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Category: Criminal Defense

Search and Seizure of Cell Phones; The ramifications of Riley v. California

As the world progresses further into the Information Age, human ingenuity and invention continues to bring us significant technological advances in the fields of electronic communication and data storage, and many Americans find themselves relying more and more on this technology as part of the operation of their day-to-day lives. Everything from looking up a […]

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Clearlake Man Sentenced in 2012 Santa Rosa Knife Attack at McDonald’s

In October of 2012, Aaron Welch of Clearlake and Salvatore Bordessa of Windsor were arrested in connection with an August incident in which two black men had been assaulted with a knife.  Authorities called the incident a “hate crime,” and said that it was gang-related.  Now Welch, who is allegedly a white supremacist and vice […]

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Two Arrested After Santa Rosa Homeowner Fires Gun at Suspected Burglar

Jacques Cadgene, a 72-year-old retired Santa Rosa man, recently fired a pistol at a woman who was driving her car straight toward him after Cadgene apparently interrupted an attempted burglary of his home. According to Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Raasch, Cadgene was justified in his actions when he fired his pistol three times at […]

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Santa Rosa Resident Travels to Sacramento Pleading for Release of 90-year-old Father from Prison

A man who was sentenced to prison in 1983 for the murders of two people is now being considered for release from prison after his daughter traveled to Sacramento to plead for the release of her 90-year-old father, who is in ailing health.  Donna McClelland, daughter of Ernest “Kentucky” Pendergrass, asked at the Board of […]

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Suspect in Triple Homicide Near Santa Rosa Could Face Death Penalty

In February, a Central City, CO man was arrested in connection with a triple homicide that occurred near Santa Rosa in Forestville.  Mark William Cappello was arrested in Alabama on February 14, and is one of three men suspected in the murders of three other men in the process of what has been called a […]

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Santa Rosa Car Fires Believed to Be Arson

On Saturday February 16, two vehicles burned in a quiet Santa Rosa neighborhood near Matanzas Park.  According to news reports at the Press Democrat, police are investigating and believe the fires were intentionally set.  The two vehicles that burned included a Cadillac Escalade and a Dodge pickup.  Detectives were still in search of a suspect […]

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Sonoma County Inmate Released Following Revision of Three-Strikes Law

On February 1, a Sonoma County inmate sentenced under the three-strikes law, Jeffrey Michael Porter, was granted a release following the passage of Proposition 36 in November, which is a revision of California’s three-strikes sentencing law.  Porter was the first inmate in the county to win such a release. A Santa Rosa man is also […]

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82-Year-Old Santa Rosa Man Faces Charge of Attempted Murder After Running Down Bicyclist

Harry Edward Smith, an 82-year-old Santa Rosa man, has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly ran down a bicyclist on a golf course according to news reports.  The Sonoma County District Attorney’s office claimed that Smith used his 1997 Toyota Avalon to run the bicyclist down as the victim pedaled through Oakmont Village. […]

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Carjacking at Santa Rosa Costco Leads to Arrest of 23-Year-Old Woman

On Monday August 27, a woman was carjacked as she stood next to her car. The victim, a 70-year-old Santa Rosa woman, was at the tire shop at the Santa Rosa Costco store when the crime took place. According to news reports, a 23-year-old woman with a dog jumped into the driver’s seat of the […]

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Former Santa Rosa High School Basketball Coach Faces Jail Sentence for Sex With Teen Player

On Wednesday, Andrew John Medeiros was sentenced to six months in Sonoma County Jail along with 4 years probation after pleading no contest in June to committing a sex act (oral copulation) with a 16-year-old student at Cardinal Newman High School, where he was a basketball coach. The 25-year-old former basketball coach faced three years […]

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