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The flood warning for the Navarro River continues. The National Weather Service calling for the warning thru tomorrow morning for now. Major flooding is forecast for the river, flood stage is 23.0 feet which is expected by late this morning. It’s also expected to crest near 36.5 feet tonight then fall back down below flood stage early tomorrow morning and way down to 15 feet Sunday afternoon. There could be damage to homes and property nearby and Highway 128 is expected to be closed.

Even though there’s been heavy rains already, there’s been no reports so far of significant damage in the Valley Fire, Rocky Fire or Jerusalem Fire burn areas. Lake County Public Information Officer says the Department of Public Works took significant steps after the fires to prepare for the potential damage that could be caused by El Nino events. Lake County road crews have been clearing out drainage on Mathews, Argonaut, Kelsey Creek and other roads. They say Scotts Valley road may begin to flood as early as 5 AM Friday. Both Lake County OES and Lake County Department of Public Works are posting updates on their Facebook pages.

Redwood Valley’s fight against a planned dollar store continues with several planned public events. Local residents calling themselves “Smart Growth Rural Mendocino,” say they are part of a growing opposition across the country that is fighting the chain’s expansion into smaller communities. A community meeting to discuss a “Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council” is set for Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Redwood Valley Grange on East Road. A week from tomorrow, on March 19th, the group is hosting a “Rally for the Valley,”. There’s a planned march past the Redwood Valley Market, and across East Road to where the Dollar General store construction would take place. One of the latest attempts to stop the development has come from the Redwood Valley Market owners. They’ve filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County and the parcel owner and developer. The next court date is next Friday in Ukiah.

After negative reports about the management of adult mental health services in Mendocino County, Ortner Management has given written notice they plan to leave by this summer. The group telling the county last month it would stay on and help put changes into place recommended in the Kemper Report. The County CEO Carmel Angelo says she’s going to ask the Board of Supervisors for approval to delay the request for proposal process for a year. The head of Redwood Quality Management Co., Camille Schraeder’s been asked to step in to direct adult mental health services and has reportedly agreed. The same company has been providing mental health services for children in the county.

A new report says there may be a poor turnout for the Chinook salmon season on the Klamath River. This after a disappointing crab season. The California and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife says they think there’s about 142,000 Klamath River fall run Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean this year. That’s about a third of the estimate last year and the second lowest predicted run size in 2 decades. The Pacific Fishery Management Council and California Fish and Game Commission are going to use the data from the predictions to set salmon fishing season dates and catch restrictions. The Fish and Game Commission will come up with a final decision April 18th.

Some lawmakers want the age of those allowed to buy tobacco to go up. The California State Senate voted to raise the minimum age to 21 years old to help take the numbers of addicted young people down. The Senate voted 26-10 for the higher age to buy tobacco, plus they voted to clearly define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. These are similar votes to others taken by the Assembly. The Gov. Jerry Brown will get the two bills and has about a week and a half to sign them into law.

A man in Ukiah has been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a woman while she slept. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports a 23 year old woman reported the incident Wednesday afternoon. She told police she was raped several times by Anthony Coburn in the 300 block of Laws Avenue in Ukiah. Police say they found probable cause in the case saying the man raped the woman several times while she was unconscious or asleep and committed at least one count of domestic assault. He was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $350,000 bail.

A young man in Ukiah’s been arrested on suspicion of vandalism and battery after being confronted while writing graffiti. Ukiah Police say they got a call to the incident in the 1000 block of Cunningham Road last Friday afternoon. Police say the man was caught tagging a business and the owner confronted him. When they got there, they found 20 year old Kaileb Davis of Ukiah on the ground with his hands and arms tied behind his back with a red belt with two people holding him down. The owner of the business says she saw Davis tagging her business and confronted him and he started yelling at her. That’s when others working at nearby businesses came to help her. Davis arrested on suspicion of vandalism, battery and three warrants and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Pistachios with the labels Wonderful, Paramount Farms and Trader Joe’s being recalled across the country as they may be contaminated with salmonella. Health officials across nine states investigating nearly a dozen cases of salmonella linked to pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, California. They’re sold across the country and in Canada too. The ones recalled are identified by a lot code number on the package. The numbers can be found at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company itself says it takes food safety seriously and says they’re working with health officials to find the source of the problem.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee expected to reveal cannabis policies. This due to new state laws for commercial medical marijuana requiring compliance with state and local regulations. No firm date for the reveal has been made public, but it could be at next Tuesday’s supervisors’ meeting. Members of the Mendocino Heritage Initiative Committee (MHIC) have also filed a proposed cannabis regulation initiative. The 2016 Mendocino Heritage Initiative is coming up with a plan for county cannabis regulations and a licensing system to go with new state laws. The county possibly tweaking policy so that anyone currently growing 25 plants are in compliance. The board of supervisors has to take a vote on the new proposed program.

The former Westamerica Bank’s been sold to the Habematolel Pomo tribe in downtown Upper Lake. The bank closed its Upper Lake branch last October and donated it to Hospice Services of Lake County. The Hospice Services Executive Director confirms the sale going thru last month for the 3,000-square-foot building, built in 1959 on Main St. The tribe is the owner of the Running Creek Casino.

Clearlake’s getting close to full so officials have begun releasing water from the Cache Creek Dam. The California-Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Lake will hit the full level – 7.56 feet Rumsey this weekend. The National Weather Service is calling for several inches of rain in Lake County past the weekend, into next week. Early releases can keep the lake around the full level to reduce potential flood impacts. The Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District started releasing water from the Dam Wednesday.

A man in Pendleton, Oregon decides to walk naked into a strangers home, says hi Honey, then falls off a cliff and gets caught upside-down in a tree. Gail Wilson says it happened Saturday as she was eating soup. She says the man, sporting a big grin on his face came walking in naked and tried to hug her. She says she told him to leave and shoved him, hid in a bedroom and called 911. The man ran from the home as police got there. Stephen Burton, tried escaping by climbing a fence and fell… naked. He’s booked at the Umatilla (OO-muh-till-uh) County Jail on charges of burglary, harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

An ex security worker for Brink’s accused of stealing almost 200K… all in quarters. Stephen Dennis charged for the ripoff of $196,000 on Monday. He worked as a money processing manager for Brink’s in Birmingham when the robberies happened. He had access thru the job to the Federal Reserve Coin Inventory. The coins police say he took, were stored in ballistic bags, each with about $50,000 inside Brink’s Coin Room. After he left work in Feb. of 014 an audit showed four ballistic bags had beads and only $1,000 in quarters strategically placed in the bags so they’d be visible. He agreed to a plea deal and will repay his former employers. He also faces up to 10 years in prison and an additional $250,000 fine.



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