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    By Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A 28-year-old Petaluma man was arrested early Friday morning after what police say was the negligent discharge of a firearm inside his residence. No one was injured, and no one else was inside the man’s residence, located in the 2100 block of Willow Drive. Just before 6 a.m., police officers were dispatched to Willow Drive to investigate suspicious circumstances following a 911 call from a person at a separate location received a call from the arrested suspect, Tyler Elliott, who told them he had shot someone inside his residence. Officers arrived on scene but did not notice any signs of a disturbance. including any suspicious individuals in the neighborhood. Moments later, police dispatchers received a call from Elliott, who was then ordered to come outside. Officers located an assault rifle inside the residence and discovered a shattered glass door. The door appeared to have been shot at from inside the residence, causing it to shatter. After speaking with Elliott, officers determined there was not any evidence that suggested an intruder was inside or...
    PETALUMA, Calif. -- Police are investigating a downtown Petaluma homicide case that occurred early Sunday morning, the Petaluma Police Department announced.The video in the player above is not related to the current story. The ABC7 Bay Area 24/7 streaming channel allows you to see news throughout the day.At 1:49 a.m., officers responded to reports of a man being assaulted with a baseball bat in the 100 block of Keller Street. Paramedics attempted live-saving medical assistance, though the man was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is still under investigation, police said.Anyone with more information on the case is encouraged to contact Detective Cori's Joerger at 707-778-4372.Reporter Cornell Barnard will have more updates on this developing story on ABC7 News at 5 and 6 p.m.
    By Bay City News Service Petaluma police arrested a man on Monday suspected of threatening a restaurant employee with a knife and making threats, authorities said on Saturday. Police say that at about 8:45 p.m., 42-year-old Jason Earl Collins of San Diego was using chalk to write something on the sidewalk in front of the Easy Rider restaurant at 190 Kentucky Street. When an employee asked Collins to move along, he allegedly brandished a knife and moved toward them, police said. The employee was able to get back inside the restaurant and lock the door, according to police. Two other restaurant employees then followed Collins down the street and called police, who soon found the suspect on C St. near where it dead-ends at the Petaluma River, police said. Collins then allegedly got into the river and waded and swam toward the D St. Bridge. With help from a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a Petaluma Fire Department boat crew, officers were able to follow Collins, pull him from the water and make an arrest. Related Articles ...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A threat of violence downtown prompted the early closure of several bars on Friday evening after a patron threatened to “shoot up” Jamison’s Roaring Donkey in Petaluma. Petaluma Police responded to a call at 11:39 p.m. at the Roaring Donkey after staff reported that a Hispanic male with tattoos in a white t-shirt had made a statement that he was going to shoot up the establishment. The suspect had left the area before the police arrived and none of the staff saw the man with a firearm, police said. The suspect is wanted for making felony criminal threats. The threat was considered credible, so out of an abundance of caution, several local bars decided to close early for the evening. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Former West Sacramento resident convicted of 28 acts of child molestation Crime and Public Safety | Mexican megachurch leader pleads guilty to sex abuse Crime and Public Safety | Palo Alto child predator sentenced to more prison time for new conviction...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Investigators released a surveillance video photo Saturday morning, hoping to locate a suspect who robbed a Lakeville Highway gas station. Petaluma police said officers were dispatched to USA Gas on Lakeville Highway to investigate a reported robbery at approximately 10:46 p.m. Friday. READ MORE: Matthew Muller Sentenced To 31 Years In Vallejo 'Gone Girl' Kidnapping Of Denise HuskinsA store employee told police that a male adult entered the store and approached the cash register. The suspect then ordered the employee to open the cash register where he stole an undisclosed amount of cash. READ MORE: Livermore Man's Marathon Of Love For His HometownThe suspect left shortly thereafter on foot toward Casa Grande Road. During the incident, the suspect told the employee that he had gun. The suspect was described as a black male adult approximately 30 years old, wearing a dark hooded jacket and a gold/red 49ers facemask. MORE NEWS: Five Arrested In 2020 Hayward Shooting That Left One Dead, Three WoundedAnyone with information related to this case, including the identity of the...
    PETALUMA (BCN) — A 60-year-old man was arrested by Petaluma police Friday afternoon after he allegedly brandished a knife at another man and his six-year-old daughter, then fled into an apartment complex before being captured. Petaluma police dispatchers received a 911 call at 2:48 p.m. when a man was reporting an altercation in the area of Maria Drive and Park Lane with another man who appeared to be armed with a knife. An officer arrived on scene and saw a man matching the description of the suspect in the Safeway shopping center and attempted to detain him. The suspect fled on a bicycle into The Artisan apartment complex. A perimeter was set up to search for the man with the aid of a police helicopter. The Artisan apartments in Petaluma. (Google Street View) After hiding near the back of a garbage dumpster enclosure, the man then fled through the apartment complex parking lot. As a woman was exiting the apartment building through a self-locking door, the man ran towards her. She let go of the door and fled toward officers....
