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9/3/2015
World's Largest Stem Cell Bank in Marin
The world's largest public stem cell bank is now open for business in Marin County. It's housed at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato. It's stocked with 300 stem cell lines that can be used to develop tissue for people with heart, skin, liver, or kidney problems.The cells are not the type that are harvested from embryos, but they have similar properties. They'll also be collecting tissue for research into Alzheimer's, autism, cardiovascular disease and more.
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9/3/2015
Lake County Homes Burnt Largely Uninsured for Fires
It appears that nearly half of the 70 homes damaged or destroyed by the Rocky and Jerusalem fires were uninsured, leaving a lot of people homeless, or stretched beyond their means to re-build. A preliminary estimate of damage to homes was pegged at $2.6 million to $2.9 million, according to reports from the Press Democrat. Technically, hazard coverage is a requirement for getting a mortgage meaning those without were violating banking regulations.
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9/3/2015
Graton Casino Breaks Ground on Hotel
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria breaking ground on a $175 million, 200-room hotel and convention center south of its existing $800 million casino and entertainment facility. It is scheduled to open in fall 2016.During the construction, the resort will employ more than 1,000 people -- 400 to start -- and when finished will be staffed by 150 employees.
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8/28/2015

Sonoma County Exceeds Water Savings Goals
State Water Officials are reporting that the County’s cities exceeded the statewide savings goal of 25 percent in July and surpassed their individual, state-mandated conservation targets, as well. Santa Rosa cut water use by 43.8 percent last month, that’s two and half times the the statewide goal of 16 percent. Locally, Rohnert park gets the most praise consuming the least in july, 58.5 gallons per capita, per day. to compare, the average Californian uses 98 gallons per day.
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8/28/2015

Forestville Man Arrested for Shooting
Eric Joseph Justensen, a 48 year old man from Forestville, was arrested for Attempted Murder, Assault with a deadly weapon – firearm, and Felony Child Endangerment. Justensen is currently being held on a million dollars bail. The 26 year old wounded man is in stable condition and is expected to survive. Police are still trying to figure out a motive as the wounded man has not been able to talk wih detectives yet because of his condition. Justensen had been staying with residents in Rio Dell Court and was merely an acquintaince to the man he shot,
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8/28/2015
Prostitute Left Paralyzed After Motel Shooting
A prostitute that was shot in the neck in a motel shooting on July 2nd is paralyzed. Detective Deborah Lamaison testified in court that Kenisha Jackson, 24, was shot in the leg and neck and left a quadriplegic. Ronnie Threadgill, a 23 year old aspiring football player from the JC, is being charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon at a motel 6 shooting on commerce boulevard. Jackson was able to identify Threadgill as the shooter in a photo lineup. Detective Lamaison testified that the shooting occured after the two had sex when Threadgill emerged from the bathroom with gun looking to rob Jackson.
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8/20/2015
Officials Know What Started Rocky Fire
Fire investigators say they know what caused the Rocky Fire that burned nearly 70-thousand acres. They say the gas water heater of an outbuilding failed and then caught fire, which ignited flammable liquids also stored inside. That fire quickly spread to surrounding vegetation. Investigators say, however, that the water heater was only the cause. The circumstances surrounding the failure of that heater are still under review.
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8/20/2015
Tagger Arrested for Graffiti in Sonoma Valley
Sonoma police say they’ve figured out who spray-painted the graffiti tags “Hope” and “Karma” all around the valley. 23-year old Angelo Fischetti was arrested on Monday on suspicion on making threats, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and a probation violation AND tagging property in the city of Sonoma and elsewhere. Officers would search his house and found property with tags on it and spray cans used in graffitti vandalism.
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8/20/2015
Graton Man Arrested for Domestic Abuse
Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Graton man after getting reports he allegedly held a gun to his wife’s head during an argument at their home, AFTER he put her in a headlock. Police arrested 35-year old Jose Manuel Gonzalez after a woman called 911 late Monday night. Deputies arrived to an Apple Blossom Lane residence and found a distraught woman who came outside to meet them. She said her husband threatened to kill her.
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8/19/2015
Remove Green Gas for Free
Rohnert Park and Cotati have a plan to use the Ecology Youth Corps to dig up the green grass of Sonoma County and replace it with ...anything else that doesn't use water. In addition to the landscape conversion program, corps workers will provide the muscle for a wood- chipping program to eliminate brush that rural residents have cleared from around their homes and help county parks crews clear dead wood and brush along trails and roads.
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