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A man from Branscomb has returned home safe after disappearing after a weekend hike. The sheriff’s dept. reports getting a call Saturday night near midnight for a missing person in the 41000 block of Wilderness Lodge Road in Branscomb. Deputies say the man who knew the area as he’d lived there most of his life, went hiking in the late afternoon but didn’t come back several hours later. His mom reported him missing, saying he usually took hikes in the area around the same time every afternoon and was never really out more than a couple hours. Deputies couldn’t find the man when they looked due to steep terrain and dark skies. They say search and rescue volunteers went out Sunday and found the man walking along a small dirt road leading back to his home. He told deputies he became disoriented while out and got lost. He was otherwise fine.

A Willits man’s arrested for the rape of a woman whose home he was visiting. The Sheriff’s Office says Jedidiah Jones was on felony probation for cultivation of marijuana when he allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman at her home last Friday night. The victim says it happened for over 5 hours and alleges Jones threatened her and her family while committing numerous assaults against her. Jones left the house when another family member arrived but was arrested a short time later. He was being held with no bail on a long list of charges including Rape, False Imprisonment, and Criminal Threats.

The Lakeport City Council is set to look at a plan for a new walking trail. Their agenda for this week includes the Public Works Director asking for approval for the Parks and Recreation Commission’s Downtown Walking Trail plan and development of trails from Library Park to 16th Street and High Street. Lake County News reports they’ve been working on a plan to encourage healthy exercise in the downtown/Library Park area since the city got a $5,000 donation from the Sutter Lakeside Active Living Grant program. At their January 21st meeting the Parks and Rec Commission approved motions defining the walking trails and a list of items to buy with the grant, including informational signs, park benches and a stretch station near the Yacht Club. The City Council meets tonight at 6 p.m.

A tuition freeze for California’s public universities will go into its fifth year this fall, but University of California and California State University are considering what to do after the budget deal with the Governor ends. The costs stay where they’re at through next summer. UC’s tentatively proposed two years of increases starting in the 2017-18 academic year, and CSU has started talking about the future of its financial stability. The Sacramento Bee Newspaper reports UC and Cal State may go with smaller yearly fee hikes tied to inflation, something that’s previously recommended by the state’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst.

New-car sales in Calif up by more than 11 percent more than twice the U.S. average. The California New Car Dealers Association reported sales in 2015 were up 2 million, up from 1.85 million the year before. The association says it thinks sales will be more than 2 million against US sales again this year, but they don’t think it’ll be up at 11.1 percent again. The association says new car sales look to be approaching a cyclical peak and the economic outlook is cloudier. The Honda Civic the most popular new car sold in the state last year, with 79,656 sold. Then it’s the Honda Accord at 73,505 and Toyota Prius at 72,040.

A black man killed by police in San Francisco found with 20 gunshot wounds, including six in the back. The coroner’s office says Mario Woods also had drugs in his system when he died causing protests and calls for the police chief’s removal. The San Francisco coroner’s report was released last week. It also says Woods was shot twice in the buttocks and had more shots to his head, legs, abdomen and hands. Some wounds, the report says, may have been from the same bullet. The autopsy showed he had used methamphetamine, marijuana, antidepressants and cough medicine before being shot. Five officers shot him down in December. Cops ran into the man as they searched for someone who stabbed a stranger the same day. Police say they ordered him to drop a knife, but he resisted even after being shot by a "bean-bag" gun and pepper-sprayed.

A female lawmaker in Kentucky says men who want erectile dysfunction treatments like Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra should have to go to a doctor twice and get written permission from their wives before getting the drugs. Rep. Mary Lou Marzian penned the bill requiring a man to be married and that he make a sworn statement on the bible he needed the pill for erectile dysfunction for sexual relations with his current spouse. She’s proposed the law as a statement to anti-abortion advocates saying her point is to show how intrusive and ridiculous it is for elected officials to insert themselves into private and personal medical decisions. The bill presented days after the governor signed an “informed consent” law which means women have to be counseled by a doctor 24 hours before having an abortion.

A computer glitch means some folks got gas in Ohio for pennies per gallon. WTOL-TV reports it was due to a computer malfunction that prices were way down at one north Toledo gas station, but then another across the street lowered its prices to stay competitive. One customer told the TV station he got a full tank for a quarter. The pricing lasted three hours. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $1.55 yesterday and the national average for regular gas was $1.70.

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