Friday, September 05, 2003

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Powers Up Instruments: "NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) -- the space observatory that was launched late last month -- has powered up two of its onboard instruments and captured some star-spangled first images in the process." The Planetary Society

Plan to end fair racing in Vallejo inches forward: "The selection of the top candidate to redevelop the Solano County Fairgrounds, which will result in the termination of live horse racing at the site, should be completed by month¹s end, according to Leon Vann, operations manager for the Solano County Fair Association.
The project, as outlined by the fair association last March, will include a concert facility, hotel, and conference complex and a park for recreational vehicles, as well as refurbished livestock and exhibit facilities for the annual fair. But the seven-eighths mile oval, which hosted its first live racing meet in 1951, will become a thing of the past." Thoroughbred Times

Fourth suspect arrested in Pleasant Hill homicides, Other 3 await extradition from California: "Jimmy Turner, 25, of Pleasant Hill was booked into the Sabine Detention Center on two counts each of first-degree murder and armed robbery less than 24 hours after two Sabine sheriff's detectives returned from questioning three other suspects being held in a Vallejo, Calif., jail.
Already suspected in the Aug. 24 deaths of Andy Johnson, 58, and his 56-year-old wife, Nancy Johnson, are Vasco Terrell Zinnerman, 29, his brother-in-law, John Glenn Spencer, 29, and Spencer's wife, Bernice Spencer, 21, all of Vallejo. John Spencer is formerly of Pleasant Hill." The Town Talk (LA)

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Daily Republic: NEWS Index: "Ivan R. Carter Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of first degree murder for shooting a man several times in the face who had unknowingly broken Carter's beloved Oakland Raiders wall clock.
The Raider's bauble was knocked off a wall of Carter's apartment in Vallejo by Michael White in February 2002. White, Carter's neighbor, had been fighting with his girlfriend and slammed his apartment door shut, causing the clock to fall from the wall." Daily Republic

SCC opts to study before deciding union issue : "Solano Community College is about to plunge headfirst into a simmering national political tug-of-war over whether to give pro-labor union contractors a leg up on public construction projects.
At issue is who will get the lucrative $124.5 million contract that will bring new college facilities to Vallejo and Vacaville and revamp the 30-year-old campus in Rockville." Daily Republic

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Scam Alert: Elderly Latinos targeted in lottery jackpot scheme:
"For nearly three weeks, an elderly Vallejo man hid a terrible secret. Finally, the 85-year-old opened up. He told police that on June 19, he had lost $25,000 in a street-executed lottery fraud.
The key culprit was a woman who claimed she won $180,000 in the state lottery, but couldn't collect her jackpot because of her immigration status." Sacramento Bee
Photo by Tulare County (Jail)

Laser-target dot convinces armed fugitive to give up
Days after Bend manhunt, cop-assault suspect is cornered at Madras pay phone
Six years ago, Layton was sentenced in Bend to a 3-year prison term for attempted assault, but acquitted of attempted murder charges in an incident involving a Bend police officer. He also later served time in California for assaulting six officers and a police dog during an attempted arrest.
“We had been getting spottings of him (Layton) as far as Vallejo, Calif.,” Catt said Monday. (OR)

photo by Jefferson County Jail (OR)

County supervisors discuss rural lighting : "County supervisors on Tuesday continued their effort to put more street lights in rural neighborhoods - but with an eye toward avoiding both light pollution and new taxes." Daily Republic

Jury reaches partial decision in Teitgen trial : "Two hours after returning from a three day weekend from deliberations, the jury in the trial of an accused cop announced Tuesday they had found Joseph Teitgen guilty of murder. The announcement came with a critical caveat: they were split 10-2 whether their finding of guilt was for first or second degree murder." Daily Republic

Drowning victim's body found in Lake Mildred : "The body of Kendall Pierre Jones was found at 2:29 p.m. in 20 feet of water about 35 yards from the private Thousand Trails campground, Undersheriff Steve Durfor said.
Jones was swimming with his 19-year-old cousin, Daniel Powell of Vallejo, when he began showing signs of distress. The exact circumstances are still being investigated, Durfor said." Appeal-Democrat

Suspects to fight return to Sabine: "Three suspects in the Aug. 24 homicide and armed robbery of a Pleasant Hill couple are proclaiming their innocence and say they will fight their return from Vallejo, Calif.
Court hearings are scheduled today in Solano County, Calif., for John Glen Spencer, 29, and his 21-year-old wife, Bernice, both of Vallejo. Brother-in-law Vasco Zinnerman, 29, of Vallejo has yet to be charged on the Louisiana warrants and, instead, is being held on an unrelated California parole violation. " Shreveport Times (LA)

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Mall wins race to occupy Solano track site / County fair stays put but expansion also includes concert arena: "The Solano County horse-racing track -- long a familiar sight to motorists along Interstate 80 in Vallejo -- has been marked for extinction to make way for a shopping and entertainment mall.
The county fair's board of directors started looking around after concluding that the 50-year-old horse track next to Six Flags Marine World just wasn't making enough money. After all, the track -- while long a landmark -- is used only one month out of the year. " San Francisco Chronicle

Gordon seeks reversal of recent woes: "The stars were lining up just right in Jeff Gordon's eyes.
His rise to second in the NASCAR Winston Cup points standings had leader Matt Kenseth looking over his shoulder, especially since the circuit was heading to some of Gordon's favorite tracks.
Then Gordon's season took a drastic turn for the worse.
Since the four-time Winston Cup champion rose to second in the standings with a fourth-place finish at Chicagoland on July 13, he has finished out of the top 20 in five of the past six races, and crashed in three of those races.
Still, the 32-year-old driver from Vallejo, Calif., keeps his head high while wearing his DuPont baseball cap. Actually, he has been encouraged by his team's performance. " Delaware News Journal

Arrests made in Sabine store killings: "John Glenn Spencer, 29, and his wife, Bernice Louise Spencer, 20, were arrested in Vallejo, Calif., Sheriff Guffey L. Pattison said.
John Spencer was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed robbery and Bernice Spencer with accessory after the fact, Pattison said.
A third suspect from Vallejo was being sought on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed robbery. Pattison said Vasco Terrell Zinnerman, 30, should be considered armed and dangerous." The Advertiser Lafayette, LA

Suspects arrested in double homicide
: "Sabine Parish authorities have arrested two suspects in that double homicide in Pleasant Hill (LA).
Deputies arrrested John Spencer and his wife, Bernice, today. They're still looking for a third suspect, Vasco Zinnerman.
58-year-old, Andy Johnson, and his 56-year-old, wife Nancy, were shot and killed during an armed robbery Sunday night. " KTBS News 3 Shreveport, LA

Police seek three in double slaying: "Warrants were issued Friday for the arrests of three Vallejo, Calif., residents in connection with the Sunday night robbery and execution-style slaying of a Pleasant Hill couple in their store.
The Sabine sheriff's office wants Vasco Terrell Zinnerman, 30, and John Glenn Spencer, 29, on two counts each of first-degree murder and armed robbery. Spencer's wife, Bernice Louise Spencer, 20, is wanted as an accessory after the fact.
They should be considered armed and dangerous, Sheriff Guffey Lynn Pattison said." Shreveport Times

Vallejo residents sought in Louisiana slayings: "Three Vallejo residents are suspects in a Louisiana robbery and slaying, authorities said Friday.
Arrest warrants were issued Friday for Vallejo residents Vasco Terrell Zinnerman, John Glenn Spencer and his wife Bernice Louise Spencer in connection with an Aug. 24 armed robbery and murder in Many, La. The three are at large and are considered armed and dangerous, according to police." Contra Costa Times