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Monthly Archives: September 2016

CHAINSMOKERS W/HALSEY-CLOSER

DJ SNAKE W/JUSTIN BIEBER-LET ME LOVE YOU

KIIARA-GOLD

MAJOR LAZER W/JUSTIN BIEBER & M0-COLD WATER

SHAWN MENDES-TREAT YOU BETTER

TWENTY ONE PILOTS-HEATHENS

ALESSIA CARA-SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL

CALVIN HARRIS-MY WAY

COLDPLAY-HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND

GNASH W/OLIVIA O’BRIEN-I HATE U, I LOVE U

HAILEE STEINFELD W/ZEDD-STARVING

KUNGS VS. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS-THIS GIRL

LADY GAGA-PERFECT ILLUSION

MEGHAN TRAINOR W/YO GOTTI-BETTER

TORY LANEZ-LUV

WEEKND W/DAFT PUNK-STARBOY

X AMBASSADORS-UNSTEADY

ARIANA GRANDE W/NICKI MINAJ-SIDE TO SIDE

FRENSHIP W/EMILY WARREN-CAPSIZE

IMAGINE DRAGONS W/LOGIC, TY DOLLA SIGN-SUCKER FOR PAIN

JASON DERULO-KISS THE SKY

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

MARC E. BASSY W/G-EAZY-YOU & ME

SIA W/KENDRICK LAMAR-THE GREATEST

TINIE TEMPAH W/ZARA LARSSON-GIRLS LIKE

ELLIE GOULDING-STILL FALLING FOR YOU

MARTIN GARRIX W/BEBE REXHA-IN THE NAME OF LOVE

NICK FRADIANI-ALL ON YOU

NICK JONAS W/TY DOLLA SIGN-BACON

PITBULL W/FLO RIDA & LUNCHMONEY LEWIS-GREENLIGHT

SHAGGY-THAT LOVE

TOVE LO-COOL GIRL

ZARA LARSSON-AIN’T MY FAULT

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This morning from 7am til 9 am the Lake County Sheriffs office is inviting the community to join them for coffee with a cop. Members of every rank of the Sheriffs office will be at Judy’s Junction in Upper lake to talk about anything or nothing, or to just smile and say hello. There isn’t a set agenda just a change to meet and ask questions.

A confusing scene at a home in Mendocino county yesterday day morning. The Mendocino county sheriffs office says they got a call around 5:30 in the morning from an unidentified man who told them that he fled his home after 7 armed men confronted him and shot his wife. The man told dispatch that he believed those men wanted to steal marijuana from him and were probably changing his teenage son into the woods. When deputies and a SWAT team arrived they found no one there, and no evidence of a gunshot victim, though thee was evidence of firearm use and neighbors reported hearing gunshots after a verbal dispute. After a ground and air search deputies eventually gave up searching after another anonymous caller told dispatch that no one was shot, no one was injured, and the suspects had fled.

Fire investigators with Cowlitz 2 fire and rescue have determined that a fatal fire earlier this month in a kelso house fire was accidental. Investigators believe the fire was started by poorly discarded smoking materials. Both the home owner and kelso police officers attempted to rescue a man trapped inside, but were hindered by thick smoke and flames. Cowlitz 2 fire officials are hoping that the story may make someone think twice about lazy or unsafe smoking habits. Cigarettes are responsible for over 20% of all fire deaths.

Mendocino college has been awarded a five year $2.2 million grant for developing Hispanic institutions. The grant is mean to help the college better serve Latino and high needs students at the colleges four sites in Mendocino and lake counties

Ukiah resident Kerry Levin and her dog Kosie are the winners of the Australian shepherd club of Americas national trials. The eight year old dog and her trainer was the national agility veteran division as well as several other awards

A Ukiah man died Thursday after crashing into a fence, the California highway patrol believes the driver, who was 79 years old suffered from a cardiac medical emergency that caused him to lose control of the car. Paramedics attempted to give the man CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

The Ukiah gun club is being cited for improvements done through volunteer work. Someone filed a complaint stating that the club may have violated codes for ding volunteer work in excess of $500. Attorney Erik Peterson says that kind of fine May impact the clubs he’ll dorado project and is unfair to all who volunteer their time. It’s not yet clear what kind of fine the club will face

The Rotary Club of Lakeport Konocti Challenge annual bicycle event featuring 20, 40, 65 and 100 mile rides on the streets and roads of Lake County. Drivers can Expect to see bicycles on the streets leaving the city starting at 7:00 AM and returning as late as 6:00 PM. Please drive safe and watch for the bicycles on the city streets and county roads. Approximately 700 riders are expected to be in attendance.

