Santa Rosa, CAPress Democrat

Ex-CHP officer sentenced for terrorizing Santa Rosa neighbors

An off-duty former CHP officer who terrorized his neighbors was sentenced Tuesday to two years of supervised probation and 90 days in jail. Jeremy Finnerty, 49, of Santa Rosa, was also ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Shelly J. Averill to pay restitution to the victims. While on probation, he will undergo specific treatment and will not be able to use or possess alcohol or firearms.
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Santa Rosa, CAPress Democrat

Motorcyclist hospitalized following crash in Santa Rosa

A motorcyclist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Tuesday following a major collision along Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa Police said. The motorcyclist collided with a Ford SUV at Santa Rosa Avenue and Elsa Drive around 11:45 a.m. Police said the Ford’s driver was heading south and was trying to turn...
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Sonoma County, CAPetaluma 360

Guy Fieri visits Sonoma County Fair, spends $30,000 at pig auction

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri visited the Sonoma County Fair’s Summer Fun Fest on Sunday, spending at least $30,000 at the pig auction after getting a letter from a local student involved in the event. The Sonoma County resident attended the livestock auction with family and friends, including former San Francisco...
Santa Rosa,

Attempted Murderer from Santa Rosa Denied Parole

A Santa Rosa man convicted of attempted murder of four rival gang members is being denied parole. 51-year-old Mario Gaburel was denied the request by the California Board of Prison Terms. The ruling from the board noted Gaburel’s continued refusal to accept responsibility for his conduct and also his repeated violent behavior while incarcerated, most notably a 2016 incident for which Gaburel was convicted of the attempted murder of another inmate. Gaburel’s conviction stems from a February 1997 shooting where he opened fired on a vehicle with four rival gang members. After conviction, the court sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Santa Rosa,

Chef Guy Fieri Spends $30,000 at Pig Auction at the Fairgrounds

Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri came by the pig auction at Sonoma County Fair’s Summer Fun Fest and spent at least $30,000 on hogs. Fieri came to the auction this past Sunday after getting a letter from Frances Marshall, a member of Sebastopol Future Farmers of America, urging he attend. He did and Fieri and his friends bought 16 pigs, including one of Marshall’s named Chevy for $10,000 dollars. The auction supported Future Farmers of America and 4-H clubs from all over the region that showed their animals at the Santa Rosa event.
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"Bank accounts are being wiped out," Residents thought they were helping kids, instead see credit card info stolen

"Be aware of subjects going door to door, selling candy bars and asking for donations to benefit kids organizations," police warned.Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety. At first, their intentions sounded good, but police said it was all a rouse to steal the personal financial information from residents in one Bay Area community who wanted to help children.
Santa Rosa,

Memorial Set for Deceased Santa Rosa Taqueria Owner

Santa Rosa will be holding a memorial for a well-known owner of a taqueria in the city. The public is invited to celebrate the life of Eduardo Lepe this Sunday at Sonoma Mountain Village. Lepe, who owned Lepe’s Taqueria, died this past Sunday at the age of 51 due to coronavirus complications. The memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday morning at Valley House Drive in Rohnert Park. It will include an outdoor service and a casual reception.

Petaluma residents: make your lawns drought-tolerant for free

The City of Petaluma is serious about water conservation! Our Mulch Madness Program is proof of this. We are so dedicated to helping our customers save water that we are offering free mulch, compost, cardboard, and an irrigation conversion kit to qualified customers who wish to sheet mulch their existing turf. That's right, FREE! This even includes delivery of the mulch, compost, and cardboard. It's Madness!
Petaluma, CAPetaluma 360

Petaluma National Little Leaguers following in historic footsteps

The Petaluma National Little League All Stars have adopted the motto, “Just keep playing until you have to stop.”. So far this summer, through three pressure-packed tournaments, no one has told them to stop. The plucky Petaluma team has won District, Section and NorCal tournaments in a historic run that has taken the Nationals to the West Region Tournament beginning Sunday at the Little League complex in San Bernardino.
Santa Rosa, CAPress Democrat

Santa Rosa taqueria owner Eduardo Lepe dies of COVID-19 complications

Eduardo “Eddie” Lepe, beloved owner of Lepe's Taqueria in Santa Rosa, died Sunday at UCSF Hospital due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 51. The Santa Rosa native had been in a medically-induced coma since early July, according to family members who were unable to be with him when he died due to public health protocols. The family declined to discuss Lepe’s vaccination status or health issues.
Petaluma, CAPetaluma 360

Former student now principal at Wilson School

Steve Hospodar has come home. The veteran educator is the new principal and superintendent at Wilson School, the same school he and his two daughters attended. Since 2006, Hospodar has been part of the administration team at Hamilton School in Novato, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. “It was really hard...