Little did he know that two Sheriff’s deputies on a routine patrol would spot him holding the pellet gun in his left hand and see it as a real AK-47. Little did he know that those deputies would call dispatch to report him as a suspicious person. Little did he know that those deputies would park their car at the intersection of Moorland Avenue and West Robles and take cover behind the doors. Little did he know that they would order him to drop the gun with their own weapons drawn, aimed to kill. Little did he know that as he turned to his right, one of the deputies would fire on him within seconds, later saying that he feared for his life. Little did Andy know that he would die on that sidewalk; the fatal shots entered through the right side of his chest and the other to his right hip, though in the end, he was shot at least seven times, once in the right buttock.
Andy Lopez was 13 years old. He played in the school band. He was popular and well loved at his school, evident in the hundreds of students and teachers that have turned out for daily protests and vigils since the killing happened on Tuesday afternoon at 3:15pm. His death has gained international attention, stirring up not only intense outrage, but a renewed call for a civilian review board, or a statewide watchdog, or some sort of independent contractor to oversee the investigation. As it stands, the Santa Rosa Police Department will conduct the investigation of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. Since 2000 in Sonoma County, not once has an officer of the law been charged with wrongdoing when a suspect has ended up dead on the ground. Will this case be any different?
A vigil on Thursday night, at the spot where Andy came to a violent end, drew hundreds. I attended with my nearly nine-month-old daughter wrapped close to me in her baby carrier. I kissed her head often and gave thanks for her warmth against me. We set zinnias and roses cut from our garden on the memorial and looked at photos of the handsome, smiling boy from Cook Middle School. People lit candles and prayed, others simply stared at the altar for hours, trying to make sense of the senseless. Aztec dancers performed on the site and conducted a prayer ritual in Spanish for the safe flight of Andy’s soul.
A contingent of middle-school kids—friends and peers of Andy—marched for at least a mile, from Roseland to Moorland, chanting “Justice for Andy” and “Fuck the Police.” They arrived at the field, at the memorial, during the prayer, led by a man who said, “Somos todos Andy Lopez” as the smell of ritual incense burned in the air and a guitar strummed softly in the background. I stood amongst them, thinking about how incredibly young they all looked, still children, just like Andy. They held signs and flowers and balloons and stayed long into the cold night, in that field, wondering how this happened, and wondering when it would happen again.
An eighth-grader who attended Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa was fatally shot in South Santa Rosa by Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon after failing to comply with deputies’ orders to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, Sheriff's deputies said.
The shooting took place at Moorland and West Robles avenues just after 3pm. Two deputies saw a male subject with what looked like an AK-47-style assault rifle. Deputies say they repeatedly ordered the 13 year-old to drop the gun. When he did not comply, deputies fired several rounds, striking him several times. Unresponsive, the boy was handcuffed before deputies requested emergency medical assistance. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The boy was identified in the Press Democrat as 13-year-old Andy Lopez. After he had been shot, deputies discovered the weapon he had been carrying was a replica. He also had a plastic handgun in the waistband of his pants, deputies said. He reportedly lived in the area with his family.
This is the third officer-involved shooting in Sonoma County this year. The investigation will be handled by the Santa Rosa and Petaluma police departments, in addition to the District Attorney’s Office.
Officials from the Santa Rosa Police Department did not immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday morning.
The attorney for the woman involved complained about the delays, suggesting the motivation might be political. Hunt denied the allegations. Carrillo’s attorney, Chris Andrian, denied political motivation and said that he’s “taking [prosecutors] at face value.”
This morning's postponement marks the third time charges have been delayed for the supervisor. Medvigy originally heard the case on July 18, and agreed to an initial postponement to Aug. 30. On Aug. 30, Judge Julie Conger allowed a postponement to today's date, Oct. 11, stating clearly, "I’m expecting a complaint to be filed at that time. No further delays, please.”
Carrillo was arrested on July 13 when a woman called 911 twice to report someone outside her home at 3:40am in Santa Rosa. Someone had tried to break into her bedroom window, and Carrillo was arrested in his underwear and socks on suspicion of burglary and prowling. Police at the time said they suspected Carrillo of attempted sexual assault. After posting bail, he reportedly checked himself into an alcohol treatment facility. Carrillo returned to the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 20 to harsh criticism from his fellow board members and the public.
The new trail will be about seven miles northwest of Sonoma and features beautiful views of the valley. It will likely be maintained by the nonprofit Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, which also operates Jack London State Park.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 25 at noon. Click right here.
Tickets to see the comedian, who went into semi-reclusion after turning down a reported $55 million offer to continue The Dave Chappelle Show, go on sale tomorrow, Sept. 21, at noon. All tickets are $55.
In the past couple years, Chappelle has made infrequent appearances at small clubs like the Independent and the New Parish in San Francisco and Oakland, with tickets usually going on sale the same day and selling out instantly. (You might also recall that last month, he shut down a heckling Hartford, CT crowd.)