Oktoberfest will be held on Main Street between 1st and 4th Streets in downtown Lakeport between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM. 2000 people are expected to attend, Street closures will be in effect starting at 6:30 AM continuing until approximately 11:00 PM. Closures include Main St between 1st and 5th Streets and 3rd Street between Forbes Street and Main Street. Police warning drivers to plan for detours and delays around that area.
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The Lake County Sheriffs Narcotics Unit found and destroyed almost 8,000 marijuana plants at one illegal grow side in Buttes Canyon, and another seven thousand plants at a second, nearby site. The field were spotted during a routine recon flight over the rural mountains of Butts Canyon. Both of those operations were watered by complex drip irrigation systems diverting water from nearby springs. The Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit will continue to seize drugs mean for drug trafficking whenever possible.

The Mendocino National Forest will seek input on developing the Black Butte River and Cold Creek Comprehensive river management plan. The focus will be on protecting the rivers water quality as well as its free flow. Input on that plan can be sent to the Mendocino National Forest Upper Lake Ranger District

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the Lake Family resource center has events planned all month long to highlight domestic violence awareness, even encouraging people to dye their help purple to raise awareness.

Bakers can challenge their skills in the Ukiah Country Pumpkin fest Bake Contest. The contest will be held Sunday October 16th and will feature pumpkin and chocolate categories. Entry forms are available online at cityofukiah.com/pumpkinfest2016 it’s free to enter.

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Repairs on the Perkins street overpass across Highway 101 will start this afternoon. The overpass was damaged two weeks ago when an excavator being hauled by a construction company hit the underside of the bridge. That Company, Ukiah Based A to Z Construction will be footing the more than $ 1 million price tag for emergency repairs. The heavy equipment hit four of the six concrete support beams, causing some loose concrete. Crews will be removing an loose concrete and pouring more concrete to replace it. While crews are working southbound traffic on highway 101 will be restricted to 1 lane and some slowdowns should be expected. Work should finish up on Monday.

Students of Mendocino College’s sustainable technology program got the opportunity last week to install solar panels onto a home in collaboration with GRID Alternatives. The company installs solar panel systems on the homes of income eligible families living in affordable housing zones. Mendocino county is one of the latest territories for GRID Alternatives and they were happy to help the students get some hands on experience.

Firefighters continue to make significant progress on the Sawmill fire in Sonoma County. The 1,600 acre fire is now 90 percent contained according to Cal Fire. The sawmill fire started on Sunday morning and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.

A new law will allow federally funded rural clinics in the state to provide family and marriage counseling to poor residents. Two clinics in Mendocino County, the Long Valley Health Center, in Laytonville and Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center in Ukiah fall under that umbrella. Those in favor of the law say it’s critical that under-served populations in rural areas have access to mental health services.

A house fire has done major damage to a home in Redwood Valley. Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department Assistant Chief Brendan Turner says said the fire started around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the home on Ellen Lynn Street. The cause of the is still under investigation but Turner told the Ukiah Daily Journal is did not seem suspicious. No one was home to no one was hurt and one pet was able to escape unharmed. The house has major damage but the residents were reportedly able to salvage some of their belongings.

The Sawmill Fire is now 85 percent contained. The 1500-acre fire, which started Sunday morning, is burning in the Geysers, about 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Cal Fire doesn’t yet know what started it. They have started moving some of their firefighters to other fires although as of this morning there were still more than 700 personnel on scene.

The Ukiah Planning Commission is holding another public hearing tonight on proposed changes the ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within city. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the city council’s chambers at 300 Seminary Ave. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports while some on the Planning Commission wanted to wait until after the November Election, the Planning Director says the Ukiah City Council’s direction was to try and pass it ordinance before the election. The ordinance would require, among other things, anyone wishing to operate a marijuana dispensary to obtain a dispensary use permit approved and issued by the zoning administrator/planning director and a public hearing would be required. After that the holder would need to renew it each year.

A SWAT callout has led to several charges against a Fort Bragg man after he called 911 and yelled obscenities at a dispatcher. Thomas Anderson reportedly first called the Mendocino County 911 around 2:30 Monday afternoon from his home on Mitchell Creek Drive, yelling obscenities and making threatening and derogatory statements toward the dispatchers. The dispatchers tried to find out what kind of help he needed but he just kept up the hostility. Deputies went to his house and tried to talk to him but he allegedly just kept calling 911 and continuing his tirade so they left. But around 5pm Anderson walked onto his porch and starting shooting off a handgun and that brought out the Mendocino County SWAT Team. Charges include Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner.

