YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Lauren Keene

Containment of rugged Wragg fire grows

Staff, wire reports Firefighters gained additional control last night over the rugged Wragg fire in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties, which has scorched an estimated 6,900 acres of drought-parched countryside near Lake Berryessa. Officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported the blaze to be 20 percent contained as of this morning […]

Crews battle Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa

The Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa grew aggressively overnight, burning more than 6,000 acres and threatening 200 structures as hundreds of firefighters struggled to gain control of the blaze.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said while the cause of the fire remains under investigation, a vehicle accident in the area — Highway 128 near Wragg Canyon Road — may have been what started the incident shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

It remained only 5-percent contained as of this morning …

Injured worker rescued from underground site

Emergency personnel in Woodland came to the rescue of a construction worker who was injured Tuesday morning in an underground pipe. Woodland Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Sander said firefighters were summoned shortly after 8:30 a.m. to the area of County Roads 117 and 22 — the construction site for the Woodland/Davis Clean Water Project […]

Rush-hour nightmare

A California Highway Patrol officer works the scene of a collision on Interstate 80 in West Sacramento that snarled commute traffic in both directions for hours Tuesday. The crash occurred on eastbound I-80 at Reed Avenue shortly before 5:30 p.m. when a big-rig whose driver failed to brake for slower-moving traffic struck a Ford truck […]

Another Prieto harassment lawsuit dismissed

A federal court ruling has halted a second sexual harassment lawsuit targeting Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto. Filed in July 2013 on behalf of Deputy Robin Gonzalez, the complaint failed to demonstrate a continuing pattern of conduct that fell within the required limitations period of March 2012 or later, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller […]

Plea deal resolves former Harper teacher’s sexual battery case

The case of a former Harper Junior High School science teacher accused of inappropriately touching a former student reached a resolution Thursday. John Anthony O’Brien, 40, pleaded no contest in Yolo Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, according to his defense attorney Ken Moyal. Judge Daniel Maguire immediately sentenced O’Brien to three […]

New judge appointed to Yolo Superior Court

The Yolo Superior Court’s newest judge is someone with longtime Yolo County ties, raised in Winters and currently employed by the Yolo County Counsel’s Office. Sonia Cortés, 43, will become the court’s 11th judge and first-ever Latino member when she takes the bench this summer, around the same time as the court’s move to the […]

Missing man’s vehicle found near Golden Gate

Police are investigating the disappearance of a 26-year-old Davis man. Officers learned that John Michael Larsen had gone missing on Monday when U.S. Park police discovered his vehicle parked near the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said Wednesday. Larsen’s bicycle also was nearby, parked closer to the bridge, Doroshov […]

Attempted murder suspect’s competency questioned

The attorney for a man accused of intentionally striking three bicyclists with a car near Clarksburg last month have raised questions regarding the defendant’s mental competency to stand trial. As a result, a Yolo Superior Court judge halted court proceedings for Alamar Cyril Houston on Wednesday pending a psychological evaluation. Houston is due back in […]

Man injured in freeway crash

A 23-year-old man was airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center on Tuesday following a solo vehicle accident on Interstate 80, according to the Davis Fire Department. The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. on westbound I-80 west of Mace Boulevard, resulting in significant injuries to the driver, fire officials said. He was transported by […]

Two nabbed after Woodland police chase

Yolo County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Woodland men Monday following a vehicle pursuit that also involved the California Highway Patrol. Sgt. Matt Davis said the chase began at about 2:50 p.m. when a deputy observed a car traveling recklessly through a rural Woodland intersection. The deputy activated the patrol vehicle’s lights and siren, but the […]

For the record

A story in Sunday’s Enterprise regarding Friday’s resolution in the Brian Cassidy hit-and-run DUI case should have noted that the arrangement, in which Cassidy pleaded no contest to all the charges in his complaint, was carried out against the wishes of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. The procedure is referred to as “pleading to the sheet” […]

Two arrested on robbery charges

Davis police arrested two people Friday in connection with an East Davis apartment break-in. Officers were summoned at about 4:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 900 block of Cranbrook Court, where a resident said he had been assaulted by two unknown subjects who broke into the residence. Police later determined the parties were known […]

Crash injures 7 on I-80

Seven people were injured in a two-vehicle crash west of Davis on Saturday. Paul Swanson, division chief for the Davis Fire Department, said fire crews from Davis and Dixon responded to the two-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 80 west of Highway 113 at about 3 p.m. Of the eight people who were in the vehicles, […]

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