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Bail’s been set at $55k for a man from Fort Bragg accused of burglarizing a home. Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies were sent to the home on North Hwy 1 Saturday where a victim told them she thought her cousin Joshua Bell might have been responsible for the burglary. After talking to Bell, deputies reportedly found reason to suspect him and arrested him. They say he was also in possession of a controlled substance with the intention of selling it and was violating his probation.

California’s getting closer to being the first state with a $15 dollar minimum wage. Governor Jerry Brown announced a deal with state legislators and labor leaders to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 for large business and 2023 for businesses employing less than 25 people. The Governor announced the deal at a press conference saying the deal was after response to those concerned about the impact on small business. Its’ not a done deal, though: Anthony Rendon, speaker of the state Assembly, where the bill is expected to face opposition, was not at the press conference yesterday. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.

Scattered showers with some tiny pieces of hail fell on parts of the North Coast as a brief storm system passed through Santa Rosa, Cloverdale and near the Sonoma-Mendocino county line. Other areas of the Bay Area were also hit by the hail, the National Weather Service reported was the size of rock salt or tiny peas. Less than a hundredth of an inch of rain was reported at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. Dry weather’s forecast the rest of the week.

Two people are recovering after an ATV they were riding on crashed near Hopland. The CHP reports William Jensen of Willits had major injuries and his 11 year old passenger, from Redwood Valley, had minor injuries. The CHP reports Jensen as the driver of the ATV. The two went down a steep gravel section of McNab Ranch Road around 10 mph but hit a dirt embankment, then the right side of the ATV went airborne and threw the boy off as the ATV continued downhill and overturned onto Jensen. He had to be taken by air ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center where he was treated and later released. Neither had on a helmet.

Sonoma County health officials looking to keep minors away from cigarettes so now the

Board of Supervisors considers a $7 per pack price at almost 140 stores outside of city limits. This is part of the county’s anti-smoking campaign first revealed last April to reduce smoking for teenagers and fight tobacco companies’ marketing efforts which county health officials say targets those under 18. The cost for a pack of smokes is varied by location in the county now, in some stores in downtown Santa Rosa they’re already $7 per pack. Although over by Santa Rosa Junior College, where many young people congregate, liquor stores sell the same brand for around $4. The Board of Supervisors should consider the matter at this morning’s meeting.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of their, very loud, active threat training exercise. The training tomorrow morning in Ukiah to include simulated gun fire and explosions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mendocino College campus in Ukiah. The Sheriff’s dept. says there will be multiple county public safety agencies there for the training and access to the college campus is restricted during the exercises. They’re informing the public so they’re not caught off guard by noise and the quote, “heavy presence” of public safety personnel and vehicles at the college during the training. They remind the public that county law enforcement agencies have been part of these one-day training sessions over the last several months, updating skills to respond to active threat situations.

A man has been killed in Longvale, beaten to death, possibly by his own son after an argument. That from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office who reports to the Daily Journal the man who died lived at the home in the 35000 block of North Highway 101 with two of his sons. They say he had a fight early yesterday morning with one of the two, police have named as 25 year old Jewel Dyer, who they say has a history of mental illness. Police say the younger Dyer attacked the dad, killing him with a baseball bat. He’s been arrested on suspected homicide charges.

An official candidate list has been released by the Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office for the local portion of the June 2016 primary election. The Daily Journal reports most of the incumbent candidates are running unopposed, except in the 1st district for the county supervisor spot and Department 5 Mendocino County Superior Court judge. Only a couple of countywide measures on the June ballot too. Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman runs without opposition in Department 1; two local lawyers, one from Fort Bragg, Patrick Pekin and the other from Ukiah, Keith Faulder are running for the Department 5 seat; Dept. 8 Judge Cindee Mayfield is running unopposed; a constitutional lawyer, Montana James Podva is running for the 1st District Supervisor Carre Brown’s seat; the 2nd District Supervisor John McCowen is running unopposed just like 4th District Supervisor Dan Gjerde.

A woman about to be evicted from her apartment in Santa Rosa lights herself on fire, nearly killing herself and destroying the four-unit property where she lived. The Press Democrat reports a fire investigator saying Melissa McMullin poured gasoline all over herself then laid on her bed and flicked a lighter Sunday night. The paper reports the room she was in ignited into flames. She tried to escape, but her son dragged her out to save her. She’s in the hospital with third-degree burns and her son was treated for smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries. The woman is suspected of arson, but not charged so far. Fire officials estimate the damage to be as much as $500,000. She was supposed to be evicted April 30th after continued disputes with neighbors.

The Pez Candy company in Orange, CT descended into chaos during the annual Easter egg hunt due to pushy parents at the company’s headquarters. Hundreds showed up for the event. Local media reports many ignored the rules some rushed the field and took everything. The company’s GM says there were more than 9,000 eggs on three fields with staggered start times for different age groups. Pez officials say parents didn’t wait and ended up apologizing for “an unfortunate situation”. The GM says the parents looked like a swarm of locusts, saying the actions of a few turned the event into “a mess.” Some in attendance went to the company’s Facebook page saying the event, was “a joke” and blamed it on “greedy parents”. No injuries were reported.

500 acres of land outside Las Vegas for sale. You can own your own town, or a chunk of vacant land, called Cal-Nev-Ari. Nancy Kidwell offering her town for just $8 million. She had tried selling it before, back in 2010 for $17 million but didn’t get any bites. The elderly woman has now dropped the price and includes the town’s casino, diner, convenience store, 10-room motel, RV park and mile-long dirt airstrip in the deal. The town about an hour south of Vegas. Kidwell and her husband, Slim, founded the town in 1965 where 350 people now call home.


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