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A young woman says she was raped and after some investigating, police in Fort Bragg say they’ve got a suspect. The victim says it happened early last Sunday and others saw and intervened on her behalf. Police say they found enough probable cause and served a search warrant at a local motel and found evidence. Police arrested a man Tuesday, whose name they’ve not released. His DNA was collected and he was interviewed then held in the Mendocino County Jail in Ukiah.

A stolen pick-up truck’s rammed the gate of a business in Ukiah with stolen vehicles. Police say the suspected thief rammed into Garton Tractor on Talmage Road last weekend and stole a 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up truck and a 1981 car hauler trailer then loaded the trailer with two brand new Kubota UTVs. They say the thief blasted thru the businesses gate sometime last Saturday or Sunday with a loss of as much as $80,000 to the business. Police say there were reports the pick-up truck and trailer were near Potter Valley so officers found the truck and the trailer in two separate locations. The UTV’s had still not been found before the holiday. They’re described as side-by-sides, one orange and one camouflage.

Xmas trees with the wishes of children from Willits have been delivered to local stores at the start of the holiday season. The Willits Kids Christmas Tree Program for low income families is in its 27th year. Last year alone the program served 187 families and 445 children. The giving trees have cards with wishes on them with the kids xmas wishes. Anyone interested in adopting a family or volunteering, still has time. Call 459-5827 or 490-8872. Cash donations are tax deductible.

The toy run is happening again in Willits’ It’s the 23rd-annual Willits Toy Run Sunday when bikers stroll down Main Street then end with a party for the community. The public is invited with a donation of one unwrapped toy. There will be live music, a BBQ and a no host bar. Toys go to the Christmas Tree program, and money from a raffle goes to families affected by the Valley Fire.

Another building planned for the Mendocino jail property for mentally ill inmates and serious offenders looks to be on hold. The state apparently didn’t approve of the Sheriff’s Office’s plans along with a $20 million bill to cover it. The Board of State Community Corrections has already announced 15 counties the state’s dishing out money to for jail construction and improvements but Mendocino County didn’t make the short list. More than 30 counties applied for the funding under a Senate Bill, the Adult Local Criminal Justice Facility Financing legislation, featuring proposals worth $1.2 billion. The governor came up with a budget allocation for jails to expand treatment, programming and a re-entry program for mentally ill inmates. The funding expected to cut 310 general population jail beds statewide and add nearly 200 medical and mental health beds.

A Community Development Block Grant Program project in Fort Bragg brought out the public for a hearing at city hall. The meeting Monday so the Special Projects Manager could gather ideas to come up with a preliminary list of proposed projects to bring to the City Council at its December meeting. There can be no applications or finalizing of the document until the program releases the Notice of Funding Opportunities document. The document originally set for a January 1 release but its apparently running behind schedule and will be more like the end of the month instead. Some ideas tossed around at the meeting including a theatrical group interested in taking part of the building as a community center.

THE CHP says they’ve arrested a man in San Francisco for climbing onto a freeway sign and stripping naked. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( the man atop the sign near an Interstate 80 on-ramp Tuesday afternoon. Cops say they didn’t get any reports or calls about the incident, they just happened to be in the area. Officers talked the guy into getting dressed and coming down. They say he wasn’t suicidal or under the influence of drugs.

A $10,000 donation has been made to the Kelseyville Food Pantry and the Lake County Hunger Task Force by Sutter Health and Sutter Lakeside Hospital. The donation part of a larger one of more than a quarter million dollars to 27 food banks across Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. The donations have been rolling in over the last seven years at more than $1.5 million dollars. The Chief Admin. Officer for the hospital says it’s a long time tradition and that they’re proud to partner with places like the Kelseyville Food Pantry and the Hunger Task Force to help families in need over the holidays.

It looks like more families have traveled this holiday season because of a stronger economy and lower gas prices. AAA reports more Californians on the road for the holiday weekend than since Thanksgiving of 2009. They expected roads this weekend to be packed and the Bay Area was supposed to have the worst congestion in the country. That according to INRIX, a traffic group out of Seattle reported the findings saying more than 5.5 million Californians will go at least 50 miles to spend time with friends and family. Airport travel was expected to be crowded too, with 5 to 8 percent more travel than last year expected at San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland international airports.

Congressman Mike Thompson has sent a letter with 114 of his colleagues calling for the Obama administration to act to reduce gun violence. Thompson is the Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. The letter urging Obama to close the background check loophole through executive action. And Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has read a letter signed by 24 senators with the same request of the president, for executive action to close the background check loophole. Members of Congress are asking for elimination of ambiguity about the term: "engaged in the business" associated with federally licensed firearms dealers. Right now only licensed gun dealers are required to perform background checks on all gun sales and only those "engaged in the business" of dealing guns have to get a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Cal Fire looking to beef up forces, accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspectors. The seasonal positions can be up to nine months of the year for any of the more than 350 Cal Fire facilities including fire stations, air bases and state forests. Cal Fire hires about 2,300 seasonal firefighters and forestry aides every year.

A new report from the Fed. Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev. says California needs to do a much better job of caring for the homeless. The yearly report written around one night in January, showing almost two-thirds are sleeping outside with no shelter, that’s 21 percent of the country’s homeless population, or almost 116-thousand people, all in Calif. Jennifer Friedenbach with the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco says Sacramento has paid zero attention to the problem.

Cut 20345 :15 "We have very little investment by the state in this issue. They fund a very tiny amount of money toward emergency shelter. Our primary funding for housing, at least in San Francisco, was through redevelopment, which was eliminated."

Tag: Across the country, the number experiencing chronic homelessness declined by 31 percent, or almost 23,000 people, between 2010 and 2015. Friedenbach says it’s due to a big federal push after the recession to find housing for homeless families with children.

Second Cut: She says the state is being shortsighted by leaving the problem up to cash-strapped cities and counties.

Cut 21345 :14 "We’re spending much more money keeping people homeless because, of course, the health-care costs have skyrocketed. Human beings are not meant to live outdoors. Their health deteriorates, and so we incur large amounts of money in our health-care system that would be much cheaper just to house people."

Tag 1: The study also found that the lion’s share of California’s homeless are in Los Angeles County – which has more than three times the homeless population of the Bay Area.

Bottle Rock Power LLC is no longer locally owned. The company that had started a geothermal drilling project near Middletown was purchased by Baseload Clean Energy Partners of Seattle, a division of AltaRock Energy. Bottle Rock was built by the state Department of Water Resources and opened in 1985. But it closed just 5 years later and stayed closed until 2007. It’s all part of the complex of geothermal plants in The Geysers. Lake Co News reports Baseload reported the purchase along with all associated leases from Riverstone Holdings and U.S. Renewables Group. The company says it’s going to upgrade the facilities for energy storage. Its CEO says the plant is extremely valuable to them because of access to the Northern California energy markets and future expansion potential of the geothermal resource.

A man from Washington state who promoted an extreme sports event in Lake County has been killed in a plane crash in Florida. Lake Co News reports 61 year old Rob Stimmel and his 45-year-old wife Maria were killed in the crash near Orlando, Fla. Last Friday. The news site reports the couple had only been married for days and were on their way back from their honeymoon when they crashed. He was known around Lake County for BoardStock, extreme sports on land and on Clear Lake for several years. The FAA reports the crash happened November 20th, five miles from Orlando with Stimmel piloting a single-engine Beechcraft. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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