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2 injured in head-on Lakeville Highway crash that closed roadway

Two people were injured Monday morning in a head-on crash that forced the closure of Lakeville Highway for more than two hours in east Petaluma, police said. The crash happened just before 6 a.m., according to Petaluma police Lt. Garrett Glaviano. He said a driver going east on Lakeville in a Chevrolet Spark crossed over double yellow lines to pass another vehicle and crashed head-on into a Toyota RAV4 near the Pine View Way intersection.
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Santa Rosa Police Stop Sideshow; Impound Nine Cars

Law enforcement in Santa Rosa shut down a large sideshow heading into the weekend. Police were called to the incident happening at Petaluma Hill and Frazier Avenue on Friday and found 20 cars performing reckless stunts. Officers say the drivers sped off but were later found by Sonoma Police at 5th and Davis Streets. Authorities were able to block off the area and arrested several people along with impounding nine cars. Santa Rosa Police thanked the community for giving important info which helped lead to the shutdown.

Early morning collision in Petaluma leaves two injured

PETALUMA – A collision on Lakeville Highway in Petaluma Monday morning left both drivers unconscious and injured, police said. Shortly before 6 a.m., a 35-year-old male driver in a white Chevrolet Spark was traveling east on Lakeville Highway between Frates and Browns Lane when he attempted to unlawfully pass the vehicle in front of him. Upon crossing the double yellow lines, the Spark collided head on with a White Toyota Rav 4 which was traveling westbound on Lakeville Hwy. The Toyota was being driven by a 50-year-old woman.  It was reported that both drivers were unconscious and trapped in the vehicles. Petaluma Police and Petaluma Fire units responded to the crash. Both parties were extricated from their vehicles and transported by Petaluma Ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both drivers suffered moderate to severe injuries and are expected to survive. The vehicles were cleared from the roadway and it was reopened by around 8:40 a.m.    Police did not say if the driver of the Spark would be facing charges in the collision.

Santa Rosa Police Find Person with Ghost Gun on Bike Path

A ghost gun has been confiscated after Santa Rosa police detained a resident on a bike path. On Friday evening, officers contacted 2 subjects that they were familiar with from prior investigations along the Newhall bike path running between Petaluma Hill Road and Hendley Street. The officers searched 21-year-old Cristian Fernando Hernandez Gonzalez, who had prior gang involvements, and found a unserialized loaded 9mm handgun with a laser attached to it. Gonzalez had a prior conviction for robbery and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was charged with five felonies including felon in possession of a firearm.

Woman Arrested for DUI After Crashing into Four Vehicles in Petaluma

A woman has been arrested after crashing into four vehicles in Petaluma. On Friday night, the motorist was driving westbound on Lakeville Highway and struck a vehicle in front of them. The vehicle that was struck pulled off onto the shoulder of the road near Browns Lane while the suspect’s vehicle continued westbound. The suspect then struck a second vehicle on Lakeville at Frates Road with that vehicle pulling over as well. The suspect continued and struck a parked vehicle on Lakeville at South McDowell and a fourth vehicle that was parked on Casa Grande Road at South McDowell Boulevard. Three fled the vehicle after the fourth crash with only the driver, Kaytlyn Kiley, being located by police. Kiley was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital and then arrested for Driving under Influence, Hit and Run and Possession of a Narcotic. Three illegal narcotics were located in the suspect’s vehicle.

Guide to Sonoma County Apple Season: Where to Pick, Eat Pie, Sip Cider + More

While grapes may be Sonoma Valley's most enticing draw, another crop steals the spotlight late summer into fall. Apples—which were a popular crop here before vineyards supplanted many of the orchards—offer an alternative to wine-tasting, especially in August, when an annual festival celebrates the Gravenstein, the area's best-known variety.

Petaluma Man Arrested for Negligently Firing Rifle

A Petaluma man has been arrested after claiming to have shot an intruder that wasn’t found. Early Friday morning, police received a call from a neighbor on 2100 block of Willow Drive saying they received a call from their neighbor, Tyler Elliott, who claimed to have shot someone inside his residence. Officers arrived but didn’t find any signs of a disturbance including any suspicious people in the area. Elliott was detained and a search of his residence was conducted. Police found an assault rifle in the residence and observed a shattered glass door. After speaking with Elliott and reviewing the scene, officers determined there wasn’t any evidence that suggested an intruder was inside or breaking into the residence. Elliott was arrested for the negligent discharge of a firearm among other charges.

