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Two people in Ukiah have been arrested after a high speed chase with cops in a stolen car. Police say they were following a white 2014 Toyota Prius matching one reported as stolen from Lake County. The driver id’d as Motecuhzoma O. Vaughn of Ukiah speeding thru side streets at speeds up to 50 mph on South Dora Street. The car ran stop signs then got up to nearly 70 mph near the intersection of Jefferson Lane. She eventually lost control, hitting 5 parked cars and running away. The passenger had minor injuries and got arrested. Vaughn found hiding and arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, evading, hit and run traffic collision, resisting or delaying an officer and driving with a suspended license. The two were booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

Two people from Cloverdale have been injured in a solo car crash. Cops say the two were in a 1998 Ford Escort and lost control and rolled off Highway 101 down an embankment in front of the Saracina Vineyards. The CHP reports the driver, Charles Greppi said he and his passenger, Kelsie Iverson were arguing when he lost control of the car. The woman had on no seatbelt and she was tossed out of the car and had major injuries. The man had on his seat belt and had minor injuries. Police say they don’t think alcohol was a factor.

The River Rock Casino in Geyserville briefly threatened by a fast moving wildfire. 80 firefighters descended on the scene Friday where gamblers had to be locked down inside for a time. The fire burned 10-acres. The fire started along Highway 128 and moved thru dry grass and oak woodland up a hill toward the casino. It had also threatened a barn, cell tower and the casino itself. Around dinner time the fire was around 80 percent contained with the casino letting patrons out and bus traffic was allowed to move again. The cause of the fire still unknown.

Donated items being offered from the Clearlake Community United Methodist Church for those who lost items in the Rocky or Jerusalem Fires. The church apparently has a lot of donated clothing, some furniture and household items too. The Pastor Cindy Lawler tells Lake Co News they’ve received donations from all over Northern Calif. She says they’re getting help and support from all Lake County Methodist churches. Clearlake Community United Methodist Church is located at 14521 Pearl St., Clearlake.

The air quality in Northern California continues in the unhealthy range due to wildfires. The Lake County Air Quality Management District reports air quality conditions are in the “unhealthy” range, and that’s expected to last through this afternoon. The agency says the smoke’s not from the Rocky or Jerusalem fires because there’s very little smoke coming from the Jerusalem and the Rocky’s out. There are other major wildfires burning farther north, including in Humboldt, other Northern California areas, Oregon, and Washington.

Mop up still happening on the Rocky fire which was fully contained late last week. The fire 100-percent contained on Friday after burning just under 70,000 acres. The fire started July 29th in the Lower Lake area and burned more than 2 weeks threatening several thousand homes and forcing evacuations. It ended up burning as many as 100 structures and even burned across Highway 20, east of Clearlake Oaks. It spread to the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and burned into Colusa and Yolo counties. The costs of fighting the fire have not been calculated yet. But FEMA has approved a grant declaration so 75 percent of the fire’s suppression costs are covered.

Lake County is partnering with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County offering a call in number for community members dealing with the after effects of the Rocky fire. The Fire Help Line at 800-325-9604 has staff working 24/7. They help with referrals for services as well as collecting information to help the county with its damage assessment. There’s also a virtual recovery assistance center online at

Fire crews working overtime on the Jerusalem fire in Lake County reaching 90 percent containment and holding. There are more than 2,000 fire personnel working the 25,000-acre fire with the hope it’ll be totally surrounded with fire lines by Friday. A spokesperson for Cal Fire said the southern line was still and challenge, the bit not yet contained. They do say no structures are threatened. The fire started Aug. 9th near Jerusalem Grade Road outside of Lower Lake and got within three or four miles of Hidden Valley Lake eventually merging into the Rocky Fire. The fire gutted 9 homes and 18 outbuildings, at least three were hunting cabins. All evacuations and road closures are lifted.

A woman in Phoenix got a surprise with her morning coffee. Kim Dillon says there was something slimy in her mouth so she spit it out and found a lizard. She and her hubby took the legless creature back into the Starbucks where she says she got it. She says employees apologized profusely. A representative of the coffee selling powerhouse says its disturbed by the news and will be investigating. The couple says their creature tainted latte may have turned them into tea drinkers.

An elderly man in Evansville, Indiana in trouble with the law, police say he poured a bowl filled with urine on top of a teenagers head. 84 year old Charles Weatherford was arrested Saturday after an argument with a 13-year-old about smashed bricks on his property. The teen says the argument got so heated the man poured the pee on him from the 2nd floor of his house. Police reported a strong odor of urine when they got there and arrested the man for battery by communicable bodily fluid/waste, a felony, and battery on a victim under the age of 14.

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