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A man from Ukiah has been charged with the shooting of a woman under the Russian River Bridge. The 20 year old woman was shot early this month as she camped near Talmage Road. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says she was shot during a domestic violence situation. Audiel Orosco Miranda arrested by the Highway Patrol on an unrelated warrant. The woman had a gunshot wound to her upper arm … telling deputies the suspect fired at least 15 times from a nearby Pear Orchard. Miranda was being held on an attempted murder charge with bail set at 300 thousand dollars.

The California Senate has approved a bill to permanently extend overtime for domestic workers. A temp law passed in 2013 requires nannies, caregivers and housekeepers be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than nine hours in a day or more than 45 hours a week. That law expires at the end of the year. The bill approved by the Senate extends it permanently. It cleared on a 25-10 vote and goes next to the Assembly. Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino says the bill helps make sure domestic workers are treated with dignity. Baby sitters are not included in the legislation.

A fire drill of sorts with a real air ambulance and firefighters. REACH Air Medical Services, South Lake County Fire Protection District and the Lake County Assistant Superintendent of Schools brought the drill to the Minnie Cannon After School Program last Friday, April 15th. The children in the after school program were taken over to the South Lake County Fire Protection District station in Middletown and met firefighters from Cal Fire, South County Firefighters and REACH Air Medical Services. Many of the kids had been evacuated during the Valley Fire, many having bad memories of helicopters and emergency vehicles. So the event was to show the students the vehicles and helicopter were there to keep them safe and to help.

Americorps in Lake County is accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year. The group serves schools in Lake County through the Lake County Office of Education. They say they’re in need of a fulltime mentor and halftime and quarter-time preschool tutors; in-school and after school tutors; Hero Project and Healthy Start members. Those who join get a twice a month stipend and education award at the end of their service. It’s touted as a way to increase job skills, gain training, and network with school staff and administrators. For more information call 263-8796 ext. 241.

Continued progress reported on the city of Clearlake’s Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce Center. The Record Bee reports there’s a new front door and framing for concrete work. The inside and outdoor work is out to bid, but they need volunteers to help with interior projects. They need folks with basic construction skills, like hanging light fixtures, cabinetry work, wood flooring work, experienced tile workers, and painters. To help out, call Jim Scholz at (707) 994-1545.

A home in Hidden Valley Lake’s been totally destroyed by a fire. The Stinson Road home burned but the garage and cars inside were saved. The family living there is safe but lost their home. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The State Treasurer says embracing diversity ends up being way more beneficial for companies than not. John Chiang saying the report by the Calif. Public Employees Retirement System shows how companies with leaders who embrace diversity have better relations with stakeholders, attract better talent, and deliver stronger financial bottom lines. He says the demonstrated link of diversity and success sends a message to states and municipalities that condone discrimination against LGBTs and corporate bigwigs blind to the value added by women and minority executives. The report showing companies that have one or more women on the board had a higher share price and those who have male-only boards had lower share prices. And those supporting LGBT rights saw average returns 10% or higher.

Another meeting set for the Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force. The next update is Tuesday, May 3rd at Cobb Elementary School located in Middletown. The Lake County Administrative Officer had recently said the meetings would be suspended after the next meeting saying it’s best for county staff to concentrate on their work responsibilities, besides the recovery issues. An info sheet has been compiled for fire survivors which will be handed out at the meeting. The info sheet will also be available online at

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is closing their Lobby for the weekend. The public lobby is closing today at noon until Monday at 1:00 pm. The office says it’s necessary because of safety and security concerns due to work being done there. They have a phone number to call for any civil issues while the lobby is closed, at (707) 262-4080.

A new medical clinic that will have rehab services is opening in Willits. The new building in the Frank Howard Memorial Hospital is the Redwood Medical Clinic and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. The space where the foundation and pharmacy are also being housed. The clinic can start seeing patients Monday in their 16 exam rooms. The clinic first opened to the public back in 2014 with primary care for the whole family including preventative medicine like vaccinations and yearly physicals; managing ongoing chronic illnesses and to treat non-urgent conditions.

A community forum’s been held regarding Measure U, regarding Mental Health services at the Old Coast Hotel. The League of Women Voters in Fort Bragg hosted the forum last Friday with about 4 dozen in attendance. The forum at the Redwood Coast Senior Center. If the measure passes it would ban all social service organizations in the Central Business District. The Advocate reports the city attorney having previously said if Measure U passes, the city wouldn’t be opposed to litigation. The measure would amend the zoning code. A retroactivity provision would most likely be unenforceable though.

There’s a revised plan for the state’s proposed high-speed rail project. The $64 billion plan proposing the train head from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before going to Southern California. The board has approved the move at a meeting in Sacramento. The CEO of the High-speed rail says they’ll put $4 billion into Southern California to prepare for the bullet train. The new plan cuts an expensive and difficult engineering job to tunnel through the Tehachapi mountains. The first stretch wouldn’t even start operating until 2025.

A man in a stolen car in Pittsburgh accused of leaving the car and jumping into a river to get away. Police say after the man was caught he ran naked from a hospital and hid inside a dumpster. James Williams first spotted in a stolen car Wednesday, the abandoned it, ran thru a recycling yard and tried swimming away in the Ohio River. But his foot got stuck in a barge rope.

A couple in Georgia says they’re suing Snapchat, saying the social media app’s “speed filter” was the reason a woman drove too fast, causing the crash that injured the husband. Wentworth and Karen Maynard filing a lawsuit against Snapchat and the 18-year-old driver who posted a snap of herself from an ambulance after the crash. The suit filed last fall says the 18 year old was driving and using a Snapchat filter putting the rate of speed a car is traveling at over an image. It said the driver was trying to hit 100 miles an hour when she hit the other car, sending it down an embankment.

The recreational Dungeness crab season has finally begun south of Humboldt Bay to the California-Mexican border. The recreational season was expected to end June 30th with the commercial season set to end on July 30th. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment says recent test results showed the toxin, domoic acid was at low levels in Dungeness crabs south of the Humboldt Bay entrance and in Mendocino County. The Dungeness crab fishery is still closed though north of Humboldt Bay as officials are still monitoring crab domoic acid levels in that northern California zone.


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