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The wife of a Ukiah man arrested on suspicion of child molestation has been arrested for allegedly threatening a witness. Jaime Barajas was arrested June 9th after it was reported that he’d molested a 14-year-old girl over a long period of time. An investigation revealed a second teenage victim and the potential for more, some of them possibly spanning several years. He was being held on $1.4 million bond. Ukiah Police say they also learned that his wife, Shannon Barajas, had reportedly threatened a witness in relation to the investigation. She was arrested for Felony Attempt to Dissuade a Witness and as of this afternoon was being held on $25,000 bond. Ukiah Police have also added another victim to the case: a 41-year-old woman from Ukiah.

A small fire has brought out a big response in a high-potential fire area near Cloverdale. The Press Democrat reports local and state fire crews came out around 1130am and notified residents in the nearly 100-home subdivision that they needed to get ready for possible evacuation. A Car Fire Chief told the paper they don’t know yet what started the fire but it began inside a yurt on someone’s property and spread to the surrounding grassland and oak woods, which are already very dry. A Cal Fire air attack plane, two air tankers and a helicopter were brought in along with five fire engines and hand crews. The Chief says they don’t expect it to spread but they’re not taking any chances.

The Cobb Area Council meets this evening with Fire Season preparation as the main topic. The agenda includes an update on hazard mitigation, communications and overall community preparation. There will also be a treasurer’s report, public comment, short reports from committees and the approval of a letter of endorsement for the Mountain of Attention Forest Restoration Project. The Cobb Area Council meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse/Cobb Mountain Lions Club.


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