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Randi Rossmann - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Randi Rossmann

Oakmont of Villa Capri had no backup generator the night an October fire raced into Santa Rosa and cut off electricity to the complex, according to an attorney suing the company. Dozens of infirm residents were forced to evacuate in darkness without an elevator before it burned to the ground.
Family members found an Upper Lake woman dead in her home on Monday.
A driver Sunday hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and plowed her sedan through the glass storefront of an Petaluma mattress store, according to police.
A helicopter was used to recover the man’s body Monday night from a secluded area south of Van Damme Beach.
A 58-year-old kayaker badly injured himself Monday morning and had to be flown from the Sonoma Coast to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
The man died June 11 after getting caught in a mixing machine.
The man was found dead on a hillside in Clearlake Park, according to authorities.
The DUI driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 1, striking another vehicle, the CHP said.
Several vehicles crashed Wednesday morning on Highway 101 in Rohnert Park, spreading debris across lanes and damaged vehicles into the shoulder and center divider, according to the CHP.
A suspected drunken driver fled a Highway 101 crash in Santa Rosa over the weekend that left two people with life‑threatening injuries, the CHP reported.
The bike rider was pedaling through Lucchesi Park late at night, carrying a golf club, when a man knocked him from his bike, according to police.
The rider was flown by helicopter to a hospital, according to the CHP.
A Santa Rosa man remained in custody Wednesday after police arrested him as a felon suspected of having a gun.
Firefighters Tuesday afternoon fought a large fire at a Schellville wooden pallet factory that forced neighborhood evacuations, blew up a propane tank and drew almost 100 firefighters from Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.
A family of five escaped the early Tuesday fire after smelling smoke.
The suspect told Lake County sheriff’s detectives he was 'only trying to scare the victim and did not mean to hit him.'
One man died and a woman suffered major injuries Wednesday after their SUV hit the back of a big rig stopped in a construction zone on Highway 101.
For 12 years, Santa Rosa police chased murder suspect Ricardo Puentes, who used disguise and intimidation to avoid capture.
Residents left the home just prior to the fire starting and returned to find about two dozen firefighters and nine engines and water tenders at the property.
Officials say the sinkhole appeared to have been caused by an eroded, underground storm drain.
The motorcycle ran off the highway, down an embankment and hit a tree, according to the CHP.
Additional firefighters will be on duty throughout Sonoma County this fire season during extreme weather conditions.
“It’s early in the season to start getting strike team requests, especially to distant counties,” Sonoma Valley Fire Chief Steve Akre said Tuesday. “But we’re becoming more accustomed to longer fire seasons.”
The driver told officers he didn’t recall crashing and thought his car had stalled, Petaluma police said.
Officers spotted the bloodied man a few blocks from the crash early Monday.