Retrial on premeditation issue planned in Davis homicide case

WOODLAND — The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced last week it plans to retry a Davis homicide case to determine whether the defendant should be convicted of premeditating the crime. Whether that trial actually will happen, however, depends on a judge’s ruling later this summer. A jury last month convicted 38-year-old James Elron Mings […]

June 09, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

September trial set in Davis hate-crime case

WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge set a Sept. 23 trial date for the defendant accused of a hate-crime assault against a gay Davis man. Clayton Daniel Garzon, 20, pleaded not guilty Friday to felony assault, battery and criminal threats charges stemming from the March 10 beating of 32-year-old Lawrence “Mikey” Partida outside his […]

June 09, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Congress didn’t know extent of surveillance, Garamendi says

Rep. John Garamendi on Friday expressed alarm about revelations about the extent of government surveillance of phone calls and Internet use, saying most members of Congress had been left in the dark. “I don’t know that anybody in Congress or maybe in the administration, perhaps even the president himself, knew the extent of this collection […]

June 09, 2013 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Garden Doctor: To water or too much water, that is the question

1. Is there a simple way to tell how much water my lawn needs? We just moved to a new house and the lawn is showing signs of needing water. We water daily for 4 minutes. Four minutes per day is likely too short and too frequent a schedule to allow lawns to dry out […]

June 09, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

IRS workers say supervisors directed targeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Internal Revenue Service agents working in the agency’s Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status, a contention that directly contradicts claims made by the agency since the scandal erupted last month. The Cincinnati agents didn’t provide proof that senior […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Great fanfare for Da Vinci grads’ farewell

Da Vinci graduates went out with typical flair on Thursday night, bedecked in personalized caps, celebrating both their achievements and individualism one last time as Da Vincians. After a playful introduction by students Chloe Weinstock and Graham Blanco, where they made the entire auditorium at Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus play a giant […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Obama and Xi seek to build new ties

PALM SPRINGS (AP) — Seeking a fresh start to a complex relationship, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are retreating to a sprawling desert estate for two days of talks on high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea’s nuclear threats. Obama’s efforts to press Xi to halt China’s alleged hacking against the U.S. […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Mutilated dogs found outside Knights Landing home

Yolo County Animal Services officials investigating the discovery of a headless dog left in a Knights Landing resident’s car on Thursday learned it wasn’t the first time that person made such a grisly find. Two weeks ago, the same resident found the decapitated head of a terrier inside a boat, which was parked outside the […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DSIS students followed different paths through school to earn diplomas

The Davis School for Independent Study celebrated the achievements of 24 students who received diplomas on Thursday afternoon at the Davis High School’s Brunelle Performance Hall — and each of the graduates had pursued a different path to graduation day. Several spoke of coming to DSIS after tiring of the “social drama” and stress in […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: The cat’s out of the Assembly bag

OH DANNY BOY … alas, the worst-kept secret in the history of Davis city politics is out there for all the world to see … we now know, officially, that fully 40 percent of the current Davis City Council is seeking a seat in the California Assembly … now if we can just convince Rochelle […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

FamiliesFirst under investigation

A Davis police officer visits EMQ FamiliesFirst in Davis on Thursday morning as a “complex, multi-layered investigation” continues into alleged criminal activity and poor supervision practices at the foster care facility. The Police Department announced Thursday the launch of an investigation into alleged criminal activity linked to, and poor supervision practices at, the Davis facility. […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Edward Jones rep sponsors coffee club

Carolyn Stiver, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Davis, welcomes community members at a coffee club gathering at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at her office, 4627 Fermi Place, Suite 130, in Davis. The coffee club is an informal gathering whereby Edward Jones financial advisers provide an update on the stock market and the economy in a […]

June 09, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Two-truck collision seriously injures West Sac man

Two Yolo County residents were injured — including one seriously — at noon Friday when their pickup trucks collided at the intersection of Beamer Street and County Road 102 in Woodland, the California Highway Patrol reported. Douglas B. Gross, 35, of West Sacramento, was driving a 1997 Chevy S10 southbound on Road 102, approaching Beamer Street, […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Preschool garden play date planned

Parents and caregivers with preschool-aged children are invited to join the Davis Waldorf School’s preschool garden play date from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The group will enjoy some play time outside in the preschool garden and playground at 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis, and enjoy a light snack and a craft for parents. […]

June 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,