Monday, September 1, 2014

GOP challenger tries novel tactics against Brown

SACRAMENTO — Republicans finally have the kind of gubernatorial candidate they need to be competitive in overwhelmingly Democratic California – a young, second-generation social moderate who has financial expertise and is comfortable on social media. Getting voters to pay attention could be the real challenge. Gov. Jerry Brown has amassed nearly $23 million and is expected […]

Bandit robs check cashing business at gunpoint

FAIRFIELD — A check cashing store on the 1800 block of North Texas Street was robbed Saturday morning. A lone gunman entered the store shortly after 11 a.m. and demanded money, according to a Fairfield Police Department press release. Two clerks were working at the time. The suspect held a gun to the head of one […]

Girl, 9, dies; trapped in sand at Oregon beach

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — A 9-year-old girl died when a sand hole collapsed on her at a beach, police in the Oregon coastal town of Lincoln City said. Firefighters and police responded shortly after 5 p.m. Friday and found a group of people trying to dig the girl out, Lt. Jerry Palmer said. Officers helped […]

Fairfield police log: Aug. 29, 2014

2:11 a.m. — Prowler, 2000 block of GRANDE CIRCLE 6:24 a.m. — Drunken driving, sub-100 block of BALBOA COURT 8:03 a.m. — Embezzlement, 1500 block of OLIVER ROAD 8:13 a.m. — Commercial burglary, 700 block of EAST TRAVIS BOULEVARD 8:27 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2200 block of GATEWAY COURT 9 a.m. — Battery, 3000 block of TRAVIS […]

1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

CAMDEN, Ala. — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record. reports a pair of master measurers from Safari Club International examined the 1,000-pound alligator on Friday, determining a total length of 15-feet, 9-inches. That’s 13 inches longer than the organization’s previous world […]

Manatees may lose endangered species status

MIAMI — As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive […]

Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) are asking to delay his trial until at least September 2015. In a court filing Friday, the attorneys said his Nov. 3 trial date would give them about half the preparation time federal courts have allowed other defendants facing a death sentence over […]

Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The Border Patrol says an agent shot at someone near the Texas-Mexico border who later identified himself as a militia member. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said that agents pursuing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville on Friday came upon a man holding a rifle near the river. An agent fired […]

High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

MINNEAPOLIS  — The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes. It wasn’t immediately clear how Douglas McAuthur McCain and Troy Kastigar were drawn […]

US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

WASHINGTON — A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after fleeing her husband. She said she called local police […]

UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

ROTHERHAM, England — Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness — a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days. But below the drab surface, shock was evident Wednesday as the people of this northern […]

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

ANGLETON, Texas — A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man’s two sons. David Barajas cried after the verdict was read and he hugged his wife, Cindy, who was also crying. He could have […]

Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca’s death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges. SHOULD YOUNG CHILDREN HANDLE FIREARMS LIKE UZIS? Gun […]

Mom pleads for release of captive US journalist

MIAMI — The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors. Shirley Sotloff, who lives in the Miami area, addressed the leader of the Islamic State in seeking the return of Steven Sotloff, 31. […]

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

JERUSALEM — Both Israel’s prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the war, with both hard-liners […]

Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

MINNEAPOLIS — Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting alongside the Islamic State, was part of a growing number of foreign fighters recruited to fight alongside terror groups. White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Wednesday that McCain was fighting for ISIL in Syria in a conflict that now includes thousands of […]

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. And as the administration weighed its options for targeting the Islamic State group’s strongholds in neighboring Syria, the U.S. Central Command announced […]

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

PHOENIX — The accidental shooting death of a gun-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun. Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at […]

Jail inmate claims he was sexually assaulted in holding cell

FAIRFIELD — A Solano County jail inmate claims he was sexually assaulted by another jail inmate in a courthouse holding cell. The accusation is contained in court documents filed at the courthouse Tuesday by a Sheriff’s Office detective investigating what happened just a few feet from the courtroom of Commissioner William J. Pendergast on the […]

Learn about local travel opportunities

VACAVILLE — Adults are invited to the McBride Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4 to hear about travel destinations for 2015. The center is at 91 Town Square Place. To reserve a seat, or for more information, call 469-6673. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or Follow her on Twitter at

Solano College to host college transfer fair

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College will host a free public College and Transfer Fair on Sept. 11 at two different times, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students have the ability to meet admissions representatives from more than 20 universities, in California and out of state. Among those are the […]

Golf tournament to benefit college sport’s teams

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College Education Foundation and the college’s Athletic Department and boosters club will host the third annual golf invitational Tee Off for Athletes on Oct. 3 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo. The tournament supports seven sports teams, along with the sports medicine program. The foundation and boosters club are looking for golfers, sponsors […]

Man steals car from Fairfield resident

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield resident returning home at 4:20 a.m. Monday was approached in the driveway by a man with a gun who demanded the car, according to police. The resident got out of the car on the 3200 block of Mustang Circle and the suspect drove away in it. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic […]