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2 men from Willits busted after cops say they got a report of two extremely drunk men on the South Coastal Trail. Officers found Patrick Heppe and Travis Cavallaro, both from Willits sitting on a bench at a park in Fort Bragg drinking booze out in the open. When police approached, they say Heppe was obviously extremely drunk and couldn’t stand on his own. They say he became aggressive with them so they arrested him on public intoxication charges. His buddy, Cavallaro was released at the scene with a warning regarding the open container. Police say Heppe became violent in the patrol car and injured the officers, so they had to put him in a WRAP restraint device so he wouldn’t injure them any further or himself. He’s charged with Assault on a Peace Officer and Public Intoxication.

Police arrest a man in Fort Bragg they say may have stolen a woman’s purse. Police get a call January 10th to a report of a suspicious male, possibly in possession of the stolen bag. They say Gaspar Gomez matched the description they got. But he gave them a different name at first. Gomez has active arrest warrants in Mendocino County and San Francisco County. He was arrested for the warrants as police continued looking into the purse rip off. They say it looks like he went into the victim’s home while she was in bed and took her bag. Police say most of the items taken have been recovered. He’s charged with First Degree Burglary, Providing False Identification to a Peace Officer and the two outstanding arrest warrants for various crimes.

Sheriff’s deputies say a body found on a Fort Bragg beach was a woman from Little River, identified as Anne Nicole Shapiro. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says they got multiple emergency calls last week about a body visible on the beach at MacKericher State Park, also known as “Haul Road.” The woman was reported missing in Willits the same day. Police also say the woman was experiencing mental health issues and had been staying in Willits temporarily and didn’t even have a car. So they’re trying to figure out how she got from Willits to Fort Bragg. The sheriff’s department asking business owners along the route with surveillance cameras to see if they caught anything. A picture of the victim is on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s department Facebook page.

Police in Clearlake investigating a shooting Sunday where one man ended up injured. The police dept gets a call around 5pm to the 4100 block of Arnold Avenue and find a white man with an apparent gunshot wound to the lower torso. They say the shooting victim was a passenger in a car when he was hit by the bullet. Lake County Fire was on the scene and the victim was rushed out of the area via air ambulance. He’s reported in stable condition. His name not released for safety reasons. Police say the shooting happened elsewhere and they found used shell casings from an unidentified firearm or firearms. Witnesses described two men who they say may have been involved in the incident, both possibly Hispanic, one wearing a white shirt.

The new Upper Lake Unified School District board is taking up a proposed contract with a retired county school superintendent as the new leader of the new district for the next several months. Lake Co News reports the board’s meeting tonight in a closed session before their regular meeting at 5 p.m. in the library at Upper Lake High School. Those who want to participate in the public comments session should be there at the start of the closed session discussion at 4:15 p.m. The district’s formation becomes final this summer after the separate elementary and high school districts no longer exist.

The owners of a business in Redwood Valley are suing Mendocino County because of their appeal of the Dollar General Store. Alex and Anthony Chehada, the owners of Redwood Valley Market say the county didn’t give their appeal the proper attention so they filed suit last Friday seeking an order commanding the county to set aside the building permit for the Dollar General store to be built across the street from their business. They also want the county to either do a study of the environmental impacts of the project or revoke their approval of the building permit altogether. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors okay’d the permit for the store.

Nevermind Snakes on a plane … how about in the airport? Bangkok’s main international airport has issued an apology after a snake was found on a luggage cart in the arrival hall, startling passengers. The airport built on land previously known as “Cobra Swamp”. Passengers saw the snake coiled around the base of a trolley. A Snake expert says it appeared to be a non-venomous, Blanford’s bridle snake. The airport’s statement says they took, quote “clear and strict measures are imposed to prevent all poisonous animals from slipping into the airport’s buildings”.

Further staff changes in store at Mendocino County’s Health and Human Recovery Services. The former Mental Health Director Tom Pinizzotto turned in his resignation to be effective February 5th. He’d been re-assigned to his current position as the Assistant Director, after Stacy Cryer took over as Interim Mental Health Director last October. There have been four different mental health directors the last decade and high turnover in the Director position and lower level staff. At the last Mental Health Advisory Board meeting in December an announcement was made that a head hunter would start to look for possible replacements, at a rate of $25,000.

Middletown Area Town Hall has its first meeting of 2016 with a board election and updates on Valley fire recovery. The meeting this Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 pm at the Middletown Community Center. The reports coming in on debris removal, insurance info, replacing the Middletown gateway signs and a report from Phoenix Rising. They will also go over items for next month’s agenda. MATH is an advisory council for residents of Anderson Springs, Cobb, Coyote Valley (including Hidden Valley Lake), Long Valley and Middletown. Towns severely impacted by the Valley Fire.

Lake County has not been able to get right of entry into a Lakeside Heights neighborhood in order to put up a retaining wall. That according to one supervisor, but lawyer Michael Green says the county’s been the obstacle, on construction that could stop the Lakeside Heights landslide. Supervisor Anthony Farrington told the Record-Bee the county has state funding in place for the wall but has not been able to get right of entry permission. But attorney Green says the Lakeside Heights Homeowners Association has asked the county multiple times via email when they can start work, with no response. The president of the association says he’s encouraged the council to tell the county, there’s no problem as longer as there’s prior notification to neighbors. A case management conference is set for Feb. 22nd.

Jury selection on hold for the second double murder trial of a man from Lucerne. The Humboldt County District Attorney reported a delay in the seating of the jury in the case against Jason Arreaga who’s accused of shooting Angel Tully and Harley Hammers to death in front of a home in Fieldbrook. He’s charged with two counts of murder and faces life in prison. The case went to the jury in September and after a month of testimony, it was a hung jury 9-3 in favor of convicting, so a mistrial was declared. The jury selection for the second trial was supposed to start yesterday, but instead begins in 2 weeks, after a trial assignment hearing.

A man in Great Britain who says he ordered a Kindle e-book instead got himself a tumor sample, meant for a hospital. James Potten of Bristol posted a picture of the partially opened package on Twitter with the caption, “wow.” The tweet to FedEx where he says, quote "still waiting for collection”. He says his name was on the outside of the package so he opened it and inside was a box that said it was a specimen return kit, Patient tumor specimen enclosed. The BBC reached out to FedEx, who said they "regretted the error" and "will consider future changes to our processes."


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