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A deadlocked jury in the case of a man from Ukiah accused of vandalism. The jury came back yesterday announcing they could not agree on a verdict so a mistrial was declared by the judge and the jury was dismissed. This after a four day trial for Adam Pearson. The jury was asked after their decision how they arrived there and the foreperson said they were hung 10 to 2 for guilt for one count and 7 to 5 for guilty on the other count. They all come back to court next week though to see if they can come to a resolution on the charges without going for another trial.

Harsh weather this holiday weekend. Very hot with the National Weather Service out of Eureka announcing a prolonged heatwave thru early next week. Temperatures during afternoon hours were expected to hit 100 or more and stay there at least thru tomorrow, then remain above normal thru Monday. The service says there’s a high risk of heat related illnesses expected especially for those who are most sensitive to heat. The excessive heat warnings thru Sunday for:



Weaverville…Burnt…Ranch…Trinity Center.

Temperatures are expected to be between 105 and 115 this weekend with overnight lows in the upper 50s in deep valleys to near 70 in higher terrain. There was a Red Flag Warning in effect thru this morning too, but it could hold because of gusty offshore winds. We’ll, of course, keep you updated.

The family of a man murdered in Ukiah in 1990 is contesting his killer’s approved parole release. Jose Enriquez’s family took a trip to the Governor’s office after the parole hearing where Manual Ceja Granados had his parole approved. Jamie Enriquez, the victim’s daughter, says they were not properly notified about the parole board’s decision, finding out instead, on the internet. They didn’t get to speak with the governor, but apparently left a message with the Lt. Governor. Granados was found guilty of the murder in 1992. He was accused of knocking Enriquez to the bathroom floor, then shooting him. His lawyers argued self defense at trial. He was also found guilty of assaulting the bar’s owner with a gun, then threatening him later during the trial.

The City of Fort Bragg and the Hospitality House have agreed on a way to keep the nonprofit in business after some violations. The Planning Commission approved an agreement between the city and the Mendocino Coast Hospitality House so the home is in compliance with its 2003 use permit. The agreement had more than a dozen points for the shelter to follow which includes only 24 actual beds, meal services stay at present numbers and levels, having bathrooms and a place for people to gather before morning and evening meals. Plus there are now strict rules of conduct for clients with their behavior being monitored. The house also has to report illegal behavior to police and there will have to be 20 hours of training for overnight house managers. The city had found the shelter violated its use permit by having too many people in the house at a time.

The Fort Bragg City Council is considering a new housing project. The council’s Community Development subcommittee has approved moving forward to finance the project, which will now move to the full council. Danco Properties has already put up 24 units of affordable housing for seniors and is now looking to add 31 units more affordable housing units for seniors and 21 market-rate townhouses. They’re looking to the city for a $400,000 loan at 3 percent interest over 55 years, something the Community Development Director is recommending.

Remediation is beginning at the Mill Site in Fort Bragg. Georgia-Pacific is ready to begin the work to get about 3,500 cubic yards of contaminated soils out. It comes after a local citizen complained they saw a truck in the area with a load of what she said looked like contaminated soil without a cover on it. But the City of Fort Bragg and the Department of Toxic Substance Control said it was probably for another project and not contaminated soil. The city says there’s been no soil moved from the site yet, and the toxic substance control division says they will definitely covered trucks with contaminated soil. The work on about a half acre to first pull soil out then confirm if its contaminated, then decide how much more on the site needs to be excavated.

A small fire in Mendocino County has burned two buildings. Firefighters north of Laytonville on the ten acre fire yesterday afternoon for a couple of hours. No word yet on what the buildings were that burned, but fire officials say they were situated on grassy and forested land with oak trees. No injuries were reported and they are trying to figure out how the fire started.

It’ll be a hot one this weekend, but the 2017 Lake County Fair has begun. There was a parade in town last night to open the fair, with the theme “Boots N Bling”. It’s $12 for adults to get in and $8 for kids 6 to 11. Children under 6 are free. The local Boy Scouts are running parking, which is $9 per car. For more info, visit

Boaters being reminded this holiday weekend to help fight the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The pesty mollusks multiply quickly and get stuck on watercraft and infrastructure, change water quality and impact native and sport fish communities. They also attach to watercraft and equipment so they spread to other water bodies. Officials remind those with boats to go thru the watercraft inspections and to clean, drain and dry boats or other equipment that gets into contact with water before and after recreating.

More fires burning are bringing smoke to Northern Calif from far up north into Southern Oregon. Yesterday the Mount Konocti lookout tower was offline because of poor visibility. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the smoke and haze throughout Lake County yesterday was mostly from the Helena fire in Trinity County. That fire has charred 5,000 acres and is at zero percent containment. There’s more smoke coming from the Ponderosa fire near Oroville too. That fire has destroyed 10 homes and 20 outbuildings. It’s blackened 3,500 acres and firefighters say it’s threatening 1,300 more structures. The Lake County Air Quality Management District says the air quality is “moderate to unhealthy”.

The man from Rio Nido accused of running down and killing the chief counsel for U-C Berkeley near Guerneville has made his first court appearance. Jonathan Robert Murray Ritter is accused of the fatal hit and run last Sunday Highway 116 that killed Christopher Patti. Police say Ritter had been in trouble before for vandalism and public drunkenness. They say they think he was driving a friend’s black BMW when Patti had pulled to the side of the road to look at his phone and was hit. Ritter’s bail’s been set at $1 million. He’s due back in court Sept. 21st to enter a plea.

A woman near Washington D-C accused of throwing a cup of urine at a bus driver says the driver should have been more courteous. Police say Opal L. Brown was riding the Metrobus last weekend and when the bus driver said good bye and have a nice day, she tossed the cup of urine at her. She was arrested Wednesday. Police say Brown told them she didn’t like the bus driver’s tone, and that she told her to have a nice day sarcastically. The woman apparently admitted guilt on her Facebook page. She also confirmed that she had relieved herself in a cup on the bus.

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