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Released Broncos practice player arrested


KUSA - Police arrested a former member of the Broncos practice squad for beating up a cab driver.

John Boyett was arrested Tuesday night in Greenwood Village on suspicion of third-degree assault, theft and harassment. The Denver Broncos released Boyett Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to the Sports Back bar after a drunk Boyett threatened to "punch the bartender in the face." He was ordered to leave and put into a cab.

Thirty minutes later, the cab driver called police to the 9700 block of East Arapahoe Road. The driver told police that Boyett grabbed him while the car was moving and punched him in the face.

When the cab driver pulled over, Boyett took off, but he later returned and threw a shovel at the driver, according to the affidavit. The shovel did not hit the driver.

New grant aims to build global food security through produce research

New grant aims to build global food security through produce research

A new $18.75 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development will boost international fruit and vegetable research led by the University of California, Davis.

The award extends for five more years a research program established at UC Davis in 2009 as the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program. Recently, the program was renamed the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture... Read More

Fairfield boy credited with coming to aid of dog attack victim


An 11-year-old Fairfield boy who kept his wits about him when he a woman screaming over and over for help is being commended by police.

Jonathan Garcia was home on Sept. 20 when he heard the frantic pleas and a dog barking, according to Fairfield police Watch Commander Rob Lenke. The boy called 911 and calmly gave the dispatcher his address and described what he was hearing and where.

Dispatch Supervisor Wendy Reynoso sent fire emergency responders and police to the location Jonathan gave. They found an elderly woman nearby who had been severely bitten on the arm by a dog. Lenke said officers determined the dog had broken through a neighbor's fence and attacked the woman in her yard.

Davis city council votes to send back armored vehicle


In a 3-2 vote, the Davis City Council voted Tuesday night to send a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, military vehicle back to the federal government.

The belief is no matter what good use the police might have for this vehicle, it just doesn't fit in Davis.

"Our police in Davis have done a tremendous amount to build the trust in the community. They're fantastic," Davis Mayor pro Tempore Robb Davis said before the vote. "I really felt this particular piece of equipment there was a real strong risk of beginning to damage and wear away that trust."

Residents on both sides of the issue weighed in during public comment. One resident said the MRAP would keep residents safe by being "another tool for a day you hope never does come."

Davis city council to fix pool leak earlier than scheduled


At Tuesday night's Davis City Council meeting, officials decided to move up the city pool's leak repairs over concerns of water waste.

The leak is wasting more than 6,000 gallons of water a day. A city staff report recommended fixing the leak on Nov. 17 to avoid disrupting the practice schedule of the swimming groups that use it.

At the meeting, council members urged the repairs be made on Oct. 29. Swimming teams made arrangements with other local facilities as to not interrupt their schedule.

"Staff has been working with the contractor and the user groups to start the repairs sooner," Davis Mayor Dan Wolk said.

Davis resident Jack Bernhardt thinks waiting four more weeks to address the problem is unacceptable.

"It's crazy. They can't let it go on," Bernhardt said.

The city has known about the problem for at least two months.

Woodland police seek 3 in school vandalism spree


Police in Woodland are searching for three individuals suspected in at least one of three recent school vandalisms.

Woodland Police Lieutenant Anthony Cucchi said the first incident occurred Oct. 18 around 3:40 a.m. Officers were dispatched to Whitehead Elementary School in response to an activated alarm. Upon searching the school, officers found a person or persons had smashed a classroom window with a rock, entered and ransacked the room. Several desks and an unknown number of computers were damaged.

Police: Man runs over 2 women, leads Vallejo cops on pursuit


A man suspected of running over two women before leading police on a pursuit through the streets of Vallejo was arrested Saturday.

A Vallejo police officer was flagged down at Laurel St. and Benicia Rd. around 1:33 p.m. by two women claiming to have been run over by the driver of a red pickup truck who fled the scene, according to a release from Vallejo Police Lieutenant K. Bartlett.

Medical and fire personnel were called to the scene to treat the women who sustained moderate injuries.

As officers were investigating the incident, the driver of the truck drove by the scene and was spotted by officers and witnesses. The officers attempted to perform a vehicle stop but the driver fled, Bartlett said.

Police followed the driver through central Vallejo before a pursuit immobilization technique (PIT) was used to end the pursuit at Tennessee St. and Oakwood St.