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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.

SANTA ROSA POLICE SWAT team members arrive on Hoff Road Wednesday morning. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Fugitive dies in Kenwood standoff

The wanted gunman who initiated a 20-hour standoff with a swarm of law enforcement officers at a Kenwood trailer on Hoff Road, before being shot to death Wednesday evening, has been identified as a 32-year-old Napa resident named Miguel Angel Garcia. He had been armed with what was reported to be an assault rifle.

Police investigate woman’s death

The mysterious death of a woman found inside her West Spain Street home has authorities investigating the possibility of foul play, although family members have stated that her death most likely was an accident.

Sonoma police to clamp down on distracted driving

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Sonoma Police Department will be joining with more than 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month-long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cellphones while driving.

“THE CHEF” is a French comedy and one of several food-themed films in this year’s Sonoma International Film Festival.

Curtain rises on film fest

The programs for the 17th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, coming Wednesday through Sunday to a theater near you, are finally ready.

RESCUE PERSONNEL STRAP a “victim” to a gurney during the Every 15 Minutes program at Sonoma Valley High Thursday. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Students experience ‘Every 15 Minutes’

Rain smeared blood all over the pavement at Sonoma Valley High School Thursday as students screamed in pain and cried in devastation at a horrific two-car collision caused by drunk drivers. Emergency personnel responded to the gruesome accident and one student was taken away in handcuffs while several others were rushed to the hospital or the morgue. A palpable lesson hung in the air as the junior and senior classes witnessed the aftermath of the alcohol-related accident – don’t drink and drive.

3 arrested in early morning assault

An early morning assault outside Steiner’s saloon on March 23 sent a 27-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man to Sonoma Valley Hospital with five large lacerations that Sonoma police said required between 40 and 50 stitches.

CHRISTINA BURNET, left, and Bill Boerum, right, met with Sun Tao during a meeting of the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference last week in Washington, D.C.

Boerum, Burnet attend Sister Cities parley

Representatives of Sonoma’s Penglai Sister City Committee, Christina M. Burnet and Bill Boerum participated last week in the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference in Washington, D.C.