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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.

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