Wednesday, April 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Fairfield police mum on Monday shooting that injured 2

FAIRFIELD — Police on Tuesday remained tight-lipped about a Monday night shooting in Fairfield that left two men injured. Fairfield Police Sgt. Jeff Osgood said early in the investigation that the victims were found as police responded to a shooting report at 8:05 p.m. at the Tradewinds Apartments on the 1100 block of Dana Drive. […]

Supervisors voice concern on state Delta plans

FAIRFIELD — California’s Delta plans could lead to east Solano County farmland being converted to wildlife preserves, make Delta farm irrigation water saltier during droughts and hurt the county’s farm income, according to county officials.

The county is formulating a response to the state’s 30,000-plus-page Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Solano County Board of Supervisors heard an initial report Tuesday and will hear more reports in coming months, prior to voting June 10 on a comment letter to the state.

At this point, the county has numerous concerns. Among them is that the state proposals to mitigate the plan’s effects . . .

Slain Fairfield man loved family, laughter

FAIRFIELD — Gustavo Banda, the 27-year-old man killed in a shooting Saturday, loved his wife and two young sons, was always telling jokes and – reflecting his Los Angeles roots – was a fan of the Lakers and Dodgers, family members said Tuesday. “He was always protecting everybody,” said his sister, Roxana Banda, 21. “He […]

In Internet TV case, justices show concern

WASHINGTON — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from […]

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a […]

Police release name of man killed in Saturday shooting

FAIRFIELD — The name of the man killed in Saturday’s shooting just north of Travis Boulevard is Gustavo Banda, Fairfield police said Tuesday about the incident that also wounded a 15-year-old boy. The teen was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the shoulder. His name is not being released. Police responded at 10:42 […]

Delta barriers no longer needed

FAIRFIELD — Rains over the past three months washed away plans to put up temporary saltwater barriers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The state Department of Water Resources had planned to put up barriers at three location in the Delta to deal with the drought. That would have prevented salty ocean water from intruding in […]

Hundreds turn out for Kroc Easter Egg hunt

SUISUN CITY — In the blink of an eye the Easter eggs were gone, but the fun continued at the Kroc Center’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hall Park, between the Suisun City Library and the Kroc Center, was filled with between 800 to 900 people, Suisun City Fire Chief Mike O’Brien estimated. “This has turned […]

Shooting leaves man dead, teen injured in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead and a teenager injured late Saturday. It’s Fairfield’s fourth homicide of the year and the third deadly shooting in the area in eight days. Police responded shortly before 10:45 p.m. to NorthBay Medical Center after two gunshot victims arrived at the hospital, police […]

Jelly Belly artist finds her work sweet

FAIRFIELD — One would not initially think that Jelly Belly beans are capable of recreating the subtle variations of color in such a classic painting as da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” or Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”

“I never had a piece where I could not find a bean or combination of beans which could not give me the color I wanted,” Jelly Belly resident artist Kristen Cumings said.

One challenge to that came when Jelly Belly dropped the peanut butter and caramel apple jelly beans.

Rodriguez musicians win big in Reno

FAIRFIELD — The Rodriguez High School Jazz Band and Jazz Combo came home from Reno as winners. The two groups participated in the 2014 Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada, Reno. The competition draws schools from up and down the West Coast, including Seattle and Los Angeles. It features middle, high school and college […]

Fairfield police: Man shot while driving on I-80

FAIRFIELD — A man was shot Saturday while traveling on Interstate 80 in Fairfield. Police received a call about 10:45 p.m. from NorthBay Medical Center, reporting that a man with a gunshot wound arrived at the hospital, said Sgt. Kelly Romback. The victim told police he was driving with his wife on eastbound Interstate 80 within the […]

Bay Area makes growth plans

FAIRFIELD — Critics call it a move toward “rack-and-stack” housing and supporters a way to promote compact communities built around mass transit hubs. Plan Bay Area sets forth how the nine-county Bay Area will handle an expected population influx of 2 million people by 2040. Solano County is to grow from 413,000 residents to 511,000. It […]

Earth Day means cleanup Day for Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City waterfront hosted the fourth annual Earth Day celebration with a day of cleanup on Saturday. Mission Solano and Suisun City organized the Earth Day Solano event with more than 20 vendors. Participants arrived at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the morning to form cleanup teams. The teams then […]

Counties tell Brown they need money for his law

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state’s criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments. He gave his verdict recently to a gathering of the state’s major […]

Supervisor candidates vary on Plan Bay Area

FAIRFIELD — Plan Bay Area is a controversial Bay Area growth strategy that has fans and detractors among Solano County Board of Supervisors candidates.

