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Bicyclist killed by semi-truck during Davis ride identified


A bicyclist participating in the Davis Double Century ride was run over by a semi-truck and died, the California Highway Patrol said.

The rider was identified as 50-year-old Ronald Cortez from Rocklin, Solano County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Cortez was pronounced dead shortly after 5 a.m. at the intersection of Sparling Lane and Tremont Road.

Cortez was going northbound on Tremont Road as he approached Sparling Lane. Tremont Road has a stop sign at the intersection, while Sparling Road does not. CHP Sgt. Eric Brewer said Cortez failed to stop at the sign and was hit by a Valley Farms truck. The truck driver was on the job at the time of the crash.

"No alcohol or drugs were a factor, for sure," Brewer said.

Cortez had just taken off from Downtown Davis as part of the bike ride. Hundreds of people were taking part in the ride.

Dixon High School senior arrested in grade-changing scandal


An 18-year-old Dixon High School senior has been arrested on a felony charge of altering computer data in a grade-changing scandal involving 32 students.

Dixon Unified School District superintendent Brian Dolan said the student, who he declined to identify, had been changing grades since January and cooperated with administrators when he was confronted with the evidence on Wednesday.

"We won't be answering questions about how he did it, but he did it. And he acknowledged that," Dolan said at a Friday afternoon news conference Friday in the school's theater.

Juan Leopoldo Ambriz was arrested on campus Wednesday afternoon by Dixon police and was later released from the Solano County Jail on $15,000 bail.

UC Davis rolls out public safety mobile app for students


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - University of California at Davis officials have rolled out a new mobile phone application they hope will provide an extra layer of security for students.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the school on Wednesday began offering the public safety app through Massachusetts-based Rave Mobile Safety.

The app allows users to alert police in emergencies and report suspicious activity through text message.

Students, staff and faculty can indicate that they are walking alone or to a particular place and use a timer with an estimate of the travel time. They can disable the timer if they reach their destination safely.

School bus' mechanical failure sprays special needs student with hot coolant


A school bus' mechanical failure sprayed a 10-year-old special needs student with hot coolant Monday morning, according to Vacaville's public information officer Mark Mazzaferro.

The bus was carrying two other special needs students on Peabody Road past Elmira Road when the failure happened. A heater hose broke and sprayed the hot coolant into the bus.

One boy was hit by the fluid and suffered very minor injuries according to Mazzaferro. The student was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Another bus arrived and the two remaining elementary students were taken to school, Mazzaferro said.


Grandma of suspect of taping in church bathrooms speaks


JoDean Davies says her heart broke when she found out her grandson was accused of recording women and children using a cellphone inside a bathroom in a Woodland church. Police say 23-year-old Stephen Masalta hid a cell phone in the woman's bathroom at the New Life Community Church on Walnut Street.

"He's carrying a huge load of shame and regret," Davies said about Masalta. "And he wants this, people to know how sorry, how deeply sorry he is."

The pastor of the church turned the cell phone over to police after a member of the congregation found it. Woodland Police Department detectives say the phone had about two hours of video of women and children using the bathroom. When they searched Masalta's home, officers say they found more videos going back about four months.

"We are looking to discover the root cause. When someone who's shown no sign, no indication of anything like this," Davies said.

Family and friends remember victims of wrong-way crash


It was one week ago when a crash on Interstate 505 killed four, when a driver was going the wrong way.

Dozens of friends and family members gathered outside Woodland Dignity Health to remember three of those killed, which included a mother and her two teenaged daughters.

"She's a very good, loving mother," family friend Paula Elvert said. "The girls and her did everything together."

Sofia Ramirez, 38, and her daughters, 17-year-old Alyssa Santiago and 15-year-old Brenda Santiago, died last Saturday night.

A wrong-way driver crashed into their car on Interstate 505 in Yolo County.

The only one to survive the collision was the girls' father.

"It must be hard, you lose all your family all at once. I can only imagine what he's going through," Alejandra Herrera, a friend of Sofia's said.

Cat gets eyelids thanks to surgery at UC Davis


Born without eyelids, 9-month-old cat Billie underwent surgery at UC Davis two months ago. Today, she is healed and can safely see.

Billie suffered from eyelid agenesis – she couldn't close her eyes completely and hair in the area constantly irritated and inflamed her eyes.

At UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, ophthalmologists had to conduct transplant surgery in order to give Billie eyelids. Vets removed tissue from the cat's cheek and lips and transplanted it as eyelids.

When Billie came back for her one-week checkup, both grafts appeared to be healing well. After two weeks, Billie's stitches were removed and the swelling had gone down. At her two-month appointment, Billie was able to blink both eyes. Hair that was clipped before the surgery had grown back and away from her eyes.