Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Suisun City foster father guilty of 2nd-degree murder

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City foster father who was entrusted with the care of a 3-month old boy was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder and felony assault causing death of the child. Only Reginald Tanubagijo, 57, knows what happened on the night of Nov. 29, 2010, while he was alone with the child in the kitchen of his Suisun City home as […]

Solano County Fair set to open Wednesday

VALLEJO — The livestock pens were filling up, the carnival rides were being set up – and at the home of the half-pound smoked sausage, Sacramento resident Linda Saevang was preparing to serve up that dish, along with garlic fries.

The Solano County Fair opens at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo and the day before Saevang, fresh from the Santa Barbara County Fair where jalapeno fries were a hit, said the bacon-wrapped hot dog was a favorite there as well.

Saevang, a vegetarian, is a spectator to all the meat eating and recalled visiting a vegan booth at the Sonoma-Marin . . .

Marketing study looks at Berryessa resorts

LAKE BERRYESSA — A market study on re-establishing Lake Berryessa as a regional recreation draw recommends what should happen at five resorts targeted for renovation. The reservoir in neighboring Napa County had five of its seven resorts cleared of buildings, marinas and other infrastructure by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The agency in 2oo9 evicted […]

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel’s concerns

JERUSALEM — Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn’t want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands — mostly based on security. Here’s a look at Hamas’ list of demands and why Israel is unlikely to accept many of them: ___ END […]

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group’s control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip’s only power plant. The fighting came as diplomatic efforts to forge a truce remained stalled despite […]

Bills aim to bring family law into 21st century

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for “Leave it to Beaver”-era families. Jason Patric, star of “The Lost Boys,” has been seeking custody rights over […]

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts. As a student of music history, he […]

Family law bills proposed in California

SACRAMENTO — As the rise of nontraditional families leads to disputes under outdated law, California lawmakers returning from summer break will consider bills that seek to update family law. Here are the bills: • AB2344 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, creates methods for sperm donors and surrogate mothers to clarify their parental and financial responsibilities […]

Rodriguez student collects, stuffs backpacks for others

FAIRFIELD — Tamia Wilson continues to give back to her community. The 17-year-old Rodriguez High School senior is wrapping up her third annual backpack and school supply drive. She calls the effort Reach One, Teach One. Donations, and fundraisers she organizes herself, keep her dream alive. Her goal this year is to stuff 200 backpacks. […]

30 years ago, Art Koch died keeping the city safe

FAIRFIELD — The Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles were getting underway. Actor James Mason had a heart attack and died at 75. And Fairfield lost a part of its innocence with the death of Art Koch, the first – and only – Fairfield police officer to die in the line of duty.

It was July 28, 1984.

“In some respects, it seems like it was yesterday,” said Chuck Timm, Koch’s partner.

Other times, Timm said he realizes three decades have passed.

A decade ago, Timm said he couldn’t talk about Koch without shedding a tear. Now he can smile and recall playing softball with Koch, and the phrase they used, “time to roll,” when a call came in.

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said “free-wheeling militia violence” prompted the move. American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left […]

Fairfield residents: Coyotes preying on pets

FAIRFIELD — The drought is driving coyotes to seek water, city residents say, and the animals are getting closer to homes where they prey on pets. Sheryl McNamare, a resident of the Woodcreek subdivision across from Rancho Solano, wants the city to post warnings about the danger and said a coyote killed her cats Callie […]

County urges weed abatement

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Emergency Services Manager Don Ryan wants to make certain rural residents who have delayed abating weeds during this drought-exacerbated fire season go ahead and do so. But he wants them to do so safely, in a way that avoids starting a fire. That means doing the abatement work in the morning, […]

Cows graze unusual Rockville park location

FAIRFIELD — Cows are in Rockville Hills Park at a time of year they usually are not – in a location they are usually not allowed to graze.

That is raising questions from some park users. They wonder why cows are wandering around the ponds on the park’s plateau. The city’s 2002 Rockville Hills plan called for keeping cattle away from the ponds to help the aquatic and wetlands habitat thrive.

“Why would you add this fencing to exclude cattle and suddenly have cattle inside?” park user Les Barclay said Thursday as he stood near the pond called Upper Lake.

Suisun Valley’s grandest villa set for September auction

FAIRFIELD — Randy Franklin knows the story of Villa de Madre better than anyone. He’s the nephew of the owner, saw it built and may see it sold.

For millions of dollars. In September.

Franklin is the nephew of Willis Johnson, founder of auto auction company Copart and owner of Villa de Madre, the 22,882-square-foot house on Suisun Valley Road just north of Rockville Road. It’s in an 80-acre vineyard and is available for $18 million – what Franklin calls the “buy it now” price.

The problem? Villa de Madre’s been on the market for more than four years, during which time few potential buyers have looked at the property. That led to a new approach: A Sept. 10 auction that could see the home change hands – and could . . .

Lawyers spar in case of slain Suisun City teen

FAIRFIELD — Defense lawyers for a Fairfield man accused of raping and strangling 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen spent two hours Friday haggling with a prosecutor, mostly over the word parsing and semantics of a legal brief filed by prosecutors five months ago. Anthony L. Jones, 34, of Fairfield, faces a murder charge in a possible death penalty […]

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border on a […]

Police still investigating after burglar killed

LONG BEACH — Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley, the district attorney’s office said. Long Beach resident Tom Greer, 80, […]

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

SNIZHNE, Ukraine — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of […]

The Leaven to open center in Parkway Gardens

FAIRFIELD — The Leaven, which works with children throughout Solano County to improve academic performance and keep them out of gangs, will host an Aug. 5 event at Parkway Gardens to announce opening its new center at the condominium development. Rep. John Garamendi and Fairfield Mayor Harry Price are among special guests scheduled to be at the […]

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday. Death-penalty opponents say an Arizona inmate who gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes showed that […]

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

SAN FRANCISCO — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said lethal […]

California removes lane splitting guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a sometimes criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes. State officials were worried the guidelines for so-called lane splitting could be misconstrued as enforceable laws, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday. The CHP […]

CSP Solano inmates make music for rehabilitation

VACAVILLE — Rising above the loud buzzing of the sally port locking and unlocking, the soulful strains of “Just My Imagination” float through the halls of the California State Prison Solano.

Upon entering, the bluesy rhythm of the Temptations song fills the room, and the small group of people assembled to listen can’t help but nod their heads in time and sing along. The pitch is perfect, the timing is just right and, for a moment, it’s easy …