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A benefit concert’s planned for the surviving family members involved Sunday’s multiple stabbing massacre in Laytonville. There’s also a GoFundMe page set up to collect donations as a “healing fund” for the family. Local doctor Cindy Norvell lost her son and husband in the massacre and she’s recovering in the hospital in Redding. Her brother is also in the hospital recovering. He had been visiting from Canada. Her son, 17 year old Teo Palmieri and husband Coleman Palmieri were killed. A fundraiser benefit concert is in the planning stages. In the meantime the GoFundMe page looking for $50,000 in donations. Norvell is a doctor at Long Valley Health Center. Apparently the two teenager girls who survived the attack are being reunited with family. The donation webpage can be found at this radio station’s website As of yesterday, there was already more than $11,000 in donations for the family.

Health officials in Mendocino County say they’ve confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus this year. They say they’re not sure the patient got infected in the County as they told them they were bitten by mosquitoes while out of state during the incubation period. The California Department of Public Health also reported Calif’s first West Nile virus death this year in a senior citizen in Nevada County. An animal or human infected with the virus could go on without any symptoms to speak of or become deathly ill. The severe symptoms reported in less than 1 percent of those infected.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has continued the local drought emergency. In a unanimous vote they’ve extended the emergency drought proclamation for the 15th time since it first passed in March of last year. State law requires the board review the status of their emergency each month. The county reportedly struggling to keep up with water demand from community water systems, private wells and natural resources. Plus there’s the problem with algae in Clearlake. Lake County reported to be one of 55 counties in the state that’s been declared a primary natural disaster area because of drought damages and losses.

The Willits bypass project is moving along, almost 3/4’s of the way complete. But the Willits News reports there’s controversy attached to the project because the main mitigation contractor Hanford Applied Restoration and Conservation of Sonoma is starting to apply herbicides. This is something Caltrans is requiring but the Willits City Council and the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors have both issued resolutions against using herbicides. There’s a public meeting set on the matter Thursday, Aug. 13th at 6 p.m. at the Willits Community Center. So far the herbicides have not been applied and the workshop is planned for after the draft plan about their usage is released. Area tribes have also mentioned medical concerns about the use of herbicides on the mitigation parcels. There’s going to be a prayer ceremony to ask for protection of ancestral sites tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the tipis across Highway 101 from the bypass’ northern interchange.

A street in Kelseyville has been renamed to honor a resident killed in a gas station burglary. The Lake County Board of Supervisors approved the renaming Tuesday of Douglas Road to Forrest Road, in honor of Forrest Seagrave. Seagrave’s mom and brother gathered more than 2,000 signatures to get the street name changed. Seagrave was shot during a robbery in 2013 at the Mt. Konocti 76 Station Store. The suspect in the shooting Antonio Mota, faces six felony charges including murder with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, robbery affecting interstate commerce and ammunition forfeiture. He’s in federal custody.

Redwood Coast Regional Center has not been able to find enough people to serve their clients so they need to come up with a so-called “Plan of Corrective Action”. A meeting’s been set on the matter for Friday, Aug. 14th to cover caseload ratios. That’s the number of center service coordinators a regional center is supposed to have on staff taking the amount of clients into consideration. It’s required by law in the California Welfare and Institutions Code known as the Lanterman Act. The public is invited to the Public Meeting to hear ideas and share thoughts. The meeting in Eureka.

River Rock Casino has a new gaming table. It’s been in development a long time, the new electronic table game — Turn & Burn Craps. The casino says they hope customers like it and that they can lease it to other casinos as well. Turn & Burn is apparently only offered at the Geyserville area casino. The casino’s owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. The game’s also been certified by Gaming Laboratories International and approved by Dry Creek’s gaming commission. They even have a patent pending.

A huge fire has started near Lake Berryessa which officials say may have been started by a car. The fire quickly blew up to 1,000 acres with a road closure and evacuations. A car accident apparently ignited the fire off Highway 128 near Wragg Canyon Road in Napa County. Cal Fire reports the fire spread to 40 acres in an hour and a couple hours later had quickly moved thru rugged and steep brush-covered terrain. Firefighters have been struggling to get near the fire, it’s only 5 percent contained die to erratic winds and terrain. Mix Canyon residents and campers at Canyon Creek Campground have been evacuated and the highway is closed to traffic at Wragg Canyon.

