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Tom Schwedhelm
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As part of the ninth annual Gang Prevention Awareness Week, the City of Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Partnership presented the 2017 Gang Prevention Seminar on Tuesday September 19 at Finley Park Community Center.

Community members participated in workshops given by the Santa Rosa Police Department, California Youth Outreach and the Sonoma County Behavioral Health.  Keynote speaker Kimberly Papillon addressed the topic of “The Science Behind Resiliency."

Keeping Fiction Stranger Than Reality

Sep 8, 2016

  Carl Hiaasen’s latest novel mocks reality TV, restaurant inspection standards, product liability lawyers, and beach restoration opportunists. But he insists that it’s all rooted in the skewed reality of contemporary south Florida.

Carl Hiaasen’s writings also include several books for younger readers, the most recent one being, Skink. He recalls being surprised when it was suggested that he pitch something to that audience, but with a little key guidance, he found a second niche.

Court Issues Warning on Jury Duty Scam

Aug 31, 2016

  Sonoma County Superior Court has issued a warning of a recent telephone scam that uses a threat of missed jury duty to attempt to scare people into sending money to the caller.

According to the court’s warning, “the caller claims to be a representative of law enforcement and tells the victim that there is a warrant out for their arrest due to failure to appear for jury service. The caller indicates the only remedy to clear the warrant requires the victim to load the money into a credit card and submit it to the caller.”

Documenting Restorative Justice in Santa Rosa

Jul 1, 2015

  Restorative Justice isn’t a new concept. But it is a radical departure from “zero tolerance," one that is now making a difference in Santa Rosa schools. The results are detailed in a new documentary by a local filmmaker.

John Beck’s film "Restorative Justice: Changing Hearts and Minds,” will be shown on KRCB television Monday evening at 7:30. See a trailer for it below.

Caravana 43

The 43 Mexican college students who disappeared last fall during a police assault on their demonstration in remembrance of a 1968 student massacre, have been declared dead by government officials, but their families dispute that. They’re now touring the United States to publicize the unresolved disappearance, and a group of them visited Sonoma County Tuesday.

Repair Scams Springing Up This Time of Year

Apr 7, 2015
AARP

  Spring can bring out seasonal hazards, including scam artists who prey on older homeowners. Lori Abbott has a cautionary report.

'Behind the Gates of Gomorrah'

Dec 5, 2014

Napa State Hospital makes headlines when something goes terribly wrong behind its gates. Yet that possibility is there every single day, and many lesser incidents occur without anyone on the outside ever hearing about them. A new book takes readers inside.

  Some of the residents at Napa State Hospital are there after having invoked the "insanity defense" at their trials. But Dr.Seager explains, the way it actually works isn't quite the way it's portrayed on the movies or on TV.

Sorting Out the Legend of Black Bart

Aug 1, 2014

The most colorful and infamous stage coach robber in California history, made his name—at least partially--in Sonoma County. But it was his poetry as much as his stylish crimes that made “Black Bart” a household name. And an unknown fate has helped keep his legend alive.

Are We Seeing a Spike in Santa Rosa Bike Thefts?

Apr 17, 2014
KRCB

Jim Keene, partner at The Bike Peddler and NorCal Bike Sport in Santa Rosa, says he's seen a spike in bicycle theft in Santa Rosa and he's grown tired of responding to 3 a.m. burglary alarms. 

"Santa Rosa seems to be becoming the bike theft capital of the Bay Area," says Gary Helfrich of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. Now, Keene, Helfrich and other members of the local cycling community are forming a task force to address the problem. 

Gang Prevention in Santa Rosa

Oct 17, 2013

Gang prevention efforts in Santa Rosa have reduced violence and improved the situation, but it remains an issue that will not go away. Bruce Robinson talks with the new head of the city’s anti-gang program.

The Legacy of Polly Klaas

Oct 2, 2013

 In the aftermath of the shocking abduction and murder of 12 year old Polly Klaas, two foundations emerged to keep her name alive while helping other kids and their families. But they don’t see eye to eye.

Why Did Jack London's Wolf House Burn?

Aug 20, 2013

  

What started the fire that ruined Jack London’s Wolf House in Glen Ellen almost exactly a century ago? A local London scholar thinks he has traced the answer, and is about to make his theory public.

Hunger Strike Protests Solitary Confinement

Jul 17, 2013

For the second time in three years, California State Prison inmates are staging a widespread hunger strike. And the core issue remains the same—too many men in solitary confinement for too long.

Midnight in Mexico

Jun 7, 2013

It’s not easy being a reporter in a sometimes lawless land with a limited history of a free press. But that’s what Alfredo Corchado has done, as he recounts in his first book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness.

  Corchado explains that he chose the title of his book carefully, to imply a glimmer of optimism through the darkness of the events he recounts.

 

Active Shooter Preparedness

Feb 25, 2013

From Columbine to Newtown, experiences with mass shootings have changed how local law enforcement prepares to respond, should some sort of “active shooter” situation develop nearby. Bruce Robinson reports on how that is playing out here in the North Bay.

The civilian responses that provided the basis for the Healdsburg Police brochure are detailed at greater length in the video below which was prepared by the Department of Homeland Security.

"Persons of Interest" in Forestville Triple Slaying

Feb 20, 2013
Provided by Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance photos of two persons of interest in their investigation of the Feb. 5 Forestville triple homicide. Investigators believe these men and an early 90s  gold-colored Ford Ranger may be connected with suspect Mark Cappello and could have information regarding the killings. Anyone with information pertaining to these subjects or the vehicle is asked to contact detectives at 707-565-2185.  The image are from the Chevron gas station in St. Helena and were taken the day before the homicides occurred.