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Petaluma PD showing its true colors for Pride month

PETALUMA -- Pride is soaring under new colors in Petaluma, a new effort to bring awareness to all people in their community. The Petaluma Police Department is threading their support of Pride into the community they serve.At just 14 years old, Emily Hall is actively working to protect her neighbors by sharing a message of cultural acceptance for all. She is one voice of moving Petaluma forward, with a simple Safe Space sticker from the Petaluma Police Department letting people know this business will keep them safe."I am also a part of the LGBTQ community," explained Hall. "I was always so...
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We’re kind of over all this wind in Bodega Bay

Ok, let me just say it. “Done with the Wind!” Please be gone soon. Yes, we are “Blowdega” Bay, but enough is enough. Us BB long-time locals know we had a 10-year slight wind lull; now we get squalls at odd times of the year. My home has even developed a wind “squeak” on the north side! Sounds spooky, plus add in these eerie moons, and you have yourself a scary movie. Oh wait, we already have one. But when it is this windy, the birds don’t even fly. Nor can our fisherman even fish in this howling wind. How do you feel about the wind?
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Campaign to remove LGBTQ+ books from public libraries reaches Sonoma County

A religious group’s campaign to remove books with LGBTQ+ themes from public libraries has spread to the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library. Earlier this month, a patron checked out all of the books in the branch’s Pride Month display, part of what anti-censorship advocates said is an ongoing national crusade to inhibit children and young people’s access to books about queer individuals and people of color.

Santa Rosa man accused of killing, burying Windsor man

A Santa Rosa man is accused of fatally shooting a Windsor resident who was discovered in a shallow grave near Forestville, investigators say. Juan Antonio Martinez, 33, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder, robbery, and extortion, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. He’s suspected of killing a...

Guerneville’s beloved 5&10 up for sale

Everyone should be so lucky to have ice cream at the end of their careers. So it goes for Robin Johnson. As the co-owner of Guerneville’s 5 & 10, she’s been enjoying ice cream so to speak for the last 17 years. She and her partner Karen Cox...

CEO of Santa Rosa Community Health wins North Bay Influential Women Awards

Naomi Fuchs is a 2022 winner of North Bay Business Journal’s Influential Women Awards. Here’s her story. I have always had a deep interest in the interface between culture and healing. I started my career in health care (after a few years of running a preschool, planting trees, and making tofu) working as the executive director for a small local Independent Physicians Association (IPA) called the Redwood Empire Medical Group.

Hell Angels members face life sentences for murder, racketeering

SONOMA CO. (CBS SF/BCN) - A federal court convicted two members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Sonoma County and a third Angel from Fresno on charges of murder in aid of racketeering this week. On Wednesday, a judge found Jonathan Nelson, aka "Jon Jon," 46, of Santa Rosa; Russell Taylor Ott, aka "Rusty," 69, also of Santa Rosa, and Brian Wayne Wendt, 45, of Tulare, guilty of having killed one of their own members and and to have taken part in conspiracy to commit murder, the Department Of Justice said. The Sonoma County Hells Angels club formed in...

Attorney at Santa Rosa’s Perry Johnson wins North Bay Influential Women Awards

Nicole Jaffee is a 2022 winner of North Bay Business Journal’s Influential Women Awards. Here’s her story. ... After law school, I joined a large international law firm in San Francisco, focusing on general civil litigation. When I had my third child Jennifer, the long hours and the commute from the East Bay were too much to bear, and I started working at small law firms closer to home.

Santa Rosa Fire Department to hold controlled burn

The Santa Rosa Fire Department will conduct a controlled burn in the northern part of the city Saturday morning. The effort will focus on a 9.73-acre state-owned parcel east of Old Redwood Highway, just north of Mendocino Avenue. According to the Fire Department, prescribed vegetation management burns are “carefully planned...

Driver and Passenger Hurt in Petaluma Bus Crash

A Petaluma Transit bus crash caused a power outage in a neighborhood and damage to traffic lights. On Thursday morning, a bus carrying one passenger was traveling southbound on Maria Drive, just before East Washington Street, when it left the roadway and struck a fence on the south side of Maria Drive. The bus continued southbound through the intersection striking a traffic control box, fence, and power pole before coming to a rest. The bus driver and passenger sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics. Power was quickly restored to most customers affected by the outage. With traffic lights knocked out and in need of repair, temporary stop signs and illuminating lights have been put in place to remind drivers to stop at the intersection. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.