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Retired Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm to run for City Council

Former Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm said Thursday he plans to run for City Council in November.

911 transcripts in Carrillo arrest unlikely to be released soon

Two weeks after Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo was arraigned on a misdemeanor peeking charge, Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm again declined to release copies or transcripts of the two 911 phone calls related to the incident.

Santa Rosa council meeting cancelled in light of protest march

Santa Rosa City Hall beefed up its security measures Tuesday in response to the march, sending workers home at noon and canceling the City Council meeting scheduled to begin in closed session at 1 p.m. and resume at 3:30 p.m. for the public.

Family of Santa Rosa man killed in 2007 police shooting settles lawsuit for $1 million

The family of a mentally ill man shot to death by a Santa Rosa police sergeant in 2007 has settled its case against the city for just over $1 million.

Lawsuit aims to legalize sleeping in cars

A Santa Rosa woman’s visit to poverty-wracked India has led to a lawsuit that has frozen Sonoma County’s ordinance preventing people from sleeping in their cars.

As drone use rises, so does concern

With hundreds of unmanned aircraft operational, authorities in Sonoma County and across the country are working on rules of use.

Santa Rosa City Council sets range for police funding

Santa Rosa got an early start to its annual budget battles Tuesday, with some of the newest faces on the council driving a lengthy and often confusing debate about funding for next year’s Police Department budget.

Sonoma County police seize 328 pounds of pot in anti-trafficking campaign

Sonoma County police seized more than $400,000 and 328 pounds of marijuana during a fall campaign to stop drug traffickers on Highway 101 during the outdoor marijuana harvest.

Big changes for Santa Rosa police

The Santa Rosa Police Department lost more than 150 years of experience this year as nine veteran and high-ranking officers retired, some with nearly 30 years on the force.

Santa Rosa police critics question legal defense of officer in 2007 killing

Critics of the Santa Rosa Police Department called for a full accounting of the city’s legal defense in the fatal shooting of Richard DeSantis and said the officer involved should be fired.
A small group of activists addressed the City Council on Tuesday, five days after a federal jury found a Santa Rosa police sergeant violated the civil rights of DeSantis when he fatally shot the unarmed man outside his Roseland home in 2007.
They urged the city not to continue spending money to appeal the case, which is five years old and has already been petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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