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The Mendocino County Executive Office has announced its done with the fiscal analysis of the charter county initiative that will be on the ballot in June. The County CEO Carmel Angelo came before the Board of Supervisors with the analysis Tuesday and posed three likely scenarios if the board went with the charter commission: minimal, moderate or expanded support options. Minimal support would be $50,000 to $100,000 in county funds needed, moderate support to require $100,000 to $200,000 in county funds and as much as $300,000 or more for expanded support.

Operation Dry Water will include participation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit. It’s a national boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign. The idea to draw attention to the dangers of boating under the influence and to remove impaired boaters from waterways. It’s the eighth year, Operation Dry Water partners with recreational boaters, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. This time around it happens, June 24th, 25th and 26th the first official weekend of summer. Those found with a blood alcohol content higher than .08%, could be arrested and jailed. Operation Dry Water a joint program of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard.

National Police week is coming. Communities across the US get together this week honoring law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. This year there are 252 officers killed in the line of duty that have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The 252 officers include 123 officers killed during 2015 and another 129 officers who died in past years but their stories are just being made public now. All of their names have been formally dedicated during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil last Friday, May 13th.

A man from Clearlake’s been arrested and several weapons taken from him after a domestic violence investigation. Clearlake Police say John Robert Mee faces multiple felony charges including domestic violence, criminal threats, child endangerment, brandishing a firearm, and many other weapons charges. Police allege Mee threatened to kill his wife and assaulted her. Responding officers finding her with several injuries. Lake County News reports as a convicted felon, Mee is prohibited from owning guns, but during a search police found seven firearms, including a short-barrelled rifle and a flare launcher. A police spokesman told the news site there were some young kids in the home who had access to some of the guns. Mee’s bail was set at $350,000; police also obtained an emergency protective order for his wife.

A panhandling law in the works for Lakeport. The City Council has introduced the first reading of an ordinance to address soliciting and panhandling. It was presented by Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen and as Lake County News reports would require anyone participating in soliciting activities to apply for a free permit that would be valid for 30 days unless revoked. The new rules would apply to anyone planning to solicit – including nonprofits and community groups – so that anyone asking for money without a permit could more easily be told to stop. The City Attorney explained that people have a First Amendment right to ask for money, although not aggressively, and while an ordinance could help protect property owners, in the big picture it’s not really legally enforceable. A public hearing is set for June 7th.

A woman from Clearlake’s been arrested in connection to the stabbing of a man. Police say Sara Thomas was arrested for the stabbing which they say happened after the woman tried to steal the victim’s pickup truck after he refused to give her a cigarette. She’s charged with attempted murder, burglary, armed robbery and vehicle theft. Her neighbor, Andrew Beckerley was the man attacked. Cops say he had several wounds and had to be flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He’s listed in stable condition. Thomas lives in a granny unit in the back of the home.

A man who killed 3 people in Forestville has been sent to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mark Cappello of Central City, CO convicted of killing Raleigh Butler, Richard Lewin and Todd Klarkowski in February of 2013 in a drug deal gone bad. 2 of the victims family members yelled at Cappello in court yesterday. He killed the three after forcing them to kneel on the floor of a home. He packed up almost 100 pounds of pot to take to the East Coast but was caught as he tried getting away. He was convicted this past March.

40 years of public service for the California Conservation Corps. The Governor Jerry Brown established the corp in 1976. Celebrations across the state and around the world. When it was founded, Brown likened the corp to “a combination Jesuit seminary, Israeli kibbutz and Marine Corps boot camp.” There’s been more than 3 million hours of conservation work and disaster assistance across California ea year. That can include emergency response, energy conservation, irrigation system installation, landscape management, boardwalk construction and wildlife habitat restoration. The Ukiah Center boasts a fire crew that works with the U.S. Forest Service who have worked across the west with wildfires.

7.5 million dollars into Mendocino County thanks to the district attorney’s marijuana restitution program. The Mendocino County Grand Jury released the report on the program after an internal investigation after complaints by the public and certain public officials about the marijuana program. Some calling it a “pay for play” program giving preferential treatment to people with money to pay the fees, which they complain discriminates against those who can’t pay. The DA David Eyster started the program in 2011 after first being elected to office.

Police in Hawaii searching for whoever broke in and took off with six dogs from a Humane Society shelter. Police say three mixed breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers and a 2-month-old lab mix named Arianna, were kidnapped from the Kauai shelter sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. They say the crew cut off a lock on a gate and abducted the pups. Arianna however, has a microchip implanted. The Humane Society has offered a $5,000 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever’s responsible.

Sometimes it’s best to look in the toilet before being seated. A baby opossum had to be rescued from a toilet in Pacific Beach. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services says the creature was found May 1st by a woman in her toilet. An animal control officer went to the home and took the little guy to the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife. They’ll release it when it’s old enough to survive on its own.


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