Benicia Independent ~ Focusing on the Environment / Benicia News and Views (2023)

[EDIT: This is from an earlier edition of the Benicia Independent - reprinted much later... - R.S.]

May 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m

Roger Straw

Gun violence is truly a problem in Benicia... now is the time for every city and community to act. Here are 21 links to the Benicia Herald reporting on Benicia's gun violations since April 2010.

BREAKING: Armed Liberty High School student accused of threatening classmates

Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter
Benicia police arrested a 17-year-old Liberty High School student who threatened to kill a classmate Wednesday and brought a gun to school Thursday. Frank Hartig. The young man, who has not been identified, was criminally charged for terroristic threats and possession of a firearm on school premises, and misdemeanor charge for possession of a firearm with a canceled serial number. Possession of ammunition as a minor; possession of an assault weapon; possession of a concealed firearm as a minor, Hartig said.
May 16, 2013

The number of murders of young people in the region is on the rise
Solano is ranked sixth in California

Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Marty Langley, a policy analyst at the Center for Violence Policy in Washington, D.C., said. Solano County ranks sixth among California counties for homicides among teenagers and young adults ages 10 to 24, the age group the center's report focuses on.
March 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

Police raid found drugs, 'suspected Molotov cocktail'
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Benicia police arrested a Benicia man in the Solano County Plaza parking lot early Monday after a police dog found drugs near the man's car. Lt. Frank Hartig said Tuesday afternoon that a search turned up drugs, weapons and a suspected incendiary device.
December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Man wanted in Benicia robbery dies in standoff Police: Duncan Phillips shoots himself after chasing Treasure Island
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A man wanted by Benicia police in connection with the armed robbery of a woman and the theft of another woman's car on Thanksgiving Day killed himself early Tuesday after a lengthy standoff on Treasure Island, the San Francisco Police Department said. Duncan Phillips, 29, was the subject of a police search in Benicia after he allegedly assaulted and robbed a 52-year-old woman at her apartment in the 900 block of Southampton Road. Frank Hartig.
November 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Armed robbery at Fast and Easy Mart
employee report

The Fast and Easy Mart store at 1500 East Fifth Street was ambushed by armed robbers Thursday night, police said. The clerk described the four attackers as African-American men in their 20s or 30s with dark hoods over their mouths, police said.
August 17, 2012 at 10:57 a.m

Suspect held in county jail for attempted police murder
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A 22-year-old American Canyons man, identified as the suspect in a shootout with Benicia police Saturday afternoon, remains in custody in Fairfield's Sola after being arrested Sunday morning in Vallejo, authorities said Monday. Benicia Police assisted by Vallejo Police arrested Robert Flores Foster at 1324 East Lincoln Road in Vallejo Sunday morning. McGlynn and Solano County Jails. Foster was charged with burglary, endangering a child causing injury or death, attempted murder, carjacking, theft of stolen property and vehicle theft, according to jail records. Both are criminal offenses. While bail was set at $1,050,000 on the first three counts, Foster is being held without bail on the last three counts.
July 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

Drug and gun crimes against Benicio teenager

Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A 17-year-old Benicia driver was arrested on gun and drug charges late Thursday and taken to the Solano County Juvenile Detention Facility in Lt. Fairfield. Frank Hartig on Friday.Read the rest of this entry"
July 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Breaking incident: man robs 7-11 at gunpoint

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Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A supermarket employee was robbed at gunpoint earlier Tuesday, and the suspect demanded not only money from the register but also the clerk's wallet, Benicio Police Lt. Frank Hartig said.
The robbers fled on foot, and the employees were not injured, he said.Read the rest of this entry"
June 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

A Rio Vista man has two guns in his possession, according to police

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Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A Rio Vista man was charged by Benicia police with two firearms violations after a traffic stop in a residential neighborhood and has since been taken into custody.Read the rest of this entry"
May 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

Benicia shooting leads to endangerment charges

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Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Benicia police arrested a 20-year-old Napa man early Wednesday on charges of endangering a child by accidentally firing a revolver from his car in the 1300 block of Southampton Road. Frank Hartig.Read the rest of this entry"
May 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

EXIT: Gunmen ambush Benicio

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employee report
A gunman broke into a Southampton convenience store Thursday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Benicia police said.
No one was injured during the robbery of the Check Into Cash at 806 Southampton Road, police said.Read the rest of this entry"

