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A man from Albion’s been arrested after several gunshots were fired at phantom intruders. Deputies say Douglas Higginbotham told them he thought there were multiple, armed intruders breaking into his home. He told his wife to call police and started to fire shots at walls and doors, while his grandkids were in the house. When deputies showed up they say they heard gunshots, but saw nobody intruding into the house. Police say Higginbotham and his wife were high. The grandkids were taken into protective custody and Higginbotham was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Gypsy Moth has been found in Mendocino County. The Department of Agriculture reported finding the pest in the Anderson Valley area. The Department’s trapping program detects 5 different kinds of serious insect pests and found the moth. On Monday, the department had more intense Gypsy Moth traps set up in a 4 square mile area near where the original pest was found. A second moth was found Tuesday and more traps set up immediately. The traps will continue to be examined on a weekly basis until the end of September.

A man from Clearlake has been arrested after police from Lakeport on patrol stopped a Chevy pickup. Police say Robert McGrew had a suspended drivers license and was in trouble multiple times for driving with that suspended license. McGrew was arrested then officers found a meth pipe, methamphetamine and an extensive array of burglary tools and an air BB gun they say looked like a revolver. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and for possession of burglary tools.

Police warning a man they suspect stabbed another man is on the run. Police say they found a victim with multiple stab wounds at a “bloody crime scene”. They were searching for a known transient Craig Allen Fenno Jr., who they say is wanted for the stabbing in Clearlake last Saturday. The weapon has not been found and investigators looking for Fenno say he should be considered armed and dangerous. The victim’s name is being withheld, but cops say he’s in stable condition. There are multiple outstanding warrants out for Fenno, who’s described as a white male 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

The jury trial against a businessman from Lakeport accused of attempted rape is set. The Record Bee reports nine months after he was arrested, Rick Hamilton was arraigned on the charges of attempted rape of his ex girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty. The alleged victim didn’t report the incident for weeks after. And Hamilton was not arrested. A detective from the Lakeport police dept. says he met with the victim who told the story of her relationship with Hamilton who she claims jumped her at her home. Hamilton faces False Imprisonment, Stalking and Rape By Force/Violence/Duress/Menace or Fear charges. He goes to trial November 2nd.

A new report says Calif. is not very business friendly. The report from CNBC says California is in fact, the least business- friendly state in the country. The 10th annual America’s Top States for Business study showed Calif at the bottom of the list for 2016. It also says the state’s one of the most expensive places to do business, with 49 out of 50 ranking. The report also showed California’s educational system was fairly low on the scale, at 38 but not all is bad news. Calif. rated second for technology and easy access to capital.

Some Northern Calif. restaurants recovering after suspected prank callers had workers at the restaurants testing their fire suppression systems. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2a9sNxa) city officials in Elk Grove had incidents reported where the employees activated their systems, discharging a suppression agent which left a mess and forced the restaurants to close down for a night.

Cloverdale is the first city in Sonoma County preparing to set up a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. The Press Democrat reports as medical marijuana becomes more regulated and the chance weed could be legalized for recreational use in November, Cloverdale is setting up to make money off of it. The City Council has agreed to put a measure on the November ballot for voters to approve the tax on pot operation profits to pay for essential services like police, streets, parks, libraries, senior and youth programs.

Willits may soon force property owners to maintain vacant properties. The Willits Revitalization and Economic Development Committee and some business owners are pushing a building ordinance so property owners maintain vacant properties. The same committee is also considering the kinds of signs to be used to promote Willits and its businesses after the Willits Bypass opens this fall sometime.

The new schools superintendent in Willits spoke about his plans with the school board. The school district board had a retreat last week where Mark Westerburg spoke about goals including raising test scores, creating a safe environment where students can learn, and looking at deficit spending. Westerburg says he also wants a school nurse at Brookside, more funding for arts and athletics, and to use local garages to fix school vehicles.

A scam warning for those in Northern Calif. The United States Marshals Service warning about someone or a group of people pretending to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal and trying to collect “fines”. The service says the scammers use the name John Wayward and call residents posing as a marshal or other law enforcement agent. They say that person missed federal jury duty, but they won’t be arrested if they pay a fine. Apparently, this is happening not only in Calif, but across the country.

Part of a half million dollar grant is going to the Anderson Valley Health Center. The United States Health and Human Services Department is getting part of $500,000 for health information technology. The Redwood Community Health Coalition received the money for participating health centers, including the location in Anderson Valley. The $500K came from a pot of more than $36 million for health center controlled networks across the country.

A motorcycle rider in suburban Detroit got away from a chase, but not for long. Police in Lake Orion say Michael Brown of Rochester Hills turned himself in Tuesday for fleeing police and reckless driving. Police the guy was pulled over after a cop saw someone doing motorcycle maneuvers in the street then sped away when he saw the officer. He then bragged on Facebook, saying he was going “140 in a 35 mph” adding the hashtag: “#nojailthisweekend.” Someone shared the post with police.

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