Needless to say, this show will sell out very quickly.
Get your tickets here on Saturday at noon.
The Sonoma County Museum is putting its new building to good use. The former Conklin Brothers floor coverings store on the corner of Seventh and B streets in Santa Rosa is getting a makeover by three artists before it’s renovated into an art museum. Julia Davis, Carlos de Villasante and Judy Kennedy are painting the three sides of the building in graffiti style and should be finished by the end of this month, says Sonoma County Museum Executive Director Diane Evans. The paintings will remain in place through this year before they're replaced with another vision in similar style by different artists early next year.
The museum will eventually host exhibitions of international caliber in addition to selections from the museum’s existing collection, which includes an extensive group of work by Christo and Jeanne Claude. But while we wait, the museum has decided to show off the talent of local artists in a very public place.
Here's something you don't see every day, courtesy quick-thinking Bohemian reader Brian Keegan: The world-famous Coddingtown sign on the back of a truck, rolling down College Avenue.
Sentimental Santa Rosans need not worry—the sign is only temporarily down for repairs, and will be up again in about a month, spinning away.
There’s a buzz at the Barlow, and it’s not just from the press. Taylor Maid Farms Organic Coffee, one of the largest boutique roasters in the North Bay, is opening its flagship coffee bar at the new commercial complex Saturday, Aug. 24.
The roaster began in Sebastopol in 1993, when organic coffee was almost unheard of in a world where Starbucks was often the only roaster that could tell the origin of its beans. Now, it’s snobbishly hip to ask “where are your beans from?” Taylor Maid call tell you that as well as the climate, method and roasting style of their beans. And they’ll grind and brew cups to order.
The coffee bar and roaster hosts a celebration August 24, 2-5pm with munchables from Undercover Baking Agency, Cookle Take-A-Bite, East West Café and brews from Lagunitas and Revive Kombucha. There will be games, raffle prizes and a DJ spinning your favorite tunes from the 90s (here’s an early request for some Limp Bizkit, Mr. DJ). Nineties attire is encouraged. Pshh, yeah, whatever.
Taylor Maid Farms Coffee Bar & Roastery is located at 6790 McKinley Avenue, Suite 170. 707.824.9110.
It’s a clever, confident beginning to a show that just keeps getting stronger from there. Miller, tackling Shakespeare for her first time as a director, shows a knack for getting to point of each scene, and she’s edited the text to keep the action and character development flowing at a nice, emotionally involving pace.
The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final play, can be a little tricky, which is why scholars consider it one of the Bard’s problem plays. But with a first-rate cast and an able, inventive technical team, Miller and company have solved all the problems, getting straight to the heart of a play that is, after all, a fairly straightforward story: a mistreated father, stranded, on a mysterious island, struggles to create the best possible future for his daughter, and to use what powers he has to right the wrongs that have been done to him.
Actor John Craven plays the good-hearted sorcerer Prospero with a palpably wounded dignity, and a sense of deep conflict, his best intentions warring against his worst when chance brings the very people who once abandoned him within a short distance of his island. With the help of his spirit servant Ariel, played with gracefully fluid intensity by Danielle Cain, Propsero summons a storm to overturn the passing craft, shipwrecking its crew, including his power-hungry brother Antonio, played with amiable menace by Peter Downey.
Also washed ashore are King Alonso of Naples, his dangerous brother Sebastian, Alonso’s son Frederick, and an assortment of nobles and sassy servants, who all end up in different parts of the island, each with their own part to play as Prospero and Ariel alternately enchant and confound the unknowing castaways.
Adding some additional drama is the monster Caliban, The Tempest’s most fascinating character. Played brilliantly by Keith Baker with a fused sense of scariness and heartbreak, Caliban—who lived on the island before Prospero—hopes to use the newcomers in his plan to overthrow Prospero.
Prospero’s own revenge plot turns softer when his daughter Miranda, played with wide-eyed innocence by Rachel Quintana, ends up falling in love, at first sight, with King Alonso’s son Frederick, played with a kind of swashbuckling innocence of his own by Jimmy Gagarin.
The supporting cast is strong, with great comic turns by Eric Thompson and James Pelican as a pair of drunken servants who form an unlikely alliance with Caliban.
The set by David Lear is a stunner, and the sound design by Doug Faxon brings an additional element of magic and mystery to the tale.
In the interest of full disclosure, my son Andy Templeton appears in the show as well, as the young, wonderstruck nobleman Adrian, and of course, Sheri Lee Miller is a frequent and favorite collaborator. She will, in fact, be directing my next play.
Taking that as it may, this Tempest is without question a powerful, eye-popping, relentlessly entertaining show, a deeply satisfying journey to a magical world that, for all its spirits and sprites and monsters, is fully and open-heartedly human.
‘The Tempest’ runs Thursday-Sunday July 12-28 at Ives Park. 154 Jewell Ave., Sebastopol. Thurs.-Sat. at 7pm. $7-$20. 707.823.0177.