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Ravitch, Shanahan spar at D.A. seat forum

The D.A. and her challenger shared a spirited but civil debate about leadership and accountability as protesters called on Ravitch to prosecute the sheriff's deputy who fatally shot Andy Lopez.

Sonoma Valley fire chief stepping down

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority Chief Phil Garcia is stepping down.

Fire destroys classic cars in Petaluma-area garage

Fire early Friday destroyed classic show cars parked in a garage on Lakeville Highway.

Competing Palm Drive proposals unveiled

Two physician-backed proposals aimed at continuing operations at troubled Sebastopol hospital.

Southern California case against Petaluma police chief moves forward

A harassment and intimidation civil lawsuit that names Petaluma Police Chief Patrick Williams will move forward next month, even though the woman at the center of the case died in October.

Hiker found dead on Mount Tam ID'd (w/video)

A 50-year-old North Bay woman was reported missing by her dad on Thursday.

Bay Area Coachella fan collapses, dies (w/video)

A 24-year-old woman suffered 'an apparent overdose' at the Southern California music fest last weekend.

Kenwood climber survives deadly Mount Everest avalanche (w/video)

A Kenwood man who was witness to Friday's avalanche on Mount Everest plans to continue his climb.

Florida transplant to head county library system

The current head of a library system in Florida will take over the county's top library job in June.

South Santa Rosa manhunt ends in arrest of wanted man

A Santa Rosa school was locked down while deputies searched for the man Friday.

Judge: Carrillo's past legal troubles inadmissible

In a pre-trial hearing Friday, a judge ruled that Supervisor Efren Carrillo's prior brushes with the law can't be presented as evidence in his peeking case. The hearing continues this afternoon.

CHP looking into possible distraction in fatal Ukiah crash

A Santa Rosa man suspected in a Highway 101 crash Thursday may have been distracted by his radio, the CHP said.

Downtown fixture Scott remembered as renaissance man

Brad Scott, a man known around downtown Santa Rosa for his loud laugh and his short pants, was found dead Wednesday in his Fifth Street apartment. He was 60.

2 arrested in Santa Rosa Transit Mall knife attack, beating

The boys, age 15 and 17, are suspected of stabbing another in the face Thursday.

Whooping cough on the rise in county

The number of whooping cough cases in Sonoma County is rising and could rival epidemic levels last seen in 2010, experts warn.

Former NFL QB sent to state hospital

The ex-Chargers player was arrested in 2013 on Santa Rosa arson charges.

SRJC educator Julie Gleason dies at 66

Julie Gleason was the face of the child development department for three decades.

Restoration OK'd for Colgan Creek

An ambitious but long-delayed bid to restore an urban creek in southwest Santa Rosa took a key step forward this week when the city awarded a $1.6 million contract for the first phase of work.

Carrillo's accuser expected to testify at upcoming peeking trial

Jury selection will begin Monday in Sonoma County supervisor's peeking trial.

Owner of historic Ukiah hotel gets another chance to renovate

The Ukiah City Council threatened Wednesday to wrest control of the historic Palace Hotel from its owner.

Suspect arrested in Sonoma County vacation home burglaries

Detectives Santa Rosa woman was the main player in a spate of vacation home burglaries.

Sonoma Clean Power opposes 'opt-in' bill

Officials with Sonoma County's startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch in the state.

Truck's pot smell tips off CHP officers to huge haul; 2 held

Truck passed officers who were impounding another car, CHP said Wednesday.

TSA: Woman may face fine after knife find at Sonoma airport

Security found a 8.5-inch knife hidden inside homemade enchiladas at the airport Monday.

Telling feedback on Santa Rosa's next city manager

Council members made it clear Tuesday they hope the next top exec will bring a new type of leadership.

Palm Drive Hospital lines up funding as shutdown looms

A bankruptcy court judge OK'd a $450,000 emergency loan from Sonoma County on Tuesday.

Sale of higher-end homes soar in county

March sales of pricier homes are the strongest since 2007.

Candidates emerging for vacant Healdsburg seats

Candidates are emerging to vie for the seats of two council members who are not seeking re-election.

Fed proposal expands drilling protections off North Coast

Permanent protection from oil drilling off the Sonoma and southern Mendocino County coast appears imminent, anti-drilling advocates and local officials said Monday.

Officials pitch virtual training program for deputies

Officials made their pitch Monday for the $100,000 tool at a community task force meeting.

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