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Two of the three drifters facing murder and other charges in the deaths of former Middletown Yoga teacher Steve Carter as well as a Canadian hiker last October will stand trial in September. Carter’s widow Lokita Carter testified at a pre-trial hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to proceed with murder charges against Morrison Lampley, who prosecutors say was the shooter, and 18-year-old Lila Alligood who they say was an accomplice. The third defendant, Sean Angold, pleaded guilty last week to reduced charges including second-degree murder in exchange for testifying against the other two.

An alleged car thief has been nabbed by Ukiah Police. They say around 530 Sunday morning the victim reported he’d left his car running and unlocked while he was loading some things at home on Lockwood Drive and while walking to his car, saw a man get in and drive off, hitting a parked car on the way. Then around 90 minutes later the victim called again to say he saw the same guy walking by his house. UPD officers picked up Daniel Castillo who they say was on Post-Release Community Supervision out of Napa County. Castillo arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and meth possession. Police found the victim’s car on North Oak Street and after a search of the area found most of his personal items except his wallet. UPD reminds you never leave your vehicle running unattended.

A bag-limit reduction on catching crappie in Clear Lake is on this week’s agenda for the Lake County Board of Supervisors. When they meet this morning Supervisors will discuss sending a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission suggesting a revision to the Clear Lake crappie bag limit. Lake County News reports a proposed letter to the commission notes the board first broached a similar request in 2005 but with a recent resurgence this spring of a strong crappie fishery on the Lake, the Supervisors are looking at a move from the current bag limit of 25 crappie per angler per day down to ten.

A man from Oakland man went missing while abalone diving off the southern Mendocino County coast. The Coast Guard reports three other people had to be rescued from the shoreline and cliffs along the Mendocino coast yesterday. The officer in charge says 3 cases in one day is unusual. The missing 57-year-old was with some friends near Moat Creek beach yesterday when he disappeared. Sheriff’s search and rescue volunteers, the Redwood Coast Fire Protection District and a Coast Guard helicopter went out to try to find the man. They say when the divers got there the ocean was rough, so they could only use binoculars from dry land, but they intend a water-based search today.

The legislature has passed a proposal so all single-person public restrooms are gender neutral. They bill made it thru just hours after North Carolina’s governor sued the federal government defending their law requiring transgender people use the restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The California Assembly voted 52-18 for the first ballot. If it passes it means all businesses in California and all state and local government building will be gender neutral. So inspectors and officials enforcing building code will check restroom signs for compliance. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says gender-neutral stalls are a best business practice. It now moves to the Senate before going to the Governor for signature into law.

A teenager has been tossed into jail after impersonating a state senator. As we reported the 18 year old toured an Ohio high school last December. Izaha Akins of Marion sentenced to spend three months behind bars, but apparently he’ll only have to do a month since he’s got time served to his credit. He pleaded guilty in March to impersonating a peace officer. He went thru the high school and even spoke to a government class. School officials didn’t realize he wasn’t the real deal until weeks later.

A man in Florida knocked unconscious by a large fish that jumped into his boat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the man was traveling around 30 mph when the 4- to 5-foot long Sturgeon jumped into his boat Saturday afternoon. The man’s injuries not life-threatening but he went to a hospital for treatment. A wildlife spokesman says boaters beware, large fish are often found in the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers and can sometimes leap into boats.

The Middletown Area Town Hall includes updates on several area projects. There will also be a meet and greet for District 1 supervisorial candidates. Lake Co News reports the meeting this Thursday at the Middletown Community Center at 7pm. There will be a report on a Dollar General store proposal, which has already been denied by the Lake County Planning Commission. The group to also hear about plans for a dormitory for those helping to rebuild after the Valley Fire. The group to also have their Q&A, meet and greet with the District 1 supervisorial candidates which include Voris Brumfield, Monica Rosenthal, James Ryan and Jose “Moke” Simon III. All trying to win the seat Supervisor Jim Comstock is retiring from. MATH started back in 2006, is a municipal advisory council serving the residents of Anderson Springs, Cobb, Coyote Valley (including Hidden Valley Lake), Long Valley and Middletown.


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