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June 06, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to Three YearsProbation and 20 Days in the County Jail

Defendant JohnWilliam Garretson, 36 years old of Sebastopol, was sentenced on Monday, June 4,2018, by the Honorable Nancy Case Shaffer to three years of probation and 20days in the county jail with jail alternatives after pleading no contest onApril 17, 2018. Read full story

June 06, 2018 | Natural Resources

Board Approves Sewer Extension and Financing Program For Larkfield Estates

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board ofDirectors (Board) today approved a plan to extend sewer service in theneighborhood of Larkfield Estates that was destroyed during last year’s fires. Read full story

June 05, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Frances Farias Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Theft from Oakmont Management Group, LLC

District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, Frances Farias (60 years of age), of Sebastopol, California was sentenced on June 5, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Conger to 4 years of state prison to be served in the California Department of Corrections. Read full story

June 05, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Woman Sentenced for Felony Child Endangerment and Driving Under the Influence

Defendant Alexandra Darla Hutcheson, 31 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert M. LaForge to five years of formal probation and 364 days in the county jail after pleading no contest in April to driving under the influence and child endangerment. She was further ordered to participate in and successfully complete a residential program of alcohol and drug rehabilitation and a 52 week parenting class. Read full story

June 05, 2018 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

Joe Rodota Trail Section Reopened to Cyclists, Pedestrians

Sonoma CountyRegional Parks on Tuesday, 6/5, reopened the Joe Rodota Trail between Dutton andRoseland avenues after completing a multi-day cleanup of an illegal homelessencampment. The trail was closed May 30 to allow the county of Sonoma and cityof Santa Rosa to reestablish a safe and clean trail for pedestrians andcyclists. During the closure, approximately 100 illegal campers were notifiedof the need to move, with the last occupants leaving June 1. Read full story

June 05, 2018 | Natural Resources

Student Winners Announced in Annual Water Awareness Poster and Video Contests

Winners of the Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Water Agency) annual Water Awareness school poster contest and the Russian River Watershed Association’s high school video contest were announced recently during a celebration held to acknowledge the winning entries and hand out prizes. Read full story

June 01, 2018 | Natural Resources

Sewer Lateral Ordinance Proposed for Sanitation Zones & Districts

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold aseries of community meetings to discuss a proposed sewer lateral ordinanceaimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains. Read full story

May 30, 2018 | Natural Resources

Local Water Utilities to Community: There is never enough to waste

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership)will be implementing a regional multi-media effort throughout the North Bayregion with a simple message: There’s never enough to waste. Read full story

May 28, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years for Shooting, Personal Use of a Firearm, and Causing Great Bodily Injury

DefendantMarcos Dionicio Vazquez, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by theHonorable Dana Simonds to 15 years in state prison Read full story

May 23, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to Maximum Sentence of Three Years and EightMonths Prison For Sixth DUI Conviction

David RaymondSomers, 59 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on May 8, 2018 to 3 years and8 months in state prison, the maximum allowed by law, for a felony charge ofDriving Under the Influence. Somers now has 6 prior convictions for DrivingUnder the Influence, 2 of which were also felony offenses. Read full story