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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.
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Santa Rosa Man Arrested for Illegal Guns and Attempting to Lure Minors

A 24-year-old man from Santa Rosa is behind bars on suspicion of possessing illegal guns and trying to lure minors for sex. Last week, police found a loaded, concealed and unregistered Glock handgun during a search of Luis Morales-Vargas’ car. Investigators say there was also an assault rifle with no serial number and an unsecured handgun inside the house. Detectives then seized Morales-Vargas’ cellphone and found evidence that suggested he was using social media apps to lure girls in their early teens into having sex with him.

How a New Generation of Restaurants Is Positioning Sonoma as a Foodie Destination

Sonoma is NorCal's largest wine region. But to limit your visit to quaffing Chardonnay is to miss the point of a place where, in the span of a day, you can hike through a redwood forest, watch the waves break on a craggy shore, and go for tacos in a former ranching town. Here's what's happening in one of the most beautiful corners of the state.

Suspect Robs Man in Petaluma at Gunpoint

Petaluma Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a man at gunpoint. Around 9 PM last night, a man was walking on St. Francis Drive near Caulfield Lane and was approached by a male subject from behind. The suspect pushed him against a wall where he pressed a suspected firearm to his back and demanded the victim hand over his wallet and cell phone. Shortly after, the victim was struck in the face with a metal object, which appeared to be a firearm. After striking the victim, the robber took the victim’s property and ran to a nearby dark colored sedan and fled the area towards Caulfield Lane. The suspect was described as a male of an unknown race, weighing approximately 200 pounds, 5’8”, and wearing dark clothing. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Multiple Burning Vehicles in Kelseyville Ignite Nearby Vegetation

At approximately 1:30 p.m. the Pharo Fire began burning in the Lake County community of Kelseyville engulfing cars, boats, and RVs in flames that would then spark nearby vegetation. Ground and air resources have been fighting back the flames located near the intersection of Pharo Place × Glebe Road. As...

Update: Crews stop progress of vehicle and vegetation fire in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY -- Crews in the North Bay are responding to a vehicle fire that has spread to vegetation near Kelseyville Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.The Cal Fire Sonoma Lake Napa Unit tweeted about the fire at 1:45 p.m., saying that crews from Cal Fire and local agencies were at the scene of a vehicle fire on the 4000 block of Pharo Place in Kelseyville.   Residents are being asked to avoid the area and to use caution if passing through. There were reports that the so-called Pharo Fire had grown to between one and 1.5 acres, spreading to several vehicles including boats before igniting nearby vegetation. As of about 2:47 p.m., Cal Fire said crews had stopped forward progress of the fire. Firefighters will remain in the area putting out hot spots and stopping flare-ups for the next few hours.

Former SF DA Chesa Boudin to Speak in Sonoma

On Sunday, Aug. 14, former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will visit Sonoma for a talk hosted by local nonprofit Praxis Peace Institute. Boudin, who was elected in 2019, ran on a progressive platform which emphasized expanding diversion programs, ending cash bail and decriminalizing poverty and homelessness by declining to prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as public camping, soliciting sex and public urination.

Garbage Truck Catches Fire in Windsor

There are no injuries nor damage after the garbage inside a garbage truck caught fire in Windsor. The fire started in a residential area in front of Robbins Park at about 1:20 Tuesday afternoon. The truck driver dumped the contents of the truck on the street when the fire started and called for the fire department. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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...

Santa Rosa city council votes to cap short-term rentals

SANTA ROSA (KPIX) -- Following a surge of applications and complaints about short-term rentals, Santa Rosa lawmakers voted on whether to put a cap on the number operating in the city.Tuesday night's city council meeting was already heated after hours of public comment preceding the vote. Finally, the council voted to adopt an urgency ordinance limiting the number of short-term rentals to 198. It was a tense evening. The issue has created a great divide among neighbors."My problem is I moved into a residential neighborhood and now I live next to a hotel," said resident Bernadette Burrell.She was one of many...

Gulch Fire burns vegetation in Lakeville east of Petaluma

LAKEVILLE, Sonoma County -- A vegetation fire burned about three acres east of Petaluma near the community of Lakeville in Sonoma County Tuesday afternoon before fire crew contained it.Cal Fire originally tweeted about the Gulch Fire at 4:41 p.m. burning near Old Adobe Road and Stage Gulch Road. In a subsequent tweet at 5:06 p.m., Cal Fire said the fire had been contained and that crews would be putting out hotspots for the next couple of hours. People were urged to use caution while traveling in the area. There was no word on the cause of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Chicken Ranch Tribe Wins Legal Case Against Governor Newsom

Jamestown, CA — An appeals court judge recently sided with Chicken Ranch Rancheria and four other tribes in a lawsuit aimed at Governor Gavin Newsom and the state of California. The Tribes argued that Governor Newsom was negotiating in bad faith on gaming compacts. An initial ruling, a year...

Flamingo Resort opens new live entertainment space

The newest nightspot in Santa Rosa has a long history. This weekend, Vintage Space will officially open at the Flamingo Resort, a local landmark since it was built in 1957. Under the ownership of San Francisco-based Palm House Hospitality and Stephen Yang and Rebecca Bunya of Yang Capital since 2019, the hotel has been systematically renovated.

7 Sonoma Wine Tasting Rooms That Are the Perfect Introduction To the Region

Sonoma may not have the same level of name recognition as its grape growing neighbor Napa, but it should–some of the best wines in the United States are made here. Sonoma County as a whole encompasses 1,768 square miles and is home to close to 20 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), each one producing a wide range of wines. There is a lot to see and taste when it comes to California wine, but rushing to do too much during one trip doesn’t match with the region’s easygoing reputation. With wineries big and small, historic and modern, Sonoma tasting rooms are a perfect place to start your tour of wine country.