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Walters Road partially closed to allow tree removals

SUISUN CITY — One lane in each direction of Walters Road will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday to allow work crews from Atlas Tree Surgery to remove the Italian Stone Pines from the center median. The land closest to the median from Petersen Road to Bella Vista Drive will be […]

Bus trip offers chance to celebrate Juneteenth at historic park

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. plans a bus trip to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on June 13. The bus will leave at 6 a.m. and should return about 9:30 p.m. The park is north of Bakersfield. It was founded in 1908 as Col. Allen Allensworth and […]

The Leaven ready to debut new center, honor locals

FAIRFIELD — The Leaven will showcase its new sign at a kickoff presentation of its summer programming Friday. The event will occur at Solano Town Center, near the See’s Candies store. The public is welcome at the free event. The festivities get underway at 12:30 p.m. Assemblyman Jim Frazier and his wife, Janet will be honored for their contributions […]

Police arrest man after woman’s disturbance, gunshots call

FAIRFIELD — Police dispatchers got a call at around 4 a.m. Monday from a woman who lives on Woodward Lane saying a man she knew was causing a disturbance in front of her home. She called back a bit later saying the guy had fired off several gunshots – gunshots that also prompted calls from several of […]

Shots fired, suspects take off leaving shell casings behind

FAIRFIELD — A call of multiple shots fired sent Fairfield police to the Dover Avenue and Air Base Parkway intersection shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. Police don’t believe anyone was injured and the suspects have not been found – they were last seen heading east on Air Base Parkway. Video allegedly indicates that the shots came […]

Yellowstone injuries: slips, falls outpace bear mauling

CASPER, Wyo. — Getting hurt at Yellowstone National Park isn’t quite as dramatic as you might think. Although the park is full of hazards like bears, bison, scalding water and canyons, visitors are most likely to be injured from mundane accidents like trips, slips and falls, reports the Casper Star-Tribune. Bear attacks are dramatic but […]

John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, die in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86. Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a taxi crash Saturday, […]

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; 100s of homes gone

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while […]

Data: As oil production goes up, so do leaks

GOLETA — The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 […]

Navy pilot ejects as plane goes into bay

SAN DIEGO — A Navy pilot safely ejected into San Diego Bay on Friday when a training jet went off the end of a runway after landing at Naval Air Station North Island. Boaters rescued the pilot from the bay that separates the Navy base in Coronado from downtown San Diego, the Navy said. The […]

Assembly advances bill to ban microbeads

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation’s toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways. The bill passed on a 58 to 11 vote with no spoken opposition. It heads to the Senate where similar legislation fell short over industry opposition last year. Environmental advocates across the U.S. […]

Adult dating website hacked

PALO ALTO — The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it’s investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. Britain’s Channel 4 news outlet reported that hackers posted some of the information on […]

Dead animals beginning to wash ashore near spill

LOS ANGELES — Officials say a dead dolphin and three dead pelicans have been found near the area of an oil spill on the California coast. Veterinarian Michael Ziccardi said Friday it’s not clear if the dolphin found in Santa Barbara Harbor died from exposure to the crude oil that spilled into the ocean from […]

Appeals court delays prison sex change

SACRAMENTO — A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled. The separate decisions make it less likely that convicted killer Michelle-Lael Norsworthy will receive the prison-funded surgery before she is released. Norsworthy, 51, has lived as […]

UC proposes non-resident fee hike

SAN FRANCISCO — Members of the University of California’s governing board have given preliminary approval to an increase in the tuition premium students from outside the state and abroad pay to attend. The 8 percent hike endorsed by a Board of Regents committee on Thursday would increase undergraduate tuition and fees for non-Californians to nearly […]

Deputy arrested on drug-related charges

SACRAMENTO — An El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of drug-related offenses in Nevada. The Sacramento Bee reports Deputy Mark Zlendick, who is assigned to the South Lake Tahoe Narcotics Enforcement Team was arrested Tuesday after deputies responded to a call involving a domestic dispute in Minden. An investigation by Douglas County […]

