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More than 400 more students in Mendocino-Lake Community College District thanks the district says to outreach. The district announced the enrollment spike this week. Total enrollment reported 11% higher than last year. So Mendocino College could get as much as a half million dollars more this academic year from the state. That would go directly to the college’s general budget, projected as about $5,500 for each Full Time Enrollment Student. The Student Services area working outreach, also the expansion out to the Coast including Fort Bragg, stronger relations with the community, industry, and regional educational partners all said to have contributed to the enrollment increase.

A body found in a secluded area of Willits off Highway 162 is finally identified. The body found back in 2013 is 25 year old Rachel Sloan of Laytonville. She wasn’t actually reported missing until May of this year. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday DNA samples taken from Sloan’s family were compared to DNA of remains found. Her burned body found then examined by a forensic anthropologist. She has not been seen since August 2012.

A man from Vacaville will stand trial for the rape and murder of a woman in Willits. The judge ruling Terrell Marshall to be bound over for trial, saying there’s enough evidence to proceed in the case of Kayla Chesser found dead in November 2014 in a home in the Brooktrails community. There’s also a potential special circumstance that could mean it would be a death penalty case. Marshall’s a registered sex offender with a rape conviction. He was at a home where Chesser was killed but was gone before police got there. Hours later he crashed and went off a cliff off Highway 162 into the Eel River canyon. He was arrested last year and held without bail in Mendocino County Jail.

A man from Willits arrested several times for going against a restraining order. Cops finding a camera on Ty Zell Simpson when a woman reported he was bothering her against the restraining order by visiting her home in Ukiah. He’s been charged with violating a domestic violence restraining order and resisting arrest. He was busted days later for the same and for making threats against the woman and a friend. He was arrested again for suspicion of stalking and threatening bodily injury, making criminal threats, violating a restraining order and committing a felony while released on bail.

A new postmaster named in Lower Lake sworn in. Congressman Mike Thompson delivered oath of office to Benjamin Lovato last Friday. Lovato spoke at the ceremony saying he’s honored to continue a long tradition as postmaster of Lower Lake. The Postal Service first established there in 1858. Lovato takes over for Sandra Dawson. He’s worked at Post Offices in Clearlake Oaks, Healdsburg, Hopland, Lakeport, Laytonville, Sebastopol and Ukiah.

The Lakeport City Council is offering Verizon Wireless more time to find different locations for its proposed monopine cell tower. Lake Co News reports the city council considered it may be sued for disallowing it altogether. So the Council voted 4-1 for Verizon to get 90 days to explore other locations for the tower. The company had wanted to erect the tower where neighbors complained it wouldn’t fit. Potential other sites include on top of the Lake County Courthouse or the District Attorney’s Office or behind the courthouse.

A wild fire burning about a week near Upper Lake has been fully contained. The Elk fire burned 673 acres in the Elk Mountain Road area. It started Sept. 2nd. Cal Fire turned over the work to the Mendocino County Forest. Mop up and patrol to go thru the end of the week. No word yet on how the fire started.

The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act has passed the state legislature. Assemblyman Bill Dodd’s (D-Napa) bill heads to the Gov. Jerry Brown. He’s got a month to sign the legislation. Dodd says women are not the only ones affected by the gender pay gap, he says it also causes problems for our entire society. He further says it’s an important step to make sure a stable future is head by all California families. He was part of a group of legislators who championed gender pay equity in several measures.

A farmer pretending to be a princess in China has swindled more than 315 thousand American dollars out of her victims. Wang Fengying and her accomplice Yang Janglin were talking people into lending them money to help retrieve lost billions held by authorities. In return they promised more money for the investment. It went on 2 years until someone reported them to police. Fengying got 13.5 years behind bars. The co-defendant got 12 years. Both also fined 500,000 yuan.

A group of homeowners says they’ve gathered enough signatures to bring to the Hidden Valley Lake Association (HVLA) to recall four of seven members of the board of directors. The group hopes to get the recall on the ballot in November. The recall needs 5 percent of verified homeowners, or 165, for their petition to advance. They say they collected more than 200. The group is unofficially called “Reclaim Our Community” (ROC). The group of about 25 or so homeowners says they’re unhappy with a lack of transparency, saying too much policy is passed during closed door executive sessions.

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