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May 14, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Defendant Convicted of Multiple Counts of Elder Theft

DefendantTheodore Hudson, 53 years old of Cloverdale, was found guilty by a jury Fridayafternoon after an almost two month long trial of 9 felony counts of theft froman elder. The jury also found true sentencing enhancements that alleged eachtheft offense resulted in over $500 thousand in loss. Read full story

May 11, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Woman Sentenced to Six Years Prison for Dui and Child Endangerment Violation of Probation

26-year-old Lety Meza, of Windsor, was sentenced on April 27, 2018 to 6 years in state prison by the Honorable Dana Simonds for felony charges of Child Endangerment and misdemeanor charges of Driving Under the Influence. Read full story

May 11, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Reducing Sugary Drink Consumption Decreasing in Southwest Santa Rosa

Efforts to improvethe health of youth and adults in Roseland through installation of waterstations and education about sugar sweetened beverages may have led to a decreasein sugary drink consumption. Read full story

May 10, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Who Committed Multiple Rapes and Manslaughter Denied Parole

Fifty-two-year-old California prison inmate Josafat Panduro Presencion was denied parole by the state board of parole yesterday following a hearing at the California Institute for Men in Chino, CA. Read full story

May 10, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Woman Sentenced for Multiple Counts of Attempted Murder and Causing Great Bodily Injury

Defendant Jessica Garcia-Leos, 32 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to state prison for a term of thirty years and eight months in state prison by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker after having pled guilty in April of this year to two counts of attempted murder, and enhancements for committing great bodily injury. Read full story

May 02, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Defendant Sentenced to 150 Years to Life tor Multiple Counts of Child Molestation

District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Paul Dwayne Kilgore, 70, of Sonoma, was sentenced to 150 years to life by the Honorable Judge Robert Laforge. Read full story

May 02, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Defendants from Petaluma Home Invasion Robbery in Federal Custody

Eight defendants involved in the Petaluma home invasion robbery that occurred onMarch 12, 2018, were removed to federal custody. All eight defendants wereindicted on April 26, 2018 by the U.S. Attorney's Office on charges related tothe robbery. They are expected to appear in Federal Court this afternoon. Read full story

April 30, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Ivan Morales Sentenced to Life in Prison for Attempted Murder and Robbery

Defendant IvanMorales, 25 years old of Lakeport, was sentenced today by the Honorable PatrickBroderick to six years plus thirty-two years-to-life in state prison. Read full story

April 27, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Murder’s Parole Release Overturned by Governor at DA’s Request

After a parolehearing in December 2017, the California Board of Prison Terms decided to release68-year-old Larry Bunke for the 1982 murder of his wife, Linda. After the board granted parole, DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch, as well as multiple supporters amongst the victim’sfamily and friends, sent letters to the Governor’s office requesting that hereverse the board’s decision. Read full story

April 26, 2018 | Natural Resources

Eco-Friendly Garden Tour Focuses on California Natives and Urban Gardens

The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) willtake place on Saturday May 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now inits eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving WaterPartnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use sustainablelandscaping. The 2018 tour includes gardens in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley,Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and San Anselmo. Read full story