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Police are looking for a man who robbed a CVS store in Petaluma, stealing cash and medication from the store’s pharmacy in an incident similar to another CVS robbery in Santa Rosa. Petaluma police said officers responded at around 7:56 p.m. Monday to the CVS on N. McDowell Ave. Store employees told officers a man approached the pharmacy door at the back of the store and was told he was not allowed to enter the actual pharmacy. READ MORE: Woman Escapes Captors After Being Kidnapped, Trafficked; 2 Arrested in South San FranciscoThe man then grabbed and pushed an employee out of the way and forced his way into the employee-only area of the pharmacy, and ordered two other employees to open a cash register, police said. After taking an unknown amount of cash, the man ordered the employees to open a safe. The man then removed multiple bottles of medication from the safe and shelves, police said. The man then demanded a second safe be opened, and while one employee was attempting to open the second safe,...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – Police in Petaluma have arrested a man on multiple charges, including resisting arrest, following a traffic stop early Tuesday morning. Shortly before 5 a.m., police received a call from a woman who said she was cut off by a driver in a Mercedes Benz, who appeared to be drinking from a bottle. The driver then pulled over and was seen staggering out of the vehicle. READ MORE: Santa Clara County To Require COVID Booster for Healthcare Workers, Other High-Risk GroupsWhen officers arrived, the driver then re-entered the vehicle and drove away. Police were able to find the Mercedes and conducted a traffic stop on the 700 block of Caulfield Drive. The driver was asked to exit the Mercedes for a field sobriety test. According to police, the driver told officers, “If you want me out of this car, you’re going to have to kill me.” Police said he then attempted to grab a knife on the floor of the car. The driver’s door was pulled open and officers were able to remove him from the vehicle....
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – Petaluma Police arrested a 42-year-old man Sunday who reportedly exposed himself to a 16-year-old and attempted to force the victim to touch him, according to police. At around 4:45 p.m. Sunday, police received a report of an indecent exposure on Water Street in Petaluma’s downtown. The suspect allegedly exposed his genitalia to the 16-year-old victim near the “pipe bridge” and after revealing himself, the suspect grabbed the victim’s hand and forced it onto his exposed genitalia. The victim fled and reported the incident to an adult. Officers arrived on scene and later detained the suspect, Washington resident Bushara Gomatallah. After the victim confirmed Gomatallah was the suspect, police arrested him and booked him at Sonoma County Jail. The Petaluma Police Department is inquiring if anyone witnessed the incident. Please report any additional information to the Petaluma Police Department at 707-778-4372 or [email protected]
    PETALUMA (CBS SF/BCN) – Police arrested a 20-year-old man early Wednesday morning near Rocky Memorial Dog Park for possessing a loaded firearm in a public place, according to officers. At 2:23 a.m., police received a report of a disturbance in the parking lot of an apartment complex near the dog park. READ MORE: Afghan Refugee Who Moved Family To NorCal Shot Dead In San Francisco While Working As DriverAccording to police, upon arrival officers located the vehicle and made contact with the occupant, later identified as the suspect. One of the officers observed a loaded Glock handgun on the passenger side of the vehicle, according to police. READ MORE: San Francisco Sees 3,000 Car Break-Ins in 1 Month; 'It's Out of Control' The man was detained and the loaded firearm was retrieved, along with more than five ounces of marijuana. According to police, the firearm was unregistered and the man was prohibited from owning a firearm in California due to being under the age of 21. He was subsequently transported to Sonoma County Jail. The officers are currently investigating the origins...
    PETALUMA (BCN) — Police in Petaluma are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted officers Sunday trying to detain him after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a business. Police said the man took the vehicle around 12:41 p.m, and parked on Hopper Street and was loading items into the trunk when police spotted him. After the alleged attack, which left one officer on the ground with minor injuries requiring medical attention later, the suspect jumped into the car and rammed two police vehicles. READ MORE: UPDATE: Smash-and-Grab Thieves Target Hayward Mall; Lululemon Store Robbed in San Jose's Santana RowBoth police vehicles were occupied by officers trying to box the suspect in. Neither suffered injuries, though both vehicles suffered minor damage. The suspect drove the stolen vehicle southbound on Hopper, to the area near a hotel and construction site near the riverfront, briefly losing police. They found the vehicle collided with a chain link fence and disabled. READ MORE: CHP Search for Man Who Shot at Other Man After I-80 Freeway Crash in Solano CountyThe suspect fled on foot, according...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – A Petaluma man was arrested Monday on multiple charges following an incident where he allegedly threatened a woman at a gas station over the weekend. Shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, officers said they responded to the Valero station on the 500 block of East Washington Street. The victim told police that she became involved in a dispute over gas with the suspect and that the suspect threatened to find and kill her. READ MORE: Box Truck Flips on San Mateo Bridge, Snarling Traffic in Both DirectionsPolice said the victim was able to obtain cellphone video of the suspect. On Monday morning, police located the suspect in front of his home and took him into custody. Police determined the suspect was on pretrial release in another case involving an alleged weapons violation and was subject to warrantless search of his home. READ MORE: Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter To Retire After 3 Massive Wildfire SeasonsDuring the search, police located an axe, a short-bladed sword and ammunition, along with drug paraphernalia. The suspect, identified as 68-year-old Richard Crandall,...
