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It’s been nine months since the October fire storm and in Sonoma County there are still folks waiting on line to get food from a food bank. The Press Democrat reports Redwood Empire Food Bank is still running its Station 3990 program which is held a dozen times a week in seven cities since last October. They’ve distributed at least $4 million in food to as many as 28,000 households and 110,000 individuals. But folks are still showing up and there’s been an uptick in demand. They started out only distributing food right after the fires to 1,200 households a week. Now they say at least 500 households are there weekly looking for help.

A major meeting of folks across Mendocino County to talk about homelessness. The Health and Human Services Agency’s Housing Options for Mendocino (HOMe) Team, working with the Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care (MCHSCoC) had a consultant come in to work with the local community and service providers, law enforcement agencies and government leaders from Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg. They came up with a plan to respond to a report from March on homelessness in the county. They used that as a template in their three hour meeting July 2nd where they talked about keeping the public informed and working collaboratively. Their new plan will address the root causes of homelessness; use data that has common definitions and language; education; use various approaches and minimize how it effects the community among other ideas.

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A man found guilty of murdering another man in Fort Bragg on Christmas a few years ago will spend his life behind bars. The D-A reports Caleb Silver is going to prison for nearly 34 years for killing Denis Boardman. The life sentence handed down last week for multiple crimes, including the murder charge. Silver was requesting a new trial, but the D-A opposed it and the court also denied it. The victim’s daughter spoke at the sentencing and Silver addressed the court too saying he was sorry that the real killer was still out there, denying it was him.

Two men in Little River have been arrested for a burglary. Last Wednesday Mendocino deputies got a call to a burglary in progress, someone apparently interrupted the suspects who took off. Deputies went to reports of the car that had been at the burglary traveling on Comptche-Ukiah Road headed to North Highway 1 and stopped the car, finding Bo Eder and Elijah Swithenbank. The two were arrested after being found with items that had been stolen from the residence and burglary tools. Deputies also found more items along the road from the house. The resident of the home had died. The two arrested on several crimes including burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit a crime.

A winter feeding ground is being built on the Ten Mile River north of Fort Bragg. The Nature Conservancy is building the feeding ground on part of the Smith Ranch which granted the group a conservation easement a few years ago. The conservancy separated the creek from grazing cattle and since then it’s bolstered the habitat for juvenile fish. They’re trying to create winter habitat using traps they check daily to see if fish are migrating and what their condition is like.

A woman at Trinidad Beach has been bitten by a small shark. An ambulance called to the scene over the weekend after a woman in knee deep water was bitten. A picture of the tiny shark is posted on the Red Headed Blackbelt news site. The woman had a minor injury.

A fire’s been put out along the railroad tracks in Ukiah but not before it damaged medical storage units. The fire Saturday close to the Adventist Health medical facilities on Hospital Drive said to be suspicious. The Ukiah Valley Fire Facebook page noted the fire was reported around 2:34 p.m. next to the railroad tracks between the medical property and Mason Street. Since it was windy out the flames expanded and several storage facilities were lost, but the fire never reached inside the facility.

The County Fire’s been 100% contained finally. The fire which charred more than 140 square miles in Yolo and Napa counties was surrounded by Saturday evening after burning for more than two weeks. It started June 30th near Guinda. Just under 90,300 acres burned along with 20 structures. Three others were damaged. Last week Cal Fire reported an improperly installed electric livestock fence started the fire which was the biggest in the state so far this year.

U-S Senator Diane Feinstein may have gotten more votes in the primary then her closest rival, State Senator Kevin de Leon, but the California Democratic Party is supporting him, not her. The party’s executive board saying no to Feinstein asking it to stay neutral. But De Leon working to get party activists behind him as a new contender with new ideas, to fight President Trump’s agenda. 217 delegates supported de Leon this weekend and only 22 got behind Feinstein. 94 voted for no endorsement.

A firefighter’s been killed in Yosemite National Park as he worked to prevent a wildfire from spreading. 36 year old Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney killed Saturday as he worked on the fire near the west end of the park and the Sierra National Forest. He worked overnight after the fire started Friday on a bulldozer, cutting a firebreak to stop the fire from heading to a nearby community. No word on exactly what happened, except that the bulldozer rolled. He had been with CalFire for a decade. His father was also a CalFire heavy equipment operator.

