Warrant issued for former Davis detective; Turner says he’ll appear as witness

SACRAMENTO — A retired Davis police detective became the subject of an arrest warrant last week after failing to connect with prosecutors who want him on the witness stand in the UC Davis “sweethearts” murder trial. Fred Turner says it’s all a misunderstanding. Reached by phone at his Washington home Friday morning, Turner said he […]

Fewer teachers, larger class sizes in Davis schools this fall

Classrooms are more crowded across the Davis school district this fall — in large part because the district has about 45 fewer full-time teaching positions due to state budget cuts. That was the gist of an enrollment presentation by Assistant Superintendent Matt Best at Thursday night’s meeting of the Davis Board of Education. There are […]

Teachers, school district near impasse

The Davis school board approved a contingency plan Thursday night for budget cuts that would take effect if Proposition 30 fails in the Nov. 6 election. The statewide tax measure’s loss would trigger roughly $3.5 million in midyear state funding reductions to the Davis school district.

Contingencies are in place for administrators and classified employees, but negotiations are still ongoing between the school district and the Davis Teachers Association. The district is seeking a contingency plan that could trigger …

Third hantavirus death linked to Yosemite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has now stricken eight people in all, health officials said Thursday. Five people are ill from the outbreak reported last week by park officials, who said […]

Brown: Travel ban saved state $85M

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s travel ban has saved California taxpayers at least $85 million since he took office, state officials announced Thursday. The governor’s office released travel figures showing the state spent $144 million during Brown’s first fiscal year in office compared to $229 million during former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s final year in […]

U.S. economy adds 96K jobs, rate falls to 8.1 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow the momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech Thursday night to the Democratic National Convention. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. But that was only because more people gave up […]

Shooting at house, car lands Woodland man in jail

Woodland police arrested a 57-year-old man Thursday after he allegedly shot at a house and car. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside a home in the 400 block of Johnston Street, where five bullets struck the car and a sixth hit the garage door. The victim, who knew the suspect, said the shooter […]

Bagging the question for now

WOLKING AROUND THE ISSUE … Dandy Dan Wolk — city councilman, mayor pro tem and die-hard Stanford football fan — sounded a bit like a baby doctor when he said “It feels a bit premature.” … he was talking not about babies, however, but about that ill-advised ban on plastic bags being proposed by our […]

‘Sweethearts’ trial homes in on physical evidence

SACRAMENTO — The blue-and-red blanket at the heart of a 32-year-old murder case made its first appearance Thursday in a Sacramento courtroom. It was called the “Bundle Up,” billed on TV as “the body garment for all seasons.” Sabrina Gonsalves had purchased it as a birthday present for her sister and roommate, Andrea, whose surprise […]

Jewish Food Festival features treats and tunes

The Davis Jewish Food Festival rolls out the honey cake, bagels, kugel and many other delectables from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Central Park as part of the 50th anniversary festivities of Congregation Bet Haverim. The festival also will feature Jewish art, culture and entertainment, including rock music by Dan Nichols […]

Explorit: The music of the spiders

By Sarah Thomas Damian O. Elias, assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley, was the featured guest speaker at Explorit Science Center’s “Spiders in Your World” lecture at Mori Seiki. The extremely amusing courtship dances of the jumping spider got all the kids laughing at Explorit’s educational lecture on the complex […]

Youth leadership group kicks off new year with new ideas

During its inaugural year last year, the Youth Leadership Institute at Davis Community Church focused teen members’ efforts on serving the homeless of Davis. The teens, all high school students in grades 10 through 12, aimed to build their leadership skills through both hands-on experience and education during the year-long program. To that end, they received intensive shelter […]

Woodland cops arrest two after stabbing

Two people are in Yolo County Jail custody on attempted murder charges in connection with a man’s stabbing Wednesday outside a Woodland elementary school. Lt. Anthony Cucchi said officers responded at about 12:45 p.m. to reports of a stabbing in the 600 block of Elm Street, near Dingle Elementary School. They arrived to find the […]

Physical evidence unveiled on Day 3 of ‘Sweetheart’ murder trial

SACRAMENTO — The blue-and-red blanket at the heart of a 32-year-old murder case is expected to be unveiled this afternoon in a Sacramento courtroom. Sabrina Gonsalves purchased the blanket as a birthday present for her sister and roommate, Andrea, whose surprise party she looked forward to attending on the night of Dec. 20, 1980. Instead, […]