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Democratic Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has taken the oath of office. Aguiar-Curry was sworn in Monday, which was the first day of the new legislative session. She was the first female mayor of Winters and was elected last month to the Fourth Assembly District in the Legislature. That covers all of Colusa, Lake, Napa and Yolo counties, Dixon in Solano County and Rohnert in Sonoma County. She says she is excited and humbled to have been elected. Her platform includes greater access to education and job training, health care, affordable housing, and more efficient and diverse transportation. She takes over for Bill Dodd who was elected to the State Senate.

The sentence of a man convicted of the murder of a 4 year old boy has been modified. The judge changed the sentence of Orlando Lopez, Jr. after the state appeals court called out a 2014 decision that means prosecutors have to give a theory for first degree murder instead of various theories. So the appeals court ordered Lopez and his co-defendant Paul Braden be retried on first degree murder or reduced to second degree. The two found guilty of killing Skyler Rapp during a family BBQ, they also injured five others when they shot into a crowd. Braden’s sentence was modified to 248 years at another court appearance, but Lopez was not in court this week. His sentence turned into 225 years to life.

A reward of $4,000 for info leading to the arrest of whoever killed a young man from Rohnert Park. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says friends and family of 18-year-old Kirk Kimberly raised the money for info after Kimberley’s body was found in a shallow grace in a wooded area on the campus of Sonoma State University last month. He was reported missing mid October and police say he had multiple stab wounds. The Sheriff’s office reports the family and friends started a so-called "youcaring" page to raise money towards the reward, where they hope to gather as much as $25,000. Anyone who may have info on the case is urged to call the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit.

2 young women, one a minor, have been arrested for the random stabbing of a man near Library Park in Lakeport earlier this week. Police say 20 year old Elysia Sandoval was arrested at home, then booked into the Lake County jail for felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury and attempted murder. Her bail was set at $200,000. The other suspect is a 14 year old female, also found at home and arrested. She went to the Lake County Probation Department. The police chief says the two were at the park with a third woman, a 22 year old from Lakeport, drinking alcohol. The male victim walked passed and that’s when he was attacked. The chief says the man looked at the girls, which Sandoval took offense to, so she stabbed him.

The abalone season will be a bit shorter next year and the take will be reduced too. State wildlife commissioners voted for a two month shorter season yesterday and is reducing the allowable catch from 18 to 12 shellfish. The season usually runs from April-to-November, including a break in July. But next year it will be from May to October to offset some recent population losses because of environmental factors. It was a unanimous decision made under emergency rule-making authority. It’s also just temporary.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has put together a special committee to decide if it should still fund public-access television. Citing lower cable subscriptions, part of which pays for broadcast equipment and staff, the county Executive Office says it’s mulling whether it wants to continue giving money to the county’s three public-access channels. They’re located in Ukiah, Willits, and Fort Bragg. The board discussing if it should end the agreement with the City of Ukiah that obligates the county to provide Public, Educational, and Governmental, or PEG, broadcasting to the Ukiah Valley until 2020. The same agreement in Willits and Fort Bragg. Money comes from Comcast which the county disburses to the cities based on the amount of subscribers in the unincorporated part of the region.

City representatives in Ukiah looking at possible changes to the crosswalk at Leslie and Gobbi streets so the intersection is safer for pedestrians. Apparently this comes after a resident addressed the Traffic Engineering Committee during their last meeting. They told the committee, a neighbor at a local senior apartment community was hit in the crosswalk, saying it’s dangerous to those who walk in the area. There are also two mobile home parks for seniors and the Ukiah Senior Center. The Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Ukiah tells the Daily Journal says it could be a problem changing to a pedestrian island because of fire trucks and instead suggested more signs to alert drivers to the crosswalk. The matter to be taken up again at the next Traffic Engineering Committee meeting.

California gray wolves stay on the endangered species list. State wildlife officials say they’ll stay there even if they hit a population of 50 wolves. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has put out its plan to manage wolves, which changes some language from an earlier draft looking to remove wolves from the list. Wolves had been hunted for years and were almost extinct until a lone wolf, known as OR-7 crossed the northern border from Oregon in 2011. That wolf and his mate had a litter each of the last three years. Cameras saw another family pack in Northern California too. There are no actual numbers to report, but wildlife advocates say the population is still pretty small.

The final number of those who died in the Oakland warehouse fire is 36. Officials in Oakland have also declared a local state of emergency which the city council is set to confirm today. That means both state and federal aid can help with the cleanup. Officials say they think a refrigerator was a potential source of the fire but they’ve not confirmed that. The operator of the cluttered warehouse says he’s not responsible saying he signed a lease for the building, that was quote, “to city standards supposedly.” There had been years of complaints about the building being a nuisance, full of clutter and trash. The DA has warned of possible murder charges. A building inspector had gone to the warehouse after complaints, but couldn’t get inside and left. The mayor said they followed procedure and had later sent a request to the owner to get inside.

A couple of 15-year-olds have been arrested for a reported attack on a high school in Southern Calif. Police in Riverside along with school officials say they got a tip Monday there might be a weapon at Martin Luther King Jr. High School. That’s when they started to unravel a plot by the two boys who were supposedly working on a plan. The two arrested on suspicion of possession of knives and ammunition on campus. And were held for investigation of conspiracy to commit murder. A local newspaper reports the kids didn’t bring the weapons to school and their plan for an attack was for the year 2020.

A man in Covelo’s been arrested for domestic violence dispute with his ex girlfriend. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept reports getting a call to the home where the woman says her ex, who was still living with her, Lucas Case, was drinking and was getting aggressive with the woman, choking her, so she would drink with him. She told police she agreed to calm him down, then he wouldn’t let her leave and choked her again. Someone else in the home called police and Case left. The female victim had some welts on her throat and the next day, Round Valley Tribal Police arrested Case. He’s charged with Domestic Violence Battery and False Imprisonment and held on $25,000 bail.


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