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A man from Ukiah not allowed to have firearms has been arrested. Police in Ukiah say Farand Hoaglin was pulled over last Sunday. Cops found he was on parole and had a warrant for his arrest so they searched his car, finding a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Hoaglin was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and ammunition. Officers spoke to people in the car with Hoaglin, finding one gave them a fake name. Ricardo Hoaglin was found to also be on parole and had a warrant for his arrest. So he too was arrested, on suspicion of being drunk in public, giving a false name and for the arrest warrant. The two booked into Mendocino County Jail.

A man from Willits charged in a bar fight in court on several charges. Charles Reynolds of Willits in court for the pre-trial hearing related to the fight in the parking lot of Boomer’s Saloon in Laytonville over the summer. Cops charged Reynolds with two felonies, assault with means likely to produce great bodily injury and a special allegation. Reynold’s was charged with murder and held on no bail, but he was released after the DA decided the evidence didn’t support the murder charge. The Pre-Trial’s set for Jan. 10th. Unless there’s a plea deal, the jury trial is scheduled to start January 23rd.

Elementary school kids in Ukiah bring the holiday cheer to some elders. Students from Yokayo Elementary visited residents of the Mountain View assisted living facility, bringing holiday cards and singing carols. The kids teacher said they worked on the cards for a week. She also says they decided to go back after a Halloween visit, that the kids and residents enjoyed. The school’s first-, second- and third-graders went to the facility and plan to head back for Valentine’s Day.

Some ideas came from the Mendocino College board of trustees meeting regarding housing problems. It’s been a tight squeeze for the school’s football program since they started the season. Trustees decided this week to make student housing a topic on the agenda. School athletes are not alone, other student’s have been challenged finding housing in Ukiah. The board also planning a public meeting where trustees and community members can brainstorm about this and possible changes to the schools football program. Some residents have taken it upon themselves to help out of state football players.

Toddler conjoined twins separated last week have been reunited for a short visit. Eva and Erika Sandoval got to spend a little time together this week for the first time since they were separated. The two recovering at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The doctors in the pediatric intensive care unit say they’re doing well after having the surgery December 6th. They shared a bladder, liver, parts of their digestive system and a third leg. They each kept parts of the organs they shared, and each still has one leg. The 2-year-olds from Sacramento are breathing on their own and are going to be in the hospital for a while still, but should be out of ICU in a week.

The state looking for ways to bring down power costs will put new energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors in place. The unanimous vote by the Calif. Energy Commission to help bring down power costs with an idea of saving ratepayers as much as $373 million in utility bills by 2027. The new regulations are supposed to reduce power used by computers by about 33%. It took about four years to come up with the efficiency improvements. California’s computers and monitors use as much 5,610 gigawatt-hours of electricity, three percent of that is residential electricity use and seven percent for commercial use. The new standards to start in January of 2018.

New driver restrictions for teens could mean less accidents. That’s the idea behind a bill brought to the legislature by Democratic Assemblyman Jim Frazier of Oakley. The bill would mean new drivers would have to keep a provisional license until they’re 21 years old. Frazier says it would mean a huge decrease of accidents for new drivers, because they would have to go thru proper training. Right now provisional licenses are for teen drivers after they’ve had a learner’s permit for six months and successfully went thru a driver education program and passed the Department of Motor Vehicles driving test.

A man charged for the death of another man in Lake County in court again for a plea hearing. Nine Green still without counsel. A court official says the court contacted 29 lawyers to try to get counsel for Green with no luck. He’s charged with Threats to Commit Crime which will Result in Death or Great Bodily Injury, Threats to an Elected Public Official, Willful and Malicious Harassment to Another Person and 34 counts of a Violation of Protective Order. The charges include manure being found in the District Attorney’s office. The case continues until a new lawyer is found, something Green says he doesn’t want to wait much longer for. The Court Administrator says they’ll keep searching for a lawyer.

The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Chief has reportedly resigned. An official confirmed the resignation to KWINE yesterday but they say they’re unsure of the exact circumstances and say the Fire Authority will likely release a statement soon.

A couple of parolees have been arrested in Ukiah after a patrol officer doing a traffic stop found a gun in the car. The UPD Sergeant stopped the car Sunday night for a traffic violation and learned the driver, Farand Hoaglin, was on parole and also had a felony arrest warrant out. Other UPD officers arrived and Hoaglin was taken into custody. A search of the car turned up a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun so he was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm. One his three passengers who gave a fake name was later identified as Ricardo Hoaglin who was also on parole and had a felony warrant for his arrest – he was taken into custody on the warrant as well as for false impersonation and public intoxication. The other two people in the car were apparently not charged.

A Bay Area man has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for a wine Ponzi scheme. A U.S. District Judge sentenced former Berkeley wine shop owner John Fox Wednesday. In August Fox pleaded guilty to wire fraud, acknowledging that he falsified purchase orders for high-end pre-arrival wine he never actually bought, entered it into his store’s inventory and then sold it to people who ordered it but never actually got it, all to the tune of around $45 million. Fox has a hearing next month to determine restitution.

The man connected to a hit and run over the summer that injured a child is going to prison. Andrew Gravlee of Nice got 5 years after pleading guilty to assault likely to produce great bodily injury and personal infliction of great bodily injury. He drove his pickup into a parked Honda Accord on the side of Highway 20 in Lucerne. The Honda rolled and hit a girl standing in front of it. Both of her legs were broken and she had other injuries. Gravlee got out of the truck, saw the girl, then left the scene. The girl was flown to the Children’s Hospital in Oakland to be treated. CHP ended up arresting Gravlee the next day. Gravlee will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.

A DUI safety checkpoint being held in areas of Lake County. The California Highway Patrol’s Clear Lake office having a driving under the influence and driver’s license safety checkpoint tomorrow. The dept. says the goal to make roads safe for every motorist by setting up on roads where they see a lot of intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. They say these sobriety/driver’s license checkpoints are proven and an effective tool. They’ll check all drivers who go thru the safety point for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving unlicensed.

The Russian River’s getting close to an overflow situation with minor flooding possible in low lying areas. Heavy rain yesterday swelled the river which was supposed to get to nearly 21 feet at the Hopland monitoring station, from only 2 feet a day before. 2 inches higher would be flood stage. Residents could see minor flooding of cropland on the left bank near Hopland and a possible closure of Highway 175. The river levels at the Guerneville monitoring station could reach almost 29 feet, which is an inch under action stage, which calls for increased monitoring and extra caution.

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