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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.
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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.

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.

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.

Woman dies in five-vehicle Highway 12 crash in Santa Rosa

A driver died Wednesday morning in a five-vehicle crash in Santa Rosa that shut down the eastbound lanes on Highway 12 for more than two hours, authorities said. The crash happened at about 8 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Lanes reopened at 10:30 a.m. A driver going east...

Petaluma’s Lagunitas unleashing new labeling with brewery dog

Shedding no fear to shake things up a bit, the Petaluma brewery known for its hop-forward taste is rolling out a new look on its labels with a friendly face. Lagunitas Brewing Company plans a global redesign of labeling on most of its cans, bottles and packs. The new look hits the shelves starting Oct. 1 in a 60-day, staggered release.

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...

Santa Rosa city council votes to cap short-term rentals

SANTA ROSA (KPIX) -- Following a surge of applications and complaints about short-term rentals, Santa Rosa lawmakers voted on whether to put a cap on the number operating in the city.Tuesday night's city council meeting was already heated after hours of public comment preceding the vote. Finally, the council voted to adopt an urgency ordinance limiting the number of short-term rentals to 198. It was a tense evening. The issue has created a great divide among neighbors."My problem is I moved into a residential neighborhood and now I live next to a hotel," said resident Bernadette Burrell.She was one of many...

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.

Gulch Fire burns vegetation in Lakeville east of Petaluma

LAKEVILLE, Sonoma County -- A vegetation fire burned about three acres east of Petaluma near the community of Lakeville in Sonoma County Tuesday afternoon before fire crew contained it.Cal Fire originally tweeted about the Gulch Fire at 4:41 p.m. burning near Old Adobe Road and Stage Gulch Road. In a subsequent tweet at 5:06 p.m., Cal Fire said the fire had been contained and that crews would be putting out hotspots for the next couple of hours. People were urged to use caution while traveling in the area. There was no word on the cause of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Flamingo Resort opens new live entertainment space

The newest nightspot in Santa Rosa has a long history. This weekend, Vintage Space will officially open at the Flamingo Resort, a local landmark since it was built in 1957. Under the ownership of San Francisco-based Palm House Hospitality and Stephen Yang and Rebecca Bunya of Yang Capital since 2019, the hotel has been systematically renovated.

Chicken Ranch Tribe Wins Legal Case Against Governor Newsom

Jamestown, CA — An appeals court judge recently sided with Chicken Ranch Rancheria and four other tribes in a lawsuit aimed at Governor Gavin Newsom and the state of California. The Tribes argued that Governor Newsom was negotiating in bad faith on gaming compacts. An initial ruling, a year...

Lawsuit Involving Foppoli Has Hearings Set for December

A lawsuit involving former Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli has hearings set for December. Judge Jennifer Dollard made the move yesterday for one of two lawsuits involving Foppoli and Christopher Creek Winery, brought forward by seven women accusing him of sexual crimes. A motion will first be heard in October whether to drop Christopher Creek as a defendant for most of the counts. Meanwhile, court records show that Foppoli has yet to hire an attorney for this lawsuit nor the other suit involving a Montana woman who claims Foppoli raped her repeatedly when she was 18. Foppoli has denied all allegations.

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 […]