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American Canyon resident admits to stealing from nonprofit

Claudia Humphrey, American Canyon resident, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing public money and trying to cover it up while head of a Fairfield nonprofit.

Humphrey, former head of domestic violence nonprofit LIFT3 Support Group, transferred more than $270,000 in federal grant funding to her own bank account, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release that cited court documents. She used more than $50,000 of federal grant money on travel, shopping and payments to family, prosecutors said.

The money was to be used solely for victims of domestic violence.

Humphrey attempted to interfere with an audit of LIFT3 by falsifying purchase documents to suggest computers were purchased, according to the release. She also falsified expense and time sheets.

She could face a fine of $250,000, 20 years in prison for falsifying records in a federal investigation and 10 years in prison for stealing public money.

The case was prosecuted in the federal Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley is scheduled to sentence her on Jan. 3.

CHP: Napa man arrested for DUI after plowing car into tree

A Napa man was hospitalized and arrested Tuesday night after crashing his Audi into a tree while driving under the influence, the California Highway Patrol said.

Clark Carson, 25, was alone, driving southbound on Old Sonoma Road., south of Congress Valley Road., at about 10:20 p.m. He veered off the road and plowed into a tree, causing major damage to the front of his vehicle, the CHP said.

Carson sustained major injuries and was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol for suspected driving under the influence.

Napa County’s Snell fire is now 85 percent contained

The Snell Fire, burning northwest of Lake Berryessa in Napa County, is 85 percent contained, Cal Fire said Thursday morning.

All evacuations and road closures were lifted on Monday, according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire is encouraging residents to drive safely, as emergency and fire personnel are still working in the area.

The vegetation fire has chewed through 2,490 acres with no expected growth, and containment is up from 60 percent Tuesday.

Nineteen fire crews remain assigned to the blaze, with about 750 personnel still working the fire, Cal Fire said.

The Snell Fire began at about 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, and evacuation orders were in place through early Monday morning for parts of the Berryessa Estates community and other areas.

Approximately 180 structures were threatened in the fire, but none were destroyed, Cal Fire said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Cal Fire.

Cyclist sustains major injuries on Napa’s Highway 29 after fall

An American Canyon man suffered major unspecified injuries after falling off his bicycle.

Kyle Laird, 42, was biking late Wednesday afternoon — without a helmet — along Highway 29, north of Zinfandel Ln, according to the California Highway Patrol. He lost control and fell, the CHP said.

American Medical Response transported Laird to Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

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