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Julie Johnson - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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The Latest Stories By Julie Johnson

Sonoma County has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the family of a Larkfield man who killed himself during a 12-hour standoff with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in 2014.
The 70-year-old Guerneville man was fatally struck on Tuesday afternoon.
A kayaker discovered the Southern California man's body over the weekend.
Authorities are on the lookout for a Honda Civic missing fender parts after the early Friday crash in Santa Rosa.
A surveillance camera filmed two women trying to get into the compartments of a pair of pickup trucks earlier this month.
Residents of an apartment complex reported a man exposing himself on a second floor balcony overlooking a shared pool, Petaluma police said.
Mayor Pam Stafford said the city's interception of black-market drugs and cash was a police operation that wouldn't concern the City Council. A former sergeant who led those efforts is now under investigation.
A New Hampshire man faces 26 years to life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 bludgeoning death of Rohnert Park resident Timothy Sweeting (shown).
If OK'd by a judge, the deal would allow the Rohnert Park woman to be released from home confinement, having already served nearly a year for the 2016 crash.
All three candidates on Tuesday's ballot — Mark Essick, John Mutz, and Ernesto Olivares — are running to improve police-community relationships.
Since 2015, Rohnert Park’s Public Safety Department has seized $2.4 million in cash and other assets from suspects — more than any other local law enforcement department.
Drivers, attorneys and others who encountered a now former Rohnert Park police sergeant have come forward to describe his conduct and raise questions about missing cash and seized pot.
Jurors echoed recommendations made by the state, which faulted the county’s emergency response to the October firestorm, saying emergency officials’ grasp of current alert technology was outdated.
Sonoma County prosecutors this week charged a 19-year-old driver with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of marijuana.
A pair of brothers accused of stabbing an acquaintance May 9 in front of an apartment complex in Santa Rosa pleaded not guilty to murder.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Sonoma County’s petition to grant immunity to a deputy involved in a fatal 2013 shooting.
Brendon 'Jacy' Tatum is no longer employed by the city amid an investigation into a mysterious drug seizure in Mendocino County, officials say.
A Forestville man suspected in the 2004 slayings of a couple sleeping on a beach near Jenner pleaded not guilty to the crimes Thursday.
Cal Fire investigators determined PG&E electrical equipment and infrastructure caused 12 different fires during the October firestorm in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake Napa, Humboldt and Butte counties.
Lake County has agreed to pay $2 million to the family of a Santa Rosa social worker who hanged herself while in a sobering cell in 2015.
Veteran Sonoma County Sheriff's Capt. Mark Essick raced to a decisive win in Tuesday's primary vote in the first contested race for sheriff in a quarter century.
Spurred by the devastating October wildfires, California senators last week voted unanimously for a bill that would require all 58 counties to follow statewide standards for warning people about disasters.
Sonoma County agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by seven former Sonoma County Jail inmates who said they were assaulted and humiliated by correctional deputies.
A police investigation into a February crash involving a dump truck hauling debris from burned homes in Fountaingrove found the driver failed to ensure brakes were in working order.
Sonoma County voters handed Mark Essick, a current sheriff’s captain, an outright win in the three-way race for sheriff, signaling community confidence after years of scrutiny of the department.