackles Appalachian Trail section by section

FAIRFIELD — Al McLemore thought about walking the Appalachian Trail for many years.

He started walking sections of the trail in 2007 at the age of 57. He finally finished in Oct. 5 at the age of 65.

“Section walking is where hikers choose sections,” the Fairfield resident said. “The whole trail covers 14 states. Some people will start at one end and walk to the other, but I didn’t want to do that.”

So he started at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, right in the middle, and made his way to Washington, D.C., . . .

Catered meals for Fairfield-Suisun School District panel cost $990

FAIRFIELD — Catering for meals of chicken fettucine alfredo and three-cheese tortellini served to the facilities master plan committee members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District at September and October meetings cost $990. Thirty-five people had dinner at each of the two meetings, and the $11 meal cost includes tax and a 20 percent tip, according […]

Solano unemployment rate up for October

FAIRFIELD — The unemployment rate in Solano County increased slightly for October, one of several months to experience an uptick during a year that has seen a steady decline in jobless figures, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. October’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent, compared to a revised 5.2 percent figure […]

Fairfield police log: Nov. 19, 2015

3:05 a.m. — Shots fired, 1800 block of MINNESOTA STREET 3:06 a.m. — Shots fired, 900 block of FIFTH STREET 4:40 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 2900 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 4:54 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1400 block of MCKINLEY STREET 8:28 a.m. — Fight with a weapon, 600 block of BECK AVENUE 8:48 a.m. — Fight with a weapon, sub-100 block of EL […]

Holiday tradition dances into local venues

FAIRFIELD — Eighty dancers, four performances and four demonstration shows would tax many ballet companies doing “The Nutcracker.” For Adam Aicher, artistic director of Parthenon Ballet Company, the biggest challenge is taking a “100-year-old classic and keep it up to par.” “The Nutcracker” is a two-act ballet to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It […]

Labor dispute focused in part on negotiating process

FAIRFIELD — Service Employees International Union Local 1021 officials complained during the current labor dispute with Solano County that the county refused to engage in real negotiations – a claim the county denied. Specifically, SEIU Local 1021, which represents more than 1,700 county employees, claimed the county failed to engage in dialogue at the bargaining table. The […]

Solano County, SEIU reach tentative pact in labor dispute

FAIRFIELD — A late-night tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union was reached Thursday after a 10-hour session with a state mediator, Solano County officials said – and a union spokeswoman said its bargaining team will recommend members approve the agreement. …

Court issues yearlong ban on former Parkway Gardens directors

FAIRFIELD — Former homeowners association directors who served on the board in 2013, when a receiver was appointed to take over Parkway Gardens, will not be able to seek election to a new five-member board – a Thursday court order that former director Minnie Noble says discriminates against her. Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul […]

Federal case against Fairfield couple postponed

FAIRFIELD — A federal criminal case against a Fairfield couple  in Omaha was postponed Wednesday until February, 2016. Brian and Kimberly Robinson face charges of money laundering and conspiring to possess and distribute more than a ton of marijuana, court records state. The Robinsons came to the attention of federal authorities in October, 2013, when a […]

MOAA leader lauds local chapter on 50th year

FAIRFIELD — With a military stretched thin to protect this county, it is important now more than ever to defend military members and their quality-of-life issues, the president of the Military Officers Association of America, retired Navy Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., told association members Thursday. “We have got to really help them,” Ryan said of […]

Travis changes flight patterns

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — If residents are seeing more Travis Air Force Base aircraft overhead in eastern Fairfield or southeastern Vacaville this fall, it is because the Air Force has changed its flight patterns, the base announced Thursday. Travis implemented the flight pattern changes Oct. 9 to enhance flight safety and improve training flexibility, the announcement […]

Fairfield police arrest 3, recover loaded guns

FAIRFIELD — Police arrested three Fairfield residents after responding Thursday morning to a call about people approaching with a gun in El Dorado Court. Officers learned four men had demanded a necklace from a victim and one man fired a gun into the victim’s unoccupied car after the victim refused to turn over the necklace, police […]

Fairfield police log: Nov. 18, 2015

5:45 a.m. — Vehicle theft, sub-100 block of CORTEZ COURT 8:45 a.m. — Grand theft, 500 block of PARKER ROAD 9:12 a.m. — Drunk and disorderly, COOLIDGE STREET 9:24 a.m. — Trespassing, 2700 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 11:09 a.m. — Forgery, 4800 block of AUTO PLAZA COURT 11:18 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 11:35 a.m. — Battery, 1000 block of WEBSTER […]

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ performances in Vacaville, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Jay Trottier will continue a holiday tradition presenting Handel’s “Messiah” with a full orchestra, chorus and soloists for two local shows. The first is 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 350 Stinson Ave., Vacaville. The second is 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints […]

Samoan church offers 3rd annual Thanksgiving dinner

FAIRFIELD — The Samoan Christian Fellowship church will host its third annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 1200 Western St. The menu is turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green salad, soup and dessert. The evening will start with an inspirational message from Samoan Christian Fellowship senior pastor Alex Ledoux, followed by […]

Red Kettle Kickoff attracts more than 200, raises $40,269

FAIRFIELD — More than 200 people attended the Very Cherry Red Kettle Kickoff luncheon Wednesday, when $40,269 was raised and a video told how The Salvation Army of Solano County helped change the life of a 37-year-old Suisun City woman.

“I live a life that I never knew was possible, and it’s because of The Salvation Army,” Corinne said.

She spoke on the video, shown at the annual event at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center, about growing up in a family full of alcoholism.