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Fairfield police log: May 22, 2015

1:27 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, block of PACIFIC AVENUE 5:30 a.m. — Grand theft, 700 block of GEORGIA WAY 7:57 a.m. — Forgery, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 8:24 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 300 block of STATE STREET 8:57 a.m. — Vandalism, 1000 block of WEBSTER STREET 9:07 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 800 block […]

Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism that she was part of an “overzealous prosecution.” The indictments announced Thursday were very similar to […]

Suspect in wealthy family deaths believed to be in New York

WASHINGTON — A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy executive and three other people had worked for the businessman’s construction company and is believed to be on the run in New York, authorities said. Police searched Thursday for Daron Dylon Wint, 34, who may have friends and family in the […]

Congress reaches construction deal on Denver VA hospital

DENVER — Lawmakers reached a short-term deal Thursday to avert a work stoppage on a troubled veterans hospital outside Denver, buying time to negotiate a broader agreement to finish the project, which faces a $1 billion cost overrun. The Veterans Affairs Department was days away from running out of money on the project in the […]

States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam

DENVER — Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements. The decision to reduce testing time by about 90 minutes was made by the states and the Partnership for […]

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

NEW YORK — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates […]

Study: Severe vision loss is most common in the South

NEW YORK — Health officials say bad eyesight in the U.S. is most common in the South. A new report found the South was home to three-quarters of the U.S. counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss. The South also has higher rates of poverty, diabetes and chronic disease. Health officials believe those […]

ISIS captures historic town of Palmyra

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It was unclear by nightfall how close to Palmyra’s famed archaeological site the militants had advanced, activists said, […]

Love notes, job apps among bin Laden papers

WASHINGTON — During his years in hiding, Osama bin Laden urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans and wrote bittersweet letters to one of his wives and his children, according to documents released Wednesday by U.S. intelligence officials. The documents were seized in the al-Qaida leader’s compound during the raid in which bin Laden was […]

Iran leader rejects probe into alleged nuclear weapon works

VIENNA — The U.S. may have to soften demands that any nuclear deal with Iran give U.N. experts a free hand to investigate possible past nuclear arms works by Tehran, after Iran’s supreme leader stridently ruled out cooperation Wednesday. The move came just weeks ahead of a June deadline for a nuclear deal. The West insists […]

States saying ‘no’ to cities seeking to regulate businesses

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator– himself – and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags. Shaul’s dual role in state government and business […]

Storm system pushes east after drenching Plains

OKLAHOMA CITY — A powerful storm system stretched from Texas to Minnesota on Sunday, bringing heavy rains, flash flooding and the possibility of more severe weather. Scattered severe storms were expected to develop Sunday afternoon and evening in eastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. Rain-soaked Texas saw flash flood warnings, […]

Captain gets job back after helping guitarist

LAS VEGAS — A former Las Vegas police captain who resigned rather than be demoted for helping a Guns N’ Roses guitarist use the department’s helicopter for an elaborate wedding proposal is poised to get his job back, have his record cleared and be paid what he would have earned since Dec. 20, 2013, when […]

Man works to reno Ali home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali’s brother on Friday recalled their wrestling matches while growing up in their family’s modest Kentucky home. No punches were supposed to be thrown because their parents wouldn’t allow it, Rahman Ali said. It was the home where Muhammad Ali, known then as Cassius Clay, was living when he left for […]

NTSB looks into whether an object struck Amtrak train prior to crash

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation’s busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said an assistant conductor aboard the train told investigators that she heard Amtrak […]

Fiorina campaign avoiding her 2005 firing from HP

SAN FRANCISCO — In her quest for the Republican presidential nomination, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina boasts about her experience running Silicon Valley computer-maker Hewlett-Packard as evidence that she’s “a problem solver, with a track record to prove it.” What her campaign literature doesn’t highlight is that she was fired from that job in 2005, […]

Investigators look at why train sped up before derailment

PHILADELPHIA — In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday. How that came to happen has emerged as the central question surrounding the derailment, which killed eight people and sent more than 200 to hospitals Tuesday night in […]

House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a bill to give lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran. The House overwhelmingly passed the measure, 400-25, a reflection of lawmakers’ insistence on having a say in what could be a significant international accord to get Iran to curb […]

Amtrak engineer was obsessed with trains as a teen

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Bostian was obsessed with trains while growing up, talked about them constantly and wanted to be an engineer or a conductor. “He would go on vacation and bring back subway maps,” Stefanie McGee, a friend from Tennessee, recalled Thursday. “He would go places with his family and he would talk about the […]

Excessive speed a factor in fatal Amtrak crash

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, federal investigators said Wednesday. The engineer applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash but managed to […]

Dozens arrested in protests over police shooting

MADISON, Wis. — Protesters angry about a prosecutor’s decision not to charge a white Madison police officer for killing an unarmed biracial man staged a mock hearing outside of a courthouse Wednesday to get the result they had wanted — a trial — even if it was all symbolic. After a peaceful procession from the […]

Duke poison’s the wells of hundreds of N.C. residents

DUKEVILLE, N.C. — Duke Energy says it will begin delivering bottled water to homeowners living near its coal ash pits in North Carolina, even as the nation’s largest electricity company denies responsibility for its neighbors’ tainted wells. So far, more than 150 residential wells tested near Duke’s dumps have failed to meet state groundwater standards, […]

Five family members left dead after Tucson shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson man gunned down four of his family members, including his 17-year-old niece, before fatally shooting himself in a murder-suicide, police said Wednesday. Police said Christopher Carrillo, 25, killed his relatives in the family home in a blue-collar neighborhood on the south side of Tucson. The others killed were 58-year-old Raul […]

Judge imposes 2-year sentence in Craigslist, credit card fraud case

FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old Vacaville man who bilked gullible Craigslist shoppers and who used stolen credit card numbers to pay for customizing his car was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars. Justin A. King has had his probation revoked three times in the past two years. Judge Wendy G. Getty, who had given King […]

Judge grants request, delays sentencing for convicted killer

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man who faces a near-certain punishment of life in prison without possibility of parole for a May 2011 murder was in court briefly Tuesday to get a three-month delay in sentencing. Damarcus V. Armstrong joined six others in ambushing, beating and killing Keith Osby Jr. at a San Andreas Street home as […]

16 energizer stations planned as part of Bike to Work Day

FAIRFIELD — Sixteen energizer stations in Solano County will provide snacks and a free reusable tote bag to bicyclists Thursday in celebration of Bike to Work Day. The Solano County energizer stations will be located at: Solano Community College, Building 400, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, 8 to 11 a.m. Linear Park Trail at Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairfield, 6:30-8:30 a.m. Armijo […]

Fairfield man hurt when car crashes into tree

FAIRFIELD — A 53-year-old Fairfield man was transported to NorthBay Medical Center on Monday after the car he was driving crashed into a tree near the corner of Travis Boulevard and Webster Street. Kevin Wallace was hospitalized with serious injuries in the crash that occurred just after 11 a.m., according to Fairfield police. Wallace was westbound […]

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