Police found 59 weapons; residents arrested

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Police seized some of the 59 rifles, including a 9mm Uzi, from Benicia residents on Thursday.
Enables BPD
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A 49-year-old Benician man was arrested and a shipment of weapons seized Thursday after Benicia police investigated reports that he abused a 20-year-old Martinez wife, including an illegal 9mm Uzi assault weapon. says Lt. Mike DaleyRead the rest of this entry"
October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Police arrest parole officer on weapons charges
employee report

Benicia police arrested a Magalia, California man Friday after a gun and tools commonly used in carjacking were found in his possession. police sergeant. John Daley pulled over a 1994 Acura in the 900 block of Cambridge Drive around 6:24 a.m. for having an expired registration. After pulling over, officers identified the passenger as 23-year-old Brad Stancliff, who had a warrant issued by the California Department of Corrections, according to a Benicio police news release.
April 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Police: A man pointed a gun at his roommate

Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A 28-year-old Benicia man who pointed a gun at his roommate's forehead Tuesday night has been arrested and charged with the crime, police said.
Lt. Mike Daly said the 34-year-old roommate called police to say a man held him at gunpoint around 6:46 p.m. After they fight.Read the rest of this entry"
March 17, 2011 at 5:31 am

Lack of license plates leads to arrests with weapons and drugs
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A passenger in a Ford Thunderbird that lost its rear license plate was arrested Tuesday night and charged with firearms and drug charges, Benicia police Lt. Mike Daly said Wednesday. Benicia Police K-9 Officer Damiean Sylvester noticed the Thunderbird's license plate was missing and pulled the vehicle over on the eastbound ramp of Interstate 780 at East Fifth Street, Daly said. Sylvester spoke with the driver and passenger and discovered they both had prescriptions but no prescriptions, Daly said. He said the passenger was also carrying a substance police believe to be methamphetamine.
March 10, 2011 at 1:32 am

A lone gunman robs a shop in Southampton

by mark etier

This is not "Friday the 13th", but a lone gunman wearing the mask made popular by the horror series, who entered a store in a shopping center in Southampton in earnest on Wednesday.
The attacker entered the GameStop at 821 Southampton Road at 9:54 p.m. He was wearing a white hockey mask, according to a Benicia police report. He brandished a black semi-automatic handgun but did not take aim and demanded cash. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.Read the rest of this entry"
December 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Police: Benicia man taken to hospital with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

A Benicia man was taken to an area hospital earlier Monday after police discovered he may have shot himself.
The man was classified in critical but stable condition at Lieutenant John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek later that day. Bob Oettinger.Read the rest of this entry"
December 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

armed robbery of a house

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"The suspect pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and inserted it into the abdomen of one of the victims." - Officer Benicia. Scott
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Two 14-year-old Benicia High School students were robbed at gunpoint by four teenagers Friday night after the school's homecoming game, Benicia police said Monday.
Sergeant Scott C. Przekurat, of the Division of Investigations, said the school administrator showed up shortly after the four men took the boy's wallets, cellphones and a small amount of cash, prompting the robbers to disperse.
The victim was walking on campus after the game and entered the outer hallway of the school's A wing around 11 p.m. Przekurat said the four robbers were all wearing dark sweaters or jackets, dark pants and flat baseball caps when they were approached.Read the rest of this entry"
October 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Shootings cause school closures

❒ No injuries; the police arrested four people who drove up
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Robert Semple Elementary School closed around 2:30 p.m. Authorities searched the area Thursday for the shooter, who is believed to be after a Benicio man and his girlfriend.
Vincent Winnie, 22, a Vallejo man, and three other people were arrested by Benicia police at the intersection of Interstate 780 and Interstate 80. They are still being sought by police.
The incident happened before 1 p.m. Daley said that's when police received multiple calls about a possible shooting from a car in the first block of La Prenda Avenue.Read the rest of this entry"
October 1, 2010 at 12:32 am

City police are asking for help following reports of a shooting

❒ No one was injured in two incidents last week
Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Benicia police are asking local residents to help solve two shootings four days apart Wednesday by Lt. Mike Daly.
The first report was of a shooting in the 400 block of East L Street around 8:10 p.m. On June 29, Daly said.Read the rest of this entry"
July 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

An autopsy confirms that Benician died of a gunshot wound

Donna Beth Weilenman
staff reporter

Solano County Sheriff's Deputy Corey McLean said autopsies on two Benicia residents who died in an alleged murder-suicide Wednesday confirmed that Walter Little, 48, and his girlfriend, Julie Strack, 49, both died of gunshot wounds.
McLean said Vista Grande, 69, had several deaths from gunshot wounds to the mouth, while Strack, at the same address, died from two wounds, one to the head and one to the neck.Read the rest of this entry"
April 17, 2010 at 12:11 am

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