Whoever is elected to the Board of Supervisors could get to further shape the Plan Bay Area vision – or try to move away from it. The Board of Supervisors has representatives on the regional groups that put the plan together.

Two seats are on the June 3 ballot.

3 of 5 suspects in fatal Grande Circle shooting appear in court

FAIRFIELD — Three of five suspects in the deadly April 11 Grande Circle shootout made their first court appearances Friday. Donald R. Hill Jr., 24, Darren J. McFadden, 19, and Trayvon L. Wayfer, 19, all of Fairfield, were arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting death of Tereaun Berry. Berry, 26, was shot […]

Solano unemployment inches downward

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate in March continued its 2014 trend of falling each month, if only by a little. The March seasonally unadjusted rate was 7.9 percent, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday. That compares to 8 percent in February and 8.2 percent in January. Typically, the unemployment falls just a little […]

California farmers to get more water

FRESNO — Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday. The Department of Water Resources said it is increasing water allotments from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent of what water districts […]

Transplant recipients talk about their best gifts

FAIRFIELD — Emilia Mijangos left college because she couldn’t see what the instructor was writing on the board.

A.J. Reyes couldn’t picture his future. When asked where he wanted to be in five or 10 years, he was stumped to find an answer.

“Living with heart failure is like a death sentence,” he said.

Mijangos, a 21-year-old Suisun City resident, got the gift of sight two years ago. Reyes, a 29-year-old Fairfield resident, received the gift of life in 2010.

Mijangos was in middle school when she started to notice changes in her eyesight. She compensated at school, relying on her memory. That memory failed her once when she got on the wrong bus and had to have a family member pick her up in Vallejo.

Jury acquits in case that revealed Coroner’s Office controversy

VALLEJO — A jury gave the Solano County District Attorney’s Office a sharp and quick rebuke Thursday with a not guilty verdict in a murder trial that has been the center of a controversy about how top prosecutors have handled and hid alleged problems with homicide autopsies. The verdict may portend to problems in possibly […]

Man to stand trial in rural Vacaville killing

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a murder charge for the July 9, 2013, execution-style shooting death of a Suisun City man at a rural home in the hills north of Vacaville. The suspect, 27-year-old Sergio Perez, spent much of his probable cause hearing crying and sobbing. His mother and […]

Puppies to take part in Vallejo dog show

ELMIRA — It takes practice to become a champion.

Kiki is just a puppy, but has already started the journey. The 6-month-old Saluki will test her chops at the dog show this weekend hosted by the Chief Solano Kennel Club.

“I don’t usually push them too hard at this stage . . .,” said owner Nancy Leising, who has been breeding dogs for 45 years. “At this age, I mostly want to make sure that they have a good time.”

The 55th and 56th Annual All-breed Obedience and Rally Dog Shows will feature conformation events Saturday and Sunday at the Solano . . .

Putin’s choice of words shed light on Ukraine

MOSCOW — To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in Ukraine, it helps to pay close attention to his choice of words and his reading of history. Here is what Putin had to say Thursday in a nationally televised call-in program: ___ LITTLE GREEN MEN For the first time, Putin acknowledged that the well-armed soldiers in unmarked uniforms who took over […]

Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks

MOSCOW — The talks in Geneva on Ukraine brought together four parties that had seemed extremely far apart on some issues, but within a few hours they produced a broad agreement that that holds out substantial hope for a crisis that appeared on the verge of spinning out of control. In what U.S. Secretary of […]