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Lots of feathers flying in Vacaville for good reason


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About 500, 1-year-old chickens were transported to a Vacaville animal rescue Friday in the hope they'll be adopted and live long lives.

The hens were saved from an egg-laying farm where they faced death after their production slowed, according to Animal Place spokesperson Gary Smith. Friday, they were freed from tiny cages for the first time.

Animal Place veterinarians will examine the birds and in about month's time, they should be ready for adoption, Smith said.

Syrian war producing ‘lost generation’ of college-age students

Syrian war producing ‘lost generation’ of college-age students

The war in Syria has had a devastating effect on that country’s university students and scholars, creating a lost generation, according to a recent University of California, Davis, report. “The war will end but the young people who would be integral in rebuilding the country are being left behind,” said Keith David Watenpaugh, an associate professor and director of the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative, and lead author of the report. ... Read More

Serial robber targeting Woodland business


Since July 7, half a dozen businesses in Woodland have been robbed and police believe the same person is responsible.

Tuesday afternoon, thanks in part to citizen tips, they arrested Salvador Jimenez, 47, of Woodland for the crimes, police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said.

Woodland police said the businesses targeted were in shopping centers or stand-alone fast-food restaurants. The robber hit on the businesses between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., although one of the crimes was committed at 8:30 a.m.

The robberies were on July 7: Razz Yogurt Shop, 353 W. Main Street; July 10: Sally's Beauty Supply, 1374 E. Main Street; July 14: College Drive-in Cleaners, 1309 College Street; July 16: Papa Murphy's Pizza, 9 Main Street; July 18: Jack in the Box, 1200 E. Main Street; and July 19: Jimboy's Tacos, 85 W. Court Street.

Jimenez will be booked into Yolo County Jail for robbery, Cucchi said.

Do you recognize this tattoo?


Investigators need the public's help to identify a man's body found inside a storage shed in Vacaville.

The body was partially burned in an early morning fire on July 9 at a storage shed in the 6700 block of Pleasants Valley Road, the Solano County Sheriff's Office said.

The body is that of a white or Hispanic man with several tattoos. The condition of the body made it hard for investigators to recognize several of the tattoos but one of them is of a large dog smoking either a cigar or a pipe on the man's back, the sheriff's office said. There is also some writing between the man's shoulders at the base of his neck.

Detectives have classified the man's death as a homicide.

Letter to city council: Restore the State Theatre if we are truly "Historic Woodland"

Letter to city council: Restore the State Theatre if we are truly "Historic Woodland"

..From the Friends of the State Theatre Facebook page: "This ramp, the loge stairs (and loge) and Art Deco bannister - and the matching set on the other side of the State Theatre - will only be historical footnotes if the public/private "City of Woodland / Cinema West" project continues as planned. ... Read More

UC Davis names CIO

UC Davis names CIO

Viji Murali, an IT veteran in higher education, has been named chief information officer and vice provost of Information and Educational Technology at the University of California, Davis. “UC Davis is incredibly fortunate to recruit someone with Viji’s experience and expertise,” Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in announcing Murali’s appointment... Read More

Woodland dog found dead after missing from kennel


A Woodland family had to cut their vacation short after getting a call from the kennel where they dropped off their dog. The dog somehow escaped from Arrowpoint Kennels last month and was found dead in a sunflower field.

The Sheehan family had dropped off their 2-and-a-half-year-old poodle Teddy at the kennel on June 21. Teddy was supposed to be boarded for nine days while the family vacationed in Hawaii.

On June 29, the kennel called the Sheehans and said Teddy was missing. Immediately, they grabbed the next available flight, got home and searched for their dog.

The family distributed flyers around the Davis and Woodland areas, asking people for help to find Teddy. Two days later, the family's worst nightmare came true. Teddy was found dead.