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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Lauren Keene

Woman killed by train ID’d

Authorities check the scene of an Amtrak train fatality Tuesday morning west of Davis. The woman who was struck and killed has been identified as Darcy Berry, 58, of Washington, Solano County coroner’s officials reported this morning. Union Pacific Railroad Police Department officials said Berry was walking in the middle of the westbound tracks when she […]

Hay bales burn east of Davis

Davis firefighters responded to a first-alarm grass fire Monday that damaged hay bales east of town, officials said. The fire at FrontierAg, in the 46000 block of County Road 32B, was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. The burning hay bales threatened a large stack of cardboard as well as an area of rice hulls, Davis […]

Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

WOODLAND — The case of a Winters homicide suspect was delayed several weeks while Yolo County prosecutors determine whether to seek the death penalty against the defendant. William Carl Gardner III, 30, was indicted by the Yolo County grand jury last month on charges including first-degree murder with the special circumstances of murder of a […]

Woman struck by train near Davis

A woman was killed this morning after being struck by an Amtrak passenger train west of Davis, officials at the scene said. Officers with the Union Pacific Police Department and Amtrak said the adult female was walking in the middle of the westbound tracks when she was hit by the train, which was headed from […]

Up in flames

Davis firefighters respond to the scene of a vehicle fire at about 2 a.m. Saturday along westbound Interstate 80 at Highway 113 in Davis. One person was transported to Sutter Davis Hospital with a burn injury to the hand as a result of the incident, Davis Fire Department Division Chief Bruce Fry said. Bruce Fry/Courtesy […]

Fire damages Woodland home

A Woodland resident had to flee early Sunday morning after their home was damaged by a fire. The fire broke out at about 1 a.m. in an attached storage room at the 70 W. Main St. residence, which was “well-involved” when crews arrived on scene, Woodland Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Robinson said. Firefighters, with […]

Steadfast in their support

Peggy Easley of Davis, center, is surrounded by supporters of her husband, Ajay Dev, as they take part in a vigil Friday outside the 3rd District Court of Appeal building in downtown Sacramento. The court is hearing an appeal of Dev’s 2009 conviction on charges that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter. Dev’s appellate lawyer contends […]

Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

WOODLAND — A former Davis man’s failure to properly care for an elderly man, who prosecutors say died as a result of the neglect, amounted to second-degree murder, a Yolo County jury ruled Thursday after less than a day of deliberations. The panel also found James Matthew Mattos guilty of elder abuse and financial theft […]

‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

Yolo County is no stranger to hitchhikers. But this may be the first of a four-legged variety. On the night of April 8, a woman driving her minivan was stopped at the intersection of Gibson Road and West Street in Woodland when she noticed an Australian cattle dog running at full speed down the street. […]

Jury deliberates murder, elder-abuse charges

WOODLAND — Someone is to blame for the death of Cecil Wachholtz. Yolo County prosecutors believe that blame lies with his final caretaker, James Matthew Mattos, whose failure to properly feed, bathe or seek medical care for the mentally impaired 67-year-old brought on the multiple ailments that killed him, they say. “The defendant had one […]

CHP seeks owner of lost cash

The Woodland California Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in returning some money to its rightful owner. According to Officer Bryan Konvalin, a private citizen found the large amount of cash — the exact total was not disclosed — near the Dunnigan rest stop along Interstate 5 and turned it over to the CHP […]

Davis elder-abuse case wraps up

WOODLAND — Testimony in a Davis homicide and elder-abuse trial was expected to conclude this morning, with the jury hearing closing arguments and possibly beginning its deliberations this afternoon. James Matthew Mattos, 53, is accused of second-degree murder and elder abuse in connection with the Oct. 27, 2012, death of Cecil Wachholtz, a 67-year-old mentally […]

Early Picnic Day stats show arrests steady, citations down

Davis police arrested 44 people and cited 56 others, mostly for alcohol- and noise-related violations, during the Picnic Day enforcement period, according to preliminary numbers released Monday. So far, those totals are down from last year’s final tally of 46 arrests and 83 citations, but Lt. Tom Waltz cautioned that his department is still awaiting […]

Police warn of PG&E phone scam

The Davis Police Department is warning the public about a recent telephone scam in which the caller claims to be from PG&E. According to police, those on the receiving end of the calls — most of them businesses — are told they have an outstanding balance with the utility company and are at risk of […]

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