California prisons to change pepper-spray rules

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — California prison officials said Wednesday that they will change the rules for using pepper spray on mentally ill inmates, as a federal judge considers whether current practices violate inmates’ civil rights. The corrections department will limit how much pepper spray can be used and how quickly, said spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman. […]

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

Hate-crime defendant jailed following alleged GPS violations

A week before his scheduled sentencing in a Davis hate-crime case, Clayton Daniel Garzon was back in Yolo County Jail custody Wednesday for an alleged pretrial violation that could have an impact on his plea agreement. Dan Fruchtenicht, a supervisor with the Yolo County Probation Department’s pretrial supervision program, said his office, which has supervised […]

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

Panel recommends contract terms city, DCEA could agree upon

The city and one of its largest employee groups could be nearing a labor contract agreement. A report authored by a third-party fact-finding panel was released to the public last week containing recommendations on the specific terms of the contract that is under negotiation between the city and the Davis City Employees Association. The main […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Davis pursuit suspect arrested

A Lodi man who led Davis police on a vehicle pursuit last week was taken into custody Tuesday night in West Sacramento. Gabriel Kruse, 42, was arrested on a warrant stemming from the Oct. 15 chase, which began on westbound Interstate 80 and ended on Olive Drive when Kruse crashed into a parked car. He […]

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

Indecent exposure suspect puts up a fight

An indecent-exposure suspect added to his woes Tuesday when he allegedly attacked the Yolo County sheriff’s deputy who was taking him into custody. Pierre Lumsey, 29, was contacted at about 6 p.m. by deputies who had received reports of a man exposing himself on Clover Street in Esparto. Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons said Lumsey screamed […]

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Police dogs honored as two names added to memorial

Police K-9 teams from around the state gathered Wednesday to honor California police dogs who have died in the line of duty. The names of two dogs — Max, who worked narcotics with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and Urko, a K-9 for the Hawthorne Police Department — were added to the “Faithful Partner” […]

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

A powerful message

Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Waller and his dog Richter meet Pioneer Elementary School students Wednesday morning at a Red Ribbon Week kickoff assembly outdoors on the playground. Richter also demonstrated how he sniffs out drugs. Davis firefighters and police officers also participated, educating children about safety and making healthy choices. A California Highway Patrol […]

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

Kids invited to decorate pumpkins at museum

The Hattie Weber Museum of Davis will celebrate an early Halloween on Saturday by providing treats for goblins, ghosts, princesses and all other trick-or-treaters. The museum, 445 C St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be pumpkins to decorate and take home. Decorating supplies will be provided, or children can […]

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

Provenza opposes consolidating assessor’s office with clerk/recorder

A plan to consolidate Yolo County’s assessor’s office with that of the clerk/recorder received preliminary approval from county supervisors this week. An ordinance combining the two elected offices will return to the board for a vote next month. But the proposal — which would take effect at the end of 2014 when the current elected […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Holiday treats for all ages can be found downtown

Davis Downtown has several holiday events planned for local youngsters. Children in costume may walk the Treat Trail from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. This community tradition, recommended for kids 10 and under, will happen rain or shine. Adding to the Halloween spirit, the Varsity Theatre will show “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie […]

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

School arts grant applications due Oct. 31

The Davis School Arts Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2013-14 school year. The foundation is a local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has been dedicated to keeping the arts in Davis public schools for more than 30 years. Through donations from local individuals and businesses, the foundation is able to provide grants to support […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Military expert talks about women under pressure

“How She Really Does It,” a radio show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at This week’s guest is Elizabeth M. Norman, R.N., Ph.D., a professor at New York University and the author of “Women at War: The Story of Fifty […]

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Water-wise plants take center stage at Central Park Gardens sale

Central Park Gardens will celebrate seven years of volunteer-led garden improvements at its annual open house and plant sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers and members of the gardens’ steering committee will answer questions and sell plants in five of the seven demonstration gardens, at Third and B streets […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pepper-spray cop gets $38K in workers’ comp

The former campus cop seen in a viral video pepper-spraying student protesters will receive workers’ compensation totaling $38,056.

John Pike, 40, of Roseville, reportedly suffered depression and anxiety brought on by death threats he and his family received after the Nov. 18, 2011, confrontation at an Occupy UC Davis encampment.

Administrative Law Judge Harter approved the settlement between Pike and the University of California on Oct. 16.