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Fall prevention class set at Vintage House

The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring an award-winning fall prevention program called, “A Matter of Balance-Managing Concerns about Falls” at Vintage House senior center.

Coroner: Kenwood standoff suspect shot himself

Investigations into last week’s standoff and deadly shootout in Kenwood are evolving quickly, with an autopsy determining that the man at the center of the case, Miguel Angel Garcia, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

John Burns to lead SMI’s weekly division

John Burns, publisher of the Petaluma Argus-Courier – part of the newspaper group owned by Sonoma Media Investments (SMI) – has been appointed to lead a new division of SMI focused on weekly newspapers.

Sebastiani Theatre celebrates 80 years

The Sebastiani Theatre kicks off its year-long 80th anniversary celebration with a spectacular variety show promising music, magic, dance and more at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19. This unique variety show features fantastic performances by notable talents including Tommy Thompson with Cliff Hugo and Gary Vogensen; Jeff Gilbert, The Last Crooner; the gorgeous Nathalie Tedrick of… Continue Reading >>

Domestic violence, threats land boyfriend in jail

Called to a home in the 200 block of Fine Avenue, on March 22, by neighbors who witnessed a fight, Sonoma police knocked on the front door at about 2:15 p.m. and 20-year-old Federico Pariga answered.

Sean Cutting, former president and CEO of the failed Sonoma Valley Bank was indicted on 28 felony charges Wednesday.

Cutting, 3 others, indicted for bank fraud

Sean Cutting, the former president and CEO of the failed Sonoma Valley Bank, was arrested at his Sonoma home Wednesday morning and was taken into custody by federal agents, charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud (six counts), money laundering (12 counts), false statements to a bank, and false bank entries (five counts).

The film, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man,” will be screened at 8:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights at the Sebastiani Theatre.

‘Taking parents to Burning Man’ film to be screened at Sebastiani Theatre

Due to a wave of popular demand, and the reported disappointment of 243 people who were turned away from sold-out showings of the film, “Taking My Parents to Burning Man,” the feature-length documentary will be screening at the Sebastiani Theatre at 8:15 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12.

Springboard to aid small business growth

Sonoma Valley Springboard is a new program provided by the City of Sonoma to help low- and moderate-income Valley residents to start or grow small businesses or “microenterprises.”

Send me the cash, I’ll send you the car. Not.

A Valley resident went to the Sheriff’s Valley substation at about 6 p.m. on March 14, after he was fleeced out of $3,510 in a web scam. The man told deputies he found a car he wanted to purchase on eBay and emailed the seller.

EVA SAPPER, the inspiration behind the organization “Everybody is a Star,” performed at the Sebastiani Theatre in the film festival Children’s Program Saturday. “Everybody is a Star” is an organization that aims to promote self-esteem and success in special needs youth by linking them to film and music professionals. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Film fest entertains kids, adults

The 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival took a break from serious documentaries and captivating features Saturday morning to cater to its youngest audience members in the Children’s Program at the Sebastiani Theatre.

Hwy. 12 bids due April 23

The Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlights project is another step closer to reality as the project went out for bids the last week in March.

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS arrive at the Hoff Road site in Kenwood Thursday morning. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Standoff suspect points police to body

Not long after the April 2 standoff and deadly Kenwood shootout with a man barricaded in a trailer on Hoff Road, authorities hinted that the suspect, Miguel Angel Garcia, had confessed, during his final hours, to doing some very bad things.

Thompson seeks entries for art contest

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, urged high school students in California’s 5th Congressional District to enter their artwork in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

A SMALL STATEMENT was made Sunday morning after someone painted part of the “Sonomawood” sign pink and flew a Jolly Roger over it. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Local actresses light up screen

Though acting is in her blood, Kari Wishingrad didn’t find herself drawn to the silver screen until sometime after moving to Sonoma 18 years ago.

Water parley prompts supply questions

Valley residents packed Vintage House’s Stone Hall Monday evening with concerns over the impact of the drought and declining groundwater throughout the area.

GREGG MONTGOMERY, who was a neighbor of Virginia Jones, has been working with the city to facilitate the lower Fryer Creek Trail dedication. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fryer Creek trail dedicated to Valley woman

When Angela Geiger sees the bike paths that twist and turn throughout Sonoma Valley – especially the path along the lower portion of Fryer Creek – she thinks of her mom, Virginia Jones.