    PETALUMA (BCN) — Two Petaluma residents were arrested on suspicion of robbery after brandishing a knife and demanding money from a man Friday evening, police said. A man and a woman approached the victim around 5 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of South McDowell Boulevard, according to police. The two demanded money, and the man threatened to stab the victim, police said. READ MORE: UPDATE: Boy Abducted in Sacramento Found Safe in Hayward; Kidnapper ArrestedThe victim fled and hid in a nearby business. The duo took items the victim left behind and left in their vehicle, according to police. READ MORE: Dense Fog Advisory Reduces Visibility in Parts of Bay AreaOfficers tracked down the suspects later Friday night and arrested them, police said. The man — identified as 35-Year-old Petaluma resident Steve Goff — was arrested on suspicion of robbery, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. The woman — 41-year-old Petaluma resident Mary Lepak — was arrested on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. The two were later booked at the Sonoma County Jail. MORE NEWS: Bay...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Two Petaluma residents were arrested on suspicion of robbery after brandishing a knife and demanding money from a man Friday evening, police said. A man and a woman approached the victim around 5 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of South McDowell Boulevard, according to police. The two demanded money, and the man threatened to stab the victim, police said. The victim fled and hid in a nearby business. The duo took items the victim left behind and left in their vehicle, according to police. Related Articles Jury can weigh lesser charges in Rittenhouse case San Francisco man charged with $60,000 vandalism for allegedly throwing rocks at federal building Bannon indicted on contempt charges after ignoring subpoena Allegedly corrupt ex-Rohnert Park cops on divergent paths: Feds offer plea deal to one, plan to increase charges on the other Family of slain Fremont toddler pleads for shooters to come forward, $10,000 reward offered for information Officers tracked down the suspects later Friday night and...
    PETALUMA (BCN) — A man suspected in an attack on a 67-year-old man in Petaluma was arrested. Jason Etheridge, 52, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, according to the Petaluma Police Department. READ MORE: KPIX 5 Exclusive: San Francisco Luxury Condos Overlook City's Worst Squalor; ' I Don't Want To Be Afraid To Live Here'On Thursday at 8:11 p.m., officers responded to an underpass at U.S. Highway 101 near Lakeville Highway on a report of an assault. READ MORE: Oroville City Council Declares City 'Constitutional Republic' In Defiance of COVID MandatesResponding officers located a 67-year-old victim who said he had been hit over the head with a blunt object during a verbal altercation. Police said the victim identified Etheridge as the person who hit him. MORE NEWS: 19-Year-Old Shot Dead In Fairfield After Attempting To Buy Car Advertised OnlineEtheridge was taken into custody without incident.
    PETALUMA (BCN) – Petaluma police are seeking a man who allegedly drove his vehicle alongside a 13-year-old girl on Tuesday night and tried to get her to come to the car. A report came in at 8:23 p.m. about the girl walking home along North Webster Street approaching Bodega Avenue where the man drove alongside her and told her “come here” three times, police said. READ MORE: UPDATE: Judge Denies Bail for Los Gatos Mom Accused of Hosting Drunken Teen Sex PartiesWhen the girl said her mother was parked nearby, the man made a U-Turn and drove away the opposite direction, according to police. The girl described him as a bald, older white man with a gray and white goatee and had an older, small and white vehicle with significant dents and scratches, police said. READ MORE: Netflix Workers Walk Out In Protest Of Dave Chappelle Special Criticized As TransphobicLocal school officials have also been notified of the encounter and are working with Petaluma police, who are checking for any video surveillance in the area that may have captured the vehicle....
