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A man from Ukiah spotted driving a stolen car has been arrested after leading police on a chase. Yesterday morning, an officer recognized the car reported stolen last week. When the officer started following the car, the driver, now ID’d as Edward Two Feathers Steele reportedly sped up and officers took chase throughout the City of Ukiah and into the county, driving recklessly and with what police called “willful and wanton disregard for safety”. A short time later police found the car abandoned in a vineyard and after a brief search found Steele hiding in some berry bushes. He’s facing several charges including reckless evading, vehicle theft, driving suspended and violation of probation.

Ukiah Police searching for a couple of suspects a woman says mugged her on the Rail Trail. Police met the woman at a hospital where she told them she was assaulted and robbed along the railroad tracks between East Perkins and East Gobbi St Monday around 10:30pm. She says one man came up and asked her for a cigarette while the other came from behind and grabbed her purse. She says she tried fighting but one man hit her and she fell and hit her head, passing out. When she woke up she found her purse about 100 yards away with several items missing including her cell phone. She had only a brief description of one attacker and said she did not see the other.

Some folks left homeless by the Valley fire living at the Hidden Valley Lake Campground have some help from the community to get a little more comfy as the weather turns bad. The Record Bee reports there are still about 70 people living there who had been essentially on the ground but as their situation was made public, donations came in including some travel trailers donated by the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge. A spokesperson for the group says they could use about four more travel trailers. Many of the folks say they’re stuck because they can’t find affordable rentals in the county. The paper reports many are from the same large apartment building in Middletown that was destroyed and is not going to be replaced.

A man from Covelo’s been arrested after an attack on 3 others. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting call to the report of an assault. A Game Warden was first on the scene and found a badly beaten man, identified as Karl Gage. Then deputies got there, finding Gage and his live in girlfriend were in a trailer arguing when he kicked their dog and assaulted the woman. 2 men came to help then apparently Gage attacked the men with a knife, lacerating one of their hands and another man’s neck. Both victim’s injuries were small and not life threatening. Gage was attacked until he stopped and walked off. He was seriously injured. The case sent to the DA for possible charges.

Two men in Ukiah have been arrested for a reported carjacking near Ukiah Natural Foods. Police report getting a call Monday about a stolen car. A victim says she was sitting in it and the person with her was inside buying items when a man jumped in the driver’s side and demanded she get out. The woman did so and the car was taken, found later though, abandoned in the 1000 block of North State Street. Police say they got a second report of another car stolen in the same area and saw it later and pulled it over. Those inside, id’d as Eric Garcia of Ukiah and Tia Higgins, also of Ukiah have been arrested with evidence linking the two to a vehicle theft near Ukiah Natural Foods.

The Exec. Director of Covered California and some staffers have been to Ukiah as part of a 29 city bus tour to garner interest. They were at the Hillside Health Center yesterday to encourage participation in open enrollment for healthcare benefits. There’s a three month window for those eligible for the Affordable Healthcare Act. Enrollment started November 1st and goes thru Jan. 31, 2016. Nobody can be denied coverage and some folks can even be eligible to receive federal subsidies to potentially lower the monthly cost of coverage. For more information, visit www.coveredca.com.

Circulation for the Lake County Library system down. The annual report to the Board of Supervisors showed a 5.5 percent downturn, partly because of a lack of funding. The annual report delivered to the board showing for the last seven years, the budget to buy new materials was down by as much as $200,000. The report shows that correlates with a steady drop in physical book checkout. This, the librarian reports, is due to the California Library Services Act of 2011, eliminating state funding of public libraries. So that means the only money the state sends is a reimbursement program covering a book’s cost when it’s loaned to another library.

It’s getting to be a lot like Christmas. At least three ski resorts in the Sierra’s have opened early with several more reporting fresh powder and potential openings this week too. This after a winter like storm that dumped in higher elevations. Boreal Mountain Resort’s the first in Northern California to open this season with lifts running last Friday. Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California up in Lake Tahoe open six days earlier than planned, last Saturday. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain also have lifts operating and Alpine Meadows opens tomorrow. Squaw Valley will start running lifts Saturday.

Mendocino County has a prosecutor on a trial in Humboldt County. The Jason Warren murder trial. He’s accused of murdering a woman at her home in Hoopa before running over three joggers near Freshwater. The trial started yesterday with opening statements from the prosecutor Paul Sequeira. Sequeira says evidence to come shows Warren was responsible. 2 survivors testified, but they had traumatic brain injuries and much more. They were professional, experienced marathon runners and knew the area. The prosecutor says the hit and run was on purpose.

Residents in Lake County who need help still after the Valley Fire will get to have questions answered one-on-one with the Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Coordinator. The coordinator is also the Lake County Director of Social Services and is leading the Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force. They’re working on getting residents what they need so they can recover from the Fire. So two days a week there will be office hours at the C. Gibson Museum and Cultural Center on Calistoga Street at Callayomi Street in Middletown. Fire survivors and residents can go in person to discuss or ask questions about the recovery process. For more info, visit www.LakeCountyRecovers.com.

The former D-A from Mendocino County says she’s sorry for lying and making damaging statements against a local resident when running for re-election in 2010. Meredith Lintott lost to current District Attorney David Eyster. She was also sued by Robert Forest for defamation, and had to run public apologies on the radio as part of the settlement. She admits she falsely accused Forest of having pending felony charges, committing assault on an unarmed man with a gun and for bribing Eyster. She’s admitted though that she had personally dismissed criminal charges against Forest more than two years before the campaign advertisement. She was sued for slander.

A lawsuit’s been settled by Playboy Enterprises after a model who claimed she was hit by an employee with a golf club. City News Service reports Elizabeth Dickson suing for battery and negligence after she was hit in the buttocks with the club at the Playboy Golf Finals in the city of Industry three years ago where she agreed to host. A picture taken with a co-host of Playboy Radio Kevin Klein. The picture was supposed to show a teed-up golf ball from Dickson’s buttocks.

Police in Washington, D.C., are getting the public involved, trying to find the identity of two women accused of sexually assaulting a man by, wait for it… twerking against him and fondling his private parts. It happened Oct. 7th in a store where they were caught on surveillance video. They danced nastily up to a man talking on his phone while getting money from an ATM. The women seen in short dresses, rubbing up against the man as one woman buys an item. Her friend also tries to get close to the guy, trying to touch the inseam of his pants…

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