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J.D Morris - Staff Reporter

J.D. Morris is a staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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The Latest Stories By J.D Morris

The Mendocino Complex fires combined are now are among the largest blazes in state history. Evacuation orders stretch across three counties. Gov. Jerry Brown has requested additional assistance from the White House.
Fearful of wildfires, the recreation area's advocates want the Corps of Engineers to ban all campfires there until November.
The victim tried to flee but was shot once through the window of his car, according to authorities, who called it an 'isolated incident of gang violence.'
Officials warn of health hazards amid the state's ever-worsening fire season.
The tribe is barred from gambling, both on the 500-acre site it’s looking to develop outside Windsor or anywhere else in the county.
More than 1,000 people are calling on Sonoma County to stop permitting new or expanded wineries until a long-awaited ordinance helping regulate events within the region’s signature industry is finally approved.
Under the proposal, smaller pot farms would face a more thorough permitting process than larger ones, while residents also could seek banning cultivation in some areas.
Sonoma County is trying to narrow the list of fire survivors whose debris removal complaints were denied or at least provide them with more detailed information. It’s been difficult.
Lake County officials issued a health advisory as wildfire smoke filled the skies, causing hazardous levels of air pollution.
Judge René Chouteau said the county should have done an environmental review before deciding to sell the Chanate Road site of its old hospital complex. The ruling could scuttle Santa Rosa’s largest proposed housing project.
Home construction is gaining momentum this summer in the greater Larkfield-Wikiup and Mark West area, with newly framed houses now a familiar sight.
State investigators have begun their work and have up to six months to issue citations for any violations of workplace safety and health regulations in Wednesday's blast.
'The windows shook ... it was just a big boom,' said a witness inside the Kaiser Permanente building north of Santa Rosa, after an explosion involving a tanker truck delivering liquid oxygen prompted evacuation of patients and staff on Wednesday.
Santa Rosa is joining with several other local governments seeking compensation from the utility for taxpayer costs incurred because of the disaster.
Jana Adams says her daughter needs cannabis oil nearby at all times to treat serious seizures. But school officials say the drug cannot be allowed on campus.
Supervisors urged the state to take a closer look at complaints raised by 200 property owners who signed up for the government cleanup effort.
David Haylett, 25, of Petaluma, was parked in a Baywood Drive lot about 3:50 a.m. when officers contacted him, police said.
Police say a man used his work keys to enter the apartment of a woman who lived at an east Santa Rosa complex when she wasn't home.
The CHP said a man, who hasn’t been identified yet, lost control of his car on Highway 221 and hit a utility pole.
The county and Santa Rosa teamed up to create a website, sonomacountyrecovers.org, where residents could find various fire-related information, download forms and seek services.
The investigation led police to the Clearlake home of Donald Steele, who allegedly emerged with a billy club.
A CHP officer found the 23-year-old man with a beer bottle in his hand in the passenger seat of a black Ford Mustang pulled over off Highway 101 near the downtown Santa Rosa on Monday.
Expect some changes at the popular Dry Creek Valley spot after officials agreed to let the business sell beer and wine again, more than a year after the nearly 140-year-old establishment lost its ability to serve alcohol.
A favorable ruling for the county and developer Bill Gallaher would clear a major legal hurdle for the largest housing development in the works in Santa Rosa.
The man was suspected of stealing cash from a Subway in Santa Rosa, the fourth robbery for which police say he is responsible.