Numerous sharks spotted off California coast

HUNTINGTON BEACH — More than a dozen young great white sharks were spotted in waters off Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach. The Los Angeles Times reports that a Huntington Beach Police Department helicopter spotted 13 sharks Tuesday night feeding in the water about 50 feet from the shore. The sharks were between 6- to 10-feet long. […]

San Diego gas-fired plant gains approval

LOS ANGELES  — California regulators have opened the way for development of a gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego that can light up to 400,000 homes, perhaps the last of its kind as the state moves toward a green energy future. On a 4-1 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved […]

Implanted chips allow man to control robotic arm with thoughts

LOS ANGELES — A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play “rock, paper, scissors” by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported. Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts […]

Man arrested after threatening to blow up school, mall

SACRAMENTO — A man is in custody after police say he made threats to kill officers and blow up a high school and a mall in Roseville, a city about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee reports Roseville Police arrested 51-year-old Collin John Box Tuesday night on suspicion of calling officers and making […]

Farmer halts harvest to save birds

TIPTON — A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests. The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that Frank Mendonsa, owner of a dairy farm south of Tulare, California, was recognized Wednesday by Audubon California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources […]

US probes possible California voting violations

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether California illegally denied voting rights to people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities, officials confirmed Wednesday. The agency disclosed the probe in a May 15 letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the California Supreme Court, in which […]

Glazer downs Bonilla in District 7 Senate race

SACRAMENTO — The California Democratic Party and labor unions vowed not to back down any time soon after their candidate lost a costly state Senate race in the San Francisco Bay Area this week. Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, a business-backed moderate, defeated fellow Democrat Susan Bonilla by a significant margin in a special election for […]

Hundreds turn out for ‘family picnic’ to support Archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds turned out for a “family support picnic” held for a Northern California religious leader who is the subject of heated debate over policy changes for Catholic high school teachers. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone posed for photographs, blessed the faithful and accepted the gratitude of […]

Top cartel enforcer pleads guilty to drug charges

SAN DIEGO — A top enforcer for Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug charges in a wide investigation of the group in the United States. Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, known as “Chino Antrax,” acknowledged that he helped bring tons of cocaine and marijuana to the country from Mexico and ordered and participated in […]

Free admission to state parks on Memorial Day for military, veterans

FAIRFIELD — California State Parks will honor men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces this Memorial Day by offering free admission at participating state parks. Participating state parks include 133 parks that are accessible with the “Surf Explorer” annual pass, plus eight state vehicular recreation areas, as well as […]

Kaiser plans National Cancer Survivors Day event

VALLEJO — Kaiser Permanente will mark National Cancer Survivors Day with its second annual Celebrate Life event in Vallejo. The gathering from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 will focus on wellness and living after cancer. It will take place at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, 975 Sereno Drive. Members of the public are invited to hear Kaiser […]

Caltrans extends J-Mack Ferry closure

RIO VISTA — The California Department of Transportation has extended its scheduled long-term closure of the J-Mack Ferry in the Delta. The ferry, which was previously scheduled to return to service by this week, is now estimated to return to service in late June, according to a Caltrans press release. Caltrans said it will make an […]

Vacaville police arrest Sacramento woman in burglary case

VACAVILLE — A 23-year-old Sacramento woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of burglarizing a Vacaville home. Tanashia M. McOwens was booked into Solano County jail, with bail listed at $45,000, according to jail booking records. McOwens was allegedly found inside a Vine Street residence when the homeowner returned to the house, according to police. McOwens was […]

Police: Child’s kidnap claim turns out to be false

VALLEJO — Police announced Monday they have concluded their investigation into the alleged kidnapping of a 10-year-old Vallejo girl after the youngster admitted she made up the story. Police said they conducted an extensive investigation after the girl claimed she was grabbed and pulled into a car Friday afternoon by an unknown man. Detectives were […]

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