Saturday, April 19, 2003

Officers arrest man in shooting outside of police station excerpt:

A man was shot in front of the Vallejo Police Department headquarters Friday, police said.
People inside the building heard gunfire and when they went outside, they found a victim on the ground and David Michael Bullock standing nearby with a gun in his hand, police said.
Bullock, 45, complied with demands that he drop the gun. He was arrested and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault, where is being held without bond.

Contra Costa Times
Related article: KCRA TV News

Michael Jackson of Vallejo!
More Known About Mom Who Tossed Child In Water excerpt:
The Vallejo woman who threw her son off a bridge last week had previous run-ins with the police.

Cheauvon Brown was arrested two years ago for allegedly trying to stab the boy's father. She threw a lamp at her 15-year-old daughter, who intervened in the fight.

Police say Brown faces attempted murder charges for allegedly throwing her three-year-old son into the Mare Island Strait. The child was rescued by a man who saw the boy being dangled above the water.

KTXL Fox News
This woman is becoming a national item: KGO 7 News | San Jose Mercury News | Sarasota Herald-Tribune | CNN | KCRA TV News

Friday, April 18, 2003

Sex Business booming in Santa Rosa
Vallejo prostitutes invading an avenue.
Read this article from Press-Democrat

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Vallejo man Charged in deaths of teens
The Fresno County District Attorney's Office will charge a Vallejo man with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after a February accident that killed two San Luis Obispo teens.

Rodrigo Donaldo, 63, was driving alone in his 2000 Nissan on Interstate 5 near Kettleman City on Feb. 7. Around 7:30 p.m., he struck the left side of a 2001 Chevrolet Astro van carrying eight people on a YMCA-sponsored ski trip.

Later, he told the CHP that he was going 100 mph when the crash occurred, according to officers who investigated the wreck.

San Luis Obispo Tribune

To victor, winning is spoiled
Vallejo teen: Roberto Galletti shines in golf tournament.

Fresno Bee

A tycoon of toy cars
Vallejo author:Joseph T. Sinclair, quoted on this online auction article.

The Oregonian

Vallejo Offers E-Waste Collection On Saturday
Vallejo residents can celebrate Earth Day by discarding their unwanted televisions, radios, cell phones and other electronic appliances free of charge on Saturday.

The unwanted items will be collected between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall at 555 Santa Clara Street.

KGO-TV News

Latrine duty: a real waste

Vallejoan: Jason Tiamzon, quoted on this war report.

Scripps Howard News Service

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Parolee sought in shooting of officer

Police continued searching Wednesday for a man wanted in connection with the slaying of Pittsburg police homicide investigator Ray Giacomelli, and are considering him armed and dangerous.

"This was an officer, a highly decorated officer, who, in my view, was executed," Contra Costa Sheriff's Lt. Dan Terry said at a Wednesday press conference.

Earl Andre Foster Jr., 40, is being sought for questioning in the shooting. Foster lived at 2124 Abbott Ave. in Pittsburg, where Giacomelli was found shot to death Tuesday afternoon.

Tri-Valley Herald

Perata's $3 billion bay transit plan

There will be commuter trains on the old Dumbarton Bridge and new ferries heading to the East Bay and Peninsula under a plan to boost tolls on the Bay Bridge and other state-owned spans by a dollar.

State Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, who has led the push to raise tolls to $3 to fund transit, will unveil the spending plan -- which would also pay to strengthen BART's Transbay Tube against earthquakes, build a new Transbay Terminal and raise millions in operating funds for Bay Area transit agencies --

at an Oakland press conference this morning.

Next week, he will introduce legislation in Sacramento that would allow Bay Area voters to decide on the toll increase -- and the transit spending plan -- in March 2004. If approved, the toll would rise to $3 on July 1, 2004.

San Francisco Chronicle

Bridge tolls could rise if plan gets OK

An East Bay legislator today will unveil details of a proposal to raise tolls to $3 on Bay Area bridges to pay for local traffic relief.

State Sen. Don Perata's legislation, to be introduced in the Senate next week, would allow local voters to dedicate an additional $1 toll on all state-owned bridges in the Bay Area to the seven-county traffic plan.

Among projects benefiting from the toll increase would be an extended Bay Area Rapid Transit system, a new transbay commuter rail crossing south of the Bay Bridge, a comprehensive regional express bus network, new and expanded Bay ferry services and better connections among all transit systems.

