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Cheers, jeers for the week of Feb. 9-15, 2014

By From page A8 | February 15, 2014

Cheers to Solano Community College for getting clear of accreditation sanctions that dogged the school for nearly a decade.

The Accrediting Commission for Community Colleges recently removed warning status at Solano and reaffirmed accreditation for the school. Those involved in making the changes necessary for that – which required much work and constant oversight – deserve credit.

Jeers that the crime rate in both Fairfield and Suisun City went up last year, reversing a recent trend.

Law enforcement officials largely blame the state-mandated “realignment,” which released lower-level prison inmates back to their counties, for the increase. Regardless, it’s never good news when crime goes up.

Cheers to the Solano Community College women’s basketball team, which beat College of Marin on Wednesday to win the Bay Valley Conference Championship.

It was the first championship in three years and 11th in school history. A job well done by coach Matt Borchert and the Falcons.

Jeers to news that as many as 37 autopsies may be called into question due to allegations involving Dr. Susan Hogan, who is in the spotlight due to her role in the autopsy of Genelle Renee Conway-Allen, the 13-year-old whose nude body was found last year at Allan Witt Park.

There’s much to come on the Conway-Allen case and the others, but it’s disturbing that many other cases are now called into question, many of them long since settled.

Cheers to Vacaville Fire Protection District Firefighter of the Year Todd Lechuga, who thrives despite a hearing disability.

“It doesn’t matter what your disability is, if you want something bad enough, you can do it,” Lechuga said. That he’s not only had a good career, but has excelled, is impressive. We’re glad he was honored.

Jeers to the apparent attempted escape from the Solano County Courthouse on Monday that resulted in three minor injuries to sheriff’s deputies and an evacuation of the three-story building.

A quick headcount revealed that all inmates were still present and the injuries were quickly treated, but the attempt not only endangered officers, it disrupted the work of the courts. Cheers to law enforcement officials for handling it so quickly and well.

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