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More information has been released on a rollover accident that killed a man on Hwy 101 near Hopland Thursday. The CHP says the SUV was being driven by a 24-year-old Ukiah woman, who for some reason lost control of the SUV, which rolled and landed on its side on the southbound shoulder of the highway. Two male passengers who were not wearing their seatbelts were thrown from the vehicle – and 18-year-old man from the Virgin Islands, who was pronounced dead at the scene and another 18-year-old man also from the Virgin Islands who is at Santa Rosa Memorial with major injuries. The fourth passenger, an 18-year-old Ukiah woman, was able to get out of the SUV on her own, but the driver had to be cut out by firefighters.

A 12-year-old Kelseyville boy has been killed after being hit by a truck while walking along Highway 29 early this morning. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says Joseph Lacoy was hit by a pickup along Highway 29 just south of Highland Springs Road around 3:30 a.m. The CHP says Eugene Odell Jr. of Kelseyville was driving northbound on Hwy 29 when, for reasons still under investigation, he hit Lacoy, who was thrown from the roadway. A passing Lake County investigator happened on the scene and did CPR but the boy died. Odell was not hurt. No drugs or alcohol are believed to be involved and the CHP is investigating all the circumstance of the accident, including why the boy was out walking on the highway at that time.

Mendocino County Third District Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey, who was appointed to the board of supervisors by the governor, has announced she will not run for the seat in 2018. Croskey was appointed to the Third District Supervisorial seat in May after Supervisor Tom Woodhouse resigned. Croskey has been doing the job since then along with her veterinary practice, Mendocino Equine and Livestock. But Croskey said in a statement today she will not be running for the office due to family commitments as her husband accepted a job and the family will be leaving Mendocino County. Croskey says however she will complete her term, which runs through December 31, 2018. She is also in the process of selling her veterinary practice and will continuing doing veterinary work on a part time basis.

A man from Leggett is facing charges for allegedly breaking into cabins at Standish Hickey State Park. A Park Ranger told deputies someone had forced entry into three separate cabins and based on ongoing issues with a neighbor to the park, the Ranger believed it to be Daniel Meinecke doing it. Deputies spoke to Meinecke and gathered some physical evidence they say proved he’d done it and arrested him for First Degree Burglary. He also had a misdemeanor warrant in Mendocino County for an unrelated offense. He was being held on $50,000 bail.

Lake and Mendocino County’s unemployment rates went up a bit in June. The California Employment Development Department’s report said the unemployment rate in Lake County was 5.7 percent in June, up from a revised 4.9 percent in May 2017 but below the year-ago estimate of 6.3 percent. Mendocino’s rate for June was 4.4 percent, up from 3,8 percent in May. Statewide, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent in June, matching a record low that occurred in November-December 2000. The Employment Development Department said the state has gained more than 2,500,000 jobs since economic expansion began in February 2010.


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