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The teen in Laytonville who killed his friend and his friend’s dad has been in court pleading guilty. 19 yr. old Talen Barton admitted murdering Teo Palmieri and his dad Coleman on July 19th. The two murders in the first degree. He also admitted the attempted murders of Cindy and Theodore Norvell and for falsely imprisoning two teenage girls. There was a special allegation he used a knife in the crimes and that he inflicted great bodily injury on Cindy and Theodore Norvell. The D-A not going for the Death Penalty. The case referred to the Adult Probation Department for a social study and report, which is required by law. He’s due back in court October 6th at which time he should get 71 years to life in state prison. He won’t be eligible for parole until he is at least 89 years old.

A new wildfire’s been reported in Upper Lake. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports the fire burning out of control last night in the White Rock Canyon Road area. The Sheriff’s Dept. and CalFire had ordered Mandatory Evacuations for all residents on White Rock Canyon Road. But several hours later lifted the evacuation orders. They were still holding a road closure in place though on Elk Mountain Road at Rancheria Road, it’s only open to residents. Anyone living near White Rock Canyon Road was also under an Advisory Evacuation and told to be ready to evacuate.

It’s the start of Clearlake’s new master plan for the development of Highlands Park. City staff preparing the plan after meeting with representatives of Foothill Associates. The City Manager says the process could take up to six months and will first need the approval of the planning commission. It would then move to the city council, but not before the public gets a chance to put in their 2 cents. An open house on the plan’s been tentatively set for October.

CHP beefing up patrols for the Labor Day weekend looking for drunk or impaired drivers, plus they’ll help motorists in need. The Maximum Enforcement Period starts Friday night at 6:00 and goes thru Monday just before midnight. All available officers will be on the job. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows it’s helpful to have high-visibility enforcement and says that can help bring down the number of drunk driving deaths by as much as 20 percent.

Emergency proclamations continue in Lake County due to the drought and wildfire conditions. The board of supervisors has also okay’d an agreement for a veterans treatment court. The County Administrative Officer bringing up the extension of the emergency declaration for the drought first made in March 2014. It’s been continuing each month ever since as drought conditions continue and even though the Rocky and Jerusalem fires, the largest in the county are fully contained. The supervisors also approved a resolution to designate county departments to act as agents for the California Disaster Assistance Act funding the county was able to secure because of the two fires. As far as the veterans treatment court, supervisors have continued the term of the agreement for 2 years with Lake County Superior Court committing to pay the county $176,000 under the agreement.

A hearing to decide if the city of Ukiah can hire a receiver to get to work rehabbing the old Palace Hotel is not happening Friday after all. The City Attorney David Rapport says the owner and her lawyers filed to move the hearing outside Mendocino County. The city’s agreed to have, at least an out of county judge decide the money but successfully fought the hearing itself moving out of county. There’s no new hearing date set so far, but when it happens the judge will decide if the city can hire a receiver instead of waiting for the delinquent owner to move forward with work on the building. It’s mostly sat without any activity for 25 years.

A new 200 room Hotel is coming to the Graton Resort & Casino. The resort made the announcement earlier about the add on of the hotel and a convention center, owners hoping the expansion will turn the resort into a travel destination, not just casino entertainment. The rooms will be anywhere from 500 square feet to 2,600 square foot suites for high rollers. The Graton Rancheria Tribal Chairman says tourists who visit wine country can do it all at the resort, play, gamble, eat and tour. The $175 million hotel project to provide jobs for as many as 1,000 union members during construction and will create 150 permanent jobs after its grand opening in the fall of 2016.

The Mendocino County Third District Supervisor says he got a letter from his 1st Distr. colleague that was critical of the other for talking to county employees. The Willits News reports Tom Woodhouse saying he got the letter from Carre Brown. Brown is the board chair so he has a special responsibility to preside over all board meetings. The paper also reports county code doesn’t say supervisors are prohibited from speaking to or asking questions of county employees. But apparently there’s a special provision that does authorize all county officers and department heads to contact Board members directly, without interference from the County CEOs office. Woodhouse tells the newspaper he feels uncomfortable talking about the letter, but thinks it’d be difficult to say no to county employees who come to him regarding problems they see in the county.

