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A standoff that shut down a Bay Area freeway during morning rush hour has ended with a homicide suspect dead. It started around 830am when Fairfield Police tried to take the man into custody but ended up chasing his SUV, with Richmond Police and the CHP joining in on I-80. When the chase reached the merge of I-80 and I-580 in Emeryville, the suspect got out of his SUV. Officers negotiated with him for an extended period of time but when he started firing at them, they returned fire, killing him. The freeway was closed for more than two hours with traffic snaked around the Bay Area for miles in several directions.

A grass fire near the Ukiah Municipal Airport has been knocked down. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority says around 1230pm a man camping in his RV on Norgard Lane was running a generator outside the RV and the exhaust set the grass on fire. UVFA Division Chief Kevin Jennings told the Ukiah Daily Journal two engines and a water tender responded along with a Cal Fire engine and they had the fire out before it got too much bigger than an acre. Chief Jennings says it’s a good reminder that dry vegetation can easily catch fire. He also said police had earlier asked the man to move away from area.

The fourth annual Veterans “Stand Down” and Resource Fair is underway at the Lake County Fairgrounds. They will be there until 4pm today again Thursday from 9am to 4pm. Veterans can get access to on-site medical services, enrollment in health care and supplemental nutrition programs, and resources relating to jobs and education. The Dept of Veterans Affairs will be on site as well as other federal, state, county and community organizations offering programs and avenues of assistance. And military surplus items will be offered to homeless veterans. You can also get free transportation to the event if you present a veterans ID or your DD214. Catch the bus at your local bus stop. Free lunch also will be served to all attendees.

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