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Martin Espinoza - Staff reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Martin Espinoza

'The windows shook ... it was just a big boom,' said a witness inside the Kaiser Permanente building north of Santa Rosa, after an explosion involving a tanker truck delivering liquid oxygen prompted evacuation of patients and staff on Wednesday.
The move is part of a larger health care industry shift aimed at connecting patients with doctors more quickly and efficiently.
15 licensed child care facilities, including 11 family child care homes and four preschool and after-school programs, were destroyed in the October fires, displacing hundreds of children across Sonoma County.
Police said they arrested the woman without incident after an hours-long standoff in east Santa Rosa.
Cooler weather is helping crews contain the 86,000-acre blaze, located in the hills east of Lake Berryessa.
Small rodents were discovered after recent roof work left entry points to the popular Santa Rosa store.
Sonoma West Medical Center officials and supporters plan to wage a fundraising campaign to raise money to pay off some of the $5 million in debt.
Sonoma County voters on the whole are satisfied with how local authorities have adjusted their operations to shield otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants from federal detention.
Cal Fire officials said the Pawnee fire has destroyed 12 homes and 10 outbuildings, but firefighters have saved most of the homes in Spring Valley. They are bracing for a shift in the weather, however, that could fuel the fire.
The outage will impact 28,000 EBT card holders on public assistance in Sonoma County, officials said.
'How many more fires are we going to have now? How many more homes are going to burn?' said Michael McDonald, one of the hundreds of residents evacuated due to the Pawnee fire in Lake County.
Suspect, a 20-year-old Glen Ellen man, was spotted in Boyes Hot Springs by alert neighbor.
The suspect later was found naked in the Petaluma River.
Brockovich, made famous by an Oscar-winning film about her work fighting PG&E has joined the legal team representing more than 1,000 North Bay residents suing the utility company over last year’s wildfires.
An Upper Lake man was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the death of his wife, officials said.
County officials say elder abuse and neglect is a growing problem that reflects the county’s expanding senior population, as well as a greater awareness around the issue.
Goats, which were donated by Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and her family, were found tied to a fence more than a mile away from where they went missing.
A garage fire spread into the main residence, causing about $150,000 damage and displacing four people and a dog.
Fraudsters are threatening to arrest people on warrants if they do not make an immediate payment.
Detectives found drugs and weapons while serving a search warrant as part of a meth trafficking investigation, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
A failed PG&E voltage regulator caused a small grass and brush fire near Howarth Park on Wednesday evening, temporarily knocking out power to thousands of customers, officials said.
Advocates say the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute parents who cross the border illegally with their kids is separating families.
Police said they found several pounds of marijuana, psilocybin, cash and a short-barreled rifle when they arrested the 18-year-old Healdsburg man.
Sonoma County would tap $16.9 million in one-time funds over two years to reduce proposed cuts to mental health and drug abuse staff and services.
The layoffs, which the hospital says are not a done deal, would affect more than two dozen nursing assistants who provide direct patient care.