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Lake County investigators are looking into to the disappearance of a woman from Massachusetts who had been staying in Glenhaven. Noelle Lenz disappeared last week. Her cousin says Lenz was supposed to meet up with a man, possibly in Willits, to reportedly pick up a camera, but left her phone, laptop and dog at the place she was staying. The cousin says Lenz was driving a white 2001 Jeep Cherokee which has also not been seen since October 28th. Lenz had been looking for a job as a social worker in Lake County and was reportedly scheduled to test for that this weekend. Lenz is a tattoo model and has several on her arms and neck. You can see her picture on the Lake County News website. If you have information you are asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a suspect in a Halloween night shooting in Clearlake Oaks. It happened around 7 p.m. Saturday on Third Street. The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to an out-of -ounty hospital. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman tells Lake County News that they have a suspect but are not naming him.

A teenage girl says someone tried to grab her while she was jogging Monday afternoon in a place in Ukiah that a lot of people like to walk and jog. Ukiah Police say the 17-year-old was grabbed from behind around 5 p.m. in the 200 block of Highland Drive. She fought him off and he ran away. The Press Democrat reports she described him to police as Latino, about 5-feet, 11-inches tall, with brown eyes, medium build and pock marks on his face. She says he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a ripped pocket. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ukiah Police. Police say he is wanted for felony assault with intent to commit a sex offense and attempted kidnapping.

The Mendocino-Lake Community College District has refinanced some bonds to a much lower interest. The District says they chose to take advantage of historically low interest rates to refinance bonds from the 2006 Measure W and did not have to extend the term to do so. The interest rates have gone from an average of 6.46% to 4.72%, which they say will reduce the community’s tax bill by a total more than $36.5 million over the life of the bond refinancing.

A man from Hopland is recovering after an assault. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call to an assault with a deadly weapon Friday in the 13000 block of South Highway 101. They say they found Martin Castro walking around in a parking lot of a local business then found another man who says Castro assaulted him with a big rock. The victim says he was in front of the business and saw Castro yelling and getting closer to him, following him. He says Castro threw a baseball size rock at him. Castro arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $35,000.00 bail.

A man in Covelo’s been arrested after reports of a strong arm robbery at a local market. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office got a call to a man acting strangely in the downtown area and find Charlie Crawford. They say witnesses say Crawford at Keith’s Market and was speaking in a confused and rambling manner and also described as being aggressive and confrontational. An employee says he threatened him with a broken wooden mop handle with a sharp end, climbed on the roof of the market, climbed down and went to another market and supposedly stole something, and punched a clerk who tried stopping him. That clerk called 911 and Crawford was arrested. The clerk had only minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

Police in Ukiah looking for a man they say was involved in a domestic dispute. Police looking for Ben Brooks after a call to investigate an assault on a woman and destruction to the yard at the home. They say he left on a bicycle moments before police got there. Police say a 29 year old female told them Brooks hit her and threatened to kill her as he strangled her with his hands until she couldn’t breathe. Another man heard the commotion and confronted Brooks who left. The victim had visible injuries on her face and neck and got checked by medical personnel. Officers have been unable to find Brooks. The DA’s office has filed felony charges of domestic violence and terrorist threats against him.

Trash being cleared from the Russian River watershed by volunteers ahead of rainy weather. The first clean-up event tomorrow morning in Guerneville. It’s from 9 a.m. to noon. Environmental advocates, Chris Brokate and the Clean River Alliance, with the sponsorship of the Russian Riverkeeper are overseeing the event, one of many to prepare for possible heavy rains in the North Bay this winter. Brokate had organized a similar event two weeks ago, 20 volunteers came out for that. Those interested are asked to meet after 9 a-m at Fire Mountain Lodge on First Street, between Safeway and Johnson’s Beach, in downtown Guerneville.

It’s the five year anniversary of the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Clearlake. The clinic opened in November of 2010 at 15145 Lakeshore Drive. The clinic has gone passed service levels anticipated by the San Francisco VA Health Care System. The clinic director says they’ve exceeded all of expectations regarding their growth rate. The San Francisco VA oversees the local clinic. Just 3 months after it opened, there was already 500 patients.

