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Big Easy flair marks next incarnation of Soroptimist fundraiser

FAIRFIELD — Take some jambalaya, colorful masks, a handful of beads and subtract the Big Easy and you have the Soroptimist International of Central Solano County’s Mardi Gras Madness. The event Saturday night at the Green Valley Country Club was meant to take the place of the group’s highly successful Denim and Diamonds fundraiser. “We […]

Vallejo shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

VALLEJO — Police are investigating a deadly shooting that took place shortly before 11:25 a.m. Saturday on Heartwood Avenue near Springs Road. Officers who arrived in the area found a white Toyota Camry with a male and female victim, each with gunshot wounds, according to a Vallejo Police Department press release. Both were transported to a local hospital. The male […]

Police arrest man in shooting death of carjacking suspect

ANTIOCH — Police in Northern California say they have arrested a man in the shooting death of a carjacking suspect who allegedly stole his car at gunpoint. KPIX-TV reports Antioch Police arrested 37-year-old Leo Lopez Friday night in the parking lot of a convenience store after receiving reports of shots fired. Police say Lopez told […]

Official: California overpaid state employees last month

SACRAMENTO — Officials say California overpaid at least $700,000 to state employees last month and the government wants the money back. The Sacramento Bee reports about 20,000 state employees received extra payments ranging from $37 to $101 per employee. State Controller’s Office spokesman John Hill says the mistake was limited to workers covered by two […]

Jury awards $5.7M to victim of Irvine drug-planting couple

SANTA ANA — An Orange County couple was ordered to pay $5.7 million for planting drugs in the car of a former PTA president in a failed bid to have her arrested. A jury on Friday made the award to Kelli Peters. The Superior Court panel deliberated less than an hour before finding that Kent […]

Famous LA bridge has begun coming down

LOS ANGELES — The end has begun for a downtown bridge that played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River. Giant jackhammers reduced 220 feet of the 6th Street Bridge roadway to rubble by Saturday morning and were working on bringing down three massive support columns, said Mary […]

Crews dismantle portion of San Francisco’s old Bay Bridge

OAKLAND — California officials say a major portion of the old eastern span of San Francisco’s old Bay Bridge began coming down this week. By Saturday, a truss span had been be lowered onto barges but had yet to be transported to the Port of Oakland, where it will be broken apart and its scrap […]

Search for possible survivors of midair crash suspended

LOS ANGELES — Authorities on Saturday called off the search for survivors of a midair collision that sent at least one plane plunging into the ocean near the Port of Los Angeles and instead turned to hunting bodies and wreckage. The active search for three missing people was suspended at 9:15 a.m., according to a […]

Doctors: Meningitis threat not high for use of new vaccine

SANTA CLARA — Officials say the public health threat of meningitis isn’t high enough to justify the widespread use of a vaccine approved for use in the United States in 2014. But that has done little to appease thousands of parents and students at Santa Clara University, where three students have been infected with the […]

Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

MILL VALLEY — Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco’s psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74. The singer, songwriter and bandleader, who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said on […]

Workshop helps residents move from green card to red, white and blue

FAIRFIELD — The Statue of Liberty asks for the tired, huddled masses yearning to be free. People from around the world answering that welcoming address often find themselves adding “confused” to that list of traits as they try to navigate the path from green card holder to naturalized citizen. A workshop offered Saturday afternoon by […]

City Council free to select attorney in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — The City Council is free to fill the position of city attorney in any manner it chooses, said Gerald Hobrecht, who will retire from the job July 31. No ordinance, law or rule governs how a city attorney is appointed, Hobrecht said. In a report for Tuesday’s council meeting, he said the estimated […]

EPA: Traces of contaminant found in 3 Colorado water systems

DENVER — Traces of widely used and potentially harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source. Two compounds once used in nonstick cookware coatings, firefighting foam and other materials were detected in utilities serving about 69,000 people in […]

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig’s lengthy boom fell, officials said. The mobile crane’s boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car […]

