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A man from Fort Bragg’s been arrested after a woman called police to say she was assaulted by her husband. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. responded with deputies saying the husband had hit his wife in the face. An ambulance also came to the scene. Cullen Graham was arrested for violation of corporal punishment to a spouse with bail set at $25,000.00. The victim had to go to the hospital, but deputies say she had what appeared to be minor/moderate injuries.

A man from Kelseyville has been found guilty of the murder and robbery of a store clerk in January 2013. Jonathan Mota was convicted yesterday for murdering Forrest Seagrave. Mota faces a maximum of life imprisonment for two of the charges – use/possession of a firearm and use of a firearm resulting in murder plus fines of up to $250,000 with the possibility of life imprisonment unless the attorney general goes after the death penalty. Seagrave worked several years at the Mt. Konocti Gas and Mart on Main Street in Kelseyville. He was on duty when a masked, hooded and armed man came into the store for a robbery and shot Seagrave and ran away.

Mendocino deputies responding to a call at Fort Bragg Rent All where employees say a coworker was acting weird and threatened them. Levi Barnett called in a report that a coworker was digging in the ground on the property, talking to himself. Barnett says when he and another employee approached, Ricky Ponts threatened them. An employee at a neighboring business, Sub Surface Progression, asked Ponts to leave and he was threatened. Cops say Ponts was acting aggravated and belligerent towards them. A deputy placed Ponts into a control hold to restrain him after he says Ponts raised a hand to him. Ponts was arrested and deputies say he was on drugs and violating his probation. He’s held at the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $20,000.00.

A man from Fort Bragg’s been arrested for injuries to his mom. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office reports a neighbor called to report a disturbance and possible assault. They say when they got there they spoke to Kristy Cox, the suspect’s mom who said her son, Daynes Pabo assaulted her. Deputies found Pabo and interviewed him and a witness. They say it looks like Pabo hit and choked his mom and slammed her head against a solid object several times. He holed up in the house, but finally was convinced to come out. Pabo’s arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and violating probation. He was booked at the Mendocino County Jail under $35,000 bail.

The former principal of Orr Creek School is going to be Executive Director, Special Education Local Plan Area. Barbara Bloom was also the Director of Special Education for the Mendocino County Office of Education. She starts her new job Aug. 1st. Bloom’s been working the last five years in administration after working as a school psychologist, program specialist and has 3 decades of experience working with kids in various disability categories in Mendocino County and school districts beyond Mendocino County.

Lakeport businesses say they’re losing business because of the construction happening to expand the downtown sidewalks. The Record Bee reports business down 50 percent at Campos Casuals, Kingdom Games and Comics is closing two hours earlier each day and Main Street Gallery had to cancel their monthly First Friday Fling because of what they said were hazardous conditions at their entrance. The newspaper reports many people feel the problem isn’t so much the construction, but the parking.

The Kelseyville Unified School District is grappling with crumbling infrastructure. The Record Bee newspaper reports there’s a leaky roof and inoperable air conditioning units, but because of small budgets there’s been no upgrades in almost 40 years. Portables, gyms, classrooms, wood shops could all use a facelift. Measure U funds would help pay for some work. Recent unofficial election results from a month ago showed the measure got approval from enough of the voters to pass.

A bill to fight over prescribing certain medications has overwhelmingly been approved. Senator Mike McGuire’s bill would fight the over-prescribing of psychotropic medication to California’s state’s foster youth. Two Assembly committees approved the bill so the California Medical Board can review and confidentially investigate psychotropic medication prescription patterns that don’t fall under the regular standard of care. McGuire is also trying to urge the California Department of Health Care Services to release data to the State Auditor regarding prescription rates and methods for prescribing to foster children and non-medication therapy for kids.

The two men accused of a burglary at South Lake Refuse and Recycling have entered not guilty pleas. James Dotson and Richard Tillman are facing several charges after being accused of trying to burglarize the South Lake Refuse and Recycling on Davis Avenue in Clearlake during early morning hours. Police get a call to the area for a reported burglary in progress from an alarm company. Officers say they found two men burglarizing the storage building. The two men arrested after a chase on foot, one found with property stolen from the building.

It’s not a jamming as many hot dogs into your mouth contest, it’s a whole lot healthier. The Taste of Buffalo food festival will feature the Kale Cup. Competitors are sanctioned by Major League Eating, the organization famous for the hot dog eating contests. At the Kale Cup, contestants will have eight minutes to eat as much of the green as possible. The winner gets $2,000. The Kale Yeah! contest showing healthier fare next to chicken wings and ice cream.

Identical twin sisters from Calif have both had babies, at the same time, in their respective time zones. Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers had their babies last Thursday morning at 1:18 a.m. Rodgers’ son, Reid Joseph, was born first, at Mountain time in Denver, then one hour later, Mariuz delivered her daughter, Samantha Lynne, on Pacific time in La Jolla, California. The two didn’t plan to be pregnant together, and had due dates only four days apart.


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