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Sentencing set for Napa naturopathic doctor who sold fake vaccine cards

NAPA — A North Bay naturopathic doctor charged with selling fake COVID-19 immunization treatments and fraudulent vaccination cards will be sentenced in November after a judge on Wednesday denied her motion to withdraw her plea agreement.Juli A. Mazi, of Napa, pleaded guilty last April in federal court in San Francisco to one count of wire fraud and one count of false statements related to health care matters.Mazi, who has since fired her attorneys and is now representing herself, sought to vacate her plea agreement while also filing a motion challenging the very laws that led to her prosecution."There were no...
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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.

After Athena House closes, what next for Sonoma County treatment?

Where can people struggling with substance abuse in Sonoma County go to get help? And who will provide it? Just some of the questions being raised after Athena House, the thirty-three year-old treatment center in Santa Rosa, closed its doors in July. For Jasmine Palmer, a former patient at Athena House, its closure will leave a large void.  “Our county is number three in the state for the most fatal overdoses…so this population, they need more services," Palmer told KRCB News. "And it’s near and dear to my heart because I went through the program in 2011, and I know what it’s...

Man plows car into gravestones, knocks over mom’s casket in cemetery brawl

A California man allegedly went berserk at his mom’s funeral, getting into a car after a fight with his sister and knocking over his mom’s casket and several tombstones while trying to run his sibling down, cops and reports said Wednesday. The 36-year-old man, who was not identified, even tore up numerous plots and damaged a water main, which flooded his mother’s open grave when he drove his car onto the grass at Rolling Hills cemetery in Richmond, California. The dangerous ride, which caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damages, was part of a massive brawl that involved 20 grieving-but-angry family...

2022 Sonoma Grape Harvest Kicks Off, Joined By Sparkling and Limited White Grapes in Napa

As summer slowly draws to a close, winemakers in multiple California regions are approaching and beginning their harvests. The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance announced the start of its picking season on Monday, while Napa Valley winemakers Honig Vineyard and Schramsberg Vineyards officially kicked off the region’s white and sparkling wine harvest last week.

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...

Back to School backpack giveaways abound

With the WCCUSD and other schools returning next week, local backpack giveaways are abounding. Here’s the scoop on several events upcoming in Richmond and San Pablo. The Kiwanis Club of San Pablo and Latino business owners are collaborating with the City of San Pablo for a “Free Backpack Giveaway” Sat. Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo.

Casket knocked over after fight breaks out at Richmond cemetery

RICHMOND, Calif. - A large brawl broke out between family members at a funeral in Richmond, ending with a casket being knocked over and an arrest. According to the Richmond Police Department, the altercation happened Saturday afternoon at Rolling Hills Memorial Park on Hilltop Drive. Officers said a family member...