A man in Maine’s been arrested for supposedly faking there was a Sasquatch on public property. Police in Kennebunk say there was graffiti featuring Bigfoot around town so they’ve charged Freeman Hatch with criminal mischief and possession of drugs. He’s due in court in November. The Police Chief says the tagging defaced public and private property and cost “time and money to repair or replace.”

Mendocino county deputies say they made two arrests after searching a house in Covelo associated with several burglaries in the city. Police say they found Gabriel Bowes hiding in a bathroom. A stolen 9mm handgun and ammunition were found close by in a bedroom. He was arrested for violation of probation and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. A female resident at the home, Sammie Leggett was arrested for harboring Bowes but was released after promising to appear at a future court date.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies, working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Officers are investigating the marijuana grows in several locations in Laytonville. During the two day operation they found over 800 marijuana plants. They were taken along with a Butane Honey Oil Extraction laboratory, under $5,000.00 cash, scales and packaging materials. CDFW Officers also found several water diversions including stream bed alterations. At least one of the streams contained young steelhead. CDFW Officers also noted large portion of the streams were being diverted to marijuana grow sites. Four people, all out of state residents are facing drug charges.

Closure of roads in Lakeport preparing for the Lake County Fair Parade. Starting tomorrow at 5:00 PM, Main St from 9th Street to C St and Martin St from Estep St. to Main St are closed for the Parade. The Parade starts at 5:30 PM at the old Natural High School property in the 800 block of N. Main Street and moves south on N Main St to Martin St, then west on Martin St to the Lake County Fairgrounds. There will be detours to get around the parade. The road closures are expected to end around 6:00 PM. City organizers say they expect up to two thousand people to attend and warn the public to use caution traveling thru the area and to look out for traffic controls.

A man from Arizona arrested near Willits during a routine traffic stop. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept reports following a white Toyota Corolla with expired registration. The deputy who pulled him over says the driver, Franklin Lunney smelled like marijuana. So the car was searched and inside the trunk were two large duffle bags filled with about thirty-one pounds of pot. Lunney was arrested for transportation of marijuana and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $50,000.00 bail.

The old Fjords restaurant in Ukiah’s been closed a while but could have a new owner. A local realtor tells the Daily Journal even though rumors have been swirling about a new owner, there’s no known business setting up shop. But apparently there’s been quite a bit of interest in the property. Even In-and-Out burger has supposedly shown interest. There’s been no confirmation that the fast food joint is coming to town. And the property is not even in escrow.

North Coast Opportunities has received a shot in the arm… a two-year, nine-month grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Now North Coast can offer community cooking classes using farm fresh ingredients. There were nearly a dozen people at the Monday night class learning to make jam, veggie burgers and more at the “Healthy Harvest Community Cooking” workshop at the Ukiah Senior Center. For more info, visit this radio station’s website or call, 462-1954. More information about the program can be obtained from April Cunningham at NCO by email at acunningham.

The Governor and a state senator from San Diego working to pass climate change and fossil fuel related legislation. The deadline is approaching for the work by the Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate leader Kevin de Leon working on bills that could reduce the state’s reliance on oil and help fight climate change. The Sacramento Bee reports the bills have support from the President and even the Pope, along with some of the world’s leading scientists. The paper reports if the bills are passed, the legislation would set international precedent and cement California’s reputation as a leader in the fight against global warming.

The Willits Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting an event for the whole family at the Ukiah Airport the group is having their historic B-17 Flying Fortress called the “Aluminum Overcast” at the airport Sept. 18, 19 and 20th. There will even be rides and ground tours for the general public. When they tour the aircraft there are flight “missions” available at each stop so folks can experience the aircraft from the air. For more information on flights and ground tours, visit www. or contact EAA’s B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.

The state’s looking for some help and willing to pay for it connected to improved transportation, beefing up the government’s environmentally sustainable practices and to help prevent teenage drinking. The incentives created by Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles who created the “$25K Find a New Way” contest. Caltrans to award $25,000 to the Californian with the best unique idea that has the highest likelihood of being successfully put into action to improve the state’s transportation system.

