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Martin Espinoza - Staff reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5213

The Latest Stories By Martin Espinoza

A handful of property owners in the hilltop Santa Rosa neighborhood are not taking the risk of building another wood-framed house.
The death of a 29-year-man struck by a SMART train in Rohnert Park last month is the third pedestrian fatality for the year-old rail service. Both previous deaths were determined to be suicides.
Police are asking for the public's help in locating the car and driver they say struck and killed a man in west Santa Rosa over the weekend.
A man was arrested following a violent altercation over the weekend at the Rohnert Park casino that left a Santa Rosa man in critical condition.
The removal operation, which could take weeks, represents the latest chapter in Sonoma County’s ongoing homeless saga.
A SMART commuter train struck and killed a man on the railroad tracks in Rohnert Park Thursday afternoon, police said. It was the third pedestrian fatality involving a train for the year-old rail service.
The Press Democrat is working on a story about those who decided to leave the area in the aftermath of the fires. We’d like to hear your story.
Homeless advocates are rushing to get RVs registered and mobile before a final sweep at Northpoint Corporate Center.
Residents cite poor hospital management and the potential loss of the ER as reasons to exit the district.
New nonprofit lending organization is helping the preschool rebuild in the aftermath of October’s destructive fires.
Smoky conditions are expected to linger through Labor Day.
CHP officials said the man left the cab of his truck for unknown reasons. The accident remains under investigation.
For nearly 10 years, a Sutter Health oncologist prescribed medication to a young woman with whom he was having an affair, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman.
The labyrinth recently completed at the Earle Baum Center is uniquely designed for those with sight loss who use a long cane, guide dog, walker or wheelchair.
The union said its members are paid significantly less than comparable workers in surrounding counties.
Local residents and winery employees said the fire and smoke provoked an aggressive response from firefighters who were eager to prevent the 5- to 10-acre blaze from spreading to nearby homes and grasslands.
The impact of improperly disposed waste on city infrastructure and the environment has been a particular concern of officials in recent weeks.
Family of the Utah firefighter who died Monday while battling the Ranch fire escorted his body from Ukiah to the Sonoma County airport Wednesday afternoon to be flown home to Salt Lake City.
Officials say the firefighter was working on an 'active portion' of the record blaze when he was hurt on Monday. He was airlifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Neighbors complained for several years of drug activity and drug overdoses at the Guerneville Road home.
St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma County is reaching out to people living in RVs and other vehicles near Corporate Center Parkway in Santa Rosa, hoping to help them make their vehicles street legal.
Despite the dawn of a new era legalizing recreational use of cannabis by adults, a new state-funded study found marijuana use among middle and high school students continued to decline in California in 2016 and 2017.
Sonoma West Medical Center would lose its emergency department under a plan to transform the cash-strapped facility into an extended-stay hospital. Not everyone is happy with the plan.
Gerardo Vargas-Velasquez, 51, was arrested Feb. 19 after he fled the scene of a crash; his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
A four-month investigation ended Wednesday with the arrests of four men, suspected of transporting and distributing large quantities of heroin in Santa Rosa.