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A four-month-long investigation has led to a big drug bust by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. After working with the Bureau of Land Management and Sonoma County detectives, on Monday they served a warrant for a home on Todd Road in Santa Rosa as well as near a large trespass marijuana cultivation site in a canyon off Hopland’s Hwy 175 near the Lake/Mendocino County line, and arrested four men. The first guy they found had a semi-automatic pistol and tried to run but was caught by a police dog. Three other men were then found, each also with loaded semi-automatics. Agents found about 3000 mature pot plants, a long system of water diversion and several pesticides with potential environmental damage.

A man killed when his car went down an embankment on Hwy 101 near Calpella Monday night has been identified as David Lopez of Santa Rosa. The CHP says they are still looking into why Lopez lost control his car while heading south near Central Avenue and ended up going off the road. Redwood Valley Fire personnel say he was unresponsive when they got to him. They tried to help him with what the CHP calls “extensive aid” but Lopez was declared dead at the scene.

Pacific Gas and Electric crews may need to access your property in the next few weeks as they inspect transmission lines. PG&E is doing routine studies, on foot and ATV, along two electric transmission lines that run from Laytonville east to Covelo along Laytonville Dos Rios Road and also from Laytonville south to Willits along Highway 101. The crews may have photography and recording equipment with them and will be working seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Whenever possible, they will introduce themselves and answer your questions about the work. Keep in mind they are PG&E contractors, not PG&E employees, but will be wearing safety vests and have photo identification cards.

Some Lake County residents have been getting together to discuss issues surrounding death and end-of-life planning. They call their meetings “Death Cafés” and they meet each month in two cafes to talk not just about dying but also living life to the fullest. Facilitators are volunteers with professional experience in end-of-life issues and their goal is to help you relax with the topic so you can plan better. They meet the first Wednesday of the month at the new Lower Lake Coffee n Cream Café and the third Wednesday of each month at the Riviera Common Grounds Coffee House in Kelseyville, both from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The group discussions are open to the public, and there is no charge to join. Go more information visit

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