The Mendocino County Clerk says the third place candidate in the 5th District Supervisor race will not be in the November run-off. Susan Ranochak says only the death of one of the top two vote getters would qualify the third place winner a spot on the ballot. This after second place candidate Chris Skyhawk decided to withdraw from the race because of a serious stroke about three weeks ago. It was supposed to be Ted Williams, the top vote getter, against Skyhawk. David Roderick was third. So Skyhawk’s name will still appear on the ballot in November.

The California State Controller has been injured in a suspected impaired driving incident. The CHP reports Betty Yee was injured last Friday afternoon after someone high on marijuana crashed into her and her husband who were in an unmarked state vehicle driven by a CHP officer. They were all stopped when they got rear-ended. The driver, 25 year old Aaron Ba Sean George received major injuries in the crash and was suspected to be driving under the influence of marijuana. Yee and her husband were both injured and taken to a hospital, but their driver was not hurt.

More hours at the DMV after too many complaints about long wait times. So the California Department of Motor Vehicles may have to go in front of a legislative committee on the matter. The DMV announcing it was expanding Saturday hours and they’ll be opening an hour early on weekdays too because of the new Federal REAL ID requirement, a new queuing system and a new license and ID application. Some Assembly members requesting a Joint Legislative Audit Committee audit on the wait times after they were tipped off by constituents about , quote “unacceptably long wait times, inaccurate information, and disorganization at branch offices.”

A sudden drop in altitude on a Chinese airline after the co-pilot starts up an e-cigarette in the cockpit. The Air China flight suddenly drops nearly 20,000 feet after the co-pilot accidentally turned off the plane’s air conditioning system. Apparently the co-pilot didn’t tell the pilot and tried to turn off some air recycling fans so the vapor didn’t spread into the passenger cabin, but he hit the wrong switch which led to a drop in oxygen levels. 153 passengers and nine crew members were aboard. They did however land safely last Thursday.

LAUV – I LIKE ME BETTER
ANNE-MARIE & MARSHMELLO – FRIENDS
BAZZI – MINE
TAYLOR SWIFT – DELICATE
ARIANA GRANDE – NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY
MAROON 5 – GIRLS LIKE YOU
FOSTER THE PEOPLE – SIT NEXT TO ME
HALSEY – ALONE
KHALID & NORMANI – LOVE LIES
CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA – ONE KISS
DRAKE – NICE FOR WHAT
SELENA GOMEZ – BACK TO YOU
BACKSTREET BOYS – DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – YOUNGBLOOD
CARDI B – I LIKE IT
POST MALONE – BETTER NOW
ALESSIA CARA – GROWING PAINS
KYGO – REMIND ME TO FORGET
BIG BOI – ALL NIGHT
MADISON BEER – HOME WITH YOU
BRYCE VINE – DREW BERRYMORE
NF – LIE
JENNIFER LOPEZ – DINERO
MEGHAN TRAINOR – LET YOU BE RIGHT
NICKI MINAJ – BED
DENNIS LLOYD – NEVERMIND
BEBE REXHA – I’M A MESS
NOAH CYRUS & MAX – TEAM
JULIA MICHAELS – JUMP
SABRINA CARPENTER – ALMOST LOVE
TIESTO & DZEKO – JACKIE CHAN
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – SOULMATE

Unanimous for a new police chief in Clearlake. The City Manager has been directed to officially hire Andrew White after the vote to execute the proposed employment contract. White has been a commander at the Suisun City Police Department in Solano County, working for 16 years in law enforcement with experience as a police academy instructor and in various other departments. The last chief retired last December after an injury. There was an acting chief since then. There were about 20 applications for the job with the top candidates being interviewed by a panel of community members, representatives from the Clearlake Police Officers Association and chiefs of similar sized communities.

The two largest fires in Northern Calif. right now are nearly contained. Lake Co News reports the County fire, in Napa and Yolo counties, and the Klamathon fire in Siskiyou County have charred more than 126,000 acres the last two weeks. The County Fire’s burned just under 90,300 acres and is 95-percent contained and should be totally surrounded Sunday. The fire burned 20 structures and damaged three more and has been burning since June 30th when it started near Guinda in Yolo County. It also burned into Napa county after starting by an improperly installed electric fencing unit. The Klamathon fire started July 5th and has burned 36,500 acres near Hornbrook, killing one person and injuring 3 firefighters. It’s currently 80% contained.

