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Sebastopol Police and Sheriff's Log, Oct. 22-29
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Sebastopol Police and Sheriff's Log, Oct. 22-29

Sebastopol Police Log

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

7:52 p.m. Vehicle theft, petty theft and shoplifting on Gravenstein Highway North. Pending further investigation.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

8:04 a.m. Eavesdropping on Analy Avenue. Pending further investigation.

11:59 a.m. Hit and run with injury at Gravenstein Highway North and Hurlbut Avenue. Pending further investigation.

3:45 p.m. Lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14 on Healdsburg Avenue. Pending further investigation.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

9:11 a.m. Violation of a protective order to prevent domestic violence and violation of parole at Maple Avenue and Vine Avenue. Pending review by District Attorney.

5:32 p.m. Reckless driving and no proof of insurance on North Main Street. Arrest made.

11:02 p.m. Possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and violation of conditional release at Healdsburg Avenue and Murphy Avenue. Arrest made.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

9:59 p.m. Outside agency warrant, misdemeanor on Abbott Avenue. Arrest made.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

2:25 a.m. Manufacture, sale or possession of a leaded cane or billy club and violation of conditional release on Gravenstein Highway North. Arrest made.

4:14 a.m. Violation of conditional release on North Main Street. Arrest made.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

10:28 a.m. Outside agency warrant, misdemeanor on Pleasant Hill Avenue North. Arrest made.

4:22 p.m. Exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm on McKinley Street. Arrest made.

8:18 p.m. Battery on person, violation of conditional release and possession of a controlled substance on McKinley Street. Arrest made.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Logs

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

9:28 a.m. Coroner’s case at Highway 116 North and Mays Canyon Road, Guerneville.

12:12 p.m. Trespassing at Bohemian Avenue and Railroad Avenue, Monte Rio. Arrest made.

1:34 p.m. Suspicious person at Main Street and River Road, Guerneville.

7:03 p.m. Trespassing at Heron Drive and Surfbird Court, Bodega Bay.

11:04 p.m. Warrant activity at Brookside Lane, Highway 116 North and Main Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23

8:11 a.m. Probation search at Armstrong Woods Road and Sweetwater Springs Road, Guerneville. Unresolved.

12:01 p.m. Wanted person, no warrant at Monte Vista Terrace and Vista Way, Monte Rio. Arrest made.

12:11 p.m. Suspicious person at First Street and Church Street, Guerneville.

1:04 p.m. Civil situation at Docs Ranch Road and Fitzpatrick Lane, Bodega Bay. Civil situation.

2:38 p.m. Traffic stop at Highway 116 North, Old River Road and River Road, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

7:01 p.m. Wanted person, no warrant at Fifth Street, Church Street and Sycamore Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

10:56 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at Armstrong Woods Road and Laughlin Road, Guerneville.

11:12 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at Main Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

11:26 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at Drake Road, Highway 116 North and Neeley Road, Guerneville.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

7:23 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at Third Street and Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville.

9:56 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at Third Street and Church Street, Occidental. Advised.

9:59 p.m. Warrant activity at Highway 116 North and Lovers Lane, Guerneville. Arrest made.

10:14 a.m. Suspicious vehicle unoccupied at Conifer Drive and Laurel Dell Avenue, Duncans Mills.

11:50 a.m. Violation of probation at Third Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Homeless related.

3:29 p.m. Suspicious person at Main Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

11:44 p.m. Suspicious person at Beedle Road and Tyrone Road, Monte Rio. Arrest made.

11:44 p.m. Traffic stop at Fourth Street and Mill Street, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

12:52 a.m. Unwanted guest disturbance at Main Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

6:51 a.m. Suspicious person at Third Street and Mill Street, Guerneville.

8:09 a.m. Suspicious vehicle at Monte Vista Terrace and Vista Way, Monte Rio.

1:23 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at Third Street and Church Street, Guerneville.

11:08 p.m. Traffic stop at Odd Fellows Park Road and River Road, Korbel. Reprimand and release.

11:15 p.m. Traffic stop at Park Avenue and Summit Avenue, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

11:42 p.m. Traffic stop at Fern Road and Highway 116 North, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

4:09 a.m. Suspicious circumstances at Huckleberry Avenue and Summit Avenue, Guerneville.

12:45 p.m. Suspicious circumstances at Condor Court and Heron Drive, Bodega Bay.

1:27 p.m. Suspicious person at Laurel Avenue and Morningside Drive and Woodland Drive, Guerneville. Homeless related.

2:26 p.m. Civil situation at Heller Street and River Boulevard, Monte Rio. Resolved.

5:28 p.m. Fight at Armstrong Woods Road and Woodland Drive, Guerneville Homeless related.

8:04 p.m. Attempt to contact at Armstrong Woods Road and Rio Nido Road, Rio Nido. Arrest made.

