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2 and a quarter million dollars in state assistance for the South Lake County Fire Protection District for operations. State Sen. Mike McGuire says the money’s for the 2016-17 fiscal year after the Valley Fire costs. The money covers about what the yearly budget is so it should last until next July. McGuire says a $500,00 grant for environmental and engineering design work has also been set aside for the Anderson Springs sewer project. McGuire spoke at Valley fire town hall at the Middletown High School Gym on Thursday.

More in monthly gas bills expected for PG& E customers. The utility announced double-digit increases after state regulators approved upgrades for the utility’s aging pipeline system after the San Bruno explosion. It means though that monthly bills for natural gas will get an 11.6 percent increase from where the monthly rate was back in January 2015. The rate increases announced at last week’s state Public Utilities Commission meeting. They’re set to take effect Aug. 1st.

A man from Ft. Bragg man has been arrested for shooting at, tying up and raping his wife. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call from a woman who says her estranged husband violently attacked her. She says Patrick Slaughter moved away to Sacramento but he made arrangements to come back and get some of his personal items, then attacked her, pointing a gun her way, threatening to kill her. She says another night he jumped out of some bushes, grabbed her from behind then hit her over the head with something, dragged her inside, tied her up and attacked her. He’s charged with suspicion of attempted murder, penetration with a foreign object, forced oral copulation, kidnapping, domestic battery and being armed in the commission of a felony and held under $250,000 bail.

A new judicial integrity unit set up in Lake County. The Lake County District Attorney (DA) Don Anderson says many times when people are in court they lie. Anderson says to fight that, they’ve put together a team of a deputy district attorney and investigators to go after cases in the court system. Anderson says it shows up in various cases, criminal, civil or family law. He says the court and county residents should be able to rely on a person who’s testifying under oath, telling the truth. He says if not, there should be serious ramifications, which could be a prison sentence of two to four years. They’re looking for citizen and lawyer referrals of people perjuring themselves.

Escrow’s gone thru on the old Fjords building near Raley’s, and the buyer’s sure to make many happy… It’s In-N-Out Burger that’s coming to town. The realtor was prohibited from saying who the new owners were until escrow closed. The building had been vacant for years. The realtor who sold it says In N Out was the best fit for price and a business that could be a success there. They’ll first get a demolition permit from Mendocino County then move quickly with the rebuild.

A man from Boonville’s been arrested on drug charges after police say he threw up on a stranger’s porch. The Ukiah Police Department reports a resident called in last weekend to say an unknown man was on their porch vomiting. Police arrested the man who they recognized from being on probation for prior drug offenses. They say he was sweaty and confused. They booked him into the Mendocino County Jail.

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested after police say he went into a stranger’s home and sat down in their living room. Police say a drunk man went into the house a couple weeks ago and when he was confronted by the resident, he took off. Officers went to the area and found the guy who they say was “extremely intoxicated”. He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested after a woman says he poured paint on her head. Police get a call to a domestic assault, apparently the paint was poured over his girlfriend’s head Saturday. When they got to the home they found a woman covered in gray paint. The victim says they had an argument and then the boyfriend dumped the paint on her. Police say the man also had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his possession. He’s charged with domestic battery and possession of both drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

Officials checking for mussels on vessels that enter both Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino. The two hit hard by the 5 year drought. Officials say they’re wetter than in years past after the winter and spring but now the next threat, quagga and zebra mussels which are invading fresh water bodies across the West. The mollusks got to the states from Eastern Europe and hang on to boats, docks and are damaging, sometimes wrecking entire aquatic ecosystems. State Sen. Mike McGuire says besides the drought, it’s the most serious problem in the region, saying the two Lakes are “prime targets for infestation”. Now a $600,000 program will help staff the lakes looking for hangers on.

A bunch of town halls or open forums being held by Ukiah Valley Medical Center. The panels to help the community easily provide feedback on the hospital and affiliated clinics. The next scheduled topic on hospital billing. It’s an open forum where community members can give feedback so staff is better equipped to help patients and refine and improve the billing process. The events first sessions are July 5th and 6th from 5-30 — 6-30 in the main conference Room of the hospital. For more info, call 707.463.7616.

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