Friday, October 31, 2014

Police, court records cast light on officer-involved shooting

SUISUN CITY — The early investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Suisun City man at his home Tuesday along with family law court records unknown to police point to the possibility the shooting was the result of a planned “death by cop” encounter.

The confrontation began with a 911 cellphone call from a man at 7:27 p.m. that was answered by Solano County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers, who transferred the call to Suisun City dispatchers once the location of the call – a home on El Mar Court in the southeast corner of the city – was known.

Authorities at a Thursday press conference described the call as cryptic.

Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of high school senior

VACAVILLE — A man arriving in Fairfield for a visit with his probation officer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of the Oct. 6 murder of an 18-year-old Vacaville High School student. Alijondro E. Jones Jr., 20, of Vacaville, is suspected of killing Demetrious Ward, attempted robbery and probation violations, Vacaville police said. Ward was found Oct. […]

California eyes $500 billion in water spending

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state’s top water officials said. John Laird, California secretary of natural resources, […]

Judge approves Stockton’s bankruptcy plan

SACRAMENTO — A judge on Thursday approved a plan that allows Stockton to leave bankruptcy protection by eliminating more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching the city’s pension obligations. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein marked an end to Stockton’s Chapter 9 status, first sought in 2012. “This plan, I’m […]

Giants fans revel in victory

FAIRFIELD — As Game 7 of the World Series was winding down, Giants fan April Carkin-Brown had a good feeling about things. “They’re surrendering,” she said about Royals fans and their white rally towels. “They’re waving the white flags.” Carkin-Brown was just one of many San Francisco Giants fans at Johnny Carino’s, waiting for maybe another […]

Man dies in Suisun City officer-involved shooting

SUISUN CITY — Police kept a tight lid on information Wednesday about a fatal officer-involved shooting Tuesday night. The shooting occurred after police responded to a call of a disturbance shortly before 7:30 p.m. on the 500 block of El Mar Court. Officers encountered Roger Shipton, 49, of Suisun City, in the garage of a […]

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series.

After center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon’s drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

California orders risk-based Ebola quarantine

SACRAMENTO — California health officials announced Wednesday that the state is requiring a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients. Dr. Ron Chapman, the state’s health officer, said California is establishing a statewide standard to protect the public. Chapman said the extent of quarantines will be determined […]

Maine can’t hold Ebola nurse without judge’s order

FORT KENT, Maine — Maine health officials say until a judge signs off on a court order they don’t have the authority to prevent a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa from leaving her home. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says state police will monitor nurse Kaci Hickox’s movements […]

Pentagon orders 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian health care workers. In Maine, meanwhile, a civilian nurse was vigorously resisting the quarantine she was told […]

US health care unprepared for Ebola

The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. Experts broadly agree that a widespread […]

Solano College students reach out to help peers

FAIRFIELD — A group of Solano Community College students who happen to also be emancipated foster youth went the extra mile to help their peers with a leg up toward their futures by becoming involved in Senate Bill 1023.

The recent passage of SB 1023 gives additional support to California foster youth who are bound for community college by including them in the state-funded, eligibility-based Extended Opportunity Program and Services, or EOPS, which . . .

Supervisors hear scenario for Ebola case in Solano County

FAIRFIELD — In the unlikely event a case of Ebola surfaces in Solano County, health officials are prepared, they told the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “In Solano County we are taking steps to prepare and be prepared,” said Michael Stacey, the county’s deputy health officer. “We do this all the time.” Stacey […]

Calif. AG: 18.5 million residents’ info exposed

LAGUNA BEACH — Personal information about more than 18.5 million Californians was hacked, stolen or otherwise exposed last year and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday in a new report on data breaches in the nation’s biggest state. Retailers, banks, health care […]

Union: California hospitals not ready for Ebola

SAN DIEGO — Five California hospitals that say they are ready to treat the Ebola virus lack proper training and equipment, a nurses union said Tuesday. The contention was part of an effort by the California Nurses Association to call attention to what it said was inadequate preparation at University of California hospitals in Los […]

US disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK — The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to the danger zone. “The best way to protect us is to stop the epidemic in […]

Mali rushes to track Ebola after toddler dies

KAYES, Mali — After 2-year-old Fanta Kone’s father died in southern Guinea, the toddler’s grandmother took her from the forested hills where the Ebola outbreak first began months ago to bring her home to Mali. It wasn’t long, though, before the little girl started getting nosebleeds. By the time the pair made their way back more […]

Criminal justice changes stir debate over safety

SACRAMENTO — As Gov. Jerry Brown seeks re-election next month, Republicans say decisions he made to reduce prison overcrowding are endangering the public by putting more criminals on the streets. About 13,000 inmates a month are being released early from crowded county jails while they await trial or before they complete their full sentences. More than […]

By the numbers: Changes since prison realignment

Early releases from county jails and state prisons in California have accelerated since the state gave counties responsibility for locking up lower-level offenders under a law that took effect in October 2011. At the same time, capacity to hold inmates has been increasing and statewide crime rates have been falling. Effects of the realignment law […]

Drugmakers bet on Ebola vaccines, treatments

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It’s unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, in large part because the disease is so […]

New home test shakes up colon cancer screening

Starting Monday, millions of people who have avoided colon cancer screening can get a new home test that’s noninvasive and doesn’t require the icky preparation most other methods do. The test is the first to look for cancer-related DNA in stool. But deciding whether to get it is a more complex choice than ads for “the breakthrough […]

Nurse criticizes Ebola quarantine, raising concern

NEW YORK — The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program. Kaci Hickox, the first traveler quarantined under Ebola […]

Police arrest 3 in Fairfield park after earlier carjacking

FAIRFIELD — The keen eyes of Fairfield Police Officer Steve Garcia brought quick resolution to a Sunday afternoon carjacking and possibly thwarted a pending violent crime, according to police. Garcia was patrolling at around 3 p.m. through Allan Witt Park, looking at picnickers and children at a playground, when he spotted a white Dodge Caravan parked on […]

Solano College moves ahead with Measure Q projects

FAIRFIELD — Voters two years ago gave Solano Community College a chance to breath new life into some of its buildings that haven’t had a facelift or modernization in their 40-plus-year-old lives.

Not only will the Vallejo and Vacaville campuses expand, but the Fairfield main campus will shed its decades-old ambiance for “a different look, a different face,” said Jowel Laguerre, the college’s superintendent and president.

“It was built in the ’70s, it was time for a different look,” Laguerre said.

New college administration building nears completion

FAIRFIELD — The Measure G project that sent the administration team and governing board of Solano Community College over to an auxiliary site on Campus Lane is winding to a close with a projected finish of next month for the administration building, otherwise known as Building 600. “The goal is to get the board in […]