Plea deal reached in Davis rape case

On the day his case was scheduled to go to trial, a Davis rape suspect admitted to several felony charges in exchange for a prison sentence of 20 years to life. Christopher Lynn Romone Turk, 26, pleaded no contest Tuesday to forcible rape with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon, robbery and a […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Crafts fair features food, music and more

The Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Davis’ Central Park, Third and C streets. There will be more than 30 vendors, live music, spiced cider and Mexican chocolate and music by the New Harmony Jazz Band. “The musicians are great,” Sally Parker said. “Last fair, people danced from […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Photos of Vietnam War casualties sought

Photos of three Davis soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War are being solicited for a “Wall of Faces” online memorial, as well as for a future education center adjacent to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. They are James P. Galvin, 1942-1966; Billy E. Moore, 1941-1970; and James R. Nash, 1947-1968. “If anyone is […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Make a connection at new café

Local residents are invited to drop in and enjoy entertainment, have pleasant conversation, sit in a quiet side room with a cup of coffee to study, or get up to speed with the digital age at Monday evening’s 7th and A Connections Café. The café is open from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Valente […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo County seeks volunteers for advisory boards

Volunteers are being sought to fill vacancies on dozens of Yolo County advisory bodies. To apply, visit (go to Government > Board of Supervisors > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at 530-666-8195 or contact your Yolo County supervisor. Vacancies exist on the Capay Valley General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Board; Child Care & Development Planning […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Fibro Friends gather for potluck

The Northern Cal Fibro Friends will hold their annual autumn potluck from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Health Plaza, 1010 Nut Tree Road, Suite 240, in Vacaville. This will be a social meeting to enjoy good food and conversation. The group will furnish plates, silverware and beverages. Anyone needing information or support […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

A different kind of coffee shop opens

Some devoted Davis folks have been drawing up plans for Mosaic Tea & Coffee over the past three years, putting their heads together to envision a coffee shop with some unusual features.

Among other things, organizers have devised strategies for operating as a nonprofit gift economy, facilitating job training and placement for adults with disabilities, and becoming an arts and music venue.

“It’s many pieces into a whole, which is why we named it Mosaic,” explained Elisa Stone, who co-chairs the project’s board. “A lot of people have poured their passion into making sure this is brought to life.”

Free oil filter exchange planned Saturday

Do you change your own motor oil? If you do and you live in Yolo County, you can get a free oil filter when you recycle your used one on Saturday. Filters may be brought to any O’Reilly Auto Parts or Autozone store in Yolo County, with a limit of two exchanges per resident, while […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD makes progress with childhood obesity

SACRAMENTO — Using telemedicine to unite clinicians and provide health education for them — and by extension, their patients — is an effective way to manage childhood obesity in remote areas. For these communities, which often have limited access to pediatric subspecialists, having a HEALTH-COP can make all the difference. UC Davis research published in […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Stately cedar, leaning dangerously, taken down carefully

It’s a story that’s played out in several established Davis neighborhoods in recent years. A stately cedar at a home on College Park, planted back in the 1930s, had started leaning about two decades ago. And if the tree were to topple, it almost certainly would hit a home. So this morning, a work crew […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Assault suspect remains at large

Davis police released a composite sketch Tuesday of the man suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman at an Alvarado Avenue apartment complex last month. The suspect is described as an approximately 40-year-old African-American male, 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, bald with a wide-set nose and salt-and-pepper beard. He was last seen wearing a black […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Gas leak shuts down Central Davis street

Davis authorities shut down a portion of West Eighth Street for several hours on Monday after an underground natural gas line was punctured. Bruce Fry, division chief for the Davis Fire Department, said the line was hit at about 4:30 p.m. by a crew digging a new water line at a residence in the 300 […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Memorial service planned for UCD graduate

A memorial service for Andrea Laurette Mrotz, a UC Davis graduate who died Nov. 3 after being struck by a train outside the Davis Amtrak station, is scheduled for Sunday in Vallejo. The service begins at noon at the Vallejo Yacht Club, 485 Mare Island Way. All friends of Mrotz’s are invited to attend and […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Raising the colors

King High School students watch with respect as UC Davis ROTC cadets raise an American flag on the school’s flag pole on Thursday morning, the first time a flag has flown there since King High moved to its current location at Seventh and B streets, Principal Jeff Rogers said. Fred Bryner of the Veterans of […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,