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  • District Attorney
    August 21, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant Franklin Lee, 40, of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest today before the Honorable Judge Robert LaForge to multiple felony child abuse charges involving one victim. Lee pled to five felonies, including continuous sexual abuse of a minor under 14, oral copulation of a 14 and 15 year old, and sodomy of a 14 and 15 year old. He also admitted a sentencing enhancement that would preclude a grant of probation. He faces up to 18 years and 8 months in prison.
  • District Attorney
    August 21, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Timothy Ray Davis, 49, of Graton, was convicted after a jury trial of felony hazardous waste disposal and misdemeanor petty theft of diesel from Gallo Vineyards that occurred during thefts of diesel from Gallo Vineyard’s Frei Road location between April 12, 2013 and April 25, 2013.
  • District Attorney
    August 20, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Enrique Sanabria-Ruiz, 47, of Santa Rosa, pled no contest and was found guilty by the Honorable Judge Shelly Averill related to a fatal crash in Santa Rosa on May 13, 2014.  Sanabria-Ruiz was convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more causing injury, and a further allegation that he caused great bodily injury to an elderly victim was found true.  Santa Rosa resident Earnest Slone was killed in the crash.
  • Health Services
    August 19, 2014
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    Department of Health Services, Environmental Health is proposing a new food facility grading system to improve food safety in retail food facilities and help customers make dining choices with one look.  Environmental Health will post a color-coded placard (green-pass, yellow-conditional andred-closed)  at all food facilities showing results of the facility’s most recent inspection.
  • District Attorney
    August 18, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Jesse Martin Cockrill, 25, of Petaluma, pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated today. Cockrill further admitted sentencing enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury upon an 8 year old child and for causing injury to more than one victim. Cockrill faces a maximum term of imprisonment of eight years in state prison. The Honorable Dana Simonds accepted the plea, and will pronounce the sentence on October 15, 2014
  • District Attorney
    August 18, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today, August 18, 2014, that a jury found twenty nine year old defendant, Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza, guilty of all five charges against him. The defendant was found guilty of three counts of Rape in Concert, with an allegation of Kidnapping, for his acts on June 16, 2006, July 28, 2006 and July 24, 2009 against three separate victims. Defendant was also convicted of Kidnapping for Purposes of Rape and Assault with Force Likely to Commit Great Bodily Injury. The defendant will be sentenced on September 16, 2014, and faces a maximum sentence of seventy five years to life for the crimes. The jury reached verdicts after four hours of deliberation.
  • District Attorney
    August 14, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on August 12, 2014, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 33 year old Michael Mouille, who in 2000 was convicted of Second Degree Murder for the 1999 stabbing death of victim Randall Odgers.
  • District Attorney
    August 14, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on August 12, 2014, defendant Steven Barton Edmonds, 54, a former transient in the Sebastopol area, was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite on a single count of arson. When Edmonds has served his prison sentence, he will be required to register for life as an arsonist with any law enforcement agency within the community he resides.
  • Board of Supervisors
    August 7, 2014
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    North County Supervisor Mike McGuire will host the Fourth annual Larkfield-Mark West Town Hall on August 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Riebli Elementary School.
  • District Attorney
    August 7, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Larry Gene Sark, 67 years old, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to serve twelve years in state prison.
  • District Attorney
    August 7, 2014
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    Defendant Sunshine Rayna Anderson, 39, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on August 6 by the Honorable Dana Simonds for her part in a drug sales ring involving her husband, William “Billy” Oliver Anderson, 45, and Matthew Dean Domingos, 32.
  • District Attorney
    August 6, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that convicted murderer Roger Lee Hill was denied parole on August 1, 2014 by the Board of Prison Terms.
  • Board of Supervisors
    August 1, 2014
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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California has awarded Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane the 2014 Recovery Practitioner of the year.
  • District Attorney
    July 30, 2014
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    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch is urging Sonoma County residents to be aware of a scam that is occurring in Sonoma County.

    A person calls you stating he is from the Jury Commissioner’s Office or the Sheriff’s Office, says you failed to report for jury duty and threatens you with an arrest warrant for failing to honor the jury summons. You are told you must go to a local store and purchase a prepaid debit card for several hundred dollars to suspend the warrant otherwise a police officer will be coming to your door to arrest you.

  • District Attorney
    July 21, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on July 16th, 2014, the California Board of Prison Terms (“Board”) has denied parole, for the second time, to 38-year-old Ray Allen Mays, who in April of 2003 was convicted of attempted murder and mayhem, among other charges, after burglarizing a home and violently attacking one of the sleeping occupants with a machete.
  • District Attorney
    July 17, 2014
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    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that Sysco Corporation, the country’s largest food distribution company, and its California Operating Companies (OpCos) will pay almost $20 million dollars in restitution, costs and penalties as a result of the OpCos’ illegal practice of holding perishable foods – such as seafood, milk and raw meat – in unregistered and/or improperly refrigerated storage sheds.
  • District Attorney
    July 14, 2014
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    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Honorable Shelly Averill sentenced Vincent Andrew Rones (51) to prison for 14 years, 8 months.  Rones’ sentence on the current charges was doubled due to his prior strike conviction for kidnapping in 1999.  Rones will not be eligible for release on parole until he has served 80 percent of this sentence.
  • Water Agency
    July 8, 2014
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    The County of Sonoma (County) and the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) today added a total of 27 new all-electric vehicles (EVs) to its vehicle fleets as a part of the Local Government Electric Vehicle Fleet Project.  Five of the EVs will be located within the Water Agency’s fleet and 22 within the County’s fleet.  That brings the total number of County and Water Agency alternative fuel fleet vehicles to 309, which encompasses over 31 percent of the cars, vans, and light duty trucks.
  • Board of Supervisors
    July 7, 2014
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    The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has completed an independent investigation into the tragic death of Andy Lopez, and has concluded that her office will not file criminal charges against Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Gelhaus.
  • District Attorney
    July 7, 2014
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    No se archivarán cargos penales contra el diputado Erik Gelhaus en relación con la muerte de Andy Lopez que ocurrió el 22 de Octubre del 2013. Una sinopsis de 52 páginas del informe del fiscal ante el gran jurado, exponiendo las razones para la determinación y la investigación fue publicada hoy. El informe concluye que el diputado Gelhaus disparó su arma en respuesta a lo que honestamente y razonablemente creía era una amenaza inminente de muerte o lesiones corporales graves a sí mismo o a otros. Como tal, estaba actuando legalmente en defensa de sí mismo o a otros, y no existe ninguna base para la búsqueda de cargos criminales.
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