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Rescue Dogs — and a Rabbi — Help Prisoner Find Redemption

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VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA — Soon after Jon Grobman was released from prison, where he had once thought he would die, he headed back inside voluntarily — this time with canine sidekicks.

Grobman was returning as the newest hire of a nonprofit group, Paws for Life K9 Rescue, that had been instrumental in his own long and difficult road to redemption.

He won’t easily forget the words of the judge who sentenced him to life without parole. “If I felt that you had any promise to ever amount to anything in your life, I wouldn’t give you this sentence,” Grobman recalled the judge saying.

The takeaway, Grobman said, was that “he determined I had no value to anyone or anything in this world.” Sixteen years later, his voice still shakes from the memory.
Raised in a nonobservant Jewish family in the affluent Bay Area town of Hillsborough, California, Grobman had been in trouble for years. He’d begun experimenting with drugs at a young age, continuing as he struggled with emotional issues. When his parents sent him to a child psychologist as a teen, the doctor molested him (along with many other young boys, including several Jewish victims, over the span of decades).

Stealing to fund his drug habit into adulthood, Grobman continued to get in trouble with the law. In 2005 he ran afoul of California’s “three strikes” law, which suggests a 25-years-to-life sentence for anyone convicted of three felonies.

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Why should vaccinated people wear masks? UCSF expert gives his take.

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Counties across California are recommending that people wear face masks, even those who are fully vaccinated, in public indoor places as the highly contagious delta variant drives an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Solano County is the only county in the Bay Area that hasn’t issued a mask advisory, and several counties outside the region are calling for a return to masking indoors, including Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito. Los Angeles County is requiring masks in indoor public spaces.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you may be wondering why you should consider wearing a mask indoors. Research shows the vaccines are highly effective and even if you do get a breakthrough case — that is, become infected even though you’re vaccinated — you’re unlikely to experience severe symptoms and highly unlikely to land in the hospital.

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Women stole over $8,700 worth of jeans, then came back for baby formula, CA cops say

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Two women stole more than $8,700 worth of jeans but were caught coming back for baby formula, according to California authorities.

Vacaville police said they got a call from workers of a True Religion store on July 12 about two women who grabbed jeans, ran from the store and were seen driving a car similar to a white Ford Focus, according to a Facebook post.

Authorities said they started looking for the car through city traffic cameras and saw the car return to the same retail area.

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Solano students receive work-ready recognition

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FAIRFIELD — Twenty-seven local high school students have been recognized for completing the Work-Ready! Certification program.

“We are proud of our students for their dedication to furthering their skill set in preparation for work and post-secondary education,” Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with our school districts and local chambers and for the support of area businesses. This is truly a collaborative endeavor.”

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2 local women among first to earn Eagle Scout honors

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County is now home to two female Eagle Scouts.

Both started out in Girl Scouts who joined Venture Scouts and Boy Scouts in 2019, giving them a mere two years to do their Eagle Scout projects.

Isabella Guerra, 19, of Fairfield, and Kaitlin O’Donnell, 19, of Vallejo, are among the first group of almost 1,000 young women to earn the rank.

They co-founded the local all-female Troop 818. The goddess Athena is their patrol designation – a primarily purple emblem. The troop number was chosen to honor Aug. 18, 1920, the day women got the right to vote.

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California pastor Davidson to be nominated for Pastors’ Conference president

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Greg Davidson, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, Calif., will be nominated for president of the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference. Bruce Chesser, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, Tenn., announced his intention to make the nomination in an email to Baptist Press.

The nomination, made May 13, will take place Monday, June 14 as part of the pastors’ track during the Send Conference in Nashville that precedes the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting at the Music City Center.

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Fairfield Police Complete Mother’s Day Flower Deliveries After Driver Accused Of DUI

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FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) – Fairfield police officers ensured Mothers’ Day bouquets would make it to their destinations, after a floral delivery driver was arrested for suspected DUI, police said.

Officers said on social media Sunday afternoon that the driver was involved in a collision and was subsequently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

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Vacaville Man Who Designed Star Wars Biker Scout Costume Honored By Cosplayers At Funeral

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) – May the 4th is a well-known and celebrated day for those with affection for all things Star Wars, but this year is different for some who are celebrating the storied saga.

What may seem a long time ago in a city not too far, far, away, Ira Keeler became one with the force; designing a cherished costume in the Star Wars franchise.

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