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The death of a toddler boy in Willits over the holiday weekend. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office reports a propane space heater may have been the cause of the RV fire that killed the 2 year old. Three structures and two cars were burned in the fire New Year’s day. Police say the boy and his family were living in the RV which was gutted in the fire Friday. Deputies say they found out the mom left the RV briefly while her sons were sleeping inside with their dad. The dad also walked out to tell the mom about the fire, they both went in and tried rescuing the kids, and only got the 14 month old. Their 2 year old’s body was found later. The other child had burns over about 40 percent of his body. The father who tried to save the kids also had severe burns. The mom had less severe burn injuries.

A man from Fort Bragg found dead in his home has been identified. Police say Dennis Boardman was found on the floor of his home after getting a call about the man. His car and dog were found the day after in southern Santa Barbara County. Police found Boardman’s red 1990 Chevy pickup was missing along with his dog and issued a statewide alert. Fort Bragg police say the truck was found in Carpinteria. The dog was taken because it had no food and water.

Seven cars piled up on northbound Highway 101 because of icy roads at the Ford Street overpass in Ukiah. Four slid off the road and down an embankment before the North State Street exit which ended with both lanes of the highway closed over the weekend. The CHP and Ukiah Valley Fire Authority responded, no injuries were reported.

A man in Middletown’s been arrested in connection to the murder of another man. Police report Javier Martinez held on $10 million bail on several felony charges including for the murder of Luis Pimentel-Arroyo last Wednesday night. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports Martinez shot at Pimentel-Arroyo and a female witness in a separate vehicle then headed to the Konocti (Con-ock-tie) Harbor in Kelseyville to kill the victim’s children. Martinez ended up turning himself into Clearlake Police. He faces multiple charges including felony counts of murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

The Lakeport Department of Community Development looking for 40 percent more money than the city’s getting to pay for the design of the Downtown Improvement Project’s Phase II. The agency says it’s going to manage the project without adding to the overall cost. Documents drawn up on the project show the department’s expected to ask for the reappropriation of almost $68,000 tomorrow at the city council’s first regular meeting of the new year. The money for more design work and research that had been missed in the first go around. If the grant’s approved the originally approved $165,000 total for the design will be about $233,000 instead. But the final project amount will not be affected. The meeting tomorrow night at 6.

Some of the almost 2,000 solar panels are installed on the roof of Factory Pipe in Ukiah. The project is supposed to cut the company’s power bill by more than half. The owner of the company says right now their P,G&E bill is $46,000 a month so they hope to cut it by $30,000. The project just east of Highway 101 on Masonite Road. Crews are installing almost 1,900 panels after making sure the roof is stable and there are no leaks. The panels will bring 656 kilowatts of energy.

More wet weather on the way to Northern Calif. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for local areas with unsettled weather over the next several days due to a string of Pacific frontal systems. Storms bringing rain the first part of the week with tomorrow supposed to bring the most. Snow’s expected at the 4,500-foot elevation mark.

An injured fisherman has been rescued west of Point Arena. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay responded to the call for help to a fishing boat, Northern Lights Saturday, about twelve miles west of Point Arena. A man on the vessel hit in the head by a steel rigging cable with his fellow crewmembers unable to stop his bleeding. A life boat from Station Noyo River in Fort Bragg and a helicopter from McKinleyville joined and rescued the crewman and brought him back to the Ukiah Medical Center. The man had a fractured skull and was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Trauma Center.

A teenage boy had to be plucked out of a chimney after falling in while playing with friends on the roof of a home. Phoenix firefighters helped the 13 year old after his friends called 911 last Wednesday night. Firefighters say the kid fell about 5 feet into the opening and they lowered a rope to him. He wrapped it around his arms and was yanked out. He had minor scrapes and bruises, but no serious injuries.

An anti-violence demonstration in Newark, New Jersey turned violent after a couple of activists got into it. reports ( ) a small crowd was arguing at Newark City Hall last week during a meeting about the city’s moves to curb violence. The demonstration organized by two anti-violence groups but an argument started and one guy supposed choked another and pushed him to the ground. No serious injuries were reported and the brawl only lasted a few minutes.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors gets to work in the new year. They’ll elect a new chair and vice chair during their first meeting of 2016 plus they’re talking about the new state law regarding medical marijuana. The meeting tomorrow morning at 9. The board will also say goodbye to outgoing Board Chair Anthony Farrington who’s going to lead the election of the board’s new chair and vice chair for 2016. The board’s also considering the new regulation of medical marijuana after the legislature passed a trio of bills signed into law by the governor, the State Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

A man from Redwood Valley has been arrested after the sheriff’s dept. says he led deputies on a chase in a stolen truck. Ben Brooks was arrested Dec. 23rd after cops saw a white Ford Ranger pickup with a partially hidden license plate in Laytonville. The truck reported stolen in Lakeport. The sheriff’s dept. tried stopping the guy who took off speeding on Highway 101. They say he hit speeds of up to 90 miles an hour on rainy roads. He lost control finally, went up a hill, spun in several circles and flipped. He ran and was not caught until the next day, found hiding in a storage shed. Brooks had serious injuries and was taken to a hospital before being arrested and held on $120,000 bail.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is reminding those who received help from FEMA after the summer’s fires to stay in touch with the federal agency. FEMA is still working with survivors of the Butte and Valley wildfires. Some still looking for temporary housing should reach out to FEMA’s Individual and Households Program. The program helps with rent and Manufactured Housing Units temporarily. There are more than 830 survivors getting rental assistance and 31 households got Manufactured Housing Units.


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