There may soon be fire watch cameras popping up in Sonoma County. The Board of Supervisors are thinking about installing the cameras to find wildfires early and quickly send resources. There are fire watch cameras on top of Bald Mountain which saw the County Fire. which has burned more than 90,000 acres. One idea is to put cameras around Santa Rosa. They could be hoisted up on top of existing towers with the first ones to go up by Lake Sonoma since there are more than 600,000 people in the North Bay who get their drinking water from it. The cost is pegged at about $475,000. County supervisors will take up the matter again next month.

A pipe bomb has been detonated at Monte Rio Beach. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the live bomb was disarmed Saturday morning after it was found under the Monte Rio Bridge. The bridge was closed and surrounding area evacuated. Then the bomb squad came and took care of the device and the beach was reopened. The beach is the biggest public beach on the lower Russian River, east of the Monte Rio Bridge and known locally as Big Rocky Beach.

More than 70 permits have been distributed to fire survivors after the Redwood Complex fires last year. The Daily Journal reports Mendocino County issuing 73 permits and another 23 to follow for rebuilding destroyed and damaged properties. This in an update to the Board of Supervisors from the Planning and Building Services Dept. and the Health and Human Services Dept. regarding the over-excavation on some of the land. There was also a report that some properties had debris left behind by U.S. Army Corps contractors. Problems with the rebuilds of some damaged private roads, leaving residents who use them in limbo. The County is also releasing their Project Plan for 2018-2019 for public comment showing which projects are getting priority and what grants will be applied for and where the money for recovery projects will be spent, plus how to better respond in future disasters.

Fort Bragg has 90 days to transition from at large to district based council member elections. The City Council voted on Monday for the resolution showing they intend to make the change, giving three months to make the change, and during that time, the city cannot be sued. It comes after a local lawyer told the city he thought the city’s at-large election process may be against the Calif. Voting Rights Act of 2001. So the city then had 45 days to respond. So the city moved to make the transition within that 45 day deadline and cannot be sued. And with that, as part of state law, anyone who sues can only recover up to $30,000.

A small shed has burned in Ukiah, sending smoke into the sky. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority responded to the call on Luce Ave for a fully-involved structure and says there was more smoke than flames, nobody home at the time the fire broke out, and say it looked like the fire started outside. No word if the fire was set or an accident, and they’re looking into that. Fire officials say it looks like the home nearby was under renovation, with tools, bicycles and wires. The shed reportedly damaged but not destroyed and the fire was contained in the shed and a little bit of a grassy area.

It’s a no for speed bumps on South Orchard. The Traffic Engineering Committee in Ukiah denied the request from a resident, but says they’ll come up with other potential solutions. The Daily Journal reports the Public Works Director reported to the committee that requests for “No Parking” zones by the new Costco were not contested so city staff is recommended they go in one between Walmart and the Furniture Design Center and the other between Ken Fowler Auto and Costco. And bike lanes to be installed along Washington Avenue between South State and South Dora streets means there has to be an option for residents to keep parking on the street. The City Council will take up that matter next.

The Lake County Grand Jury says there’s work to be done during emergencies, saying the Lake County Community Development Department didn’t help the public much after many of the most devastating wildfires going all the way back to 2015. This is the final report from the jury after they investigated a complaint saying there was poor management and inspection procedures in the county’s community development department. The report did give kudos however to the Clearlake and Lakeport City building and planning departments saying the county could learn from those departments.

Staffers in Lake County get to work on the Cannabis Business Tax after the Board of Supervisors gets an update. There will now be an add on to the county ordinance so the county can take in revenue from the sale of cannabis. That would cover cultivating, dispensing, producing, processing, preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing medical cannabis or medical cannabis products by commercial cannabis businesses. The county counsel also told the board there should be a new position for a Tax Administrator who could oversee a new administrative program to make sure the taxes are collected. There are all sorts of rules that go with the new tax too and potential fines for those who don’t pay.

A new rule in California for state utility companies, including PG&E, so they have to tell their customers if there’s going to be a power line offline to prevent fires. This after state utility regulators unanimously voted on the new regulations for power companies who de-energize lines during extreme weather. The companies have to try to reach each person who is a customer before they shut down a power grid. The California Public Utilities Commission says this will be helpful during emergencies so electricity’s not flowing, which could be unsafe, but they say it has to be done with quote, great thought and with consideration of customers.

The state attorney general being sued because scores of gun owners were unable to register their recently banned weapons in California’s system. There was a deadline of June 30th for online reporting but apparently the system continued to crash, so now several gun advocacy groups are suing the Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The gun owners with Bottom of Form

bullet-button assault weapons couldn’t make the deadline. In 2016 bullet buttons were banned by the state because they were used in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino. It then became a crime to own a unregistered assault weapon in the state. The lawsuit says the Department of Justice got calls for help with registration but didn’t respond by the deadline and told callers there was nothing they could do.

