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Julie Johnson - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

julie.johnson@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Julie Johnson

A pair of local brothers opened Santa Rosa Hydroponics, a store serving cannabis cultivators, ten years ago. This month, they sold the company for $1.75 million in cash to a Colorado chain, knowing they 'stood no chance' against the big corporations entering the marketplace.
A judge ruled Monday there was enough evidence to place a Santa Rosa man on trial for the May fatal stabbing in a SSU dorm room.
Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday signaled support for rules that would allow cannabis cultivation on parcels of at least 10 acres.
Two wildfires bearing down on Clear Lake doubled in size again Monday, forcing thousands more residents to flee their homes as flames that have torched more than 68,000 acres of rugged, rural landscape encroached on more populated areas of Lake County.
An ICE spokesman said two people in Santa Rosa were arrested Thursday, a day after a man’s video of his encounter with unidentified officers was posted on Facebook.
Two wildfires that ignited in Mendocino County, one near Hopland and the other in Potter Valley, were moving east into Lake County, with the outskirts of Lakeport and Upper Lake under mandatory evacuation orders.
A couple whose son died during an encounter with police has filed a complaint against Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch with the State Bar of California.
A former Oakland police chief has been tapped to lead investigations into complaints about the public safety department’s asset forfeiture program.
Jeff Weaver, a veteran law enforcement leader, has been selected as the proposed interim replacement for Brian Masterson, who abruptly announced his retirement last month.
Authorities in Lake County were trying to determine why a man who was trying to mend his relationship with his ex-wife shot and killed her along with their three-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself Tuesday.
A wildfire destroyed at least six structures on the southern shore of Lake Berryessa in Napa County Saturday, prompting authorities to issue mandatory evacuation orders for the Berryessa Highlands.
The Saturday morning fire engulfed an apartment building on the Mendocino Coast, trapping a mother and her three young children on the second story.
The man who was stabbed to death in a Sonoma State University dorm in May was trying to force his way into a bedroom and confront a student hiding inside, a witness testified Thursday.
All three candidates on Tuesday's ballot — Mark Essick, John Mutz, and Ernesto Olivares — are running to improve police-community relationships.
Sonoma County has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the family of a Larkfield man who killed himself during a 12-hour standoff with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in 2014.
A surveillance camera filmed two women trying to get into the compartments of a pair of pickup trucks earlier this month.
Authorities are on the lookout for a Honda Civic missing fender parts after the early Friday crash in Santa Rosa.
A kayaker discovered the Southern California man's body over the weekend.
Brian Masterson's announcement comes as his agency is ensnared in controversy over its efforts to bring in millions of dollars in seized assets through traffic stops targeting drugs and money far outside the city.
The 70-year-old Guerneville man was fatally struck on Tuesday afternoon.
Residents of an apartment complex reported a man exposing himself on a second floor balcony overlooking a shared pool, Petaluma police said.
Mayor Pam Stafford said the city's interception of black-market drugs and cash was a police operation that wouldn't concern the City Council. A former sergeant who led those efforts is now under investigation.
A New Hampshire man faces 26 years to life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 bludgeoning death of Rohnert Park resident Timothy Sweeting (shown).
If OK'd by a judge, the deal would allow the Rohnert Park woman to be released from home confinement, having already served nearly a year for the 2016 crash.
Since 2015, Rohnert Park’s Public Safety Department has seized $2.4 million in cash and other assets from suspects — more than any other local law enforcement department.