Two drivers injured in Petaluma highway crash

PETALUMA (BCN) — A collision on Lakeville Highway in Petaluma Monday morning left both drivers unconscious, police said. Just before 6 a.m., a 35-year-old man in a white Chevrolet Spark was driving east on the highway between Frates Road and Browns Lane. Police said that he attempted to unlawfully overtake the vehicle in front of […]

Three Pets Die in Petaluma House Fire

A house fire in downtown Petaluma has resulted in the deaths of three pets. On Saturday afternoon, a fire broke out at a home in the area of 10th Street near Petaluma High School. Four fire engines, one truck and an ambulance responded with caution as the electrical service line to the house was compromised by fire, falling to the street and blocking a portion of the roadway. The occupant was able to escape the house but a dog and two cats perished in the fire. The house sustained heavy damage with losses exceeding $250,000. The cause remains under investigation.

Man convicted in sex assault on Davis bike trail given 17-year prison sentence

DAVIS – The man convicted of trying to rape a woman on a bicycle trail in Davis has been given a 17-year prison sentence. Jose Perez-Meza was suspected in two sexual assaults, one in Santa Rosa that happened in 2018 and the Davis incident that happened in August 2020. Prosecutors detailed how Perez-Meza attacked a 23-year-old recent UC Davis graduate along the Putah Creek Bike Path.A fingerprint he left on a glass of tea helped authorities identify Perez-Meza as the suspect.Further, a jacket that matched one seen on surveillance video out of a Santa Rosa assault was found during a...

Let Your Hair Down Like a Swede at Petaluma Crayfish Party

In Sweden, summer’s end heralds the return of crayfish season and with it a host of “kräftskivor” (crayfish parties). For a few weeks in August, usually reserved Swedes kick off their shoes for one last summer festivity, donning party hats and adjusting bibs as they consume buckets of dill-brined crustaceans between rounds of schnapps and drinking songs.

Healdsburg Mayor Jimenez Not Seeking Another Term

Healdsburg will be getting a new mayor next year. Mayor Ozzy Jimenez says he won’t run for reelection when his term expires at the end of the year. In a social media post, made Saturday, Jimenez says he’s going to devote his time to supporting people of color becoming leaders in their communities. Jimenez was appointed to the Healdsburg City Council more two years ago, to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Mayor Leah Gold.

Napa Valley’s Vice Versa plans to build ‘fireproof’ winery, cave in Calistoga

Vice Versa winery plans to break ground on a new winery and cave at an estate vineyard in Calistoga in late summer. “The construction utilizes three dominant wall surfaces — Corten, a weathering steel that seals as it rusts, Kalwall, an insulated translucent panel system, and glass,” the winery stated in the announcement. “The bottom production level is softly daylit through the Kalwall panels. The upper hospitality level has 360-degree views from the fully glazed exterior walls. The covered crush pad is in the center of the winery’s ground floor, with a second-level entertainment deck overlooking the production area. The crush pad opens up to the hillside behind, with the vines cascading down the hillside, the tableau framed by the structure above.”

Traffic Delays Expected for Todd Road Over Crossing

Drivers planning to travel Todd Road in Santa Rosa should expect some traffic delays starting today and lasting through late September. Caltrans crews will be repairing bridge railings on a Highway 101 over crossing on Todd Road. During the first phase of repairs, westbound traffic may be detoured as far as four-miles around the Todd Road over crossing. Caltrans says it’s making the railings sturdier, easier to maintain, and improving safety on the road in the event of a crash. Work will be done on the north side railings first.

Santa Rosa sideshows lead to 7 arrests

Authorities impounded nine vehicles and arrested seven people from a crowd that gathered for sideshows over the weekend in various parts of Santa Rosa, according to police. The sideshows, which are displays of dangerous driving stunts, began at 11:30 p.m. Friday in the area of Petaluma Hill Road and Frazier Avenue, according to a Santa Rosa Police Department news release.