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Investigators are awaiting autopsy results on man found dead in Laytonville on Thursday. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says emergency personnel from Laytonville Fire and Cal Fire were called out along with deputies Thursday night to the intersection of Iron Peak Road and Spy Rock Road where they reportedly two people in a car; in the back seat and pronounced dead at the scene was Gerald Vitelli of Fullerton California. Deputies at the scene described the other person as somewhat evasive as to the circumstances of Vitelli’s death but further investigation release their involvement in a marijuana growing operation. Deputies say when the witness took them to operation and showed them where Vitelli had been living deputies noticed it was not well-ventilated. There were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene and the witness was released. So far no charges are pending. Vitelli’s cause of death is currently under investigation.

There’s some cleanup underway this morning following a weekend of heavy rain, hail and lightning strikes. Officials tells that a series of lightning strikes resulted in a transformer fire and power outage and Lake County, there was some extremely heavy hail reported on Mt. Konocti and heavy flows of mud reported coming down Riviera West Drive toward Clear Lake. The California Highway Patrol also reports flooding, and rock and mud slides and fallen trees on Soda Bay Road.

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Friday in Hopland has been identified as a San Francisco man. The California Highway Patrol says the rider was killed after he lost control of the bike and collided with a pickup truck around 7:30pm Friday on Highway 175 just west of the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino. Emergency responders, including members of the Hopland Fire Department, tried to revive the man but he was declared dead at the scene. The names of the victim and the pickup truck driver have not been released. While the crash remains under investigation the CHP says they do not think alcohol was a factor.

The Clearlake City Council has unanimously agreed to repeal a ban on marijuana cultivation. The Record Bee reports that the decision came after a referendum petition was submitted in a challenge to the ordinance following its approval by the council in February. The petition had 1,217 signatures of which 635 were valid, essentially “squeaking by” with only five more signatures than were required to have it considered. The paper reports that while it had been expected that the council would place the cultivation ban on a ballot for the public to decide, several members said Friday that considering the costs of a special election and the likely appeals process, the repeal made more financial sense. The repeal means Clearlake’s former marijuana ordinance goes back into effect, although the city council has asked city staff to look at some changes.

The Mendocino Council of Governments is working on Phase 2 of its Mendocino County Zero Emission Vehicle Regional Readiness Plan. Their goal is to install 18 electric charging stations throughout the county. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that beginning next week MCOG will be holding a series of public forums to get your input on where they should be installed. The forums are: Tuesday, May 26 in Point Arena at Point Arena City Hall, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.,; Wednesday, May 27 in Ukiah at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 2 in Fort Bragg at the City of Fort Bragg Town Hall, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 3 in Willits at the Willits City Council Chambers, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday to 60’s icon Wavy Gravy who turns 79 this week. About 2700 people came out yesterday to Sonoma Mountain Village to wish Wavy Gravy a happy birthday as part of a Zeva Foundation fundraiser. Between music from “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” and the “Honeydrops”, Wavy Gravy did his thing, chatting about the world, and helping to promote a silent art auction to benefit earthquake victims in Nepal.


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