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The name of a woman killed after her car went off a Jenner-area cliff has been identified by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Britt Erlandson of San Rafael was found Tuesday around noon about 500 feet down the cliff, where she had couldn’t be seen because it was obscured by trees. The Monte Rio Fire Chief says she looked to have been thrown from the car as went down about 800 feet then landing on a beach below Highway 1. Apparently it’s the scene of multiple crashes and even suicides over the years. Another driver in Jenner, in the fog, crashed Sunday. He went down a cliffside, about 150 feet, but climbed up for help. He had major injuries.

A man in San Diego’s busted for using teenagers to smuggle drugs into the U-S. Twenty-two-year-old Roberto Torres Jr. in court yesterday facing 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. He admitted he was part of a group who recruited dozens of minors from Imperial Valley high schools and other places to run drugs from Mexico into Calif. They were using Facebook to coordinate plans. Four others have also pleaded guilty to taking part in the operation.

A group that wants California to secede from the United States has taken their proposed petition to the next step. The Yes California Independence Campaign wants voters to decide in the mid-term elections, November 2018, to vote to become independent of the union in spring 2019. The idea first came to light two years ago, but has picked up support after Republican Donald Trump won the presidential election. The group says they’ve got 15,000 Twitter followers, 30,000 Facebook followers and 13,000 volunteers to collect signatures for their petition.

Police in Berkeley say some customers at a local Starbucks helped catch some armed robbers who stole a woman’s laptop. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( the two men from Oakland were arrested at the coffee shop about a mile from the University of California, Berkeley campus. Cops say witnesses saw the man steal the woman’s laptop and run to leave, but one of the customers blocked the door. Then the robber pulled out a gun so they moved from the door, but another witness saw a getaway car and driver waiting nearby and police caught them.

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency director has been appointed to the First 5 Mendocino Commission. The Board of Supervisors named Tammy Moss Chandler to the commission. She’s got more than 15 years of experience in local government management and was the executive director for First 5 San Mateo County and First 5 Merced County. She has 2 Masters degrees, in Public Health and an MBA in Accounting and Finance.

There’ll be a White Christmas in part of Ukiah, anyway… construction’s begun on “Ukiah on Ice” the first ever seasonal outdoor ice skating rink. The city of Ukiah is partnering with Ukiah Valley Medical Center to put up the rink using money that came from multiple local sponsors. Look for it in the 300 block of School Street in downtown Ukiah which means it’ll be closed to traffic thru mid-January. Ukiah on Ice opens next Sunday, Dec. 4th and will be open every day, even on holidays, through Sunday, Jan. 8th.

Mendocino County’s Planning Commission says yes to limiting chain store development. The Commission approved a draft ordinance to keep rural character intact, this goes against county residents desires who say it doesn’t go far enough for individual communities. If it passes, the ordinance creates a so-called “Community Character Combining District” to require chain stores and restaurants conform with local architectural character of the rural communities they build in.

A goodbye to a local, but not really… Assemblyman Bill Dodd, who’s been representing Lake County has been elected as a State Senator and will no longer have the county as part of his territory. Many members of the community along with local and state representatives were in Middletown Monday night to say farewell. Dodd has until the end of the year to fill out his Assembly member term, then he will go to represent the state Senate in District 3. His new district covers more of Sonoma County, all of Napa County, and extends into the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area.

Some in the state concerned about an early tax break for medical marijuana patients going away. State reps moving to reverse a recent ruling they say may cost millions to the state next year. The Chair of the Board of Equalization says they’re trying to figure out a fix and have lopped in the Attorney General for a more definitive ruling. It’s about those who’ve got a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana and a county-issued ID card saying they’re a patient who doesn’t have to pay the sales tax to the state because of Proposition 64. The measure passed with 56% of the vote Nov. 8th.

Part of a new law passed in the presidential election, makes stealing a gun worth less than $950, a felony. Prop. 63 takes away the misdemeanor charge under 2014’s Prop. 47, and turns it into a felony. It makes staling a gun at lower than $950 a felony, that number is the state threshold for grand theft. Those found guilty face up to 16 months in prison instead of up to a year for a misdemeanor conviction.

The dad of a girl drowned in a baptismal pool at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Healdsburg is charged with murder and felony child abuse. As we reported Gerardo Ordaz was found in the back parking lot of a police station, near the church. He was naked and holding his dead daughter in his arms, alongside his 9 year old son. The judge in his case has ordered a psychological exam for the man whose lawyer doubted his competency. The girl, Maria Jose Ordaz‑Chavarria died earlier this week, police believe, at the hands of her dad. Police have not released a possible motive. An autopsy was performed, but the results haven’t been released.

The city of Healdsburg looks to curb outdoor marijuana growing. The city council votes unanimously on the urgency ordinance to ban growing recreational marijuana outside, plus they only want to allow indoor grows along with stringent health and safety provisions in place. It comes just after Proposition 64 passed. Sonoma, Windsor and Healdsburg now all have provisions to ban non-medical marijuana gardens for 45 days at first, but with an option to have the ban in place as long as two years.

A woman in Clearlake has a warrant for her arrest on DUI and obstructing a peace officer charges. Police say Jennifer Marie Morse missed her Arraignment and Violation of Probation Hearing for the September incident where police get a call for a probation search and arrest warrant service for several people. She was one of them. She was taken to jail for being high. Her lawyer showed up in court, but Morse was a no-show.

More info on the shooting of a homeless man in Ukiah. Police say a 62-year-old resident shot and killed the man he says he saw digging through a dumpster near his rental home. He told police, when he called dispatch, it was in self-defense. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office says they booked Steven Ryan on suspicion of murder for $500,000 bail. Police say they found zero evidence the unarmed 20-year-old transient was a threat to the suspected killer. The dead man’s name has not been released. Police say Ryan called Monday morning from a vineyard property on East Perkins Street where he rents a home. He says he saw the homeless man going thru the dumpster and yelled for him to leave and when they started to walk toward each other, Ryan shot. Police say he fired multiple times as he stood 40 feet from the victim.

The next Lake County Long-Term Recovery Task Force meeting is set for after the holiday. For victims of wildfires, the meeting next Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 6:00 pm at the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum. As usual the Lake County District 5 Supervisor, Rob Brown, and County Administrative Officer, Carol Huchingson will be there. They’re co-coordinators for the Clayton Fire Recovery effort. They will update folks on debris clean-up and notify them about a holiday event December 4th.


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