Thursday, May 22, 2003

Suspect in East Palo Alto diner owner death caught in San Diego

Brian Lee Parker, 27, of Vallejo, is one of two men who police suspect gunned down Kenneth Hamel III, 30, in Hamel's apartment April 10. Parker was taken into custody at a relative's home, said San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman Bronwyn Hogan.

Acting on a lead developed by San Mateo County sheriff's office investigators, authorities teamed up with members of the San Diego Police Department and the U.S. Marshals to arrest Parker, Hogan said.

San Jose Mercury News

Bay Area health care competition heats up

Solano County's fast-growing population and patient demands for more health-care services prompted Sutter Solano's decision to build in Fairfield, said spokeswoman Janice Hoss. Some patients now leave the county for care or drive to the Vallejo hospital.

The project, comprising an outpatient care center and a medical office building for 30 physicians, will cost $26 million to $27 million, according to Hoss. It likely will treat about 36,000 patients a year when it is completed in April 2004.

Already, Sutter Solano has begun marketing its new medical center by advertising with the local chamber of commerce and mailing a newsletter to 90,000 homes.

East Bay Business Journals

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Fifth Win At Lowe's Could Lead To Fifth Championship For Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon's ability to adjust and adapt has him in the thick of another championship title hunt. A win in Sunday's 600-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway – a race where team and driver must adapt to the ever changing track conditions – would mark Gordon's fifth Winston Cup win at the speedway and second win of the season as he continues his "Drive for Five" NASCAR Winston Cup championships.

Press Release

Anti-casino alliance organizes

Local "Stop the Casino" groups in other jurisdictions, including Novato, Marin County, Petaluma, Napa and Solano County, will work both individually and under the larger umbrella of "No Las Vegas in the North Bay."

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Solano Habitat for Humanity kicks off fund-raiser

The Solano chapter built seven homes and renovated another in its first 10 years, including two on Manor Place in Fairfield. It plans to start another home there June 7 and another later that month on Rocky Hill Road in Vacaville.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Grants awarded for container recycling

A state agency has awarded three grants in the East Bay to improve beverage container recycling.

Californians bought more than 18 billion recyclable containers in 2002, and about 10.6 billion were recycled. The remainder, worth about $187 million, went into the trash.

Among the 18 grants statewide were:

$36,600 for Vallejo to provide container recycling at public venues and to expand recycling at Marine World.

The grant winners were selected from 91 applicants.

Contra Costa Times

Vallejo man gets 177 years in abduction, shooting

A Vallejo man who kidnapped two teen-agers and shot one of them in the face has been sentenced to 177 years to life in prison.

Theodore Stith was sentenced yesterday in Fairfield. He'll be eligible for parole in 148 years.Stith abducted the youths from Vallejo two years ago because he thought they had stolen stereo equipment from his home.

Stith and Ernest Vaden took the boys to a rural area, forced them to strip and kneel in a ditch, then demanded they admit the theft.

San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa Metro adds 81 new residents a day!

Household population: 508,737
In-migrants per year: 29,413
In-migrants per day: 81
In-migrants who were from Abroad: 2103 or 7%

Press Release

Complete Data

U.S. SARS Outbreak? Vallejo, California

While the evidence is not conclusive, information pouring in gives all indications that some type of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak has manifested itself in the Kaiser Hospital of Vallejo, California.

The circumstances, patient presentations and deaths that have occurred at that Vallejo, California hospital are more compelling than all the evidence that has been publicly revealed to date against Scott Peterson in the Laci Peterson murder case.

Sierra Times

Filipino murder mystery lands in Sacramento court

Federal court documents show the Philippines Justice Department, under an extradition treaty between the United States and the Philippines, asked the U.S. Marshal's office to detain Strunk as it begins a 60-day legal process to return him. Filipino officials considered Strunk, who acted under the name Rod Lauren, a flight risk, documents show.

In California, many of an estimated 1 million Filipino-American residents who cluster in such Bay Area cities as Daly City, Vallejo and Hercules and the Los Angeles area suburbs of Carson, West Covina and Glendale, have followed the case in ethnic newspapers, on the Internet and Philippines TV broadcasts.

Sacramento Bee

Sheriffs ID second suspect in East Palo Alto shooting death
Two suspects from Vallejo arrested

Kenneth Hamel III, 30, was shot and killed in his apartment April 10. Hamel owned Keke's Diner, a restaurant on Clarke Avenue that he'd named after his daughter. A woman who lives next door to Hamel was also shot by a stray bullet but is recovering, police said.

Late in April, authorities identified 39-year-old Kevin Edward Clarke, of Vallejo, as a suspect in the killing. On Tuesday, a San Mateo County judge issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect, 27-year-old Brian Lee Parker. Parker is also from Vallejo.

