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New K-9 joins sheriff's ranks

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Superman's canine cohort Krypto travelled to Earth from the otherworldly Krypton. Now the super dog's namesake has found his way to the floors of the Solano County jail. Krypto, an energetic border collie and black labrador mix, is a brand-new member of the Solano County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. Just one year old, he's responsible for patrolling the jails in Solano County with his handler, correctional officer Russel Lopez. Lopez and Krypto were certified two weeks ago to search areas of the jail for...
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New Solano jail a high-tech marvel

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County is the proud owner of a new, $89-million, high-tech, sprawling building constructed for a population that won't want to use it.The county in recent weeks put finishing touches on the 365-bed Stanton Correctional Facility on Clay Bank Road. Inmates could begin moving into the jail this month."It's new and shiny – but it's maximum-security and all that that entails," Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said.Solano County conducted a ribbon-cutting for the jail June 6, with all sorts o...
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Fire, Police departments bring awareness to domestic violence

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FAIRFIELD — The second annual Dunk Domestic Violence basketball game between Fairfield police and firefighters Saturday at the Armijo High School Gym drew enthusiastic supporters.Proceeds from the game will go to support SafeQuest Solano, an organization that helps provide education, prevention, intervention and advocacy for victims of violence and sexual assault."Last year Chief Walt Tibbett came to us with this idea to help bring awareness to domestic violence," Toni Dumont, executive director...
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Purple Heart awarded to family of Sgt. Art Koch

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FAIRFIELD — A man who was all heart was awarded the law enforcement Purple Heart on Saturday, 30 years after he was killed in the line of duty.About 150 people gathered at the Art Koch Range & Training Facility to honor Sgt. Art Koch, a five-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department who was shot responding to a disturbance call on Berkeley Way.The 34-year-old father of three was finishing his last shift as a patrol officer on July 28, 1984. He lay wounded by his car for about 20 minute...
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No Easy Cure for PTSD

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David J. Morris, a former Marine infantry officer, has suffered with PTSD for years. In a fascinating first-hand account of his experience, which appears on The New York Times's website, he writes eloquently about his negative experiences with one VA's most popular treatments for PTSD, prolonged exposure therapy. After one month of treatment, Morris began to have problems.If you have members suffering from PTSD following a traumatic incident, they might find this article interesting. You can als...
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