The Gov.’s administration says its reached a tentative deal with a major employee union to require state engineers to give toward their retirement healthcare benefits so there can be precedent for other state employee unions. The three-year agreement still has to be ratified by the union’s members and the Legislature. The contribution by the Professional Engineers in California Government includes a dollar-for-dollar match by the state. The governor had wanted current state employees to start paying for retiree health care and future employees to have more modest benefits.

Sacramento International Airport says yes to Uber. The airport has approved the ride-share service for drop offs and pick-ups of passengers and others on airport grounds. Officials said it was time to branch out and acknowledge the popularity of the ride-share company and others who contract with private individuals using their personal cars as taxis. Riders use an app on their smartphone to get a driver.

Two small earthquakes rattled a rural area of Mendocino County between Fort Bragg and Ukiah over the weekend.. Early Saturday morning the first quake, a magnitude-3.6, struck. According to the U.S. Geological Survey it was centered 11 miles northeast of Fort Bragg. The second quake, a magnitude-3.0, followed just a half-minute later in the same area. There was no major damage reported. =================
A fire relief fund set up by North Coast Opportunities and Mendo Lake Credit Union for those impacted by the Rocky and Jerusalem fires this summer will begin reviewing applications this week. Anyone impacted by the fires is encouraged to fill out the short application for funding. The money is meant to help with expenses like smoke damage, loss of personal property, and other expenditures incurred during or after the fire. More than $30,000 has been raised, and money is still being accepted with several fundraisers being planned by various individuals and organizations. ============
A Mendocino County restaurant will be given away to the most loquacious bidder. The owner and chef of Mendo Bistro Nicholas Petti plans to give his restaurant away to the best entrant of an essay contest. Those interested must pay a $100 entry fee and explain why they should be given the 16 year old restaurant and Barbelow, the bar located downstairs from the restaurant. The offer does not include the building itself, which is leased. Petti says he wanted to leave the business in a fun way. Now there is a catch. At least 7,500 people must apply for one to win. That would earn Petti at least $750,000, or if not enough people apply entry fees will be returned. =============
Two Capella residents have been arrested in connection with a July burglary in Covelo, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. 28 year old Sherrie Petty, and 24 year old Steven Lawson were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the home on July 26th. Deputies say they have returned some of the items stolen to the victims. More suspects are still being sought in connection to that burglary. =============
The Lakeport Police Department is looking for a woman they say stole a wallet from another woman’s shopping cart, then fraudulently used the credit card at a business in Clearlake. Sgt. Gary Basor says they have surveillance footage of the woman and are hoping the public can help identify who it is ==================
Some Tesla drivers are hoping Ukiah will add super chargers that “fill up” a Tesla in just 45 minutes. Tesla Owner Michael gross says where stations are determines where he stops for lunch, or for the night, and while he would love to stop in Ukiah on drives from Palo Alto to Arcata instead he takes a detour 45 minutes out of the way. City staff told the Ukiah City Council last month, Tesla Motors is interested in installing, at its expense, eight superchargers in the parking lot across from the Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza. The company says Ukiah is a natural stopping point for drivers heading north. The council is negotiating with Tesla. ==================
The Lake County Fair Board has named local retired deputy chief of the Lakeport Fire Protection District, Grant Lindeblad, as the grand marshal of the 2015 Lake County Fair parade. The fair parade is the kickoff event for the annual Lake County Fair. Grant Lindeblad and family will lead the parade, which this year will begin at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 3. ===================
Ever wanted to fly in a B-17 Flying fortress? Well you’ll have a chance next month. World War 2 veterans will get a complementary flight, and grade school kids can get a free tour of the plane. Anyone else who wants a flight will have to spend a little bit of money. Flights start at just over $400. =========
A Lake Elsinore, California, man is recovering from a snake bite on his hand after a selfie gone wrong. 36 year old Alex Gomez, 36, found a 4-foot rattlesnake in a lot near his home and decided to pick it up and take photos with it. He did get a picture with the rattle snake around his neck, but when he tried to adjust it for a different pose it bit him on the thumb. Gomez was rushed to the hospital for an anti venom treatment. The total bill for that selfie? $153,000 in medical bills. Gomez says he’s learned his lesson.




































Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency order for Lake and Trinity counties to help residents and businesses recover from the damaging effects of wildfires. a series of wildfires in those counties has burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed dozens homes and damaged critical infrastructure.

This executive order will expedite the removal of hazardous debris from the impacted areas and will waive fees to replace documents like driver’s licenses and birth certificates for those affected by the fires. ==================
Police seized ovr 3,300 outdoor marijuana plants and arrested six people in an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force
After spotting and confiscating the plants in July, cops raided a residence formerly known as the red lava wine tasting. The six suspects fled. The task force recovered around 6 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of processed marijuana, a loaded SKS pistol grip rifle,, and over $80,000 in cash.
Five of the subjects that fled were apprehended; one of which was armed with a loaded .38 caliber revolver that he attempted to discard during a foot pursuit. Another subject arrived during the investigation and narcotics detectives determined he was associated with the crime scene and was subsequently arrested. ===============
Firefighters put an end to the Peterson Fire’s 215 acre run on Thursday evening. Cal Fire declared the blaze 100 percent contained yesterday evening.
The fire broke out on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m., southwest of Kelseyville. Although initial reports suggested it was about to break out of control, crews from several agencies, including Kelseyville, were quickly able to pen Peterson at 200 acres and hold it.
Although the fire is listed as contained, Cal Fire will keep four trucks and 16 firefighters on the scene for now. These forces will run patrols and continue mop up operations. =========================
The City of Lakeport Public Works Department has announced that starting today the continuing work on the USDA Main Street Project will begin on the next phase. Southbound 7th Street through 9th Street will be closed to through traffic. Northbound traffic will not be detoured. The work on this phase is expected to take two to three days. ===========
The two most recent wildfires in Lake County appear to have been sparked by equipment. Cal Fire didn’t say exactly what kind of equipment sparked the Grade and Peterson fires. Cal Fire Spokeswoman Emily Smith says those findings are preliminary and they’re still investigating. Fire officials ask that area residents be careful. They say all kinds of equipment from from mowers and trimmers with metal blades, to anything with a hot motor, including cars, can spark fires under dry conditions
The Grade fire burned 22 acres, a residence and numerous vehicles early this week in southern Lake County. It is fully contained. The Peterson fire near Kelseyville was last reported at 215 acres and 90 percent contained. =======================
A Ukiah man who was supposed to be confined to his home by an ankle monitor was found walking around town Wednesday after removing the bracelet. Ukiah police were looking for Baraquiel Ruiz , 28, when they found him walking on South State Street. He denied his identity, but police confirmed the man was Ruiz and arrested him for escape and providing a false identity. Police say Ruiz was also in possession of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine. =================
Geysers Power Company has been given a time extension by the Lake County Planning Commission on Use Permits for two of its well sites. The time extensions for the two sites were brought before the commission together because the two well beds are adjacent to each other. Under the extensions, the use permit expirations are extended to March 17, 2047 and July 25, 2045, respectively. A stipulation recommended by staff is that no new construction beyond that which was previously approved be done. ======================
With almost no public input offered last night, the Lake County Planning commission speedily approved an extension of a tentative subdivision map in North Lakeport.
The commission originally approved the subdivision map in 2006, which permitted the subdivision of a 37-acre lot into 137 residential lots. A two-year extension was approved at least partly because the area is currently under a connection moratorium, and active water connections are required before any construction can start ============
A lifelong Ukiah resident celebrated her 103rd birthday yesterday. Lena Quick told stories about her early life with family and friends. She remembers commuting into Ukiah as a girl with a horse and wagon driven by her father. Quick said she worked in the fruit fields until she was 75. Quick says she’s lived a relatively healthy life but says being 103 is not for sissies. =====================
The Lake County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement totaling more than $1 million for the extension of a waterline this week. Back in May, the board approved the consolidation of the county-operated Paradise Valley Water System, with the Clearlake Oaks County Water District because of ongoing operational costs. As part of the consolidation agreement, Lake County Special Districts must install a little less than two miles of pipeline between the service areas. ===============================
A large tortoise that escaped from her home in Ukiah Saturday has been returned safe and sound. On Saturday Sean white says his 60 pound tortoise Dora got out of the yard by pushing down a section of fence. Someone who found Dora in the road picked her up. White and his girlfriend put up signs for Dora all over the neighborhood, and once her rescuer saw it he got Dora home as soon as possible. =======================
A man who said he spent $100,000 on plastic surgery in order to look like pop star Justin Bieber was found dead in a San Fernando Valley motel room, a law enforcement source said Wednesday.
Tobias Strebel, 35, also went by the name Toby Sheldon and gained attention on reality TV for his efforts to emulate Bieber appearance, appearing on shows such as “My Strange Addiction.”

