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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
Admitted rapist of woman, 94, gets 17 years
The long wait for the imprisonment of a man who in 2002 raped and beat a 94-year-old Palo Alto woman came to an end on Thursday (Jan. 6) with a 17-year sentence. The victim, called "Jane Doe" in court papers, has since died.
[Thursday, January 6, 2011]

Police arrest Palo Alto street-robbery suspect Villivuni Fono
A 21-year-old East Palo Alto man has been arrested in connection with a string of violent street robberies in Palo Alto dating back to Sept. 20, 2010. Villivuni Fono was arrested for two of the robberies and is a person of interest in one other case, according to police. He is the third suspect who has been arrested in connection with the robberies.
[Thursday, January 6, 2011]

Police handling of Schipsi murder challenged
Palo Alto police forgot to call the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office and delayed examination of murder victim Jennifer Schipsi's body for 18 hours, a Santa Clara County forensic pathologist admitted Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 4). ==B Related stories:== ■ [ Zumot-trial attorneys clash over arson evidence] ■ [ Cell phone takes center stage at Zumot trial] ■ [ Boyfriend arrested in Palo Alto death of Jennifer Marie Schipsi]
[Wednesday, January 5, 2011]

Palo Alto receives $1.5M grant for California Ave.
Plans to spruce up Palo Alto's California Avenue retail shopping district got a boost after the city received a coveted $1.5 million VTA Community Design and Transportation grant.
[Tuesday, January 4, 2011]

'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]