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Jury selection to start Monday in Efren Carrillo peeking trial

Jury selection will begin Monday in Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s misdemeanor peeking trial and witness testimony should start mid-week, a judge said Wednesday.

The schedule was set as both sides in Carrillo’s much-publicized criminal case announced they could not reach a settlement and were prepared to try the matter in court.

Judge Gary Medvigy ordered Carrillo’s lawyer and a prosecutor for the state Attorney General to appear Friday to argue any pre-trial motions. They would return Monday to begin the task of selecting impartial jurors to hear an estimated two days of testimony.

More time allowed in Efren Carrillo peeking case

Lawyers for both sides in Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s misdemeanor peeking case agreed Friday to a new set of court dates to allow more time to discuss a possible plea bargain.

Lawrence Ornell appointed county’s Superior Court judge

The veteran Sonoma County Superior Court commissioner fills a seat on the bench that’s been empty for over a year.

Ruling deals setback to Artesa’s disputed vineyard plan

Environmentalists are hailing a court ruling this week that deals a significant setback to a hotly disputed vineyard project in northwestern Sonoma County.

Still no decision on charges in Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s prowling, burglary case

Prosecutors asked for more time Friday to consider criminal charges against Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who was arrested outside a Santa Rosa woman’s home this summer on suspicion of prowling and burglary.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo to appear in court Friday

Nearly three months after he was arrested in the pre-dawn darkness outside a Santa Rosa woman’s home, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo returns to court Friday to see whether he will be charged with a crime.

A judge of character

Rene Chouteau, the judge behind the now rescinded ban on ‘expressive activities,’ is known for strong leadership, open mind.

Decision on charges for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo delayed

A judge gave prosecutors six more weeks Friday to decide whether to file criminal charges against Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who was arrested last month outside a Santa Rosa woman’s home in just his socks and underwear.

Judge won’t halt Santa Rosa asphalt plant’s silo construction

A judge on Wednesday refused to block construction of three new storage silos at a Santa Rosa asphalt plant. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum denied a request by neighbors to halt construction of the 82-foot-high silos at the BoDean asphalt plant north of Railroad Square.

Lawsuit targets county in-home care program

A Sonoma County jury may get to decide a case that has far-reaching implications for thousands of in-home caregivers throughout California. The key issue in a civil lawsuit filed by a local caregiver is who qualifies as her employer — the client who receives care through the Sonoma County’s In-Home Supportive Services program or the county itself, or both.