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A teen from Laytonville’s been killed in the crash of a stolen school van. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says 14-year-old Deon Oldenes, was one of five kids in the van that crashed around 5am yesterday. The Press Democrat reports they are all thought to be from Laytonville High School. The CHP reports they were in a van stolen from the Laytonville Unified School District when it crashed into a tree on Branscomb Road.

At least 1200 people reported to have come out for Sunday’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraiser for those who suffered losses from the Lake County fires. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman put together a group of local leaders, businesses and service clubs to organize the community-wide dinner, auction & music event to raise money to support the rebuilding efforts of Mendocino’s Lake County neighbors. Organizers say all proceeds are going directly to the Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund created by North Coast Opportunities with the support of Mendo Lake Credit Union and the Savings Bank of Mendocino County.

Lake County Crop values are a notch down but still near their highest in history. Lake County News reports at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the county Ag commissioner gave the annual report for 2014, showing the county’s gross agricultural production at just over $93 million. That’s a 3-percent decrease from the total reported in 2013, which at that time was the county’s all-time highest agricultural production number. Winegrapes continued to be the county’s largest crop in 2014 with a total value of nearly $59 million. Lake county’s No. 2 crop last year was pears with a gross value of more than $20 million. And the No. 3 crop for 2014 was walnuts, with a gross value of $6.7 million.

Property owners who need to clean up structures burned in the Rocky and Jerusalem Fires have until this Friday, October 30 to file a Right Of Entry Permit or a Private Cleanup Application. The deadline was set by Lake County Environmental Health, CalRecycle, and the California Office of Emergency Services to get the clean up done in a timely manner. Many property owners have completed the paperwork for the permit to allow the CalRecycle/OES teams to remove debris from their properties and some have chosen a Private Cleanup Application to do themselves. In either case, Friday is the deadline. Those who miss the deadline will be referred to the Lake County Planning and Community Development Department for future action.

Property tax bills headed out to property owners. The County of Lake, Treasurer-Tax Collector is sending out the bills for property tax owed for all property on record as of January 1st, 2015. Those who’ve had property damage related to the recent fires are getting a corrected property tax bill with a new due date and a reduction in property value related to fire damage. For more info, call the Assessor’s Office at 707-263-2302.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors honoring a volunteer group who assisted with animal rescues during the wildfires and they’ll consider proposed policies to help animals find homes due to the Valley fire. The beginning this morning at 9 a.m. in the board chambers in the Lake County Courthouse. The board’s honoring the volunteer group –Lake County Animal Care and Control – for rescue efforts during the recent fires. Apparently volunteers along with Animal Care and Control helped nearly 4,000 animals.

The Lake County Fire Protection District is having a debate for those running in the upcoming board election. It’s this Thursday in the Clearlake City Council Chambers at 6. The public is invited to attend to hear from those trying to fill 3 positions. Incumbents John Spriet, Michael Dean and Jacqueline Snyder are trying to keep their seats, and another candidate, Bud Moore is vying for a seat. The vote for the three board positions is in the Nov. 3rd General District Election.

More and more reports of sick or dead deer mean the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Investigations Lab, or WIL is looking more deeply into the problem. They say evidence collected in urbanized areas from Siskiyou County to Fresno County from deer carcasses show it could be something called adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. This is not harmful to humans, livestock or pets. The agency says deer should not be fed and that wildlife veterinarians and biologists are documenting outbreaks. There are no treatments for most viral diseases for deer though. For more information on deer, visit www.keepmewild.com .

Three young transients facing murder and other charges for the death of a local yoga teacher and a Canadian woman had a delay in court proceedings. The three were in court yesterday on murder charges, but did not enter pleas. They were supposed to, but their arraignment was postponed because one of the suspects has not been appointed a lawyer. They went back to jail and will be back in court Thursday. Morrison Lampley is accused of being the shooter of a Canadian backpacker in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and in the shooting death of a yoga instructor two days later in Marin County. 18 year old Lila Alligood and 24 year old Sean Angold also charged with the murder and robbery of the two.

Mendocino County mental health staff got in a little trouble after they didn’t follow rules to allow mentally ill patients a way to court. The county has to provide mentally incompetent inmates held on misdemeanors restoration services in a timely manner. That means they have to be in a condition to be able to go to court. So that sometimes means medication, and a medical evaluation. But one Mendocino County Deputy Public Defender says some inmates are held on misdemeanor charges while their mental competency is being determined before trial which sometimes takes up to six months. Now a judge rules the county’s mental health department has to step up in a timely manner or sanctions will be imposed.

A biscuit that survived the Titanic sinking has been sold at auction to a collector in Greece. The BBC reports the biscuit, similar in shape and color to a cracker, was in a collection from some newlyweds at the beginning of a three-month honeymoon trip to Europe in 1912. They were aboard the ship that rescued survivors of the Titanic. The cracker sold for more than 20-thousand dollars.

A woman in Indiana is recovering after dog somehow shot her in the foot. Her dog, Trigger, was sitting next to the woman’s 12-gauge shotgun without a safety on during a waterfowl hunt. The chocolate Labrador retriever, Trigger, stepped on the shotgun and depressed the trigger. The woman had to be treated at two hospitals before being released.

A man in New Mexico who was watching the TV show “The Walking Dead” says he beat his friend to death before he could become a zombie. A Grants police spokesman says Christopher Paquin was beaten by Damon Perry who admitted the beating death. He’s held on a murder charge. Paquin’s body found inside an apartment with maintenance workers holding Perry who admitted he and his body were drinking and his friend tried biting him so he beat him to death with his hands, feet, an electric guitar and a microwave.

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