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Sue Dremann

Staff Writer, Palo Alto Weekly /

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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
'Crude' bombs explode at Palo Alto home
Two chemical bombs exploding in front of a Palo Alto home on the 700 block of De Soto Drive woke residents at 12:57 a.m. Friday (Dec. 31) morning.
[Saturday, January 1, 2011]

Police hunt for crash victims near Foothills Park
Palo Alto police searched for nearly two hours using dogs and a helicopter for the occupants of a vehicle that crashed into a 50-foot ravine near Foothills Park on Thursday night (Dec. 30).
[Friday, December 31, 2010]

'Project WaterWell' seeks funding for Swim Center
A paralyzed Menlo Park man and his wife who have benefited from water-based therapy at Abilities United's Betty Wright Swim Center in Palo Alto have started a fundraising campaign to help refurbish the aging facility.
[Friday, December 31, 2010]

Paralyzed patients walk again at Palo Alto swim center
After nine grueling years of therapy, dashed hopes and incremental progress, Amber Mickel was able to use a walker -- a bit. But she couldn't run and play with other kids, her grandmother, Sally Mickel, recalled. ==B Related stories:== ■ [ 'Project WaterWell' seeks funding for Swim Center]
[Friday, December 31, 2010]

East Palo Alto crime, homicide rates plummet
If the New Year will bring anything positive after 12 months of economic decline, at least in East Palo Alto the crime and homicide rates are in free-fall, police are reporting.
[Wednesday, December 29, 2010]

Business-tax scofflaws to pay new fee
As if the economy isn't bad enough, more than 90,000 California businesses owing back taxes could be assessed a fee on past-due amounts beginning in 2011, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced Monday (Dec. 27).
[Tuesday, December 28, 2010]

Foothill-crash couple remain in critical condition
A man and woman in their late 70s remained in critical condition at Stanford Hospital Tuesday (Dec. 28) after their vehicle crashed into a tree along Foothill Expressway Monday morning. The crash was reported at 10:27 a.m., approximately 100 feet south of Page Mill Road in Palo Alto and caused the closure of southbound lanes on Foothill.
[Monday, December 27, 2010]

InnVision seeks $125,000 to help homeless
InnVision, the San Jose-based nonprofit organization that provides housing, medical, food and clothing assistance to Palo Alto's homeless population, is asking for $125,000 in donations to meet its $500,000 goal by Jan. 15, 2011.
[Monday, December 27, 2010]

Gregory Elarms, alleged killer of David Lewis, could face death
Gregory Elarms, the longtime friend accused of murdering East Palo Alto community activist David Lewis, could face the death penalty, Steve Wagstaffe, incoming San Mateo County district attorney, said Tuesday. Elarms, 58, was arrested Sunday by San Mateo police for the June 9 shooting death of Lewis in the parking garage at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. ==B Related material:== ■ [ David Lewis allegedly killed by longtime friend] ■ [§ion_id=1 Video from press conference] ■ [ David Lewis: The impact of a singular man]
[Tuesday, December 21, 2010]

Palo Altan Alfred Pepper to receive French war decoration
Palo Alto resident Alfred Pepper has been a man of few words all of his life. The 96-year-old World War II veteran spoke little about his war experiences on two continents, according to his daughter, Jan Pepper.
[Friday, December 17, 2010]