Friday, February 27, 2015

Man accused of shooting at police takes witness stand

FAIRFIELD — The man an accused of trying to shoot and kill three Fairfield police officers in 2011 took the witness stand Friday in his jury trial. “It’s not in my heart to hurt people,” Jordan C. Hughes said about emptying his revolver as three police officers scrambled to escape from gunshots after having discovered […]

Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

LONG BEACH — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week, from […]

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Police investigate Fairfield’s 2nd homicide of 2015

FAIRFIELD — Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man late Wednesday as Fairfield’s second homicide of the year.

Police were called to NorthBay Medical Center shortly before 11:15 p.m. after a gunshot victim arrived at the hospital. The teen was pronounced dead at the hospital, police announced Thursday morning in a press release.

No additional information was released at the time, to include the victim’s name and city of residence. Police kept a tight lid on information throughout much of the day.

City Councilwoman Catherine Moy confirmed late Thursday afternoon that the victim was Aaron Malave of Fairfield, the son of Ivonne Malave, who served last year on the Mayor’s Commission on Crime. Police confirmed early Thursday . . .

Oakland author, vet talks about researching Vietnamese side of war

FAIRFIELD — When author and Navy Vietnam veteran Kevin Levin asked the five North Vietnamese army veterans facing him across the room how they felt about winning the Vietnam War, the reply was simple. “They looked at me and said nobody wins a war,” Levin said. When the meeting started, Levin was not sure how […]

Lawyer: Defendant to testify in police shooting case

FAIRFIELD — Prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday for a man accused of trying to shoot and kill three Fairfield police officers during a search of a North Texas Street apartment in June 2011. The man’s attorney, meanwhile, said his client will testify in the case. Jordan C. Hughes has pleaded not guilty to three counts […]

5 things to know about ‘net neutrality’

WASHINGTON — Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal courts get involved, when everything could change. Five things you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission’s vote Thursday to enforce “net neutrality” rules for the broadband industry: 1. NET NEUTRALITY IS WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE. […]

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic. The 3-2 vote ushered in a new era […]

Fairfield High instructor named district Teacher of the Year

FAIRFIELD — Shari Patterson drives right by a new high school in Woodland on her commute to work each day. A closer commute, a new school – no, thank you. “I love Fairfield High School,” said the history teacher who’s spent her entire 16-year teaching career at the school. The feeling is obviously reciprocated as […]

Suisun Walmart to open March 25

SUISUN CITY — Ten years after the idea of a Walmart in Suisun City first surfaced, the nearly finished supercenter will open to customers. The doors of Suisun City’s own Walmart will open for business with a big grand opening ceremony March 25, according to the store’s website. What customers will get is a 215,000-square-foot, 24-hour […]

Children tackle history during Wax Museum project

FAIRFIELD — Baseball great Jackie Robinson paid a visit Wednesday to Tolenas Elementary School.

Wearing a backwards navy blue ball cap and a blue and white baseball shirt, he clutched a baseball and baseball glove as he told Tolenas students five important facts about himself.

“It’s pretty fun,” he said, as he stood in the library describing his visit.

Fifty important people, including Coretta Scott King, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama and even the “Thriller” king himself, Michael Jackson, came to teach the children at Tolenas about famous black figures throughout history, including current times, in a celebration of Black History Month.

Hearing reveals sordid details of alleged child molestation

FAIRFIELD — The awful enormity of what authorities believe Steven Sherwood did to several young Fairfield girls was revealed during a two-day probable cause hearing that ended Thursday with Sherwood being ordered to stand trial on 16 felony sexual assault charges. Prosecutors say Sherwood is the worst, most heinous sexual predators they have seen in Solano […]

Searchers find infant’s body

KNIGHTS LANDING — A Woodland family’s elation over the recent birth of a baby boy turned to anguish Wednesday at news that the three-week old infant was found dead along a rural Yolo County slough.   Justice Rees was reported missing on Monday along with his mother, Samantha Green, who according to Yolo County sheriff’s officials […]

Council OKs downtown Vacaville improvements

VACAVILLE — Improvements to downtown – dubbed “the entertainment capital of Solano County” – won approval by Vacaville City Council members Tuesday including Mayor Len Augustine, who spoke about the business district as “the heart of and soul” of the city. “I just have an emotional attachment to downtown,” Augustine said. “It feels right.” He […]

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences. More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but never repaired, according to a study by Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports. Some of […]

How to find out if a used car has an unrepaired recall

About 5 million used cars under recall were sold last year before the recalled parts were fixed. A study by Carfax, which sells vehicle history reports, showed that overall there are more than 46 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads with unrepaired safety recalls. Some of the recalls involve serious safety problems, like leaky […]

County to host workshop on rising sea levels

FAIRFIELD — The public is invited to attend a workshop Friday about planning for storms, tides and rising sea levels in Solano County.

The county, along with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency, will host the event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Solano County Events Center, 601 Texas St.

Water thefts on the rise in drought-stricken California

SAN FRANCISCO — As California’s drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state’s precious commodities — water. In some cases, wells dry up and scofflaws start stealing water from hydrants. In other cases, trucks in need of […]

Davis wine taster uses blindness to advantage

DAVIS — Hoby Wedler was born blind and curious 27 years ago. He’s used those two traits – and a refined sense of smell and taste – to develop an expert palette that is garnering rave reviews in California’s wine region. The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that Wedler’s monthly “Tasting in the Dark” series at the Francis […]

Firefighters get unique opportunity in Suisun Valley

FAIRFIELD — The dilapidated building still stands even though it’s been set on fire about 35 times in recent weeks.

Its fate will be decided next weekend as the Suisun Fire Protection District wraps up four training sessions that drew firefighters from as far north as Eureka and as far south as San Diego.

“It’s live fire training,” said Andrew Hawkins, an engineer with the Humboldt Bay Fire Department. “Everyone loves live fire training.”

AP-GfK Poll: Most back Obama plan to raise investment taxes

WASHINGTON — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise investment taxes on high-income […]

12 Californians are finalists vying for one-way trip to Mars

LOS ANGELES — A dozen Californians are finalists vying for a one-way private trip to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars. U-T San Diego reports that the 143-million-mile trip organized by a Dutch not-for-profit group called Mars One is expected to take place in 2024. The group has selected 100 finalists, including 50 men […]

California pays $24M to settle lawsuit over building sales

SAN FRANCISCO — California officials announced Sunday an agreement to pay $24 million to investors suing the state over Gov. Jerry Brown’s scuttling of a $2.3 billion lease-back plan to sell 11 state properties. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger championed the sale and lease-back program as way to help California plug a gaping budget deficit. But […]

VA’s ‘choice’ program for health care off to slow start

WASHINGTON — Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide. Only 27,000 veterans have made appointments for private medical care since the VA started mailing out […]

Records: Strawberry soda, tobacco basis for shooting that injured 2

FAIRFIELD — A missing strawberry Fanta soda and packet of Blackwoods tobacco resulted in a drive-by shooting that wounded two Suisun City teens who were smoking marijuana in a car parked on Orchid Street on the night of Jan. 6, according to court records. Four teens and adults were sitting in the car parked near […]