VALLEJO — Nearly two months after the controversy about the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office surfaced, top officials in that office and the District Attorney’s Office took the witness stand Tuesday to answer questions about events that could affect dozens of murder cases. Defense attorneys for Michael Daniels are seeking to have a murder charge he […]
FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare will begin major construction projects at its two hospitals and invest nearly $200 million in the local economy before the end of the decade, president and CEO Gary Passama told local officials Tuesday. Speaking at the grand opening for the Green Valley Health Plaza on Business Center Drive, he outlined projects […]
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Only four C-5 Galaxy jet transports at Travis will be affected by the changes from President Obama’s 2015 fiscal year budget, according to an announcement released by the Travis Public Affairs Office. The four are a small part of plans to move the Air Force to a leaner force, with […]
FAIRFIELD — Sky Matthews longs for the day she can see her son and daughter again.
Her daughter still lives with her; her son is an adult and on his own.
Matthews is legally blind, the result of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy. The last time she saw the faces of her children, they were 6 and 11.
Blurring and clouding of vision are usually the first symptoms of the condition. Matthews noticed a gradual change in her vision. Within a span of about six weeks, she lost her vision.
That was about eight years ago.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Vietnamese aircraft spotted what they suspected was one of the doors of a missing Boeing 777 on Sunday, while troubling questions emerged about how two passengers managed to board the ill-fated aircraft using stolen passports. Interpol confirmed it knew about the stolen passports but said no authorities checked its vast databases […]
VACAVILLE — A falling tree hit and killed a woman driving Sunday afternoon on westbound Interstate 80 near Cherry Glen Road. The California Highway Patrol responded to the incident about 1:55 p.m. just west of the overpass, where a woman was found dead in a car about 1/4 mile past a fallen tree. CHP officer […]
SACRAMENTO — California counties are confounding the state’s court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions. The surge in offenders requiring state prison sentences is undermining a nearly 3-year-old law pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The […]
FAIRFIELD — Lee Bell Park is where Aleny Tonnesen played women’s slow-pitch softball in the 1970s – and the place where her 11-year-old grandson now plays Pony League baseball. But so much has changed at the park on Washington Street, Tonnesen said. It’s not safe, she says. It’s an eyesore. It’s a place where some […]
NEW YORK — The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth. So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened […]
VACAVILLE — It’s the busiest time of year for just about every girl involved in Girl Scouts.
The five weeks between Feb. 9 and March 16 this year mark the annual frenzy that surrounds the sale of the Girl Scouts’ iconic cookies. But behind the bite-sized baked morsels that cause a national furor and can spark hoarding instincts are a number of life lessons for the girls who sell them.
Depending on the age of the girls involved, there are several badges to be earned during cookie season. All have to do with important skills that the girls can apply throughout their lives.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Planes and ships from across Asia resumed the hunt Sunday for a Malaysian jetliner missing with 239 people on board for more than 24 hours, while Malaysian aviation authorities investigated how two passengers were apparently able to get on the aircraft using stolen passports. There was still no confirmed sighting of […]
FAIRFIELD — Potrero Hills Landfill is a place where plastic bags end up after being thrown away, having served their purpose of carrying groceries and other products.
But some bags don’t go quietly into that dark night of disposal. A gust of wind comes and they take flight, looking like white jelly fish as they swiftly move through the air. Landfill litter crews retrieve them.
“It’s very annoying to see them along the side of the roadway,” said Jim Dunbar of Potrero Hills Landfill.
Dunbar wouldn’t mind if the bags never came . . .
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Travis finished second in the Air Force’s 2014 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award, according to an announcement late this week at the winning base in Oklahoma. The Fairfield base will receive $500,000 to boost quality-of-life programs and projects as a result of its runner-up finish. Travis was one of two finalists […]
FAIRFIELD — It took less than a minute.
Michael Holloway had just gotten into his car to go to California State University, Sacramento, and turned on the ignition at about 7 a.m. Jan. 31, when he realized he had the wrong debit card and ran into the house to get the correct one.
“When he ran outside, the car was gone,” his wife Conni Holloway said. “We learned a valuable lesson on the 31st: Don’t leave your keys in the ignition.”
FAIRFIELD — Incumbent Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain will have an opponent in the June election. Longtime Solano County prosecutor Krishna Abrams filed candidacy papers Friday afternoon shortly before the deadline for all candidates running in the primary election. Because there are only two candidates in the race, the one who garners […]
FAIRFIELD — Lineups are set for county races on the June 3 ballot, including two supervisor seats with multiple challengers. Supervisor Jim Spering will seek a third term for the 3rd District seat that includes much of Fairfield and Suisun City. Opposing him are Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani; Steven Lowe, the owner of Salubrious […]
FAIRFIELD — Two men are in custody after an early morning officer-involved shooting at a motel on the 3300 block of North Texas Street. Officers responded to a call of windows being broken at 4:10 a.m. Friday and as they were investigating, they saw someone run from the scene, according to a press release from […]
FAIRFIELD — January saw Solano County’s unemployment jag upward and county employers shed jobs – as usual. The unemployment rate rose from a seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.4 percent in December 2013 to 8.1 percent. The county lost 3,500 jobs. “It’s just what happens at this time of year,” said Linda Wong, North Bay labor market consultant […]
FAIRFIELD — The stage is set for a Monday hearing in Vallejo on the controversy casting a shadow over dozens of murder prosecutions in Solano County. Prosecutors and defense attorneys for one of the accused killers said at a Thursday hearing that several top officials in the Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorneys Office and the […]
FAIRFIELD — It’s suddenly the season for proposed multibillion-dollar state water bonds. Whatever emerges will hit home in Solano County.
An $11.1 billion bond measure crafted by the state Legislature in 2009 is scheduled to be on the November ballot. At least nine bills have been introduced in the Legislature in recent months to replace it. Only one water bond measure can be on the ballot.
Solano County leaders are watching. Any water bond passed by voters could play a key role in how Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water is . . .
SAN JOSE — Arwin Buditom guards some of the most successful high-tech firms in America. Joseph Farfan keeps their heat, air and electric systems humming. But these workers and tens of thousands like them who help fuel the Silicon Valley’s tech boom can’t even make ends meet anymore. Buditom rooms with his sister an hour’s […]
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Sometimes, the old actor remembers the war far too clearly. Though he was only a small child, he can tell you about the explosions, and the Nazi soldiers patrolling the streets. He can list the friends and relatives who didn’t survive. He punctuates his stories with angry imitations of machine-gun fire: “TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT-TAT.” […]
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia. Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions […]
FAIRFIELD — The ex-con who shot and killed Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008 is now acting as his own attorney after a judge’s ruling Wednesday. The first thing Henry D. Williams did with his new status was get a two-month delay for an upcoming hearing about possible juror misconduct during Williams’ 2010 murder […]