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A woman from Oakland has been killed in a Lake County rollover crash. The CHP reports the woman was a passenger in a 1996 Honda Accord that crashed Sunday night. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the Highway 29 crash in Lakeport. The driver of the car had non-life-threatening injuries. The victim who died has not been identified yet, pending family notification. The CHP reports not knowing how fast the driver was going, but for some reason drifted off the road, overcorrected and lost control, skidding across southbound lanes, hitting a curb and dirt embankment then rolling several times.

A fire has gutted a home west of Guerneville forcing the homeowner to quickly get out. Firefighters say smoke was pouring out the single-story house when they got there yesterday morning before 10. Flames came out of the attic and caused the ceiling in part of the home to collapse in. Neighbors had to help the homeowner out, she was not injured. Fire officials say the fire caused about $150,000 of damage. No word how it started.

The latest fire in Lake County is nearly out. Cal Fire reports the Elk fire in Upper Lake as 90 percent contained. The fire has burned thru 670-acres. It started last Wednesday on Elk Mountain Road, the cause not yet determined. Firefighters at the scene all weekend trying to get the whole fire surrounded. The Mendocino National Forest is now in control of the fire as Cal Fire moves out. Mop Up and looking for hot spots should continue thru the end of the week. Fire officials still warning the public to be cautious when out in the forest and when using equipment.

It’s Brake Safety Week, a national campaign the CHP is involved in this week. The CHP educating drivers, mechanics, and others on proper brake inspection and maintenance. There are events across the state, including information booths at rest areas and truck stops. More than 1,000 CHP employees are dedicated to commercial vehicle enforcement. They run about 1/2 million commercial vehicle inspections each year. Last year during the Brake Safety Week, nearly, 10,000 vehicles were inspected many taken out of service for brake-related violations.

A found guilty of shooting at two California Highway Patrol officers is mentally competent to stand trial. The judge rules William Steele of Hopland has no mental competence issues for the October 2013 shootings he’s charged with. He faces 154 years in prison for the attempted murder of CHP Officers Shane Roach and Glen Thomas. He was found guilty in the case and for several crimes connected to the early-morning traffic stop in Kelseyville. He was supposed to be sentenced in May but he brought up mental competence himself so the trial was temporarily suspended. 2 different psychiatrists say he was mentally competent.

A reward’s being offered in the case of the cut fiber optic line that took down internet and cell phone service across the North Coast last week. The service restored by AT&T by last Friday morning after the vandalism cut Thursday near Ukiah. Later Friday, the cell phone company said its offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fiber-optic line cut. The company now saying it was all part of an attempted copper theft.

A millionaire who died this summer in NY City has left a chunk of her estate to care for her 32 pet cockatiels. The New York Post reports Leslie Ann Mandel’s will leaves 100-thousand dollars so the birds can continue living in an aviary at her $4 million East Hampton home. Each bird is named in the will. The woman’s stepson was named trustee. She also left money to care for her dog and cat.

A woman suspected of ripping off a patrol car from Alaska State Troopers she held her handcuffed husband in has been arrested. Amber Watford of Big Lake busted in Wasilla last week. Cops had arrested the hubby, Joshua Watford for DUI and other charges. When he was put in the patrol car, his wife drove up, distracted officers and hopped behind the wheel of the patrol car and took off. The couple were found soon after.

A man killed in a boating accident in Catalina has been id’d as the son of the former CEO of the San Francisco 49ers. Michael Harris, son of Peter Harris, was killed when a dinghy he was riding in with four other people ran into another boat early Sunday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard reports 3 others injured in the crash, including Harris’ girlfriend. Those injured were flown to UCLA Medical Center, 2 had minor injuries and the third had a head injury. A fourth person had been reported missing Sunday night.

A resounding yes by the Ukiah City Council to locate homeless shelters without a use permit. The council voted unanimously for a Homeless Shelter Overlay District so shelters could be okay’d without a permit as part of the city’s General Plan. The city manager presented the idea to the council, saying the location picked and recommended by the Planning Commission, includes the old Buddy Eller Center site and the St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church plus multiple industrial parcels.

A duplex has been approved for a tiny lot north of the Ukiah branch of the Mendocino County Library. Planning Director Charley Stump told the city council it’s an eclectic neighborhood where the project fits in well. He says the owner is looking to build about 5,100-square-feet in the 300 block of North Main Street to include two 550-square-foot apartments. He says it has a modern, simple design. The project had been lingering a while and the Stump says the area has also been neglected for a while. The council unanimously agreed it was a perfect project for the area.


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