Saturday, April 19, 2014

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 […]

Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Ukrainian unity was on display Thursday night as peaceful demonstrations were held in at least four eastern cities condemning Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs. At the Donetsk rally, which drew a few thousand people, the crowd listened to speeches condemning Russia and resisting the pro-Russian movement that is pushing […]

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions – for now

GENEVA — In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Russia’s pledge to refrain from further provocative actions drew support but also a measure of […]

Supervisor candidates square off at forum

FAIRFIELD — Crime and jobs were among the issues addressed Wednesday by Solano County supervisor candidates who will be on the June 3 ballot.

Incumbent Supervisor Jim Spering, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani and Michael Oman participated in the forum for 3rd District candidates, with Steven Lowe absent. The 3rd District covers much of Fairfield and Suisun City.

The Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and Solano County Farm Bureau sponsored the forum at the Fairfield . . .

Huge jump in Solano median home price

FAIRFIELD — It was a record March. Solano County home prices made a historic jump last month, recording the largest single-month median-price increase in history. The median price – the point at which an equal number of homes sold for more and less – for the 416 homes sold last month was $300,000, according to […]

Jurors get case in Vallejo trial that started coroner controversy

FAIRFIELD — Jurors began deliberating the fate of a Vallejo man who faces a murder charge for the 2012 death of his girlfriend in a rough residential motel in Vallejo. Michael A. Daniels and Jessica Brastow had both been drinking heavily before she passed out in their motel room. Vallejo police believe Daniels, 62, suffocated […]

Carli takes oath, now Vacaville’s 14th police chief

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Department has a new leader – Chief John Carli. A whole lot of people were on hand Wednesday morning at the Vacaville Opera House to witness Carli’s promotion from lieutenant to chief, take his oath of office and be pinned by his wife of 30 years, high school sweetheart Joanne […]

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn’t report. He spent the next 13 years turning his life around — getting […]

Judge sets next court date as man shot by Fairfield police enters plea

FAIRFIELD — A man shot multiple times by Fairfield police on the afternoon of April 3 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder, assault and gun charges. Cory L. Davis, 33, of Suisun City, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, had been hospitalized for more than a week since the shooting, according to his […]

Supervisor candidates file conflict-of-interest forms

FAIRFIELD — Supervisor Jim Spering sat out the county’s recent decision to deny a business license for the Salubrious medical marijuana clinic at Rockville Corner. The reason: Spering owns nearby property that gave him a potential financial conflict-of-interest under state law. He stepped down from the dais for the Feb. 11 board hearing on applicant […]

Vacaville set to usher in new chapter for Police Department

VACAVILLE — Since Lt. John Carli was tapped to assume the top position in the Vacaville Police Department, he’s been called a couple of names, title-wise, and been asked repeatedly, “Hey, what am I supposed to call you now?”

The confusion about how to address Carli, 47, ends at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at his badge-pinning ceremony, when he officially becomes Vacaville’s 14th police chief.

While the title transfers on Wednesday, his transition started the day he was named to take over the role after Chief Richard Word retired in November. The city appointed interim Chief Randy Ulibarri . . .

Fear in Fairfield follows crime spike, councilwoman says

FAIRFIELD — An April 22 town hall for residents to discuss concerns about crime comes as Fairfield City Councilwoman Catherine Moy says about 20 residents have contacted her concerning crime and a few have said they’re thinking about moving out of the city. “People are scared,” Moy said. “There is fear out there.” Moy, who […]

People who have moved can update voter registration

FAIRFIELD — People who have moved over the past year must update their voter registration information if they want to participate in the June 3 election. “Unlike telephone numbers or your mail, voter registration does not follow you when you move,” said Assistant Registrar of Voters John Gardner in a county press release. To verify […]

NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in bus crash

RED BLUFF — Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven’t found physical evidence confirming a witness’ claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said investigators are not ruling out a pre-impact […]

How to get more time to file your tax return

America’s annual tax reckoning is here once again and for many who have yet to file their federal tax return, that means a mad dash to beat Uncle Sam’s deadline. The Internal Revenue Service already has received nearly 100 million tax returns, but anticipates getting about 35 million more by the midnight Tuesday deadline. Many […]

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

WASHINGTON — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time […]

A look at your chances of getting audited by IRS

The Internal Revenue Service audited less than 1 percent of the income tax returns filed last year. But your odds of getting audited vary greatly, depending on income. ___ Individuals 146 million returns. Audited: 1.4 million. Audit rate: 0.96 percent. ___ Income under $200,000 141 million returns. Audited: 1.2 million. Audit rate: 0.88 percent. ___ […]