CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2006 |
The daughter of the owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the winery, authorities said Monday. Richie Ann Anderson, 39, and Christopher Samii, 31, both of Guerneville, were arrested Friday on suspicion of rape and oral copulation, authorities said. Two employees of the Korbel Delicatessen accused the couple of beating and sexually assaulting them after work.
January 11, 1995 |
There weren't many folks left in town on Tuesday. The Russian River had crested during the night at 15 feet over flood stage and cold, muddy water swept without mercy through this blue-collar resort town, long a playground for the Bay Area and now a lake littered with uprooted trees, drowned automobiles and abandoned Christmas toys.
February 4, 1998 |
Christian Duval, a sort of self-styled Indiana Jones of the river country, was on a one-man mission of mercy. He bounded out of his rusted pickup truck, the one with the alien sticker on the bumper, and strapped on a sleeveless black wetsuit, complete with Bowie knife buckled to the belt. The problem: A friend laid low with some "exotic ailment picked up in Thailand" was holed up in her low-lying apartment, cut off from town Tuesday by the slowly rising Russian River. The power was out.
July 27, 1997 |
It was well after 11 on a cool spring night by the time my husband, Paul, and I, along with friends from the Bay area, Fritz and Anne Kasten, pulled up to the Applewood Inn in the Russian River Valley. We were tired from the two-hour drive from the San Francisco Airport where the Kastens met us: through San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge and past wall-to-wall Marin County suburbs on U.S. 101, then onto California 116, which winds through Sonoma Valley farmland into redwood country.