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A Willits man who killed another man by punching him in the head at a Laytonville Bar has been sentenced to six years in prison. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office says Charles Reynolds, who was convicted April 5 of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, punched Kenneth Fisher in the head without warning and Fisher died from a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. Reynolds’ defense attorney argued that Fisher had been the aggressor inside the bar in what may have been a fight over money. But the DA’s office said Reynolds had a prior record of causing serious injury with his fists, including a 2011 incident in Ukiah for which he was also charged with felony assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury but pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and served 40 days in the county jail.

Ukiah police have arrested a guy who fired an arrow at someone. Police went to an apartment complex on Norton Street Monday afternoon on a call of a fight and man with a compound bow threatening to shoot someone. Police say Stanley Klinges told them he’d been inside his apartment when he saw a guy drive up that he recognized and suspected was dealing drugs with his neighbor. Klinges went to talk to the guy who had his wife and kids in the car and after arguing went back to his apartment, got his bow, and shot an arrow at the man. The arrow missed the guy but stuck in a wall of the apartment building. Then a fist-fight started. Klinges was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and violating his probation.

The California Highway Patrol is once again offering their free “Start Smart” traffic safety class for soon to-be-licensed, newly licensed, and teenage drivers and their parents or guardians. It’s next Wednesday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clear Lake Area CHP office in Kelseyville. According to the CHP, a teenager is killed in a traffic collision every four hours nationwide. That equates to more than 1,870 teenagers killed each year; and another 184,000 teens are hurt in traffic wrecks. The “Start Smart” program works to prevent tragedies like these by eliminating high-risk driving behaviors that sometimes lead to accidents. Space is limited. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Officer Kory Reynolds at the CHP office.

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