He's described as a black man who weighs 165 pounds and is 6 feet tall.

San Jose Mercury News

Monday, May 19, 2003

Hook, Line and Thinker

Copyright Disney Pictures

Nemo's fish-out-of-water plot was hatched back in 1992, when Stanton visited Marine World in Vallejo, Calif. His feelings of protectiveness toward his own boy Ben (now 10, and the brother of Audrey, 7) inspired the father-son story; a dentist's office fish tank, remembered from his childhood in Rockport, Mass., provided a second location for the drama.


Allred, Frey Go On The Offensive
Possible evidence turned over to Vallejo Police

Jean Bonadio came forward Monday to say she may have found some additional evidence in the case while walking along the shore of the Richmond park where Laci Peterson's body was found.

"I have made a total of five trips here and out of the five, two of the trips I have found potential evidence," she said. "I have no idea if they really are evidence or not."

Bonadio has turned a piece of tarp with duct tape on it and other piece of tarp over to the Vallejo Police.


Teens offered adventure of lifetime this summer

This summer, more than 100 underprivileged teens from Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties will have the adventure of a lifetime, heading off to the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest or the Sierra Nevada or studying in cities from the East Coast to Europe

Napa Valley Register

Wind power enjoys heady growth spurt

As the Pasadena City Council voted last week to draw six megawatts from a Solano County wind farm for the next 25 years, Pasadena Water and Power becomes the latest public utility to buy into wind.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced in February that it would build its own wind farm in the Mojave Desert, to be completed next year. An Iowa utility recently announced a proposal for the world's largest wind farm, at 310 megawatts, eclipsing a 300 megawatt farm on the Washington-Oregon border.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

East Bay tops region's retail growth

Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties, in contrast, boasted 12 of the top 100 and most of those already had a substantial retail base in 1996, the start of the survey period. Add in Tracy and Manteca in San Joaquin County and the eastward trend becomes apparent.


D-shot calls shots for movies, CDs, fashion

Before he became D-Shot, filmmaker, recording artist and toy maker Danell Stevens spent time in the California Youth Authority for a drive-by shooting. He shot an unoccupied car. "Why shoot an unoccupied car?" I ask. "To let (someone) know to leave me alone," he says. He was 17. Before his release 21/2 years later, he took a hard look at himself. "I needed to make a decision back then," says D-Shot, whose first movie, "Obstacles," is set in Oakland and was recently released on video and DVD. "You do have a choice. "Every day when I was on my bunk in the C.Y.A., I visualized becoming an entrepreneur," the Vallejo resident says.

Alameda Times-Star

Greater Vallejo Recreational District brass on hot seat
Panel accused of violating open-meeting rules

The anonymous complaint, which was assigned to the Solano County district attorney, accuses members of the five-member board of holding impromptu meetings in the agency's parking lot, failing to announce in advance its decision to appoint an interim manager and hosting a closed-door meeting with staff.

San Francisco Chronicle

Castroville chows down
Vallejoans quoted on this article:

Bob and Karen Paedon experienced the festival for the first time Sunday, traveling two hours from Vallejo. Karen Paedon had seen an ad for the festival and since they were coming down to the area with another couple anyway, she lobbied for the foursome to stop by the festival.
"I was excited when I learned about it," Karen Paedon said. "I love deep-fried artichokes."
Bob Paedon enjoyed an artichoke burrito

The Californian

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Professional Lacrosse is coming to the Bay Area 2004

Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment and the San Jose Sharks are bringing professional indoor lacrosse to the Bay Area beginning January 2004! Professional lacrosse is one of the country’s fastest growing spectator sports.

Attack may find new territory
Doug Fritts of the National Lacrosse League told Capital News 9, after four seasons in the area, there has been a letter of intent signed by the Albany Attack to move the team to San Jose.

Capital News 9, Albany NY

Homicide #5

Triple stabbing leaves 18 year-old woman dead
Woman stabbed to death, two hurt at Vallejo home
A young woman was fatally stabbed and two adults injured Saturday in a home on Pomona Avenue, police said.

Marianne Caceres, 18, of Vallejo, died at a local hospital.

Wilfredo Caceres, 48, and Angela Ramos, 32, both of Vallejo, were treated for stab wounds and are expected to be released from the hospital.

Romelo Tosoc Caceres, 30, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted murder, according to Vallejo police.

It's not clear how the victims and suspect are related, police said in a written statement.

Police dispatchers took a 911 call from a house in the 400 block of Pomona at 9:03 p.m. Saturday, police said. The dispatcher heard only yelling in the background.

Contra Costa Times

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