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Drunken shooting leads to arrest of man and his girlfriend


Two people have been arrested for the shooting of a Yolo man on Thursday, the Yolo County Sheriff's Office said.

Maximiliano Salas, 49, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He is in the Monroe Detention Center on $170,000 bail.

Salas' girlfriend, Janet Joy Garcia, 49, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm with criminal enhancements, the sheriff's office said. She is being held on higher bail - $1,090,000 - due to the criminal enhancements.

The current condition of the victim was not immediately available. He was shot in the lower abdomen at about 4 p.m. Thursday outside a trailer on County Road 16A north of the unincorporated town of Yolo, the sheriff's office said. Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that Garcia ran away from the trailer and through a field after the shooting.

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Davis, Calif., Reviews 45-Acre Innovation District

Davis, Calif., Reviews 45-Acre Innovation District

Watch out Sacramento – Davis, Calif., is growing. Its City Council reviewed a proposal years in the making on Jan. 13 that could bring a new innovation district near the city’s downtown area... Read More

Couple: End of a lifetime of waiting about SCOTUS to decide on same-sex marriage


The U.S. Supreme Court said it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide should have a right to marry under the Constitution.

The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be argued in April and a decision is expected by late June.

For Davis couple Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac, legally married since the Summer 2008, it feels like the end of a lifetime of waiting.

"There are 36 states that have marriage equality. There's only 14 left and 59 percent of the people of the United States believe in marriage equality," Bailes said. "There's really no reason to vote against it."

Former federal prosecutor Bill Portanova said the U.S. Supreme Court has wanted to hear from the people and from legislators at the state level.

Man scooped up by Woodland garbage truck survives ride


WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) - A man searching for his wallet in a trash bin in Northern California was scooped up by a garbage truck and taken on a long ride.

The Oroville Mercury Register reports the man survived the ride in the rear of a garbage truck. His name was not released.

Yolo County Sheriff's Lt. Martin Torres said the man got struck in the trash truck when it made a pick-up Tuesday. The truck was headed to a landfill.

Torres said the man told police he was stuck in the truck for about an hour.

Authorities said the man told police he used lumber in the truck to reach the top of the garbage pile and avoid the compactor.

The man was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for complaints of back and neck pain.


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Child Support Can Now Be Paid Through MoneyGram

Child Support Can Now Be Paid Through MoneyGram

Starting this month, parents will be able to pay their child support in cash at thousands of MoneyGram locations throughout California.

Previously, parents paying child support in cash could only do so by visiting a county or regional local child support agency that accepts in-office payments.  In Yolo County, the Child Support Services office is located at 100 West Court Street in Woodland.  Those who stand to benefit the most by paying through MoneyGram are the self-employed, those working seasonal jobs and those who don’t engage in traditional banking.

“We are pleased that we have been able to make the process easier for parents to pay their child support,” said Yolo County Department of Child Support Services Director Natalie Dillon. “This partnership with MoneyGram will benefit the parents who owe child support, and will translate into more payments for their children.”

Fairfield police involved in officer-involved shooting; 1 man dead


At 7:49 a.m. Tuesday, Fairfield police responded to a disturbance in the 2000 block of Sousa Court where events occurred that led to an officer-involved shooting, according to police.

Thursday evening, police confirmed a 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the shooting.

No officers were injured. The police and Solano County District Attorney's Office investigation is ongoing.

The Fairfield Police Department said more information would be made available after witness interviews and relatives were notified.


ITS-Davis director Dan Sperling to chair national Transportation Research Board

ITS-Davis director Dan Sperling to chair national Transportation Research Board

The executive committee Sperling will chair for the coming year oversees the board's programs and activities, engaging more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and transportation researchers and practitioners .

Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, has been appointed the 2015 chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Executive Committee, which provides independent scientific advice to the nation on transportation issues.

The appointment was announced at this week’s 94th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., attended by 12,000 transportation professionals from across the United States and abroad. ... Read More