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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
Stores squabble over 'Ernie's Liquors' name
Competing banners hang from the vacant barn-red building with a red-tile roof at 3871 El Camino Real in Barron Park: Longtime tenant Ernie's Wines and Liquors has moved across the street, one proclaims. But the other offers a conflicting message: "Ernie's Liquors opening shortly in this same location." The battle of the two Ernie's has begun.
[Saturday, November 13, 2010]

'Friends' seek to avert Caltrain demise
Without funding to stabilize Caltrain's operating costs, commuters could find themselves without the rail line on the Peninsula for the first time since 1864, when two trains a day carried riders between San Francisco and San Jose. That's the message a new group, Friends of Caltrain, told nearly 100 people at the Menlo Park Library Tuesday night.
[Wednesday, November 10, 2010]

Veteran settles for $250K in Palo Alto VA claim
A veteran who claimed he was blinded because of negligent medical care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System has settled with the U.S. government for $250,000, according to court records.
[Wednesday, November 10, 2010]

Domestic violence leads to kidnapping arrest
A Palo Alto man was arrested Friday after storming into a smog shop and forcibly removing and kidnapping his girlfriend, Palo Alto police said.
[Tuesday, November 9, 2010]

White roofing material spills into Matadero Creek
About 25 gallons of a white roofing material washed into Matadero Creek during Sunday's rainstorm. An investigation is under way by Palo Alto fire department and city environmental officials, Ken Torke, manager of environmental control programs, confirmed Monday.
[Monday, November 8, 2010]

Review: 'Extraordinary, Ordinary People' by Condoleezza Rice
One of the defining moments in former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's childhood came during a visit to Santa Claus when she was about 5 years old. Living in Birmingham, Ala., known as the most segregated big city in America in the 1950s and early 1960s, Rice almost didn't get a seat on Santa's lap because she is black, she wrote in her autobiography/homage to her parents, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People."
[Sunday, November 7, 2010]

Crime rate has dropped in East Palo Alto
Violent crimes have declined significantly in East Palo Alto this year, with homicides dropping by 43 percent and shootings down 51 percent, according to a statistical crime report released by the police department Friday.
[Friday, November 5, 2010]

Bicyclist killed by big-rig on Alpine Road identified
Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, was killed in unincorporated San Mateo County near Portola Valley Thursday afternoon when she was hit on her bicycle by a big-rig, the California Highway Patrol said.
[Friday, November 5, 2010]

Blanks pleads not guilty to rape, attempted murder
Lionel Blanks Jr., 36, who is accused of the rape, kidnapping and attempted murder of a woman in Palo Alto on May 22, pleaded not guilty to all charges in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose Thursday morning.
[Thursday, November 4, 2010]

Man lying down on University Avenue hit by truck
A bread truck hit a man who was lying in the middle of University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto at 2:29 a.m. Wednesday morning, police reported.
[Thursday, November 4, 2010]