Suspect pleads to manslaughter in Davis woman’s 2010 strangling death

WOODLAND — After numerous trial delays, a woman accused of killing a Davis resident inside a Woodland motel room three years ago entered into a plea agreement Wednesday that is expected to result in a 12-year prison term. Susan Marie Sheppard, 34, admitted to a felony charge of voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for use […]

Plea deal made in Davis burglary case

WOODLAND — A Shingle Springs man has agreed to serve just over three years in prison for his role in several residential burglaries in Davis last year. Kyle Kennedy Frank, 37, pleaded no contest Wednesday to three counts of first-degree burglary in exchange for a three-year, four-month state prison sentence, Yolo Superior Court officials said. […]

Independent bookstores are subject of Friends of Library meeting

Alzada Knickerbocker of The Avid Reader will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday on “Independent Bookstores: Staying Relevant in a Changing World.” Knickerbocker is the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Davis Public Library in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E 14th St., Davis. “Our Friends of […]

Pomeroy to lead New York nonprofit

UC Davis Health System chief Claire Pomeroy has been named the president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit organization that supports and promotes medical research. Pomeroy, UCD’s vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, posts she has held for seven years, announced in November that […]

Indian dinner raises funds for suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County will host “Giving from the Heart,” an Indian dinner prepared by local chef Mary Phillip. She was born and raised in India and has been preparing her dinners for nonprofit organizations for more than a decade. The dinner is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin’s […]

Merryhill School to close South Davis campus

Merryhill School — a private school in South Davis serving students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade — will be closing this summer. Parents received a letter late last week from Nobel Learning Communities, the Pennsylvania-based company that operates the Merryhill Schools (which are spread over several states), informing them that the Davis elementary campus would […]

Couples therapist goes on radio

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. Have you ever talked and talked to try to resolve an issue in a relationship? Did you feel exhausted and unheard? This week’s guest, couples […]

Wolk, Olsen use bipartisan effort to increase legislative accountability

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, introduced Tuesday identical legislation in the Senate and Assembly aiming to increase legislative accountability and public access to legislation. The bills would put a measure before voters that, if approved, would require all legislation to be in print and online for at least three days […]

Protecting sacred sites is topic of meeting

Local residents will gather from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday to discuss the role of the United States in the protection of American Indian/Alaska native sacred sites. Those interested will meet at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.

Check out the Threshold Choir on Saturday

The Threshold Choir of Davis invites interested singers who would like to learn more about the program to an introductory meeting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fireside Room of Davis Community Church, 412 C St. The choir honors the ancient tradition of women singing at life’s thresholds of serious illness or death. In groups […]

Oscar-nominated documentary to be shown in Davis

The Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights and UC Davis Students for Justice in Palestine will show “5 Broken Cameras,” a 2013 Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature. The free screening will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. “An […]

Out A Sight hears about taxes

Marc Ullrich, a certified public accountant, will discuss how taxes affect the visually impaired and all senior citizens at Tuesday’s meeting of Out A Sight. The group will gather from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Out A Sight’s self-help support group will meet from […]

Free tax preparation help available

Low-income residents can get help filing their income tax returns from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coalition in Davis. VITA volunteers will be on hand: * From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, starting this weekend, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.; * From 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Stephens […]

Rice farmers’ contribution to habitat explored

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights lecture series will feature Jim Morris, the communications manager for the California Rice Commission. The commission represents the nearly 2,500 rice growers and handlers in the state that farm and process rice grown on more than 550,000 acres annually. It works primarily in the areas […]