The Lakeport Police Department will be staffing a full time School Resource Police Officer on the campuses of the Lakeport Unified School District starting next week. This program has been made possible by a funding partnership between the School Board and the Lakeport City Council. Officials say it will not only enhance the safety of the students, staff and visitors on the campuses but past experience has shown officers have a positive impact on the students’ lives.

The CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit has announced changes for the Fall season at the Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The seasonal closure of JDSF Camp One, Dunlap and Horse Camp campgrounds starts Monday, October 3. Big River campground will says open for now. Beginning October 15, the “Trestle Trail” between Camp 8 and JDSF Road 1070 will be closed to mushroom gathering and other recreational activities until May. The designated areas for firewood cutting will also close on Monday, October 3 or until the first significant rain after which all firewood cutting on the Forest is prohibited until further notice.

Lake County is going to take over operation of the Gibson Museum as part of the County Museum System. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a proposal from the Lake County Public Services Director and County Museum Curator which came at the request of the Gibson Museum’s Volunteer Board. Lake County News reports the Gibson board wanted to keep their place as the primary fundraisers but felt that running the museum was getting beyond their scope and feared it would have to close without the county’s help. During their Sept. 14 budget hearings, the Board of Supervisors approved adding the Gibson to the Public Services Department’s budget. They put the cost around $16,000 a year.

Firearms need to be locked up in cars under a new law signed by the governor. This in response to some major thefts out of police vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was one of four gun bills the governor signed and is the latest in a line of bills approved this year to rein in gun violence. The Gov. also veto’d a couple other gun bills. Beginning in 2017 anyone with a concealed weapon permit has to lock it in a trunk or it has to be in a container that cannot be seen. Police are included in this.

A new law the governor has signed allows Californians who see an animal locked in a hot car can break a window to let them out and will not be prosecuted. This is only the case if there’s no other way to get the animal out of the vehicle. Rescuers are allowed to break into the car if the animal looks to be in peril, the car is locked or law enforcement wasn’t there fast enough. The person who breaks the window does have to wait for law enforcement to respond.

A toddler’s been killed by a stray bullet as the child rode in a car in Northern California. Another person was killed the day before the Sunday night shooting in Stockton too. Police say a man was killed and another was hit by gunfire at a shopping center Saturday, but police say they don’t think the two were related incidents.

Another stage of development moves forward for the proposed expansion to the Cache Creek Casino Resort. The resort in Brooks, off Hwy 16, is owned by the Yocha Dehe Wintun (Yoka Dee-Hee Win-ton) Nation that’s on federally owned land held in trust. The tribe wants to add more than 400 more rooms to the already, 200-room resort, which opened in 2004. There would also be a new pool and lounge area and a giant ballroom. The tribe turned in new documents to the county which doesn’t have power to allow the development on federal land.

2 people have been arrested on suspicion of pimping and pandering during a sting. Police say the human trafficking operation to find and rescue runaways used in sexual exploitation. The women were brought to Woodland and don’t live in the city but were put in touch with a group that helps abuse victims. The sting last Thursday at a motel in Woodland. But several law enforcement agencies were involved in the sting. Gregory Carvalho of Sacramento was arrested on a parole violation. And Preston Gray of Vallejo was also arrested on felony charges of pimping and pandering. The two booked into Yolo County Jail. The women with them were not arrested.

The Governor Jerry Brown signing a bill into law to help rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers bring in more qualified licensed marriage and family therapists and let them work with Medi-Cal. Assemblyman Jim Wood authored the bill which he says will bring access to mental health care services essential to people’s well-being.

Improved access to broadband technology has been signed into law by the Governor. Assemblymember Jim Wood’s (D-Healdsburg) legislation requires Caltrans to inform any company or organization working on broadband deployment like Redwood Coast Connect Consortium and the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County to inform Caltrans. The bill instructs companies to work with Caltrans so broadband conduit can be included as part of each project. It also calls for Caltrans to put together guidelines to facilitate broadband conduit installations by 2018 on state highway rights-of-way.

A driver in Southern Calif. busted for using a mannequin as his passenger so he could drive in the carpool lane. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2d5N3Sh ) Brea police finding the mannequin Friday in a truck on the 57 freeway during traffic. Apparently the driver veered out of the carpool land into a motorcycle cop who noticed the passenger, not really a passenger.

