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Ombudsman helps families navigate elderly services

VACAVILLE — Denise Williamson hopes to save families from the agonizing experiences she had dealing with care for her elderly parents. “I had to navigate so much with my mom and dad,” said the retired Vacaville school teacher. “I just want to take the stress off families in similar situations.” Williamson is one of 14 […]

Judge: ‘Don’t blow smoke up my robe’

FAIRFIELD — A judge told a roofer convicted of grand theft and contracting without a license that she’s more concerned with the victims of his crime than his financial status. Solano County Superior Court Judge Wendy Getty asked Ryan Raphael, 40, of Vacaville, about the people bilked out of money. A single mother can’t afford […]

Children, families focus of Kid Fest in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Children and families are the focus of a community event Saturday in Vacaville. Kid Fest is an effort by the city to provide a day of no-cost or low-cost activities for children and families and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Andrews Park. The day includes such […]

Would-be ‘snitch’ found guilty on drug charge

FAIRFIELD — A 50-year-old Fairfield man was found guilty of possessing methamphetamine for sale at the close of a jury trial that briefly pulled back the curtain on how police handle confidential informants in the local drug scene. Marcus C. Biddle was pulled over by police last year in Vacaville for a routine traffic stop along […]

New Saks store brings out shoppers

VACAVILLE — Ruby Arceneaux of Vacaville loves shoes. She loves to shop. And the grand opening of the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th was like a bit of heaven for her and her son, Arthur. They came out before the sun shone at 5 a.m. Thursday to be the first people in line for the opening. “I […]

Adults find coloring pages a great way to get rid of stress

VACAVILLE — The music of Segovia played. A pot of hot water waited for anyone who wished to have tea. Molasses cookies were waiting to be sampled. Such elements may lead one to think a tea party was underway. Yet, the attendees were looking down at tables, pencils in hand, filling empty spaces on paper with […]

Former Fox 40 TV producer guilty of federal computer hacking charges

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville man who used to be a producer for television station KTXL Fox 40 was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento of three felony charges related to hacking the computers of his past employers. The jury verdicts for Matthew Keys, 28, capped off a seven-day federal court trial. Keys was found […]

Vacaville to consider water efficient landscape ordinance

VACAVILLE — A proposed water efficient landscape ordinance will be considered by the Vacaville City Council in its Tuesday meeting. The ordinance follows the revised California Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that was approved by the California Water Commission in July, according to a city press release. The city must adopt the state ordinance or […]

Library to host genealogy workshop

VACAVILLE — A workshop that explores the latest updates to Ancestry’s database-wills, probate and guardianship records will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center. Space is limited, so reserve at spot by calling 784-1544 or stop by the library at 1020 Ulatis Drive. For more information, call 866-57-ASKUS or visit www.solanolibrary.com. Reach Todd R. Hansen at […]

Another delay in child porn possession case

FAIRFIELD — The oft-delayed, slow-moving felony child pornography possession case of a California Highway Patrol sergeant has been delayed for another three months. Eric C. Lund, 50, had been scheduled for a probable cause hearing Tuesday. Instead, his attorney had the hearing postponed until Jan. 12, 2016. The attorney got the delay from Judge Wendy […]

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th grand opening event

VACAVILLE — Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th opens its doors in Vacaville with a grand opening party this week and gift giveaways that continue into the weekend. A plaque and dedication ceremony will occur Wednesday to commemorate the opening of the newest store in the Vacaville Nut Tree location area, according to an announcement for the event. A sneak-peek party […]

Suspect in Vacaville child molest, kidnapping case to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy in June was ordered Monday to stand trial on three felony charges that include kidnapping. Joldahin Ponce-Tellez, 40, had known the mother of the boy for years. They grew up in the same village in Mexico. Ponce-Tellez, the boy and his mother all were […]

Community Services Commission cancels meet

VACAVILLE — The regular meeting Wednesday of the Community Services Commission has been canceled. The next meeting will occur Nov. 4 in the Vacaville City Council chamber, 650 Merchant St. For more information, visit www.cityofvacaville.com. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

3-year prison sentence for Vacaville man charged in lewd act case

FAIRFIELD — Henry Bond Crumpton was sentenced Monday to the maximum term of three years in state prison for a lewd act on a 14-year-old girl whose parents called Crumpton a monster and a menace who “needs to be put away.” The mother of the girl spoke in Solano County Superior Court about trying to […]

Police arrest Vacaville man after burglary, vandalism

VACAVILLE — A 33-year-old Vacaville man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly burglarizing and vandalizing a business on the 300 block of East Monte Vista Avenue. Police responded to an audible alarm about 3:20 a.m. at a furniture store. An exterior check of the business revealed the front of the business had been forced open. […]

Riders come out to fight diabetes

VACAVILLE — Cyclists from around California came out Sunday to support the fight against diabetes. The Ride to Defeat Diabetes is organized by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, which began the ride four years ago to bring awareness to diabetes and to raise money to help fight the disease. The foundation had 40 volunteers helping out this year in different […]

