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San Rafael man charged with attacking wife during trip to Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – A Marin County man is facing a domestic violence charge after he was accused of attacking his wife during a trip to Yosemite National Park earlier this month, federal prosecutors said.U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert's office announced Thursday that a federal grand jury has charged 59-year-old Stefan Niels Wieste Kirkeby of San Rafael.Court documents said Kirkeby and his wife were visiting the park on August 4 when the pair got into what was described as a verbal confrontation.The victim told authorities that Kirkeby grabbed her by the wrist and the pair fell to the ground. During the altercation, Kirkeby also threatened to kill her and himself.Other park visitors intervened due to the yelling and the threats of harm, prosecutors said. The victim suffered bruises, pain to her wrist and scratches during the incident.According to jail records, Kirkeby is being held at the Fresno County Jail on a federal marshal hold. It was not immediately known when he would appear in court on the charge. If convicted, Kirkeby faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.
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Video shows San Rafael Elementary Principal fuming about neighbors after cops were called on custodian

The principal of San Rafael Elementary in Pasadena was caught on a security guard's body-worn camera fuming over a call to 911 that ended with the school's custodian in handcuffs, temporarily detained. The incident unfolded Sunday after a caller to 911 told Pasadena Police that they saw a person scaling the school's fence.While no one has been able to verify if he hopped a fence or not, the school's custodian of 14 years was fully uniformed and, according to one teacher, had his keys on him. Police handcuffed him while they made sure no one else was in the school. The custodian...

Older Man Suffers Serious Injuries in Novato Traffic Crash

Pedestrian Walking on Bolling Drive Struck and Injured by Vehicle. An older pedestrian was hit by a car in Novato on August 13 and suffered major injuries in the traffic crash. The accident happened at about 6:50 p.m. along Bolling Drive close to the Marin Valley Drive intersection. The pedestrian was walking across Bolling Drive when the accident happened. The Novato Police Department reported that the injured pedestrian, age 70, was taken to a hospital for treatment and additional evaluation.
NBC Bay Area

Man Deported to Cambodia After Serving 26 Years in San Quentin

A man who was granted parole from San Quentin has been deported to Cambodia despite efforts to keep him in the Unites States. Dozens of people gathered in Oakland in support of Phoeun You last month. He served 26 years in prison for killing a man in retaliation for harming...

Mountain Lion spotted wandering around Rohnert Park neighborhood

ROHNERT PARK -- Startled residents called Rohnert Park police early Thursday reporting a mountain lion wandering through their neighborhood near Country Club Drive.In a news release, Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officers started receiving calls about sightings in the area of Copeland Creek Trail between Country Club Drive and Snyder Lane at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.Officers were dispatched to the neighborhood, but did not see the mountain lion. They urged residents in the area to watch for small pets and children, to not feed deer and to never approach a mountain lion.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offers additional tips. People...

Armed Calif. man arrested after threatening firefighters during training

PETALUMA, Calif. — Petaluma police have arrested a man accused of using a knife to threaten firefighters who were in the midst of a training exercise Monday. Sergio Antonio Perdomo Perez, 61, was arrested at an unspecified time near Washington and Keller streets, according to the Petaluma Police Department.

Denise Athas, longtime elected Novato leader, announces her retirement

Longtime Novato City Councilmember Denise Athas has announced she will retire and not seek re-election. “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as a Councilmember and 3 time Mayor for the City of Novato over the past 13 years. Novato is an amazing and wonderful city and to be a part of some of the decisions over these years has been a pleasure. The staff at the City is unparalleled and I have been in awe of them every day and it has been an honor serving as part of the team on our city council. After deep consideration regarding running for a 4th term I have decided to not seek re-election. This was a very difficult decision.

North Bay playwright inspired by Petaluma homeless encampment

For many people, when they drive past a homeless encampment or encounter a hungry person asking for spare cash, they quickly choose from a very short list of actions: looking the other way, offering help, writing letters to public officials or making a mental note to “do something” in the future.
L.A. Weekly

Man Hospitalized after Pedestrian Accident on Bolling Drive [Novato, CA]

According to the report, officers responded to the incident around 6:50 p.m. near Marin Valley Drive. Upon arrival, police located the 70-year-old pedestrian in the roadway, who had been struck by a westbound vehicle on Bolling Drive. Eventually, the Novato Fire Protection District personnel arrived at the scene and transported...

Pasadena Mayor’s Statement Regarding San Rafael School Incident

Pasadena Mayor, Victor Gordo, issued a statement regarding the incident at San Rafael Elementary School. To the residents of our community and the parents of the children who attend San Rafael Elementary School:. As Mayor of Pasadena, and as an alumnus of PUSD schools, I represent a very diverse population...

San Rafael School Principal Apologizes For His Comments

A local elementary school principal issued an apology today for comments he made in anger after police handcuffed and questioned the school’s janitor. “I raced from my home in Arcadia to the school, and arrived at San Rafael within twenty minutes of the phone call,” said Rodolfo Ramirez said in an email from his PUSD account addressed to San Rafael Elementary School Recipients. Pasadena Now obtained a copy of the email from a City official.

Sonoma County hip-hop scene strikes a fresh note

When musician and concert producer Josh Windmiller booked a slate of hip-hop artists at the last Railroad Square Music Festival, held in June in Santa Rosa, he opened a door. One of the artists who performed at that event, Damion Square, whose stage name is D.square, wasted no time getting through that door of opportunity while it was still open.

Petaluma Firefighters Threatened by Man with Knife

A man is behind bars on suspicion of threatening Petaluma firefighters with a knife. The 61-year-old is accused of making “threatening gestures” with the buck knife. The gestures were allegedly directed toward firefighters who were in the middle of a training exercise on Monday. Police say the same man was arrested back in February, on suspicion of brandishing a knife at a man and his eight-year-old daughter at McDowell Elementary School. Police records show he has been arrested 21 times since 2020.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for August 19–21

It's still summer, so go swim and play at the Hamilton Community Pool in Novato. Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar. All Weekend. Keep summer...