Review Category : Breaking News

Judge rules Marsh’s confession as valid, trial to begin April 14

On Friday Feb. 28, a Yolo County Superior Court Judge ruled that Daniel Marsh, the suspected killer of elderly Davis couple Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin, will go on trial on April 14, the one-year anniversary of the double homicide. Additionally, the judge ruled that Marsh’s alleged confession of the crime to the Davis Police will be used among the evidence presented to the jury. According to the Davis Enterprise, Judge David Reed’s decision came after a closed viewing of Marsh’s recorded interview with the police and an hour long hearing on Feb. 28. “The video of the interview does not support a conclusion that the defendant’s statement was coerced,” Reed said in his ruling. “Under the totality of the circumstances, the defendant’s statements were voluntary and uncoerced, and with knowledge of his right to remain silent.” Marsh is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, along with the special-circumstance allegations and is being tried as an adult. Marsh has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently in custody at... ...

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Marsh double homicide trial hearing on Feb. 28

A Yolo County Superior Court Judge is set to rule as to whether Daniel Marsh’s alleged confession of the April 14, 2013 murders of an elderly Davis couple, Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin, should be part of the upcoming trial process. The motion to suppress the alleged confession was filed by deputy public defenders Ron Johnson and Andrea Pelochino on Feb. 6. They claim that Marsh was taken to the Davis Police Station under false pretenses before being questioned by Davis Police Detective Ariel Pineda and FBI Agent Chris Campion about the murders. Yolo County prosecutors say this bid to get rid of the alleged admission should be denied because law enforcement officers did not use false pretenses or coercion to elicit the confession, according to the Davis Enterprise. “(T)he defendant decided to confess because he believed it was pointless to resist in light of all the evidence against him, not because of any promises of leniency,” said Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney, Michael Cabral in an opposition motion. Marsh was arrested on June 17 and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, along... ...

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ASUCD announces results for Winter 2014 Elections

At 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, Eric Renslo, ASUCD Elections Committee Chair, announced the results of ASUCD’s Winter 2014 Elections in Wellman 6. Measure 1, also known as the “Save the Aggie” measure, passed with 72.92 percent  voter approval. The measure received 27.11 percent voter turnout, exceeding the 20 percent needed for the fee referendum to be considered valid. Renslo then announced the results for the ASUCD senate elections. In order one to six, senate candidates Azka Fayyaz (S.M.A.R.T.), Robyn Huey (S.M.A.R.T.), Nicholas Sanchez (S.M.A.R.T.), Amelia Helland (NOW), Artem Senchev (Independent) and Eugenia Chung (NOW) were elected to the senate table. Next, Renslo presented the results for the presidential election. Armando Figueroa (S.M.A.R.T.) and Maxwell Kappes (Independent) were elected ASUCD president and vice president, respectively. For more information, go to elections.ucdavis.edu.   — Scott Dresser   ...

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Fire breaks out at Segundo hall

At 1:37 p.m. on Jan. 7, a fire broke out in a dorm room on the second floor of Sereno Hall, located within the Regan Residence Halls complex of Segundo. Firefighters evacuated the building in order to clear out the smoke. No one was present in the room at the time. According to UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht, the room’s garbage receptacle near the door was on fire and a water extinguisher was used to put it out. Trauernicht said that the improper disposal of a cigarette butt most likely led to the fire. The UC Davis Fire Department was dispatched to the room when the room’s heat detector transmitted a signal indicating it had been dismantled. UC Davis became a smoke and tobacco-free campus beginning Jan. 1. The residents of the dorm room will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs. — Claire Tan ...

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Attempted sexual assault in South Davis

On Nov. 19, around 9:40 p.m., an attempted sexual assault occurred in South Davis near the intersection of Mace Blvd. and El Macero Drive, according to a statement issues by the Davis Police Department (DPD). A male suspect attempted to drag a female victim towards the lawn area of a nearby residence. However she was able to free herself and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as being white or Hispanic male in his 20-30s, 5’11″ to 6’00″ tall, having a medium build, sideburns and a mustache. The DPD said There does not appear to be any connection between this attempted sexual assault and the one that occurred on Oct. 28 in the 600 block of Alvarado Ave. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the DPD at 530-747-5400. — Paayal Zaveri   ...

