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July 1, 2012
Spud Point Marina Pier Overview: This otherwise nondescript concrete walkway at Bodega Bay is said to be the narrowest pier in the state. At 21/2 feet wide, it's tough for strollers to pass one another. Notable views: You can see the harbor and its boats, as well as the green hills hugging the shoreline, but the view, by Northern California standards, is undramatic. While walking on the pier, you might see a lone harbor seal with a gray and white head; according to locals, that one rules the area.
April 15, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The woman made her flight, but without the whole enchilada.  Transportation Security Administration screeners found an unexpected item Monday morning as an Alaska Airlines passenger made her way through a security checkpoint at Sonoma County Airport: an 8-1/2-inch knife, rolled in a tray of enchiladas. "It's unusual," said TSA spokesman Nico Melendez. The tray was passing through an X-ray machine when TSA officers "saw something a little bit out of the ordinary," Melendez said.
May 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A Sonoma County estate with a recording studio that has been used to produce albums for Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman and Duran Duran, among others, has come on the market at $5.3 million. Encompassing more than eight acres, the wine country compound includes a gated main house with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and seven fireplaces built in a 1760s Colonial style.  There are also two guesthouses, a theater/entertainment building, a gym/cabana building and the recording studio.
March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Law enforcement agenices in Mendocino County and surrounding areas searched Wednesday for armed suspects who shot a deputy, media in Northern California reported. Mendocino County law enforcement officials closed Highway 1 near MacKerricher State Park by Fort Bragg in response to a police pursuit and officer-involved shooting, the Press Democrat  reported. Sheriff's officials did not divulge further information but said they would hold a press conference at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Bragg, the newspaper said.
July 21, 1998
John Casey had a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning to break a tie and give Sonoma County a 5-4 victory over the Vigilantes in a Western League baseball game Monday at Saddleback College. Sonoma County (4-1) scored a run in the eighth to take a 4-0 lead but Mission Viejo (2-4) got four in the bottom of the inning. Phil Kernan had a two-run single and Michael Moore and Manny Gagliano also drove in runs with single in the Vigilantes' eighth.
January 11, 2000
A moderate earthquake struck in parts of Sonoma County near seismically active geysers Monday afternoon, measuring magnitude 4.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The 1:41 p.m. temblor caused neither damage nor injuries. It was centered six miles east of Cloverdale and 24 miles northwest of Santa Rosa. There have been several earthquakes in the area since November.
August 23, 1997
Sonoma County's Tony Coscia pitched a five-hitter to defeat the Vigilantes, 7-1, in a Western Baseball League game Friday at Rohnert Park. Coscia (6-4), who struck out nine and didn't walk a batter, kept the Vigilantes scoreless until Chris Briones homered in the eighth, his third of the season. Bret Barberie and Mike Cowell each doubled for the Vigilantes. Scott Singleton started for the Vigilantes, despite having the flu, and he lasted four innings.
January 12, 2000
The second magnitude 4.3 earthquake in two days struck a part of Sonoma County near seismically active geysers Tuesday, one of about 80 quakes in all, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Authorities reported some minor damage--mainly items falling from shelves and breaking--in the area six miles east of Cloverdale during the 6:19 a.m. quake The recent temblors have been on or near the Maacama fault about 75 miles north of San Francisco.
October 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 13-year-old boy carrying a replica assault rifle was shot and killed Tuesday by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, authorities and local media reported. Two deputies spotted the boy near the intersection of Moorland and West Robles avenues at 3 p.m. Tuesday "with what appeared to be some type of rifle," according to a news release from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.  The deputies ordered the teenager to drop the rifle "and at some point immediately thereafter, the deputies fired several rounds from their handguns at the subject striking him several times," according to the sheriff's office.
April 26, 1991 | Associated Press
A truck hauling two tankers loaded with gasoline jackknifed and caught fire Thursday, forcing the evacuation of scores of residents and sending smoke high into the sky above Sonoma County. The blaze burned for more than four hours before 1,000 gallons of foam smothered the flames on busy U.S. 101. Firefighters had feared the flames might spread.
March 8, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - As a cold rain pelted the parking lot, the gates opened and the cars began to roll through. In an aging Nissan was a 74-year-old longtime farmworker whose landlady had booted him to raise the rent. A 65-year-old disabled woman pulled her Ford Fusion up to the small trailer, where she could at last plug in her sleep apnea machine. Then there was Patsy Perez, 55, who had learned about the fledgling "Safe Parking" program at the county fairgrounds lot after pleading to spend the night in her Volvo outside a downtown shelter.
November 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Sonoma County has such diverse microclimates and terrain, it can be hard to get a handle on the harvest as a whole. One thing for sure, the harvest was up to three weeks early and compressed into a shorter time frame than usual, which kept vintners to an exhausting pace. Scot Bilbro, co-owner and winemaker for Marietta Cellars and Limerick Lane Cellars in Healdsburg says the 2013 harvest had “excellent quality on all the grapes, really concentrated flavors and great fruit.
November 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney
It cost more than $800 million to build, spans 340,000 square feet and will employ 2,000 full-time workers. It also carved a deep rift in Sonoma County's political landscape over the past decade, spurring legal action, acrimony and even some death threats. But on Tuesday morning, the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park opened its doors an hour ahead of schedule to a screaming crowd of thousands. With that, one of the largest casinos in the state -- and among the largest tribal gaming operations in the nation -- kicked into gear, swamping roadways as thousands of Bay Area motorists headed north.
November 4, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Andy Lopez was walking to a friend's home on the outskirts of Santa Rosa when a sheriff's deputy shot and killed him, mistaking the eighth-grader's plastic BB gun for an assault weapon. The afternoon killing of the bright, popular 13-year-old has spurred almost daily protests and nightly candlelight vigils in Santa Rosa, a community known as a gateway to the wine country, with stately Victorians on quiet, tree-shaded streets and edgier enclaves pockmarked with gang graffiti.
October 31, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The mother of a 13-year-old boy killed last week by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy while carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle has filed a claim against the county and the sheriff's office. Sujey Cruz Casarez filed a claim Thursday with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors saying her son, Andy Lopez, was unjustifiably killed and that the sheriff's office did not develop adequate training policies for using deadly force, KGO-TV reported . The claim does not specify an amount for damages, KGO reported.
October 25, 2013
The FBI will conduct an independent probe into the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica assault rifle by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy, officials said Friday. Andy Lopez was shot seven times on a Santa Rosa sidewalk Tuesday by a deputy who said he thought the boy's fake weapon was a real AK-47 assault rifle. “The Sheriff will cooperate fully with the FBI and welcomes their participation,” Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas said in an email statement, according to NBC Bay Area.
October 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles firefighters rushed into Koreatown on Friday morning to rescue a man who was stuck in a chimney for more than five hours. Police said it started about 2 a.m. when a 20-year-old man and his friends were drinking on top of a roof in the 2700 block of West 8 th Street. “It was just young people drinking and daring each other to do silly things,” Sgt. Raul Pedroza said. One of those dares, apparently, was for the 20-year-old to climb into the building's chimney - an 18-inch wide channel.
October 25, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ari Bloomekatz
The sheriff's deputies who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was  carrying a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle thought it was an "authentic weapon" when they opened fire, a Santa Rosa police official said. Andy Lopez was shot seven times by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies shortly after he was spotted about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday during a routine patrol, according to police investigators and a preliminary coroner's report. Andy, a Santa Rosa eighth-grader, was walking through the area at  Moorland and West Robles avenues w ith the pellet gun -- his back to the deputies as they approached in their car, police said.
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