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Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is has a grand opening date. The hospital has announced it expects to be able to take patients in by October 15th. The President and CEO of the hospital says once the state Department of Public Health gets a chance to thoroughly review personnel competencies, they can open. He says now the clinic teams are preparing and getting used to the new facility and its new technology. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Grand-Open House is set for Sunday, September 13th, from 1 to 4 p.m. The new building is on One Marcela Drive (off East Hill Road).

Several people showed up at the Long Valley Garden Club in Laytonville to talk pot. The Emerald Growers Association had their “Elements of a Craft Farm” series last week. The event featured the historical development of marijuana genetics and its related industry implications. Several farmers at the meeting talking regulatory compliance too following the approval of a new water quality environmental program for north coast cannabis cultivators. The growers association helps pot farmers with best water conservation practices and site characteristics for their farms like culverts, water storage and possible issues like erosion and pollutants.

A man from Oakland pulled over for a traffic violation in Cloverdale says the pot smell coming from his car was from a joint he had, but when cops searched they found a tad more… 225 pounds worth. The CHP says the pot portioned into separate vacuum sealed bags were in trunk of the man’s car. Brett Wilson stopped Tuesday afternoon on Highway 101 by a CHP officer who saw him speed past at about 75 mph. When the officer approached he could smell the pot. Then another cop with a dog trained to sniff out drugs came by and the dog quickly indicated something in the car. Wilson arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting marijuana to sell but he bailed out of jail the next day.

Another relief fund’s been set up for fire victims. North Coast Opportunities (NCO) and MendoLake Credit Union (MLCU) have partnered to create a Fire Relief Fund for Rocky and Jerusalem fire victims. A five-person managing committee has been set up to review applications and disburse money. The committee set to meet and review the first set of applications next week. Those impacted by the fires are encouraged to go to the credit union and apply for funds. The money for those with expenses like smoke damage, loss of personal property and other expenses incurred during or after the fires. (707) 467-3210.

State lawmakers have passed emergency legislation after public complaints to award diplomas to thousands of students who failed the state’s high school exit exam. The students met other graduation requirements but the bill fixes an obstacle some seniors were met with in the class of 2015. They couldn’t take or pass the exam because the state suspended it in June. So officials are considering how to replace it and whether to suspend it for three more years.

A pot farm in Santa Rosa is suing its landlord so they can take permanent ownership of the property. The farm, Peace in Medicine, run by a city council member from Sebastopol has filed a breach of contract claim against the landlord for refusing to let the farm exercise its option to buy the 2.5-acre parcel as part of their 2011 lease. The pot farmers say they’re making “above-market” lease payments so in May they tried to buy the land and greenhouses, but the landlord says they exceeded their 499-plant maximum and that nullified the agreement.

Early Pear harvest in Lake County. It’s said to be the earliest pear harvest ever in Lake County because of a mild winter. Then the spring and summer weather helped trigger early harvests for wine grapes and other crops statewide. The Lake County Agricultural Commissioner says the harvest started July 22nd in some areas of the county which was a couple days earlier than previously recorded and almost two weeks earlier than normal.

A man from Humboldt County has been arrested for an assault on a woman in Whitehorn, near Garberville. Police say the woman told them her neighbor Gerard Honzik came into her yard without warning and hit her with a chair in the head and upper body. He’s also accused of vandalizing the woman’s pickup truck and beating a man at her house. But the man refused to press charges. The woman got medical treatment for her injuries and Honzik was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism. He also had an outstanding warrant from Mendocino County for an assault charge and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $30,000 bail.

