Review Category : Breaking News

Plea of insanity denied for Aquelin Talamantes murder case

On June 3, a Yolo County Superior Court Judge rejected the plea of insanity in the case of Davis resident, Aquelin Talamantes, 29, for murdering her 5-year-old daughter Tatianna Garcia, last year. Talamantes was found guilty on May 30, of first degree murder that took place Sept. 25, 2012 when Talamantes drowned her daughter in her bathtub. She later drove her unresponsive daughter in her trunk to the home of a relative in Sacramento. Her daughter was proclaimed deceased at the hospital. According to reports, the defendant had been to several mental health professionals. However, prosecutors further alleged that Talamantes was a manipulative and cold-hearted killer who used the mental health practitioners to her advantage. The sentencing will be July 7. Talamantes will be faced with 25 years to life with parole. — Gabriella Hamlett   ...

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Robb Davis, Rochelle Swanson win city council seats

Robb Davis and Rochelle Swanson won the two open seats on the Davis City Council, beating out the other three candidates, in the General Municipal and Special Elections on June 3. Davis came in first with 4,909 votes and 43.3 percent of the vote. Swanson came in second with 4,123 votes and 36.3 percent of the vote. The remaining three candidates, John Munn, Sheila Allen and Daniel Parrella, came in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.  Also on the June 2014 ballot for Davis voters were two measures, Measure P and O. Measure P passed, repealing the water rates that were set up in May 2013. Those in support said more fair rates can be created, but opponents and city staff said this could cause Davis to fall short of its financial obligations to the Woodland-Davis surface water project. Measure O did passed and will increase the sales tax in the City of Davis by 0.5 percent, raising it from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. The sales tax increase is projected to bring in about... ...

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Candlelight vigil for UCSB victims to be held May 29 at 8 p.m. on Quad

To honor the victims who were killed and injured during a recent rampage in Isla Vista, Calif. near UC Santa Barbara on May 23, there will be a candlelight vigil on the UC Davis campus. The vigil will take place on the Quad at 8 p.m. on May 29. Because of the potential fire hazard, the UC Davis Fire Department has asked that students not bring real candles and lighters to the event, but event organizers encourage community members to bring electronic candles and other electronic forms of light. For more information, please visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/449867888481878/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular. —Melissa Dittrich ...

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Senate Resolution #20 fails at senate with 5-5-3 vote

At 2 a.m. on May 9 at Freeborn Hall, ASUCD senate failed to pass Senate Resolution (SR) #20 with a 5-5-3 vote. ASUCD Senators Mariah Watson, Nicholas Sanchez, Robyn Huey, Azka Fayyaz and Shehzad Lokhandwalla voted yes. ASUCD Senators Jonathan Mitchell, Eugenia Chung, Amelia Helland, Katherine Sherman and Artem Senchev voted no. ASUCD Senators Gareth Smythe and Janesh Gupta abstained. The initial vote was 5-5-2. According to ASUCD Court Case 13 Hoskinson v. Bloom, “The ASUCD Vice President shall act as the presiding officer over all Senate meetings, but shall have no voted [sic], unless the Senate be equally divided [(same number of affirmative votes as any combination of negative votes and/or abstentions).].” ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes voted abstain to make the final vote 5-5-3. The UC Davis Divest Twitter account tweeted out that they aim to put the resolution on a ballot. More updates on SR #20 are to follow. — Claire Tan and Paayal Zaveri — Photo by Brian Nguyen   ...

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Divestment bill to go to senate

On April 17, Senate Resolution (SR) #20 was introduced to ASUCD senate. SR #20 urges the UC Regents to divest from companies assisting in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settlements in Palestinian territories, which violate international human rights. In particular, the bill specifies divesting from Caterpillar Inc., G4S PLC and Veolia Environment due to their active involvement in violating human rights. The entire resolution can be read here. SR #20 was seen by the Ethnic & Cultural Affairs Commission on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Hunt 100. The resolution passed the commission with a 5-4 vote. On April 29, the resolution was seen by the External Affairs Commission at 6:10 p.m. in Wellman 26. It failed with a 2-4-3 vote. The Business & Finance Commission voted to allot only two hours to public discussion. The commission reviewed the bill on May 6 at 8:10 p.m. in Giedt 1001; the resolution passed with a 4-3-2 vote. Since SR #20 passed with a majority vote by the commissions, it... ...

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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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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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