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A Ukiah man has been charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says the girl’s family reported that they learned that their daughter had possibly been molested by 72-year-old Doran Lincoln. Investigators allege Lincoln, a close family friend of the victim, had molested her several times over the last two months. He’s charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 by means of fear or force, and was being held on $250,000 bail.

Several drug charges have been filed against a Covelo woman who led Mendocino County deputies on a car chase. The Sheriff’s Office says deputies pulled Monique Peters over for some lighting and registration violations. She gave them a fake name but when she realized they knew that, she took off. She ended up driving home at speeds of at times more than 90 miles per hour. They say when she got to her house she ran inside and then out the back door where she was caught. Investigators say the woman had a backpack full of drugs and drug gear. At last check she was being held with no bail.

State and Lake County money has been released for property owners impacted by the Valley Fire. Now they’re being urged to fill out a Right of Entry (ROE) form before Dec. 1st. The removal of debris in order to protect watersheds and prevent environmental damage. Money can be funneled to property owners for debris removal with specialized contractors and CalRecycle engineers. Property owners need to fill out the paperwork though, then the clearing, cleaning and testing of property will cost nothing. Anyone not following the way the county is processing properties could receive an abatement notice from the county and will then have 30 days to complete the forms or hire a private contractor. For more information, visit

Lake County’s having a hard time managing donations that’s come in from across the county to help Valley Fire victims. County officials say they’ve received about 500,000 pounds of clothing and thousands of pounds of other stuff. The problems are many, a lack of distribution centers, staffing and the Conservation Corp was supposed to help sort stuff, but that might cost too much so Americorp, which is free may take over. Another distribution center is also being added.

The Grist Creek Asphalt Plant in Willits has been found in violation of several air emission regulations. The California Air Resources Board released a report last week saying the plant also had unpermitted equipment at the site and they couldn’t figure out who exactly owns the plant. The plant’s been fined more than $173,000 in penalties for permit and emissions violations while in production which began about 6 weeks ago. Notices of violation for several state and federal laws against the state Public Health and Safety code. The plant deemed a public nuisance for impacts on surrounding parcels and continued operation of equipment not included in the original permits. There are also lawsuits filed against the plant.

Calif. Congressman Jared Huffman had a meeting to discuss broadband in Mendocino County. The meeting in Willits after the recent outage that left much of the North Coast without 911, cellphones or internet. There’s been 4 outages in the last year and a half. The one in September, caused by a fiber optic cable cut by vandals; another that lasted 44-hours on the coast in August 2014 after a truck hit a line on the Comptche-Ukiah Road; and others in Covelo and Laytonville. Representatives of AT&T, county supervisors Tom Woodhouse and Dan Hamburg, the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County (BAMC), FEMA and other stakeholders were at last Thursday’s meeting. No decisions were made. It was clear to those in attendance though that there were widespread problems. They all shared common concerns and brainstormed possible solutions.

The Mendocino County Library Director says he’s resigning. Wally Clark announced his resignation last Friday about a year after starting. He’s now one of 6 who’ve left the job in 13 years. Clark will leave permanently at the end of the month for an out-of-state job. The Board of Supervisors have not taken up the matter yet due to the short notice. The County CEO says the Executive Office will work on finding an interim replacement for now and may conduct a national search later.

A new study by researchers at UC Davis shows pigeons can detect cancer at about the same rate as humans. The research shows pigeons could see cancerous cells in tissue samples. The college and the University of Iowa worked on the research showing pigeons in a box several different slides for which they tapped with their beak on the correct image. Researchers rewarded them with food and say their accuracy was about the same as when human doctors looked at the images.

Not the typical contraband but a lot of it, just the same. LAX authorities say they confiscated carefully wrapped tamales in corn husks in the luggage of a traveler. Border agents found 450 pork tamales individually packaged in plastic bags. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says foreign meat can bring in disease and generally be unhealthy. They say the person traveling from Mexico lied when asked if there was any meat. The tamales were destroyed and the traveler fined a $1,000 civil penalty for commercial activity with the intent to distribute.

A woman in Massachusetts has won a one million dollar lottery game, a second time, at the same place she bought her first scratcher. Constance Carpenito, of Stoneham won $1 million on a scratch ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game. She also won the same in 1996. Both tickets from the same Stop & Shop supermarket on Main Street in her hometown. She also apparently won a $20,000 winning ticket at the same store.

A man with a criminal record in Detroit applies for a job and is arrested. John Wesley Rose had gone into a local Sheriff’s office to apply for a job even though he was a wanted man. Rose wanted for rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, but he wanted to be the new custody officer at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. When it came time for the background check, boom! it flagged Rose’s outstanding warrants, and he was asked for a ‘second interview’ and immediately arrested. Oops.


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