A public hearing’s been set to hear the new budget for Mendocino County. The budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 has been put together then made available for the public by application to the auditor. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is having a Public Hearing on the Final Budget Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 a.m. or possibly soon after. It’s continued day to day until it’s all done. But it can’t go past ten calendar days. Any member of the public can appear and ask questions, but they recommend submitting correspondence to the Clerk of the Board no later than Wednesday, September 2nd.

A wolf pack is back in California for the first time since they were hunted almost to extinction about ninety years ago. Trail cameras have caught sight of the Shasta pack in Siskiyou County near Mount Shasta. Pamela Flick with Defenders of Wildlife says the gray wolf has been under federal protection since 1973 but was just listed as endangered in California last year, making it illegal to hunt or harass the animals.

Cut 75345 :15 "The Shasta pack is known to have at least five pups and the alpha male and female. The presence of a whole pack affirms that wolves know that there is suitable habitat in our state and are already using it. Grey wolves are back for good."

Tag: The wolves are believed to have spread from existing packs in Oregon. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been working with stakeholders in conservation, livestock production and hunting interests to develop a California Wolf Plan, which will be released for public comment by the end of the year.

Second Cut: Kimberly Baker is with the nonprofit Environmental Protection Information Center.

Cut 76345 :10 "I look forward to a day where we have viable populations of wolves – and wolves and humans are coexisting and sharing the landscape together."

Tag 2: In the future, Fish and Game biologists plan to briefly capture one of the adult wolves so the animal can be fitted with a tracking device and then released.

Lakeport’s got a new construction project going… the USDA Main Street project starts today… that means the north bound side of Main Street is closed to traffic at Fifth Street through the Bank of America south entrance at 500 Main Street. The city’s asking drivers to use alternate routes through town but bank traffic is allowed at the north entrance and exit onto Fifth Street. The work only for a couple days and businesses will be open. There will be other closures as the work is finished up on the project.

The new Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is reality. The hospital officially got the Staff & Stock Certificate of Occupancy from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) which is a requirement for new hospital plans and designs. The hospital’s CEO says they’re getting closer to moving into their new state-of-the-art hospital. They can also now bring anyone into the building and start stocking inventory. The Grand-Open House has been set for Sunday, September 13th, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration assistance being offered by Mendocino College for coastal residents and students. The help on Friday, September 11th for current and potential coastal students and area residents. From 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, there will be help with applications and registration, Placement Testing for English and Math, counseling and financial aid. There’s also going to be bilingual assistance. Visit for more info and to fill out an application online.

Firefighters made quick work of a small wildfire that started in Clearlake. Lake County News reports the fire reported Sunday afternoon around 2, in Dam Road Extension between the Masonic Lodge and the Sears store. Firefighters found the fire moving quickly and some power lines down. The Masonic Lodge had to be evacuated. The fire was at about 2 acres when firefighters started to get control of it. P, G & E came to the scene after a power outage caused by downed power lines which also closed Walmart temporarily. The news site reports the fire may have been ignited by a tree branch that hit power lines.

Another wildfire has started in Lake County in an area already burned by the Jerusalem Fire. That fire is about totally contained as the new fire starts yesterday afternoon. New evacuations have been ordered for the new fire called the Grade fire. It consumed about 20 acres in its first hour and was last assessed as 50 percent contained. It’s the fourth major fire to spark in southern Lake County since the end of July when the Rocky Fire ignited due to a defective water heater. That fire burned just under 70,000 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties and destroyed 43 residences and 53 outbuildings. The Grade fire, northeast of Middletown near Jerusalem Grade Road and June Bug Road was threatening 20 structures but it was stopped quickly by firefighters in the air and on the ground. Residents in the area have an advisory evacuation in place.

Another fire in the area, the Peterson fire started over the weekend near Kelseyville. It’s burned 215 acres and was 60 percent contained as of Monday night. There were 2 homes threatened by the Peterson fire but they are safe now. The cause of all three fires under investigation.

California lawmakers say yes to a couple of bills to curb the use of drones over private property. The Senate approved legislation Monday so paparazzi couldn’t use drones to take pictures and video over private property. The bill classifies that as an invasion of privacy, it passed unanimously and moves back to the Assembly. Then another one calls it a trespassing crime for operating drones within 350 feet above private property without consent.

