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A woman has been arrested in Virginia, she’s suspected of being involved in a pair of violent Santa Rosa-area home invasion robberies from February that resulted in one person being shot to death and a second person wounded. Police say 20 year old Amber Hembree is one of five people suspected on murder, robbery and kidnapping charges. U S Marshals found the woman hiding in the attic of a house in Chester, Virginia, armed with a stolen, loaded handgun. In the break-ins, people in both houses were bound and two of them were shot; one homeowner, identified as 54 year old Jose Luis Torres, was shot ten times before he died. In the other robbery, a 42 year old resident was shot in the arm. Hembree eluded police for four months.

Community members taking the Petaluma school board to task over a decision by the Petaluma High School to abruptly cut off the commencement speech by the school’s valedictorian who tried to speak about being sexually assaulted during her time at the high school. 17 year old honors student Lulabel Seitz said she was assaulted on campus by someone she knew and that she wanted to express her frustration over what she believes is a lack of action by school administrators. Her microphone was shut off four minutes into her speech. The school board’s first meeting since the graduation ceremony was held Tuesday; several people criticizing the administration’s handling of the incident.

Ukiah police chief Chris Dewey announcing he’ll retire at the end of June to take a civilian job with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office; Dewey says his last day will be June 29th. He’s set to begin a new job as a civilian managing the hiring process for the Sheriff’s office, including conducting background checks and assisting with recruiting and training new deputies and corrections officers.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah Field Office is looking for volunteers to help pick up trash, targets and spent shells at the North Cow Mountain Rifle Range this Saturday; the work will begin at 9 a.m. Field Manager Amanda James says the goal is to remove debris and keep America’s public lands beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Volunteers are needed to help remove larger abandoned trash items; the Bureau will provide gloves, tools, pickers, bags and other supplies. Because of the nature of the job, those under 18 and pregnant women will not be allowed to take part.

Tomorrow evening, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will do a controlled burn at the Coyote Valley Dam. The burn will begin around 5 pm and last until 9 pm, and is designed to help the Corps of Engineers remove vegetation from the face of the Coyote Valley Dam, which in turn will allow access and visibility for a required inspection. The burn will take place under very tight restrictions and security for the safety of firefighters as well as area residents.

A couple from Lakeport entering pleas of not guilty to charges they sold young women into prostitution. 37 year old Sam Massette and 27 year old Krystina Pickersgill are facing a number of felony charges; police also say Massette has a prior serious felony conviction for a 2002 vehicular manslaughter case in which he ran over a 16 year old during a gang fight in San Francisco. The pair will have a preliminary hearing next Wednesday; they were arrested June 5th after a two-month investigation. Police say more charges are expected.

Authorities arresting 17 people and seizing nearly twenty thousand marijuana plants with a value of more than four million dollars on Wednesday. Search warrants were served in two locations near Galt in rural Sacramento County. Police say the lengthy investigation resulted in the takedown of a large scale marijuana cultivation and trafficking organization. Thirty people were detained by law enforcement; the 17 people arrested face charges including possession of firearms during the commission of a felony along with the marijuana charges; authorities also seizing thirteen guns, at least two of which had been reported stolen.

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