The alleged East Bay Rapist in court with many of the victims after a judge unsealed warrants showing what led to police arresting the man now in custody. Joseph James DeAngelo, a father of three arrested in April in Citrus Heights connected thru a unique DNA match, in a Sacramento courtroom yesterday. He’s due for court again in September. Several victims or family members were also in court yesterday. The former cop, DeAngelo has been connected by detectives to some of the crimes. The East Bay Rapist suspected of killing at least 12 people in four counties and raping more than 50 others. He faces another 10 murder charges in Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

A man charged in the murder of two children found in a storage unit in Redding and for the torture of another child is going to prison. Gonzalo Curiel got two life terms without the possibility of parole for the 2015 murders. He also got another life sentence for the torture of the children’s sister. The children had been in the care of Curiel and his partner, Tami Huntsman at the time. He can seek parole in 2040, when he will be 42 years old. That’s only because he was a minor when the crimes were committed. He was convicted for the murders of 7 year old Shaun Tara and his 3 year old sister, Delylah. And for torturing the other child known only as Jane Doe who’s now 12. There were several other charges against Curiel too. Curiel and Huntsman were arrested in December of 2015 after it was found they left the dead children in a bin in the Redding storage unit. They were being cared for after their mom was killed in a car accident. Their dad was in jail.

A man in a crash near Big Lagoon with one person in the hospital with major injuries. The CHP says Jeffrey Holiman of Portland, OR, stopped on the shoulder of the northbound 101 to get a surfboard that fell out of his pickup, when another car, driven by Claude Grey of Coquille, OR slowed as he saw Holiman, but then thinking Holiman was about to run back to the right shoulder of the highway, he steered away from him, but accidentally hit him. Holiman rolled onto his hood and hit his windshield. He had major injuries and was taken to a hospital with his son who was waiting in the pickup. He was not injured, nor was Grey.

The body found in Cache Creek in Lower Lake has been identified. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the remains found Sunday were of 18 year old Noe Figueroa of Southern California. Detectives investigating the death say Figueroa came to the Ukiah area to visit family recently and went back to Lower Lake where he was staying. They say he drowned, but they’ve ordered a toxicology report which could take weeks to get the results from. They’re reaching out to the public now to see if anyone knew what Figueroa was up to while in town from July 1st-8th or if they might know where he had been living before his family visit.

In Sonoma County a couple of wildfire survivors with local officials are calling on state legislators to stop the work on changing laws that say how public utilities will be liable for fire damage to private property. The Press Democrat reports the survivors and elected supervisors from three counties and a local government advocate had a public statement in Larkfield against the legislative effort led by the Gov. regarding how the $10 billion in damages from the October wildfires will be covered. PG&E has been fingered as the culprit for some of the fires due to equipment issues. But the utility company’s been lobbying lawmakers, the newspaper reports, for relief from inverse condemnation, which means they have to pay for private property damage.

A woman from El Granada has been arrested for lighting several hundred hay bales on fire. The San Mateo prosecutor’s office says Monica Berlin said it was about the zombie apocalypse. 1,600 hay bales lit up June 26th and July 3rd. They say she told a neighbor it was to prevent a cult from committing a massacre. She was busted on Highway 92 last Friday going 100 miles an hour. They caught up to her in Atherton. She live-streamed the whole thing on Facebook saying she was “covering up a criminal conspiracy with the police department, and now they’re all chasing me, and it’s so scary.” She’s due in court on arson charges and more July 19th and was being held in San Mateo County jail on $100,000 bail.

California greenhouse gas emissions are way down, meeting a target years ahead of schedule. The Press Democrat reports on the Calif. Air Resources Board announcement that levels were down 13 percent, lower than 1990 levels. Levels had peaked in 2004, according to the board, while the economy grew by 26 percent that year. Greenhouse gas emissions were off 2.7 percent in 2016, just under the 431 million metric tons produced in 1990. It’s also the target level by 2020, that emissions return to 1990 levels and get to 40 percent below it by 2030.

A new report says Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t say her husband had some shares in Facebook prior to when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate in April. Sludge, a new investigative journalism group reporting Feinstein didn’t say her husband, Richard Blum, a wealthy investment banker, had $100,000 to $250,000 of Facebook shares. But her office says the Senator doesn’t discuss her husband’s financial transactions with him, saying she has no ownership or control over it.

Could be windy and wet with the remnants of a monsoon that first hit Phoenix earlier this week. The storm included powerful dust clouds too. It might impact Lake County today with a slight chance of rain in the North Bay and East Bay this afternoon thru tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service says the “monsoon moisture” is headed north from Arizona into Central and Northern California after it pounded Phoenix, AZ with 70 mph winds, heavy rain and dust storms.

A little higher voter turnout for the latest primary election. The Record Bee reports for the first time in a decade mid-term primary voting was up, at 37%. The Secretary of State’s office still has a couple days to finalize the tally. The newspaper reports this year’s participation was a ten-year high for midterm primaries. The California Secretary of State’s Office showed Lake County’s turnout still lower than neighboring counties with almost 25 percent, but it was just under 42% in Glenn and 43 percent in Colusa County.

In one of the first courtroom showdowns on California’s Sanctuary State Law, the state didn’t show up to court. The lawsuit, “City of Huntington Beach v. The State of California”. In court this week, the judge still went ahead and set dates and deadlines in the challenge against the state sanctuary law known as the California Values Act, filed in Huntington Beach by the City Attorney. City Atty. Michael Gates claiming the law is unconstitutional interfering with the city’s charter authority to enforce local laws and regulations, including the operation of the police department. The state has filed a motion for delay until a federal lawsuit on the matter is resolved.

It’s unanimous, the Fort Bragg City Council says yes to apply for a Department of Transportation BUILD Grant for repairs to the Skunk Train tunnel and tracks. The city looking to fix the line so it can carry freight and run commuter trains and have the tourist route reopened. They’ve not come up with the amount they want exactly, but it’s supposed to be in the neighborhood of $5 to $6 million dollars.

City leaders in Fort Bragg all voted yes to endorse the a recent homelessness report. The City Council voted unanimously on the Homelessness Needs Assessment and Action Steps for Mendocino County. A contractor prepared the report for the county, focusing on Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg and surrounding areas after interviewing various stakeholders and individuals impacted by homelessness. For Fort Bragg, the report had lower numbers on homelessness than many expected. There were more than two dozen action steps in the county report. The Fort Bragg city manager says they’ll participate in the process.

No longer a record holder… a man in India known for having the longest fingernails on one hand has finally cut them. Shridhar Chillal, of Pune didn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952. He kept them since he was only 14 and a teacher scolded him for breaking a nail. So he decided to see how long he could go. The now 82 year old says his 29 foot long, 10 inch nails were cut by a doctor and are in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium in Times Square, NY.

​A man on a tractor crashes on the 101 and rolls, bashing into a car. The CHP says Donald Lind of Fort Bragg was on the tractor on the northbound side of the highway north of Bell Springs Road when for some reason he overturned on a curve, his cab crashed into a female driver from Oregon, then a load of logs fell off the tractor, spilling across all lanes of the highway which had to be shut down on and off for about four hours, so the scene could be cleaned. Lind was airlifted to a hospital in Redding with suspected serious injuries. No word if the female driver was injured.

A cause for the massive County Fire has been determined. Cal Fire says it looks like an improperly installed electric livestock fence ignited the 90,000 acre fire, the biggest one burning in the state right now. It’s burning in Napa and Yolo counties and is currently 86% contained. The fire’s been burning nearly 2 weeks after starting on Highway 16 in the community of Guinda. The fire’s taken down 20 structures and damaged three. No word from Cal Fire who installed the fence or where it was exactly. But the person responsible has been cited. The Cal Fire Battalion Chief says they’re fighting quote, “islands” of fire inside the northern part of the fire. The fire could grow as tomorrow’s forecast calls for triple digit heat and low humidity.

Updates from the Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen’s Oversight Committee. The Sheriff at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday saying the committee is deciding on where the new mental health facility will be. One idea is to put it in the old Howard Hospital location in Willits, but there’s been some concern from residents there. The Sheriff asking the board to reach out to their constituents on the idea. He also spoke on the second report on mental health from a consultant. The committee has all cities in the county on an email list keeping them up to date. The Sheriff also requested the board give the committee answers as they need them to speed the process along.

A man from Hopland has been injured after a solo car crash into a tree. The CHP reports the man hit a tree along Highway 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg. The patrol says the 49 year old man was in a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pick-up going east on the Hwy west of James Creek last Saturday about halfway between Fort Bragg and Willits and apparently fell asleep, hitting the tree. He was taken to a hospital in Santa Rosa with major injuries, but the patrol says he had on his seatbelt and they don’t suspect drugs or alcohol to be factors in the accident.

