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The fate of the Palace Hotel is still up in the air. A teleconference was held Monday between the Judge and the attorneys for the City of Ukiah and the building owner Eladia Laines. At issue is whether the building should be taken from Laines and put into receivership after years of wrangling over the building’s condition, which the city calls a nuisance. The judge says they should all consider mediation and had set Monday’s phone conference to discuss that, but nothing was decided. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports another teleconference was set for later this week. The judge also suggested since work’s been done to improve the building in the years since their legal complaint started, the City might want to amend their expectations if they want to prove the building really is a nuisance.

The US Postal Inspection Service is still investigating a break-in at the Upper Lake Post Office. Lake County News reports police looking into the burglary in Sept. at the building on Main Street when burglars damaged the building and took mail from post office boxes. Breaking into a post office carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Anyone with information is asked to call the US Postal Inspection Service. And if anyone with a PO box there notices unusual transactions on their credit card or bank statements, they should call. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The deadline fast approaching for wildfire survivors in Lake County to register for grants for housing or other needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to apply for disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Next Monday, Nov. 23rd’s the deadline and also the last day to visit the Disaster Recovery Centers. There are two in Lake County: one in Clearlake at 14860 Olympic Drive and the other in Middletown at 21256 Washington Street. After Monday the Clearlake site will close and the Middletown site will transition to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center. You can also register for FEMA assistance online at the website or by calling 800-621-3362

A woman who police say led them on a chase is behind bars. Ukiah Police say Sharren Flora was driving a stolen car when an officer stopped her for a traffic violation on Airport Park Boulevard. While the officer was running the plate and ultimately learning the car was stolen, the woman’s passenger Dwayne Mackenzie got out and then Flora drove off. Mackenzie was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Flora headed south on Highway 101, going at speeds of more than 100 mph at times before being stopped near Cloverdale by a CHP spike strip. Police say she had be tased to take her into custody. She’s charged with suspicion of vehicle theft, reckless evading, possession of stolen property and driving on a suspended license.

The state’s looking for public comment on nine companion plans that are part of the State Wildlife Action Plan. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has the public review period running from this week into Jan. 15th, 2016. The agency’s also having a public meeting to present plans and answer questions Nov. 30th, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Natural Resources Building auditorium in Sacramento. The companion plans about the specific over-arching issues which could have a major impact on the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

Rainy weather and generally cooler temperatures across the region mean a lowered threat of wildfires so Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit is preparing for winter and winding down.

The agency says their transition started Monday in Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties after a busy summer. Open burning can resume in the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit too and in the State Responsibility Area lands governed by the unit. Cal Fire is reminding folks in the area to stay mindful that it takes just one spark to start a wildland fire.

The Mendocino College Foundation has announced the Sean Leland State Farm and Carol Millsap State Farm are sponsoring businesses for the first time for their Adopt A Fifth-Grader program on the Mendocino Coast. The inaugural year of the program to help motivate students while they’re young to continue on to higher education by providing a financial incentive. They’re offering a $1,000 scholarship to Mendocino College upon graduation from high school. Donors get to name a specific elementary school in the Mendocino-Lake Community College District, for their award. For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation, go to

A man in Redwood Valley has been arrested in a domestic violence incident. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was called Saturday to a home after an incident the night before. Police say Bonnie Akin told them her husband, Kurt and her were struggling over a cell phone at which time her husband physically restrained and physically assaulted her and vice versa. Police say the woman had extensive bruising on her arms. The husband was arrested for felony domestic violence battery and booked into the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail. Bonnie was cited and released for misdemeanor domestic violence battery.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reporting on an Identity Theft related scam throughout the county. The sheriff’s dept says a few days ago there was an automated recording with unlisted or 001 listed in caller ID. They say the recording said it was Savings Bank of Mendocino County and the person’s "MasterCard" has been blocked. Then they’re told to give up their pin number and social security number, to get the card reactivated. The Sheriff’s dept. says to be aware of the fraudulent automated calls and if you get one, do not provide the requested information.

A domestic violence incident landed a woman in the hospital. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies got a call to a local hospital where a woman had reported domestic violence incident. They say the woman was visiting Todd Ramos at his home earlier that day when they got into an argument which escalated. The woman told police Ramos grabbed her and threw her across the room causing her to fall and hurt her shoulder, chest area and a knee. Deputies say they saw a visible injury to one of her knee’s consistent with a physical assault. They found Ramos and arrested him for felony domestic violence battery.

An arrest after a community alert in Lakeport for an armed robbery/burglary suspect. Police had been searching for the man after several leads regarding an empty house having property stolen. Cops identified Jose Manual Rodriguez of Kelseyville as their suspect. They say he took an old black, beat up Honda sedan to the vacant home and loaded it up. The stolen car spotted and stopped, but took off at a high rate of speed and rammed a police car before eventually crashing into a utility pole. Rodriguez arrested on several charges including possession of methamphetamine, an outstanding warrant and resisting an officer with force or violence.

City leaders in Ukiah to consider how the city can educate and keep local primary care doctors. The Daily Journal reports Ukiah Valley Medical Center is coming up with a residential training program they’ll present to the city council at their meeting tonight. The program to be affiliated with UC Davis. They say its goal is to improve service and try to retain about 50 percent of graduates for service within the region. The report also says there’s an expectation of a significant shortage of primary care physicians by 2020. A former city council member and part of the planning group for this program, Mary Anne Landis, is expected to make a presentation to the council. Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 300 Seminary Ave.

Possible wrong info about some of the inspections of restaurants in Mendocino County. The Daily Journal reports the restaurant inspection web site was not up-to-date and had inaccurate info that might be damaging to local restaurants. That from one of the restaurants challenging its latest county inspection. The newspaper reported on the latest findings last week, but one restaurant owner of the China Diner in Ukiah, who got a health code violation, says it wasn’t disclosed to him during a recent inspection. It’s one of five other food establishments named in last Friday’s Ukiah Daily Journal article. The paper says they got the info from the county’s website and a link, “Food Facilities Inspections Results”.

Emergency declarations continued in Lake County related to wildfires earlier this year and the drought. Lake Co News reports the county Health Officer Dr. Karen Tait went to the board again for another two-week extension of the local health emergency declared after the Valley fire in September. The county Environmental Health Director Ray Ruminski also talked to the board yesterday about cleanup efforts. He says of more than 1,200 sites registering for right of entry for cleanup, 307 parcels have been cleared of debris. 50 teams are assigned for cleanup. And he says 56 sites registered for cleanup due to the Rocky and Jerusalem fires. The County Administrative Officer Matt Perry also asked the board for a continued drought emergency declaration.

A lawsuit’s been filed by an animal rights group because an amusement park in Baton Rouge is allowing a chimpanzee named Candy to smoke cigarettes and have soft drinks instead of water. The group trying to help Candy get out of the park where they say she’s isolated in an inadequate cage. The Animal Legal Defense Fund says she should be sent instead to a sanctuary. The suit says allowing Candy to smoke, violates the endangered species act. The suit the first since a federal rule requiring captive chimps the same protection as wild chimps. City animal control officials have cited the park in the past for not providing water for Candy.

Police in New Jersey arrested a man for throwing sandwiches. The Fairfax Police in Virginia say Jonathan Magnes of Morristown was drunk and threw the sandwich at another man at a pizza restaurant then drove away. Police say the victim was uninjured and followed Magnes before officers got there, and pulled the guy over. Magnes is charged with assault and battery, driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal of a blood and breath test.


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