Monday, April 21, 2014

Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

FAIR OAKS — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43. His sister Mary Huston said Sharp died at his mother’s Fair Oaks home, at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. “He had a […]

Nurse in critical condition after stabbing

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s authorities say a nurse has been stabbed by a hospital visitor on the same day a nurse was stabbed and critically injured in a separate attack at another hospital. Sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt says the two attacks are not related. Manatt says a man walked into Harbor-UCLA Medical […]

Recreation areas reopening after Yosemite fire

SAN ANDREAS — National forest managers are opening recreation areas that have been closed since a massive wildfire scorched areas in and around Yosemite National Park last summer. Stanislaus National Forest officials say they are opening several seasonal roads, campgrounds and day use areas, including Rainbow Pool Day Use Area and Rim of the World […]

Sleeping girl killed after car drives into home

PALMDALE — Officials say a 16-year-old Southern California girl asleep in her bed has died after a driver accused of being drunk crashed his SUV into her home. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says that 20-year-old Roberto Rodriguez of Palmdale crashed his Nissan Pathfinder into the corner of an apartment building at 3:50 a.m. […]

Highway 12 paving to slow traffic east of Rio Vista

RIO VISTA — The California Department of Transportation will perform one-way traffic control on Highway 12 from the Sacramento River to Potato Slough for paving this week. Work is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, according to a Caltrans press release. Motorists should expect 20-minute delays. The work is part of the $47 […]

Record Store Day a commercial hit

FAIRFIELD — A stack of vinyls were nearly wiped off the shelf as Record Store Day wound down at Rasputin on Saturday. Manager Dan Hegarty flipped through the remaining records that were exclusively released during the annual promotion. The new Pixies, an Aerosmith re-release, a picture disc of Katy Perry – “Public Enemy with a […]

Easter egg hunt brings out the smiles

FAIRFIELD — With a shout, children rushed the Lee Bell Park grass to hunt for Easter eggs on Saturday. The annual Kiwanis Club of Fairfield puts on the Easter egg hunt every year. Kiwanian Tess Downey said there were about 150 children at the park. “It was a little smaller group than last year,” she said. […]

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

WASHINGTON — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the site has been compromised […]

From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

WASHINGTON — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Clinton prepared for an August 1994 news conference in which he hoped to build public support for his struggling – and ultimately unsuccessful – health care overhaul, […]

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the findings, published […]

PG&E to be arraigned in fatal pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are set to appear in court on Monday to face federal felony charges involving safety violations tied to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. An indictment filed earlier this month charges the utility with 12 felony violations of federal […]

Mom and son who died in San Francisco fire ID’d

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco fire officials say a woman and her 3-year-old son who died in an apartment blaze were found in the apartment’s bathroom. The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Esther Ioane and her son, Santana Williams. They were inside the apartment when the blaze tore through it around 10 a.m. Wednesday. […]

3 alleged gang members convicted of murder

SAN LEANDRO — A jury has found three purported gang members guilty of fatally shooting three people outside a party in San Leandro in 2011. Alameda County prosecutor Jimmie Wilson says the defendants surrounded an SUV carrying seven people and opened fire in an attempt to kill a rival gang member who was riding inside. […]

Crash shuts I-80 offramp to Highway 12

FAIRFIELD — A vehicle hit a freeway work crew Thursday night and shut down the eastbound Highway 12 connector from Interstate 80 leading toward Suisun City and Rio Vista. The accident happened at 9:15 p.m. The firm O. C. Jones was doing contract work for the state Department of Transportation that involved restriping and had […]

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected – a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been […]

Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman’s death

EL CAJON — An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: “This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist.” Kassim Alhimidi, 49, shook his head from side to side and […]

1 dead, 1 injured in California boating accident

SAN FRANCISCO — What was intended to be a fun night of sailing turned deadly as one person was killed and another seriously injured when their sailboat collided with a channel marker buoy in the San Francisco Bay, authorities said Thursday. Police investigators continued to search for clues into Wednesday night’s crash that caused the […]

BART fined $210,000 for worker deaths

SAN FRANCISCO — Workplace safety officials fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line $210,000 on Thursday over the deaths of two track workers who were killed by a train the officials said was operated by an inexperienced driver with inadequate supervision. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said a high-ranking manager […]

Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds

SOLVANG — An old but still potentially explosive military shell that was found in an alley was safely destroyed early Thursday, ending an evacuation that emptied hundreds of homes and businesses in this Central California tourist town. A 911 caller Wednesday afternoon sent Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies to Solvang’s main business district, where they […]

Seabird from Atlantic spotted on Alcatraz

ALCATRAZ ISLAND — Biologists have flocked to Alcatraz Island to get a glimpse of a seabird that is believed to have never previously visited the waters of the Pacific. The sleek white bird — known as a northern gannet — is native to the Atlantic Ocean. National Park Service biologist Tori Seher took birders to […]

Ex-Bell city leader gets 12 years in prison

LOS ANGELES — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo apologized during sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, telling Judge Kathleen Kennedy he breached the public’s […]

California delays decision on protecting gray wolf

FRESNO — Advocates for the gray wolf in California will have to wait 90 days before learning if the animal will be listed as endangered, a state board decided Wednesday. Ranchers and state wildlife officials oppose granting the species legal protections. The five members of the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to delay […]

Court rules for environmentalists in water fight

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation […]

Governor calls special session on rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO — Saying the state’s budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot. He wants to replace the current ballot measure, which seeks to divert more state revenue into the […]

Preliminary hearing delayed for rape, kidnapping defendant

FAIRFIELD — The preliminary hearing for a Dixon man accused of sexually assaulting a woman was continued Monday in Solano County Superior Court to May 27. Jimmy Lavalle Jr., 38, is charged with rape and kidnapping in the Aug. 14, 2013, alleged assault in a residential area of Dixon. Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or […]

NAACP meets in Fairfield to eye voter drive

FAIRFIELD — Plans for a voter registration drive will be discussed Saturday when the Tri-City NAACP meets at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield. “We have some important local, statewide and congressional elections coming up soon,” Branch President Frederick B. Young Jr. said in a press release. “We want to make sure that everyone who […]

Fiesta Days pageant organizers seek contestants

VACAVILLE — Applications are being accepted for the Little Miss and Mr. Vacaville Fiesta Days Pageant. The event is May 10 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. The competition is open to babies through 12 years. Contestants will be judged on beauty, poise and personality. For more information, call Carole Warren, pageant director, at 514-7080 or […]

Suisun Wildlife Center offers class to help with ‘baby’ mammals

SUISUN CITY — Volunteers are sought to help the Suisun Wildlife Center care for young animals. Every spring, the center receives many “baby” mammals – particularly raccoons – to prepare for the wild and release, according to a press release. The center will host an Introduction to Baby Mammals Care orientation class from 7 to […]

Easter hunt set for Mare Island

FAIRFIELD — Children on Saturday can take part in the Easter Golf Ball Hunt and Egg Exchange on Mare Island. The free event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve Visitors Center. Children will hunt for golf balls in the grass at the visitors center and then exchange the golf balls […]

Chile fire toll: 11 dead, 1,000 homes destroyed

VALPARAISO, Chile — A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city throughout the night and day on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and destroying at least 1,000 homes. More than 10,000 people were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison. And with hot dry winds stoking […]