A north coast legislator speaking out after the Governor sets millions aside in his latest budget for offices to work on taking down black market marijuana gardens, but none of the offices would be on the North Coast where most of the illegal grows are on the North Coast. Then the legislature says no to the funding anyway. Something Assemblyman Jim Wood says he’s frustrated about. The Times Standard newspaper reports Wood requested start up funding to slow the amount of money from Prop 64 money to support smaller cannabis businesses that may not be able to comply with all the new rules. Wood also said in his statement to the paper that the Governor has not made legal cannabis a prioritu.

The City of Willits is surveying residents about a non-motorized biking or walking trail across from the North Coast Railroad Authority Tracks by Monday. The city looking to get feedback on the 1.6 mile path to run between East Commercial Street and East Hill Road. The city’s been trying to get the path funded for years. It was planned by the county with the city trying to get money in 2015 and 17 with no luck. The survey has had hundreds of responses so far. Then the city will do an urban review and put together a design idea as soon as 2019. It could be done in about a year and a half, by 2020.

FEMA has given the go-ahead to the Calif. Office of Emergency Services to repair a road damaged by the 2017 winter storms. The government will put $1.2 million forward to fix Redwood Road in Napa County. The FEMA administrator for the region says the funding will help the county recover after the severe storms and ensuing flooding and mudslides. The area declared a major disaster by the President so money is available to fix public infrastructure after the storms using FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

Firefighters working hard to finally get the County Fire in Napa and Yolo counties surrounded. And they’ve also almost got the Spring 2 fire, which started Monday in the Pawnee Trail north of the Spring Valley Lakes subdivision surrounded, it’s 80 acres and 80% contained. And the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County is not moving forward much more after burning 36,500 acres, it’s 55% contained. The County Fire’s the largest of the fires burning in Calif. at the moment, burning almost 90,300 acres and 83% contained as of last night. It’s destroyed 20 structures. The Klamathon fire killed on person.

A man in Clearlake has been arrested for threatening text messages sent to random people. Police say Donald Steele also resisted arrest while in possession of a billy club. The man arrested yesterday after reports of criminal threats. Police say several people got the violent text messages and reported to police someone named Don had sent them. They went to Steele’s home but say he wouldn’t come outside so officers were going to leave, but then he came out with a wooden billy club and another homemade weapon with two saw blades attached to a long wooden handle. They say he wouldn’t drop it, but after some time they tackled him as he resisted, they finally took him down. He’s booked on being in possession of an illegal weapon, resisting arrest, and annoying phone calls/text messages.

A new grant for the city of Clearlake so the city can clean up blighted properties. The city applying for the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Site Cleanup Grant for just over $214,000 through CalRecycle. The grants go to cities where whoever’s responsible for the blighted property refuses or cannot clean up themselves. After the properties are cleared, they have a lien put on them for the cost of the cleanup, then CalRecycle is reimbursed from sale proceeds.

A man shot along with his dad in Willits a week ago has died. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports 30 year old Miguel Ramirez of Covelo died at a hospital where he was taken after the shooting last week. His dad Calixto was killed the day of the shooting and his other son, 23 year old Ubaldo is being held in connection to the shootings last Tuesday on the 101 south of Golden Rule. Ubaldo’s been

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jail since the shooting and was being held without bail.

The County Fire now 80% contained after burning nearly 90,300 acres in Napa and Yolo counties. The weather is hot, hitting triple digits today with low humidity and some light wind. Firefighters working hard to get the fire totally surrounded, burning back fires to get part of the fire contained. It started about 10 days ago in Guinda on Highway 16. It’s currently the largest fire burning in the state. A new fire breaks out in the newly burned scar from the Pawnee Fire. The Spring 2 fire is already 50% contained though, after burning 80 acres. The Pawnee Fire’s 100 percent contained. And the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County’s burned 36,500 acres and is 45% contained.

A new police chief’s been named in Clearlake. 33 year old Andrew White, the commander and second-in-line at the Suisun City Police Department is coming to Clearlake. He and his family will live in Clearlake. The City Manager Greg Folsom says White’s coming with years of experience and skills that suit him to the job including supervision in animal control, code enforcement and technology. The city council will consider White’s employment contract at their meeting Thursday. It will be for three years to start and three months notice if they want to end or extend the contract. The job pays $130,000 a year with 5-percent bumps after two years on the job.