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Woman hit, killed by Amtrak train near Davis station

Amtrak officials confirmed that an Amtrak train hit and killed a woman near the Davis station around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3. The woman was identified on Nov. 4 as Andrea Laurette Mrotz, 29, of Vallejo. According to Fox 40 News, passengers aboard the train said they heard a thud at the time of the accident and the train came to a screeching halt afterwards. Kimberly Woods, an Amtrak media representative said there were about 314 passengers aboard the train at the time. Amtrak officials said the woman killed is considered a trespasser and the train tracks are private property. No other passengers were injured. The incident is still under investigation. — Paayal Zaveri ...

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Davis Police investigate attempted arson

On Nov. 3 at around 1 p.m., the Davis Police was dispatched to the Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity house, located at 642 Adams St., in regard to an arson attempt. At approximately 1 a.m. that night, the residents detected a natural gas odor from within the house. According to a Davis Police advisory notification, the residents were able to discover a deliberate gas leak as well as an “obviously deliberate attempt to ignite a fire inside the residence, which could have ignited the gas.” The Davis Police Department is currently investigating this incident. Those with any information are urged to contact the Davis Police at (530) 747-5400. — Claire Tan  — — ...

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Attempted sexual assault in North Davis apartment complex

On Tuesday Oct. 28, a male suspect attempted to sexually assault a female around 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Alvarado Ave. near Anderson Rd. According to a press release by the Davis Police Department (DPD), the female victim had returned to her apartment complex and parked her car when the suspect confronted her and attempted to sexually assault her in the parking lot. The female defended herself so she was able to escape from the attacker. Police arrived on scene shortly after, but were unable to locate the suspect. Lt. Glen Glasgow from the DPD, said the police have a detailed description of the suspect which they are using in their investigation. However, they cannot release too much information at this time because it is an ongoing investigation. The press release by the DPD states that the suspect was described as an African American male, 5’11” tall, weighing 220 pounds, a wide-set nose, bald with a salt-and-pepper beard and about 40 years old; the suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket and dark colored... ...

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Fifth Street closed due to roadway hazard

Both directions of Fifth Street between G Street and I Street have been temporarily closed due to a roadway hazard, according to reports by the Davis Police Department and the City of Davis City Manager’s office. A press release from the City Manager’s office stated that high winds caused a tree branch to strike a utility line for Union Pacific and Cal Northern Railroad on Fifth Street which created unsafe conditions. The impact broke the utility pole near the Dairy Queen at 909 Fifth Street. Attempts to stabilize the pole caused further problems and impacted the utility pole south of the Dairy Queen. The roadway between G and I Streets has been closed until the situation can be resolved. Police are currently on scene and detours to re-direct traffic are in place. —Paayal Zaveri ...

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City of Davis firefighters picket in front of City Hall

Davis firefighters picketed in front of Davis City Hall on Tues. Oct 1 from 3-6 p.m to raise awareness about recent changes to the fire department that they feel results in declining safety for Davis residents and firefighters. The press release from the firefighter’s union, L3494, states that the firefighters want to ensure that the citizens of Davis are aware of current and expected changes in the fire department. The union represents the 36 firefighters employed by the City of Davis. The City of Davis Fire Department (CDFD) has a list of concerns including reductions in staff, lack of a permanent fire chief, increase in overtime hours for firefighters and the possibility of closing the downtown CDFD station. Bobby Weist, president of the L3494 union said that the CDFD currently has two police chiefs running the fire department and making major decisions. Additionally, Weist said, due to reduced staffing, Davis firefighters have had to work overtime. “In a normal year before the reduced staffing, 45 firefighters had 5,000 hours of overtime. In the... ...

