Mother pleads not guilty to murder, assault charges

As her relatives wept in the courtroom audience, a Davis woman pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and assault charges stemming from last week’s death of her 5-year-old daughter.

Aquelin Crystal Talamantes, 29, spoke softly as she confirmed her name to Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio and said she could not afford to hire her own attorney. Beronio appointed a public defender, who entered the not-guilty plea on Talamantes’ behalf.

Beronio set an Oct. 15 preliminary hearing date in the case and ordered that Talamantes continue to be held without bail at the Yolo County Jail.

“We still love you,” one tearful relative said to Talamantes as family members filed out of the courtroom.

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Power restored at UC Berkeley after explosion

BERKELEY (AP) — Power was restored to most of UC Berkeley this morning, after an explosion left one person hospitalized for minor burns, campus officials said. The school’s Twitter feed announced early today that most classes would meet as scheduled. Eleven buildings remained without power and classes in those buildings were canceled. The explosion occurred […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

New law gives millions of consumers access to solar, wind power

Renters, small businesses and millions of other utility customers throughout California soon will be able to utilize wind, solar and other forms of clean and affordable renewable energy through their utility provider. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend legislation enabling Californians who cannot install their own renewable power generation system to obtain […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Right-size can for the job

Jennifer Gilbert, the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator, designed this flier that helps Davis customers determine what size trash can will meet their household’s needs. Davisites who want to swap out their 95-gallon can for something smaller can call Gilbert or Richard Tsai at the city’s Public Works Department, 530-757-5686. Or, staffers at the city’s […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Dwayne (No. 118965), a 3-month-old neutered male terrier mix with a black and tan coat. Also hoping for a good home is Sasha (No. 118359), a 1-year-old spayed female domestic […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Strategic planners forward objectives to school board

The Davis school district’s Strategic Planning Committee wrapped up three long days of intensive discussion on Saturday, adopting several draft documents that will go before the school board on Oct. 17 for comments by the district’s trustees and members of the public. These documents include four strategy statements that will form the basis for research […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Heartbreaking story accompanies search for missing dog

A grief-stricken Davis family hopes the community can help find the beloved pet of a young woman who died unexpectedly earlier this summer. A $1,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of Calliope, a 6-year-old female dog that’s a brindle pit bull and German shepherd mix. Calliope belonged to Samantha Young, who died […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City ready to swap out trash cans

City administrators already have fielded dozens of calls from residents looking to ditch their oversized garbage cans, just a week after the Davis City Council adopted residential trash collection rates based on container sizes. When the new rates take effect Dec. 1, residents who continue to put out their trash in 95-gallon containers — by […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Report says truancy may cost state billions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California must act to reduce rampant truancy that saw an estimated 1 million elementary students absent in the last school year and may cost the state billions of dollars through increased crime and poverty, according to a study released Monday by the state attorney general’s office. “The empty desks in our […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Standing In: How to ward off Alzheimer’s: A modest proposal

It seems to be common knowledge that the way to forestall dreaded memory loss is to exercise your brain. Articles tout the benefits of crossword puzzles, traveling, being social and exercising. Challenge your brain! That’s the ticket. This summer I happened upon a sure-fire approach to vastly increase the neuron firings in my brain. It […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Deadline nears for Covell/Brinley Award nominations

Davis is jam-packed with people who give of their time, treasure and talents to make this community a better place. Now is your chance to honor them for their contributions. Nominations for Davis’ top citizen honors — the C.A. Covell Award for the Citizen of the Year and the A.G. Brinley Award for outstanding service […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Demonstrations will teach festival visitors how to lower their carbon ‘foodprint’

Learn more What: Cool Davis Festival, featuring interactive exhibits, entertainment and information on how to reduce your carbon footprint When: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 Where: Central Park, Fourth and C streets Getting there: Ride your bike, walk or take the bus; Unitrans is offering free rides all day Info: www.cooldavis.org By Anya McCann and Lynne Nittler Our “foodprint” […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Keep Davis as green as possible

Dig in! What: Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales focusing on “The New Front Yard.” Shoppers will find plants suitable for replacing their lawns or refreshing their landscapes. Attractive, low-water, easy-care California native plants, as well as a large selection of Arboretum All-Stars and other regionally appropriate plants will be available When: 9-11 […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Biological link found between diabetes, heart disease

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis researchers have identified for the first time a biological pathway activated when blood sugar levels are abnormally high and causes irregular heartbeats. That condition — cardiac arrhythmia — is linked with heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Reported online earlier this month in the journal Nature, the discovery helps explain why […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,