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Kidnapping Scam; Police Shooting: Sonoma, North Bay Police Log

SONOMA VALLEY, CA — The following is a collection of police, courtroom and fire stories from this week in Sonoma Valley and elsewhere in Sonoma County and the North Bay. The 57-year-old was arrested Thursday in a Dixon traffic stop. Detectives believe there may be more victims, a sheriff's spokesman


Recording Breaking Snow Shuts Down Highways in California

Winter weather enveloping California’s mountains for a fifth straight day Saturday kept skiers from hitting the slopes, closed down highways and even broke a record. California Department of Transportation officials on Saturday afternoon closed down Highway 20 just east of Nevada City due to heavy s


Snow, Rain Forecasted For Bay Area This Weekend

A rainy weekend is ahead for the San Francisco Bay Area. Scattered storms are expected to continue into Saturday, bringing with them the potential for lightning strikes and hailstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Hail was reported in Oakland Friday afternoon.


‘It was the worst day of my life’: Sister Ann founded the Bay Area Crisis Nursery 37 years ago. And then she got fired.

CONCORD — On a recent Christmas, Sister Ann Weltz received a letter from a mother who years ago dropped her 2-year-old daughter at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery for one night’s care. The woman had been jobless and homeless and planned to spend the night of respite working with social workers on a plan


Editorial: Highway 37 plan shows road to recovery

The heavy rains this week conjured a dispiriting flashback for Highway 37 commuters – almost exactly two years ago, from Feb. 9 to 23 in 2017, the well-traveled Marin-Sonoma-Solano thoroughfare was closed after torrential storms flooded the low-lying roadway rendering it impassable for the 40,000 ve


Sonoma County’s law enforcement watchdog to leave post at end of February

Sonoma County’s first independent law enforcement watchdog is slated to step down from his post at the end of the month, a departure that county officials said will coincide with their announcement of his replacement.


The Best Sonoma Brunch Spots for Bottomless Mimosas

Sonoma County loves its wine, and thanks to brunch, we have the perfect excuse to sip sparkling before noon. We’ve compiled a list of the best local brunch spots for bottomless mimosas. We also threw in a few places that, while they may not go full bottomless, have unique cocktails for those heading


Marin County declares local state of emergency due to storm damage

MARIN COUNTY (KRON) - A local state of emergency was announced on Friday in Marin County due to the severe damages caused by the atmospheric river. Storm damage is being assessed in multiple areas in the baylands of eastern Novato, this includes embankments and levees.


Former home of Charles Schulz tops our list of homes sold in Sonoma County for the week of Dec. 30

Sixty-one single-family homes sold in Sonoma County during the first week of 2019, ranging in price from $50,000 to $3 million. Earning the highest price for the seller this week was 3699 Montecito Ave. in Santa Rosa which sold for $3,016,500 on Jan. 4. This 5 bedroom, 9 bathroom, 8,1000 square foot


Essential California: See you in court, Trump

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Feb. 16. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that California was planning to sue the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency on the southern border


Storm drops up to 12 inches of rain on Sonoma County, swamping roads, closing schools

The biggest storm of the winter began its slow denouement Thursday in the North Bay, leaving rainfall totals in the double digits in the wettest spots, as well as swamped roads, closed schools, fallen trees and other problems, with still more showers expected into late Sunday night.


Bay Area weather: Rain not done with region yet

The Bay Area isn’t quite through its soaking streak of wet weather. More scattered rain showers are expected to move through the region Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, before clearer conditions return early next week, according to the National Weather Service.


Feds find more than 200 pounds of cocaine in floor boards of ship at California port

Federal agents uncovered more than 200 pounds of cocaine hidden beneath the floorboards of two cargo ships at a California port, according to the Customs and Border Protection department (CPS).


Healdsburg police officer fired for lying about marijuana gift, newly released records show

An investigation into an eight-pound shipment of marijuana that turned up unexpectedly at a Healdsburg business in 2016 started as a routine case of intercepted contraband. It would eventually cost a police officer his job.


Napa to get first ‘pedestrian scramble’ street crossing as part of Main Street makeover

The city’s Main Street block between Second and Third streets is about to get a whole new look –- one that adds more room for sidewalk dining, a new median and the city’s first “pedestrian scramble” intersection.


New court date set for Vallejo suspect in rash of cellphone store robberies

FAIRFIELD — A man suspected of a rash of armed robberies across four counties was in court briefly Friday to check on the status of the case and to possibly have dates set for a preliminary hearing.


Big winter storm exits North Bay with more flooding, hail and snow

The winter storm that has battered the North Bay for much of the week landed its final blows Friday, with hail and even some snow punctuating a system that led to widespread flooding and road closures, including highways serving Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties.


Media Spreads False Claims Cops Shot Rapper While He Slept At Drive-Thru

Vallejo, CA – The family of an aspiring rapper who reached for a stolen gun during an encounter with police in a Taco Bell drive-thru last Saturday night said that the man did nothing wrong, and that police had no reason to fire their weapons at him.


Historic photos capture celebrity visitors in Sonoma County

Even before the days of world class wines and fine dining, Sonoma County has had its fair share of famous visitors. Maybe it is the picturesque rolling hills, therapeutic hot springs or peaceful lazy river but Sonoma County has always been a tourist destination.


Sonoma Valley High School fields set for $9.5 million upgrade

Comments about the fields study can be submitted by calling the school district at 707-935-4249, emailing babbott@sonomaschools.org, or mailing to district offices, 17850 Railroad Ave., Sonoma 95476. The deadline is Friday.