Biz Buzz: Businesses help raise money for SafeQuest Solano

FAIRFIELD — The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge will raise money for SafeQuest Solano with three dine-and-donate events as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first fundraiser will take place all day Tuesday at Mary’s Pizza Shack, 505 Davis St., Vacaville. Bring in a flier that will give 20 percent off purchases to SafeQuest Solano. Mary’s Pizza Shack will […]

A ticket to ride: Lure of tax-funded travel endures

FAIRFIELD — Five people from Fairfield city government traveled to Silicon Valley for a three-day League of California Cities conference that ended Friday – a trip that was a tiny part of the $698,000 budgeted for training, travel and conferences this year, the city’s finance director says. Fred Marsh said that six-figure total is only 0.3 percent […]

Vacaville singer competes to become next ‘Voice’

VACAVILLE — Lyndsey Elm is still able to walk around Vacaville without getting mobbed. That could change as the singer continues her quest to become “The Voice.” The 22-year-old graduate of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo was on the NBC TV show Monday and Tuesday. She will perform Sunday and Oct. 11 in her hometown. […]

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Vacaville comic hopes to win SF Comedy Competition

FAIRFIELD — It’s down to the wire for Vacaville resident and Vallejo native Myles Weber. He’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey, taking home top honors in the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. It’s been a good run, so far. Weber has racked up some first-place finishes […]

Halloween Stroll organizers invite ‘zombies’ to event finale

VACAVILLE — Rehearsals are underway for the eighth annual Treats and Tunes on Oct. 30. The event is a free public concert that accompanies the Halloween Stroll that takes place downtown. The finale features zombies lurking in Town Square corners and alleys and awakened by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” “We are excited to continue this Halloween tradition again this […]

Week in Preview: Oct. 2-8, 2015

Fairfield 7 p.m. Friday First Friday Concert Series: Rhythm Method 4 Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Drive. 429-7595. Noon Saturday Pinkfest Wooden Valley Winery, 4756 Suisun Valley Road. www.pink-lemonade.org. 2 p.m. Saturday Seven Artisans Winery: Rhythm Method 4 341 Abernathy Road. 425-2370. 6 p.m. Saturday Belly Laughs Jelly Belly Visitor’s Center, One Jelly Belly Lane. www.downtowntheatre.com. 6:30 p.m. Saturday […]

Vacaville men suspected in Davis homicide due back in court Monday

WOODLAND — Five Solano County residents held in connection with a deadly knife fight in a Davis bar will return to court Monday. Police meanwhile continued their search for a Vacaville man who’s also wanted in connection with the Sept. 19 death of Los Angeles resident Peter Alexander Gonzales, 23, during an altercation at the KetMoRee […]

Open house to showcase Native American culture

VACAVILLE — Local Native American Little Bear will talk about the American Indian presence in Solano County during an open house Saturday at Pena Adobe Park. He will also show how he makes many of the tools that they used. Visitors can tour the historic Pena family home built in 1842, the Mowers-Goheen Museum, the Willis […]

Police arrest Fairfield couple for alleged drugs, weapons offenses

VACAVILLE — A yearlong investigation by Vacaville police ended Tuesday with the arrest of two Fairfield residents for multiple drug and weapons allegations, according to police. Louis I. Latini, 48, and Kelly C. Colby, 45, were arrested after Vacaville detectives reported finding a large amount of packaged methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana while executing a search warrant […]

NorthBay offers free, drive-thru flu shots in October

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare is offering free, drive-thru flu vaccination clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in October. Vaccinations in the convenience of your vehicle will be offered Saturday and Oct. 17 at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care, 2458 Hilborn Road in Fairfield, and Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 at the NorthBay Center for […]

Jury acquits Fairfield man of murder in half-brother’s shooting death

German Lopez guilty of voluntary manslaughter FAIRFIELD — A jury after two days of deliberations acquitted a Fairfield man Tuesday of a murder charge but found him guilty instead of voluntary manslaughter. German Lopez acted in a heat of passion, according to his attorney, when he shot and killed his half-brother shortly after they botched an […]

Birthday party is Boys & Girls Club fundraiser

VACAVILLE — The Boys & Girls Club of Vacaville will be the recipient of an Oct. 17 fundraiser. The event is Christina Baird’s 43rd birthday party. The Boys & Girls Club played an important role in her life while growing up, she said. The theme is 100 Rad. Attendees should dress in their favorite old-school […]

Vacaville man faces criminal threat, child molestation counts

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was held to answer Monday on charges of felony criminal threat and misdemeanor child molestation for allegedly annoying or harassing a youth after a Sept. 12 incident at Andrews Park. A 10-year-old boy played that day at the park when his mother, who was working at a nearby restaurant, said child care fell through […]

Alternate juror will help decide murder trial

FAIRFIELD — An alternate juror in the German Lopez murder trial was sworn in Monday because one of the original 12 jurors in the Solano County Superior Court case is sick from food poisoning. Attorneys made closing arguments in the trial Friday and jurors returned Monday morning for deliberations. Judge Peter B. Foor told jurors […]

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