Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1st workshop for Heart of Fairfield plan draws more than 100

FAIRFIELD — The nostalgic Americana look of downtown, the historic character, its archway and farmers market are among assets of the area, more than 100 people who attended the first workshop for the Heart of Fairfield plan heard Tuesday. “We are not starting from scratch,” said Mukul Malhotra, director of urban design for the consultant MGI. […]

Witness testifies about night of fatal shooting that left teen dead

FAIRFIELD — Christian “Big Show” Espinoza cared so much about his close friend 16-year-old Naomy Rojas that after she was shot he got a taxi ride home before returning to the Phoenix Drive crime scene a few hours later and found her body. Espinoza, 18, took the witness stand Tuesday on the second day of […]

Youngster battles brain cancer a 2nd time

VACAVILLE — Just seven months ago when the Daily Republic published an article on Shae McCord, she was a lively then-8-year-old involved in swim team and always on the go.

Despite still undergoing chemotherapy at that time, the only real visible sign of her fight with brain cancer was the tell-tale markings of former suture tracks that ran from her forehead to behind one of her ears. With her thick brown hair growing back, she did her best to keep the lengthy surgery trail covered.

Well on her way to recovery and looking forward to a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to Walt Disney World in December, Shae, now 9, and her family . . .

2 Solano road projects get green light

FAIRFIELD — Two road improvement projects, with a combined cost of $4.5 million, got the green light Tuesday from the Solano County Board of Supervisors. The board authorized bids to be solicited and contracts to be awarded for the Vacaville-Dixon bike route project and the Travis Air Force Base south gate safety improvement project. Both […]

Judge: Evidence doesn’t warrant trial in 2007 fatal shooting

FAIRFIELD — Adrian O’Neal Foster won’t be held to answer for a 2007 fatal shooting in Vacaville, Solano County Superior Court Judge Robert Bowers ruled Monday, saying gunshot residue, blood and DNA evidence in the case don’t warrant a murder charge. “It would be an exercise in, ‘Let’s see if a jury can’t follow the […]

Gunfire exchange on Orange Drive sends 1 to hospital

VACAVILLE — Vacaville Police recovered one car believed to be involved in a late afternoon shooting on Orange Drive, near Nut Tree Road. Shortly before 5 p.m., police received 911 calls regarding two vehicles involved in a volley of gunfire across from the outlets, said Lt. Mark Donaldson of the Vacaville Police Department. Both cars […]

Teen finds entrepreneurial path at young age

FAIRFIELD — The entrepreneurial spirit hit Julie Sanchez at a young age.

The 17-year-old Armijo High School student, who is in the multimedia academy at the school and takes International Baccalaureate classes – has had her own freelance photography business, Alluring Detail Photography, for almost a year and already can say she has numerous repeat customers who come to her for momentous occasions such as wedding photos, senior portraits, new baby pictures and family portraits.

Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap. The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume. The Proposition 30 […]

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. “This is essentially using a mosquito […]

Solano GOP welcomes address from King niece

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Republicans hosted an evening Saturday with Dr. King, even if it wasn’t quite the same Dr. King from history books. Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., having overcome some travel difficulties, addressed a crowd gathered at the Jelly Belly Visitors Center via Skype. King provided some initial […]

Friend seeks justice for 1982 Vacaville homicide victim

VACAVILLE — Mary Borchers hopes it’s the beginning of the end.

Marvin Ray Markle Jr. was sentenced Jan. 16 in a Butte County courtroom to a prison term of 80 years to life.

The same man was identified in a California courtroom last fall as the man responsible the 1982 death of 14-year-old DeAnna Johnson, Borchers’ friend. The two shared a locker in high school.

Johnson’s body was found Nov. 16, 1982, in a field off of Elmira Road, an area visible from her home. She had attended a party the night before.

Residents, police at Fairfield forum find common ground

FAIRFIELD — People who attended a Mount Calvary Baptist Church forum related their encounters with police – who in turn spoke about the demands of law enforcement work. “We want you to be safe,” Suisun City Police Chief Tim Mattos said of residents. And, said the chief of risks that officers face on streets, “We want to […]

Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister said Sunday he was “speechless” after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other. Shinzo Abe told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the video was likely authentic, though he said the government […]

Rotary Club awards seek to honor Solano teens

SUISUN CITY — What’s the matter with kids these days?