The bill, drafted over the past year, calls for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties to seek voter approval.

Perata, D-Alameda, noted that the Golden Gate Bridge, which is operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, would not be affected by the legislation.

Contra Costa Times

Santa Clara, S.F. lead U.S. in drop in population
Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties all gained residents between 2001 and 2002.

San Francisco Chronicle

Mom Allegedly Throws Baby in Bay

Sgt. Herman Robinson of the Vallejo Police Department reports a woman was arrested for child endangerment today after allegedly tossing her 2-year-old boy into the San Pablo Bay.

Sgt. Robinson said the boy's mother Cheauvon Brown, 34, of Vallejo is currently being detained and questioned.

Bay City News | KRON TV

Baby Rescued After Being Tossed Into Bay
A Good Samaritan Thursday rescued a two-year-old boy from the San Pablo Bay this afternoon after his mother apparently tossed him into the water.
Vallejo Fire Department spokesman Bill Tweedy said firefighters arrived on scene near the Ferry Terminal about 3 p.m. to find the boy already out of water. Once firefighters gave the boy first aid he was taken to a local hospital.
Tweedy said the boy is expected to survive.
Vallejo police are reportedly questioning the boy's mother.

KGO TV

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

CHP Arrests Vallejo Man in Accident That Claimed Two Lives
A Vallejo man has been arrested for his alleged role in an multi-car accident between Vacaville and Fairfield on Sunday that took two lives.

The California Highway Patrol said 34-year-old Charles B. Johnson of Vallejo was traveling eastbound on Interstate-80 at a high rate of speed when he braked hard to avoid crashing into slower traffic. He lost control of his Pontiac and crashed into two vehicles.

KXTV 10 News

Vallejo-Napa railroad report to be given April 21

A draft study on the feasibility of passenger rail service between the Napa Valley and Vallejo will be presented at a public forum on April 21.
The meeting will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Napa City-County Library, 580 Coombs St., Napa.

The Napa County Transportation Planning Agency and the Solano Transportation Authority commissioned a study 10 months ago. Passenger rail service from Suisun through Napa County to Vallejo is also being studied.

Napa Valley Register

Monday, April 14, 2003

Vallejo man arrested for DUI

A Vallejo man was arrested Saturday afternoon for investigation of driving under the influence of methamphetamine, a CHP officer said.

Scott Nelson, 39, of Vallejo, rear-ended a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta at the stoplight at Highways 29 and 12, said Officer Mike Rasmussen. As of presstime, the name of the Jetta driver was unknown.

The impact caused the Jetta to rear-end a 1989 Chevy Cavalier driven by 33-year-old Christopher Greene of Emeryville. The crashes caused major damage to the Jetta, and minor damage to the Cavalier.

One of the drivers complained of minor pain at the scene, which elevated Nelson's DUI allegation to a felony. At presstime, Rasmussen said it is unknown which driver was injured.

Napa Valley Times

2 dead, 3 injured in Solano crash: Vallejo man charged
Two men were killed and three others injured in an accident caused by a drunken driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP arrested 34-year-old Charles Johnson of Vallejo and charged him with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and eight felony counts of driving under the influence.
The accident, involving three cars, occurred at 10 a.m. Sunday morning on eastbound Interstate 80 just west of the Lynch Ranch Road exit in Solano County.

San Francisco Chronicle

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Heisted U-Haul chase screeches to a halt in AmCan
A knife-wielding Vallejo man heisted a U-Haul truck in Vallejo, leading police on a criss-cross chase across the city, up Highway 29 and ending when the driver rolled over two spike strips in American Canyon, flattening all four tires.
Lance Mitchell Bier, 38, was taken into custody after charging police with his knife.
The chain of events started around 9:30 a.m., Saturday, when Vallejo police responded to report of non-injury hit-and-run crash at an apartment complex on Spyglass Drive.

Napa Valley Register

Jeff Gordon captures his first win of the season

Jeff Gordon nudged Bobby Labonte aside on the 487th lap Sunday, ending a long stretch of nose-to-tail frustration to win the Virginia 500.

Gordon had been dueling Labonte since they broke free on a restart with 48 laps to go, but Labonte blocked his efforts to pass on both the inside and outside before Gordon finally moved him out of the way.

Associated Press