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Sue Dremann

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About Sue
Sue Dremann is a veteran journalist who joined the Palo Alto Weekly in 2001. She is an award-winning breaking news and general assignment reporter who also covers the regional environmental, health and crime beats.

She has covered plane crashes, murders, police shootings and other breaking news stories. Sue has written about the Bay Area's dwindling water supply, drought, wildfires and COVID-19.

Her feature stories have included a series on families' struggles to help loved ones with severe mental illness, immigration and deportation, a man's search for his father's killer, a local Native American tribe's quest for recognition, a couple's tale of being lost in the wilderness, an investigation into the city of Palo Alto's flawed response to a 911 call and tracking a local serial killer's deadly trail.

When not working, she enjoys being with her husband, their pets. She can often be found seeking out interesting natural environments and wildflowers.
Stories by Sue
Man punched by alleged lawnmower thief
A would-be thief who was caught allegedly stealing a lawnmower from a Palo Alto gardener was arrested Thursday (May 26) after punching the victim in the stomach and fleeing the scene, a Palo Alto police spokesman said.
[Friday, May 27, 2011]

Haitian refugee in Palo Alto seeks to rebuild his country
Nineteen-year-old Haitian refugee Peterson Joseph's sunny disposition spread across his face this week as he spoke about his dreams of a college education. As he chatted in a Palo Alto church, his cheeks dimpled deeply and his eyes twinkled. But they darkened as he talked about the still-dire situation in Haiti.
[Saturday, May 28, 2011]

Bringing a new culture to hospital care
Kate Meyer wasn't given much time when her 13-year-old son, Clayton Hagy, was diagnosed in 2008 with biophenotypic leukemia. Clayton nearly blacked out in the school gym. Meyer took him to his pediatrician, expecting diabetes. But the diagnosis was dire.
[Friday, May 27, 2011]

Feature story: Delivering hope at Lucile Packard
In the 20 years since Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford opened, thousands of children have received a chance at life they might not have had if not for the care they get at the pediatric hospital. ==B Photos by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.== ==B Related stories:== ■ [ Bringing a new culture to hospital care] ■ [ Milestones at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital]
[Friday, May 27, 2011]

Doctors: Accused David Lewis killer not competent to stand trial
The accused killer of East Palo Alto community activist David Lewis is not competent to stand trial, according to two court-appointed doctors. Attorneys have also asked to transfer Gregory Leon Elarms Sr. to a state hospital for involuntary medication, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said Thursday (May 26).
[Thursday, May 26, 2011]

Historic Juana Briones House coming down
The owner of Palo Alto's oldest home, Juana Briones House, has begun deconstructing the 166-year-old structure after 13 years of lawsuits that delayed its removal. ==B Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.==
[Wednesday, May 25, 2011]

Palo Alto neighborhoods compete over trash reduction
Three neighborhood groups have thrown down the gauntlet over trash. The friendly rivalry pits the Barron Park, College Terrace and Midtown Green Teams in a "mini-can challenge," to get at least 50 percent of their residents to use the city's smaller 20-gallon trash receptacle.
[Wednesday, May 25, 2011]

Mysterious car break-ins concern residents
Cars that Palo Alto residents said were locked and have alarm systems were burglarized on Saturday, May 21, leaving some residents baffled over the mystery of how burglars got into their cars.
[Monday, May 23, 2011]

Palo Alto robber pleads guilty, gets five years
A man responsible for two brazen street robberies that terrorized Palo Alto residents beginning in September 2010 pleaded guilty to the crimes Friday (May 20) in Santa Clara County Superior Court in Palo Alto, Deputy District Attorney James Demertzis said.
[Friday, May 20, 2011]

Managing the urban forest
If a tree falls in Palo Alto's urban forest when no one is around, will anyone know? With the debut of the city's $156,894 TreeKeeper, an inventory of Palo Alto's estimated 36,000 street and park trees, the answer is, "Yes." The database, completed by contractor Davey Resource Group in April, is a tool to help arborists manage the city's beloved trees.
[Friday, May 20, 2011]