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A bunch of trash to be cleared under the Lake Mendocino Dr. Bridge and other spots. The Mendocino County Resource Conservation District organized the cleanup day for Saturday. Volunteers will clean the river, Orr Creek and other areas of trash and other debris. The date, the same as the Coastal Cleanup Day. Friends of Gibson Creek, Mendocino County Solid Waste Management Authority and the city of Ukiah are working with the district to host the event. Volunteers are meeting in three areas the Orr Creek Bridge in Ukiah between Brush and Ford streets; McCarthy’s Bar and Grill in Redwood Valley and at the intersection of Highways 175 and 101 in Hopland, all at 9am. For more info call 707-462-3664, ext. 106, or email deborah.edelman. For the Hopland group, contact Ken Johnson at 570-9226 or ken.

A teen in the middle of the whole San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal is facing a reduced assault charge in Florida. Prosecutors in Martin County, where the teenager’s been in jail since she was arrested last month, reduced the biting a security guard charge to a misdemeanor. It happened at a drug treatment center where she was living. It essentially means she can be extradited back to Calif. sooner. The Alameda County D.A. had said she was waiting for the teen to get back from Florida before seven men were charged with various crimes.

A felon in a stolen car caught by Clearlake Police. Police say it started as a traffic stop for a minor violation then ended up in a high-speed chase as the driver of the gold Chevrolet Impala took off instead. Police say an officer saw the car driven by Kashi Arbeeny Friday night with a tail light out and took chase. It went on about 3.5 miles. He finally stopped and was arrested. Another man in the car was questioned. Arbeeny faces charges of evading a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and other charges. His passenger had a warrant and was also arrested.

A continuance for a man accused of a chase and attack on a cop. The Preliminary Hearing for Craig Fenno, II postponed after a July incident where he’s accused of stabbing and seriously injuring a Clearlake man. Fenno faces multiple charges including Battery on a Peace Officer With Injury, Escaping/Attempting Escape After Arrest and three counts of Obstructing/Resisting a Public officer. He was missing 2 weeks after the stabbing and when he was found, police say he put up a violent struggle, with one officer injured. He’s due back in court next Monday.

A delay for the first case of the Lake County District Attorney’s new Perjury Investigation Unit. The lawyer in the case Komnith Moth said he had a conflict so he’s been relieved by the court. This for the case of Merissa James who’s charged with Perjury, Two counts of Preparing False Evidence and a Violation of Probation. She was arrested in August after she was accused of submitting phony documents to the court in another case.

A man who ran to his parents’ house in New Hampshire after being accused of killing a man at a Covelo pot farm last spring has been extradited to Mendocino County and is now in jail. Joshua Ruoff was booked last Friday on suspicion of murder and assault with a deadly weapon for the death of Timothy Sweeting. The Press Democrat reports a witness saw Ruoff’s alleged assault on Sweeting May 17th. Detectives found Ruoff in New Hampshire soonafter but he was fighting extradition for nearly four months. He’ll be arraigned Sept 23rd.

Lake County is giving a $20 million jail expansion grant back to the state because they don’t have the money to staff it. Lake Co News reports the Board of Supervisors voted to return the grant, as requested by the County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson and the Sheriff Brian Martin. The County got the grant to expand the Hill Road Correctional Facility a couple years ago. But they say operating it would take 18 more staffers, which would increase the county budget up to $2 million a year, as the county struggles to meet costs from wildfires. Huchingson also says when the county got the grant the jail was over capacity but now it it’s not.

A busy September meeting of the Mendocino Broadband Alliance. The group, with the goal of making reliable high-speed Internet available to all citizens and businesses, met last Friday. The agenda included discussion of the Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District’s final draft of a Comprehensive Economic Development strategy. That’s still under review but they’re looking for the money thru a Call for Projects. If they secure that money, the deadline they have to meet is Sept. 30th. The group also reviewed the status of some coastal permitting revisions to make it easier to do small-scale wireless projects which passed the County Planning Department and Board of Supervisors but now awaits approval from the Coastal Commission. Learn more about the alliance at

Traffic headaches as Ukiah High School started classes 45 minutes later this school year. The idea so teens could sleep longer. The Superintendent of schools says years of research shows sleep is crucial for teenagers’ health and learning ability. The district’s board of trustees had voted for the change almost two years ago. The principal says it’s already proven to help, with the students seeming much calmer already. But traffic is a nightmare, some late to work and their own school days. Employees at the county administration building are circulating a petition now saying neighbors were never considered. The school board for their part says staff is “monitoring” the traffic situation.

The Perkins Street bridge over Highway 101 is closed indefinitely after some heavy equipment being hauled hit the overpass. The California Highway Patrol reports an excavator on a tractor trailer going south on the 101 hit the overpass yesterday afternoon. No injuries, but the CHP closed down the overpass about 10 minutes later and detoured traffic south to Gobbi Street or north up Orchard Avenue and North State Street. There was no estimate as to when the repairs would be done and it could apparently last a while.

Four employees at the mega Chinese internet company, Alibaba, have been fired — accused of stealing more than 100 boxes of mooncakes. The cakes are a traditional delicacy which people delight on during the Mid-Autumn Festival which is happening this week. State media reports Alibaba offered employees a discount, but some worked a loophole in company software and took 124 boxes of cakes. The company said it was “unfortunate, but we wish them a better future.”

A teenager crashes into a Camel and has minor injuries, but the Camel was not so lucky. It happened in Alabama, where Sardis Police say the camel’s owner was leading it across a road Monday when the teen came at it. The owner waved his arms and leapt out of the way, but the camel crashed onto its hood. The Camel from Turk’s Bama Bucks, which breeds deer and is home to other exotic animals like kangaroos.


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