Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Supervisors move ahead with flood planning effort

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Board of Supervisors moved ahead Tuesday in its role with a flood planning effort for the region. By a vote of 4-0, with Supervisor Skip Thomson absent, the board adopted a resolution endorsing the Lower Sacramento/Delta North Region Corridor Management Framework and future work on a Yolo Bypass/Cache Slough Complex […]

Defendant waited with gun and shot officers, prosecutor says

FAIRFIELD — Jordan C. Hughes deliberately shot five times at Fairfield police officers who had responded to a family’s request that police check an apartment to make sure it was safe, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. Solano County Deputy District Attorney Natasha Jontulovich during her closing argument said Hughes, 23, locked himself in the bathroom […]

New receiver for Parkway Gardens wins praise

FAIRFIELD — The new receiver for Parkway Gardens won praise Monday at a court hearing about the 240-unit condominium complex whose previous receiver went missing. Solano County Superior Court Judge Paul Beeman spoke about the great job Paul Martin is doing at the development and Parkway Gardens resident Brad Huffman said during the court hearing […]

Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

CHICAGO — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. […]

Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her

DALLAS — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease. Nina Pham told The Dallas Morning News in the interview that she is preparing […]

Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western jungles

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country’s western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday. The 7-year-old female was captured Friday, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a reserve in Pathein township, forestry official Tun Tun Oo said. It’s the ninth white elephant in […]

Crowd kills girl suspected to be suicide bomber in Nigeria

BAUCHI, Nigeria — A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market. A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at Muda Lawal, the biggest market in Bauchi city. A […]

New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery

SYDNEY — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, […]

Iraqi premier gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the extremists. Haider al-Abadi offered no timeline for an attack on Tikrit, the hometown of the late Iraqi dictator some 80 miles north of Baghdad that fell into […]

Activists say Islamic State releases 19 Syrian Christians

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said. The news provided a modicum of relief to a Christian Assyrian community that has been devastated by the abductions, which […]

Sierra Leone’s vice president in quarantine for Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later Sunday when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium. Sam-Sumana will […]

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

MOSCOW — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no to war,” but […]

Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession of […]

Restauranteurs, vintners gather to support NorthBay Healthcare Foundation

FAIRFIELD — Area chefs and vintners from the Suisun Valley and Green Valley gathered Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn to support the NorthBay Heathcare Foundation during the Open That Bottle Night event. The focus of the event was the selfless and often thankless work done by hospice and bereavement professionals. Many of the culinary professionals […]

Tri-City NAACP honors community members at gala event

SUISUN CITY — The Tri-City chapter of the NAACP gathered Saturday night at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center to honor four individuals from Solano County for contributions to the local community. Among the honorees were Fairfield police chief Walt Tibbet, minister Tony Adams, pastor Dr. Clabon Lea and educator Dr. Karen McCord. The event […]

CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

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Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

LOS ANGELES — A late-winter storm brought rain, lightning, hail and up to 1½ foot of snow in parts of California on Saturday. A cold, low-pressure system began dropping snow in the Sierra Nevada late Friday, and ski resorts reported receiving 12 to 18 inches of snow at 8,000 to 10,000 feet, said Jim Matthews, […]

Vigil doesn’t pan out amid concerns

FAIRFIELD — A planned vigil to celebrate the life of 19-year-old Aaron Malave, who was shot and killed late Wednesday night, didn’t materialize Saturday afternoon. There were some concerns expressed over safety for a planned vigil at Laurel Creek Park. A small but visible police presence in the park might have quelled any troubles that might […]

State schedules ramp closure at freeway project site

FAIRFIELD — Work scheduled on the Interstate 80/Interstate 680/Highway 12 interchange will require another series of closures of the eastbound I-80 onramp from Green Valley Road and also the far right lane of a portion of I-80 for a second consecutive night, Caltrans has announced. The work is scheduled between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. […]

Appointments on tap for Board of Supervisors meet

FAIRFIELD — Several appointments are on the agenda for Solano County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Included on the docket is the appointment of the county’s Health and Social Services director Gerald Huber as the Welfare-to-Work/Food Stamps and TANF representative to the board of directors of the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County. The board […]

Dress that ‘greatly resembles’ stolen Nyong’o gown found

LOS ANGELES — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong’o’s hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s official said. The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel “greatly resembles” the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco […]

US appeals court: Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” “Distinguishing between […]

Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

WASHINGTON — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama’s immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night […]

US rescinds rule requiring judges to move to Guantanamo

MIAMI — A new rule that required military judges presiding over the war crimes tribunals at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to relocate to the remote installation has been rescinded, the Pentagon said Friday. The Department of Defense official who imposed the new rule reversed it two days after it prompted one […]

US, Liberia start 1st formal test of ZMapp Ebola virus drug

TRENTON, N.J. — The U.S. and Liberian governments have just begun the first formal patient testing of an experimental Ebola virus treatment that’s only been used on an emergency basis. The drug, ZMapp, contains three genetically engineered proteins designed to hone in on a target on the surface of the deadly virus to stop the […]

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in house-to-house rampage

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with […]

Not guilty plea for suspect in Hollywood exec murder

LOS ANGELES — A convicted drug dealer pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing a 20th Century Fox executive whose remains were found in the Southern California desert 2 1/2 years after he vanished. John Lenzie Creech, 42, entered the plea to a charge of first-degree murder. He could face 25 years to life in state […]

Most Californians consider the drought to be ‘extremely serious’

SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly every Californian sees the drought as a big problem and more now say they favor mandatory rationing, according to a survey released Thursday. The Field Poll found 94 percent of registered California voters consider the shortage serious, and 68 percent of them find it extremely serious. By contrast, when the state […]

After 67 years of marriage, couple dies holding hands

FRESNO — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. Sensing the couple was close to death, their children pushed their two hospice beds together and gently placed their father’s hand in the mother’s palm. Floyd, 90, died […]