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A Flood Warning’s been issued for areas of Mendocino County and others along the North Coast. The National Weather Service in Eureka and the California Department of Water Resources gave the warning for the Navarro River At Navarro affecting Mendocino County, Eel River At Fernbridge affecting Humboldt County and Van Duzen River Near Bridgeville affecting Humboldt County. There will be periods of moderate to heavy rain thru this afternoon that could cause a fast and steep rise on the lower Eel River, Van Duzen River, and Navarro River. The Navarro’s forecast to rise above flood stage tonight. They warn not to drive your car across flooded roadways.

Two new sirens are coming to the Northshore Fire Protection District in Lake County. The sirens are being paid for out of a grant from the Cobb Community Investment Committee, under the umbrella of Calpine Corporation.

The jury gets the case of 3 members of a San Francisco gang accused of killing a couple in Antioch. The prosecutor in the case says several missing guns and a law enforcement raid on the gang’s safe house were the motive for the shooting deaths in 2012. The jury’s supposed to start deliberating in the trial of Sheldon Silas, Reginald Whitley and Lamar Michaels who are accused in the murder of 24 year old Christopher Zinn and his girlfriend, 21 year old Brieanna Dow. Apparently Zinn knew the trio but they had a falling out after some guns went missing from the safe house. Police say the three suspected Zinn of taking the guns and another batch found by police so they plotted to kill him.

California’s been turned down by the federal government to skip standardized testing while trying out a new version of testing instead. Federal law says all states have to give yearly tests and report them to the government. California was looking to suspend science tests in 2017 and 2018 but U-S education representatives say that would deny schools and families info gathered on science achievement and it also would violate federal education laws. California’s been updating curriculum and trying to re-craft science tests for 5th, 8th and 10th graders. But the tests are still in development stages and should be ready next spring. The state Board of Education President says the Federal dept. of Education is in favor of reporting tests to parents that don’t match what should be taught and provides misleading information.

The owner of a small island is being fined nearly 3 million dollars related to allegations they filled wetlands and harmed fish, wildlife and water quality. John Sweeney of Pittsburgh is being fined $2.8 million instead of what the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board wanted, $4.6 million for harming Grizzly Bay fish and water quality after he filled tidal wetlands and cut off tidal action to others. A board engineer blames Sweeney for damaging habitat for threatened and endangered fish with no plans for mitigation to offset the harm. Sweeney maintains he did nothing wrong by fixing broken levees on Point Buckler island. He’s looking to run a kite surfing club across the water from Bay Point.

A driver pulled over on the 101 in the Ukiah-area saved by a couple of CHP officers who checked to see why the motorist stopped. They say a red Hyundai was spotted on the side of the road. Officers thought it was broken down, so one stopped and found the elderly woman inside was unconscious. The officer called for an ambulance and backup, and as soon as the other officer arrived they performed CPR on the woman until the ambulance got there. The woman was reported to be in stable condition after being taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center.

A man who was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and released in February, has died. 71 year old Luther Ed Jones Jr., was in prison for 18 years for supposedly molesting his ex girlfriend’s daughter. The woman, 10 at that time, came forward recently to exonerate Jones. He was convicted back in 1998. Apparently the girl was cajoled by her mother to testify about a phony molestation. The Lake County DA’s office found the woman to be credible and worked to get Jones released. Jones was supposed to serve 27 years. Jones was released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation a day after a judge ordered he be free. He also received more than 936-thousand dollars compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned.

A mobile home in Clearlake has burned. The Lake County Fire Protection District on the scene with Cal Fire Wednesday morning. They found about a ¼ of a singlewide mobile home behind the old bowling alley in flames. They were able to douse the flames fast and spent about an hour mopping up. No injuries reported, but fire officials say there may have been squatters using the trailer.

Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what started the Tuesday morning house fire in Manchester that killed two young girls. Fire officials say the family of five was sleeping when the fire started around 1:30am. A smoke alarm woke the father. The dad, his wife and son, who were all sleeping upstairs, could only escape out an upstairs window. But the 9 and 14-year-old sisters were sleeping in a ground floor room and the father had no way to get back in to rescue them. The South Coast Fire Protection Chief told the Press Democrat arriving firefighters also could not get into the ground floor to find the girls due to the intense heat. He said some of the emergency responders have been struggling emotionally.

A Clearlake man accused of killing one of his estranged wife’s relatives and wounding three others at a home at the Elem Indian Colony has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder. Ezequiel “Junior” Bravo is also charged with 32 special allegations related to firearms, for the December 1st shooting where his wife’s aunt, Theresa Jones, was killed and his wife’s mom, Stephanie Brown, her husband, Robert Brown, and a 6-year-old child were all hurt. Lake County District Attorney Don Anderson says he is considering seeking the death penalty.

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake near The Geysers strongly felt in Lake County. The USGS says the quake hit at 8:41 a.m. yesterday, about four miles west-northwest of The Geysers, 14 miles north of Healdsburg and 14 miles southwest of Clearlake. The USGS reported nearly 1,300 shake reports from more than 130 different zip codes, including 76 people reporting from Kelseyville and 60 from Lakeport before noon yesterday. The 5.0 quake was followed five minutes later by a 3.0 magnitude in nearly the same spot. That one was also felt in Lakeport and Clearlake.

It’s Wreaths Across America Day Saturday, as towns all across the country honor fallen veterans by placing wreaths at their memorials or gravesides. Lake County News reports several local youth and veterans organizations volunteering for the Wreaths Across America Ceremonies at Hartley Cemetery, Kelseyville Cemetery, Lower Lake Cemetery, Upper Lake Cemetery and St. Mary’s Cemetery. It all starts Saturday at 9 a.m. Ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served. Last year across the Country, more than 901,000 memorial wreaths were set.

A community in Indiana decides to finally lift a 60 year ban on pinball machines. The Kokomo Mayor made some comments at the signing, related to The Who’s 1969 hit, “Pinball Wizard.” In all seriousness though, the mayor says he and city officials are excited to bring pinball back and invited the police chief to play the first legal game of pinball in the city since 1955.

Four suspicious donkey’s rounded up after being found loitering around a home in New Jersey. Police in Mount Laurel found the jack-asses Saturday where they yelled and used a patrol car to round the animals up, during a slow chase. The animals finally brought back to the enclosure where they escaped.


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