Wayne Freedman, ABC7 News

Wayne Freedman

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Recent articles by Wayne:

'We're a lot like anyone else': Joe Rodota Trail homeless open up about Sonoma County's plan for new shelter

"We're not that bad. We're from all walks of the world. Just need a place to be." Those living on the Joe Rodota Trail open up about Sonoma County's new plan to move many of them to a shelter 10 miles out of town. → Read More

Community reacts to deadly avalanche at Alpine Meadows Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

'SADNESS AND SHOCK': The ski community is reacting to a horrific tragedy Friday in Alpine Meadows - An avalanche that killed one man and seriously injured another. → Read More

Storm brings heavy rain, flooding, even snow to Bay Area

The rain came down hard on Thursday in the Bay Area. Snow was even spotted in the area, along with strong winds. → Read More

Sonoma County purchases 2 properties to house homeless encamped along Joe Rodata Trail

After three weeks of proposals, discussions, investigations and debate, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors made a decision about how and where to house more than 200 homeless people encamped on the Joe Rodata Trail. → Read More

Financial fate of wildfire victims in long-term limbo with FEMA, PG&E at odds

After the Tubbs Fire, FEMA earned a reputation as a hero. "Now, they're a zero," said fire victim Mike Williams. Here's why. → Read More

Santa Rosa residents raise concern about homeless housing in their neighborhoods

"I feel the county is not handling this property and dumping this issue on us without transparency," Sonoma Co. residents and officials weigh in on the county's plan to house the homeless living on Joe Rodota Trail encampment. → Read More

Suspect's identity released in Sonoma abduction, sexual assault of teen who was walking to school

49-year-old Jesse Leon Granado-Lopez of Sonoma was arrested in connection with the abduction and sexual assault yesterday of a 14-year-old Sonoma girl as she walked to school. → Read More

New volunteer service aims to clean up homeless encampment along popular Santa Rosa trail

Volunteers in Sonoma County are hoping a new service will help address the homeless encampment along the Joe Rodota Trail which has become a problem for those who live nearby. → Read More

Residents demand action after propane tank explodes at Santa Rosa homeless camp

"I don't feel safe. My wife doesn't feel safe. I have three kids. They can't play here." Residents are demanding action after a propane explosion sparked a fire at a homeless camp in Santa Rosa. → Read More

Raiders fans gather outside Alameda headquarters as team clears out lockers for last time

As the Oakland Raiders cleared out their lockers and left the team's Alameda headquarters once and for all, die-hard fans gathered outside to say goodbye. → Read More

Sonoma Sheriff releases video of deadly arrest

"When a deputy or one of our employees steps out of line with our code of conduct, I am going to hold them accountable." A Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy has been fired after the sheriff reviewed body cam video of an incident where the deputy used a controversial neck restraint on a man after a chase. → Read More

Most popular pet names 2019: Where does your pet's name rank?

An internet site named Rover.com published a list of our most popular pet names. → Read More

Sausalito mudslide victim still in limbo ten months after disaster

The eyesore that, for months had been debris from Sausalito's Valentine's Day Mudslide is finally cleared away. But ten months later, victims like Caryn Sachs have yet to find peace. → Read More

Sonoma County declares homeless emergency along popular public trail

"You know we have a shanty-town. Basically a Hooverville along a public trail." Sonoma County officials have now declared a homeless emergency for an encampment along a popular Santa Rosa trail. → Read More

ABC7 and Disney donates $15,000 to Santa Rosa's Redwood Empire Food Bank

Tis' the season for giving! ABC7 News and Disney donated $15,000 to Santa Rosa's Redwood Empire Food Bank to support the local communities in need. → Read More

Mixed emotions for survivors two years after North Bay firestorm

REBUILDING: It's a hard sight to see - all the rubble that was once a home, a neighborhood, a memory - still in heaps 2 years after the deadly North Bay firestorm. For some, this is representative of their lives, post-fire devastation. → Read More

Gate style helping Muni deal with fare evaders

System-wide, Muni loses seven percent to fare evasion, roughly $17-million a year in revenue. But on the light rail system, they believe they're doing better because of these gates. → Read More

Power back on in Sonoma, Napa County after shut off to prevent wildfires

In Western Calistoga, PG&E did turn the power off Wednesday morning, as it warned it would in a move to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires. → Read More

North Bay residents stock up before possible power shut off

Three North Bay cities have opened cooling centers because of the hot temperatures-- and they'll be open again Wednesday in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Windsor. → Read More

Power stays on in North Bay; PG&E evaluating for tomorrow

PG&E will not issue planned power outages in Lake, Napa, and Sonoma counties this afternoon due to the risk of high fire danger. → Read More