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2 people from Point Arena have been arrested for the sexual abuse and pimping of a 16 year old girl for a week in Santa Rosa and Oakland. 21 year old Tion Foster and 25 year old Monica Morales accused of picking the girl up in a park for what was apparently supposed to be just an afternoon encounter. Police say they took her to the Bay Area where they each had sex with her, threatened her and prostituted her, knowing she was only 16 years old. Foster and Morales are accused of posting info on social media and at Backpage.com for the girl’s services. They each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years or a maximum of life in prison if they’re found guilty of sex trafficking a minor and conspiracy. The two met the teen thru MocoSpace, an online community where the girl had supposedly advertised herself for prostitution.

The two main reservoirs serving Sonoma County are at above normal levels for this time of the year. Lake Sonoma was measured at 100.3 percent of its water supply capacity Monday. Lake Mendocino was even higher with 120.1 percent of its supply. The Sonoma County Water Agency reports above-average rainfall the last few months which have been good for the reservoirs which provide water to more than a half million North Bay residents. They report the levels have not been this high this early in the season for 4 years. The water agency also says its hoping to keep as much of the extra water as they can. They’ve asked the Army Corps to keep more than 5,800 acre-feet of water over the targeted supply level through mid-March.

A major march for guns as the state looks at new laws in the new year. The Press Democrat reports automatic weapons and other soon to be illegal weapons and ammunition have been selling like hotcakes, up 40 percent by early December. Last Wednesday, Dec. 21st was the last day to buy a gun with bullet buttons, due to the 10-day wait for a background check. A new package of gun control laws signed by the Governor in July. That meant a rush to buy guns the last part of 2016. Gun sales at almost one million sold in the state as of Dec. 9th. That compares to a year before when the entire year, 700,000 guns sold. The California Department of Justice reports 364,643 semiautomatic rifles were purchased before Dec. 9th. Only about 154,000 sold all of last year.

New data shows the state’s birth rate at a historic low. The info from the state Department of Finance which demographers say is probably because younger adults are putting off parenting until they finish college and start their careers. The state’s birth rate was at about 12 ½ births per 1,000 population in 2016 which is the lowest in California history. The last time figures were put out, in 2010, the birth rate was 13.69 per 1000 population. The department says young folks want to start families nowadays when they’re between 30 to 34 years old, and they report that’s when it’s harder to conceive.

Even as the state recovers, California entered its sixth year of drought in 2016. But in Northern Calif. the state saw drastic reductions in dryness. But Southern California was still deep in dry conditions. The El Niño this year brought a lot of rain in Northern Calif. with the highest rainfall in about 5 years, but not so much in the South of the state. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was at nearly normal levels by April so the Governor dropped the statewide mandatory water cuts a month later. The state reports conservation was off over the summer as some started to water their lawns again. The state’s looking at restoring mandatory rules again, depending what happens after January.

A mother in Victorville has been arrested after her toddler was out alone in a dirty diaper. The San Bernardino County sheriff’s office says the 2 year old was found in a park in the rain surrounded by dogs as his 26 year old mom, Cassandra Bustamante slept at home. Police get a call last Wednesday to the park about a small child alone, almost naked and surrounded by more than a half dozen dogs. They also say though that the dogs seemed to be protecting the tot as a sergeant approached the boy. When police went looking for where the toddler lived, the front door was open and the dogs that had been at the park were also there. Mom was there with two other young children. The three kids were released to their father. A dog that lunged at an officer was shot, but is recovering, mom was arrested for child cruelty.

A man who’s working to get a wool mill up and running in Ukiah is a step closer. The Daily Journal reports Matt and Sarah Gilbert have been raising money and constructing the wool mill on South Orchard Ave. The wool comes from Mendocino County which Matt shears himself. They say instead of wasting some of the yarn they make, they’d instead like to make it fine enough to sell to clothing manufacturers. The couple says they’ll soon be able to quickly process batches of several hundred pounds of wool, that will be customizable. So far the Gilberts’ wool mill project has received more than a quarter million dollars in a low-interest loan. So now they’re wiring for electric and will have an inspection this week, then drywall goes up next. They say they look to be operational by the middle of the new year.

A woman from Fort Bragg has been hurt after crashing into a deer on Highway 20. The California Highway Patrol reports the woman in a 2015 Kia headed west on the Hwy around seven miles east of Fort Bragg Friday when the animal suddenly ran in front of her and into her car. She says she then lost control and swerved, going off the highway and into a tree. She was taken to a hospital with major injuries. Officers say she had on a seatbelt, and they don’t suspect alcohol or drugs to have been contributing factors.

A hike at a local park is on tap for New Year’s Day. Both Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and Clear Lake State Park are taking part in the fifth annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. This Sunday the hikes are meant to bring people together with the outdoors with a healthy hike. The hikes Sunday, start at noon. There are two different hikes, which are both guided at Anderson Marsh. One is longer and the other flat and faster. But they could be changed with the weather. Over at Clear Lake State Park, there’s only one led hike, which is one hour, one mile and handicap accessible. For more information go to www.parks.ca.gov .

Six missing inmates get out with the help of a toilet. Four of the inmates have been found after they all removed a leaky toilet from a wall. They got out of the Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport, TN early Christmas morning. The Sheriff’s office says the bolts that were holding the toilet were rusted out so the inmates simply took it off the wall, and went out the hole. One of the four still on the loose is considered dangerous, he was inside for aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

A big oops at this Christmas concert. Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary” ended up on the lyric list from the church in Sri Lanka. Thousands of caroling booklets contained the wrong song for the Catholic 2016 Joy to the world Festival at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo. The concert was a fundraiser for the poor.

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