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Woman escapes attempted kidnapping in front of CVS Pharmacy

Woman escapes attempted kidnapping in front of CVS Pharmacy

WOODLAND - A local woman, 26-year-old Crystal Cooley, was the victim of an attempted kidnapping on Saturday, in front of the CVS Pharmacy on Main Street.

Woodland Police Sgt. Steve Guthrie said the incident happened around 2:47 p.m. Saturday at the store located at 7 West Main Street. Cooley said as she was standing in front of the business, a man walked up to her and briefly engaged in conversation before grabbing her arm and attempting to pull her into his car parked nearby. A passerby noticed what was going on and asked the man what he was doing. At that point, the man released Cooley, jumped into his car and sped off. Cooley ran inside the store to call 911.

The man was described as an adult East Indian man, about 20-30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall weighing about 160-170 pounds. He had brown hair and eyes, a fade haircut and "five o'clock shadow" facial hair.

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Police: Burglar steals items from 3 UC Davis housing facilities

Police: Burglar steals items from 3 UC Davis housing facilities

DAVIS - UC Davis police are warning students of a trio of recent nighttime burglaries in campus housing facilities.

Police Lt. Matt Carmichael said the burglaries happened sometime between 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 and 3 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. The burglar, who has not been identified or arrested, entered an apartment in the Russell Park complex and two apartments in the Colleges at La Rue complex.

Carmichael said it appears the suspect got into the residences through unlocked windows at each apartment, and took items such as TVs and miscellaneous electronic items. Residents of all three apartments were not home at the time of the burglaries.

Students are encouraged to lock all doors and windows of their apartments or dorm rooms. Anyone with information about the burglaries, should contact the UC Davis Police Department at (530) 752-1230.

Support group available for those with mental illness

Support group available for those with mental illness

DAVIS - NAMI-Yolo (a chapter of NAMI, the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness), announces NAMI Connection, a free 90-minute support group for people living with serious mental illness. The group meets every Friday from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Homestead Co-op, 2610 Grambling Court in Davis.

NAMI-Yolo provides education, advocacy and support for people living with mental illness. Too often, mental illness can be an isolating experience. Talking with someone to share coping strategies and insights, as well as problems and concerns, can be an important link in the path to recovery.

The support group is lead by peer facilitators who understand the daily challenges of living with a mental illness.

For more information, visit www.namiyolo.org/connections or call (530) 756-8181 and leave a message for someone to call you back.

Armed robbery at UC Davis frat party after two men kicked out

DAVIS, CA - UC Davis police arrested one man and are searching for another after an armed robbery at a fraternity party early Sunday morning.

Police say the suspects reacted violently after being kicked out of a party thrown by the NAK fraternity on 330 Parkway Circle, robbing four men outside at gunpoint.

They also took a set of keys from the frat house and attempted to leave in the stolen vehicle.

Officers arrived on scene at 2:15 a.m., police say, just as the two suspects were attempting to flee.

The suspects crashed into the wall of a daycare center, tossed the gun over the wall, then took off on foot.

Police say they took Soledad man Daniel Chavez, 19, into custody. They are still searching for his accomplice.

Police describe him as an Hispanic male, about 5' 8", medium build, in his mid-20's, with a "678" tattoo on his neck.

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UC Davis scientists work on airport liquid scanner

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Scientists at the University of California, Davis are trying to turn technology developed to test wine in the bottle into a system for detecting liquid explosives at airports.

If the technology works, the scientists tell the Sacramento Bee passengers may once again be able to take large bottles of water and soda cans through security. Those items have been restricted since 2006, when authorities say they foiled a terrorist plot to carry liquid explosives on flights.

Lead researcher Matt Augustine says the project began with the development of a modified MRI that was designed to tell whether wine in glass bottles had turned to vinegar.

The researchers, who are being funded by the Department of Homeland Security, found the system could also work on other substances, from gasoline to shampoo. They want to have a prototype by year's end.

Vacaville police arrest man in domestic violence assault

VACAVILLE - Police arrested a man who allegedly hit a woman and threatened another person with a knife Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. at a business at 171 Butcher Road, according to Vacaville police spokesman John Carli. The man, identified as 43-year-old Jon Peel, of Winters, went to the facility and got into an argument with a woman he was dating. Carli said the two live together in Winters.

The argument escalated into a physical fight and at one point, Peel hit the woman. During the fight, a good samaritan tried to stop Peel from beating the woman, but Peel pulled out a small knife from his pocket and threatened the person trying to help. When Peel learned that police had been called to the scene, he left the business on foot, said Carli.

Police and K9 officers surrounded the area and eventually found Peel hiding in some bushes.

Davis fifth grader among student ambassadors to Canada

Davis fifth grader among student ambassadors to Canada


DAVIS, CA – Hallie Tobia, a fifth grader at Korematsu Elementary School in Davis, will join a student delegation that heads to Canada in July as part of an educational and cultural exchange. 


Hallie is among a group of 40 Northern California students selected by People to People International, a student ambassador program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote international understanding and cooperation.

Woodland police offer reward in Molotov cocktail house fire

Woodland police offer reward in Molotov cocktail house fire

WOODLAND - Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the identity and conviction of a suspect connected to a house fire caused by a "Molotov cocktail."

The fire happened on Dec. 26, 2010 around 11:55 p.m. at the residence at 527 West Keystone Avenue. Witnesses told police someone was seen throwing the explosive device into the home. The device caused a fire that resulted in extensive damage. The two people inside, an elderly woman and her caretaker, were rescued by Woodland Police officers.

Investigators are still looking into the incident and need the public's help to solve this crime. No one has been arrested for the crime yet. Anyone with information that might help solve the case, should contact the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7891.

YoloArts hosts communication workshops for non-profits Feb. 23

YoloArts hosts communication workshops for non-profits Feb. 23

WOODLAND - YoloArts will host a free workshop for non-profits in Yolo County about the use of an online calendar system designed to increase organizations' visibility and vitality. The workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m in the Yolo County DESS building located at 25 North Cottonwood Street, Room #175 in the Madison Lab.

Made possible by a grant from the California Arts Council and its Creating Public Value program, calendar creators Rebecca Martinez and John Potter of Blue Cat Studios will be conducting this hands-on computer workshop. Attendees will learn how to maximize limited staff and volunteer resources, increase traffic to websites, promote events, activities and meetings, access statistics for satisfying grant accountability requirements, and measure the success of advertising campaigns.

Through its California Arts Council grant, YoloArts is able to offer the calendar system free to three county nonprofits serving the arts.

U.S. officials to highlight cleanup efforts at Superfund Site

U.S. officials to highlight cleanup efforts at Superfund Site

DAVIS - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson and Cal EPA - DTSC Assistant Deputy Director for Site Cleanup Ray Le Clerc will host a press conference and media tour on Feb. 23 to provide details for recent exciting energy conservation and cleanup accomplishments at the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site in Davis.

Blumenfeld, Thompson and Le Clerc will join the Mayor Pro Tem of Davis and key state and local partners to reveal details for how EPA has infused a green foundation into much needed infrastructure improvements at the site while simultaneously speeding the cleanup remedy by more than 150 years.

The press conference will begin at 12 p.m. at the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site located at 3901 2nd Street.

February 2011 marks the two year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 being signed into law by President Barack Obama.