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An abalone diver has drowned at the Mendocino Coast. The Sheriff’s Office says Robert Hagedorn of Manteca died last week at Van Damme State Park. He was there with friends and had apparently been in for about 15 minutes when one of the friends saw him struggling. An official tells the Press Democrat Hagedorn sank and surfaced several times before his friends reached him but he was unresponsive by the time they were able to pull him from the water and into their inflatable boat, still wearing his diving weight belt. Emergency responders were on the beach when they arrived but could not revive him.

The body of a retired Petaluma firefighter who drowned in Clear Lake last week has been found. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says Mike Haberski is believed to have fallen in the water last Tuesday while sailing in Konocti Bay. The search continued through the week using primarily side scan sonar as the water was too murky at some points for divers. His body was discovered by a Clear Lake resident on Saturday, floating in some lilies about 20 feet from the edge of the lake.

Police are still investigating the cause of an accident near Hopland where a car ended up in the Russian River, killing a 7-year old girl. Fire officials say several Good Samaritans who’d been spending the day at Frog Woman Rock this weekend rushed to help after the car came over the embankment and careened down 100 yards before landing on its wheels in the middle of the river. Hopland’s Assistant Fire Chief told the Press Democrat the bystanders got the girl out and did CPR until fire fighters got there but she was later pronounced dead. It took about an hour for firefighters to extricate the mother, now identified as Luz Ramirez-Marquez, and then she was lifted out of the canyon by a Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter crew and then flown by Cal-Star to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries. Witnesses told CHP investigators Ramirez-Marquez appeared to lose control when her car veered off the road but the CHP said so far alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors is set to consider approving a deal for a contractor, who is now a Lakeport City Council Member, to repay the cost of retrieving a construction crane that went into Clear Lake in 2010. Lakeport Councilman Martin Scheel was the contractor when the crane went in. Lake Co News reports the county removed it about 10 months later at a cost of around $56,000. Scheel has agreed to pay that amount over the course of 10 years in twice yearly installments.

For the third time in three years a massive take from a property growing marijuana that narcotics officers say is private property. Back in June of 2013 when Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics officers went to a home in Upper Lake serving a warrant and found nearly 14,000 marijuana plants. At the time detectives said it looked like four people were living in the grow area, but they never found anyone. They did however find ammunition, but no weapons. They found the pot that time in a routine overflight mission. The California National Guard

Counterdrug Team, assisted with the eradication.

The presidential primary ballots still sitting in Mendocino County as the election results remain stagnant. The Press Democrat reports there are more than 16,500 ballots that haven’t been processed, but just over 11,000 ballots have been. The Mendocino County Assessor Clerk-Recorder Sue Ranochak tells the newspaper it’s rare for results to change after election night, even with big numbers of outstanding ballots, but she says “anything can happen”. A political consultant tells the newspaper one race may change, that’s the countywide race for Mendocino County Superior Court judge. The preliminary results have Ukiah lawyer Keith Faulder with almost 5,300 votes, just ahead of coast attorney Patrick Pekin, who got almost 4,800. And

Measure U, the Fort Bragg measure to ban social services-based businesses in the downtown core had a narrow separation between the yeses and no’s. On election night it was losing by only 56 votes.

A one day conference for those in the medical community. The Community Health Improvement Planning Workshop last Wednesday at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center had more than 75 in attendance representing mental health agencies, the medical community, Native American tribes, nonprofits and educators. The Daily Journal reports Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency is working toward accreditation with a consultant and health strategist. In order for the agency to be accreditated, they have to have a collaborative community health assessment and improvement plan. The consultant, working with Mendocino County Public Health for more than a year delivered the keynote address.

A woman driving in Arkansas says a 4-Foot-Long Snake fell onto her feet while she drove. She says the snake fell out of her dashboard and onto her feet last week. Kelly Swisher says she tried to remain calm as she drove on the Fayetteville interstate as the snake slithered across her feet. She says while she drove the snake moved back inside her dashboard and she parked at a nearby shopping center where she got in touch with animal control officers. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports the driver was unharmed.

A small wildfire quickly stomped out in Clearlake. Firefighters surrounded the fire that they say was burning close to structures, caused a power outage and meant the evacuation of a nearby school. It was reported on Arrowhead Road near Ukiah Street in Clearlake and burned about an acre. Cal Fire reports it happened in the so-called “mutual threat zone,” so Cal Fire and Lake County Fire Protection District came out. Ground crews, three air tankers, a helicopter, one air attack, five engines and two dozers were on scene with police who set up roadblocks and prepared for evacuations. Summer school ended early at Pomo Elementary School because of a power outage. The fire took less than a half hour to contain. Pacific Gas and Electric on the scene to fix the power outage.

An ex state Sen. Has pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a plea deal regarding bribes. Senator Ron Calderon accepted the plea deal yesterday admitting he accepted bribes in exchange for supporting certain legislation. The plea deal filed in Los Angeles. In exchange for it, prosecutors dropped more than 20 other charges against him. He still faces up to 20 years in prison but prosecutors say they’ll ask for him to get no more than six years. He was busted as part of a sting operation.

Two California lawmakers say they want to see an expanded definition of rape under state law after the Stanford University case that’s brought a major public outcry and national attention. Right now California law describes rape as “an act of sexual intercourse.” But other states have the FBI definition, calling rape penetration with any body part or object. The definition, ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner used helped get him convicted of sexual assault. Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens says the gap is a “loophole” in the criminal code. So she’s introduced legislation to change the definition.

Three women arrested after attacking a McDonald’s worker then strike a pose for their mug shots. The Bellevue, Ohio Police Department reports on the June 8th incident where an employee at the fast food restaurant was attacked in the parking lot by three customers. Cops say the worker may have been attacked because the suspects thought she was working too slowly. The trio id’d on security video and arrested. They face assault charges. Their mugshots going viral after they all struck poses during their booking photos.


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