Friday, October 24, 2014

Suspect in girl’s 1984 killing was police employee

SAN DIEGO — A retired San Diego police criminalist apparently killed himself after being linked to the murder of a 14-year-old girl three decades ago, authorities said Thursday. The body of Kevin Charles Brown, 62, was found Tuesday at Cuyacama Ranch State Park in the San Diego County town of Julian and his death was […]

PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico

SAN DIEGO — There’s no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Tahmooressi says he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His attorney argues Mexican Customs officials also violated […]

US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers

SAN FRANCISCO — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S. The probe announced this week by the U.S Department of Labor uncovered several egregious violations at Electronics for […]

Police: Suspect punches canine officer; animal later catches him by the leg

VACAVILLE — A police dog helped apprehend a vehicle theft suspect who allegedly punched the animal several times before the dog caught the 18-year-old Oakland man by the leg early Wednesday in Vacaville, the Police Department said. California Highway Patrol officers were pursuing a stolen vehicle shortly before 3:30 a.m. when their high-speed pursuit reached […]

Bridge to Life gets extension for temporary kitchen

FAIRFIELD — A one-year permit to continue to use a temporary kitchen at the Bridge to Life Center was approved Wednesday for Mission Solano, which is three-quarters of the way toward raising $1 million for a permanent kitchen, Ray Courtemanche says. The chief operations officer for Mission Solano told Fairfield planning commissioners that the nonprofit […]

Pumpkin bob set at Fairfield city pool

FAIRFIELD — The city’s indoor pool will transform into a pumpkin patch from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday where people can swim among the seasonal gourds. Bobbing for Pumpkins is described in a press release as an afternoon of family fun that includes decorating your pumpkin and playing games. The Aquatics Complex at Allan Witt Park is located at 1741 W. […]

Healdsburg bans tobacco sales to anyone under 21

HEALDSBURG — Healdsburg has become the first city in California to ban the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the city council voted 4-1 this week to pass the ordinance, which came at the urging of doctors and the American Lung Association. The new rule […]

Davis votes to return armored vehicle

DAVIS — Officials in a Northern California city have decided to return an armored military vehicle that their police department received from the federal government. The Davis City Council voted Tuesday to give back the $700,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. According to KXTV in Sacramento, Davis Mayor Pro Tempore Robb Davis said the vehicle risked […]

Study looks at lane splitting in California

SACRAMENTO — A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general. If the motorcyclist, however, is speeding or riding more than 10 mph faster than traffic, the risk goes up. The study by the […]

125 San Francisco inmates to get computer tablets

SAN FRANCISCO — Some San Francisco jail inmates were expected to get computer tablets Wednesday to do homework, read novels and prepare for their criminal cases. The tablets were to be distributed to more than 100 inmates as part of a two-year, $275,000 pilot program, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The inmates will only be […]

California malpractice cap generates big spending

SACRAMENTO — Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003. But under California’s 1970s-era medical malpractice law there was a $250,000 cap on pain […]

Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at 6.07 pounds, the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the nugget’s finder asked dealer Don Kagin […]

Legal review set for panel’s approval of Popeye’s

FAIRFIELD — Can the City Council decide Planning Commission approval for a Popeye’s chicken restaurant was improper because residents were denied their rights during a commission hearing? That’s Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani’s question about due process for residents – and one the city attorney will review after Bertani and Councilwoman Catherine Moy asked Tuesday that […]

Suisun council splits on housing element changes

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council decided against changing various zoning designations for the housing element of the city’s General Plan in a tie vote Tuesday night. Instead, city staff is expected to come back next Tuesday when absent Councilwoman Lori Wilson will be present to provide the tie-breaking vote. Council members Mike Hudson and Jane […]

The 10 semifinalists for World’s Funniest Person

LOS ANGELES — The 10 semifinalists in the World’s Funniest Person competition are: Mustapha El Atrassi, France. Born in France to a Moroccan family, El Atrassi began doing stand-up as a teenager. He appeared in a one-man show in Paris at age 16 and two years later had his own sitcom in Morocco. Since 2008, […]

