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A major marijuana garden taken down after a routine flyover in Lower Lake found the drugs. Narcotics Task Force detectives found the garden in the 22000 block of Morgan Valley Rd. in August, then last week they found the site and served a search warrant. They say as they entered they found two men, Juan Alvarez and Apolinar Contreras leaving the property and ignore detectives order to stop. They were caught after a short chase on foot and arrested. A third man, Jorge Padilla was also busted. Agents say they found a couple of outdoor grows and a large indoor grow. While searching they found a fourth man and arrested him. The four caught at the massive haul of more than 1000 pounds of weed, on several charges including Cultivation, Possession and Resist/ Obstruct a Peace Officer.

A man from Napa and Dos Rios has been sent to prison for more than a dozen years for attempted murder for hurling a rock at a woman last Halloween. Arlon Strauss got 13 years and has to serve at least 85% of the sentence for the attempted murder, and for mayhem, inflicting great bodily injury causing the victim to become comatose, and the use of rock as a weapon. Police say he attacked the woman, he says was his friend, after he used methamphetamine. They say he went after her while she was washing dishes for no reason. He fractured her skull and exposed brain matter, but she survived.

A man from Covelo’s been arrested on several outstanding warrants. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says Joshua Thomas was busted for the warrants out of Mendocino and San Luis Obispo Counties. Deputies informed the guy was in an ambulance on his way to Howard Memorial Hospital where they contacted him. After treatment he was arrested for two warrants of false ID and assault with a deadly weapon in Mendocino County. He also had misdemeanor warrants from San Luis Obispo County for multiple drug charges and failure to appear. He was held on $135,000.00 bail

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after calls about threats on a woman. The Sheriff’s office reports the woman said she was living with Kurtis Hawkins and they had an altercation at which time he told the woman he would shoot it out with police if she called 9-1-1. So she left the house and called police and Hawkins took off. But later that day he was arrested after vandalism to the woman’s property and for pointing a pistol at her. Deputies say he also threatened them so they charged him with assault, making criminal threats, vandalism and attempting to deter law enforcement officers through threat of violence. Deputies had to arrest him again after they say he went back to threaten the woman after his release.

A woman in Covelo’s been arrested for a domestic disturbance that ended up being phony. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept reports getting a call to a home and finding the woman, Angela Furia, had three active warrants for her arrest. Two out of Mendocino County and the third from Sonoma County. They were all for failure to appear, one a felony, the others misdemeanors. She was arrested and held in the Mendocino County Jail on $190,000.00 bail.

More burns planned in the Upper Lake Ranger District. After a 40-acre prescribed fire last week. Fire managers will cover another 20-30 acres of slash piles today thru Wednesday around the Lakeview Campground and High Valley area northeast of Lucerne. Managers say the recent rains will also help prevent fires. The prescribed fires are dependent on personnel and equipment, favorable weather, conditions that minimize smoke impacts and California Air Resources Board approval.

Police in Lakeport have taken down a pot garden. The department reports an officer on proactive patrol found the outdoor grow and called for backup. They found the resident of the property, Steven Sprague Jr who admitted he knew about the garden, but it wasn’t his weed, he’d given an unknown person permission to grow marijuana on the property for $10,000.00. They searched the site and found another man, Moises Lazodavalos who they say was living at the grow site and tending and guarding the plants. 46 mature pot plants, weighing 1140 pounds were taken from the site and destroyed. They also located a loaded .40 caliber handgun. The two men were arrested for conspiracy to cultivate marijuana for profit.

Sonoma Clean Power services have been approved for Fort Bragg, Willits and Point Arena. Mendocino County’s been looking for ways to start a community power program and the board of directors of the utility has approved the county and incorporated cities to join Sonoma Clean Power. The Board of Supervisors said yes to the plan in August to power more than 30,000 households and businesses starting next June. Supervisor Dan Hamburg is the official representative for the county.

A man in Lakeport faces three felonies in connection to sexual battery at an assisted living facility. Police say 81 year old William Lukens brutalized a 73-year old woman who was medically incapacitated because of serious disabilities. Police say he also exposed himself to a 23-year-old female staff member last Monday morning. The city’s police chief says Lukens had a felony conviction for a serious sex offense in the past and that he was in state prison. He recently relocated to Lakeport but didn’t register as a sex offender after living in Nice and doing so. He was booked in the Lake County jail with bail set at $15,000.

A new report shows people in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties are more likely to buy guns than anywhere else in the state. Firearms sales went way up after the Orlando, FL nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed and at least 50 were injured. The National Instant Criminal Background Check system showed the number of those trying to buy guns was up by 40 percent in June and July of this year compared to last year. Gun sales per capita were the highest in Mendocino County, but the total number of guns sold was much higher in Sonoma County, where there’s almost six times more people.

The crazy clown scare has trickled into Mendocino County. A man dressed as a clown busted after some folks in an apartment complex in Ukiah say the guy was scaring them. Police say they got a call to the 800 block of Waugh Lane a couple weeks ago to a man dressed as a clown scaring residents. The 25 year old man was found to be on probation and police say he had drug-related items, so he was cited for possession of paraphernalia and released.


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