The Sacramento Mayor says they’re having a parade to honor 3 natives of Sacto who took down a would be terrorist on a train in Europe. Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the parade to honor the 3 hometown heroes! With the hashtag, #SacramentoProud". No word on when the parade will be to honor, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone of Carmichael, Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento State University, and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, of Roseburg, Oregon, who recently returned to Afghanistan. The three being hailed as heroes for stopping the man armed with an assault weapon and nine magazines of ammunition on a train bound for France. The 3 all grew up in the Sacramento area and all went to the same middle school.

Lawmakers looking to ban chewing tobacco on the baseball field. The state Senate has approved a bill prohibiting the use or possession of smokeless tobacco products during professional baseball games and practice. A Republican Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa says it’s already a banned substance by professional baseball voluntarily but Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco says it puts a good practice into California law. The measure passed 24-14. They’ve also passed a bill to stop the sale of vapor products to anyone under age 18, even if they don’t contain nicotine.

A fire is partially contained that broke out over the weekend near Kelseyville. Cal Fire reports the 215-acre Peterson fire is 30 percent contained after first being reported Saturday, late afternoon near Highland Springs between Kelseyville and Lakeport. There were threatened structures, but none burned. There were firefighters in the air and on the ground fighting the fire reported in rough, rocky terrain that has heavy brush and steep, difficult access. Cal Fire has not given a date that they expect the fire to be totally surrounded.

The Jerusalem Fire is not quite contained yet. Cal Fire has changed the date from last Friday to today. So far it’s burned just over 25,100 acres and is 98% contained. The fire started Aug. 9th northeast of Middletown. It’s destroyed six homes and 21 outbuildings. On Friday the rest of the fire command left the fairgrounds. They had been parked there for several weeks as incident command for both the Rocky and Jerusalem fires.

A man from Ukiah had to be Tased by police after he got physical with them during an arrest. Ukiah Police say they got a call last Monday to a report a teenager from Willits was having an angry fit inside a home in Willits. When police arrived they say they found 18 year old Ryan Mice Kepler who would not stop and ignored them. Officers say they tried to physically stop him, he acted violently and fought with them, both punching and kicking them. They used a Taser on the guy, arrested him on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest.

A man from Ukiah in trouble with police for head butting an officer. Police say they got a call to the Thrift Store in the 400 block of Leslie Street for a man yelling at store employees. Police say when they got there they saw a man they knew, but the pickup truck he was in was reported stolen. Corey Heine arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, but police say while he was being taken into a patrol vehicle he rammed it with his head, denting it. He was arrested 2 weeks ago for climbing in the attic above Safeway.

Students headed back to Calpella Elementary School may have to sidestep a construction project. The Calpella Elementary School Bike and Pedestrian state Safe Routes to School Project isn’t finished quite yet after being approved by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors in February. The project paid largely thru a nearly $838,000 grant from the Dept. of Transportation. The project features pedestrian and bicycle facilities and street improvements for Moore Street at North State Street in Calpella. It started in June, but there were some utility conflicts and county culverts that needed to be replaced. It should now be done mid-September.

It’s final, no court date for a Lake County Board Supervisor; who’s also a process server. The lawsuit filed against Rob Brown by Robert and Jan Sanders of Clearlake has been dismissed. Brown’s wife and their bail bonds company were also part of the suit the Sanders’s filed after their son Christopher was arrested for molesting his stepdaughter. He got 41 years in prison but the couple apparently didn’t pay Brown’s bail bonds company back and refused. When Brown went to serve notice there was an altercation, then they sued Brown.

The cockroach problem at Ukiah High continues, but it’s not as bad as rumors suggest. The Daily Journal reports the Ukiah Unified School District says the rumors that the infestation is worse is not true. The school superintendent says they’ve been aggressively addressing the infestation with weekly treatments. Some posting on the school’s Facebook page that they saw bugs at orientation. The school district’s director of maintenance says the treatment they’re using is food-grade safe. Treatments continue even though classes resume today.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors takes up the proposed Dollar General store in Kelseyville. At the board’s meeting tomorrow, supervisors will consider the appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of the major use permit filed by Cross Development, for a new Dollar General store in town. There’ve been opponents to the proposed plan due to car and pedestrian traffic because of how close it is to Kelseyville High School. The planning commission says the retailer’s design doesn’t match the character of downtown Kelseyville.

