YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Lauren Keene

Abandoned bag outside police station puts cops on alert

A suspicious duffel bag found outside the Davis police station on Tuesday had decidedly unsuspicious contents: binders, some clothing and personal hygiene products such as toothpaste and shampoo. But officers didn’t know that when they discovered it, the uncertainty resulting in a nearly two-hour shutdown of Fifth Street while Yolo County Bomb Squad technicians tested […]

Yolo crews battling California, Washington wildfires

A Yolo County firefighting strike team has entered its fifth week on the road, arriving Saturday at the Rough fire in the Sierra National Forest, east of Fresno. The 22-member team, which includes a four-person engine and strike team leader from the Davis and UC Davis fire departments, has been assigned to 12-hour shifts in […]

Davis teen found safe

A Davis teen reported missing on Monday has been found safe. Luke Patzer was found walking Monday evening in Solano County, according to the Davis Police Department, which had issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin earlier in the day. Patzer, 16, had last been seen at about 10 p.m. Sunday at his home and was considered to […]

Crews battle hay fire on UCD campus

A large hay fire on the UC Davis campus Sunday turned into a nearly 12-hour job for city and university fire crews. The blaze broke out shortly after 6 a.m. near the Cole animal science facility off La Rue Road and was first spotted by a campus maintenance worker, who alerted the Fire Department as […]

Four arrested following Woodland vehicle pursuit

California Highway Patrol officers arrested four people Saturday following a vehicle pursuit near the busy Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. The chase began shortly before 6:30 p.m. when officers conducting maximum-enforcement patrols on Gibson Road near the fairgrounds, where the Yolo County Fair was underway, attempted a vehicle stop for a seatbelt violation, according to the […]

Man hurt after refusing robber’s demands

A man suffered injuries to his face early Saturday after refusing to hand his wallet over to a would-be robber in downtown Davis, according to police. Sgt. Dan Powell said the victim later sought medical aid at a Roseville hospital, telling emergency room staff he was at an unidentified bar when the suspect approached him […]

Davis man arrested after apartment brawl

Assault and mayhem charges may be in a Davis man’s future after he allegedly attacked and injured another man at a Mace Ranch apartment complex. Elmer David Rodriguez, 24, was arrested at the Alhambra Apartments, 4500 Alhambra Drive, where officers were summoned at about 1 a.m. Saturday to investigate reports of a man yelling and […]

CHP seeks driver who hit big rig

California Highway Patrol officers are seeking a motorist who crashed into the rear of a big-rig between Davis and West Sacramento early this morning, then ditched the car and left the scene. The rear-end collision occurred at about 2:45 a.m. on westbound Interstate 80  at the Yolo Causeway, where the front end of the vehicle […]

New law benefits officers and public, UCD police chief says

UC Davis police are praising last week’s passage of legislation they say will strengthen their investigative abilities while also building trust within the campus community. Senate Bill 424, authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, adds language to the California Penal Code giving college and university police departments the authority to use pretext phone calls and […]

Fire damages L Street building exterior

A Dumpster fire spread to the exterior of an L Street yoga studio Monday night, according to the Davis Fire Department. The fire was reported at 10:30 p.m. in the 400 block of L Street. Flames extended up the rear wall of Bikram Davis and reached partly into the roof before fire crews were able […]

Woodland woman killed in crash

A 63-year-old Woodland woman was killed Sunday morning after her vehicle was broadsided by a truck at a rural Yolo County intersection. Authorities say Sheri Lynn Reed was at the wheel of a westbound 2007 Ford Taurus that had stopped at the intersection of County Roads 25A and 98 before pulling into the path of […]

Suspicious fires in Davis under investigation

The Davis Fire Department is investigating a series of roadside blazes that occupied the city’s fire crews Saturday night. Three fires broke out within a 18-minute time span, Division Chief Tim Annis said — 9:10 p.m. at Interstate 80 near the Yolo Causeway, 9:25 p.m. at County Road 32A at Mace Boulevard, and 9:28 p.m. at […]

Yolo court prepares for once-in-a-lifetime move

WOODLAND — Moving from one courthouse to another is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the Yolo Superior Court will reduce its operations over the next two weeks to dedicate as much staff as possible to that extraordinary effort.

Starting Monday, only two courtrooms will remain open (and just one on Aug. 20 and 21) at the court’s current Woodland location for necessary matters such as in-custody arraignments, juvenile court cases, emergency civil and family hearings and some criminal proceedings.

A mangled mess

A police officer approaches the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Sycamore Lane near Quail Street late Wednesday night. Davis police Lt. Ton Phan said emergency personnel arrived to find the vehicle split in two and the driver, a man from Santa Cruz, trapped inside the wreckage. He was conscious and talking with officers after […]

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