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Ukiah Police say gang activity is on the rise in Ukiah, citing the unsolved murder of 19 year old Roman Elliot shot to death in an area where likely dozens of people saw what happened, yet no one has come forward with information. Officers say the Nortenos and the Surenos are the main gangs but they aren’t the only ones in Mendocino county. UPD says since Elliot’s death there has been an increase in violence like stabbings. Officers say some law changes to keep prisons from overcrowding are keeping more criminals on the streets instead of behind bars.

Lakeport Police are looking for witnesses to a hit and run around 2 am Tuesday morning. Officers say while investigating a report of a hit and run between and SUV and a parked rock truck they found two men injured and bloody outside the Anchorage Inn less than a block from where the accident happened. Both men denied having knowledge of the hit and run but were transported to the hospital for treatment. As officers investigated they determined the men were involved in the crash and fled the scene. 23 year old Kevin Hermo was arrested for felony drunk driving causing injury, and felony hit and run with injury. Police also found around 2 pounds of marijuana in the SUV. They’re looking for anyone who may have seen the crash happen to come forward with information.

Two California congressmen, including 2nd District Congressman Jared Huffman introduced new broadband legislation Wednesday. the “Rural Broadband Infrastructure Investment Act,” a bill that would make North Coast communities eligible for $670 million in federal broadband financing, promote regional broadband solutions through USDA grants and loans, and increase overall Rural Utilities Service broadband investment to $50 million annually from $25 million. Mendocino County has struggled to provide stable and redundant broadband, while many areas still lack an adequate connection. Huffman says high speed broadband is essential to economic development and public safety and will ensure rural and remote communities aren’t left behind. There were two major outages recently in Ukiah. One outage was due to vandalism, the other to a car accident. They’re hoping greater redundancy could solve such issues in the future.

Lakeport Police seeking information on wanted felony suspect. They’re looking for 34 year old Ben Emerson Brooks who is wanted on a felony arrest warrant charging him with domestic violence and terroristic threats. Police say Brooks who is 6 feet tall, 185 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes may be moving between the Ukiah and Lakeport areas. They’re asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact law enforcement. They warn people not to contact or approach him directly as he is considered dangerous

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Redwood Valley man after suspecting him of abducting his own child that he was ordered to stay away from. A 26 year old woman told police her husband Joshua Wambolt took their 2 year old daughter from the home and said he was leaving the state. Wambolt had a domestic violence restraining order previously issued against him out of Colorado to protect his wife and daughter. Deputies found Wambolt and his daughter in a parked car outside of Walmart in Ukiah. He’s in jail on $35,000 bail. The child was returned safely to her mother.

Lakeport City Hall was filled with cheers yesterday as the city council officially rejected Verizon Wireless’s proposal to build a cell tower on a plot near High Street in a residential area. After more than six months of debate and delay, the council voted 5-0 to approve the appeal to the planning commission’s original decision in May. Residents say it’s not that they don’t want a tower to solve coverage issues, but they didn’t want it at the proposed sight where a cell tower would not fit with the surrounding neighborhood.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies say Leon Marks Jr. was arrested after an alleged assault at a Point Arena residence. Deputies say James Marrufo was injures during and argument with Marks. The argument lead to Marks Jr. hitting Marrugo on the back of the head with a metal object causing injury. He was treated and released from the hospital. Marks jr. was arrested and is being held on $25,000 bond.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says one man showed up to register as a sex offender high. When Kenneth Dewitt arrived to register as a sex offender as required by California law, police say he was exhibiting symptoms of being on drugs. Deputies say he was not only late to register but violated the terms of his probation by being under the influence of an illicit drug. He was arrested and booked into the Mendocino county jail on violation of his probation.

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