A woman in Florida busted by her employer for lying she was kidnapped so she wouldn’t have to go back to her job as a night shift nursing assistant. Panama City Police say they spent several hours searching for the woman, Apparently a concerned co-worker noticed the woman didn’t come back from a break and called to see if she needed a ride. She told her co-worker she was held against her will by her boyfriend but she was found and said she made the whole thing up.

Police in the Indian city of Rajura have cited a parrot for allegedly cursing at an 85-year-old woman. The parrot, "Hariyal" had been trained for two years how to cuss so he could harass his owner’s step mom. The woman reported the bird three times in 2 years. The woman claims her stepson purposely trained it to harass her due to a family dispute.

Jersalem Fire at 97% containment with no new acreage in several days. The fire was supposed to be fully contained today.

A fire that started in a minivan quickly spread burning two travel trailers and two other cars above Lucerne. Lake Co News reports several firefighters called to the scene Wednesday afternoon at the top of Bartlett Springs Road. There were also retardant drops from the air. The fire quickly started to burn slash on the ground before hitting the fuel supply for generators being used for the travel trailers. Then it consumed the trailers, one had someone living in it, the other was used for storage. About an acre of land also got charred and there were spot fires. The firefighters on scene about 6-7 hours.

Those against the conversion of an old hotel in Fort Bragg into a facility for the homeless have dropped their law suit. The group is trying to get signatures on a petition though to get the issue on the ballot so projects like this can be prohibited in the town’s main business district. Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg had tried to petition for a ballot initiative but missed by only one signature. They say they’ll start circulating a new petition soon. They decided to drop their lawsuit because of a judge’s denial of a preliminary injunction. The Old Coast Hotel is supposed to be converted to a hospitality center for homeless, mental health and drug rehab services.

Unanimous approval by the Lakeport City Council for a proposal to try to get a $600,000 state grant to pay for improvements to the Forbes Creek trail. The project would be part of phase 2 of the development plan for Westside Community Park. A proposed resolution has been presented to the council so the application can be sent to the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Recreational Trails Program. If the city wins the grant it has to come up with a 12-percent match, about $72,000.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is helping residents affected by the Rocky or Jerusalem Fires to remove hazardous waste. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has approved a two-phase debris management and removal plan. The Department of Toxic Substances Control has agreed to help property owners who want this kind of work done on their land. It’s up to property owners to contact the county and sign an access agreement so the items can be taken from fire-damaged properties. Lake Co News reports at least 15 homes have to request help for the work to be scheduled.

A protest by Fort Bragg teachers and classified employees regarding discrepancies in pay raises compared to administrative wage increases. Protestors in yellow shirts marched last week at Columbi’s Market and went to Cotton Auditorium. The protest at a time when a district-wide back-to-school meeting was happening. The union president says workers and teachers are frustrated the administrative salary scale is competitive with industry standards, but the classified and certificated salaries are not. One union member told the Advocate newspaper they got 2.5 percent raises while administration’s were between 12 and 25 percent.

Winemakers already starting their harvest. Brassfield Estate Winery reports starting a couple weeks ago, much earlier than last year’s August 21st start. Shannon Ridge reports they’ve got more than half of the Sauvignon Blanc in and red grapes nearly ripe. Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc already being harvested too over at Six Sigma. Last year producers out picking a week to 10 days earlier than normal but some growers say this year is the earliest harvest ever.

State lawmakers had special sessions for transportation funding and health-care savings which turned into possible tax raising and fees on motorists. The Senate committee working on the multi-billion dollar backlog of roadway maintenance has passed legislation to bring in about $4 billion a year to cover repairs by raising the gas tax 12 cents and raising vehicle registration fees too. The bill passed 9-2. It moves next to the appropriations committee before hitting the Senate floor.

The parents of an infant locked in a hotel safe are not being charged. Police in Niagara Falls, Canada say the baby was put in the safe by an older sibling during a game of hide-and-seek, and somehow the door to the safe got locked. The parents called hotel employees to open the safe after the kid was in there about a half hour. The child was unharmed.


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