The Cobb Mountain Tree Project looking for help bringing some of the beauty back to the area after the Valley Fire in September. The project organizer says they’re trying to get trees donated from a nursery in Oregon, but there’s currently no way to get them to Lake County. The trees to eventually be stored in a lot behind Hardester’s Markets and Hardware in Middletown. So the community needs to rent a truck or get trucking services donated. There’s currently a account to make it happen. The Record Bee reports a CalFire spokesman saying about a half million trees will need to be replaced after almost 100-square miles of wildland burned in the Valley, Rocky and Jerusalem fires.

FEMA says it’s come up with a location for temporary housing currently available in staging areas. Clearlake Resort and Campground has about 40 pads for one, two or three bedroom Manufactured Housing Units. They’ve also got a second location near Lake Tahoe for those affected by the Butte Fire. Other sites floated by the community include Hoberg’s Resort site on Cobb Mountain, mostly destroyed by the Valley Fire, as another housing but that was a no because of hazardous debris and a discovery of artifacts. There are more than 100 fully furnished temporary housing units ready for transportation to Lake County from Sacramento.

Some Bay Area fishermen say they’re concerned about the possibility of a delayed Dungeness crab season because of a naturally occurring toxin harmful to humans. State officials testing crab to see if the levels of domoic acid are too high. The acid is found in algae eaten by other organisms and in turn eaten by the bottom-feeding crustaceans. The commercial season is supposed to start Nov. 15th just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Fight for 15 movement filed to get on to a ballot, to raise California’s minimum wage from 9 dollars an hour to 15 by the year 2020. Supporters say it would help 3 point 3 million low wage workers. Alma Hernandez with the Service Employees International Union, which is sponsoring the initiative, says with the high cost of living here, it’s impossible to support a family on 9 dollars an hour.

Cut 77345 :11 "What you see in many homes across California is you have families living 2 to 3 families in a home, in an apartment, just to be able to make ends meet."

Tag: The measure would require businesses with more than 26 employees to start paying 12 dollars an hour by July 2017 and gradually move up to 15 dollars by July 2020 – and they’d have to give full time workers at least six paid sick days a year. Smaller businesses would have to start paying $10.10 an hour in 2017 and move up to 15 dollars by July 20-21.

Second Cut: Opponents of the minimum wage says it burdens employers and forces them to cut jobs. But Hernandez says that hasn’t been borne out in places such as San Francisco that have already upped the minimum wage.

Cut 78345 :15 "That’s actually the reason why we’re going directly to the voters is that they see through the fear tactics that the other side employs. They all see prices around them continuing to increase and their wages continuing to remain stagnant."

Tag 1: Backers say they plan to start collecting signatures in January. Meanwhile a similar ballot initiative that was filed earlier this year already has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. That measure does not include the sick day provisions.

Low voter turnout in Mendocino County as expected. The elections office has about 23 percent of the 25,000 absentee ballots sent out so far. The Mendocino County assessor, clerk and recorder says they’ve got about 5,800 of the absentees so far, but that amount could change as ballots are counted and verified. The clerk says it’s not that surprising as it’s an off year with local districts or school board votes. The final election count was supposed to be last night around midnight and an update due mid day today.

A man in Pennsylvania has been arrested for lowering a rope ladder into the store, then saying he was asleep after being caught on the store’s roof. Thomas Beal arrested for burglary, criminal trespass and other charges. Cops say a security guard at Peachin’s Supermarket in Dunbar Township called police after spotting the guy lowering himself through an air-conditioning vent.

A local judge busted in western Pennsylvania after cops say he didn’t show up at the polls, instead working as a local driver for the day. The Allegheny County sheriff’s office says Darrin Farmer of North Versailles (Vehr-SAYLES’) never went to his precinct with voting equipment, delaying poll opening three hours. Cops say the judge decided instead to give rides for money. He faces charges of tampering with public records and obstructing a government function.


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