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California’s laws of early release are having an impact on Lake County Animal Care and Control. Lake County News reports Animal Care and Control says they can’t get as many inmates to help care for the thousands of animals that pass through the shelter a year because of the new early release laws. The shelter says those who are in jail are usually in for more serious crimes and shelter workers are not equipped to deal with them. So for now the program is on hold…

A CHP Officer from Lake County has received a Medal of Valor. Adam Garcia of Clear Lake was awarded the medal along with more than 50 others for demonstrating extraordinary acts of bravery and heroism in order to save the life of another. Garcia for helping the driver of a truck in January of 2013, who slid off the road sideways, then flipped on Hwy 29. He was stuck between an embankment in a creek of icy water, trapped with a passenger and Garcia jumped in and saved them just before the truck burst into flames.

A dozen nuisance abatement cases have been approved in Clearlake. The city council racked up $55,000 in administrative penalties, all approved by unanimous vote. Lake County News reports multiple property owners and tenants were at the meeting last week to protest or appeal their cases, from back in November of 2013. All of the appeals were denied.

Police in Fort Bragg say a local cookie shop has been vandalized and ripped off. Police say they got a call over the weekend to the Mendocino Cookie Company, finding a small glass window in the door broken. They say a suspect entered there and many items were broken and missing. A business next to the cookie spot was also broken into and damaged. The Mendocino Center for Spiritual Living also lost or had items broken. Police still following up on leads…

A fire reported in Fort Bragg. Police say they were flagged down by a pedestrian who saw a fire near the north end of the Noyo Bridge. Police say when they arrived they saw some foam insulation between the joints of the bridge in flames. The person who told them about it says he put out a lot of the fire with his drinking water, then ran to get help. The fire was put out entirely by the Fort Bragg Fire Department. This area frequented by transients and said to be a high foot traffic area. They say there wasn’t any serious damage to the bridge or supporting structures. Police say they have no suspects or leads in this case.

A one million dollar plan to turn a hotel in Fort Bragg into office space has been approved by the City Council. The money for the project comes from a state grant. It’ll turn the old landmark to office space for a homeless and mental health services provider and also for short-term housing for the needy. This means the project should be moving forward since city approval was the final step to turn the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center’s plan into reality. The 123-year-old Old Coast Hotel could also stay empty though as a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the project is set to be heard May 15th.

The Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for $10,000 in fines for residents and businesses who waste water during mandatory conservation because of the drought. Brown made the suggestion as part of a proposal to enforce water restrictions. Brown met with mayors of more than a dozen cities. The governor says he’s directing state agencies to move faster on an environmental review of projects to help increase local water supplies. Mayors say those projects have been delayed by red tape.

Two men from Fortuna are recovering after the driver of a car fell asleep near Highway 101 and Nelson Ranch Road. The California Highway Patrol reports the two men headed south on the highway when the driver fell asleep and drifted into the center divider. He woke up and got control buy traveled across some lanes and hit a tree. The driver, Danny Johnson had major injuries and the passenger, Curtis Lyon had moderate injuries.

A vacant mobile home and a fifth wheel trailer have been destroyed by a fire in Clearlake. The fire reported last night around 8-30. The Lake County Fire Protection District Chief says the fire burned a couple of outbuildings on the same property too. He says no victims were found and no injuries reported. The property previously used by squatters and there was a fire in the same spot about 6 weeks ago.

Lake County scores again, with the cleanest air in the country. Out of 58 counties in the nation, Lake County wins getting top grades in ozone and small particulate concentrations with the federal air quality standards according to the American Lung Association. The county got a B grade for ozone, an “A” grade for short term particulate pollution and was listed the “Cleanest County in the Nation” for annual particulate average concentrations. It’s the third year in a row.

The manager of a local resort has pleaded guilty to exposing employees to asbestos. Daniel Nelson, the manager of Hoberg’s Resort and Spa has to go to jail for 60 days related to the misdemeanor charge against him after the recent renovation of the historical site. The case was a violation of a California Labor Code section. The Lake County D-A filed the charges against Nelson saying he violated Cal/OSHA asbestos workplace-safety regulations for structure demolition. Besides the jail time, Nelson will have to pay a fine, money to a local health clinic and perform several hours of community service.

The State of the Air Report by the American Lung Association gives Mendocino County an A for zero high ozone days between 2011 and 2013. The report scores counties related to levels of ozone and particle pollution. Mendocino and Lake counties were on the list of the cleanest counties, but not ranked for short-term particle pollution. The two also listed, but not ranked for ‘cleanest counties for ozone air pollution.’ Lake County was ranked No. 1 overall for top 25 cleanest counties for year-round particle pollution last year, but Mendocino County wasn’t on that particular list.

A family driving thru Abi Dhabi caught off guard and decided to video a guy they say they saw running shoeless after his runaway camel. A preschool teaching asst, Ellie Long moved her family to Abu Dhabi last year. She shared the video of the escapade on Facebook. The video quickly went viral.

A duck call ringtone has helped a firefighter in Louisiana rescue six ducklings from a storm drain. The firefighter says the realistic quacking sounds coming from the cellphone helped catch baby mallards in Slidell. The rest of the ducklings were rescued about an hour after the first few. All of them were reunited with their mom in a canal behind a home.

Alaska State Troopers arrested 2 men they say stole several dozen frozen pizzas then tried to sell them back to police. The Alaska Dispatch News reports ( ) 80 frozen pizzas reported stolen from a store on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. They say the 2 suspects called the police dept. to try to sell the pizzas to officers. The two were booked into jail in Nome on charges of burglary and theft.

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