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Several charges have been filed against a man from Red Bluff in connection to the shooting of another man in Lucerne.  Jeremy Lee Bryant arrested Tuesday for the Monday night shooting of Michael Arreaga.  Lake County News reports police believe Bryant broke into a home where he and Arreaga struggled over a gun ending in Arreaga being shot. He’s recovering in a hospital. Bryant is charged with burglary, assault with a firearm, attempted robbery and causing great bodily injury.

 

A woman from Willits on trial for allegedly embezzling half a million dollars from a Laytonville grocery store says she was framed.  Christine Kelsay is accused of taking the cash over the seven years she worked in HR and accounting at Geigers Long Valley Market. She was arrested last June and her trial began last week with prosecutors citing evidence including dates of personal bank deposits corresponding with missing money and signs of living a lifestyle that the DA called “inconsistent” with her income. The Press Democrat reports Kelsey took the stand saying other people helped her and her husband pay for certain vacations and purchases, they both had income they hid from investigators, and other people at the store were taking the money and setting her up to take the fall.

 

A couple hailed as heroes, especially the wife, during the days of the Valley Fire. Troy and Lisa Lunsford honored for helping folks who needed to evacuate from near Middletown that couldn’t do it alone. The regional American Red Cross presented the couple Real Heroes awards for rescuing seniors and providing them a safe, comforting place to stay for two nights. The two were among more than a dozen Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma county residents honored by the Red Cross for valor or for heroic service to others or to the country, to the community, to animals or to the environment. Lisa manages a company who sends in home assistants out to elderly residents.

 

Four community health clinics in Mendocino County have won about $5.5 million in federal funds. The announcement yesterday by Congressman Jared Huffman who says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration awarded more than $16 million to the 11 health centers along the North Coast to be used for work at the centers who provide primary and preventive medical services to underserved areas. Huffman reports Mendocino Coast Clinics in Fort Bragg won $1.1 million; Mendocino Community Health Clinic in Ukiah, $2.4 million; Redwood Coast Medical Services in Gualala, $1.1 million; and the Long Valley Health Center in Laytonville was awarded $942,000.

 

Another step forward for a bill in the state Assembly to place an excise tax on medical marijuana which could bring in about $77 million a year.   Assemblyman Jim Wood of Healdsburg’s bill cleared the Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee with no Republican support. It should be heard in the Appropriations Committee next. If it goes all the way to the governor, it would mean a $9.25 per ounce tax on cannabis flowers, a $2.75 per ounce tax on cannabis leaves and a $1.25 tax on immature cannabis plants from nurseries.

 

4-20 brought loads of trash after a celebration in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/1NDgDbw) the San Francisco Recreation and Park Director of Operations saying the event had no permit and no event organizer so city crews had to clean it all up, at taxpayer expense. Tallies say more than 8,000 people were at Golden Gate Park Wednesday, or 4/20 leaving several bottles of soda and beer cans, food boxes and butts left scattered on the grassy lawn.

 

Elem Indian Colony Pomo members recently tossed off the rolls protest in Lakeport. Tribal members got disenrollment notices in the mail then Tuesday were out protesting. Protesters chanted slogans like “native lives matter” and “disenrollment is tribal genocide”. About 2 dozen people were on Main Street in Lakeport. The Record Bee reports they are challenging the latest wave of cuts in Elem tribal membership. It means they not only lose money and services but also housing and health care. The paper reports nearly 3 dozen Native American Pomo Indians from the Clearlake Oaks tribe got the disenrollment notices saying they’re no longer part of the tribe.

 

More water to be delivered in California this year than the last three years after spring storms nearly fill the state’s major reservoirs. Water districts report almost a million acres of farmland and 40 million residents are getting 60 percent of the water requested. The state Department of Water Resources announced the soaking in Northern California doesn’t mean residents should stop conserving because the state is still in drought. It’s the fifth consecutive drought year. Back in 2014, residents got as little as 5 percent of what they requested for the year.

 

The top lawyer in the California Legislature says Gov. Jerry Brown went above his authority when issuing an executive order regarding what he referred to as the most aggressive carbon-emission reductions in North America. It brings California into alignment with the European Union’s aggressive climate change standards. The order by Brown last year to lower carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

A couple of college students in hot water for an abduction… of a wild turkey. The bird found wandering streets smelling like beer and dealing with a broken toe, missing feathers and other injuries. The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/22MmFNM) reports Tim the Turkey will be okay after disappearing from his pen over last weekend some time. Chapman University students  Steven Koressel and Richard Brenton were released on their own recognizance.

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