Woman killed by Phoenix-area police had popular online video

MESA, Ariz. — Police in a Phoenix suburb shot and killed a knife-wielding woman whose struggles with Asperger’s syndrome went viral last year when she posted an online video showing her service dog comforting her. Two officers responding to a report of a suicidal woman were carrying stun guns but fired their weapons because they […]

Texas authorities move ‘affluenza’ teen to adult jail

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was transferred to an adult jail on Friday, a week after a judge initially refused to do so. Ethan Couch, 18, was moved to the Tarrant County Jail from a juvenile detention center in Fort Worth, according to […]

Officials warned of water, Legionnaires’ link

LANSING, Mich. — High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show. When he disclosed the spike in Legionnaires’ cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned […]

General says troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission

WASHINGTON — The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday. Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “very little” […]

Slain 13-year-old was caught between childhood, adulthood

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Nicole Madison Lovell was, by all accounts, at that awkward stage of growing up that all kids go through: clinging to childhood ways while beginning to venture into the adult world. The 13-year-old still played in the snow with much younger children, a neighbor said. Her mom said she loved pandas and […]

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney’s claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill issued the ruling after a hard-fought two-day hearing, saying witness credibility was a factor. […]

Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted

CATONSVILLE, Md. — President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to correct what he called a “hugely distorted impression” of Muslim-Americans as he made his first visit to a U.S. mosque. He said those who demonize all Muslims for the acts of a few are playing into extremists’ hands. Inserting himself into a debate that has ricocheted […]

Donald Trump calls for Iowa election do-over

NASHUA, N.H. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over. “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, […]

Ban on medical marijuana cultivation, delivery, dispensaries wins Fairfield council OK

FAIRFIELD — A ban on medical marijuana cultivation, along with dispensaries and commercial delivery of the drug, won City Council approval Tuesday after speakers opposed the measure they said they would make them criminals. “Your panic is not my emergency,” Michael Kimmel told council members. Medical marijuana users are not hopping fences and committing crimes, […]

Vacaville man caught in multimillion-dollar shoplifting scheme gets federal prison time

VACAVILLE — A former Vacaville man became the final defendant sentenced Tuesday from a shoplifting ring that stole more than $2.5 million in retail goods which he and others resold on eBay, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release. Jason Nathaniel Reed, 36, of Aspen, Colorado, previously from Vacaville, was sentenced to three years in prison. He […]

Vacaville city attorney to retire

VACAVILLE — Vacaville City Attorney Jerry Hobrecht will step down after serving that community for 25 years, Vacaville City Hall announced Tuesday. Hobrecht, who will retire July 31, stated in a press release that “it’s time for a much-needed break” from 34 years of public service after he submitted his resignation at the Jan. 15 City […]

Suisun council approves new employee contracts

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council approved new contracts with its city employee unions Tuesday that will give them 5 percent salary raises over the next two years. The agreements are with the Suisun City Employees Association, the Suisun City Management and Professional Employees Association, the Suisun City Police Officers Association, management and employees not […]

Hearing for Fairfield man in Vacaville CVS knife attack sees 3-week delay

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man accused of the August stabbing of a woman at the CVS store on Elmira Road in Vacaville made a brief court appearance Tuesday. James E. Barnes, 41, had been scheduled for a probable cause hearing later this week on charges of attempted murder and assault. Instead his attorney, Denis Honeychurch, […]

Man faces ag theft charge in alleged Dixon corn heist

FAIRFIELD — Javier Ortega, 46, was held to answer Monday on a charge of grand theft of agricultural product after testimony in Solano County Superior Court by sheriff’s deputies and a farm owner about two tons of corn taken from Atkinson Farms outside Dixon. Deputies testified about responding at about 8 p.m. Oct. 6 to […]

Man hit, killed while crossing street in Vallejo

VALLEJO — A man was hit by a vehicle and killed while crossing the street Monday night in Vallejo. The incident was reported shortly before 7 p.m. on the 5100 block of Sonoma Boulevard. Lt. Michael Nichelini said in a police press release that a man was trying to walk across Sonoma Boulevard north of […]

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