Mendocino County DA Vroman Dies
Norm Vroman was Mendocino District Attorney in September of 2001. There were forest fires raging in remote areas of Northern California. Near the beginning of the month a speed lab ran into difficulties and the cooks decided to torch the trailer that the lab was in.
A fire resulted. A fire tanker subsequently crashed killing the crew. I was in the Ft Bragg Police Department filing an informal complaint regarding the absurd harrasment that was occuring.
The smoke was so bad I went to Dover, Delaware where I was when 9-11 occurred.
DA Vroman Dies
By BEN BROWN The Daily Journal
District Attorney Norman Vroman died Thursday afternoon at a Santa Rosa hospital of complications due to a heart attack.
The 69-year-old Vroman was rushed to Sutter Valley Memorial Hospital by helicopter Tuesday morning, after suffering a heart attack at his home.
His condition was described as critical by hospital staff on Tuesday when he was admitted to the intensive care unit, where he died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Assistant District Attorney Keith Faulder said Tuesday that he would be taking over the duties of district attorney in the interim.
At the courthouse, the business of the court continued Thursday afternoon, although a sign on the door of the District Attorney's Office stated that the office was closed Thursday and would reopen during normal hours Friday.
A two-term district attorney, Vroman also worked as an assistant district attorney, a public defender, a police officer and a judge in a career that spanned more than 40 years.
Vroman was known for his "open door" policy at the District Attorney's Office and also for his political stances, which were sometimes outside the mainstream.
Vroman was the first district attorney to organize a program whereby medical marijuana users were issued