The Sawmill Fire is about 45 percent contained. The 1500-acre fire is burning in the Geysers, about 10 miles east of Cloverdale and has so far not moved into Lake County Territory. Cal Fire says it is challenging terrain with difficult access in an area that’s extremely dry due to five years of drought. The high temperatures and low relative humidity are added to the difficulty. Mandatory evacuations continue for residents in the Geysers. Calpine’s geothermal power facility also had to be evacuated – a spokesman says all employees are accounted for, the plant was not operating at the time so there was no power disruption, and their other facilities in the Geysers are not affected. Cal Fire says they don’t yet know what started the fire, which was first spotted Sunday morning.

The Preliminary hearing continues for two of three drifters accused of killing a former Middletown Yoga Instructor in Marin County last year. The Marin County Superior Court Judge holding the hearing to decide whether Lila Alligood and her boyfriend Morrison Lampley should both go to a jury trial for the murders of Steven Carter on a walking trail and a backpacker named Audrey Carey a few days earlier in Golden Gate Park. The third suspect, Sean Angold, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in connection to Carter’s death and is expected to testify this week against Lampley and Alligood. Police alleged Lampley was the shooter in Carters’ death. Lampley and Alligood’s attorneys say Angold was the mastermind and they were just following along.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is supporting the No position on Measure AF. The measure, aka as the Heritage Act had the board taking 6 supporting ideas behind their no position. They say it’s not needed because the County’s already drafting comprehensive regulations, where there has to be public review. If it passes there won’t be a public review process to identify or mitigate significant environmental impacts. The board says it would reduce or eliminate setbacks from neighbors already in place. It gets rid of a requirement for “wildlife exclusionary fencing” and eliminates all fencing requirements unless a garden is visible from the public right-of-way. Almost every zoning district could have up to an acre of cannabis cultivation as a principle permitted use and the measure would allow thousands of new cannabis cultivators on new cultivation sites.

A wildfire has started in the Geysers, east of Cloverdale. Cal Fire reports the fire’s moving at a moderate rate of spread in steep, challenging terrain with difficult access. They report heavy fuels in the area including areas of grass and pockets of oak woodland. The area’s extremely dry due to five years of drought conditions. Temperatures had been in the high 90’s with low relative humidity when the fire started. As of last night some structures were being threatened. The fire has several area teams fighting including, Napa County Fire, Cloverdale, Geyserville, the CHP and Lake County Sheriff’s office. It broke out over the weekend off Big Geysers Road and Geysers Resort Road, 10 miles E of Cloverdale. So far 1500 acres have burned and the fire’s 10% contained.

A woman has drowned off Goat Rock at Sonoma Coast State Park. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the woman was in her 70’s, near the surf, with a friend when a wave hit and she lost her balance and was swept out to sea. The friend trying to help the woman back to shore and got some state park lifeguards attention. They went into the ocean and helped the woman out and started CPR immediately but could not revive her. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The chief of the Monte Rio Fire Dept. said they jumped in to help too after the woman was found face down.

New staff from the Clearlake Police Dept. introduced to the City Council. The Council also agreed to give the city manager a raise. The acting police chief introduced the council to a new school resource officer, dispatcher and four Explorer Post cadets last Thursday at the regular council meeting. Young Adult Explorers spend time checking out a potential job in law enforcement. They get to wear uniforms and train with officers on desk work and as assistants. At the same meeting last week the council unanimously approved an updated agreement for the city manager and a 5% salary bump.

The Lt. Gov. has introduced a gun control initiative which is on the general election ballot. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced Proposition 63 to force those buying ammunition to get a background check and bans high-capacity ammunition magazines. It’s not that much different than what the Governor signed into law over the summer. The Record Bee reports on a new Field/IGS Poll shows 60 percent of likely voters who took the survey the week of Sept. 7th supported the initiative and another 30 percent said no.

A man in Lakeport’s pleaded not guilty to manufacturing and growing pot, possessing weed and receiving and selling stolen property. Jose Luis Rosales Hernandez is accused in a July incident where cops went out to a call and found two men fighting and were told one man had a firearm. The man admitted to police he had a shotgun. He also said he had a medical recommendation for pot. But instead police claim he reached for a handgun, then apologized saying it was unintentional. Hernandez was arrested after police found 300 plants, four firearms and 20 pounds of processed marijuana.

