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The victim of a Sunday night murder in Ukiah has been identified. The Sheriff’s Office says it was 63-year-old Salvador Hernandez who was stabbed to death and Oscar Alvarez Carillo was arrested for the stabbing at a home on North State Street. Someone in the home called 911 while the stabbing was still happening, but Carillo ran off before police arrived. Deputies later captured him hiding inside a home that was under construction. He was flushed out by a Police dog. The Ukiah Daily Journal says an official told them Hernandez and Carrillo were neighbors who had an ongoing feud and Carillo may have been on meth during the stabbing.

Nearly $14,000 in stolen tools has been found by deputies who stopped a man driving a stolen truck who was also suspected of burglarizing Hare Creek Nursery and Power in Fort Bragg. The theft of the tools was discovered Monday; and a short time later, deputies spotted the truck in the parking lot of the Willits Safeway and arrested the driver, Danny Spear. The truck had been reported stolen in Fresno. Deputies say they found moe than 2 dozen items stolen from Hare Creek including chainsaws, motorized trimmers, blowers and a water pump. Spears arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. He was being held on the Mendocino County Jail.

Mendocino County is one step closer to a new courthouse in Ukiah. The Superior Court has announced that escrow closed on the land purchase for the courthouse on about 4 acres of property from the North Coast Railroad Authority next to the old depot on Perkins Street. The new, secure building will include eight courtrooms, space for staff and court services, jury deliberation rooms, and separate holding rooms and elevators for in-custody defendants. The next step is for the Court and the Judicial Council of California to finalize the working plans and drawings. That step has been funded by the state. Construction is set to be finished in 2020.

A new building is quickly going up for a new Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant. Pictures of the new spot on the Daily Journal website showing the building up at the corner of Orchard Avenue and East Perkins Street. A spokesperson for the company says they’ve yet to set an exact opening date but they expect to be in business before the end of the year.

A dead humpback whale has turned up ashore on the Mendocino Coast. This is the second time it’s happened this past year. Two dead killer whales had also been spotted in Southern California over the weekend. The executive director of the Noyo Center for Marine Science says a young, female humpback was beached on the shoreline in Cavanaugh Cove near the town of Elk. They say they’ve not been able to get to the mammal by land or sea so they’ve not been able to get samples to figure out why she died. She reminds the public it’s illegal to touch a marine mammal, even if it’s dead and says people should just avoid the area, because as the whale decomposes, sharks will probably be drawn to the spot. Last April another whale washed up in the area.

The state legislature considers asking the Obama administration if it can sell health insurance thru Covered California to those who can’t prove they’re legally in the country. Democrats in the state Assembly Health Committee approved the measure which would mean the state could help integrate more people living in the country without authorization. The Affordable Care Act created health insurance exchanges in every state for folks to compare insurance plans and get possible subsidies. So far they’ve only been open to citizens and legal immigrants.

Numbers going up of people who say marijuana’s helped them stop taking painkillers as cannabis is pushed as a treatment by advocates for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin. Not a lot of research shows that weed works as a treatment for the addicted. But supporters say there’s more scientific literature supporting the idea now, including a study in the Journal of Pain which found chronic pain sufferers had a major reduction in opioid use when taking medical cannabis. Doctors in Massachusetts and California are experimenting with marijuana as an addiction treatment.

A major victory for animal lovers and for wildlife conservation as the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors agrees to a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and will immediately stop a contract with a controversial wildlife killing agency. The agreement under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) ends a lawsuit a group of environmental and animal protection groups brought against Mendocino County. It has to do with a contract the county had with Wildlife Services, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to kills of coyotes, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, and other wildlife in Mendocino County each year. Now the county has to investigate benefits of a non-lethal predator control program if it wants to have another contract in the future with Wildlife Services.

A twenty-year-old college student in Ukiah’s the latest to win the Albert and Patricia Beltrami Scholarship at Mendocino College. Caitlin Luke is finishing up at Mendocino College in May with her degree in Business Administration. She graduates with a 3.99 grade point average and says she’s going to transfer to Chico or Long Beach State for her four-year degree in business with an emphasis in human resources. The scholarship provides students real life experience and exposure to internal workings of local government. She worked in the Health and Human Services Dept.

More than a dozen people in and around Sacramento have overdosed and died after taking a pill disguised as a painkiller. 14 people died after taking Norco that had been laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid. Several people in the Bay Area have also been treated in recent weeks. This according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patients in the Bay Area have all lived, some had experienced nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing.

A 12-year-old girl in New York girl ran past her 5k race expectations, accidentally jumping into the half marathon, running another 10 miles over what she intended. LeeAdianez Rodriguez registered for the 5K last Sunday for the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge. She thought she was late at the starting line and went along with everyone else, running the 13.1-mile course instead of the 3.1 miles. She says she figured it out about halfway through but she decided to finish. Her mom was worried though when she didn’t find her after the 5K, but they were reunited when she finished the half.

Permits are required for outdoor burning on State Responsibility Lands. As of this Sunday, May 1st Cal Fire’s requiring the permits for any vegetation fuel in the county. You can pick up the permits at the Howard Forest Headquarters Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or at any other Cal Fire locations. Keep in mind some are not staffed daily though so call ahead. All numbers are listed on this radio station’s website:

Boonville Station, 895-3323

Covelo Station, 983-6499

Howard Forest Station, 459-7413

Fort Bragg Station, 964-5673

Ukiah Station, 462-7448

Police in a suburban Atlanta town saying selfies with an alligator is a bad idea. Peachtree City police say residents should also refrain from feeding the 6-foot gator known as “Flat Creek Floyd” while he floats in the sun, about 30 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta. The police dept says when Floyd was spotted early this month, the first time in 5 years, folks went selfie crazy, which is unsafe.

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