Monday, September 22, 2014

Police say rifle carried by ambush suspect found

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said Sunday they have recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail as he travels on foot through rugged forests. Investigators said they believe the suspect they […]

Crews cleaning fuel spill in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S Coast Guard and state wildlife officials are investigating what caused a fuel oil spill from a World War II-era ship into the San Francisco Bay. Lt. Jacob Aulner, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Sunday that crews are cleaning up less than 50 gallons of fuel spilled from the SS Jeremiah […]

Melted glacier sends miles of mud down Mt. Shasta

MT. SHASTA — Crews are working to clear two roads on Northern California’s Mt. Shasta after a glacier melted or shifted, sending mud and debris down the mountain. A spokeswoman for Shasta-Trinity National Forest says the mudslide that began Saturday afternoon was the largest one on Mt. Shasta in 20 years. Andrea Capps said no […]

Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California. One bill signed Sunday allows 15,000 additional electric and partial zero-emissions vehicles, or 70,000 total vehicles, to get green stickers that allow driving in carpool lanes even when solo. Another requires freeway high-occupancy toll lane operators […]

Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

LOS ANGELES — A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the […]

Deadline looms for lobster boil tickets

FAIRFIELD — The deadline to purchase tickets to the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club’s annual Lobster Boil is 5 p.m. Monday. The lobster boil, in its second year, is a fundraiser for Fairfield’s Fun on the Run after-school nutrition and recreation program. Fun on the Run is a free, joint venture between the Fairfield Community Services Foundation […]

Musical merry-go-round at Jazz Festival

VACAVILLE — The clock was ticking for Keith Stout.

He had just completed a 75-minute performance with the Vallejo Community Band at the Vacaville Jazz Festival he organizes.

A woman approached him with questions about where a certain artist would be performing during the festival.

He chatted with her while he packed his trumpet and wiped sweat off his brow. He was going home for more gear and a shower. His Alive Music Orchestra was set to perform in less than two hours.

“It’s a merry-go-round of music,” he said.

That it is.

2 die after car slams into tree on Nut Tree Road

VACAVILLE — Two people were killed in a crash early Saturday when their car slammed into a tree. A third person was injured. The car was headed southbound on Nut Tree Road approaching the intersection of Yellow Stone Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree in the center meridian, Vacaville police Lt. […]

Crashes blocks parts of eastbound I-80 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — A trio of crashes slowed freeway traffic through the middle portion of the day Saturday in Fairfield. No injuries were reported from any of the crashes. A two-vehicle crash reported at 10:26 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 80 between Highway 12 and Abernathy Road closed three lanes of traffic for about 30 minutes. Two SUVs collided: One flipped and landed […]

Feds approve California’s immigrant license words

SANTA ANA — Federal officials have given their backing to a redesigned license for immigrants living in California illegally, which includes wording that distinguishes it from those for legal residents. Homeland Security officials told the California Department of Motor Vehicles that the state’s decision to include the words “federal limits apply” on the face of […]

California man accused of killing fellow gym-goer

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — A man has been arrested after police say he repeatedly struck another man with a steel weightlifting bar at a San Francisco Bay Area gym, killing him. Forty-six-year-old Kenneth Osaka was being held without bail in the attack Wednesday night at a Bally Total Fitness gym in South San Francisco. Police […]

California school gender equity ruling upheld

PASADENA — A federal appeals court says a San Diego County school district gave unequal treatment to female athletes. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that found the Sweetwater Union High School District violated federal gender-equity laws. Girls’ softball players from Castle Park High School sued the district […]

State to ban smoking at home day cares

SACRAMENTO — Home day care operators in California must stop smoking in their houses, even after hours when children are gone. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he had signed AB1819, joining 12 other states with similar bans that target “third-hand” smoke. Smoking during day care hours is already banned. Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton […]

Driver of stolen van that hit dog gets prison time

LOS ANGELES — The driver of a stolen van that hit and badly injured a dog during a wild, televised police chase in Los Angeles has been sentenced to two years in state prison. Los Angeles County prosecutors say 21-year-old Yovani Rodriguez was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, fleeing […]

License plate scanner networks capture movements

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade, funded largely […]

Father arrested in fatal stabbing of 6-year-old

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles man found covered in blood and screaming has been arrested on suspicion of killing his 6-year-old son. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives arrested 38-year-old Alejandro Sanchez Thursday for murder. He’s jailed on $1 million bail and it’s not known whether he has an attorney. Authorities say deputies were called […]

PG&E emails may have violated rules, judge says

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. may have violated state rules by negotiating with state regulators earlier this year to have a judge that PG&E preferred appointed to decide one of the utility’s rate cases, an administrative judge with the state’s public utilities commission said in a notice to PG&E. […]

500 Berkeley students missed sex abuse classes

BERKELEY — The University of California, Berkeley says 500 incoming students have not taken a mandatory class on sexual violence. UC Berkeley Spokeswoman Claire Holmes said Thursday that officials were notifying the students via email that they had not fulfilled the requirement and will be blocked from registering for spring classes if they do not […]

Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term. Boxer, 73, said she loves her job and sees no roadblocks to returning to the Senate if she decides to run again. California has several high-profile Democrats who might have their eye on […]

Health exchange addresses dropped policies

SACRAMENTO) — The leader of California’s health exchange said Thursday that the state is trying to improve notifications to consumers whose policies are shifted from private insurance to Medi-Cal during income checks and eligibility updates. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee told board members that an unknown number of individuals were taken off their private […]

UC system plan calls for anti-sex abuse effort

SAN DIEGO — Responding to federal pressure, the University of California is planning a system-wide effort to address college sexual assaults that would require educating all students, staff and faculty about the problem, supporting victims and properly training investigators. The plan drawn up by a UC task force and released Wednesday also calls for system-wide […]

Democratic state lawmaker arraigned on DUI charges

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ben Hueso is expected to enter a plea or contest the drunken driving charges against him during a court date scheduled after the November election. He was arraigned Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court on two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol after a night that included drinking […]

NASA’s Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night. “I’m all on pins and needles. This […]

US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

WASHINGTON — The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants. Speaking at U.S. Central Command on Wednesday, President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to keep American troops out of combat missions. But hours […]

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks. Police released new details about the background of Eric Frein, a 31-year-old self-taught survivalist who authorities said recently shaved his head in a wide Mohawk, […]

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic state militants. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual […]

Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a ‘whitewash’

WASHINGTON — A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a “whitewash” that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital. Dr. Samuel Foote, a former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix, said a report by the […]

School district police stock up free military gear

LOS ANGELES — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded […]

Nonprofits ask for 50-50 cut of fireworks sales proceeds

SUISUN CITY — Representatives of three nonprofits would like to come back next year to sell fireworks in Suisun City, and also said Tuesday that they would like to see an even split of the profits between them and the city rather than the present 52-48 percent cut. Alooma Temple 212, the Macedonia Church and the […]

Suisun council gives go-ahead to Zephyr Estates plan

SUISUN CITY — The City Council gave its unanimous approval Tuesday to the proposed Zephyr Estates Development Project to build a retail and family housing development on the southeast corner of Walters Road and East Tabor Avenue. The council tabled the item last month after the city was informed by the Airport Land Use Commission it […]