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A Ukiah man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting at least two girls. Ukiah Police say June 5th someone reported that Jaime Barajas had molested a 14-year-old girl over a period of time. During the investigation, it was discovered that there was also a 13-year-old victim and possibly others, and it had been going on for some time. UPD detectives got a no-bail warrant and put out a BOLO for Barajas. Mendocino Sherriff’s Deputies arrested him Friday in Redwood Valley. Detectives are now trying to find out of there are more victims or any witnesses.

A man crushed to death by his own car Saturday afternoon near the Talmage Bridge has been identified as Charles Welch of Yreka. The CHP says Welch and his wife were pushing their stalled car up an incline on the Russian River access road around 4 p.m. when the car started to roll onto him. The wife jumped into the driver’s seat to try and get control but the car rolled onto Welch, dragging him 15 feet down and pinning him on the bottom of a dried creek bed.

It’s back to prison for man who served more than four years for Arson after he stole money from a Willits convenience store where he worked. The Mendocino County DA’s Office says Brice Lee McKinnon served only four years of a six year sentence on five counts of arson and was paroled in January. The owners of the Village Market hired him as a cashier but say he began stealing from the cash drawer and taking Lottery scratchers. Willits Police investigated and last week McKinnon admitted to felony Grand Theft, which means a new state prison sentence, likely of 48 months.

Rangers in some Western National Parks say they’re concerned about a potential spike in drowning as the deepest mountain snow pack in recent history is now melting and has waterfalls and rivers running extra rough. The Press Democrat reports 14 river deaths since the beginning of May are being blamed on the unusually strong water and some popular sections of rivers are closed to rafting and fishing in California, Utah and Wyoming. A member of the Yosemite Swift Water Rescue Team told reporters this year’s velocity and force of the Merced River that runs through Yosemite is similar to a runaway freight train.


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