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The owner of the company that owns Mendocino Brewing company says he didn’t leave the country to avoid his creditors. That country, India. Tycoon Vijay Mallya took over the chairmanship of his father’s beer company in 1983 and co owns a Formula 1 team and can sometimes be described as India’s Richard Branson. But apparently he owes somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.3 billion from loans made to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. More than a dozen banks trying to get money back after the airline failed a few years ago. He says he didn’t leave India for any other reason than travel. The Finance Minister and one of his lenders had been questioning why Mallya left India.

A major uptick in gang graffiti reported in Kelseyville and Clearlake Riviera. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports getting 8 calls Monday for vandalism involving graffiti. Deputies overnight that night went out to another eight vandalism cases with the same type of graffiti. They say most of the vandalism was in Kelseyville by the Kelseyville Lions Club and the Kelseyville Community Park. The ones over in Clearlake Riviera in the area of Teton Way and Marmot Way. So the Sheriff’s dept. says it’s beefed up patrols in the area as the investigate the other cases too.

A man in Fort Bragg has been arrested after a probation compliance check up. Fort Bragg Police, the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force, the Mendocino County Multi-Agency Gang Suppression Unit, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Mendocino County Probation Department went out for the check on Daniel Jacoboni’s registered address since he’s on felony probation for several gang related crimes. Cops found him in possession of clothing items related to gangs and patches from the Hell’s Angels outlaw motorcycle gang, plus a firearm. He’s not allowed any of that so he was arrested for being a Felon in Possession of Firearm and for Felony Violation of Probation.

A man from Lower Lake has been arrested in connection to a child pornography case. The FBI along with detectives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigating Richard James Coel, the former Community Development Director for the County of Lake. Detectives and the Sheriff’s office had been watching Coel for child pornography allegations. He was arrested Monday at his home. Coel’s computer was taken as evidence and is pending a forensic examination.

A man in Ukiah and his dog get away after a fire started in their home on Clara Avenue. The Police Department noticed smoke coming from the home as an officer drove by mid morning yesterday. The elderly man inside the home says he didn’t even notice the house was on fire until the officer told him. He and his dog Sparky got out okay. Fire officials say they think the fire started outside the house and got near the home, but was put out quick. There is a small patch behind the kitchen in the back yard that was charred.

A couple dozen private wells in Boonville test positive for some sort of contamination. The Anderson Valley Community Services district found the bacterial and nitrate contamination during a survey of about 2 dozen wells. The district looking at ways to pay for an actual water and sewer system. Tests last week showed 21 of 23 wells contaminated with coliform bacteria and nitrates. The public health officer in Mendocino County says they’ve seen similar problems in other rural areas using older wells and septic systems. That includes along the Russian River in Sonoma County.

The ad hoc committee in Mendocino County appointed by the Board of Supervisors looking into fire and emergency medical services has found county fire protection services should be eligible for Proposition 172 funding. The action on the item has been pushed to the supervisors meeting April 5th. The county is having staff bring back suggested amounts that should go to fire districts. The amounts from property tax payments fire districts lost after redrawn state education funding formulas, the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund. The Ad Hoc committee says the statewide amount diverted to schools could be in the neighborhood of $2.6 billion since the 1993-94 state budget.

High levels of chromium-6 have been found in the drinking water in Hidden Valley Lake so the local elementary school is doling out bottled water for kids to drink instead of municipal water. The school’s also turned off the campus drinking fountains so students and staff don’t use them. The Superintendent Catherine Stone of the Middletown Unified School District says she’s been told the water’s safe but they’re be cautious anyway. In a letter from the local water district, it referred to chromium-6 as a carcinogen or cancer-causing agent. Students can still wash their hands at school and the kitchen at the district’s Coyote Valley Elementary School in Hidden Valley Lake is also using the water. They’ll be putting in a reverse osmosis filtering system for kitchen water to remove chromium-6 from the water tho.

Clearlake’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance has gone into effect. The new ordinance went live Sunday. It means those growing have to have a permit through the city for legally cultivating marijuana within its limits. Permit applications can be picked up at City Hall and can be downloaded at the city’s website. Those interested have until the end of April to submit their application with their $150 registration fee to City Hall. For more information visit

A trio of proposals for North Coast fishermen for this year’s commercial salmon seasons. It looks like a smaller Chinook salmon run in two areas so fishery managers have put together a shortened season with several gaps, mostly in the Fort Bragg region, where apparently the fishery may me almost entirely closed in June and completely in July. Congressman Jared Huffman of San Rafael and other Bay-Delta representatives say those gaps would mean about a 20 percent overall cutback for fisherman and as much as 45 percent along an area from Point Arena to Horse Mountain, north of Shelter Cove in Humboldt County. The Pacific Fishery Management Council made the determinations after calculating how many fish would hit several areas of the coast along the western United States. The options to be considered at a meeting Monday in Sacto.

A man from Turlock suspected of drunk driving crashed up a sidewalk, smashed a stop sign and knocked down a small redwood tree. Windsor police arrested 20 year old Dylan Agnitsch near a Home Depot Store after he lost control of his car. Deputies tried to detain Agnitsch but say he tried to get away before finally being handcuffed. He’s arrested on suspicion of felony assault on a peace officer, drunken driving and driving on a suspended license and booked into the Sonoma County Jail with bail set at $10,000.

A woman in Florida’s trying to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator in her home. Rambo, the 125-pound reptile wears clothes, rides on a motorcycle and has his own bedroom in Mary Thorn’s home in Lakeland. She says she’s got an alligator and has had him 11 years, but he recently grew to 6 feet. Wildlife officials say the alligator needs 2.5 acres of land but the woman says Rambo can’t be left outdoors because of his sensitivity to sunlight. The Florida wildlife commission is investigating.

Police in a town in Massachusetts warning residents to watch for men challenging passers-by to rap battles. Charlton police told WCVB-TV ( say there’s a black SUV with a group of men inside who pulled up next to three teenage boys Saturday afternoon got out and started rapping. Others in the SUV asked they wanted to "spit some bars" with them when the teens said no, they left. Police say it didn’t seem like an attempted abduction, but the boys were afraid.

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