For the 20 high school students honored Friday night at the first-ever Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test-Good Character Awards, it turns out nothing is wrong.

In fact, the whole point of the awards event, which took place at Kroc Center, was to recognize the community service of the 20 honorees.

“We discovered in our club’s district that there are a lot of kids who are making poor choices for themselves,” said Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club President Tara Dacus. “We wanted to do something to recognize the kids who are out there doing good things and making good choices.”

The awards grew out of the Rotary Four-Way Test, the foundation of Rotary activities, which centers around four basic questions: Is it the truth? . . .

Fairfield detective, defense investigator dispute courthouse incident

FAIRFIELD — A courthouse video will be provided to a Solano County Superior Court judge as part of the city’s response to a defense investigator’s request for a restraining order against a Fairfield police detective after a Dec. 3 incident when the two men were at the Justice Center in Fairfield for a murder trial. […]

Atlas details Solano birds

FAIRFIELD — If you ever wondered about where to find some of the approximately 150 species of birds that call Solano County home, now you can thanks to the Napa Solano Audubon Society. The team of bird watchers has compiled the Breeding Birds of Solano County Atlas which describes, illustrates and maps out each of […]

$300,000 in fine wine stolen from famed restaurant recovered

SAN FRANCISCO — More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country. But the mystery of who broke into the unmarked wine room at the world-renowned French Laundry eatery and how the 76 bottles of fine wine […]

Travis getting faster, more efficient C-5M

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — By late spring, all of the 22nd Airlift Squadron’s pilots will be flying the latest generation of the venerable C-5, the faster, more efficient C-5M.

“The aircrews are looking forward to flying that awesome machine,” said 22nd Airlift Squadron commander Lt. Col. Matthew Jones. “It is a fantastic aircraft. The pilots are loving it.”

The C-5M is the next-generation modification of the C-5 Galaxy jet transport that has been around in its C-5A form since 1968 and in its C-5B form since 1985. One part of those modifications that people living near Travis will like from . . .

Fairfield police chief, successor: Success more than just arrests

FAIRFIELD — Police Chief Walt Tibbet asked in July if Capt. Joe Allio had a minute – and then closed an office door. He asked Allio: Would you consider being chief? Tibbet, 63, announced Wednesday his planned retirement from the Police Department of 115 officers, with Allio, 53, beginning as chief in March. “It seemed […]

Not guilty verdicts in prison workers’ compensation case

FAIRFIELD — Jurors found an employee at the state prison in Vacaville who received $64,000 not guilty Thursday on all three counts in her workers’ compensation fraud trial in Solano County Superior Court. Solano County resident Collette Preszler-Riley, 47, a business manager at the prison, faced two counts of fraud and one of grand theft […]

Yemen president resigns under pressure from rebels

SANAA, Yemen  — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will fracture into mini-states. Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions […]

Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy trade blame over drought bill

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are publicly blaming each other over who derailed congressional efforts last year to pass a drought relief bill for California. McCarthy, a Republican, has maintained that lawmakers were close to passing legislation last year, but objections from Boxer spoiled negotiations between Sen. Dianne […]

Tibbet to retire as Fairfield police chief

FAIRFIELD — Police Chief Walt Tibbet will retire effective March 12. Police Capt. Joe Allio will take over the next day.

Both announcements came Wednesday night after Tibbet informed the bulk of his Police Department staff and as City Manager David White spread the word across the city’s other departments.

Tibbet, 63, took over as police chief in July 2010 to replace former Chief Kenton Rainey, who now serves as chief of the Bay Area Rapid Transit police force. Tibbet came to Fairfield with a background of police service that spans more than four decades, which included serving as chief of the Alameda Police Department from 2006 to 2010.

White said the appointment of Allio, who has a lengthy tenure with the Fairfield department, is not an interim appointment . . .

Supreme Court won’t take up looted art at Norton Simon

LOS ANGELES — A New York woman who has been fighting for years over ownership of two Renaissance masterpieces seized by the Nazis during World War II won a legal round this week when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant a hearing on a Southern California museum’s effort to keep her lawsuit from proceeding to […]