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A Petaluma man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Friday in the wake of a shooting that took place earlier that evening, police said. Scott Walter Price, 57, of Petaluma, was arrested at his home and booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder Friday, according to police. The case began when police got a report of a gunshot victim at the 100 block of Alta Drive just after 6 p.m. Friday. The caller heard the victim calling for help and found him in a neighbor’s yard with a gunshot wound, police said. Officers rushed to the scene and worked with the Petaluma Fire Department to get the victim to the Petaluma Valley Hospital. He was later transferred to Memorial Hospital for further treatment. The victim is expected to survive, police said. Members of the police department’s crisis response unit arrested the suspect at his home, according to police. Related Articles You can get up to $9,500 to swap your car for an electric one. Here’s how. ...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A 64-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Petaluma after a Friday night shooting, police said Saturday. The suspected gunman was identified as Petaluma resident Scott Price. Petaluma police said Price was arrested at his home without incident after he was contacted by the department’s crisis response team trained in negotiation and de-escalation tactics. READ MORE: Triple Shooting in Downtown Hayward; Suspects at LargePolice received a report of a gunshot victim at 6:03 p.m. Friday on the 100 block of Alta Drive. The caller heard the victim yelling for help and found him in the neighbor’s yard with a gunshot wound, police said. READ MORE: New Law Mandates Free Menstrual Products At California Public Schools and CollegesOfficers arrived and worked with the fire department to get the victim quickly to the Petaluma Valley Hospital. He was later transferred to Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Police said the victim is expected to survive. Price was booked at the Sonoma County Jail. Authorities released no further information about the shooting as it was still...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF/BCN) — Police arrested a 40-year-old Santa Rosa man Wednesday after pursuing him from the streets of Petaluma to U.S. Highway 101 before catching him in San Rafael. Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, Petaluma police said they saw a truck driven by a man later identified as Richard Goldsmith speeding and swerving back and forth between lanes on North McDowell Boulevard. READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Health Officers Reaffirm In-Person Schooling Amid Delta Variant Concerns Officers tried to pull Goldsmith over but he fled, going to Lakeville Highway and then to southbound Highway 101, where he started going as fast as 95 mph, prompting police to stop their pursuit and broadcast the suspect information to other agencies. READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Berkeley Man Accused Of Hacking Teenage Girls Social Media Accounts For Nude Photos Shortly afterward, California Highway Patrol officers and Marin County sheriff’s deputies notified Petaluma police that they had found Goldsmith and his vehicle just off Highway 101 in San Rafael. Authorities contacted him and determined he was under the influence of drugs, police said. MORE NEWS:...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A Petaluma resident was sentenced to nine months in jail and ordered to pay $27,489.96 in restitution for falsely claiming his home was destroyed in the devastating Tubbs Fire of 2017, court records show. Justin Daly, 41, was sentenced July 22 by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, according to court records. Prosecutors say that after falsely claiming his home was one more than 5,600 structures claimed by the Sonoma County fire, Daly spent the disaster aid funds he received taking a family vacation to Disneyland and renting a room at a waterfront hotel in Bodega Bay. Daly was charged in late 2019. He pleaded guilty to disaster benefits fraud and making false statements to a government agency in March. Daly’s lawyer blamed the offense on an addiction to methamphetamine but said in a sentencing brief he is turning his life around. “From October 2020 to February 2021, Mr. Daly completed a ninety day residential drug treatment program at the New Bridge Foundation,” Daly’s attorney, Niall E. Lynch, wrote in court filings. “Since he left, he has worked...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Two men were stabbed by a group of four assailants outdoors in downtown Petaluma early Saturday after area bars had closed for the night, police said. At 4:09 a.m., Petaluma police received a report that two men had been stabbed between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Kentucky Street. They then fled and, realizing they had been injured, went to a hospital, where police spoke with them, Sgt. Ryan McGreevy said in a statement. The victims had been waiting for a ride when they were attacked by four other men, one wearing a beanie, McGreevy said. The victims’ injuries were not life-threatening. Related Articles Hayward: CHP arrests suspected driver in fatal hit and run I-880 crash Hercules man accused of sharing hundreds of child porn files, including video of boy ‘locked in a cage,’ feds say San Anselmo leaders prod DA on mayoral threats case Fairfield man, 32, charged with multiple child sex crimes, gets a trial date Person shot...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A 31-year-old man already on probation for felony DUI was arrested Saturday night in connection with a suspected drunken-driving crash in Petaluma involving three cars, police said. Herman Alvarado, of Petaluma, was taken into custody after the wreck, which occurred shortly before 7 p.m. at the intersection of East Washington and Payran streets. There were no serious injuries in the collision but some people, including a child with a cut on the head, sought care from Petaluma Fire Department paramedics, police said. Investigators suspect Alvarado had been drinking was under the influence when the crash occurred. He is currently on probation for a prior DUI and has a suspended driver’s license for a previous DUI arrest, police said. Alvarado was taken into custody on suspicion of felony DUI, probation violation and driving with a suspended driver’s license from a prior DUI. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail and his car was impounded. Petaluma police said two other DUI arrests were made in the city on Saturday night. Related Articles Police arrest...
    PETALUMA (BCN) – A 48-year-old Petaluma man was arrested Thursday morning for assault with a deadly weapon following a stabbing that occurred, according to the Petaluma Police Department. Just before 9 a.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the intersection of Caulfield Lane and Hopper Street. The person who reported the stabbing told police that two men were involved in an altercation that resulted in one of them stabbing the other in the chest. READ MORE: California Reopens: State Offers Digital Record of COVID-19 Vaccination Officers arrived on scene and located a 51-year-old man on the ground, clutching his chest and with a large amount of blood on his shirt. The victim was able to direct the officers to a man standing near the crime scene, who police determined was responsible for the stabbing. The suspect has been identified as Edwin Torres. He was detained while officers on scene completed their investigation. Witnesses in the area also identified Torres as the suspect. According to the victim and statements by witnesses, Torres used a fixed blade knife during...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Police in Petaluma reported arresting a local man early Thursday and a local woman early Friday who they said were each in possession of enough fentanyl to create thousands of potential doses. About 12:50 a.m. on Friday, an officer patrolling near G and 5th streets stopped a car for an alleged traffic violation. During a search of the female suspect’s vehicle, police found a large amount of cash and more than an ounce of suspected fentanyl. The drug, a synthetic opioid, was in a hidden compartment in the vehicle, police said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting narcotics for sale and booked into the Sonoma County Jail. A 2-milligram dose of fentanyl can be lethal, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. An ounce is equivalent to more than 28,000 milligrams. A Petaluma man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possession of fentanyl and fleeing from an officer, according to the Petaluma Police Department. Officers responding to a report of a disturbance in the area of 5th and B...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – A man was arrested in Petaluma over the weekend after police said he allegedly took down city signs with a chainsaw and fled from officers who confronted him. According to police, the suspect was spotted cutting down signs near North McDowell Boulevard and East Washington Street around 10:25 a.m. on Sunday. When officers arrived, he left the scene, pulling the chainsaw in a cart. READ MORE: North Tahoe Fire Danger: Fire District Bans Charcoal Fires Police said they continued to follow the suspect down East Washington Street, citing his erratic behavior and his possession of the power tool. The suspect then picked up the chainsaw and headed towards Highway 101, running along the shoulder heading southbound. READ MORE: Driver With Ghost Guns In Backpack Arrested After Santa Rosa Traffic Stop At the same time, another group of officers converged on the suspect heading northbound on Highway 101. When he was surrounded, police said the suspect dropped the chainsaw and surrendered to officers peacefully. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Kristopher Paul Weber of Petaluma, was booked into...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF/BCN) — Police said Thursday they are searching for a man who exposed himself two days before to two girls who were walking in the 1500 block of Joan Drive that morning. Police described the suspect as dirty, between 20 and 30 years old, of Asian descent, and was last seen wearing sunglasses and royal blue hospital-type scrubs. His vehicle is described as a navy blue, mid-2000s Volkswagen Golf four-door hatchback. READ MORE: College Admissions Scandal: Mill Valley Executive William McGlashan Sentenced To 3 Months Prison Police said the girls, ages 12 and 7, told them that the man called to them as they walked past his vehicle, when he exposed his genitals. READ MORE: 3 Suspects In Custody In San Jose Jewelry Store Armed Robberies Anyone with any pertinent information was asked to contact the Petaluma Police Department at (707) 778-4372. MORE NEWS: 12-Year-Old Antioch Girl Shot Dead Inside Home; Suspect At Large © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Police in Petaluma on Friday arrested a man in connection with several crimes, including vandalizing vehicles and battery on a police officer. Jeffrey Berg, 34, of Petaluma, was arrested on suspicion of 14 counts of vandalism, violation of probation, violation of parole, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer, according to the Petaluma Police Department. On Friday at 6:20 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of West Payran Street after receiving multiple reports that a man was hitting vehicles with a shovel as he walked down the street. Officers located a man, identified as Berg, who immediately fled on foot. Officers pursued him and eventually contained him, but he refused to comply with officers’ commands to surrender. Police said Berg was no longer in possession of the shovel but had to be forced to the ground and subdued as he was taken into custody. As he was being put into a patrol car, he kicked it and damaged it and then kicked an officer in the stomach, police said. The officer...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A 21-year-old Santa Rosa man has being held for DUI and vehicular manslaughter Sunday after a horrific late night crash on Stony Point Road in Petaluma claimed the life of a 52-year-old man, authorities said. Petaluma police said Austin Matsler-David was arrested after receiving hospital treatment for injuries suffered in the 11:27 p.m. crash on Stony Point Road just north of Denman Road. READ MORE: Antioch Teen Fatally Wounded In Saturday Night Shooting; Angry Crowd Confronts Police Arriving officers located a white Honda Civic in Lichau Creek and a white Ford F150 truck that had rolled over several times on the shoulder of Stony Point Road. Both vehicles were occupied only by a driver. Officers immediately began giving medical aid to both drivers, but the pickup truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said the driver of the truck appeared to have been traveling northbound on Stony Point when he was struck head-on by the Honda. The impact of the collision flipped over the truck several times, ejecting the driver. READ MORE: The...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – Police in Petaluma arrested a man with multiple arrest warrants and for allegedly having guns without serial numbers and drugs in his possession, following an investigation last week. Officers were called to Denman Road around 9:45 p.m. Thursday on reports of a suspicious person in a vehicle. The man then walked to a second vehicle in the area, left and returned a short time later. Authorities said the area has been the scene of recent vandalism. READ MORE: EDD Fraud: Fresno Man, Central Valley Inmate Plead Guilty To $103K Unemployment Benefit Scheme Police said they contacted the man and performed a record check, which confirmed he was on felony probation and had five warrants out for his arrest. A search of the man and his vehicle yielded multiple drugs, including suspected Fentanyl. Two so-called “ghost guns,” which had no serial number, were also found. READ MORE: 47YO Woman Killed After Stopping On I-80 Near Crash Guns and ammunition seized during an investigation on April 8, 2021. A 27-year-old man was arrested in the case. (Petaluma Police...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – Police in Petaluma have arrested a man who is accused of sexually abusing three girls and believe there could be additional victims. According to a police statement, the suspect identified as 36-year-old Sergio Gonzalez-Guerra was arrested Monday morning following a yearlong investigation into alleged lewd acts on a child. READ MORE: Uber Assault Suspect Malaysia King Returning To San Francisco To Face Charges Police said one of the survivors disclosed in February of last year that she was sexually assaulted by a man living with her family when she was 13-14 years old. The girl disclosed several incidents of sexual abuse and believed the suspect assaulted her younger sister, who was 12 at the time. Investigators said a detective located a third victim who lived with the suspect at another home in Petaluma. She made similar allegations about grooming behaviors used by the suspect. READ MORE: Gov. Gavin Newsom Launches Campaign Against Likely Recall - I Will Fight It During the investigation, police said the suspect lived at several different residences since the allegations took place,...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Police arrested a Petaluma man in connection with a theft of car keys and a vehicle late Friday night. Petaluma officers responded to an 11:15 p.m. report of a robbery at Steamer Landing on East D Street, near the intersection with Copeland Street. A man reported that his car keys had been taken by another man who threatened to harm him if he did not relinquish the keys. Police said the suspect knew the location of the victim’s car as the two had previous interactions at Steamer Landing. The stolen car was located a short time later in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of East Washington Street and Ellis Street, with the suspect in the driver’s seat. Police took the man into custody on suspicion of robbery, vehicle theft, vehicle theft with a prior conviction and possession of stolen property. Related Articles East Bay cop involved in shooting is identified as same officer involved in 2018 fatal shooting 3 adults, 2 kids killed in suspected DUI...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Police arrested a 34-year-old man suspected of hitting an elderly Petaluma man with a large bamboo stick last week. The 69-year-old victim, a transient, told police that the suspect hit him in the head with the stick, which he described as a wooden karate sword, in the Steamer Landing Park area about 5 p.m. on March 5. The elderly man suffered minor injuries and was treated by firefighters at the scene, police said. The suspect, Anthony Smith of Petaluma, was located a short time later by police on Lakeville Highway and detained. Police recovered a large bamboo stick with a makeshift handle. (Petaluma Police Dept) Police recovered a large bamboo stick with a makeshift handle. Smith, who is also a transient, was booked at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and violation of probation. © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A woman and a man were being sought after being caught on camera using stolen credit cards at businesses in Petaluma, police said Wednesday. The suspects, a white woman and a white man who appear to be in their late’s 30s or early 40s, were recorded on security camera last week making illegal purchases on Feb. 25 from 3 – 5:50 p.m. at Staples, Panda Express, Smoke Depot, and Friedman’s Home Improvement store. Petaluma credit cards theft suspects (Petaluma Police Dept.) Cameras showed the pair leaving the businesses on bicycles. The woman has brown hair and was wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt, while the man appeared heavy-set, balding, with salt-and-pepper hair and wearing a grey T-shirt, grey jeans and brown work boots. Petaluma police asked members of the community if they recognize or have any information about the suspects to call the department at 707-778-4372.
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – Petaluma police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a man who stole lottery Scratchers tickets from a 7-Eleven store, police said. According to police, shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, a man entered the 7-Eleven store located at 2000 Lakeville Highway and stole several lottery tickets. The man is described as a white man who was wearing a baseball cap, dark jacket, red shirt and blue jeans. Police say the suspect was driving a teal-colored, 4-door Hyundai sedan. Surveillance photos of man suspected in theft of lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven store in Petaluma on January 23, 2021. (Petaluma Police Department) Anyone with more information is asked to call Petaluma police at (707) 778-4372. © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A man was shot and died Monday afternoon in unincorporated Sonoma County just east of Petaluma, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said. Someone called the sheriff’s office at 2:40 p.m. and said a man had been shot in front of a home in the 700 block of Casa Grande Road. Deputies responded and located the man. He died despite care by paramedics. © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Petaluma police issued a warning Thursday that a pair of con artists are attempting to scam and steal from drivers at the Washington Square shopping center. A woman had just returned to her vehicle after going to the bank at the center at 301 S. McDowell Blvd. about 6 p.m. last Friday when she heard a knock on the window. A man wearing a facemask indicated something was wrong with her tires and the woman got out and found “numerous push pins under two tires,” police said. The man asked if she wanted help removing them. Police say that while she was distracted with the tires, a second man, also wearing a facemask, was crouched on the passenger side of the vehicle and attempting to open the door, which was locked with the woman’s purse on the seat inside. A witness approached the woman while this was taking place and the two men ran off. Police want shoppers to be aware of the scam and vigilant while out shopping, and advise the public to report suspicious...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Petaluma police requested the public’s help Monday seeking suspects who allegedly pistol-whipped and punched a man outside of his home the evening before. Officers responded around 7:30 p.m. to a 911 call about a man who had been assaulted by three male suspects with firearms while standing in front of his home in the 1300 block of St. Francis Drive. The three suspects got out of a gray sedan and approached the victim, then pistol-whipped and punched him before getting back into the vehicle, which a female suspect drove away toward South McDowell Boulevard, police said. The victim heard what he believed were two gunshots as the vehicle drove away, but noted the shots were not directed at him. Officers searched the area and found what appeared to be a bullet hole in an occupied car parked on the street, according to police. The driver was described as a white woman around 20 years old with a thin build and light brown hair, while one of the armed men was described as a white man in...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) – A transient man suspected of attacking an elderly Spanish-speaking man with a stick allegedly yelled profanities and told the victim that he did not like Hispanics. It happened Monday night around 8 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call reporting an aggressive male hitting another person with a large stick on East Washington Street, in Petaluma. When Petaluma police found the victim, the 70-year-old, Spanish-speaking male said he was loading items on his bicycle when the suspect approached him and began yelling obscenities. Police have identified the suspect as 58-year-old Timothy Schmelzer, a transient. According to police, Schmelzer allegedly told the victim he did not like Hispanic people, hit him with a large stick, and left. The victim was not injured but the investigating officer determined the attack qualifies as a hate crime. Police have taken Schmelzer into custody. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and a hate crime. Police were urging anyone who witnessed the attack to contact Petaluma PD at (707) 778-4372.
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A Petaluma man suspected of sexually abusing a young girl, who was the child of friends, over a period of several years was arrested last week, police said Friday. Erick Francisco Pimentel-Alvarado, 32, allegedly started abusing the child when she was about 5 years old. The suspect was a friend of the girl’s parents, police said. The investigation into the suspect started on Oct. 25 and Pimentel-Alvarado was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the 800 block of Lakeville Circle, police said. Pimentel-Alvarado was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of crimes that include aggravated sexual assault of a child and sex with a child under 10 years old. The suspect is being held at Sonoma County Jail on bail of $5 million, and has a court date on Nov. 12, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office jail website. Related Articles San Rafael man linked to East Bay freeway shooting gets 4 years in gun case Boogaloo-linked Gilroy man headed to trial over threats to Santa Clara...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A 32-year-old man who allegedly sexually abused a friend’s young daughter for several years was being held on $5 million bail in Sonoma County Jail. Authorities said Erick Francisco Pimentel-Alvarado was arrested last week on multiple charges. The investigation started on Oct. 25 and Pimentel-Alvarado was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the 800 block of Lakeville Circle. He is suspected of allegedly starting to abuse a child when she was about 5 years old. Pimentel-Alvarado was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of crimes that include aggravated sexual assault of a child and sex with a child under 10 years old. He was being held at Sonoma County Jail on bail of $5 million, and has a court date on Nov. 12, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office jail website. Petaluma police detectives say they have reason to believe there may be additional victims of Pimentel-Alvarado. Anyone with information concerning the case or any other related incidents is asked to contact Petaluma Police Department Detective Corie Joerger at (707) 778-4456.
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A 30-year-old San Pablo man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly striking an on-duty Petaluma firefighter with his vehicle, police said. Police were notified shortly after 3 a.m. that the firefighter had been struck while tending to a patient in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 200 block of North McDowell Boulevard. The firefighter told officers that a man who approached and began to ask questions was asked to leave and that the suspect then got in his vehicle and intentionally drove at and struck the firefighter before driving off. The firefighter gave a description of the suspect, who was determined to be 30-year-old San Pablo resident Everal Thompson. Thompson was contacted and identified and a search of his vehicle turned up a loaded handgun in the passenger area, police said, noting that the suspect is a convicted felon prohibited from owning firearms. Related Articles Watsonville shootings hours apart leave two dead, one injured Convicted killer confesses to Pleasanton murder of classmate 36 years later ...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A 41-year-old Hayward man was arrested Wednesday morning as a suspect in the theft of a City of Petaluma-owned truck, and – after he crashed that truck – subsequently stealing a dump truck, Petaluma police said. Police got a report early Wednesday morning of the truck theft, and found the truck stuck in the fence. The suspected thief was seen in the 2000 block of South McDowell Extension, but officers couldn’t find him immediately. Approximately two hours later, Petaluma police received a call about another stolen vehicle from the same area. The caller reported their dump truck had been stolen and they were tracking it via GPS; police said it was near Cloverdale. Coordinating with the California Highway Patrol, the dump truck was eventually located in Santa Rosa, and the driver, Jeffrey Brown, was taken into custody without incident. Brown was booked at Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of vehicle theft and of hit-and-run for leaving the scene of the crash of the first truck.
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Police on Monday said a man purposely killed himself early Friday morning by riding in the wrong direction on U.S. Highway 101 and crashing his motorcycle head-on into a car after having slain his 28-year-old girlfriend in Petaluma. Joseph Dane Beaver, a 34-year-old Petaluma resident, is suspected of killing Lauren Brittney McCrum with a baseball bat and a knife, Petaluma Police Lt. Ed Crosby said in a statement. After an investigation, the California Highway Patrol ruled that Beaver died by suicide by driving his Harley-Davidson into a car on the highway while traveling in the wrong direction. “Based on the circumstances and evidence collected thus far, Beaver is suspected of murdering McCrum,” Crosby said. “He subsequently drove northbound into the southbound 101 freeway, where he impacted with the southbound Honda.” Beaver and McCrum had been a couple for about two years, Crosby said. The crash took place at about 1:20 a.m. Friday. About 40 minutes later, police responded to a request to check on the welfare of a woman in the 700 block of Sixth Street...
