CRIME & SAFETY
21-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder in Santa Rosa
(KRON) – A 21-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 23-year-old woman, the Santa Rosa Police Department announced Saturday. Santa Rosa Police were dispatched to the area of Tanglewood Court and Oak Park Way for a report of a stabbing at 6:14 a.m. on Dec. 9. Upon arrival, officers located a 23-year-old woman on […]
Two dead, two injured in inexplicable head-on crash on two-lane California road
Tragedy struck in the early hours of the morning as a fatal crash on State Route 116 near Sonoma Ave claimed the lives of two individuals. At around 12:11 am, Santa Rosa California Highway Patrol officers and local fire department personnel rushed to the scene of a collision involving two vehicles.
Santa Rosa schools beefing up police presence
A North Bay city is beefing up police presence on high school campuses starting Monday. Santa Rosa School District administrators announced late Sunday night that police will be stationed at each of the city's high schools, leading up to the winter break. Officers will also be checking in on middle...
Weekly Safety Report: Incidents of Altercation, Gang Fight, and Murder Shake Santa Rosa
This week in Santa Rosa, California, three incidents occurred that raised concerns about safety in the community. The first incident involved three middle school students who were arrested for fighting, with one of them allegedly possessing a knife. The second incident involved a gang-related fight between juveniles, resulting in the arrest of three individuals and the confiscation of a loaded handgun. Lastly, a resident was scheduled to go on trial for the murder of his sister-in-law, whom he allegedly stabbed 37 times. These incidents highlight the need for increased safety measures in Santa Rosa.
Weekly Safety Report: Parole Denial, School Altercation, Gang-Related Fight, and Murder Trial Impact Sonoma County
This week in Sonoma County, California, several incidents occurred that highlight the importance of safety in the community. These incidents include the denial of parole for a 70-year-old Texas man convicted of a 1985 killing, the arrest of three middle schoolers involved in a fight with a knife, the arrest of three juveniles in a gang-related fight with a loaded handgun, and the upcoming trial of a Santa Rosa resident accused of murdering his sister-in-law.
MCSO: Missing Healdsburg woman found dead near Boonville
A missing Sonoma County woman was found dead recently in a remote area near Boonville, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported. According to the MCSO, deputies responded to the 29000 block of Mountain View Road in Boonville after someone reported a suspicious vehicle in the area around noon on Dec. 4.
Four Sonoma County Residents Arrested for Part in Nearly $8-Million Phone Scam
Four Sonoma County residents have been arrested for their involvement in a $7.8-million money laundering and international telephone scam. Numerous victims from throughout the United States, many of whom were elderly, were contacted by call centers overseas, likely based out of India. Those victims were scammed by a variety of tricks. The victims were ultimately convinced into completing wire transfers to bank accounts being controlled by 21-year-old Alexander King Knigge in Santa Rosa. Once money was received by Knigge, he and his co-conspirators worked quickly to launder the funds out of the accounts to avoid banks freezing the funds. Knigge and three co-conspirators were arrested last month after a year long investigation.
Police Log, Nov. 20-26
BREAKING: On Dec. 4, around 10:40am, Healdsburg Police Department officers responded to a report of multiple vehicles that were vandalized at Healdsburg High School. While gathering information from victims, an observant citizen alerted Police Dispatch of additional vehicle vandalism near the high school. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located an individual matching the caller’s description.
‘You’re killing your dog!’: Women pursue, then confront driver seen dragging dog behind his SUV in Sebastopol
The two women could not believe their eyes. Driving back to Santa Rosa from the coast around 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, they saw a dog trotting alongside a gray Ford Explorer on Bodega Avenue, on the western outskirts of Sebastopol. They noted how odd that seemed, and expressed alarm...
UPD: Two new Ukiah officers graduate from academy
The Ukiah Police Department announced this week that two new officers recently graduated from the Police Academy in Santa Rosa. UPD Chief Cedric Crook said that both Officer Chris Ballestrazze and Officer Ryan Michel graduated from the 212th Police Academy in Santa Rosa on Thursday, and that they will start their field training next week. He noted that both Ballestrazze and Michel hail from Sonoma County.
