Saturday, April 25, 2015

Supreme Court ruling keeps sex offender registration in place

SAN FRANCISCO  — The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime. The court’s 4-3 vote on Wednesday kept in place a decision that says anyone convicted of non-forcible oral copulation with a minor must register with police as a sex offender, the […]

SFPD to pay for settlement of wrongful termination suit

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer. Kelly O’Haire sued the city and Police Department in 2013, alleging she was fired because she accused Chief Greg Suhr of mishandling a domestic violence investigation. O’Haire worked in internal affairs […]

16 students injured when school stage collapses

INDIANAPOLIS  — The superintendent of a central Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave way was only a few years old, but it’s unclear whether it was ever subject to inspection. The uncertainty surrounding the regulation of […]

Thousands march to mark anniversary of Armenian massacres

LOS ANGELES  — Tens of thousands of people marched in Los Angeles on Friday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during the Ottoman Empire, and to press for recognition by Turkey and U.S. that it was genocide. Throngs carried flags and signs, and most wore black on […]

‘Significant move’ for cougar, scientists say

SIMI VALLEY — A Southern California mountain lion known to researchers as P-32 has struck out on his own and made a new home in a rare and significant move for the region’s cougar community, researchers said Friday. National Park Service researchers believe the 1-year-old male who was living in his family den in the […]

Man ordered to stand trial for kidnap, rape charges

SANTA ANA — A California man was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl that he went on to marry and live with for a decade. Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald made the decision after hearing preliminary evidence against 41-year-old Isidro Garcia, who has pleaded […]

Nuclear launch officers charged in drug case

WASHINGTON — Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday. 1st Lt. Michael Alonso and 1st Lt. Lantz Balthazar, both members of the 12th Missile […]

Wife of slain mayor accused of manslaughter

LOS ANGELES — The wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor who was shot in his home pleaded not guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter. Lyvette Crespo, 43, entered the plea to a grand jury indictment. She was ordered held on $150,000 bail and could face up to 21 years in state prison if convicted. Crespo […]

Cesar Chavez gets full military honors

KEENE — Hundreds gathered Thursday to see military honors bestowed at the graveside of Cesar Chavez, and despite more than two decades passing since his death, his sister said she felt his presence, just as he brought life to the farmworkers’ movement on the fields of Central California. “I know he’s looking from above,” said […]

Judge denies parole to former Manson Family member

LOS ANGELES  — A Charles Manson follower who once bragged of cutting a man’s head off lost another bid for freedom for two murders that have kept him behind bars 45 years. Bruce Davis’ record shows there is “some evidence” he is dangerous and shouldn’t be freed, Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan wrote Wednesday […]

Evidence building of fracking-caused earthquakes

LOS ANGELES — With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S. So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling […]

Some states experience spike in food stamp enrollees

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for the health care overhaul are making it easier for people to enroll in government benefit […]

Common pesticide having a major impact on bees

WASHINGTON — A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. But in the study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, honeybees — which get trucked from place […]

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA programs

WASHINGTON — As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness. The disclosure two years ago of the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts […]

Senate unanimously passes anti-human trafficking bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee. The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers […]

Air Force seeks input on Travis cleanup plans

FAIRFIELD — The Air Force is seeking comments on proposed changes to remedy two contaminated soil locations at Travis Air Force Base. The proposed cleanup plans will be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors building at 3690 Hilborn Road. The proposed plan describes the soil contaminants at the two […]

County offers free hepatitis C testing

FAIRFIELD — Solano County is offering hepatitis C testing at HIV clinics in Fairfield and Vallejo. The testing by the county’s Health and Social Services Division of Public Health is confidential and free. Results are available in 20 to 40 minutes. Testing is offered from 5 to 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month in Fairfield […]

Police assault rifle damaged during call

SUISUN CITY — A call about a missing disabled adult turned into the arrest of a man suspected of trying to steal an assault rifle from one the patrol cars on the scene. The call came in about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. About five minutes later, officers saw the missing adult in the area of 800 […]

Library foundation executive moves to Child Haven

FAIRFIELD — The former executive director of the Solano County Library Foundation has taken a new position at Child Haven Inc. as its fundraising and development director. Child Haven provides mental health counseling and critical services for Solano County children who have experienced trauma as a result of violence, abuse or neglect. Michalle Shown-Rodriguez earned […]

Vacaville plans recreation expo

VACAVILLE — The city’s Community Services Department will host Outdoor Adventure, a recreation expo, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Three Oaks Community Center, 1110 Alamo Drive. This is the city’s 10th annual recreation expo to showcase what’s new in recreation. Those who attend will have the opportunity to register early for some summer classes […]

Frazier to discuss transportation at EDC breakfast

FAIRFIELD — Assemblyman Jim Frazier is the featured speaker for a program called Transportation Funding: Running on Empty that will occur Friday at the breakfast meeting hosted by the Solano Economic Development Corporation at the Hilton Garden Inn. Frazier, D-Oakley and chairman of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, will highlight the challenges of keeping the state’s infrastructure functioning. Registration […]

Fairgrounds site of horse-betting seminar, brunch

FAIRFIELD — An event called Brunch and Bet that’s designed to teach about horse racing will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Solano Race Place at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo. Participants must be 18 and older and will be taught terms such as the difference between a win, place or a show; […]

Pill-taking can be less yucky for kids, study review finds

CHICAGO — Many sick kids can’t or won’t swallow pills – and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says. Dr. Kathleen Bradford and colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reviewed research on pill-swallowing techniques. Several seemed […]

Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001. Biggs has the […]

Sterling Jenkins

Dec. 12, 1927 — April 11, 2015 Sterling Jenkins III, 87, born in Concordia Parish, La., on Dec. 12, 1927, died on Saturday, April 11, 2015, peacefully at his daughter’s home in Fairfield, Calif., with his family after a long-term illness. He lived in San Francisco, Calif., for approximately 55 years. The quiet hour will be […]

Church hosts health, wellness fair

FAIRFIELD — A slow start Saturday to a health fair at Grace Episcopal Church did not discourage organizers who vow to continue the event at least one more year. Ronald Cupid, Outreach Committee coordinator for the church, said he felt it was important to bring services to community members, to help bring awareness to the […]

Solano superhero back in school

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s original environmental superhero, Bilgee, is back in school this spring. Bilgee is visiting third-graders to talk about the water system and get their ideas on a new superhero who will help get children involved in protecting Solano County’s water quality, according to press release from the Solano Resource Conservation District. Bilgee was […]

‘Opt Out’ of Common Core movement gaining strength

ATLANTA — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This “opt-out” movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent or even […]

Dog flu outbreak sweeps across the Midwest

MADISON, Wis. — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. Recent […]

AG announces anti-bias training program

LOS ANGELES — California’s attorney general announced a statewide training program on Friday aimed at helping police avoid built-in biases that hurt their ability to enforce laws fairly and with appropriate force. The move came as state Attorney General Kamala Harris outlined the results of a 90-day review by the California Department of Justice that […]