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June 17, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

City Ventures Agrees to Implement Training and Pay$199,000 to Resolve Pollution Case

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant City Ventures Homebuilding,LLC (“CV”) has resolved a civil environmental enforcement action for waterpollution and unlawful business practices during construction of new homes inthe Fox Hollow subdivision Read full story


June 2, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Serial Killer DeniedParole

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on May 27, 2020, the CaliforniaBoard of Prison Terms denied parole to 69 year old Michael Carson, who, alongwith his wife Susan Carson, was convicted in the early 1980’s of committingthree separate murders in the counties of Sonoma, San Francisco and Humboldt. Read full story


June 2, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Prison Inmate Convicted of Murder Once AgainDenied Parole

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Bryon James Tibbals, 55years-old of Nevada, was denied parole following a hearing earlier today infront of the California Board of Parole Hearings. In addition to denyingparole, the Board determined that Tibbals must wait three additional yearsbefore his next hearing. Read full story


May 15, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Sonoma County ManConvicted of Attempted Murder of Police Officer Denied Parole

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Charles Edgar Thomas,75-year-old from Cloverdale, was found unsuitable for parole release by theBoard of Parole Hearings today. Read full story


May 1, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Convicted Gang Member Denied Early Release By Prison Board In Attempted Murder

Convicted Gang Member Denied Early Release By Prison Board In Attempted Murder Read full story


April 23, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Conviction Of Child Rapist Sentenced To Life In Prison Upheld On Appeal

Conviction Of Child Rapist Sentenced To Life In Prison Upheld On Appeal Read full story


April 14, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Murderer Denied Parole

District Attorney Jill Ravitchhas announced that on April 14, 2020 the California Board of Prison Termsdenied parole to Fidencio Chavez, 57 years old, who was convicted in 1992 offirst degree murder for the killing of victim Frank Tassara. Read full story


March 9, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

ManSentenced for 2018 Crash Resulting in Death of UC Davis Biologist

Defendant JavierRodriguez-Lopez, 21 years old of Pittsburg, CA, was sentenced earliertoday by Sonoma County Court Commissioner Troye Shaffer to serve one month injail and spend three years on probation after having pled no contest inFebruary to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanor driving withouta license. Read full story


March 5, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

District Attorney Ravitch Warns Against Price Gouging During Coronavirus State of Emergency

District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a consumeralert warning that price gouging on consumer goods or medical supplies isprohibited under Penal Code Section 396 while under a State of Emergency due tothe novel Coronavirus. Read full story


March 4, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Sex Offender Sentenced To Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

Defendant Franklin Rodriguez,28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simondsto serve 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty in January to thecharge of possessing child pornography after having previously been convictedfor the sexual assault of a child. Read full story