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A preliminary hearing has been set for a Clearlake man charged with murdering one relative and shooting several others at the Elem Indian Colony in Clearlake Oaks in December. Ezequiel Bravo is charged with one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder, and other charges for the December 1 shooting at the home of his in-laws, Robert and Stephanie Brown, in which he shot them, as well as a 6 year old girl, and killed his estranged wife’s aunt, Theresa Brown. Lake County News reports the hearing, which was postponed in February, has been rescheduled for April 5 although Bravo’s attorney has said she is not sure she will have all of the law enforcement reports on the case by that time. The DA says Bravo shot his wife’s relatives because he was upset that she was leaving him. Bravo is in jail with bail set at $7 million.

It took less than an hour for a Mendocino County Superior Court jury to find a Ukiah man guilty of an alcohol-related driving charge although not quite at the level of DUI. 21-year-old DeWayne Arnold found guilty of Driving a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol .08 or Greater which is a misdemeanor. But the DA says the jury could not reach an agreement on a second count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Potential expansion of the Eastlake Landfill a main topic of the Lake County Board of Supervisors this week. On Tuesday the Supervisors got an update on the status of the county’s landfill and the work ahead to either expand it or find an alternative. Lake County News reporting the Public Services Director Lars Ewing giving the board update saying with the landfill currently taking in 40,000 tons of materials a year, capacity is expected to be exhausted within eight to 10 years but they have room to expand the landfill to accommodate another 410,000 tons. Ewing said if they don’t expand though then they need to close the Eastlake landfill and find a new one, with six sites on a possible list, but by the year 2025. Ewing’s presentation was just a report for the board to consider and no decisions were made on any next steps.

Some Ukiah High School students are sprucing up the school sign. Kids from the school’s Civic Engagement class have been painting the sign at the corner of Low Gap Road and Despina Drive but that’s not all they are doing. The students tell the Ukiah Daily Journal they will be pulling out the lawn and replacing the grass with a mix of crushed river rock and drought-resistant plant and they plan to put in a “butterfly garden” that will feature plants the pollinators depend on for food. Granite Construction and Whispering Winds nursery are donating plants and materials for that effort.

If you have a teen that is about to start driving the California Highway Patrol will offer a free “Start Smart” traffic safety class for soon to-be-licensed, newly licensed, and teenage drivers and their parents or guardians. It’s on Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Clear Lake Area CHP office in Kelseyville. The CHP says a teenager is killed in a traffic collision every four hours nationwide which equates to more than 1,870 teenagers killed each year and another 184,000 teenagers injured in traffic collisions. The Start Smart program includes information on teen driver and passenger behaviors, graduated driver’s license laws, cultural changes in today’s society and the need for stronger parental involvement in a teenager’s driving experience. Space is limited. For more information or reservations, call Officer Kory Reynolds at the CHP office.

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