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January 3, 1987 | Associated Press
Judges have asked the state Commission on Judicial Performance to investigate one of their colleagues who has been at work only a few hours since losing a June election while continuing to collect a $74,432 annual salary. Municipal Judge Raymond Byrne, whose term ends at midnight Sunday, has refused to comment about his absence. "As a public official in a democracy, he should have fulfilled his term in office," said Mark Tansil, who defeated Byrne at the polls. "You don't just walk off the job."
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December 18, 2009 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
An upstart union challenging the giant Service Employees International Union won a plurality Friday in a disputed and closely watched union vote at a Sonoma County Hospital. But the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the vote at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, said it could not declare a winner because the final margin was close and 17 ballots were challenged. "At this point, we don't have a determinative result," said Tim Peck, assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Fights and unruly crowds forced officials to close the Sonoma County Fair early on its last night. Dozens of Santa Rosa police officers moved in to shut down the fairgrounds after officials became concerned about the crowds Monday night. Rocks and bottles were thrown at officers, although none were injured, Lt. Brian Davis said. Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A 50-year-old man drowned while scuba diving in rough waters north of Jenner, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said. Victor Smith of Petaluma got stuck Sunday in a crack of a rock at Stillwater Cove Regional Park, said Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Thomson. Large waves hampered efforts by a friend, a lifeguard and a helicopter crew to rescue him, Thomson said. Smith was the fifth diver to die in April on the North Coast. Four others died earlier in the month while hunting for abalone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County narcotics agents have recovered a bumper crop of marijuana plants so far this year, mirroring a statewide trend that officials attribute to increased investment by Mexican drug cartels. The 102,000 plants destroyed in Sonoma County -- five times as many as were uprooted in all of 2004 -- sets a record for seizures, according to the Sheriff's Department. About half of them came from two clandestine pot farms found in the Austin Creek State Recreation Area in July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County Sheriff Bill Cogbill is bracing for an unprecedented 21 retirements this year by scaling back some programs and shifting more deputies to patrol. The changes could affect everything from gang intervention to abandoned-vehicle programs.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Following a law requiring wines sporting "Napa" on the label be made with grapes from that region, winemakers and growers in next-door neighbor Sonoma County are supporting similar legislation. The proposed legislation, carried by state Sen. Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), would extend protections to Sonoma County as well as the counties of Mendocino, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, where growers have expressed an interest in name protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County authorities Saturday were still investigating the fatal shootings of a young couple whose bodies were found on a remote beach near here last week. "There are no new developments," said David Huber, spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. Ohio residents Lindsay Cutshall, 23, and Jason Allen, 26, were camping on the beach when they were each shot in the head while tucked into their sleeping bags, police said. Authorities have no suspects or motives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A minor earthquake rattled northern Sonoma County Saturday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. Residents as far away as Santa Rosa, about 25 miles south, felt the magnitude 3.5 quake, which struck at 8:21 a.m. The quake was centered two miles east of The Geysers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage or injuries from Santa Rosa and Cloverdale police, or the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County officials said they will know within a week whether spraying Laguna de Santa Rosa was effective in eliminating mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus. "The whole idea is keeping ahead of the mosquitoes, so the potential for disease is down," said Jim Wanderscheid, director of the Marin-Sonoma Mosquito Vector and Control District. On Tuesday, Lodi-based crop duster Joel Dozier made passes over the water between Occidental and Guerneville, spraying what looked like black sand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Murder charges against a man accused of drowning his wife during a daylong excursion on San Pablo Bay were dismissed Thursday. Sonoma County Dist. Atty. Stephan Passalacqua said a third forensic pathologist reviewed the case this week and could not determine whether Jennifer Easterling's death Oct. 11, 2004, was an accident or homicide. Corbin Easterling, 36, had pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and spousal abuse.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Following a law requiring wines sporting "Napa" on the label be made with grapes from that region, winemakers and growers in next-door neighbor Sonoma County are supporting similar legislation. The proposed legislation, carried by state Sen. Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), would extend protections to Sonoma County as well as the counties of Mendocino, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, where growers have expressed an interest in name protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother and daughter face felony charges stemming from their dog's April 6 attack on a woman whose nose was bitten off. The dog was destroyed. The Sonoma County district attorney's office filed felony charges this week of allowing a vicious animal to be at large against Emmelia Dale-Pincus, 20, and her mother, Jessie Dale-Pincus, 41. "It is being charged as a felony because of the seriousness of the injury," Assistant Dist. Atty. Larry Scoufos said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County Sheriff Bill Cogbill is bracing for an unprecedented 21 retirements this year by scaling back some programs and shifting more deputies to patrol. The changes could affect everything from gang intervention to abandoned-vehicle programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County narcotics agents have recovered a bumper crop of marijuana plants so far this year, mirroring a statewide trend that officials attribute to increased investment by Mexican drug cartels. The 102,000 plants destroyed in Sonoma County -- five times as many as were uprooted in all of 2004 -- sets a record for seizures, according to the Sheriff's Department. About half of them came from two clandestine pot farms found in the Austin Creek State Recreation Area in July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Fights and unruly crowds forced officials to close the Sonoma County Fair early on its last night. Dozens of Santa Rosa police officers moved in to shut down the fairgrounds after officials became concerned about the crowds Monday night. Rocks and bottles were thrown at officers, although none were injured, Lt. Brian Davis said. Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries.
SPORTS
June 21, 2003 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Twice a year, the big stock cars of NASCAR's Winston Cup series make right-hand turns as well as left, taking a break from their oval-track existence to run road courses, here at Sears Point's Infineon Raceway and at Watkins Glen, N.Y. And twice a year, Jeff Gordon is the favorite. The four-time Winston Cup champion, still only 33, has won seven road races. No other active driver has won more than four.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A budget crunch is shutting down the Superior Court system in Sonoma County for the holidays. California's budget woes have left the county's court system with nearly a 5% funding shortfall. Instead of laying off employees, court administrators pushed for unpaid furloughs to make up the gap. Most courtrooms and court offices will close at noon on Wednesday and reopen on Jan. 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs shipped overseas from Sonoma County since 2000 is stripping almost $1 billion a year from the local economy, according to a report by the county's Economic Development Board. The losses to "offshoring" come just after a recession, creating a hole in the county's economy that is only slowly being filled in, experts said. "This is the first 'new economy' recession we've ever had," said Ben Stone, director of the Economic Development Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonoma County authorities Saturday were still investigating the fatal shootings of a young couple whose bodies were found on a remote beach near here last week. "There are no new developments," said David Huber, spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. Ohio residents Lindsay Cutshall, 23, and Jason Allen, 26, were camping on the beach when they were each shot in the head while tucked into their sleeping bags, police said. Authorities have no suspects or motives.
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