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Emergency warming center opens in Santa Rosa

Areas in the North Bay could see temperatures near freezing Tuesday night, followed by rain later in the week. So Santa Rosa has activated its emergency warming center protocol for the first time this season, and in a new location.
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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Two Vehicles Near Rohnert Park

We have more information concerning the pedestrian that was struck and killed near Rohnert Park early Monday morning. The CHP reports that a man was walking along the right shoulder of Stony Point Road, south of Wilfred Avenue. As a Ford truck approached, the pedestrian walked into the traffic lane in front of the oncoming truck. The driver tried to avoid the man but was unable to. He stopped after the crash and called 911. CHP believe a second vehicle then hit the pedestrian but did not stop, possibly unaware they had hit someone. The man was declared dead at the scene and his name is being withheld until family is notified.

Vegetation fire burns east of Santa Rosa near Sonoma Highway

SANTA ROSA -- A vegetation fire burned in a mountainous area just east of Santa Rosa Tuesday.Cal Fire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit said the fire was burning Wildwood Mountain Road, about a mile north of State Highway 12/Sonoma Highway.As of noon, the fire was approximately 1.5 acres with a slow rate of spread, Cal Fire said. No evacuations have been ordered. Cal Fire urged people driving in the area to use caution and give way to emergency vehicles.

County of Sonoma and Sheriff Sanctioned Over Video of In-Custody Suicide

A federal judge is sanctioning Sonoma County and its Sheriff’s Office following the destruction of video that captured an in-custody suicide. Nino Bosco committed suicide in jail in 2019. A federal judge has ruled jail officials deliberately failed to preserve critical footage of his death. Because of the sanctions, the county’s actions will now be described to a jury during a trial connected with a lawsuit against the county. A court order says members of the Sheriff’s Office allowed the 14 minutes of video footage to be lost. Jury members will be told to presume county officials did so with intent, and because the footage cast the county in a negative light.

Winter Weather Hitting the North Bay This Week with Rain and Freeze

The North Bay is expected to get a blast of winter weather this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting below freezing temperatures, ‘substantial rainfall’ and winds of up to 40-miles-per-hour. Santa Rosa could drop to as low as 29-degrees tomorrow morning, with other areas also seeing temperatures in the upper 20’s. There’s a 70 to 90-percent chance of frost Wednesday morning, and a 40 to 50-percent chance of a freeze. Moderate to heavy rain with strong wind is expected to come between Thursday morning and evening. Forecasters are calling for Santa Rosa getting one to two-inches of rain.

Man Arrested For Assault Using A Rock

PETALUMA (BCN) Police arrested a Petaluma man Tuesday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an attack using a rock. Officers responded to a 9:49 p.m. report by the victim of an assault in the 1000 block of Lakeville Steet, according to a news release shared late Tuesday by the Petaluma Police Department.

Passed over for grants, Santa Rosa considering digging into reserves, other funds for Hearn Ave overpass

Traffic on the two-lane overpass frequently backs up on to US 101 photo credit: GoogleMaps Passed over by federal and state agencies, Santa Rosa leaders Tuesday will consider a few radical fiscal moves to fast-track long promised overhaul of the outmoded Hearn Avenue overpass.    A relic with its short ramps, sharp turns and no sidewalks, officials have had replacing the overpass over US 101 on the books since 2004, part of the Measure M expenditure plan.    After being repeatedly turned down for federal transportation grant programs, Santa Rosa is ready to move forward on its own.    Assistant City Manager of the City of Santa Rosa...

Motorcyclist Found Dead After Crash in Geyserville

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash in Geyserville. On Sunday, a man riding a Harley-Davidson westbound on Rockpile Road lost control of his bike. He then drove straight at a curve in the road, and hit the guardrail. The CHP believe the rider was dead for two or three hours before he was found by a passerby. The rider hasn’t been identified as CHP are looking to notify next of kin.

Loss of son to opioids inspires North Bay couple to teach others how to use Narcan

COTATI --  The number of opioid-related deaths in California has almost tripled over the past few years. One North Bay family is trying to help stop the trend by offering community members training on how to use Narcan, which can reverse an overdose.It's part of the mission for Micah's Hugs, a non-profit born from heartache."Insert it in her nostril and I want you to go ahead and push it. That's it. That's done. It's very easy," said Micah Sawyer as he led a training class for about a dozen people in Cotati."There's such a stigma around addiction and Narcan as...

Reinventing the wheel or creating community? A look at house-sharing in Sonoma County

photo credit: Courtesy of themrkrish Interviews and audio for this story comes courtesy of Nor Cal Public Media's Isabel Fischer as part of the series Bay Area Bountiful SHARE Sonoma County is an organization that matches someone seeking housing with someone who can provide housing – often a person with an empty bedroom that could be occupied by a tenant or resident.  Sheila Almquist, a housing navigator with the group said there are building blocks behind the unique model of sharing homes.   "Food, housing and community are about the essential things in life," Almquist said.   Among others, the nonprofit helps connect home-owning seniors who are...

Two Christmas Movies Shot in Petaluma Now Available on HBO Max

A pair of Christmas movies shot in Petaluma are now available to watch at home. “A Christmas Mystery” and “Holiday Harmony” hit the HBO Max streaming service on Thanksgiving. While viewers may recognize the scenery, Petaluma was actually used as a stand-in for Oregon and Oklahoma. Both films were produced by Petaluma’s own Ali Afshar.

28 DUI Arrests Made in Petaluma in October

DUI arrests are on the rise in Petaluma. New data shows there were 28 DUI arrests in October. Petaluma police arrested nine people on suspicion of drunk driving last Wednesday night and Thursday morning, during a time known as ‘Blackout Wednesday.’ The arrests, made in a 12-hour period, were the most DUI arrests in Petaluma on any single day this year. A Petaluma Police Department spokesperson says most of the arrests happen in downtown and along the Washington Street corridor.

Fatal Collision In Santa Rosa Monday Morning

A fatal collision in Santa Rosa Monday morning is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, according to a CHP spokesman. A work truck struck a pedestrian at Stony Point Road, south of Wilfred Avenue, at 2:33 a.m. Traffic in the area was slowed following the wreck. Copyright © 2022...

Obituary: Geraldine Felder

Geraldine “Gerry” Felder, 88, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. She was born on Sept. 21, 1934 in Santa Rosa, living her early life in California with the exception of four years in Michigan with her mom, sister and extended family while her father, Ralph V Harr M.D., served in the US Navy.

Southwest Santa Rosa Family Displaced After House Fire

Five family members and their dog are okay after escaping a house fire in southwest Santa Rosa. It first started as a fence fire at about four o’clock Sunday morning, then spread to the first and second floors of the home, then up to the attic. Firefighters had most of the flames out within about 15 minutes. Investigators say the fire started near trash cans and yard waste, and believe the cause was someone improperly disposing of ashes. The family needs to temporarily move out of the home while repairs and damage assessments take place.

Sanders Concedes Santa Rosa City Council Race to Fleming

Terry Sanders has formally conceded the race for Santa Rosa’s District Four City Council seat. The retired firefighter says it’s apparent he can’t make up the 320-vote difference separating he and Councilwoman Victoria Fleming. Sanders conceded to Fleming during a meeting last Friday. Sanders was leading in early returns on election night. It was one of the tightest races for public office in Sonoma County this year.