A man in Lakeport’s been arrested for a chase with cops. Police say Venancio Martinez, who posted bond pleaded not guilty to Evading Peace Officer, Fleeing from Peace Officer, Two counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Unlicensed to Drive, and Two counts of Obstructing/Resisting Public Officer. Police say it’s because he crossed over into oncoming traffic in July then tried to get away from officers during a traffic stop attempt.

City staffers in Ukiah are tasked with contacting the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District to try to smooth things over between the agency and city. The Vice Mayor says the years of miscommunication and mistrust on both sides needs to be resolved. The sanitation district is suing the city and the city filed suit too. The City Manager says the city can lose tens or millions of dollars. City officials say, if the so-called purple pipe system’s not built, there still needs to be a major upgrade at a cost of about $30 million because reclaimed water can’t be discharged into the Russian River because it contains too much nitrogen and ammonia.

A woman from San Francisco’s been arrested after a cab driver said she refused to pay for her ride to Ukiah. Ukiah Police Department report they got a call last week that the woman wouldn’t pay her $427.50 fare and she got out a ran away. He got out and chased her and called 911. The woman first told them a fake name, but was found to be a resident of the bay area. She told police the cab driver kidnapped her, but she was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, falsely reporting a crime and providing a false name to a police officer.

A couple of men in a Ford pickup have been caught trying to steal a Taco Bell sign from a drive-thru. An employee said he noticed someone had vandalized one of the drive-thru signs and showed surveillance video to police showing a truck like the one the man was in with two signs in its bed. They say it also showed one guy get out of the truck and try to pull another sign out, but couldn’t so the other guy got out and kicked it. The fast food joint says the damage is about $1,200 worth.

A new law in a town in Alaska says cats need leashes like dogs. The Kenai Mayor and a council member proposing the cat leash law after complaints from residents. Right now city code doesn’t allow cats to be restrained. The city manager says he’ll research other area ordinances, to see if other cities have similar ordinances.

A man in Naples, FL without work after videos showed a man urinating near a mailbox then taking a Donald Trump sign from the front lawn then hopping in a car and taking off. The pickup looked to have been owned by a local pool service company. The owner of the business saying after the video surfaced they had more than 1,000 threatening and harassing calls and emails.

ARIANA GRANDE-INTO YOU

CHAINSMOKERS W/HALSEY-CLOSER

KIIARA-GOLD

MAJOR LAZER W/JUSTIN BIEBER & M0-COLD WATER

SHAWN MENDES-TREAT YOU BETTER

TWENTY ONE PILOTS-HEATHENS

ALESSIA CARA-SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL

CHARLIE PUTH W/SELENA GOMEZ-WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE

COLDPLAY-HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND

DAYA-SIT STILL, LOOK PRETTY

DJ SNAKE W/JUSTIN BIEBER-LET ME LOVE YOU

DRAKE W/RIHANNA-TOO GOOD

GNASH W/OLIVIA O’BRIEN-I HATE U, I LOVE U

HAILEE STEINFELD W/ZEDD-STARVING

KUNGS VS. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS-THIS GIRL

LADY GAGA-PERFECT ILLUSION

LUKAS GRAHAM-MAMA SAID

RIHANNA-NEEDED ME

TORY LANEZ-LUV

CALVIN HARRIS-MY WAY

FRENSHIP W/EMILY WARREN-CAPSIZE

IMAGINE DRAGONS W/LOGIC, TY DOLLA SIGN-SUCKER FOR PAIN

JON BELLION-ALL TIME LOW

MARC E. BASSY W/G-EAZY-YOU & ME

MEGHAN TRAINOR W/YO GOTTI-BETTER

TINIE TEMPAH W/ZARA LARSSON-GIRLS LIKE

X AMBASSADORS-UNSTEADY

ARIANA GRANDE W/NICKI MINAJ-SIDE TO SIDE

ELLIE GOULDING-STILL FALLING FOR YOU

JASON DERULO-KISS THE SKY

NICK FRADIANI-ALL ON YOU

NICK JONAS W/TY DOLLA SIGN-BACON

PITBULL W/FLO RIDA & LUNCHMONEY LEWIS-GREENLIGHT

SIA W/KENDRICK LAMAR-THE GREATEST

TOVE LO-COOL GIRL

AT&T has announced upgrades to equipment in Northern Calif. The Director of External Affairs for AT&T appeared before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Mark Blakeman explaining the work they did adds more “resiliency” to the existing fiber network with a redesign. The redesign means info will be transmitted in a circular route instead of point to point. He says the new system working thru the Clayton Fire proves the resiliency of the system. He says it’s possible now because there are more and more fiber systems being requested and installed by big customers like hospitals and schools.

