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Robert Digitale - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5285

The Latest Stories By Robert Digitale

The human simulators built by TraumaFX, some with severed limbs or bullet wounds, allow the military and first responders to practice live-saving techniques.
Delta Separations’ business got a boost last year when the state said it won’t consider ethanol a volatile material. That meant cannabis extraction will face less local and state regulation.
A man had to have one of his legs amputated Wednesday after his motorcycle struck at high speed a car near Petaluma, authorities said.
Police broke up two fights this weekend in downtown Petaluma, including one involving about a dozen people.
New listings ballooned the inventory of Sonoma County houses for sale in August to the most since 2011. 'The word out there is we’re starting to go down a little bit,' agent Ingrid Mathews said of home prices.
The Snell fire in Napa County had spurred evacuation orders including Berryessa Estates, marking the third time this summer that area residents have confronted an explosive wildfire.
The latest incident occurred after dispute over a bike turned violent near Prince Memorial Greenway, police said.
Home prices rose to new highs in Sonoma County in May, when the median hit a record $692,250. But there are indications the unrelenting price increases may be starting to test buyers’ limits.
The home construction season appears on track to be the busiest in at least a decade. That is partly because hundreds of homes are being rebuilt in areas ravaged from last fall’s wildfires.
Home prices and mortgage interest rates have risen for the past two years without much noticeable impact in Sonoma County. But there are signs the market is shifting, with more homes available for sale and more sellers forced to cut prices.
July home sales fell to their lowest level for the month in nine years while the median price decreased six percent to just over $655,000. 'It's going to be a very weak summer,' says one agent with Keller Williams in Santa Rosa.
The October wildfires fueled efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in Sonoma County. Now the disaster also may factor into a new ballot measure that aims to provide greater protection for renters.
A roundup of new hires and promotions at North Bay businesses.
The men were arrested following a vehicle search Thursday that turned up firearms and meth.
A Santa Rosa school was placed on lockdown Wednesday as police pursued and arrested a man suspected in a knife attack last week near Railroad Square.
Three people were arrested Saturday after police said they found at least one loaded and unsecured firearm in a residence that contained a 3-year-old child.
A Santa Rosa man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving intoxicated and resisting police after officers said he tried to intimidate them with his dog.
The 9th annual Fiesta de Independencia was held Sunday at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts north of Santa Rosa.
Billed as California’s largest volunteer event, Coastal Cleanup Day featured volunteer corps tending to beaches, streams and other public sites across Sonoma County.
Officers responding to the traffic accident early Thursday found the suspect standing beside his badly damaged pickup.
Coffey Park property owners have applied for a total of 707 building permits, representing more than half of the 1,300 single-family homes that burned in the neighborhood.
Jackson Family Wines is running a five-year test to increase carbon held in its soils at a Russian River vineyard.
‘See things you can’t un-see,’ visitors were told, as up to 6,000 attendees were expected to attend the expanding Lagunitas Beer Circus.
'They were very much like us a month after the fire,' said Jeff Okrepkie, chairman of the Coffey Strong neighborhood group. 'They didn’t know what they needed to know.'
Dr. Mary Sturgeon and Venus Gonzalez have joined the Petaluma Health Center.Dr. Sturgeon is a dentist.