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A man from Piercy has been arrested for illegal discharge of a gun. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to a home where a woman says she heard a gunshot outside her home. She says she saw Bradley Nystrom standing in front of her house with a shotgun. She says the man also stole her wheelbarrow, shot off the gun again, then walked home. Deputies and the California Highway Patrol arrested Nystrom for an outstanding arrest warrant, armed robbery, possession of a loaded firearm in a public place and the discharge of a shotgun within 500 yards of an occupied dwelling. He was held on $75,000.00 bail.

The name has been released of a motorcyclist killed near Ukiah Saturday afternoon by a suspected drunken driver. The Mendocino County Coroner’s Office says Ingrid Fedje of Pacheco was killed while riding on Highway 20 in the Jackson Demonstration Forest. They say Jesse Bourdeaux, who was going the opposite way, lost control of his pickup truck and went across the center line, hitting Fedje’s motorcycle. Bourdeaux was not hurt. The CHP says he is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and drunken driving causing injuries. He was being held in the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $200,000.

That Marijuana Cultivation Urgency Ordinance has been unanimously adopted by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. The ordinance passed after meetings last week that included a presentation from the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee. Apparently the amendment has a more stringent definition of “legal parcel” than when it was previously in effect. It also has new requirements for wildlife fencing and secure fertilizer storage; and requires anyone cultivating more than 25 plants to follow several conditions designed to limit community and environmental impacts. The amendment doesn’t change the 25-plant-per-parcel limit, but it allows an exemption for those who were cultivating before January 1, 2016, allowing for up to 50 plants on a legal parcel of no less than five acres and up to 99 plants on a legal parcel of no less than ten acres.

A home that caught fire where a boy died in Vallejo may have been intentionally set… by the 5 year old’s dad. Police say the boy’s dad lit the fire and he’s on the run. Darrylone Shuemake Sr. is wanted for the weekend fire which also hurt the boy’s mom and teenage brother. Fire officials say heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the house as crews arrived Sunday morning. Neighbors tried getting inside the house to get the boy out and firefighters also couldn’t get him out in time. Mom had second- and third-degree burns and the teenage boy had minor burns.

A greenlight for plans to turn a vacant lot near the center of Graton into housing and a community park. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have greenlit the project which a local developer says he hopes to break ground on this fall. The nearly 1.5-acre Green Valley Village just one of the same developer’s projects in town. He’s renovated about 6 buildings along Graton Road. The new project is closeby, just behind Underwood Bar and Bistro. There are plans for 10 densely positioned, two-story homes, two of which will be built by Habitat for Humanity.

Just as Mendocino’s privatized mental health services makes a transfer, the board of supervisors gets an update from consultant Lee Kemper who was the one who prepared a report for the county last winter. That report recommended guidelines to totally overhaul the county’s services. The Daily Journal reports the Health and Human Services Exec. Dir. was also at the meeting last week to talk about the transition with updates on staff openings the county needs to fill before the July 1 transition deadline. The transfer after the county’s adult services provider Ornter Management Group cancelled its contract in March.

A probation officer out of Nevada County’s taking over as the new Mendocino County chief probation officer. Pamela Markham has been appointed to take over for the current Chief Buck Ganter, who is retiring in July. She’ll start July 5th. She was the probation program manager in Nevada County, and had also been a deputy probation officer there. Markham lives in Lakeport. She says she’s honored to get the position and is excited to work in the county.

The world’s slowest pursuit. That’s what California Highway Patrol officers say happened on Interstate 80 near Oakland. A CHP officer telling the San Francisco Chronicle they got a call to a flock of baby geese that had toddled onto the left lane of the highway. Officers stopped traffic and rounded up the birds and escorted them off the freeway.

Facebook is getting rid of one way they get their trending topics, relying on media companies. It comes after a leak by some inside the giant social network about how items get posted as a “trending topic” and a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel has released a letter that he sent to the Republican chairman of the commerce committee, Sen. John Thune which oversees the Internet and consumer protections. The company has said it’s found no evidence of systemic political bias.


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