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A man in Ukiah’s been arrested for Domestic Violence. Thomas Houston’s wife called the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept last week to say her husband had physically assaulted her. Deputies showed up at their house and say the wife had minor injuries but they found evidence connecting him to her injuries. He was arrested for Felony Domestic Battery and held on $25,000.00 bail.

A man in Talmage has been arrested after his wife reported he hit her in the face. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the wife calling them to the 2900 block of Mill Creek Road. The wife saying her husband, Steven Lamun physically assaulted her. Deputies say they found Lamun was the primary aggressor and arrested him for Felony Domestic Violence Battery. He’s booked in the Mendocino County Jail on $25,000.00 bail.

The California National Guard has sent four helicopters and some aircrews to help Cal Fire with 2 fires. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services requested the guard’s help Friday with the Deer Fire in Kern County and the Curry Fire in Coalinga. Four Army National Guard aircraft and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters helping with water drops, medical evacuations and personnel and equipment transportation capabilities.

Questionable future for Mendocino County Solid Waste Management Authority. The Willits City Council was talking over the matter at their meeting last week. They said they’re not going to disband the Solid Waste Management Authority and the authority is also not planning to disband either. But it’s been an ongoing discussion for several months in regards to the new Central Coast Transfer Station. The authority put together more than 25 years ago to deal with closing a landfill with an authority agreement between Willits, Ukiah and Fort Bragg.

Governor Jerry Brown’s been busy signing new laws and bond measures into action. A new bond initiative to provide $2 billion worth of housing and other services for the homeless has been signed in to law. The State Sen. Mike McGuire announced the signing last Friday saying it’s an investment to give North Coast communities a way to create and fund local housing programs. The new funds help offer permanent, supportive housing and mental health and drug and alcohol treatment services.

Uber is now available in Ukiah. A woman in the city has signed up to be the first to offer the Taxi like service. Users tap into a smartphone app which connects them with drivers who use their own cars. Riders save their credit card info inside the app and don’t exchange money with the driver. The rider shows on a map where they need to be picked up and where they want to go. They get an estimated pick-up and drop-off time with their estimated cost. Pamela Mathias tells the Daily Journal she’s been at this in Ukiah for about 3 weeks and about 2 dozen or so have been riders in her vehicle.

Elections officials have confirmed the passage of the nuisance tree ordinance regarding hack and squirt. Measure V won just over 62 percent of the vote. The Press Democrat has spoken to the Mendocino Redwood Co. but the company’s not sure how it will affect them. County officials say the ordinance is going into effect 10 days after supervisors approve. Dead trees left standing after being intentionally killed are being considered a nuisance under the new rules.

The Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed that a Lake County resident who spent 18 years wrongfully behind bars, should be compensated. Luther Jones is getting nearly $937,000 after the Northern California Innocence Project took up his case. Jones also has several health issues. Senator Ricardo Lara agreed to add a provision into his bill last month to compensate Jones. Jones was released this spring after his ex girlfriend’s daughter came forward saying, no Jones actually never molested her.

A package of bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown to make the state safer from gun violence. He’s endorsed legislation to require background checks to buy ammunition, ban possession of high-capacity magazines and close a loophole for the state’s existing assault weapons ban so that long guns with “bullet buttons” are banned. He also approved stripping gun rights for anyone who knowingly files a false report of a gun loss or theft. He’s also signed to limit lending guns to family members without their own background checks.

A man from Florida is dead after he tried to cross Highway 29 on an ATV, getting hit by a car. The 25-year-old victim did not have a helmet on. The CHP reports the victim stopped on the east shoulder of Highway 29 near Lower Lake, waiting for traffic to clear before he crossed. When he went for it he drove into the path of a car and was hit. The victim was tossed from his ATV and had major injuries. He was pronounced dead about 90 mins after the accident.

A case of west nile virus in Lakeport as a domestic turkey tested positive. The District Manager and Research Director of the Lake County Vector Control District says they found the bird June 28th. There’s been no other West Nile virus detected in Lake County this year. 23 counties have detected the virus so far this year, mainly in mosquitoes and dead birds.

An earthquake early warning system got an infusion of cash. The Gov. enacting a new law into effect by putting some money into the 2013 mandate. The federal government gave more than $13 million to improve and test a prototype early-warning system for the West Coast. The money is part of what’s needed. It would be in the area of about $38 million in buildout costs alone and $16 million a year in operating costs for a fully functioning system serving California, Oregon and Washington.

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