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The Governor has signed a new bill that would require police to record interrogations of all murder suspects. The bill is meant to reduce false confessions. The Northern California Innocence Project said false confessions are the leading cause of wrongful conviction, especially in murder cases. In 27 of the 149 exonerations in 2015, a false confession was key to the wrongful conviction. The bill hopes that recording interrogations will encourage proper interrogation practices and create a record of any false confessions as they happen.

Ukiah Police arrested a man they suspected of arson after they say he started one fire and then tried to start a second in pocket park. Police say 54 year old John Montgomery was seen near the first fire by a man across from Perkins street park. Police say Montgomery stomped out the fire that burned about 25 square feet. The man phoned police and told them Montgomery tried to start a second fire before talking off and running.

Congressman Mike Thompson’s office will hold a veteran town hall tomorrow night from 6 until 8pm at Kelseyville high school. Thompson himself if a veteran, but panel members will include men and women from a variety of military backgrounds. There will be an open discussion on issues facing veterans and military families.

At their meeting this morning the Lake County board of Supervisors will discuss the continuation of some wildland fire related proclamations. They will consider continuing the proclamation of a declaration of a local emergency duedto wildfire conditions pertaining to the Rocky, Jerusalem, and Valley Fires. As well as the Clayton Fire.

Lakes Sonoma and Mendocino are finally rebounding from four years of historic drought. The press democrat reports that the lakes are finally well positioned to meet the areas water needs even after a high demand and hot summer, a fairly wet year has brough rainfall within reach of normal. Storage levels in both lakes are approaching 90 percent. Lake Mendocino hasn’t been this high since 2012. Officials say the recent drizzle is a reminder that as we head into the fall season you should turn your irrigation system off.

Some alert citizens have helped stop an alleged arsonist. More from Claire Beverly…

The Sonoma City Council yesterday moved to ban any new vacation rentals. They worry that the new short term rental market is taking away housing options for families and pushing property values even higher and potentially out of reach. The incidence of short term vacation rentals like Airbnb or Vacation Rental By Owner have drastically increased the number of short term homes they have in the area.


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