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A man from Ukiah busted for having a meat cleaver and stolen payroll check on him. Police say they went to a house where there’s been complaints in the past and found Anthony Rojas out front. A police officer says he saw Rojas had a knife handle visibly protruding from his jacket pocket. The officer then located the meat-cleaver and along with it someone else’s identification and paycheck from Motel 6. An employee at the motel told police their car was burglarized. So Rojas was arrested on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and misappropriation of found or stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, which was apparently found in his sock while he was being booked into jail on $15,000 bail.

A young woman from Ukiah’s been arrested for a hit and run. Ukiah Police Department reported the crash happened last Monday at the corner of South State Street and Washington Avenue just before 2 pm. 24 year old Amber Martin of Ukiah has been arrested on suspicion of hit- and-run, driving without a license and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. No word on any injuries.

The Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a nearly 171 billion dollar budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year which, for the first time ever, sets money aside for the regulation of medical pot. The new Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act is made up of 3 bills rolled into one law signed by Brown late last year. They are the first official rules regulating the medical marijuana industry. 5.4 million dollars is coming from the general fund as a loan from the fiscal year closing in July, but the governor put a significant amount of funding into medical pot which could bring as many as 126 jobs to the state. North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire wrote one of the trio of bills that eventually became law.

It’s goodbye to Mendocino Access Television. The local channel recorded and broadcast Mendocino County supervisors and other local board meetings. The public access channel that was on four years, is shutting down due to funding difficulties. The Executive Director says she’s staying on a bit longer and says with smartphones, laptops and YouTube, there’s less of a demand for public access. They only had 30 subscribers at the most and couldn’t get grant funding to supplement subscriber fees. The public meetings will now be streamed on the county’s website.

A couple of new studies being conducted by Humboldt State University to determine if the Eel river can be better managed for fish health. The Potter Valley Project’s Scott Dam is getting close to relicensing so the goal of the research isn’t necessarily about removing the dam, but instead to figure out which flows are needed to restore the habitat. The project lead on the dual study says they’re trying to figure out if that would help the dwindling salmon populations. The two studies look at how Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Potter Valley Project affects water hydrology and habitat for Chinook and coho salmon.

A good year for four Lake County wineries which won Best of Class awards in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2013 Shooting Star Barbera, 2014 Gregory Graham Wedge Block Chardonnay, 2013 Smiling Dogs Ranch Eutenir Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Hawk and Horse Latigo red dessert wine all brought home the gold. 64 wines from Lake County wineries used Lake County grapes which helped earn them Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold or Silver. Boatique Winery had three Golds and a Double Gold. Shed Horn Cellars, Steele Winery, Shannon Ridge and Fore Family each earned two golds. Then Single Golds were awarded to Chacewater, Fults Family, Wildhurst, Gregory Graham, Beaver Creek and Laujor Estate.

The Clearlake City Council is moving forward with revised marijuana regulations. At their next meeting, Thursday, the city council is started their discussion on the drafted ordinance. An ad hoc committee was formed in the fall and there’s been three months talking about the new rules. The Clearlake Planning Commission has reviewed it too. The ordinance, the Record Bee reports, is in response to problems some locals see with the current ordinance. The staff report for the ordinance in place right now says the City Council was generally unhappy with it and wants a more enforceable ordinance. The meeting at 6 p.m. at Clearlake City Hall.

Someone in Nice is a lot richer after winning 5 of the 6 numbers in the latest Powerball jackpot. Nobody won the astoundingly high Powerball prize Saturday at nearly 950 million dollars so it explodes to more than 1.3 billion Wednesday. The California Lottery reported winning numbers as 16, 19, 32, 34, 57, with 13 as the Powerball number. Lottery officials say no tickets sold in Calif got all 6 but six tickets across the state won about 780-thousand. One in the Bay Area, in Fremont, another in the Central Valley, in Stockton; and the last three in Southern California – Dana Point in Orange County and in San Bernardino County, Mountain Pass and Nipton. There have been other California Lottery winners in Lake County over the last few years too, in September 2012, someone from Clearlake Oaks won $14 million in the SuperLotto Plus and a $500,000 ticket for the multistate Powerball was sold in 2013 at Rotten Robbie gas station in Lakeport.

Officials are still investigating a string of fires in Guerneville and the Russian River area. Two they say could be arson. One of those gutted an old inn and a popular health clinic was severely damaged. A community meeting has been called among some residents and merchants complained about the transient population loitering and camping near the former clinic. The meeting called by the Russian River Chamber of Commerce and Board Supervisor Efren Carrillo. There were 7 fires in less than 3 weeks in the area. The Chamber President says she’s been overtaken by calls from worried residents blaming transients for the fires even though there’s no evidence pointing to anyone for arson at the Russian River Health Center or the closed New Dynamic Inn, which was having renovations to provide housing for homeless veterans.

North Coast State Sen. Mike McGuire won AMVETS 2015 Legislator of the Year. AMVETS announced McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Frazier of Oakley for support of military veterans, active service personnel, and their families. McGuire released a statement saying he’s honored and says AMVETS does incredible work on behalf of veterans. The AMVETS Legislator of the Year honor is given out to a a select group of legislators. McGuire honored for helping to bring a policy forward that made Sonoma County one of the first in Calif to be designated a Purple Heart County. And he helped get Sonoma County veterans free access to public transit. The Legislator of the Year Awards are being presented at the Team AMVETS’ Annual Day at the Capitol event on April 6.

A Vietnam War veteran who died had an unusual ash distribution. The St. George Spectrum newspaper reports Walter "Jim" Hosey’s son had 50 shotgun shells loaded with his dad’s ashes then fired them off at a Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park in Hurricane. The newspaper reports dad often visited the park. He died on Jan. 2nd. The funeral director says he read about loaded ashes into shells for memorial shootings but he thinks it may be the first ever in Utah.

A man in Hesperia, CA arrested for ripping off a bunch of Candy. Jesus Ibarra had stockpiled many different kinds of stolen sweets in his garage. A local newspaper, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported the Mars Candy Co. goods that hadn’t passed inspection were supposed to be taken to a location for destruction but when the truck got there, the 7,500 pounds of candy were missing. Apparently ads were seen online which eventually led to Ibarra. His garage was like a candy store with 30 racks of boxed candy even labeled with prices.


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