A long haul transfer station in Fort Bragg is going to be a reality after more than 20 years of being without. At a joint meeting of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Fort Bragg City Council, the Environmental Impact Report was certified for the Central Coast Transfer Station, followed by a public hearing. The project to be outside of downtown Fort Bragg on 17-acres. The city’s been without since the Caspar landfill closed suddenly in 1992.

A meeting of medical marijuana entrepreneurs in the North Coast. State Regulators joined the businesses in Santa Rosa yesterday to brainstorm before regulations start in Calif. for medical pot businesses. The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act is still being fleshed out. There are still no specific rules for cultivation, distribution, testing, quality assurance and more. More than 200 people at the meeting, the 3rd across the state, from Redding to San Diego. Voters also have the chance to legalize marijuana this November, for recreational use.

Lakeport police putting more time into a cold case from 1996. Steven Branston was reported missing in Lakeport in October of that year. He was last known to be in Honolulu that summer. Now the police department has teamed up with an internationally known Forensic Artist who drew some age progression images of Branston. The pictures show what Branston might look like today. He’d be 40 years old now. The police department says they hope the age progressed images can help generate leads to figure out where Branston might have disappeared to.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is making strides with Latino voters against Rep. Loretta Sanchez in the state’s first all-Democratic U.S. Senate race. New polling shows Harris ahead 42 to 20 percent. The field poll with UC Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies also showed 12 percent of respondents, mostly Republicans, saying they’re not going to bother voting in a race between two Democrats. Another 26 percent were undecided. The poll taken of 1,426 likely voters Sept. 7-13th.

UC Davis looks poised to be the location for the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center in Sacramento. University of California President Janet Napolitano made the announcement with Garen Wintemute, an ER doc and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence, as the head of the department. The new center being paid for with $5 million over the next five years from the state of California. Napolitano saying even though it’s located at UC Davis, she expects experts from other UC campuses to contribute to the effort.

A fundraiser for a Sacramento nonprofit for the homeless ended in a big brawl and the mayor getting pied in the face. The person police say chucked the pie at the Seeds of Hope fundraiser said he’d nail Mayor Kevin Johnson again. Sean Thompson was arrested and says he wanted to do something to symbolize and embarrass him. He says he did it because the mayor is not doing enough to help the homeless. The mayor apparently took Thompson to the ground after the pie hit him. Thompson quipped he bought the coconut cream pie so, in case he chickened out, he would at least eat it.

2 people have been arrested in Clearlake for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and illegal fireworks.
Cray Hall of Hidden Valley Lake and Krystal Peng of Clearlake were arrested Monday after police got a call to reports of people in a condemned home. They went to the home and found the two inside and arrested them. Police say they found several items inside the home and took the pair to jail for possession of heroin for sales, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fireworks without a permit.

Testimony in the preliminary hearing for a man accused of punching another man who died, has begun. Charles Reynolds is accused of walking with Kenneth Fisher outside Boomer’s Saloon in Laytonville and for some reason sucker punching Fisher in the head. The judge said there was sufficient evidence to try Reynolds for felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Reynold’s lawyer argues a single hit shouldn’t bring those charges and Fisher’s family and friends wanted stiffer charges for the Aug. 28th death of Fisher. Reynolds had been arrested on suspicion of murder, but the Mendocino County District Attorney said later there wasn’t evidence to support that charge.

A young man from Covelo’s been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing several businesses. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office reports 22 year old Michael Freeman was held yesterday on suspicion of felony burglary, vandalism and a misdemeanor probation violation. They say they believe he’s connected to a burglary Tuesday at Round Valley Towing and when deputies went to check it out they noticed a couple of other nearby businesses were also burglarized or vandalized. Freeman picked up after surveillance videos connected him.

Two women have been arrested after four brothers say they were being held against their will on an illegal marijuana farm in West Point. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Dept. reports the men ran away from the pot garden in July from the small Sierra Nevada mountain town after they apparently heard they were going to be murdered after the harvest. Guadalupe Arellano and Medarda Urbieta have been charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, terrorist threats, and drug charges. Cops also found more than 23,000 marijuana plants worth up to $60 million and guns and $10,000 in cash.

