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A new app will allow Ukiah residents to click and report potholes, and other road hazards. The new free app for Android and Apple phones is called “My Ukiah”. The app for non-emergency reporting of items like graffiti, potholes or broken streetlights. It’s another option for those who don’t feel like calling, emailing or visiting offices where one reports such things. During the report, the app collects GPS coordinates then submits them with a photo or video the user can submit so city staff can have a detailed location. Right now there are categories for reporting that include, creeks, parks, potholes, streetlights, traffic signals, trees, water and other.

After a short closure the dog kennels at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter are reopening. The kennels at the shelter closed to the public after a dog got the parvovirus. The kennels will reopen in about 10 days, Tuesday, January 17th. The kennel found the virus had somehow gotten to one of the dogs there December 21st, so they impounded more than 2 dozen others, 20 were puppies. The virus affects dog’s belly’s and digestive systems. All of the dogs inside have been tested and disinfectant has been used to clean everything, then a quarantine. The shelter re-opened this week, but for administrative needs, not any visits.

Families getting help from the state for food for pregnant mamas and babies can soon get more from farmers’ markets across Mendocino County. The general manager of the Mendocino County Farmers’ Market Association says fresh produce is now available thru the federal Women, Infants and Children program known as WIC. The program gives money to states thru food stamps for food for pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-natal mothers with kids up to 5 years old. Food vendors are paid back from the state for fresh food. The state was apparently looking for more ways to get nutritious foods to young families with vouchers. The county giving out coupon booklets to farmers’ markets already, but now residents will get vouchers directly from the state so they can shop at farmers’ markets all year long.

A man in Fort Bragg’s busted for DUI after police say he hit a pedestrian. Police say they got a call to the incident last Thursday night. Officers say when they got there they found a 67 year old woman lying in the street being treated. There was another crash while police were there so they responded to that one and found a man being treated by the fire dept. He’s id’d as Victor Reyna-Viscensio, who witnesses also positively identified as the driver who hit the woman earlier. He was taken to a hospital for minor injuries, then arrested and booked on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run causing injury.

A major winter storm is headed our way. As we reported earlier this week, forecasters calling for the North Coast, lower and higher elevations to get slammed with rain and snow, depending. Up to five inches of rain forecasted to fall on the North Coast which meteorologists predict could flood rivers. They say the Russian River, Napa River and Navarro River could go past flood stage which means possible floods, road closures and power outages. The forecast models so far show the system will hit Big Sur and Santa Cruz the hardest, with some areas getting as much as a foot of rain. Forecasters should know more about exact areas that will be hit the hardest today. They have said however, the Navarro River, could get the worst of it, with an expected crest Sunday night to 9.5 feet above flood stage.

The woman from Fort Bragg accused of neglecting and possibly abusing an elderly woman, found dead and mummified had a court date rescheduled. Lori Fiorentino’s preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 30th since a pathology report was still being prepared. Fiorentino told the judge she would wait for the report after the judge reminded her she had a right to a speedy preliminary hearing. She waived that right and will now wait in jail for the pathology report.

The state has released more information on a security breach of health insurance company Anthem. The state Department of Insurance reports Anthem has agreed to tighten up security and provide credit protection to the nearly 80 million consumers whose records were compromised. The company’s paying more than $260 million for security improvements and other actions after the breach. The
California Insurance Commissioner is one of seven commissioners leading the national investigation of the Anthem cyber breach. He says it’s the largest cyber hack ever of an insurance company’s customer data. They also say the cyber attacker was acting on behalf of a foreign government. And says the federal Government needs to take steps to prevent this from happening again.

More information’s been released regarding the boat that capsized by Noyo Harbor, killing one man from Fort Bragg. The man, Richard Mottlow’s wife Sherie telling the Press Democrat she was waiting with pizza and champagne on New Year’s eve for her hubby who’d gone out with 2 friends, Rowdy Perkins and Lisa Marie Mullen-Salisbury for a routine trip to pick up their crab pots. She says it was something her husband and Perkins, the owner of the boat did all the time. This time the boat got caught in other crab pot’s wiring and turned over. Apparently their motor shaft got tangled in a crab line so the owner got out and cut the line, but a propeller got tangled in a crab line too. The motor wouldn’t start and they were overtaken by a wave. Perkins and Mullen-Salisbury made it back, Mottlow was recovered the next day.

A couple of backcountry skiers are okay after getting caught in an avalanche between Reno and Lake Tahoe. The slide closed the state highway in an area where about 6 feet of snow fell in four days. A spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation says nobody was hurt. The man and woman walking off the mountain after rescue crews went to find them yesterday afternoon. They were on the Mount Rose Highway west of the Mount Rose ski resort. The two checked by paramedics and released. The avalanche also hit some cars on the highway near the summit which is popular for back country and cross country skiing and sledding. The National Weather Service reported 70 inches of snow recorded on Mount Rose resort since last Sunday. And a lot more is on the way.

A man and woman in Danville are arrested after a routine traffic stop. Police stop the couple from Vallejo, James Garrett and Jamie Douglas who they say had stolen gifts and methamphetamine. Police say the pair are connected to a string of package thefts. They’re charged with identity theft, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, petty theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Residents in Danville had reported several package thefts and gave police surveillance video which captured a Toyota Tundra, which was the truck pulled over in the stop. The pair found with stolen items, then later, more of the same in their Vallejo home.


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