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The Brooktrails Fire Dept. preparing for this summer’s fire season. The department had a preparedness community event where firefighters led a workshop for the public on emergency evacuation procedures and being fire season prepared. They also showed off their new gear. The Fire Chief tells the Willits News they’re trying to educate folks about what to do in, during and after an emergency. They explained what to put in a so-called “go bag” survival kit for all disasters, earthquakes, forest fires, floods and landslides. They reminded community members to be proactive with emergency plans and reminded everyone not to wait if there’s an emergency, for a police officer or other official to tell you it’s time to evacuate.

A third hearing’s set for the Ukiah Planning Commission on regulations for accessory dwelling units, or so-called mother-in-law or granny units. The work in response to new state laws that make it easier to construct the units. The city’s considering changes for parking if the unit’s near a bus stop. They’ll also consider how new sewer hook-ups are charged by the city. The city attorney asked the planning dept. to come up with recommendations for the city council. The commission meeting may be the last on the subject before it goes to the council. The hearing tonight at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

A man accused in the death of his daughter has his bail increased. The bail for Steven Russell Miller is now up to $2 million related to the murder of Hannah Welch last month. Miller was supposed to enter a plea, but the judge put the hearing off for a couple weeks and raised his bail, plus Miller was appointed a public defender. He’s facing murder and exhibiting a weapon charges in the shooting death of his 20 year old daughter in Hidden Valley Lake. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. reporting the man also hit Welch and shot her, then left the home. Miller’s mother called police and reported the murder.

July 4th festivities are just weeks away, so Lakeport police have an Illegal Fireworks Police Operation Plan in the works. The plan starts this Saturday and goes for a month, the 30-day period around the Fourth holiday. The Police Chief Brad Rasmussen says even though most of the sales and use of fireworks are closer to the Fourth, the 30 days around it are their peak activity period. They’re required to come up with a plan for the city. They’ve also presented it to the city council, which was unanimously approved. The plan outlines where illegal fireworks have been a problem in the past and how they’ll handle it going forward. They’ve got “The Parklands” and “Will-O-Point” as areas most affected by illegal fireworks so they’ll beef up patrols during the peak 30 days.

Back at it, removing thousands of trees which still have not been removed from the Valley Fire area. The Public Service Director for Lake County says the cost is going up about $200,000, so the price is now hovering around $630,000. Apparently the price went up for traffic control, rising timber disposal rates, liability insurance and the loss of timber merchants. The project to take out hazardous trees after the fire that are a threat to county roads and other public properties. Thousands of damaged and dangerous trees have already been removed, but apparently the contractor doing the work couldn’t always get right of entry for private properties. So there was a new bidding process for this phase of the work and a new contractor has been hired.

Could be a way for some immigrants to fight deportation. There’s a new law in California allowing those no longer in jail to challenge old convictions. It’s called “Criminal procedure: post-conviction relief”. So those who claim they were innocent can file paperwork to have their record scrubbed. It also applies to those who say their lawyers didn’t warn them about potential immigration consequences of a plea deal. The law drafted by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego. She says it’s a way to help keep families together. It would help those in trouble with the law understand the true consequences of pleading guilty to certain felonies which she says has led to the unnecessary separation of families across California.

The Gov. has been chosen for a major position at the next U-N Climate Change Conference. Governor Brown is serving as the special envoy for the November meeting in Germany. The Fiji Prime Minister who’s the president of the conference named Brown as a special adviser for states and regions after visiting the Governor in Sacramento yesterday. Democratic Govs. Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington are also going to the U.N. conference. They’re part of a state compact to uphold the emissions reductions targets in the Paris climate agreement even though President Trump said the U-S will withdraw from the accord.

A dog had to be revived after a fire in Hidden Valley Lake. Firefighters on the scene of the fire and saved some dogs in the home, reviving one of them that wasn’t breathing. The fire yesterday afternoon put out pretty quick but firefighters from several agencies responded. Cal Fire and South Lake County Fire asked for a water tender, then another engine came out from Kelseyville. There were three dogs in the home, but no other injuries were reported. One of the dogs was fitted with a special oxygen recovery mask and after about 10 minutes it was breathing on its own again.

The names of three men killed in a solo car crash in Kelseyville have been released. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says 21 year old Cristian Macias, 28 year old Jose Reynosa Macias and 34 year old Michael Cernas were killed May 27th when the Camaro they were driving in crashed early that morning. The Camaro apparently lost control on a curve and crashed into a fence, then a tree and burst into flames. The three men were trapped in the car and died there. Cops say they’re waiting on toxicology reports from the autopsies to see if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, but they do say speed was a factor. They’ve also not figured out yet who the driver was.

A couple of search warrants in Clearlake Oaks end in six people being arrested and a major commercial marijuana operation being busted up. The Sheriff’s Narcotics unit went to a home where they say they found more than 45,000 pot plants, 186 pounds of processed marijuana and two guns. Four people were detained in the home. Then on land across from the home, officers found thousands of plants being grown on a hillside. Two other people were found and detained there. Police found two firearms, more than 100 one-pound bags of manicured marijuana bud and nearly 1,900 marijuana plants. They were apparently getting their water from a pond.

The state budget is done and just in time. Yesterday the Governor, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made the announcement ahead of Thursday’s deadline, that they’d agreed on the $127 billion dollar package. The Governor says the budget keeps Calif. on a sound fiscal path while continuing to support struggling families and make investments in schools. But Republican Senator Jim Nielsen of Tehama, who’s the vice chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says there’s nothing in it to improve and upgrade deteriorated and compromised water infrastructure including the Oroville Dam, and river and bypass levees. He also says there were policy changes that don’t even relate to the budget. But State Sen. Mike McGuire said he was happy that many critical issues he fought for are included in the budget like schools, healthcare and infrastructure repairs.

A man in Pittsburgh had a problem with someone accidentally putting onions in his food so he threatened to kill them. That’s what police say happened Tuesday night when they arrested Yuba Sharma outside an Indian restaurant who called cops to say the guy was “drunk and angry.” The owner of the restaurant told police they had to deal with the man’s drunken rage and asked him to leave several times, but he refused. He says the man reached to his pants pocket and said he was going to shoot the owner. They say he also pulled his pants down and exposed himself to the owner and a restaurant employee. Cops say the man was talking nonsense. He’s charged with terroristic threats, indecent exposure, public drunkenness and resisting arrest.

Here’s one way to protect your food from your co-workers, padlocks. Police in northern England tweeted a picture of padlocks on milk containers in the Halifax Police Station in West Yorkshire. One cop wrapped biohazard warning tape around theirs. One trainee said they thought it was a joke when a superior told him to find a container without a padlock.


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