State money coming in to pay for debris cleanup and removal from the Clayton Fire. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Bill Dodd made the announcement Tuesday about the money coming from the California Disaster Assistance Act. It comes after assessments by the Office of Emergency Services, the State Department of Toxic Substance Control and local authorities in areas of Lower Lake hit by the fire. Cleanup teams will be out in Lower Lake neighborhoods over the next few weeks.

The Vallejo Fire Dept. warning locals about an unknown odor and to stay inside. The Emergency Operation Center has been partially activated and the Fire Department and PG&E are looking into the smell. The Shelter in Place order for Southern Vallejo after a strong odor of natural gas was reported in the Glen Cove and Beverly Hills Park neighborhoods. Hazmat crews were out but they didn’t detect any natural gas and so far say the source of the odor was unknown.

Bay area poverty rates are down for the first time in almost 10 years. But newly released census reports say even though most U.S. cities are climbing out of the Great Recession, 1 in 5 Californians are still struggling on low income. Lake County’s labor force participation rate is at about 51 percent, the same its been for several months. And the poverty rate a little more than 24 percent with median household income lower too. About 15.3 percent or nearly 6 million in Calif were below the official poverty line in 2015.

John’s Place in Willits reopens its doors in a new location. This almost two years after a fire gutted the place on East Commercial Street. The husband and wife team who own the place, Dan and Jeanne Chesser are still running the joint. He’s 89 years old. They’re having their reopening celebration this Saturday at 377 S. Main St.

A couple of deer hunters who were reported missing in Covelo have been found safe. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports the men out hunting last Sunday and didn’t return a few hours after as planned. The family reporting them missing Monday and about 50 people went out searching including the Mendocino County Search and Rescue, the California National Guard and the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit. The two finally were able to use their cell phones and were brought back to camp. They were said to be fine, just dehydrated and hungry.

A man has been detained as a couple fires start in Ukiah. Fire Authority reports at least two fires started behind the Hillside Health Center yesterday morning. Firefighters went out to the first fire, than less than a half mile away, another started. The fire authority reports a homeless man walking near the second fire was arrested. The fires burned about one to two acres together and were under control by the afternoon.

A former driver for the taxi like companies Uber and Lyft has been arrested for the sexual assault of several women. Investigators in Southern Calif. say an 18 year old college student said she had been assaulted last week after hailing an Uber near San Diego. She says the driver picked her up at the Palomar College campus in San Marcos, took her to another location and attacked her inside his mini-van. Jeremy Vague was arrested later. He’s an ex college basketball player, 7 feet tall, 270 pounds. He’s pleaded not guilty to multiple sexual assault charges. Cops say there could be more victims.

The California Supreme Court says yes to take on a lawsuit against the app, Yelp. Yelp says it could lead to the removal of negative reviews on its site. The court voted unanimously Wednesday to take on the appeal by Yelp after a lower court ordered the app to remove negative reviews about a San Francisco law firm. Yelp is looking for the ruling to be overturned saying it could mean businesses can then force the company to remove critical reviews.

Police in New Jersey say a 61-year-old woman stabbed her roommate after he said no to having sex with her. Sharon Harry arrested and faces aggravated assault and weapons charges. Her lawyer says the action was out of character for the woman from Trenton. Cops say she stabbed the roommate in the chest and he was seriously injured but told police what happened. He’s expected to survive. Harry was held on $10,000 bail.

A seaplane that crashed at Clear Lake Saturday morning has been hauled out of the lake. The Grumman Widgeon crashed about 500 yards offshore of Via Del Lago while the pilot was trying a water landing during the Clear Lake Seaplane Splash In. Lake County News reports the landing gear had been left down and snagged the water, pitching the plane forward. It sank in about 8 feet of water. The pilot had minor injuries, and his passenger has a broken leg. The plane was pulled out of the lake Monday.

Ukiah High School says it’s getting the cockroach situation under control. School district officials say the proper identification of the exact type of cockroaches they have has helped them further eradicate the bugs. The Superintendent of schools says the California Department of Pest Regulation says local pest control companies couldn’t totally get rid of the pests because it wasn’t known they were Turkestan cockroaches which look just like a common species known as the Oriental cockroach, which is what they were going after. So now that they know they’ve had an easier time fighting the infestation.

A drive up flu clinic in Ukiah, if you want to partake. Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Public Health Dept is having their seasonal flu vaccine drive-up clinic next Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at 1120 S. Dora St., Ukiah. They recommend the flu shot for anyone over 19 years old. Those without health insurance are being encouraged to attend. They’re asking for a suggested donation of $15 per flu shot, but they say nobody 19 years or older will be turned away. For more information, call 472-2600.

