Testimony continues in Davis hate-crime case

WOODLAND — Anti-gay slurs often are used to challenge a person’s masculinity, and do not necessarily demonstrate bias against homosexuals, a linguistics expert testified Monday in Yolo Superior Court. William Eggington, chair of the linguistics department at Brigham Young University, was called as a defense witness for Clayton Daniel Garzon, the 20-year-old Davis resident accused […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Bob Dunning: It’s an honor to crow about

FOWL PLAY … because I have friends in high places, I have been invited to be an honorary “Cluckster” in the “Courage to Cluck” exhibition that kicks off Davis’ world-famous Tour de Cluck on Saturday … according to the invitation “Most ‘Courage to Cluck’ performers will simply get up to the microphone and cluck like […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Inmate dies at Yolo County Jail

Yolo County coroner’s officials are investigating the weekend death of a jail inmate. Todd Alexander Phillips, 29, of West Sacramento, died Saturday at Woodland Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after a correctional officer found him “agitated and upset” in his jail cell shortly before 1 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Dale Johnson said in a news […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | 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 are AnnaBelle (No. 115608), a 10-month-old spayed female brown brindle and white pit bull. Also hoping for a good home is Siri (No. 115748), a 3-year-old spayed female domestic short-haired cat. […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Cream of the crop: Davis Farmers Market

When strolling down the deck of the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, it’s common to find an abundance of fresh green produce, stuffed into bins and boxes, on display and ready for sale.

That verdant trail, however, can be followed beyond the confines of the market pavilion and on into the downtown, where any “green” leftover in wallets and purses — after the week’s supply of avocados or strawberries has been had — is often spent.

A 2008 Davis Downtown economic study showed that the average marketgoer spent an additional $21 in the Core Area after purchasing whatever he picked up at the market that day …

May 21, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Local author on same route with ‘Sylvia’s Secret’

Meet the author What: Scott Evans of Davis releases his new novel, “Sylvia’s Secret” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Local author Scott Evans may be heading down Interstate 5 as you read this, with ideas for his next book running through his head as he drives past a rolling […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Name Droppers: Scranton earns West Point appointment

Jack Scranton, son of Stephen and Erin Scranton of Davis, has received an appointment to the Class of 2017 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Scranton will graduate next month from Davis High School where he was a member of the cross country and track teams. The prospective members of the Class of […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Tree commissioners upset over handling of fine; Kidd still hasn’t paid

Members of the Davis Tree Commission are not happy with the way the city has handled the penalty it assessed Select Commercial Brokers, owned by Davis resident Jim Kidd, for illegally cutting down trees on city property last year. The company removed two Chinese hackberries — one completely and one partially — and one coast […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Woodland church center vandalized

Woodland police are investigating weekend vandalism that damaged the Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St.Officers were alerted at 5 a.m. Monday to the vandalism, which according to Sgt. Darren Imus included several areas of gang graffiti and a threat to kill law enforcement officers. The incident is being investigated as a felony crime. Anyone […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Shooting, carjacking may be gang-related, Woodland cops say

Gang activity may have played a role in both a carjacking and a shooting that occurred in Woodland late last week, according to police. Three people were arrested in connection with the carjacking, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday near Ferns Park on West Southwood Drive. The victim reported being assaulted by three males […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

City open house focuses on Covell Boulevard

Community members are invited to give input and ask questions about the city’s plans to improve the East Covell Boulevard corridor during an open house Thursday in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The open house will run from 6 to 8 p.m. City community development staff […]

May 21, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Poet will visit UCD Arboretum

Zach “OmegaZ” Watkins, a composer and poet living in Sacramento, will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum. Watkins graduated from Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) with a bachelor of arts in music. The event is free; parking is available for $7 in […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Summer creative writing class set

A creative writing class for teens and adults will be offered this summer at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The class, taught by Don Schwartz, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting June 11. “If you are looking for a supportive and friendly environment to develop your writing ideas, this is the […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Local author wins Agatha Award for latest mystery, has new book coming in June

Meet the author Who: Mystery writer Catriona McPherson When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. Info: 530-758-4040 Local author Catriona McPherson recently picked up an Agatha Award for her 2012 mystery novel “Dandy Gilver and the Unsuitable Day for a Murder.” And McPherson has a new novel — not […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,