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Child abuse prevention series offered at Woodland Community College

WOODLAND - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month - and a special series of classes will take a comprehensive look at the problem.

The first three Tuesday evenings in April, the Woodland Community College’s Foster and Kinship Care Education Program will feature guest speakers from the Yolo County Department of Employment and Social Services, Child Welfare Services Division, as well as local law enforcement. These professionals will explore various aspects of preventing and reporting child abuse, as well as its affect on kids and families.

The classes, set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 5, 12 and 19, will look in-depth at how child abuse and neglect affects a child, why many children do not disclose what is happening to them, as well as the investigative process.

The first night, April 5, is titled “Child Abuse & Neglect through a Child’s Eyes”.

Final 'Flyway Night' lecture to be held April 7

Final 'Flyway Night' lecture to be held April 7

DAVIS - Yolo Basin Foundation will hold its last Flyway Nights lecture of the season on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The speaker, Kate Mawdsley, will discuss vernal pools and their flowers, with a focus on the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

Mawdsley is retired from the library at UC Davis and has been an amateur botanist since the late 1970s and a docent at Jepson Prairie vernal pools since the mid-1980s. She is also a docent for the Yolo Basin Foundation and is well-known for her extensive knowledge of wildflowers.

Flyway Nights is offered monthly from November through April by the Yolo Basin Foundation and the Department of Fish and Game. The talk will be held at Fish and Game’s Yolo Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 County Road 32B (E. Chiles Rd.) in Davis. A $5 donation to support the foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested, and members are free.

Who's Hiring: Circle K

DAVIS, CA - Circle K Stores in Davis wants to find a Store Assistant.

The Store Assistant will provide training assistance to new Customer Service Representatives; prepare and transmit the daily bookkeeping, invoicing and gasoline data; complete daily banking, troubleshoot daily close out and shift sales analysis; provide prompt, courteous customer service and professionally resolve customer service issues; distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable employment applications making recommendation for applicant interviews.

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Vacaville tomato hauler sentenced for bankruptcy fraud

VACAVILLE -U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Tuesday that James Burke, 59, of Vacaville, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Frank Damrell Jr. to 15 months in prison, a $100,000 fine, and a three-year term of supervised release for three counts of bankruptcy fraud. Burke was convicted by a federal jury on May 27, 2010.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robin Taylor and Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case.

At trial, the evidence showed that Burke was formerly the president of Truck-A-Way, a Vacaville trucking company he took over from his father that hauled millions of dollars worth of tomatoes and other agricultural products throughout the Central Valley. After losing its largest client, Burke and his brother filed for bankruptcy on behalf of the company.

Explosive Device

Explosive Device

Bomb squad takes precautions while investigating what exploded when a Vacaville man picked up his newspaper Sunday morning. Photo submitted by Raechel Sweda.

Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

The Solano County bomb squad checks out a device after it exploded when a Vacaville man picked up his newspaper Sunday morning. Photo submitted by Richard Sweda.

Yolo County Transportation District paid internships available

Yolo County Transportation District paid internships available

Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) announces paid internship opportunities available for students who are currently enrolled in at least half-time academic course load at an accredited higher educational institution:

· Transportation Planning Internship

· Information Technology Internship

The internship position pays between $9.50 to $13.00 an hour.

Big rig crash shuts down Westbound Interstate 80 on Yolo Causeway

Big rig crash shuts down Westbound Interstate 80 on Yolo Causeway

All lanes on Interstate 80 have reopened on the Yolo Causeway after being closed because of an overturned big rig.

The wreck happened just before 9:30 Tuesday morning in between West Sacramento and Davis after the driver of that big rig lost control, causing the rig to overturn.

No word on whether anyone was injured.

Photos: Bomb squad secures area where newspaper bomb exploded

Photos: Bomb squad secures area where newspaper bomb exploded

Local resident Richard Sweda sent in these photos of bomb squad experts securing the scene in a residential neighborhood Sunday where a bomb exploded in a rolled up newspaper, injuring one person.

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Vacaville on edge after newspaper bomb

VACAVILLE, CA - Nerves remain on edge in a Vacaville neighborhood where an explosive device wrapped in a newspaper injured an 85-year-old man.

"We heard a loud bang. I mean it was loud and we looked at each other," Rich Sweda said. "We thought it was a gunshot."
Sweda was at home Sunday morning when a man identified by neighbors as Jose Sanchez picked up a newspaper on his neighbor's lawn and it blew up.

"Something like this happens around the corner from you and it's really uncomfortable," Sweda said. " It's like I want to put the house up for sale and I want to go somewhere else."

Authorities have remained tight-lipped about the investigation. But, neighbors learned more about the explosive device from investigators.

"They did say it was a very sophisticated device--not usually something they see that just teenagers or someone that did not have a lot of knowledge would put together," said neighbor Tina Jelinski.