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Closing arguments came in the trial of an ex-deputy who fired a Taser at a man in his own bed.
Home-invasion robberies a month apart in Petaluma and Santa Rosa involve suspects from the East Coast.
Scott Murray, a former deputy public defender, is the only challenger to take on Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch.
After a cross-country flight the congressman rushed to the Veterans Home on Friday, where his sheriff's deputy son was a responder and a family friend lay dead inside.
Christopher Helgren was moved from his post as emergency services manager before an unflattering state review and after significant public blowback.
A robbery attempt was foiled Friday at a Santa Rosa armored car facility by alert employees who sounded an alarm, drawing police who shot and wounded one of two suspects.
Capt. Mark Essick, a candidate for sheriff, said Scott Thorne, a former deputy, lacked legal authority to stun the man in his own bed.
Debris haulers, crucial to rebuilding after October's wildfires, have become a force to be reckoned with on local roads.
The finding will require elections officials to give people a chance to verify signatures.
Dennis Crandall will move to a fundraising role after 13 years at the school’s helm.
A three-judge Sonoma County panel affirmed the conviction of the two women in a 2015 videotaped confrontation.
A former sheriff's deputy is charged with felony assault after a 2016 incident in Boyes Hot Springs.
A benefit concert Saturday night at Epicenter in Santa Rosa was expected to raise $10,000.
A valley that is home to grape growers and urban refugees has come a long way since the historic fire raced over the hills, forcing a massive evacuation and surprising many who were asleep in their homes.
The judge, however, ruled the 54-year-old man suspected of the crime can still be tried on multiple charges.
Christopher Honigsberg, 38, will replace Judge Elliot Daum.
The three-day event, which ends Sunday, was expected to draw up to 5,000 people. Check out photos from inside the festival.
Tanya Hopper's mother claims Hopper was herself a victim of sexual abuse.
Federal revenue shortfalls will mean the end for the program that is key to drug court and other services.
Three candidates sparred over a range of hot-button issues in the first contested race for Sonoma County Sheriff in 25 years.
County lawyers want a review of a lower court’s ruling that Andy Lopez, shot and killed by then-Deputy Erick Gelhaus in 2013, posed no immediate threat and that a jury should determine if Gelhaus used excessive force.
Four men are suspected of breaking into two Santa Rosa area homes last week in search of pot and money, killing one man.
A 94-year-old woman is the latest to sue Oakmont Senior Living, claiming the company failed to evacuate residents from its senior care facilities in Santa Rosa during the October wildfires.
The elderly residents accuse Brookdale Senior Living of not delivering despite big fees.
A key provision in the Senate bill would cover a larger share of local debris removal costs.