YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Lauren Keene

Davis court cases headed for trial

Trial dates have been set in two high-profile Yolo Superior Court cases out of Davis. Brian Douglas Cassidy, accused of causing a head-on collision on Chiles Road that injured a motorcyclist, then fleeing the scene, is due to stand trial starting Sept. 21. The case could resolve before then with a plea agreement, however, given […]

Suspect in church bathroom recordings pleads not guilty

WOODLAND — A former Woodland church musician pleaded not guilty in Yolo Superior Court on Friday to allegations that he secretly filmed women and girls in the church’s bathroom. Stephen William Masalta, 23, is charged with eavesdropping, a felony, and misdemeanor count of developing obscene matter. He is due back in court June 19 for […]

Winters man suspected of robbery

Davis police arrested a 31-year-old Winters man Saturday night after he allegedly robbed another man at gunpoint. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said officers were summoned shortly before 10 p.m. to the parking lot of The Marketplace shopping center on West Covell Boulevard, where the victim reported being robbed while sitting in his vehicle. The suspect brandished […]

Bicyclist’s death stuns Davis Double Century organizers

Organizers of the Davis Double Century bike ride said they were “shocked and saddened” by Saturday’s accident in Dixon that claimed the life of a Rocklin cyclist, and said the incident will be considered in planning the route for next year’s ride. Ronald Cortez, 50, died shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday when he rode into […]

Four UCD police cadets hired as full-time officers

The UC Davis Police Department graduated its third class of student cadets earlier this week, but some of the graduates won’t be gone for long. Of the 17 cadets, four — Sean Berger, Jena Du, Erika Lee and Gurpreet Singh — have been hired on as full-time UCD police officers, pending their completion of a […]

Bicyclist dies in collision with big-rig

A Rocklin man participating in Saturday’s Davis Double Century bike ride was killed when a big-rig struck his bike in Dixon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision occurred at 5:10 a.m. at the intersection of Sparling Lane and Tremont Road, where Ronald Cortez, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP Officer Chris […]

Up in flames

Davis firefighters responded to a vehicle fire at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday on County Road 102 near Moore Boulevard in northeast Davis. Fire officials said a mechanical problem triggered the blaze in the 2007 Subaru’s engine compartment, which spread to the interior of the car. No injuries were reported, but the Subaru was declared a […]

New phone app serves as ‘virtual guardian’ at UCD

UC Davis students and employees seeking the protection of a safety escort can now look to their smartphones to achieve that peace of mind. Officials from the UCD Police Department and Safety Services on Wednesday unveiled the Aggie Guardian, a free mobile application for iPhones and Androids that acts as a “virtual escort” while its users travel between […]

Remembering the fallen

Sgt. Jose Ramirez of the Winters Police Department recites the names of the 11 Yolo County law-enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since 1912 during a ceremony Tuesday at the Peace Officers Memorial in Woodland, one of several local events being held this week in honor of National Police Week. Community […]

Esparto teen killed in crash identified

The Esparto teen who died Friday night while on a driving lesson with his father was identified by Yolo County coroner’s officials Monday as Marcos Trujillo, 13. California Highway Patrol investigators said the boy lost control of a 2005 Chevy he was driving on County Road 89 north of County Road 26. His father, who […]

Drug-use details emerge in Baby Justice case

WOODLAND — The Woodland woman accused of killing her infant son told investigators she used drugs throughout her pregnancy and in the days leading up to the baby’s death, according to documents filed recently in Yolo Superior Court. “Samantha Green admitted to using marijuana during her entire pregnancy with Justice Rees,” Yolo County Sheriff’s Detective […]

Driver gets 18-to-life prison term for epilepsy-related crash in Davis

WOODLAND — In sentencing the man whose epilepsy caused a fatal collision in Davis last year, the judge let it be known he wasn’t punishing Armando Arias Gonzalez Jr. for his medical condition. “It was your decision to drive when you knew what your medical condition was,” Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson said during […]

Explosives training might be heard in Davis city limits

Davis residents might hear explosions coming from the police firing range on Pole Line Road this week as the FBI’s Sacramento division, along with the Yolo County Bomb Squad and Davis Police Department, holds a one-week post blast investigation course in Davis. Law-enforcement personnel from throughout Northern California will attend the course, with classes held […]

Esparto boy, Woodland woman killed in separate accidents

A 13-year-old Esparto boy taking a driving lesson from his father and a 37-year-old Woodland woman crossing the street lost their lives late last week in separate accidents involving vehicles. The teenage boy died at the scene of the Friday night accident, which occurred at about 8:40 p.m. on County Road 89 north of County […]

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