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A man carrying a Tomahawk in Covelo has been arrested on a parole violation. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies met up with Daniel Taylor on Agency Road last week. They saw the Tomahawk and then learned from his Probation/Parole Officer that Taylor was in violation of his parole by having the weapon. Deputies say he also had not properly reported to his parole officer. So he was held without bail.

The Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County is having a public outreach meeting Friday. The group’s focus is to make broadband Internet access a priority for local communities. The agenda includes updates on potential projects for Fort Bragg, Ukiah, Albion, Willowbrook, and Covelo; legislative updates including about AB1549, the Broadband Map Act; and a discussion of how high-speed broadband impacts a business, to be led by local business owners. The meeting’s Friday from 10-11:30 am at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reminding, now that school’s started, for parents to remind their kids not to talk with strangers. The sheriff’s office reports getting a call about a suspicious vehicle near Grace Hudson school. The caller reported a man with a beard and long hair, either white or Hispanic, in a gray/blue sports car watching kids. They say no other details were provided and they were unable to find the car of person described. They say they’ll be patrolling schools each morning and will document reports of suspicious vehicles or persons at or around schools. They say the most important thing is for parents to talk about personal safety with their children.

A big fight expected to get Proposition 61 passed. If the California Drug Price Relief Act passes it means the state would pay the same for prescription drugs as the same medication by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department negotiates drug prices with pharmaceutical companies which tends to be less for drugs than other government agencies. Pharmaceutical companies argue if it passes it would mean higher prices for veterans. But some supporters say it’s a good thing, the best shot at keeping drug prices down.

A man accused of starting the Clayton fire and nearly a dozen more in Lake County since last summer is accused of four more. The Lake County DA’s office says handyman Damin Pashilk has been charged with lighting 16 fires and trying to ignite a 17th. The Clearlake man’s pleaded not guilty to everything. He was arrested last month after a yearlong investigation after a couple of small arson suspected fires in July of last year. Both were along Highway 20 near Walker Ridge Road. He faces a total of 19 arson charges, three related to the Clayton fire, which charred more than 3,900 acres, destroyed 300 structures and damaged 28 more.

The police dept. in Oakland started disciplinary action against 12 officers connected to a teenage prostitute. The Oakland Mayor saying they’ve started the process to get rid of four officers, but says some might have already left. One committed suicide last year. Seven others get unpaid suspensions and another has to go to special training. None have been identified. The woman connected to the sex scandal says she’s had sex with at least 2 dozen law enforcement officials in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last two years. Four of them before she turned 18 and said she had also traded sex for protection or tip offs to planned stings.

California’s water usage was up in July after a mandatory statewide conservation for the drought was lifted. The state Water Resources Control Board reported a savings by households of 20 percent in July compared to 2013 water-use rates, where the Governor set the benchmark. The board saying that was down only 1 percent from June. But it was down by as much as 31 percent from a year ago. It’s the fifth year of drought in the state. Mandatory conservation was lifted in the spring due to rain and snow brought on by El Nino.

Water leaking from a furniture store in Redding brings out first responders who find a dead man. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office reports going out to the Oak Tree Furniture store Monday. They say the business was totally flooded after a man tried to get into the building thru the roof, possibly breaking a water line, causing the building to flood. The man was identified as 32-year-old Brandon Dee Ebbs, originally from Texas.

A parole agent from Ukiah’s being honored for his work during the Valley Fire. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is honoring David Johns next week with a distinguished service medal. This for safety checks, helping with evacuations and helping to relocate a residential treatment facility for parolees gutted by the fire. He’s one of more than 100 employees the department is honoring during the 31st annual Medal of Valor ceremony Sept. 15th.

A man accused in the murder of another man outside a bar in Laytonville is on the streets. The Daily Journal reports locals demand justice for the murdered man, Kenneth Fisher Jr. He died after he was assaulted last month. Charles Wallace Reynolds Jr., of Willits has been ordered to stay away from booze and allow personal searches for alcohol and weapons while out on bail. He’s due back in court next Wednesday. Fisher died after being punched once in the Boomers parking lot Aug. 28th. The newspaper reports folks are upset Reynolds was first held without bail, then released on $50,000 bail hours later.

Donald Trump has taken up residence in Ukiah. Well, sort of… A cutout of the Republican Presidential nominee sits on the sidewalk outside the brand new Trump Campaign Headquarters on N. State Street. They’ve got campaign buttons, stickers, t-shirts, and yard signs. A retired captain from the Ukiah Police Dept., Wayne McBride is the Mendocino County Coordinator for Californians for Trump. He’s announced an open house the night of the first debate Sept. 26th.

A British pub says they’ve been haunted for years, but now someone’s stole their ghost and they want him back. The Ye Olde Man & Scythe in Bolton, England says the ghost of the seventh Earl of Derby, James Stanley, who was beheaded outside the pub in 1651 has been a mainstay. But now he’s missing and they’re blaming a Chinese artist who claims on his website he caught the ghost. The pub owner says he sent a letter to the artist calling for the ghost’s return… to preserve the natural order of things. The artist says the ghost is welcome to return, but only if he wants to.

A dispute turns nasty as a neighbor bulldozes his neighbor’s home. Tipton County Tennessee sheriff’s dept says they got a call about a man firing shots into the woods. They say John Higdon told them he saw several people run into the woods in camouflage who he thinks worked for his neighbor Edgar McLellan, but deputies found nobody. But shots were fired again and Higdon arrested for reckless endangerment. Then McLellan was reported to be bulldozing Higdon’s home so he was charged too, with aggravated criminal trespassing and felony vandalism. Higdon’s home was gutted. Both men are free on bond.

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