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Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Author Archive: Lauren Keene

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 […]

Crash victim escapes from burning car

Tragedy was averted Saturday morning when a passenger in a West Sacramento crash was able to escape from the vehicle just before it burst into flames, the California Highway Patrol reported. The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on westbound Highway 80 near Reed Avenue, where the driver of a Toyota sedan failed to notice […]

Mom takes witness stand in Davis elder-abuse trial

WOODLAND — She was called as a prosecution witness, but a Davis woman came to the defense of her son Friday at his trial for allegedly causing the death of a mentally impaired man who spent several years in his care. “Jimmy was the helper,” Darlene Mattos said of son James Matthew Mattos, 53, who […]

Judicial candidates face off at Bar Association forum

WOODLAND — Four candidates for Yolo Superior Court judge squared off Wednesday before an audience of attorneys who would appear in their courtroom should they be elected. Sponsored by the Yolo County Bar Association, the hourlong forum in the County Administration Building revealed the contenders’ views on topics ranging from their judicial philosophies to court […]

On the scene

Davis firefighters and ambulance personnel tend to the victims of a two-vehicle crash that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 5900 block of Chiles Road in South Davis. Two people were transported to Sutter Davis Hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to Bruce Fry, division chief for the Davis Fire Department. Courtesy […]

Obstacle course shows dangers of distracted driving

They could be in any neighborhood: a bicyclist. A jogger. A new mom pushing her baby stroller. A small boy kicking around a soccer ball.

In this case, however, the “people” were cardboard cutouts, erected amid a traffic-cone obstacle course at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento.

Their purpose: to show visiting reporters first-hand the dangers of distracted driving. According to the CHP, the act of sending or receiving a text or phone call takes a driver’s eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds …

Davis man faces drug, resisting arrest charges

Erratic behavior led to the arrest of a 29-year-old Davis man on drug and resisting-arrest charges Tuesday night in Winters, the California Highway Patrol reported. Officer Cindy Leal said Christopher B. Roberts was holding a sign on the sidewalk and “appeared to be talking to himself” when a CHP officer came to a stop at […]

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