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A new upscale hotel for downtown Ukiah is inching closer to reality. At their meeting Wednesday the Ukiah City Council will consider whether to act on a consultant’s recommendation that Ukiah needs a higher-end hotel, claiming people who have business in Ukiah are staying in other cities that have nicer places. He recommended a major chain with about 75 rooms, a large meeting room and a restaurant. He also suggested three possible places for it, all of which are city-owned parking lots: the corner of West Standley and Oak near the former post office, near the library at North Main and Smith, and behind the conference center. The Daily Journal reports at their Wednesday meeting the council will consider whether the city should actively work to attract a hotel developer or use the study to incentivize private development. The Ukiah City Council meets on Wednesday at 6pm.

A jury trial scheduled to start today for a Cloverdale man accused of murder came to an end when the defendant withdrew his not guilty pleas and pleaded no contest to murder and robbery. Mario Godinez Gonzalez was facing charges in the death of a marijuana grower, Marcos Bautista, during an ill-fated armed marijuana rip-off in the hills outside of Yorkville in September 2015. The DA says Gonzales planned the job and recruited two others for it. In exchange for the pleas he was offered 30 years to life in prison, to be sentenced June 1. His co-defendants Edgar Contreras and Isidro Lopez were both sentenced last week to 25 years to life.

No bail for a Covelo man arrested on a felony warrant for armed robbery Friday. Mendocino Deputies spotted Cort Miller on Barnes Lane but when he saw them he ran. About 15 minutes later deputies were joined by Sheriff’s Office K9 "DOC" and his handler who tracked Miller into the woods behind a house.

Two people from Covelo are in jail after Mendocino County Deputies served a warrant on one of them and found the other as well. Deputies had two no-bail felony warrants on Monalisa Durazo. When they went to her home she tried to run but they caught her pretty quickly. Also at her home though was Manuel Frease, who deputies learned had warrants out for probation violation, so they took him to jail too. Both were being held on no bail.


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