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Deputies wound man who fired .50-caliber shotgun at them

Oct. 11, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say Northern California deputies shot a 26-year-old man after he first fired a .50-caliber semi-automatic handgun at them. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Friday that Mendocino County sheriff's deputies received a call after noon Thursday of a possibly drunk or...

Family in California sentenced in killing of woman's lover

Sep. 27, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A husband, wife and son have been sentenced to between 15 and 50 years in prison for murdering the woman's lover on a remote Sonoma County road in 2017. The Press Democrat reports a judge Thursday sentenced 42-year-old Rene Espinoza, his wife, 42-year-old Maria Torres, and their...

Chase, standoff closes Santa Rosa highway for hours

Sep. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A section of U.S. 101 north of Santa Rosa was shut for several hours Sunday during a standoff between officers and a man who led them on a chase and refused to leave his car. California Highway Patrol Officer David deRutte said the chase began Saturday morning when a man driving a...

Handcuffed man breaks free from deputies, jumps to his death

Sep. 10, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities pulled a Nevada man back from the edge of a Northern California casino parking garage and handcuffed him as a suicide risk before he broke free and jumped to his death. Sonoma County sheriff's deputies called to Graton Resort and Casino near Santa Rosa early Monday...

Man reported missing found dead in creek near Fort Bragg

Sep. 3, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Southern California man reported missing weeks ago was found dead in a Redwood Creek tributary east of Fort Bragg. Mendocino County Sheriff's Office says 81-year-old John Baker's body was discovered Friday about nine miles east of Highway 1 Friday after a...

California city to pay $260,000 to woman hit by police truck

Aug. 24, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Rosa City Council has agreed to pay a settlement to a California woman hit by a police truck. The Press Democrat reported Friday that 29-year-old Laure Friedell filed a lawsuit in March 2018 after her right foot and left leg were run over the year before by 37-year-old...

California Editorial Rdp

Aug. 22, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

Aug. 20 The San Diego Union-Tribune on California's use of force law: Gov. Gavin Newsom's signing Monday of the bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, that decrees that police may use deadly force only when it is "necessary" to defend against the threat of serious injury or death to officers or the...

Jury to decide PG&E's role in California wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined the...

The Latest: Jury to decide PG&E role in wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on rulings issued by the judge presiding over PG&E's bankruptcy case (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A state jury will get to decide whether Pacific Gas and Electric equipment ignited a deadly wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire...