Category Archives: Abuse Reports

3rd inmate in 3 weeks found dead in a Sonoma County jail

An inmate booked in the Sonoma County Jail died in custody Saturday in the third death at a county detention facility in as many weeks, authorities said. Rhonda Jean Everson, 50, a transient who frequents west Sonoma County, was arrested … Continue reading

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Diego Armando De Paz, Age 31, Dies in North County Facility

The family of a Santa Rosa man found dead in the Sonoma County Jail said this week they believe he may have gone into shock when he didn’t receive prescribed medications for several health conditions, including diabetes. Diego Armando De … Continue reading

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DA says Gelhaus “was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others”

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez. District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus … Continue reading

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SRPD Officer Stephen Bussell Inteferes with Citizen’s Right to Observe Police

On May 5, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m. as I stood at the corner of Sebastopol Road and Dutton Avenue (370 Sebastopol Road) I was informed that Jose Luis Godoy had just been pulled over in front of the Women’s … Continue reading

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Remembering Richard DeSantis

Statement by Adrianne DeSantis for October 30, 2013 Santa Rosa Rally Last weekend, I huddled on the couch with my granddaughter, thinking of the Lopez family and the unbearable depths of their anguish.  That anguish is where I reside, and … Continue reading

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Top CHP officer in Sonoma County, Capt. Greg Tracey, relieved of his duties

The top CHP officer in Sonoma County, Capt. Greg Tracey, has been relieved of his duties while the agency conducts an investigation into issues that include his management practices, say several law enforcement sources. Tracey, 54, was placed on administrative … Continue reading

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Woman reports being surrounded by SRPD officers handcuffed, insulted and threatened

Leticia Velasquez reported to PACH that she was driving back from Rohnert Park to her home in Santa Rosa on Sunday, February 9, 2014, around 6:30 p.m. with her 13-year-old son who had been playing laser games. He took out … Continue reading

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Video shows young Andy Lopez organizers handcuffed by Santa Rosa Police

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Deputies Frank Chavez and Henri Boustany identified as Shooters of Wayne Courtright

The two Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies who fatally shot Wayne Courtright, a Guerneville man who allegedly opened fire upon law enforcement after an hourlong standoff are veterans of the office with a combined 35 years of experience. The deputies were … Continue reading

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Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Dueñas says Deputy Gelhaus followed department procedure in killing Andy Lopez

A preliminary internal review by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has found that a veteran deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy did not violate department procedures, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday, as angry demonstrators marched through Santa … Continue reading

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