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Explosion at UC Berkeley campus creates state of emergency

An explosion at the UC Berkeley campus around 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 prompted officials to declare a state of emergency and ordered an evacuation of the campus. According to The Daily Californian, the explosion was related to vandalism on campus. Vandals attempted to steal copper grounding wire from an electrical system and the damage was greater than initially discovered. The explosion occurred as engineers attempted to restore power after a campus-wide power outage around 4:45 p.m. The explosion originated in an underground vault near California Hall, which is at the center of campus. Additionally, an ammonia leak in Latimer Hall was contained by the Berkeley Fire Department around 6:20 p.m. Officials advised people to evacuate campus and stay away from manholes. At a press conference in the evening on Sept. 30, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said  “We’re in uncharted territory, we’ve never seen anything like this before.” The UC Berkeley Public Affairs website states that power has been restored to most of campus as of 11:30 a.m but many classes in the affected buildings have been cancelled. —... ...

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Davis woman accused of killing her daughter

Aquelin Talamantes, a Davis woman, was accused of killing her five-year old daughter. Talamantes pleaded not guilty to murder during her arraignment in Yolo County Superior Court on Sept. 30. Authorities claim she drove from her South Davis home on Glide Drive to a relative’s house on Sept. 25 with her unresponsive daughter in the trunk. The daughter, Tatianna Garcia, died later at a local hospital. According to the Davis Enterprise, Talamantes was involved in a custody battle with her child’s father last year. Both accused the other of abusing their daugher- Tatianna and her younger brother. Talamantes was granted sole custody of her children in July 2012, despite claims from the father that she had an anger problem. The police investigation began on Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m. when Talamantes arrived at her relatives house in Sacramento. This is Davis’s second homicide investigation in less than six months. An autopsy was conducted on Sept. 27 but the coroner’s office is still determining the cause of death. Talamantes is scheduled to return to Yolo County... ...

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Marsh’s defense attorney wants charges dropped

At Daniel Marsh’s arraignment on Sept. 24 defense attorney Deputy Public Defender Ronald Johnson said he would seek to have some of the charges against his client dismissed. But declined to comment further on the motion. Judge Timothy Fall set Nov. 1 as the date for the hearing regarding the motion and Johnson has until Oct. 18 to file the motion.  Marsh is currently in custody at Yolo County Juvenile Hall. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder with enhancements for using a knife and special circumstances including multiple murders, lying in wait and torture. — Paayal Zaveri ...

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Garzon gets five year sentence for hate crime

Clayton Garzon, charged with assault and hate crime allegations for beating Davis resident Lawrence “Mikey” Partida, pleaded no-contest on Sept. 17 to battery with serious bodily injury and a hate crime enhancement. Garzon received a five-year sentence for the felony, which he will serve in Yolo County Jail. According to the Sacramento Bee, two other felony assault charges Garzon faced from the attack were dismissed. Yolo County chief deputy district attorney Jonathan Raven said they were pleased with the resolution. “We got what was important: a felony, showing the seriousness of the beating, we got the hate crime enhancement and we got a prison sentence,” Raven said. Garzon will be sentenced and taken into custody on Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m. —Paayal Zaveri ...

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Shocking details emerge during double homicide hearing

At the preliminary hearing on Sept. 13, it was revealed that Daniel William Marsh confessed to the double homicide of elderly Davis residents. After an hourlong hearing in the Yolo Superior Court, Marsh was ordered to stand trial for the April 13 murders of Oliver Northup, 87, and Claudia Maupin, 76. Four witnesses were called to the stand at the preliminary hearing: Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya, Davis Police Officer Mark Hermann, Davis Police Detective Ariel Pineda and Davis Police Officer Francisco Talavera. According to the Davis Enterprise, Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya testified that both victims suffered dozens of stab wounds, 67 for Maupin and 61 for Northup, in addition to being eviscerated. Details also emerged about the night the victims were found. Officer Mark Hermann, who was on patrol the night of April 14, found a cut window screen where Marsh had entered the couple’s Cowell Boulevard home. Hermann first saw the couple’s bodies through their bedroom window. According to Detective Ariel Pineda, who carried out... ...

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