Cardboard cop cuts crime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The burly officer watching over the bike racks at a Boston-area transportation hub is a real stiff. As part of an effort to cut crime at the Alewife MBTA subway and bus station in Cambridge, transit police placed a cardboard cutout of a police officer in the bicycle cage. Hundreds of […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Woodland man is city’s third hit-and-run fatality this summer

A 53-year-old man became Woodland’s third hit-and-run fatality in just over a month when he was struck by a vehicle early Monday morning. Douglas William Gatie of Woodland died at the scene of the collision, which occurred at about 1:15 a.m. at Main and Walnut streets, Woodland police Sgt. Steve Guthrie said. Emergency personnel arrived […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Downtown crash leads to DUI arrest

A two-car collision in downtown Davis early Monday led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man on suspicion of drunken driving, police said. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said Allen Mao of Davis was at the wheel of a vehicle that failed to stop at the intersection of Third and F streets and struck another vehicle shortly […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Police: Man pulled gun on process server

Davis police arrested a local man who allegedly pulled a gun on a process server Saturday. Tony Villanueva, 65, was taken into custody following the incident, which Lt. Glenn Glasgow said was reported at about 5:30 p.m. after the alleged victim tried to serve court papers at Villanueva’s home in the 900 block of Plum […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Wolk bill to prevent cigarette sales tax evasion moves to governor

On a bipartisan 68-0 vote Monday, the California Assembly approved legislation by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to close a loophole in state law that enables some tobacco manufacturers to avoid paying millions of dollars in state excise tax for the cigarettes they sell in California. The bill, SB 680, now moves to the governor for his […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Carlton Senior Living complex a quarter-full

With about eight months left until the new Carlton Senior Living complex on Fifth Street opens its doors, units are already beginning to fill up.

Of the 102 apartments available in the three-story, 110,000-square-foot facility — which will offer independent and assisted living accommodations — more than 25 units have been reserved.

In addition to the independent and assisted living units, Carlton Plaza Davis also will feature 36 beds, in shared rooms of two, for individuals with memory care needs.

Carlton officials estimate the complex will be open by March. As of this week, construction crews were erecting the steel beams that will frame the third floor of the complex.

Bob Dunning: Who’s afraid of a little ol’ election?

THE GHOST OF MEASURE J … I don’t know about you, but I regard the initiative process, where citizens are allowed to take matters into their own hands, as sacred … and I don’t really care which side of an issue the initiative may be promoting, letting the people vote on the issues of the […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

From recession’s wake, education innovation blooms

By Justin Pope SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool of the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix. The occasion? A high-profile gathering of education innovators, and as guests sipped cocktails, the mood was upbeat. Major innovations — forged by the struggles of the […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | 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 Stormy (No. 117527), a 2-month-old neutered male domestic short-haired cat with a black-and-white coat. Also hoping for a good home is George (No. 117580), a 10-month-old neutered male black-and-red terrier. […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland sees third hit-and-run death in just over a month

A man is dead and another under arrest following an alleged hit-and-run incident in Woodland Monday morning — the area’s third in just over a month. Ivan Martinez, 19, was taken into custody about an hour following the 1:15 a.m. collision that occurred at Main and Walnut streets, according to the Woodland Police Department. Authorities […]

August 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bike & Build cyclists return to give back to Davis community

Last August, a group of cross-country cyclists stopped in downtown Davis on the last leg of their bicycle ride from South Carolina to Santa Cruz. They had traveled more than 4,000 miles to raise funds for the nonprofit Bike & Build organization, which supports affordable housing. While visiting the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, one […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Project Linus volunteers meet Aug. 14

Happiness is a warm blanket, made with love! Local residents who enjoy quilting, knitting or sewing are invited to Project Linus of Yolo County’s monthly gathering from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Volunteers make blankets for children in the community who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise […]

August 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bingo games Sunday will benefit YCCC

Players will gather Sunday afternoon at the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Davis to play bingo and raise funds for this month’s charitable recipient, the Yolo Community Care Continuum. Doors at the hall, 415 Second St., open at noon and the first game begins at 1 p.m. Typically, 14 or 15 games are played and […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Environmental update: Got stuff? Donate it Want stuff? Volunteer

If you or someone you know is moving, please consider donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. There are plenty of choices for your donations. The SPCA Thrift Store, R&R Thrift Store and Goodwill Donation Express all take previously owned items for reuse. You can also post items online at or and […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,