Did a Sonoma County deputy OD from touching fentanyl? Experts say no
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says one of its deputies recently needed the opioid overdose-reversing drug known as Narcan, after handling fentanyl at a Santa Rosa gas station. A month later, details remain vague as the office says the incident is still under investigation. As NorCal Public Media and...
Traffic stop led to arrest for gun violation in Santa Rosa
(KRON) – The Santa Rosa Police Department arrested a 21-year-old Santa Rosa resident for possession of an unregistered gun after a traffic stop on Dec. 6. SRPD Special Enforcement Team officers conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes sedan with heavily tinted front windows at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The driver yielded to the Santa […]
Trespasser arrested after police pursuit in Petaluma
(KRON) – A 33-year-old Santa Rosa resident was arrested for criminal trespassing in Petaluma. The Petaluma Police Department Community Impact Response Team responded to a video burglary alarm in the 500 block of Madison Street on Wednesday at approximately 8:14 p.m. According to police, the video alarm footage was in a new subdivision of the […]
Henry-1 Helps Track Petaluma Trespasser
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Henry-1 helicopter helped to find a trespassing criminal in Petaluma. On Wednesday night, officers responded to a video burglary alarm on the 500 block of Madison Street which is in a new subdivision under construction and surrounded by a fence. Officers spotted Eliaser Hernandez-Valadez within the fenced area and inside one of the homes’ garages. Valadez fled to the Lynch Creek Trail path, but officers lost because it was too dark. Henry-1 was called in and the crew spotted Valadez hiding along the creek path, behind a flood wall barrier. Officers were then able to arrest him without further incident for criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.
Woman Dies After Getting Hit by Car in Middletown
A Lower Lake woman has died after getting hit by a car in Middletown. On Friday evening, Susan Johnson-Cline was walking south on State Route 29 with her husband when she was struck by a Tesla just south of Central Park Road. She was taken to Adventist Health Clear Lake where she later died of her injuries. Her husband was not hit. CHP has determined the driver, who stopped after the collision, was not at fault. They say that Cline was in the roadway when she was hit and might have been intoxicated.
Serious Pedestrian Accident Occurs in Middletown
State Route 29 Site of Serious Pedestrian Accident. A serious pedestrian accident was reported in Middletown, southeast of Lakeport on December 1 when at least one person was struck by a vehicle. The collision happened on State Route 29 at Central Park Road around 6:18 p.m. According to the accident report issued by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), they received a call from a woman in a vehicle accompanied by her minor child, who believed she had struck something in the roadway.
Minor arrested for breaking into, staying in Sonoma vacation homes
(KRON) — A juvenile suspect was arrested on Tuesday after he led Sonoma County deputies on a chase through the Russian River, the county sheriff’s office said. The suspect is accused of breaking into multiple vacation homes in the county. On Tuesday, deputies began to investigate the break-ins of three vacation homes on Freezout Road […]
Sonoma County Sheriff Hosting Toy Drive Event at HQ in Santa Rosa
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a toy drive and resource fair Friday to “pack the patrol car.” Community members are invited to join the Sheriff’s Office and its justice partners at the event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s main office in Santa Rosa. Guests are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy, a gift for donation or gift cards. The donated gifts will be distributed before Christmas by The Salvation Army, R-Hoops and other local community groups to those in need in Sonoma County. For those who would like to donate a gift but can’t make it to Friday’s event, the sheriff’s office said its donation bins will remain in the lobby of its main office until Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Inmate convicted of 1985 murder of Guerneville man denied parole
Inmate Vernon Bragg, now 70 years old of Dallas Texas, was denied parole yesterday by the California State Board of Parole Hearings following an afternoon hearing held at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. In 1985, Bragg was convicted of murder for the shooting and killing of Ray Rasmussen of Guerneville. Following the murder, Bragg was sentenced to an indeterminate life sentence in state prison.