Friday, July 25, 2003

Refinery plans to cut emissions
: "Valero's Benicia refinery ranks as the top polluter in Solano County, but refinery officials said they have an ambitious plan to clean up their act.
Valero spokesman Bill Tanner said the refinery is planning a $70 million project to cut refinery emissions by 40 percent." Associated Press

Witness describes Vallejo murder-kidnapping: "Daphne Boyden was cradling her 3-week-old son when her friend Latasha Brown leaned over, gave her a goodbye hug and shot her, a witness said Wednesday morning in a Solano County court.
Then Brown allegedly took Boyden's infant son and fled to Texas, returning later that year to Vallejo. She then raised the boy as her own in a home less than five miles from where Boyden was killed until her arrest last December." AP / San Jose Mercury News

Five-car crash in Atherton leaves one man dead: "The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has not yet determined what killed a 55-year-old Vallejo man who was involved in a traffic accident in Atherton Wednesday.
Joseph A. Nosek Jr. died sometime before, during or after a five-car accident that was allegedly caused when he went unconscious behind the wheel, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul McCarthy. " Palo Alto Weekly

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

His handle's about hustle: "Or, in the case of Joe Thurston, you've earned the handle because of what gets done on the diamond. This guy defines hustle, the kind of guy every team wants and very few get.
What began as a childhood habit has carried right through to Thurston's fifth year as a pro. Maybe it was all those hard-fought sandlot games back in Vallejo, California, that paved the way for Thurston to reach the point where he is on the verge of cracking a major-league roster." Edmonton Sun

Woman testifies about killing of young mother"Fighting back sobs, Ocianetta Williams testified in a Vallejo courtroom today that her cousin, Latasha Brown, had murdered a young mother, set the body on fire and taken the woman's infant son as her own.

Williams testified against her cousin in the May 1996 murder and kidnapping on Wednesday as part of a last-minute plea agreement made that morning." Contra Costa Times