On the road to find the world’s funniest person

LOS ANGELES — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other. The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The […]

More than planes draws crowd to Nut Tree Airport

VACAVILLE — The sixth annual Mustangs and More event at the Vacaville Nut Tree Airport brought out lovers of airplanes and cars. The annual fundraising event to support the Travis Heritage Center on Travis Air Force Base hosted vintage aircraft going back to as far as the 1930s, along with the pilots who have restored them, fly […]

Dad accused of killing kids, self wanted new life

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A stay-at-home dad in nasty divorce with his wife shot their three children Friday, killing two of them before fatally shooting himself inside the family’s Florida home, authorities said. The Mohney family’s troubles were apparently well-known in their middle-class neighborhood just south of Daytona Beach. In a 911 call, a neighbor told […]

Iraq imposes curfew in Ramadi, fearing militants

BAGHDAD — Iraq imposed a curfew in the western city of Ramadi on Friday amid fears that the Islamic State group was looking to advance on the strategically important city as attacks in Baghdad killed 28 people, officials said. The curfew, which began before dawn, is part of an effort to limit movement in and out […]

In turn, gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona

PHOENIX — Gay marriage became legal in Arizona on Friday, a sharp turn for a state that became ground zero in the clash over gay rights less than a year ago when the state Legislature passed a bill allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians. Same-sex couples lined up to marry at the courthouse […]

Constitution takes trip before 3-year restoration

BOSTON — Old Ironsides took one last trip around Boston Harbor on Friday ahead of a major, multi-year restoration project, firing its cannons while the Dropkick Murphys punk band and a Boston Pops quintet entertained hundreds of special guests and dignitaries on board. The USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat, was pushed along […]

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo comes ashore on Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda — The leading edge of Hurricane Gonzalo moved onto Bermuda on Friday evening, pounding the British territory with fierce wind and heavy surf as a powerful Category 3 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as 10 feet. The storm’s top sustained winds were clocked at 115 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center […]

Fla. man gets life in prison in loud music killing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit Judge Russell Healey was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors decided not to seek […]

Hong Kong police arrest 26 amid street clashes

HONG KONG — Hong Kong riot police battled with thousands of pro-democracy protesters for control of the city’s streets Saturday, using pepper spray and batons to hold back defiant activists who returned to a protest zone that officers had partially cleared. Police and activists engaged in running clashes in Mong Kok’s dense grid of streets, scuffling […]

Judge denies Tsarnaev bid to suppress evidence

BOSTON — A federal judge on Friday rejected a request by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to throw out evidence collected during searches of his apartment, dorm room and laptop computer. Judge George O’Toole Jr. also denied a request to dismiss the indictment against Tsarnaev over defense concerns about an underrepresentation of African-Americans […]

Activists: Islamic State group may have warplanes

BAGHDAD — Syrian activists say the Islamic State militant group has captured some MiG fighter jets and is test-flying the warplanes in Syria with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots. Friday’s account by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not be independently confirmed, and U.S. officials said they had no reports of […]

Mission Solano seeks OK for continued temporary kitchen

FAIRFIELD — A public hearing will take place Wednesday on Mission Solano’s request to use a temporary kitchen at its Bridge to Life Center for another year – after the continued economic recession left the nonprofit unable to raise money for a permanent facility, the Fairfield planning staff says. A two-year permit was granted in November 2012 […]

Fairfield police get traffic safety grant

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department was awarded a $144,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a yearlong program to support special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, those killed and injured in traffic collisions increased slightly in 2011 and 2012. Police […]

California city rejects migrant shelter

ESCONDIDO — A Southern California city has rejected a plan to convert a vacant nursing home into a shelter for unaccompanied children arrested by the Border Patrol. The Escondido City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to deny the proposal by Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit group that operates shelters for child immigrants across the country, U-T San Diego […]