Merryhill School campus soon will be quiet

Merryhill Elementary School at 2650 Lillard Drive in South Davis will close in July — after the 2012-13 school year and a pre-planned summer camp are over — officials of the school’s parent company have announced. Merryhill’s preschool on nearby La Vida Way in South Davis will remain open.

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Senators to propose assault weapons ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are joining forces with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other key senators, proposing a retooled federal ban on assault weapons in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the proposed legislation, to be unveiled Thursday in […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Fatal I-5 crash: Manslaughter or tragic accident?

WOODLAND — Robert and Linda Taylor of Oregon were en route to visit family. So was La’nessa Demillo, just 10 days shy of her third birthday, as she rode with her mother and great-grandfather in a car bound for Riverside. Arturo and Guadalupe Carrera headed home to Bellflower after a family trip to Oregon. Though […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Mail bag’s soaked with water questions

My mother taught me to answer my mail promptly. I always do as I am told. Writes Mike in the Core Area: “Bob — Enclosed please find the flier for the Yes on I sponsored ‘forum’ on the water project at the Senior Center. The No on I side was not invited. I think it […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

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. […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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 […]

February 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

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 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 […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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.

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 […]

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