9:51 p.m. Traffic stop at Armstrong Woods Road and Rio Nido Road, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

10:20 p.m. Suspicious vehicle at Cnopius Road and Old Monte Rio road, Guerneville.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

12:16 a.m. Traffic stop at Guernewood Road and Neeley Road, Guerneville. Reprimand and release.

9:33 p.m. Warrant activity at Third Street and Church Street, Guerneville. Arrest made.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

9:47 a.m. Disturbance at Highway 116 North and Lovers Lane, Guerneville. Resolved.

4:27 p.m. Trespassing at Armstrong Woods Road and Sweetwater Springs Road, Guerneville.

9:14 p.m. Battery at Balboa Avenue and Pomo Avenue, Jenner. Arrest made.

10:51 p.m. Suspicious circumstances at Camino Del Arroyo and Old Cazadero Road, Guerneville.

Hate versus the 'pride flag lady' of Guerneville
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Hate versus the 'pride flag lady' of Guerneville

Beth Streets will be there as hate-crime trial begins over anti-gay bomb threats

Beth Streets thought it would send a message celebrating freedom and acceptance when she asked county officials last year for permission to fly a rainbow pride flag in the Guerneville town plaza.

 “I felt it was essential for that flag to be there,” especially after the shooting massacre of 49 people the year before at Pulse, the gay bar in Orlando, Florida, said Streets.

The Guerneville pride banner went up a year ago in June during a ceremony that included a Sonoma County Board of Supervisors’ proclamation “to recognize, honor and celebrate the diversity, shared humanity and civil rights of our entire community.”

The proclamation notes that “for the first time, a Pride Flag will be flown in downtown Guerneville.”

Streets didn’t expect to become known as Guerneville’s “pride flag lady” for winning permission to fly a rainbow flag on the town plaza. She just thought it was the right thing to do, particularly in a gay-friendly town like Guerneville.

“I grew up on the Russian River,” said Streets, who isn’t gay but remembers Guerneville before it was on the map as a gay-friendly Mecca. “I saw the ugliness and the hate. I was a child. What did I know? Now I’m 55 years old,” said Streets. “I can do something.” 

The “pride flag lady” title aptly describes the public role Streets has embraced since six pride flags disappeared from the Guerneville plaza starting last April. One flag was stuffed into the mail slot of the adjacent Russian River Chamber of Commerce office. Another one ended up at the bottom of the Russian River beneath the Guerneville Bridge. Streets replaced them all, using her own money.

In May Guerneville substation sheriff’s deputies arrested Vincent O’Sullivan, 55, a Guerneville transient living in a junk-filled pickup truck, on charges of stealing the pride flag and threatening to use pipe bombs to blow up the sheriff’s substation, the Guerneville Safeway and “all the m******-******g faggots” along the lower Russian River.

O’Sullivan faces a jury trial this week, charged with committing a hate crime. If convicted, he could land in state prison for three years or more. The trial is scheduled to start this Friday, Nov. 2, at 8:30 a.m. in Sonoma County Superior Court, Department 10, presided over by Judge Knoel Owen.

 O’Sullivan was arrested after a sheriff’s department investigation identified him in a plaza videotape stealing the rainbow flag, with an accomplice, Michael Campos, 35. O’Sullivan was taken into custody after making bomb threats targeting a gay Starbucks employee in the Guerneville Safeway store.

 Streets has attended all of O’Sullivan’s court hearings, starting with the petty-theft case when a visiting judge, Andria Richey, dismissed the more serious felony hate-crime charge for lack of evidence. Streets then urged the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office to reinstate the more serious hate crime charge, which was formally re-filed in August.

 “Someone had to step up,” said Streets, who will be sitting in Sonoma County Superior Court this week when O’Sullivan faces trial for threatening to bomb the Safeway, the Guerneville substation and specifically Hank Myers, the gay Starbucks employee who knew O’Sullivan as a regular Guerneville Starbucks customer. Myers was making O’Sullivan his usual Starbucks order (a caramel macchiato with breve), when O’Sullivan calmly announced he was making pipe bombs intended to blow up all of Guerneville’s “m***********g faggots,” according to court testimony.

 O’Sullivan told Myers “matter-of-factly that he was building two pipe bombs, one ‘to blow up the m**********g Safeway and also you, you m***********g faggot, and then I’m going to blow up the sheriff’s substation,’” said Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Robert Maddock in his court argument in support of recharging O’Sullivan with a felony hate crime.

 O’Sullivan made the threats casually, “like [he was] discussing a recipe, a hairstyle, what’s going on that day,” Myers testified.

 “I almost shit myself,” said Myers, describing his reaction to O’Sullivan’s threats during a hearing in May.

