Couple convicted in Davis embezzlement case

A Bay Area couple have been convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Davis company that employed them, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced last week. Benjamin Joseph Chaney, 32, of Brentwood, admitted on Jan. 11 to embezzling between $100,000 and $500,000 from Harper Model Home Maintenance, where he had been […]

Coroner: Alcohol caused homeless man’s death

Alcoholism, and not the cold, caused the death of a homeless man whose body was found underneath a Woodland freeway overpass last week, Yolo County coroner’s officials said. James Michael Izarelli, 61, died of liver failure brought on by alcohol abuse, Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said following an autopsy conducted last week. His body […]

Yudof resigns, cites health reasons

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Mark Yudof said Friday he plans to step down as head of one of the nation’s leading systems of higher education, citing a “spate of taxing health issues.” Yudof, 68, said he will end his tenure on Aug. 31, about five years after he became the 19th president […]

MOMS Club welcomes newcomers

MOMS Club of Davis invites local mothers and their children to attend its monthly breakfast and business meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The local nonprofit organization is designed to provide support daytime activities and resources for moms in Davis who stay at home either full-or part-time with their kids of any age. The breakfast meeting […]

Flu season’s only half over, and cases are increasing

This year’s influenza season is worse than an average year, and especially bad for senior citizens, Yolo County Health Department officials announce. “We appear to be halfway through an early flu season with rates of influenza-related illness increasing in California,” said Constance Caldwell, M.D., interim Yolo County health officer. “Protect yourself, your family and your […]

Mother Goose is on the loose in Winters

The Yolo County Library, in collaboration with First 5 Yolo, is offering “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a weekly bilingual program on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children from birth through age 3. The program takes place at the Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program combines […]

City sponsors MLK observance Monday

Community members are invited to celebrate the teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the city of Davis’ annual observance, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. Admission to the all-ages event, which is sponsored by the Davis Human Relations Commission, is free. Monday’s is […]

Pup trains to be crime victims’ best friend

Say “aloha” to Aloha.

At 5 1/2 months old, the Australian multigenerational Labradoodle with green eyes and silky blond fur is still in the puppy stages, learning commands and chewing on things she shouldn’t be. But she’s destined for important work.

Aloha is one of the newest members of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, where she’s in training to become a “comfort dog” — offering a gentle, reassuring presence for crime victims at the office and, eventually, inside the courtroom.

Yolo Hospice: Support is there for you

Support a caregiver As community member, boss or friend, there are many things you can do to help: * Bring pre-cooked, freezable meals * Call when you are going to the store to see if you can pick something up and deliver it * Arrange to help chauffeur children to school or extracurricular activities * […]

Crab feed tickets are going fast

Only a few days — and just 30 tickets — remain for the Davis Rebekah Lodge’s second annual Crab Feed, planned for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The crab feed is a charitable fundraiser, open to the general public. “If you like crab, […]

Fateful B-52 flight revealed deadly weakness

By David Sharp ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN, Maine (AP) — Flying low over snowy terrain on a Cold War training mission, Lt. Col. Dan Bulli’s massive B-52 bomber hit turbulence that shook the plane so violently he couldn’t read the gauges. Pulling back on the yoke and pushing forward on the throttle, he tried to fly out […]

Holocaust survivor speaks at Davis church

Holocaust survivor Alexander Groth, a UC Davis professor emeritus, will speak at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Davis Christian Assembly, 3030 Sycamore Lane, as the church observes Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

Mali fighting centers on key town

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military claimed Friday that it has held control of a key town where Islamic extremists had battled its forces for a week, though aid groups warned they were unable to reach the area to provide humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, the United Nations warned that some 700,000 civilians could be displaced by […]

60 hostages dead or missing in Algeria standoff

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — About 60 foreign hostages are still unaccounted for three days into a bloody siege with Islamic militants at a gas plant deep in the Sahara, Algeria’s state news service said Friday. The militants, meanwhile, offered to trade two American hostages for terror figures jailed in the United States, according to a […]