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Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families


President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

FBI seeks fugitive in 2007 shooting in Davis


There is a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the capture of a man accused of shooting a 19-year-old Sacramento women five times and firing off a shot at an intervening bystander.

The young woman and bystander survived the Nov. 10, 2007 shooting in Davis. The suspect has been on the lam since, according to the FBI. He is Julio Cesar Guevara-Mejia, 42, a Honduran national. He is wanted on local and federal arrest warrants for attempted murder, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and related charges.

The FBI has activated electronic billboards featuring Guevara-Mejia in California and the Southwest in an effort to gather information about his whereabouts.

"The trail has gone cold," FBI spokesperson Gina Swankie said. ""We truly need the public's assistance."

Protesters occupy UC Davis building ahead of tuition hike vote


Around a dozen protesters refused to leave the UC Davis administration building Tuesday night, a day before the UC Regents consider a controversial tuition hike.

The students plan to spend the night in the lobby of Mrak Hall.

"It's largely symbolic that we're willing to occupy a space and claim our university back for ourselves," 5th year student Kabir Kapur said.

Kapur is one of many students who will head to the UC Regents meeting Wednesday morning in Mission Bay. The Regents will consider a proposal to raise tuition by five percent every year for the next five years.

"One of the main goals is to postpone the vote till January, till after the governor releases his budget," Kapur said.

But will buying more time open up the necessary cash flow to prevent a rise in tuition? Some students seemed doubtful.

UC Davis students protest proposed tuition hikes


DAVIS - A proposal to increase the cost of tuition at University of California schools across the system has been met with fierce opposition from some student groups.

Protestors crowded the UC Davis campus Tuesday afternoon holding signs and voicing outrage over UC President Janet Napolitano's proposal to raise tuition five percent every year for the next five years. Student Senator Mariah Kala Watson insisted costs are already high enough.

"No student should have to work three jobs, take out loans, apply for scholarships, and bankrupt their family," Watson told the crowd of hundreds cheering her.

Much of the message was targeted at the UC Regents who will consider the proposal.

Davis school teacher placed on unpaid leave after sexual battery allegation


A Harper Junior High School science teacher, who was taken into custody for misdemeanor charges of sexual battery Sunday, then released with a notice to appear at Yolo County Court, was placed on unpaid administrative leave, Davis School District Superintendent Winfred Roberso said in a Monday press conference.

Davis teacher accused of sexual battery arrested, then released


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A Davis teacher wanted for alleged sexual battery was arrested in Concord, California Friday night.

John O'Brien was taken into custody for misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and then released with a notice to appear at Yolo County Court, Davis Police Sgt. Dan Powell said. His court date will be scheduled for mid-January, Powell added.

The investigation into O'Brien, a science teacher at Harper Junior High School, started in September, Davis Unified School District Supt. Winfred Roberson said. The school district believes the sexual battery did not take place at school.

Davis teacher wanted for alleged sexual assault


An arrest warrant has been issued for a Davis middle school teacher accused of sexual battery.

The teacher in question is John O'Brien, a science teacher at Harper Junior High School, according to Davis Unified School District spokesperson Maria Clayton.

The school district believes the sexual allegations did not take place at school, Supt. Winfred Roberson said.

The school district first learned of an investigation by Davis police back in September and suspended the teacher two weeks into the new semester, according to Roberson.

Roberson said the district began its own parallel investigation that led to a decision to begin termination proceedings against O'Brien.

"We have very, very high standards of conduct and ethics for our employees and based upon our investigation we have initiated proceedings for release of the employee," Roberson said.