A couple from Campbell is paying a $25,000 fine for illegal construction at their property in Mendocino County. Thomas and Patricia Plowright reconstructed roads, put up new ones and used a bulldozer which sent sediment into a creek and its tributaries. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board reported dirt in Little Mill Creek, on the couple’s property in Philo. That creek flows into the Navarro River which is habitat for steelhead trout and feeds streams where there are Coho salmon too.

A flyover in Mendocino County by a couple of politicians and others to see hack and squirt operations near the airport. State Assemblyman Jim Wood and Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg along with others went with a forestry activist group over the Albion and Navarro Watershed areas near Comptche, and outside Covelo. The group Forests Forever organized the flyover. The group looking to show Wood the hack and squirt operation where trees are cut down then shot up with herbicides. Hamberg has been trying to get support to order the operation to stop. The operation supposedly stops problem trees from invading forest lands.

No motive found yet in the double murder and attempted murder of 2 other family members in Laytonville. 19-year-old Talon Barton has been arrested in the murder of two people, one his 17 year old friend, and the teen’s dad. The murdered teen’s mother and uncle were also stabbed, but are said to be recovering. Barton had lived with the family more than a year. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. interviewing friends and acquaintances of Barton. The sheriff’s office says a friend told them Barton had told him a couple weeks ago he wanted to kill someone. The Mendocino County District Attorney has filed a criminal complaint which includes six felony counts and eight special circumstances. The D-A looking to charge Barton for premeditated murder of 17 year old Teo Palmieri and his dad Coleman. And for the attempted murder of Dr. Cindy Norvell and Theodore Norvell, a Canadian resident and the doctor’s brother.

Slurry seal is being laid down on more than two dozen streets in Ukiah. The work recently approved by the Ukiah City Council. The work to go to Sierra Nevada Construction of Nevada who came back with a $150-thousand dollar bud. The work is like heavy paint which water seals the road so it doesn’t crumble. The streets to be worked on listed on the Daily Journal’s website. The work includes the airport parking lot too. The work to be paid for by a combo of Traffic Congestion Relief Program funds and Airport funds.

A report by the panel led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on the potential of legalizing marijuana supposedly says to be cautious with it, and suggests a seriously regulated market. The report says the marijuana industry shouldn’t look to be California’s next Gold Rush and that it should protect children, provide flexibility for local governments and not allow the next “Big Tobacco.” The ideas coming out of the Lt. Gov’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy made up of legal, academic and law enforcement experts. The report looks for ballot proposals that’ll provide consumer protections, allow continued access to medicinal marijuana and ban any possibility of corporate interference. There’s also talk of protecting environmental resources such as water, strengthening drug treatment programs and addressing racial and economic disparities.

A campaign to bring up California’s minimum wage got closer to reality as the UC President Janet Napolitano announced a hike to $15 an hour for several thousand workers by 2017. She announced the boost a day after Los Angeles County also agreed to lift the minimum wage to $15 an hour in all unincorporated communities by 2020. The same has happened in Los Angeles, making it the largest city in the country to do so. The State Senate agreed to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $13 by 2017. It waits state Assembly approval now.

A man weighing in at 560-pounds is biking across the United States to lose weight but he got stuck in Rhode Island. The Newport Daily News reports ( ) Eric Hites’ bicycle has a bent rim so he got sidelined in Tiverton for the last week, only 90 miles from where he began. He says in just 2 weeks, he’s already lost 60 pounds. He wears a size 70 pants and a 10X T-shirt. He says he hopes to lose hundreds of pounds and write a book.

The founder of Craigslist has donated several thousand dollars for a composting toilet to be named in after him in northern New Jersey . Grow It Green Morristown says Craig Newmark’s $10,000 donation will probably pay for the entire purchase of the toilet for their Community Garden. Newmark lived in the area of the community garden for 12 years. It used to be a junkyard.

A man in western Pennsylvania getting carried away with too many unnecessary emergency calls recently called to say he had chest pains so he could get help fixing his air conditioner. Travis Turner cited for obstructing emergency services and disorderly conduct. Troopers say Turner has dialed 911 dispatchers or the state police 63 times over three years for minor or harassing complaints. He was charged before, but the complaint was withdrawn with a warning.

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