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Paul Payne - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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The Latest Stories By Paul Payne

They are the latest of eight landlords charged with price gouging since the October fires.
State forestry officials are waiving costly harvest plans for burned trees close to damaged buildings in Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties.
Two jurors wept as a man was found guilty of armed robbery and attempted murder in the 2016 holdup of an armored car outside a Windsor bank.
One of two brothers arrested while trying to get to their mom’s burned house after the October wildfires will take his case to a jury.
The man faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of killing the leopard without required permits and then secretly transporting the skin and skull to Mozambique.
Plans for the $175 million Sonoma County facility have encountered numerous delays but appear to be back on track with a new state spending plan released this week.
Officials said a vehicle went into the river near Petaluma Boulevard South, close to the Highway 101 overpass; driver taken to hospital.
Evan and Mark Neumann were arrested for trying to reach their mother’s property five days before the area was opened to residents after the October wildfires.
The elderly Santa Rosa driver who hit two Oakmont women with her car in 2016, killing one of them, must serve out her more than seven-year prison term.
'It’s like a new beginning,' said Mercy Wellness' production manager Kyle Monday said as sales of recreational cannabis began Monday at dispensaries in Cotati and Sebastopol.
Newt Dal Poggetto died Friday at his Crest Way home after a more than yearlong illness. He was 95.
Friends said the homeless man who lived in a van sang and wrote poetry. He died Wednesday of natural causes in the bathroom of a Santa Rosa Denny’s restaurant.
The ruling applies to pretrial proceedings in nearly 100 suits against PG&E stemming from the deadly October fires.
Senate Bill 819 would bar PG&E and other utilities from passing on litigation and other costs to ratepayers in cases where they were found to be negligent.
The car went off the freeway near Hopper Avenue and hit a stand of redwoods.
License revocation proceedings have begun following the arrest of a top manager on molestation charges.
Get your umbrellas ready. After a record dry month, Santa Rosa could get up to an inch of rain over the next week.
The Lakeport criminal defense attorney was one of 33 judges appointed statewide Friday by Gov. Brown.
Mark West Estates, ravaged by the Tubbs fire, is the latest neighborhood north of Santa Rosa to get back its streetlights.
The suspect instilled sufficient fear in her alleged victim that the person stayed home and quit work.
The man, who has been serving life in prison for the 2013 downtown Santa Rosa stabbing, now faces a maximum of 12 years when he is sentenced next month.
Across Sonoma County, many displaced by October’s fires will spend Christmas as paying guests with a parking lot for a view and strangers in the room next door. They represent one segment of the tens of thousands of residents displaced in the disaster.
Branch Wroth had high levels of methamphetamine in his system when he was hit by a stun gun, authorities said. His family is suing the Rohnert Park Public Safety Department.
Jurors say the two former bank executives and a Marin County developer’s lawyer are guilty.
Last week’s death followed a Santa Rosa City Council meeting last month where speakers accused AshBritt Inc., the government’s main fire cleanup contractor, of recklessness.