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More info on the double murder in Lake County we told you about. Police say the suspect Alan Ashmore killed his father, 85 year old Douglas Ashmore and his friend, 64 year old Richard Braden. The two men were killed in separate locations Monday on the same street moments apart. Police say it all started at the younger Ashmore’s home in Anchor Village where a 22 year old woman was held at knifepoint by him. They say the woman fought back so she was shot, but got away. Then they say he went looking for her and his dad followed him but dad was shot and killed. Then he went down the street and shot at a couple of houses, one of them was his former employer, and he shot a friend who was parked near Ashmore’s house. Then he went to two gas stations, shot up one, then to a winery, lit some small fires, which were put out and was eventually arrested after being cornered by police. One officer was shot during the whole thing, but he had on a bullet proof vest.

The former director of FEMA is heading up the Rebuild North Bay campaign after the massive wildfire storm in the North Bay. James Lee Witt ran the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Clinton era. Rebuild North Bay is a nonprofit that was put together to coordinate wildfire recovery. The Press Democrat reports Witt helped with the response to almost 350 disasters in 50 states during his eight year tenure. He’ll help with the rebuilding and recovery and come up with long-term plans for disaster preparedness. The newspaper reports Witt was lauded for transforming FEMA while leading the agency into an effective disaster management agency.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. on the lookout for a car thief. The department posted on their Facebook page a picture of 23 year old Eric Brook saying he’s wanted for vehicle theft, assault with a weapon while in the commission of a felony, petty theft and being under the influence. He’s wanted on a no bail warrant for failing to appear in court on the charges. He’s described as being 5 foot 11, 175 pounds with Brown Hair and Green Eyes. The Sheriff’s dept. asks anyone who knows Brook or may know where he is to call the main office.

Disaster CalFresh is handing out one month food cards to those affected by the Sulphur Fire in Clearlake. If you lived or worked in the area of the fire, you could be eligible for the food card thru the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Lake County’s Department of Social Services is taking applications starting today, until next Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those who are eligible will have lost their home or business, lost income, lost food or had disaster related expenses. There are limits on income to qualify. Proof of identity is also required, along with a short application and in-person interview. If you are qualified, you can get the card the same day you apply.

Local hotels or others providing lodging to fire victims may be able to get help from the federal government. A program from FEMA called Emergency Lodging Assistance could help the facilities provide rooms for folks who are in fire devastated areas. So the County of Mendocino is asking local hotels and lodging providers to enroll in the program to help those displaced by the Redwood Fire. It could mean housing assistance for qualified individuals of 5 to 14 days, which is also possibly adjustable to 30 days. FEMA works with the State, territorial or tribal governments to possibly also extend the time up to six months from the date of the disaster declaration. Hotels and lodging providers who want to participate can enroll on FEMA’s website thru Corporate Lodging Consultants (CLC).

https://ela.corplodging.com/

The hotel support line at 1-866-545-9865 or via email at femahousing.

For individuals who need more information about FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance Program, please go to https://www.fema.gov/transitional-shelter-assistance .

A former Ukiah police officer found guilty of grand theft has now been sent to prison for sex abuse of a child. David John Richard got 16 years in state prison and he has to pay $10,000 to the California Victim Compensation Board fund. The money goes to help pay the bills and expenses of violent crime victims. He also has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Two people from Redwood Valley have admitted they stayed back after police told them to leave during the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire, disobeying police. The Mendocino County DA reports Jimmie Glenn Webb, Jr. and Donald Raymond Lasinski were busted while police tried to get people out of the area. Webb was busted for unauthorized entry into an emergency zone, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. He got 20 days in county jail for stopping in the mandatory evacuation zone after being warned to leave. The other guy, Lasinski, was caught prowling and police say he resisted arrest. Police say he was a transient seen in a fire zone, carrying an unidentified item and when he was stopped, police say he was acting overly nervous then ran off. He was caught in a disguise soon after and is now sentenced to 20 days in county jail.

Two teens have been arrested in Ukiah with semi automatic handguns. Police say the two were found with guns and ammo at Orchard Park Monday, and say one may have been a gang member. Police say when they arrived they found eight juvenile men looking “extremely nervous”. One, a 16-year-old was known to be an associate of the Sureño Criminal Street Gang. They say he had a concealed semi-automatic handgun with a high capacity magazine and ammunition. After he was arrested, police say they found a 14-year-old girl in a car nearby who had another semi-automatic handgun and more ammunition with her. Charges against the boy included carrying a concealed firearm as an active participant in a criminal street gang and the girl was arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm. Both taken to juvenile hall.

The Walmart in Clearlake that was considering an expansion for some time, has called it off. Lake Co News reports the store had been in talks for almost ten years with the city and had filled out planning applications, to expand almost 40-thousand square feet. The news site reports the company has now withdrawn its application after a review of business factors. A spokesperson for Walmart tells Lake Co News the recent wildfires since 2015 “were not a factor in this decision.”

Back to business in the Clearlake City Council regarding updated rules for commercial marijuana and dispensaries. There’s also a Sulphur fire recovery meeting before the regular council meeting this Thursday though. That starts at 5, the council meeting at 6 p.m. The council will present certificates of recognition to the Sulphur fire responders too. After the fire meeting the council will consider the second reading of the commercial and dispensary ordinances regarding cannabis sales. The first reading had already been approved.

A light hearted bet between a couple of Governors, one could help the fire ravaged Wine region in Northern Calif. The Texas Gov. Greg Abbott betting Calif. Governor Jerry Brown the Houston Astros will win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a wager. Abbott promises to send Brown a six-pack of Houston-brewed beer and Texas barbeque if the Dodgers come out on top and Brown says he will send Abbot “wine from wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino regions” that were impacted by wildfires if the Astros win. Governor Abbott’s office says he’ll also donate to California wildfire recovery efforts, win or lose, saying the two states “are united by America’s pastime.” Brown adding, he doesn’t expect to have to send any vino to Texas, but hopes “travelers from all over the world – yes, even the Lone Star State – will continue to visit California.”

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