Julie Johnson - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat


The Latest Stories By Julie Johnson

A gang of would-be robbers may have been targeting an old marijuana farm outside Petaluma but went to the wrong house in the middle of the night.
Detectives are investigating whether a Cloverdale case involving masked intruders looking for marijuana is connected to a recent slate of violent home-invasion robberies.
The combat veteran who killed three mental health workers at a program where he'd been a resident was an infantryman who served in Afghanistan. The victims, all women, were professionals dedicated to treating troubled veterans.
With hundreds of cannabis cultivators waiting for approval to do business in Mendocino County, officials are trying to revamp the process and clear the backlog.
California is falling short in its effort to bring existing cannabis growers into the legal market.
Prosecutors have reached a tentative settlement with CannaCraft 20 months after a police raid.
District Attorney Jill Ravitch said her office doesn’t have the resources to follow San Francisco’s lead wiping out old marijuana convictions reclassified the voter-approved legalization of recreational cannabis.
After he returned from Afghanistan, Albert Wong seemed fixated on conflicts with family and friends. ‘He stopped taking his meds and started drinking a lot,’ a brother said.
‘Whatever happened out there, he didn’t say he was going to shoot anybody,’ said Tyrone Lampkin, brother of gunman Albert Wong, who on Friday killed three veterans home clinicians where he’d lived until recently.
Californian adults with valid doctor recommendations for medicinal marijuana can avoid some of the steep taxes brought by new state regulations.
Wireless alerts to cellphones are now in the warning system. What about a network of sirens or fire detection cameras that could alert authorities to a firestorm?
A new state report found Sonoma County emergency staff failed to prepare for the kind of fast-moving wildfires that broke out in October and had an outdated understanding of technology they could have used to alert people in harm’s way.
Sonoma County’s emergency response and the state’s firefighting mutual aid system were outmatched by the October firestorm, the state senator said Friday.
The Pennsylvania-based retailer said Wednesday it would stop assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines sales at all of its stores and raise the age requirement for buying a gun.
Dennis Peron, who died Saturday, never let the times or laws stop his effort to decriminalize marijuana.
Sonoma County emergency dispatchers were unprepared and understaffed for October’s unprecedented disaster. New plans are ready should it occur again.
The crash involved a turning SUV and a motorcyclist on Highway 12.
Four suspects have been arrested in a pair of home-invasion shootings early Thursday on Santa Rosa’s outskirts that killed one man and left another injured.
A Little River man is suspected in the weekend shooting death of his ex-girlfriend during a roadside altercation, according to Mendocino County sheriff’s officials.
Authorities suspect the man gunned down his ex-girlfriend, leaving the woman for dead along Highway 1.
The owner of the property told residents it is too expensive to rebuild the Santa Rosa mobile home park, a refuge for low-income and senior residents for nearly 60 years.
The findings mark the first public reports by government authorities into what caused some of the dozens of blazes that erupted Oct. 8 and became the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history.
Windsor police said the woman was walking in a marked crossing at Windsor River Road when she was hit by a vehicle making a left-hand turn.
Dispensary customers are seeing a 40 percent jump in the cost of cannabis products because of new state and local taxes.
Santa Rosa police said the suspect brandished a knife during the Sunday morning robbery at a gas station.