Continual vandalism happening at Trump Headquarters in Ukiah. It happened at least 3 times in one day. The Daily Journal reports Mike Carter and his wife, Robin went to the building Monday and saw splattered red paint on the front of the building. There was vandalism there the day before too, words written in chalk which were washed off, then later they found the word bigots spray-painted on the sidewalk. The couple says most of the response they’ve received has been positive.

The cause of a fire in Kelseyville is being investigated. Fire officials reported the fire reported Monday night across from Mike’s Auto. The Kelseyville Fire Chief says the business where the fire happened does body work and repair, but they didn’t release the name. He says when they got there a fiberglass skylight had burned out and fire was coming out of that. The building was totally gutted.

Mendo-Lake Credit Union is donating $600 to match a donation from Nokomis Elementary School for victims of the Clayton Fire in Lake County. Nokomis Elementary counselor Keenan Tyner started the fundraising and says most of the school’s students qualify for free or reduced lunches, so getting the money raised was a big deal for them. Staff and 105 students donated to fire victims using competitions and other efforts. Tyner organized the 2 week fundraising drive before school started.

Seniors in Calif can soon hold off on paying their property taxes as a tax postponement program is back in force. The California State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement Program starts again October 1st after being on hold since the Legislature froze it in 2009. Homeowners at least 62 years old who are blind or have another disability can defer current-year property taxes on a primary place of residence if certain criteria is met. They have to have 40 percent equity in their home and have an annual household income of $35,500 or less. For more info (800) 952-5661 or visit www.SeniorResourceDirectory.org.

A new report by the Associated Press shows California lawmakers get paid for their cost of living and eating out when they travel to Sacramento to write and pass bills. Not to mention they get six-figure salaries and benefits. But the report shows the state’s got loosely worded rules so lawmakers can get those payments even if they never go to work. The AP reports Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina got unlimited time off and still got a tax-free, daily allowance of $176. The report shows lawmakers had taken 325 days off during the legislative session that just ended for various reasons but still collected taxpayer-funded living expenses.

Mendocino County supervisors say no to Mendocino Redwood Company demanding a refund of nearly $20,000 in taxes for the Mendocino Coast fire district. The tax measure approved last November with 83% of the tax money going to the Albion-Little River Fire Protection District. So Mendocino Redwood sued the county, saying the parcel tax is against the law and the money should be given back. And further, they already pay fees to Cal Fire. The company is not alone, landowners also have to pay a tax to the fire district as firefighters are first responders to fires and other emergencies on timberland.

It may cost the Diocese of Stockton $15 million to pay off more than two dozen victims who say they’d been sexually abused by priests in the diocese. The Bishop Stephen Blaire has announced the diocese filed for bankruptcy as part of the proposed settlement. One of the victims first came forward nearly 4 decades ago. She says she was abused by a defrocked priest from the Diocese, Oliver O’Grady. She reported being abused in the 1970s during Catholic camp sleepovers.

A man has been arrested after a credible threat was reported against the state Capitol. Police say it came from outside, but there was never any lockdown. They’ve not said what sort of threats were made, but id’d a person they arrested as 20-year-old Cody Moore, who was arrested in Carmichael. He faces charges of threats to elected officials and criminal threats.

A mom and daughter in Northern California got a month in jail after being found guilty of not cooperating with a black police officer. 48 year old Michelle Lemos and her 19 year old daughter Gabrielle, both white, were arrested after a domestic disturbance at their house where sheriff’s Deputy Marcus Holton responded. He reported, and his body camera showed a chaotic, alcohol-fueled high school graduation party. His camera showed the women wagging their finger in his face, and using racial slurs later during a phone call. Mom and daughter have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, accusing the deputy of police brutality. That lawsuit invalidated due to their the conviction.

A drug suspect in Pennsylvania that dropped his cellphone as he ran from cops went on Facebook to tell his friends they shouldn’t call him. Lackawanna County detectives say James Hankins of Scranton ran as police tried to arrest him for an undercover heroin and cocaine deal. His Facebook status saying he’d be off social media for a while and didn’t have a phone. A woman who apparently knew him, let him in to her home where cops found him hiding in the basement.

A 2 hour chase by cops in Anchorage, going after a young black bear. The bear seen running down sidewalks and thru traffic and hiding for a time behind a Pizza Hut. Police followed the bear last Thursday but then the state Department of Fish and Game joined the chase, caught the bear and relocated it. Police posted video of the chase on FB which was viewed more than 1 million times.