 “I was in shock,” said Myers. “I have never heard anything like that said to me before,” Myers testified. “I’m having nightmares over it.”

 Judge Richey dismissed the hate-crime allegation citing lack of evidence. No bombs were ever found in O’Sullivan’s possession, said the sheriff’s investigation.

 “While I find the conduct reprehensible and frightening,” said Richey, “I don’t find that it rises to the level of the pleading” to prosecute O’Sullivan for a felony that could put him in prison.

 O’Sullivan’s appointed attorney at the time, Sonoma County Deputy Public Defender Michael Teply, argued there were “proof problems” regarding O’Sullivan’s intent to actually build a bomb specifically targeting Hank Myers. O’Sullivan is now represented by Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney Martin Woods.

 O’Sullivan was convicted in July for stealing one rainbow pride flag from the Guerneville plaza flagpole. His sentence included three years probation, 100 hours of community service and a court order to stay away from the plaza.

 O’Sullivan was also ordered to pay Beth Streets $17.50 in restitution for the cost of replacing the rainbow flag. “He still owes me the money,” said Streets.

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Catholic Charities offers landlords incentives to rent to Santa Rosa's homeless

As a development economist in Washington, D.C., Clara Else dedicated her career to studying the causes of poverty in third-world countries and finding ways to alleviate the situation.

When she retired and moved to Guerneville with her husband and son in 2007, she continued to combat poverty, volunteering at winter shelters and later joining the board of the now-defunct Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. The group aimed at ending homelessness in the county.

In 2015, Else and her husband learned of another way to help Sonoma County’s displaced population. They offered to rent two three-bedroom units blocks away from downtown Guerneville to homeless people through Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, the county’s largest service provider.

“If you walk around and talk to (homeless) people, you realize the issue is so bad. You realize it’s a horribly painful way to live… You do it because you know there’s people that are just really suffering,” Else said about renting to the homeless.

Catholic Charities is searching for landlords like Else, who are willing to rent to homeless individuals.

It launched a new landlord incentive program to encourage more property owners to rent to Santa Rosa’s homeless, a group that has long struggled competing for housing in Sonoma County’s tight and costly rental market, said Jennielynn Holmes, the nonprofit’s senior director of shelter and housing. The problem only has worsened since last year’s wildfires, which destroyed more than 3,000 homes in Santa Rosa alone.

“We knew after the fires we were dealing with a whole new housing market,” Holmes said.

In addition to the housing shortage, low income, bad credit and an inability to pay a security deposit also can impede a homeless person’s ability to secure housing, Holmes said.

The new program aims at alleviating some of those problems, helping tenants cover their security deposits and a portion of their rent, as well as send case managers to their homes free of cost to address ongoing mental or physical health problems.

The Santa Rosa City Council set aside $534,000 of the city’s budget in June to fund the landlord incentive program for a year.

In exchange for renting to homeless people, landlords will be offered incentives such as signing bonuses ranging from $500 to $1,000 and access to a pool of money if their property is damaged or destroyed by the tenant.

“We knew we needed to see things from the landlord perspective,” Holmes said. “We asked, ‘What are things we can put in place to make it easier for them to work with our population?’’

Catholic Charities last week began recruiting landlords to participate in the program. The nonprofit used some of the city’s funding to hire five real-estate experts to recruit and inform landlords about the program, as well as deal with any maintenance issues that arise.

The landlords will enter into a lease agreement with both the tenant and Catholic Charities, which will pay the property owner the rent directly and conducts monthly inspections of the home.

Only those who are homeless in Santa Rosa are eligible to participate since the city is funding the program, though Catholic Charities will seek landlords from throughout Sonoma County, Holmes said.

A Sonoma County homeless survey published in July found 1,563 unhoused people lived in Santa Rosa’s city limits, about 52 percent of the entire homeless population in the county.

SHE RISES Women's Activist Circle of the Russian River, Nov. 11
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SHE RISES Women's Activist Circle of the Russian River, Nov. 11

SHE RISES is open to all who identify as women and wish to be engaged, motivated, inspired and supported in our individual and collective acts of resistance in response to the current political climate. We meet every SECOND SUNDAY of the month 5-6:30 p.m. in the Marshall House behind the Russian River Senior Center, 15010 Armstrong Woods Rd Guerneville.

When and where: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbed Yoga, 14016 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville

Healthy Gardens: A Balanced Approach, Nov. 10
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Healthy Gardens: A Balanced Approach, Nov. 10

This workshop combines a 45 minute presentation followed by demonstrations and displays of drip irrigation, less toxic pesticides, compost and beneficial insects. The presentation covers garden practices that are known to prevent pest problems, resources for home gardeners and using less toxic pesticides. It is conducted by a team of UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County Integrated Pest Management Specialists (SCMG IPM Specialists).

When and where: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Guerneville Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville