Monday, April 20, 2015

Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy’s and drives around in a Toyota. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on […]

Actor Ben Powers, known for ‘Good Times’ TV role, dies at 64

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Actor Alton “Ben” Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series “Good Times,” has died at age 64. Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the Auclair Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Details were not released. Powers played football player Keith Anderson, the husband […]

Home, garden show offers something for everyone

FAIRFIELD — People from across the area took advantage of the opportunity Saturday to get some home-improvement ideas, sample products, get estimates on home repairs and renovations – and sneak an occasional cookie – at the Total Home and Garden Show in Fairfield. Jodi McGuire, the event’s owner, said the show’s turnout has been beyond her expectations. The […]

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

NEW YORK — Sony’s hacking problems aren’t over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It’s the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company struggling to get past the attack, which the company estimates caused […]

Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress

WASHINGTON — Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own. Lawmakers have insisted on having a say on what could be a historic accord that the U.S. and five other nations are trying to finalize with […]

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas […]

Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in ‘under the radar’

WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace “literally flew under the radar” to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks. Doug Hughes, 61, was charged with violating restricted airspace […]

Federal judge imposes 13-year sentence in child porn case

FAIRFIELD — A 26-year old registered sex offender from Winters was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento to more than 13 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. State and federal authorities went to Michael Rea’s home in September 2013 to do a probation search. Rea was arrested after agents found a DVD containing six movies of children being […]

Feds recap tax-based prosecutions as filing deadline arrives

FAIRFIELD — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday touted their willingness to go after tax cheats – including two nearby residents – in a move that coincides with the April 15 tax deadline. Emilio Lara, 48, of American Canyon, owned and operated two income tax preparation services in Solano County. He was charged in February with a 38-count indictment with […]

Man at center of suspected chop shop operation to stand trial

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con with a history of stealing cars was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of overseeing a motorcycle “chop shop” and possessing methamphetamine. Vincent H. Garrett, 51, was pulled over by Vacaville police in January for having expired registration tags on his truck, according to testimony at his probable cause hearing. Police found […]

Solano begins exclusive negotiations on Solano360 project

FAIRFIELD — Solano County will begin negotiating exclusively with Solano Community Development in developing the Solano County Fairgrounds for the long-debated Solano360 project. The Board of Supervisors took the action Tuesday by a 3-1 vote, with Supervisor Linda Seifert dissenting and Supervisor John Vasquez absent. The board directed county staff to enter into an “exclusive […]

Groups plan next kindergarten readiness event

FAIRFIELD — The year’s second Kindergarten Readiness Roundup will take place Saturday so parents can assess their children for the start of school. Professionals will check each child’s vision, hearing and the health of their teeth; assess reading, writing, math skills; and gauge each child’s emotional readiness for kindergarten in the fall of 2015, according to a press release for the […]

Paper-shredding event to benefit Kairos

VACAVILLE — Vacaville’s newest charter school will benefit from its first paper-shredding fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 in the Lucky Supermarket shopping center parking lot at the corner of Peabody Road and Alamo Drive. Proceeds from the fundraiser for Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy will go directly toward books for the school library. C&J Shredding […]

Farm Bureau opposes 6.5 percent water rate hike

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Farm Bureau opposes the 6.5 percent increase proposed by the Solano Irrigation District for each of the next five years. The Farm Bureau at its monthly meeting April 6 said the rate increase far exceeds inflation and that the irrigation district has not shown the need for such a rate […]