Review Category : Breaking News

President Bill Clinton to speak at UC Davis tomorrow

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, will be at UC Davis tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 29, headlining a “Get Out The Vote” Rally for Congressmen Ami Bera (CA-07) and John Garamendi (CA-03). The event will take place at the ARC Pavilion at 12:30 p.m., and all three will speak, along with UC Davis student leaders. Clinton has spoken at UC Davis twice in the last six years — he appeared in 2008 to campaign for his wife, former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during her run for the Democratic presidential nomination and again in 2012 to endorse congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez. He also spoke at the Mondavi Center in 2002. The California Democratic Party is organizing the event to encourage students to vote, and Davis College Democrats has created a Facebook page to publicize the rally and encourage students to show up early in order to get a seat in Pavilion, which holds upward of 8,000 people. Follow The California... ...

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Student Drowns in Rafting Accident

UC Davis student Lisa Sayaka Nakamaru, a 20-year-old third-year political science major from Torrance, CA tragically passed away on Sunday. She had been rafting with a friend on Putah Creek. According to Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya, the cause of death was drowning with the manner of death being accidental. The two rafters were discovered the same day at around 2:50 p.m. after their raft had hit a rough spot at a popular campsite near Lake Solano County Park and Monticello Dam that holds Lake Berryessa. Nakamaru’s friend whose name and medical condition are not currently disclosed, was transported to Sutter Davis Hospital and released the same evening. At 2 p.m., the Winters Fire Department was dispatched to investigate the scene. Aaron McAlister, Winter’s fire chief called for backup including a helicopter and other specialists among which were the Yolo County Boat Patrol and Vacaville Fire Rescue Water Team. Almost immediately upon arrival, the dispatch team heard a commotion from four men who had seen the the deceased... ...

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Hell yes on Yes Means Yes

University sexual assault awareness initiatives a step in the right direction Last year ASUCD passed Senate Bill No. 67, reimplementing the Sexual Assault Awareness & Advocacy Committee (SAAAC) to be comprised of seven voting members, nine ex-officio members and two ASUCD senators. The committee intends to improve the educational programs that address rape culture by collaborating with ASUCD and several campus departments. SB 67 cites personnel issues for their inability to get the committee’s feet off the ground last year, but ASUCD hopes to reinstate the committee in the coming month with some added structural changes. We commend ASUCD for recognizing the urgency of the issue and taking initiative to combat the prevalence of sexual assault. The University of California Student Association (UCSA) kicked off the UConsent campaign this August, encouraging students from all UC campuses to join together to build on President Obama’s recent “It’s On Us” campaign. UC Davis endorsed the national efforts Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown has also begun to tackle the issue on Sept. 28 by... ...

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Associated Student Dining Services increase prices

Starting Sept. 22, much of the food and beverages sold at Associated Student (AS) Dining Services increased in price for the first time in four years. AS Dining Services, made up of the ASUCD Coffee House, CoHo South Café and CoHo-To-Go Convenience Store, last increased prices in 2010. While certain foods, including yogurt and whole fruits, have remained at the same price, other items have become more expensive. This change is largely due to the increase of California’s minimum wage, which has gone from $8 to $9 per hour. Prices generally increased about 30 to 50 cents per item. “We’ve been looking at this, probably for the past year, as something on the horizon we would need to address,” said Darin Schluep, food service director of AS Dining Services. “When we first heard of the plan to increase California’s minimum wage, we knew we would have to react to that.” Schluep says that increasing food prices also played a role in his decision to increase prices at AS Dining Services.... ...

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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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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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