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The passenger in Wednesday’s high-speed chase south of Cloverdale has a broken neck and broken back. Kyle Byrne of Redwood Valley is at Stanford University Medical Center. The driver Mary Schafer of Ukiah is facing charges for the chase which started when a Cloverdale cop tried to pull her over for speeding and ended with her SUV flipping across Dry Creek Rd and landing on it’s roof. At the hospital, Schaefer told an officer she was going 100 mph along Dutcher Creek Rd when it ended at Dry Creek and the SUV went airborne. A police spokesman told the Press Democrat it’s not clear why Schaffer didn’t stop in the first place. He said there’s no indication of drugs or alcohol and when asked she said “I thought you were going to pull me over.”

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reporting two recent incidents of Domestic Violence that also included Child Endangerment. On Tuesday in Covelo, Teodoro Rosales was arrested after deputies found him drunk, sleeping in his car. The victim says she was holding their child when he allegedly punched her several times in the head and arm and then drove off. The Sheriff’s Office says he was already on summary probation from a prior domestic violence case. Last Thursday a Willits man was arrested after police say he nearly created a car accident while fighting with a woman in a car. Deputies say Ryan Shields and the victim were with their young son when Shields allegedly threatened to kill the woman and the boy. The woman was driving but says Shields grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic, and then back again, almost going off the road. The woman was able to stop the car.

The Lake Area Rotary Club Fire Relief Fund is holding a tree planting day at Middletown Trailside Park this Saturday and they are looking for volunteers to come help plant about 3,000 trees. It starts at 9 a.m. at the park on Dry Creek Cutoff in Middletown. Ever since the Valley fire the Lake Area Rotary Club Fire Relief Fund and #LakeCountyRising have been raising money and working with the Resource Conservation District to propagate about 100,000 trees for the area. The trees have been growing for a year and are ready to plant. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels and gloves and wear appropriate clothing such as long pants and closed-toed shoes. Also bring your own water. A barbecue lunch will be provided. They do ask that you RSVP to Jennifer Strong at the email address jennifer.strong


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