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Sentencing set for Napa naturopathic doctor who sold fake vaccine cards

NAPA — A North Bay naturopathic doctor charged with selling fake COVID-19 immunization treatments and fraudulent vaccination cards will be sentenced in November after a judge on Wednesday denied her motion to withdraw her plea agreement.Juli A. Mazi, of Napa, pleaded guilty last April in federal court in San Francisco to one count of wire fraud and one count of false statements related to health care matters.Mazi, who has since fired her attorneys and is now representing herself, sought to vacate her plea agreement while also filing a motion challenging the very laws that led to her prosecution."There were no...
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Santa Rosa Man Arrested for Illegal Guns and Attempting to Lure Minors

A 24-year-old man from Santa Rosa is behind bars on suspicion of possessing illegal guns and trying to lure minors for sex. Last week, police found a loaded, concealed and unregistered Glock handgun during a search of Luis Morales-Vargas’ car. Investigators say there was also an assault rifle with no serial number and an unsecured handgun inside the house. Detectives then seized Morales-Vargas’ cellphone and found evidence that suggested he was using social media apps to lure girls in their early teens into having sex with him.

Delivery truck plows into multiple vehicles on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa; 1 dead

SANTA ROSA -- One person died after a delivery truck crashed into the back of a vehicle and then struck four other vehicles on state Highway 12 in Santa Rosa on Wednesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash was reported around 8 a.m. on eastbound Highway 12 near Dutton Avenue and left the female driver of a Nissan Versa dead after she succumbed to her injuries at Santa Rosa Memoriual Hospital, CHP officials said. Investigators determined the delivery truck driver failed to notice traffic slowing ahead and tried to swerve to avoid the Nissan but hit the left rear of it, causing the Nissan to overturn onto a guardrail. The truck then continued and hit four more vehicles before overturning on its side, according to the CHP.The name of the Nissan driver who died was not immediately available. The truck driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, while the other drivers involved reported minor or no injuries and were not taken to the hospital, CHP officials said.

How a New Generation of Restaurants Is Positioning Sonoma as a Foodie Destination

Sonoma is NorCal's largest wine region. But to limit your visit to quaffing Chardonnay is to miss the point of a place where, in the span of a day, you can hike through a redwood forest, watch the waves break on a craggy shore, and go for tacos in a former ranching town. Here's what's happening in one of the most beautiful corners of the state.

Suspect Robs Man in Petaluma at Gunpoint

Petaluma Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a man at gunpoint. Around 9 PM last night, a man was walking on St. Francis Drive near Caulfield Lane and was approached by a male subject from behind. The suspect pushed him against a wall where he pressed a suspected firearm to his back and demanded the victim hand over his wallet and cell phone. Shortly after, the victim was struck in the face with a metal object, which appeared to be a firearm. After striking the victim, the robber took the victim’s property and ran to a nearby dark colored sedan and fled the area towards Caulfield Lane. The suspect was described as a male of an unknown race, weighing approximately 200 pounds, 5’8”, and wearing dark clothing. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Former SF DA Chesa Boudin to Speak in Sonoma

On Sunday, Aug. 14, former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will visit Sonoma for a talk hosted by local nonprofit Praxis Peace Institute. Boudin, who was elected in 2019, ran on a progressive platform which emphasized expanding diversion programs, ending cash bail and decriminalizing poverty and homelessness by declining to prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as public camping, soliciting sex and public urination.

Police seek suspect in armed robbery, assault Tuesday night

(BCN) — Police in Petaluma are seeking a suspect that robbed and assaulted a man at gunpoint Tuesday evening. Police received a call at 9:08 p.m. from a man who said he had just been robbed while walking on St. Francis Drive near Caulfield Lane. The victim said he was approached from behind by one […]

Providence Hospital Workers Claim Lost Wages with New Payroll System

Employees of several Providence hospitals in Northern California claim they’re losing out on thousands of dollars in wages. The healthcare workers, including those at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, say a new payroll system has been a disaster. The new system, called Genesis, was launched about a month ago. Frustrated employees say in that time, there have been reductions in base pay, missing or unpaid time off, unpaid work hours, and missing retirement contributions. The president of the Staff Nurses Association also says several newly hired nurses haven’t been paid at all since the new payroll system went into effect on July 8th.

Petaluma Police Warn of PG&E Impersonator

Petaluma police are warning residents of a scam involving someone impersonating PG&E. The impersonator contacts homeowners to ask if the occupants have video surveillance cameras showing any footage of vandalism to PG&E equipment in that area. They then request to come to the person’s home to see the footage on-site. The impersonator does not supply valid PG&E identification and seems extremely insistent that they need to gain access to the camera surveillance system from within the home instead of having the footage furnished via a flash drive or uploaded to an authentic PG&E site. No criminal activity has occurred in relation to this yet. You can verify PG&E authenticity by calling Petaluma police or by going to PG&E’s scam webpage.

Garbage Truck Catches Fire in Windsor

There are no injuries nor damage after the garbage inside a garbage truck caught fire in Windsor. The fire started in a residential area in front of Robbins Park at about 1:20 Tuesday afternoon. The truck driver dumped the contents of the truck on the street when the fire started and called for the fire department. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

7 Sonoma Wine Tasting Rooms That Are the Perfect Introduction To the Region

Sonoma may not have the same level of name recognition as its grape growing neighbor Napa, but it should–some of the best wines in the United States are made here. Sonoma County as a whole encompasses 1,768 square miles and is home to close to 20 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), each one producing a wide range of wines. There is a lot to see and taste when it comes to California wine, but rushing to do too much during one trip doesn’t match with the region’s easygoing reputation. With wineries big and small, historic and modern, Sonoma tasting rooms are a perfect place to start your tour of wine country.

Sebastopol police chief to depart for Rohnert Park job

Sebastopol Police Chief Kevin Kilgore has accepted a job with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety and will step down from his post later this month, Sebastopol City Manager Larry McLaughlin announced Wednesday. Lt. Ron Nelson, who oversees the Sebastopol Police Department’s Operations Division, will serve as the interim...

Final weekend for Broadway Under the Stars

The talented singers and dancers of Transcendence Theatre Company, backed by full live band, perform Hooray for Hollywood, a movie-music review on the gorgeous outdoor stage at Jack London State Park. August 12-14. Fridays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Grounds open for picnicking, food trucks and wine vendors at 5 p.m. 2400 London...

2022 Sonoma Grape Harvest Kicks Off, Joined By Sparkling and Limited White Grapes in Napa

As summer slowly draws to a close, winemakers in multiple California regions are approaching and beginning their harvests. The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance announced the start of its picking season on Monday, while Napa Valley winemakers Honig Vineyard and Schramsberg Vineyards officially kicked off the region’s white and sparkling wine harvest last week.