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A man from Ukiah is facing charges of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a man during a fight. Ukiah Police say the victim may also face charges for driving his car into a crowd of people on Thomas street. By the time Ukiah Police got the call last week, the stabbing victim had made his way to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Police say they found the man responsible for the stabbing and arrested Dean Ammons. Investigators say after being stabbed, the victim got in his car, rammed through a gate and hit some people, including a man in a wheelchair. He was flown to a hospital with life threatening injuries.

A bill sponsored by two Northern California state lawmakers, that provides tax relief to businesses affected by fires and and other disasters, is now before the Governor. The bill allows businesses in areas declared disasters to defer tax payments without additional costs. The idea for the bill was first proposed following the Valley fire. But if it becomes law, businesses affected by this summer’s disasters, like the Clayton fire, could also get tax relief. Assemblyman Bill Dodd and Senator Mike McGuire carried the bill. Last year, Dodd’s district was home to more than half of all the acreage in the state that burned in a fire managed by Cal Fire.

The Broadband Alliances of Mendocino and Sonoma Counties have joined forces to create an Economic Development District. The district is seeking recognition from the federal government. It is also looking to the public for ideas. The alliance has put out a Call for Projects. The projects must focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, economic diversity and development.

A hang up in a State bill that establishes penalties for distributing secretly recorded videos has been worked out. The bill was proposed by Planned Parent Hood after an anti-abortion activist passed around a video that he said showed employees trafficking fetal tissue. Secret recordings are illegal in California but Planned Parenthood says penalties for distribution are also needed. To get the bill moving again, Planned Parenthood agreed that the media should be exempt as long as they were not part of the recording.

Lake County Board of Supervisors have extended a local health emergency in connection with the Clayton fire. Cal Fire has declared the fire fully contained but Supervisors still saw a need for extending the health emergency proclamation. Cleanup has been happening in Lower Lake for more than a week. The fire, blamed on arson, took off 18 days ago. It burned nearly 4,000 acres, destroyed 188 homes, 10 commercial buildings and over 100 outbuildings. More than 18 other structures, most of them homes, were damaged. Damin Pashilk of Clearlake was arrested in connection to the Clayton fire and 16 others. He is being held on $5 million bail.

Meantime, firefighters have stopped progress on two fires near upper lake. The first one yesterday started along Elk Mountain Road. It burned about ten acres but was stopped in about an hour. The second started a half hour later near Mockingbird and Hwy 29. Evacuations were ordered but have since been lifted. Tankers and helicopters helped stop the spread.

A woman from Ukiah is facing attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon charges for allegedly ramming her car into another and fighting with two women. Mendocino County Deputies were called to Carousel and North State about a woman going nuts. Investigators were told that Nicole Cunningham had accelerated from 150 feet away from the victim’s car and slammed into it head on. She allegedly got out and got physical with two women who were in the parked car. Witnesses tried to detain but she took off on foot. Deputies eventually placed her under arrest and in jail where bail was set at 300 thousand dollars.

The CHP has announced that a woman has been killed after her car slammed into a tree on the 101 near Leggett. She was in a Ford Escort Tuesday night, Southbound. The CHP report says she swerved off the road, came back into the lane, then crossed the highway and hit the tree. She was the only person in the car. The 101 was closed for about three hours.

State lawmakers have approved adding language to sentencing laws that would promote so-called restorative justice. On the books currently it says the purpose of imprisonment is “punishment.” A bill before the Governor would change it to: “the purpose of sentencing is public safety achieved through punishment, rehabilitation, and restorative justice.” Prison would have to update policies to promote inmate rehabilitation under the bill.

Lake County may raise fees for fire debris taken to the Eastlake Dump. County Public Service says the county will lose a half million dollars a month without an increase. The current gate fee is 51 dollars. To keep up with overtime and other costs, Public Services proposes raising the gate to 65 bucks. Lake County also has another problem with its dump, the contract with Mendocino County, which pays Lake for use of Eastlake, expires at the end of the year. That could mean a 33 percent loss in revenue.

State Lawmakers have sided with employers and halted a bill that would have guaranteed double pay for working on Thanksgiving. It is the second similar bill that has been defeated. The first one included Christmas. The one turned away this week would have applied to larger retailers and grocery stores with more than 500 employees and only covered Thanksgiving. Backers said the bill was needed to deal with increasing store hours during the holidays and the pull of employees away from their families. Numerous business groups opposed the bill.

Governor Brown is being asked to sign a bill that would outlaw smoking at all state parks and beaches. Vaping and cigars also covered in the bill. It creates a 250 dollar fine for lighting up. Lawmakers in support say they passed to make parks and beaches cleaner, eliminate second hand smoke and prevent fires. A second bill also before the Governor would ban smoking on the campuses of Cal State Universities.

A scientist who ran tests on a large snake skin found in the Maine city of Westbrook says results show it is “100 percent from anaconda.” The snake caused a stir when it was seen this summer eating a beaver along a riverbank. Locals dubbed it Wessie. They started a twitter account and figuring it was a python, the account name was-and still is- Wessie P. Thon. But the biologist who checked the skin says it’s all anaconda. Not only that, he says Wessie’s behavior does not correspond with a Python. He’s says it’s possibly an escaped pet.

 

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