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Julie Johnson - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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The Latest Stories By Julie Johnson

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.
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.
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.
All three candidates on Tuesday's ballot — Mark Essick, John Mutz, and Ernesto Olivares — are running to improve police-community relationships.
A witness said the driver pulled out a gun after crashing into a curb, then fled the scene.
This weekend’s Cannabis Cup NorCal in Santa Rosa will allow adults to partake on site, becoming only the second event in the nation to do so.
A year after the Sheriff’s Office named inmate Shaun Gallon as the lone suspect in the unsolved Jenner beach killings, prosecutors have formally leveled murder charges in the case.
A Santa Rosa cannabis dispensary has agreed to pay a $40,000 fine after a private company complained the Cleveland Avenue retail store failed to provide state-mandated consumer warnings.
A judge Thursday said it wasn’t yet clear whether there was enough evidence to try a Boyes Hot Springs man for first-degree murder in strangling his wife.
A Petaluma man told detectives he agreed to help his wife kill herself because she was cut off from the prescription drugs she’d been dependent on for more than a decade, according to court testimony.
Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said Rohnert Park police acted lawfully during an 2017 encounter with a Forestville man who died of cardiac arrest while officers tried to arrest him.
From a 2004 bombing to 2018 arraignment in a double murder, Shaun Gallon has been on law enforcement’s radar for more than a decade.
The Press Democrat Poll revealed the three-way race for Sonoma County sheriff will likely be decided in a November runoff.
A Santa Rosa woman was sentenced Thursday by a Sonoma County judge to 30 years and 8 months in state prison for a 2015 attack at a nightclub.
PG&E unveiled a new nerve center at its San Francisco headquarters to help it prevent, detect and respond to destructive wildfires.
Police said the driver of a BMW involved in a two-vehicle crash in west Santa Rosa has died. The collision occurred Tuesday on Fulton Road.
A man fled after crashing into a power pole west of Petaluma, knocking out power for several dozen homes, officials said.
Hanna Boys Center, a Catholic residential treatment and education program in the Sonoma Valley, named an education consultant as the incoming principal of its high school.
An accomplished Bodega Bay marine biologist was killed in the Tuesday morning crash. 'Cars were hitting and flying everywhere,' said a Sonoma resident whose SUV was caught in the accident.
At a forum Monday night, the differences among the candidates crystallized once they began asking each other questions.
Detectives found what appeared to be child porn on the man's cellphone during an investigation into drug sales.
A beer delivery truck was reported stolen just before noon. The suspect wore nothing but boxer shorts and sneakers when he got behind the wheel.