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An "unpublished" decision by an appeals court in San Francisco affirms the jury verdicts from Mendocino County Superior Court for the case of James Kester formerly of Fort Bragg who was found guilty of the 2nd degree murder of Jason Blackshear. Blackshear strangled to death with an electrical cord) in Sept. of 2011. Kester had been sentenced to 35 years to life which was affirmed as well. He’s in the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. The state Attorney General’s made the case before the appeals court.

One of two men found trespassing on private timber land, growing pot plants have been sentenced to prison. Clemente Flores busted along with another man for growing nearly 2,000 pot plants in the Branscomb area. His lawyer trying to get him released but the DA said prison was appropriate due to the size and black market intent of the operation, plus there was extensive environmental damage. Flores admitted he knew the operation was illegal. He got 16 months behind bars and will probably end up in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after and be sent back to Mexico. His co-defendant, Refugio Perez Hernandez, will be sentenced on September 18th.

A new survey about the communications outage in Northern California. The Broadband Alliance asking everyone in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties affected by the outage: residents, businesses, and organizations to take the online survey to document how they were impacted. The alliance says the info they get from the survey will help them with network design. Last year a survey with data gathered by the alliance was sent to the FCC and California Public Utilities Commission. There was also a presentation to Washington DC Congressional Staff. The survey can be found at this radio station’s website.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/another-outage

The next Public Meeting of the Broadband Alliance is this Friday morning at 10:00 where the focus will be a special presentation from the staff of the California Telehealth Network.

A man in Fort Bragg has been arrested for domestic violence. Police say they arrested the man after a call to 911, there was a hang up, but police dispatchers could hear a woman yelling in the background of the call. When police got to the home they say they recognized the suspect as a man wanted on a felony warrant from Mendocino County. Police say they called the suspect out of the home and he surrendered immediately. The woman says he touched her inappropriately as she slept at his home and tried to cover her nose and mouth when she cried for help. The man arrested for Corporal Injury on a Cohabitant, False Imprisonment and Sexual Battery.

A man in Fort Bragg been arrested for a drunk driving hit and run accident. Police say Stephen Anapolsky hit a pedestrian in a major intersection in town. A 17 year old female had minor injuries but she and other witnesses id’d the driver and says he gave his name but left the scene right after. He was found at a local hospital where workers say he seemed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers tested him, then arrested him after he admitted he was the driver in the accident. He’s charged with Hit-and-Run with Injury, Narcotic Addict Operating a Vehicle, Driving under the Influence of Drugs and DUI causing Injury. He posted bail and was released from jail.

A bill in the state Senate to fight climate change missed a key vote, but looks to move on anyway. Senate Bill 32 to ramp up the state’s emission reduction goals by cutting greenhouse gases to 40 percent under 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent the 1990 mark by 2050. The Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills has accepted amendments to the bill so it’s called for legislative oversight hearings and looks to authorize the Legislature to modify or reject the plan.

A bill is proposing bringing up the state’s tobacco taxes by $2 per pack and to update the existing tax on managed-care organizations so it’ll help pay for various health and welfare programs. State Senator Ed Hernandez says if the bill passes, it will mean care for the most under-served and neediest communities in California. The measure needs a two-thirds vote to get to the next step with at least some Republican support, which so far has not materialized.

Public schools and roads in California named after former Confederate leaders are being renamed if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a Senate Bill. The state Senate has overwhelmingly supported the bill, 31-2, so it heads to the governor’s desk. Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda sent the bill to his colleagues after the Charleston church massacre, saying California should not be honoring those who nearly tore the country apart during the Civil War to protect slavery. Many against the bill say the state’s trying to erase ugly or uncomfortable parts of the state’s past. The institutions that could be affected, two elementary schools in Southern California named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The city of Fort Bragg has been exempted.

A semi truck on the 101 headed south past Burke Hill Drive near Ukiah stopped some traffic after catching fire. The CHP reports the road had to be closed yesterday morning. No injuries were reported and there was no official cause. There was just one person in the truck, Eric Davis. Davis was going south on Highway 101 when the driver smelled smoke. The truck partly loaded up with wooden boxes. The truck burst into flames, destroying its cab and partially burning the trailer.

A man from Cobb has been sent to jail for illegally killing a deer on a local golf course. Nicolas Stuckey’s charged with eight counts of violating the Fish and Game Code for shooting a doe on May 7th. Stuckey pleaded no contest for using an artificial light during hours of darkness, a practice known as spotlighting – to kill a deer and a doe. The State Fish and Wildlife dept gets a report the man may have illegally killed a deer so they investigated, finding a dead deer and finding the car supposedly involved. Stuckey says he hit the deer the night before, then cut it up and left it. He later admitted he shot it by the golf course after dark.

A warning by fire officials about fire season, saying California’s about to go into the most dangerous time of the fire season – the fall. Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit has dealt with more than 103,000 acres of wildfires this season already. The Wragg fire in Napa County, the Rocky Fire, Jerusalem Fire, Peterson, Grade and Elk fire all in Lake County. Cal Fire reminding the public that most of these fires may have been human caused, maybe by someone that allowed a spark or hot material to ignite dry grass accidentally. There are penalties for causing a fire that goes out of control. For more info on preventing wildfires, visit www.PreventWildfireCA.org or www.ReadyForWildfire.org .

The SBA is opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Clearlake. This after the massive damage by the Rocky fire. Lake Co News reports the agency will have low-interest federal disaster loans available for California businesses and residents. The SBA itself declared a disaster after a request by the office of Emergency Services. That means assistance will be made available in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties. The center is open M-F 8-4, no appt. is necessary. For more info, you can visit online too, http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

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