Irma Widjojo, Vallejo Times-Herald

Irma Widjojo

Vallejo Times-Herald

Vallejo, CA, United States

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Past articles by Irma:

Benicia High’s top of class heads to UC Berkeley

Benicia >> His message at graduation is “no regrets,” but this year’s Benicia High School valedictorian is still trying to tell himself to listen to his own advice.“These past few months I’ve been thinki → Read More

Liberty High School’s top student makes the right decision

Benicia >> Moving to Liberty High School could be one of the best decisions Makayla Brown ever made.Brown, 18, has been named this year’s valedictorian.“It’s definitely something I wanted to get, but I didn → Read More

Solano AIDS Coalition launches annual quilt project

As an effort to spread awareness about a virus that is still taking lives, a local organization continues its fight through education and community outreach.The latest being its fourth annual Solano County HIV AIDS quilt project.The Sola → Read More

Organizations ask for extension to respond to Valero’s petition

Benicia >> A number of organizations, including local grassroots groups, have filed a request for extension to respond to a recent petition by Valero Benicia Refinery.Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community, Center for Biological Diver → Read More

Solano County deputies: Recent abduction attempt not random

Aware of the heightened sense of awareness due to the kidnapping of a still-missing Vallejo teen, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said a recent abduction attempt in Vallejo last week was not a case of copycats or random crime.“ → Read More

Water notice, crude by rail in Benicia council’s agenda

Benicia >> A full agenda awaits Benicia City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night.As City Manager Brad Kilger gets ready to take his new post in Martinez by June 10, current Assistant City Manager Anne Cardwell is set to be named → Read More

Valero submits legal petition on crude-by-rail project

Benicia >> Valero Benicia Refinery on Tuesday submitted a petition to the Surface Transportation Board for an order on a legal issue surrounding the company’s proposed crude-by-rail project.The petition is to get a declaratory orde → Read More

Hiring effort could help in Vallejo fire station reopening

The Vallejo Fire Department will begin a hiring effort that could help in the reopening of the now-closed Glen Cove fire station.The department is seeking to hire new firefighters at the end of this year that would fill open positions, as well → Read More

Vallejo teen remains missing —authorities piecing facts together

It’s been nearly a week since Pearl Pinson was seen by her friends and family, and authorities are still trying to put together the pieces that could lead to her location.“We remain very hopeful we will reunite Pearl with her fami → Read More

Vallejo man pleads not guilty in homicide

A Vallejo man pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to charges in a recent beating case that led to the death of a woman.Troy Austin, 27, appeared in Solano County Superior Court Judge Tim Kam’s courtroom and made the plea through a defense → Read More

St. Patrick-St. Vincent High top students look to future

After four years of being part of a tight-knit school community, the three St. Patrick-St. Vincent’s valedictorians are looking forward to their future.Matthew Coe, 18, Sarina Levin, 17, and Ingrid Brekke, 18, have been named as the clas → Read More

Fallen local CHP officers remembered

It was almost 79 years ago when Phyllis Hiebert learned about the tragedy that took her father’s life.He was California Highway Patrol Sgt. Richard Trembath.On Thursday, accompanied by her younger sister Kathy Lescure and Hiebert& → Read More

Family searches for abducted Vallejo girl

The family of a 15-year-old Vallejo girl is seeking answers for her disappearance.Pearl Pinson was last seen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday being pulled by a man with a gun in the area of Interstate 780 pedestrian overpass that leads from Home Acres to → Read More

Benicia woman tackles trash issue her own way

Benicia >> Almost every day Judy Crippen goes on a morning run.But hitting the pavement is about more than keeping the Benicia woman healthy. She also takes care of her hometown.Armed with trash bags, reflective gear and gloves, Cr → Read More

Jury hung in 2014 Vallejo fatal stabbing

A jury could not reached a unanimous verdict in a 2014 fatal stabbing case.The hung jury returned to Solano County Superior Court Judge Daniel Healy’s courtroom at about 3:15 p.m. Monday to confirm that they were deadlocked in the case o → Read More

Vallejo Harry Potter boy is Internet famous, thanks to mom’s photos

Brittaney Benesh said she just wanted to share a few photos of her son with her friends and family.Little did she know that a few days later she and her 4-year-old son Ayden were going viral on the Internet.“I had no idea,” → Read More

Everyone’s a winner at Vallejo Special Olympics

The intermittent gusty winds and chilly weather Friday did not stop nearly 200 Vallejo students from having fun and being winners.The Vallejo school district’s special education students, along with their teachers and families, gathered → Read More

Jury deliberates on 2014 Vallejo fatal stabbing case

After a week of evidence, a jury began deliberating Thursday on the 2014 stabbing case that killed a Vallejo man.A Solano County prosecutor said the victim died “due to the defendant’s losing his temper,” while the defense → Read More

Jurors hear from accused Vallejo killer

A jury was able to listen to an alleged killer’s side of the story in court Tuesday through a taped statement.Michael Jackson, 46, is on trial for the fatal stabbing of Patrick Dunn, Jr., Sept. 5, 2014 at the North Vallejo Park on Fairgr → Read More

Voices: Benicia man explores greener world in book

Benicia >> Grant Cooke said he’s always been a writer, even after not being able to find a job as a reporter as a fresh college graduate in the 1960s.Undaunted, the Benicia resident of 30 years went on to write four books with his → Read More