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Possible hiking trails to cover an old landfill in Ukiah if one outdoors group has their way. The Ukiah Valley Trail Group’s applied for a grant to make the old landfill at the end of Vichy Springs Drive in Ukiah a recreational playground. The group’s applied for a Neighborhood Assist grant from State Farm Insurance of $25,000. The money for 40 different projects from the company in an effort to help communities. The grant is voted on by interested residents, this proposal is one of a couple hundred projects under consideration. You can vote up until November 4th at neighborhood assist (dot) com.

A man in Lake County’s under arrest for a crash last month that killed a pedestrian. Police say Robert Hitchcock of Clearlake is responsible for the death of 40 year old Nichole Welborn as he drove while high on meth. Cops say the victim was getting into her car in Lower Lake when he hit her. She was then pinned between Hitchcock’s Ford F-150 and her car. The CHP arrested the guy who’s charged with several crimes including vehicular manslaughter with a special allegation, he had a prior DUI, misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and driving with a suspended license. He was arraigned Monday and is due back in court Nov. 15th.

A preliminary hearing’s set for next spring for a man accused of starting the Clayton Fire and as reporter Claire Beverly says, there could be as many as 15 others.

Lake Co News reports Damin Pashilk to have his preliminary hearing next April after the DA asked for more time to build the case against him. Pashilk, who is from Clearlake, faces 23 charges related to fires in Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Lower Lake and Middletown dating back to July 2015 and continuing through this past August; the Clayton fire, which started two days before he was arrested, destroyed nearly 300 structures including about 200 homes. Pashilk has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains in the Lake County Jail with $5 million bail.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services continues working with Cal Recycle and the Department of Toxic Substances Control to help Clayton Fire-affected homeowners get back on their land and ready to rebuild their homes. Reporter CB with that story…

Cal OES says since two months have passed since the fire, many damaged home sites still need to be cleared and deemed safe before homeowners can rebuild. This includes removal and disposal of household hazardous waste like, gas cans, propane tanks, and asbestos and once those things are cleared then the remaining hazardous ash has to be cleared before the site is returned to the homeowner.

A man from Gualala’s arrested after police say he threatened a Mendocino County Deputy with a shotgun. Reporter CB with the story…

Deputies had gone looking for Jason Lusk Saturday night after getting word he had a stolen weapon with him at a home in Gualala. When they found him in a car along Gualala River Road he ran so they searched the area but didn’t find him. But when they came back to his car a couple hours later Lusk was sitting in the driver’s seat. As a deputy approached the man, they say he jumped out and aimed a shotgun at him. The Deputy ordered him to drop it and after a moment’s hesitation he did and was taken into custody.

City leaders in Clearlake to discuss a vote against a proposition sponsored by the governor for new parole and sentencing provisions. The City Council is considering opposition to Proposition 57, the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act. The Governor says it’s to reform prisons, by giving inmates a second chance at the same time, saving the state money. Those against the measure say that’s all misleading and it would mean the release of tens of thousands of prisoners too soon which could lead to more crime in communities. The Lake County Law Enforcement Chiefs Association is against it too. The City Council will first meet behind closed doors at their meeting tonight at 5:30 before the regular council meeting at City Hall.

Cal Fire to light up a bunch of pile on the Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. The forest still closed to the public since the Valley fire. During the winter months, Cal Fire says it’s going to clear out fire and drought-induced bark beetle dead trees. They say 99 percent have been destroyed. Cal Fire says over this past year, they’ve been working with forest managers to salvage logging to get rid of standing dead trees to prepare for replanting. So now there’s a bunch of slash piles they have to get rid of. They say they’re hoping to get the forest back to a safe condition so they can reopen to public access, allowing wood cutting, trail access and camping.

The Dept. of Motor Vehicles says it was “perfect storm” of several hard-drive failures that caused a computer outage that effectively stopped work at 70% of their offices this week. The agency’s disaster recovery systems had not been up to date for such a failure during such a short time frame. A spokesperson for the DMV says they have experts working to repair the system and get them online again, but they’ve got no timeframe for when it might be done. They say they were not hacked or even targeted, but they still have not reported why their hard disks all failed at once.

Rapper Coolio in trouble with LA Police for bringing a gun to the airport. The artist, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey in court yesterday, getting 3 years probation. The DA’s office says he also got 45 days of community service. He was arrested last month after an airport security screener found the weapon in his bag. Back in 2001 he was also convicted for carrying a concealed weapon.

A reservoir in Northern Calif. is polluted with high levels of a natural toxin. The Calif. Dept. of Water Resources has upgraded the San Luis Reservoir level to WARNING, so swimmers won’t go in, and to stay away from dirty water, keep pets and kids away because of a cyanobacteria algal bloom. The warning says residents shouldn’t use the water for cooking and not to drink it. The state agency says any fish caught there should be cleaned with fresh water and shellfish should not be eaten. The reservoir is located around 125 miles southeast of San Francisco.

A couple hundred pumpkins stolen by thieves in New Jersey. The owner of Farms View Roadstand in Wayne, says they could see on surveillance video about $2,000 worth of pumpkins taken by four people who hopped in a van. The farm owner says the van pulled up to the stand three times to steal pumpkins. They’re offering a $1,000 reward leading to an arrest.

An ex county employee in Arkansas locked up for using a county credit card for personal items including formal wear for her dog. Police say Kristi Goss was arrested earlier this week for fraudulent use of a credit card while she worked as an administrative assistant for the Garland County judge’s office. Investigators say she made $200,000 in purchases buying items like a diamond bracelet, Razorbacks tickets, pet insurance and a tuxedo for her dog.

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