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Vallejo police investigate homicide after woman found dead in car

VALLEJO, CA - Vallejo police investigate the second homicide of 2011 after they found an Asian woman dead in car Saturday around 5 a.m.

Police responded to a call of two black men who left a Ford Tempo parked at the dead end of Dublin Drive. When police arrived at the scene, the men ran from the car.

Police chased after the men and set up a perimeter. An officer noticed that one of the suspects had blood on his clothes.

Police found an Asian woman dead in the front seat of the Ford Tempo.

A K9 unit from the Pleasant Hill Police Department was called into help search for the suspects.

Police arrested Virshon Darian Ruff, 23, after the K9 unit found him hiding in a backyard on Corcoran Avenue.

Police are still searching for the second suspect, described as a medium complexion black man around 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall weighing about 160 pounds wearing blue jeans.

Teacher wants restraining order against student

VACAVILLE, CA (AP) - A Vacaville teacher is seeking a restraining order against a middle school student she accuses of threatening and purposely tripping her during class.

Vaca Pena Middle School teacher Julie Davis says she is worried the 13-year-old student will seek retaliation after being suspended for five days following the Nov. 15 incident.

The 62-year-old Davis filed papers in Solano County Superior Court last week seeking an order forcing the student to stay at least 10 yards away from her.

Davis said the boy threatened to punch her and tripped her after refusing her requests to move his chair, which was blocking a classroom aisle. She said she fell and suffered a broken arm and dislocated shoulder.

The Vacaville Reporter said a hearing on the request is scheduled for February.









Vacaville reports decrease in burglary, car theft crime

VACAVILLE - The Vacaville Police Department reported a 9.9 percent drop overall in Part 1 Crimes in 2010, according to recently released statistics.

Police spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said Part 1 Crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, car theft and arson. The largest decreases were in robberies, burglaries and larcenies, according to the report, while increases were reported homicides, aggravated assaults, vehicle thefts, arson and rape.

"Overall the numbers are very good," said Vacaville Police Chief Rich Word. "Vacaville has historically been one of the safer communities in California, and these numbers bear that out."

Mayor Steve Hardy was pleased with the report and said "I'm proud of our public safety employees and how they handle crime on the streets." Hardy said he felt one of the reasons for the drop in crime were due to ongoing parole and probation sweeps by officers.

Fairfield police arrest shooting suspect

FAIRFIELD - Fairfield police arrested a suspect after a 50 year old man was shot in the face and hand Sunday morning.

Officer Cleo Mayoral said police responded to a call for a shooting at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Alaska Ave. at 11 Sunday morning.  When they arrived they found a 50 year old man from Berkeley with gun shot wounds to his face and hand.

Within a few minutes, Mayoral said another officer noticed the suspected shooter, Gary Wayne Cotton, 55, sitting in a car at the corner of Tabor Ave. and Bristol Ln. Cotton was arrested and a loaded semi-automatic handgun that was recovered in the car.

Cotton was booked into the Solano County Jail for Attempted Homicide, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and several Alameda County Arrest Warrants.