Friday, August 29, 2014

Thanks to Tomato Alley volunteers

I would like to take the opportunity to thank my volunteers for helping me in Tomato Alley at this year’s Tomato Festival. There were fewer volunteers this year, but my die-hard volunteer friends – Nancy Moore, Eva and Mark Hoff, Fairfield High School’s fantastic basketball team and coaches – Eddie Wilson, Tony Bryant, Greg Spanos (and […]

Faison identified location properly

I would like to commend Daily Republic Managing Editor Glen Faison, because he recently properly identified the location of incidents that took place on the walking trail near Oakbrook Drive as being located in the Cordelia Villages area of Fairfield. Much improvement here, because in most cases in the past, Oakbrook Drive would be identified as being in […]

Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit

HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii is allowing a former child model to dismiss a lawsuit that accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sex abuse. Wednesday’s ruling gives Michael Egan III the option to re-file the lawsuit. Singer wanted the case dismissed with prejudice, with attorney costs and fees imposed against Egan. U.S. District […]

Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge

NEWPORT BEACH — California prosecutors say platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert. A spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, entered his plea to the felony […]

‘Cops’ crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

OMAHA, Neb. — Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show “Cops” as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect fired from the pellet […]

Chris Soules is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’

NEW YORK — ABC has chosen its next “Bachelor.” Chris Soules, who came in third last season on “The Bachelorette,” will look for love among 25 women vying for his heart. His selection was announced Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The 32-year-old Iowa farmer said he was “humbled, flattered and grateful” to be selected. “My […]

John Lennon’s killer sorry for being ‘an idiot’

BUFFALO, N.Y. — John Lennon’s imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. “I am sorry for causing that type of pain,” Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. “I am sorry for being […]

Reality star accused of rape, child molestation

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden’s popular “Sons of Guns” show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says Hayden was arrested Tuesday on a charge accusing him of raping a child. His bond was set at $250,000. He […]

Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

NEW YORK — BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z’s daughter that aired Monday on the network’s music video countdown show, “106 & Park.” A source at BET, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer […]

Fairfield police log: Aug. 22, 2014

12:04 a.m. — Hit-and-run, 500 block of MARIGOLD DRIVE 6:35 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 800 block of EAST TABOR AVENUE 6:35 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2000 block of BLUEBIRD WAY 8:05 a.m. — Reckless driving, 1700 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 8:36 a.m. — Battery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 9:20 a.m. — Reckless driving, sub-100 block of BROADWAY STREET 9:48 a.m. — Commercial […]

Suisun City police log: Aug. 22, 2014

3:03 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 500 block of WIGEON WAY 6:40 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 800 block of GREENHEAD WAY 8:19 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 700 block of CAPISTRANO DRIVE 9:12 a.m. — Fraud, 600 block of CANVASBACK DRIVE 12:58 p.m. — Fraud, 800 block of SUNSET AVENUE 2:06 p.m. — Vehicle theft, 400 block of GADWALL DRIVE 6:35 p.m. […]

Residents say assault case erodes trust in police

OKLAHOMA CITY — Residents of a neighborhood where an Oklahoma City officer is accused of sexually assaulting women say the allegations make them distrust police. Investigators say 27-year-old Daniel Ken Holtzclaw raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves. Police say the women were all black and between the ages […]

2 LDS missionaries die in Taiwan; 1 dies in US

SALT LAKE CITY — Two Mormon missionaries serving in Taiwan and another in Oklahoma have died. The Mormon church in a Saturday statement to The Associated Press said 19-year-old Connor Benjamin Thredgold of Springville, Utah, and 24-year-old Yu Peng Xiong of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, were found dead Saturday in an apartment they shared in Taiwan. Church […]

Ferguson residents struggling with daily life

FERGUSON, Mo. — Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn’t been the same since Angelia Dickens’ son tearfully told her, “The police shot a boy.” Since that news two weeks ago, she has been afraid to leave her apartment at night as protesters clash with police in […]

Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

MILLS, Wyo. — A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours. According to an investigator’s statement filed in Natrona County Circuit Court, Mills police officer Zachary Miller left the dog, a 10-year-old female […]

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

LUHANSK, Ukraine — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct invasion,” and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. In another ominous turn in the […]

No justice, peace without effort

What would we do without good police officers serving our neighborhood and communities? What we do not need is trigger-happy police officers who kill a black person two times a week in the United States. According to a seven-year study, 18 percent were under the age of 21, (USA Today). The good old boys created this lifetime of […]

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

ABUJA, Nigeria — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new […]

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

BAGHDAD — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people and prompting Sunni lawmakers to freeze talks on forming a new government — a move that presents a major challenge to efforts to create an administration that can confront Islamic extremists who have seized large swathes of Iraqi territory. It […]

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one incident, masked gunmen lined up seven men, their heads covered […]

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

GENEVA — The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.’s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. […]

Turkey’s Davutoglu named new premier

ANKARA, Turkey — Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president. Erdogan has indicated that he plans to maintain tight control of the […]

Thai army ruler named prime minister

BANGKOK — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military’s grip on power. Thailand’s legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the […]

Indonesian court rejects election loser’s appeal

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month’s presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo. Prabowo Subianto, a former general with links to the regime of ex-dictator Suharto, had alleged massive fraud in the July […]

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia — Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia’s capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola. International aid workers warned that more help was needed as the country […]

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror […]

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State […]

Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

BEIRUT — The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad. His deadly stockpile has been destroyed, but he has stayed in power, bought time and gotten world powers to engage him. Along the way, global disapproval has shifted away from Assad and […]

Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water, generators and sleeping bags for desperate civilians in the […]

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza’s ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days. The pinpoint pre-dawn attack on Hamas’ inner sanctum was launched minutes after the […]