Sunday, December 21, 2014

Officials: Missing dog was dyed to deceive

SAN JACINTO — Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners — but she was a different color. Riverside County animal services officials made the match when they scanned a stray, black dog for […]

Immigrants build document trails to remain in US

SAN DIEGO — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts. The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under measures President Barack Obama announced last month. Applicants must prove they were in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 2010 – a tall order […]

Design of Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden Gate Bridge is closer to having a long-debated, $76 million suicide barrier installed to stop dozens of people each year from jumping to their deaths from the San Francisco icon. The Golden Gate Bridge board of directors approved a design for the barrier Friday, the San Jose Mercury News reported. […]

California officer kills teen after machete attack

WILLOW CREEK — A California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a 17-year-old who attacked him with a machete, and the officer was hospitalized with major injuries, officials said. The officer had responded to a report of a car hitting a telephone pole Thursday in the Humboldt County community of Willow Creek, CHP Capt. Adam Jager […]

Free New Year’s celebration slated

FAIRFIELD — “Getting Glitzy for Jesus” is the theme of the New Year’s Eve celebration at Word of Faith Christian Center on Dec. 31. The semi-formal event will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is open to the public. The address is 650 Parker Road. Admission is free. Music, fun and midnight breakfast […]

Suisun Walmart opens temp office, taking online job applications

SUISUN CITY — If you want to work at the Walmart that’s set to open in eastern Suisun City in March, the national retail chain started taking online job applications this week. The store’s management team has also opened temporary offices in Suite 401 and Suite 403 at the Marina Shopping Center, located between Lotz Way […]

Kaiser’s Vacaville facility earns Level II verification

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been verified as a Level II trauma center. The certification by the American College of Surgeons caps a lengthy process that saw Kaiser Permanente’s facility in Vacaville square off with NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield to secure the county’s lone allowable Level II trauma center designation. That […]

New development fees start Jan. 1 in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Developers looking to build commercial or residential dwellings in Vacaville will see a 5 percent increase in impact fees for building permits beginning Jan. 1. The Vacaville City Council approved the increase at its Dec. 9 meeting. Building permit applicants who currently have permits ready to be issued by the city are asked to obtain […]

Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

WASHINGTON — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush’s national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. After weeks of torture […]

Theater shooter’s parents plead for his life

DENVER — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial. The statement released by Robert and Arlene […]

Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

TORRANCE — A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges. An attorney for Margo Bronstein, 56, entered the plea on her behalf to four counts of […]

California’s top utility regulator defends record

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s chief utility regulator ended the last scheduled public hearing of his increasingly embattled 12-year term Thursday with no explicit reference to the alleged back-channel dealings with the state’s largest utility company that have marred his tenure. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s only public reference to the matter Thursday was […]

Man claims excessive force in $2.5M suit against Vacaville police

VACAVILLE — An ex-con with a local criminal history that dates back more than 20 years has sued the Vacaville Police Department in federal court in Sacramento for $2.5 million, claiming he is the victim of excessive force by Vacaville police officer David Spencer. Casey A. Kilgore filed his lawsuit Dec. 11 from his cell at the Solano […]

College staff to move forward with Chinese aircraft program

FAIRFIELD — Solano College trustees adopted a cautious but optimistic approach this week to entering into a future agreement with Huameijiadai Investment Fund Management Company and the United States Education Foundation in creating an accelerated aircraft maintenance program for Chinese students. The current program is two years. The accelerated program will last 14 months and give Chinese […]

‘Pretty horrible’ scene; car slams into crowd

REDONDO BEACH — Pedestrians were filing out of a church Christmas service when a car sped around other vehicles at a red light and plowed into the crowd before hitting another car head-on, police and witnesses said. Three people were killed, and several more were injured, California authorities said. “Someone ran the red light, and […]

San Francisco Bay Bridge fasteners not in danger of failing

SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say thousands of rods and bolts on the new Bay Bridge eastern span are secure and should remain in place. The San Francisco Chronicle reports a bridge oversight committee will consider a report Friday that could put an end to safety questions after 32 of the fasteners snapped last year. The […]

Police: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house

BENICIA — Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own. The Oakland Tribune reports the man was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. He was later identified as 24-year-old True Hatch. Hatch told police he […]

CHP, Oakland in tiff over plainclothes officers at protests

OAKLAND — The California Highway Patrol says it notified a local police agency that plainclothes officers would mingle with protesters demonstrating against police brutality on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. The Oakland Police Department says otherwise. The San Francisco Chronicle reports  that Oakland Police say the CHP never informed the department that […]

Local emergencies in Northern California counties after rain

SAN FRANCISCO — Four Northern California counties have declared local emergencies following rains that brought flooding, mudslides and other damages. KNTV reports State Office of Emergency Services Spokeswoman Lilly Wyatt says Tehama, Sonoma, Marin and Lake counties have proclaimed “local emergencies” following the storms last week. Only the governor can proclaim a state of emergency. […]

Study: Huge wildfire supports need for controlled burns

FRESNO — A fierce wildfire that scorched part of Yosemite National Park burned less intensely in places that had fires in recent years — a finding that researchers said Wednesday supports a belief that controlled burning often curtails extreme fires. The U.S. Forest Service study focused on areas of the Rim Fire that burned 400 […]

A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as “the Berlin patient” have failed, and all six patients died. So far, Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany, remains the only person thought to […]

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

BOSTON — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal prosecutors […]

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

SAN FRANCISCO — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, using the latest hydraulic software and information about tides on the night of the […]

Judge orders trial for suspect in fatal Suisun shooting

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man was shot and killed in April because he would not return a cellphone to a woman he had been quarreling with earlier in the day, according to testimony during a two-day probable cause hearing that ended Tuesday with a Fairfield man being ordered to stand trial on a murder […]

Police arrest 4 for suspected marijuana sales

VACAVILLE — Four 21-year-old Tennessee residents, three of them with the first name of Austin, were arrested Monday after police said an investigation led to the discovery of more than 20 pounds of marijuana in their motel room, according to a city press release A Vacaville police officer contacted two people shortly after midnight Monday after reports of a […]

Crash blocks part of Air Base Parkway

FAIRFIELD — A two-vehicle crash blocked a portion of both Air Base Parkway and nearby Alaska Avenue on Monday afternoon. The incident – described in a Fairfield Fire Department post on Facebook as a rollover crash – happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Air Base Parkway and Heath Drive and required extrication of one person […]

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

SAN FRANCISCO — Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive […]

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

SAN FRANCISCO — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud. Someone did. The first monitoring report showed […]

Farmworker children uprooted by California rules

WATSONVILLE — A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room “is always a mess.” The hoodies go in her suitcase, but as usual, all her partially completed schoolwork ends up in the trash. Just a week later, Claudia has new notebooks, along with new textbooks, and […]