    PETALUMA (CBS13) — A Lodi man is under arrest after police say he shot up his motel room in Petaluma Tuesday morning. Petaluma police say, around 9:30 a.m., a woman called 911 to report that shots were fired into her room at the Motel 6 along North McDowell Boulevard. It appeared that the shots came from a neighboring room. Officers responded and found a man standing in front of that neighboring room. He was taken into custody and officers soon found a loaded 9mm handgun. After in investigation, officers determined that the man – identified as 52-year-old Lodi resident Jose Gomeznunez – had fired a total of nine shots inside his room. Two of the shots were fired through the door, police say, while several others went through the wall and into the neighboring room. Another round also went into a vacant room. Officers also found another round on the second floor balcony railing. The woman who was in the other room was not hurt and no other injuries were reported, police say. Gomeznunez, who police say was already a...
    PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A 52-year-old Lodi man has been arrested after he allegedly riddled his Petaluma motel room with bullet holes, authorities said early Wednesday. Police were notified at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday by a caller who said shots were fired into her room at the Motel Six, 1368 North McDowell Blvd. in Petaluma from the neighboring room. Arriving officers found a man, later identified as Jose Gomeznunez, standing in front of his room and took him into custody. He was searched and a loaded 9mm handgun was found. Police said their investigation determined Gomeznunez had fired nine rounds from inside his room. Two were fired through the door, and several went through the wall to the adjacent room, which was occupied by a woman who was uninjured. One round went into a vacant room and another was located in a second floor balcony railing, police said. Despite the numerous shots fired, there were no injuries. Police said Gomeznunez is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for shooting into an...
    Two men with Marin ties were killed less than 24 hours apart at nearby intersections in east Petaluma. Rene Alvarez-DeLeon, 38, of San Rafael was killed Wednesday night when a truck driver apparently ran a red light at the intersection of South McDowell Boulevard and Lakeville Highway, and smashed into his Toyota sedan, according to police. Alvarez-DeLeon, who was a delivery driver for Lily Kai restaurant in the adjacent shopping center, died at the scene of the 6:30 p.m. crash. The night before, Mario Gongora Castaneda, 53, died when he was struck by an alleged drunken driver while he was taking his trash can to the curb around 7 p.m. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office identified Gongora Castaneda, a Novato restaurant owner and chef, on Thursday. “Disturbing would be putting it mildly and tragic, most especially for the families and the people who lost their lives,” Petaluma police Lt. Ed Crosby said of the fatal crashes. “That’s something we don’t take lightly.” Crosby said Thursday the unidentified 34-year-old woman who was driving the truck westbound Wednesday toward the city and...
    A pedestrian on a Petaluma sidewalk was fatally struck Tuesday night by a suspected drunken driver, police said. The driver — James Watkins, 41, of Cotati — already had a court date for a previous DUI collision arrest. The fatal crash occurred around 7 p.m. on a residential stretch of McDowell Boulevard. Watkins, southbound on McDowell in a 2011 Toyota Prius, allegedly drove onto the sidewalk as he approached a roundabout at Baywood Drive. He struck a 53-year-old man, police say. The victim was attended by two off-duty law enforcement officers and one off-duty nurse until police arrived. He was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Watkins, whose car landed in the middle of the roundabout, was uninjured. His blood alcohol content was tested at a hospital. He was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Police said Watkins has a pending court date from a 2018 DUI collision arrest in Sonoma County. The identity of the victim is being...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — Police on Friday released the names of a man and woman found dead Thursday morning at a Petaluma home in what’s being investigated as a murder-suicide. Mark Richard Passanisi, 56, died of a single gunshot wound and was found in a bedroom with a pistol near his body, according to police. Debbie Ann Passanisi, 54, had been shot more than once and was found in a common area of the home in the 1600 Block of Shenandoah Court, Petaluma police said. Their daughter, who was distraught when she called police at 9:53 a.m. Thursday, found the couple. Related Articles Pfc. Vanessa Guillen bludgeoned to death on Army base, family attorney says Arraignment delayed in Santa Cruz County carjacking, ocean crash case Coronavirus: Surge of jail infections halts San Jose murder trial in what may become new normal Murder conviction overturned for Oakland man who shot neighbor in the head Anti-Semitic hate crimes rise in California, but overall hate crimes decline Autopsies on the...
    Bay City News Service PETALUMA — A Rohnert Park man was arrested late Saturday night after leading police on a chase from Petaluma to Cotati, the Petaluma Police Department said. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Ty Kumre, was allegedly leading a “sideshow” in a residential area of Petaluma, performing donut maneuvres in a Ford Mustang around a crowd of onlookers. A Petaluma officer witnessed the show during a routine patrol, and upon his approach, Kumre fled at a high rate of speed, according to the officer. Kumre led the officer on a high-speed chase from Adobe Road to Stage Gulch Road and back into Petaluma on Lakeville Highway, where other officers were set up. Once in Petaluma, the pursuit continued on Casa Grande Road back to Adobe Road and into Penngrove until the officers discontinued the pursuit for safety reasons, with speeds at times exceeding 100 mph. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and a CHP helicopter took over the chase, and located the vehicle in Cotati, where a deputy performed a high-risk stop. Kumre and a...
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