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D.A.’s felony conviction rate rebounds

Sonoma County’s felony-arrest conviction rate dropped during District Attorney Jill Ravitch’s first year in office but rebounded in the next 12 months, rising to the highest level in at least 10 years.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo to make first court appearance Thursday

Embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo will appear in court Thursday to face potential charges stemming from his weekend arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling outside a woman’s home.

Carrillo lawyer disputes evidence in middle-of-the-night arrest

A lawyer for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo on Monday suggested the young politician was hoping to share beers with a neighbor around 3 a.m. shortly before his weekend arrest.

Efren Carrillo enters rehab for alcohol abuse

A day after his arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has been admitted into a treatment facility for help with what Carrillo and his friends have said is a recurrent drinking problem.

Ravitch kicks off re-election bid

Three years after voters chose her to be Sonoma County district attorney, Jill Ravitch launched her re-election campaign Thursday night, hosting a fundraiser attended by as many as 250 supporters that included elected officials and community leaders.

Elder abuse reports on the rise in county

Reports of abuse of the elderly in Sonoma County have surged 44 percent in eight years, to more than 3,000 every year, county officials say.

Overflow Santa Rosa crowd divided over adding gun controls

Madeleine Melo of Fort Bragg, widow of the North Coast’s most prominent recent victim of gun violence, spoke out Thursday night in defense of gun ownership at a public forum convened by Rep. Mike Thompson.

Rep. Thompson hosts forum on gun violence in Santa Rosa Thursday

Rep. Mike Thompson said the public forum on gun violence prevention that he is hosting Thursday in Santa Rosa will be a wide-ranging discussion of the divisive issue rekindled by last month’s tragedy in Connecticut.

Repeal of medical marijuana guidelines rejected by Sonoma County supervisors

Two members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors failed to push through a proposal to repeal the county’s guidelines on medical marijuana cultivation and possession. After listening for nearly two hours to medical marijuana lawyers, patients and advocates lambast the lack of outreach on the repeal effort, the board voted 5-0 to set it aside.

Sonoma County weighs stricter medical pot rules

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week could drastically cut the amount of medical marijuana allowed for patients outside city limits.

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