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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Seven Lake County restaurants working with Hospice Services for this year’s “Dine Out for Hospice”. The fundraiser at seven of the county’s top restaurants on Friday, November 30th dinner time. The non-profit hospice agency will benefit from the fundraiser, getting at least 10 percent of proceeds. The restaurants include the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake, Giovanni’s Skyroom near Lampson Airport, Howard’s Grotto in Clearlake, Main Street Bar & Grill in Clearlake, Park Place and Renee’s Cafe, both in Lakeport, and the Saw Shop Bistro in Kelseyville. Main Street Bar & Grill and Renee’s Cafe owners are pledging 50 percent of customers’ bills to the agency.

No change to the general election results after the official tally was released. The numbers released yesterday show the three challengers for the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District seats, Julie Bawcom, Andrea Reed and Ernie Wipf kept their lead over the three incumbents, so they’re out. For the Millview Water District, the incumbent board members Kenneth Budrow, Jerry Cardoza and Jeanne Metcalf kept their spots on the board. And Measure B, to collect sales-taxes for a psychiatric facility in Mendocino County won in a landslide, with 83.53 percent.

After reports the state wanted a list of properties that the state would clear after the October fires, the Mendocino County CEO reported they sent several letters out last week. The Daily Journal reports 66 letters went out last week regarding abatement. People who live in burn areas are being given until next Thursday, November 30th to respond to the abatement notices. Then the county will send a list to the state by the following day, December 1st. Property and business owners have the choice for private or public cleanup. Public is covered 75% by the federal government and 25% locally. Private is paid for by the owner. There are 17 crews out doing the public cleanup already.

The DMV is starting to offer REAL ID driver license or identification cards. After the new year, Dept. of Motor Vehicle offices across the state will offer the REAL ID cards more than a decade after the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed by Congress after the terrorist attack on 9/11. That called for all states to offer the ID’s for federal purposes, like getting on an airplane or visiting a military bases or certain federal facilities, by Oct. of 2020. It is optional, because a valid U.S. passport or U.S. passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification can also be used.

A step closer to a new mental health crisis center in Ukiah after the Board of Supervisors votes yes to start the process with the state. The Board has approved allowing the Department of Planning and Building Services apply to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for almost 5 million in grants for the project. The facility is being developed by the nonprofit Redwood Community Services. There will be a crisis center, crisis stabilization unit, and a 10-bed adult crisis residential treatment facility. This is separate from Measure B which is the mental health facility backed by the Sheriff. This facility will go where the old Mendocino Works building is and the vacant lot in front of it and should take about a year or so to complete once construction gets started.

Gonna be some heavy traffic in parts of the country as millions hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Triple A predicts more than 2 million in Northern California alone, and more than 6.25 million statewide will drive or fly more than 50 miles. AAA says that’s the most since about 2005. All in all the organization predicts about 51 million travelers across the country, a touch more than last year, but the most since 2005. They say it might be a good idea to arrive at your destination today as it looks like we’re having dry, warm weather.

Cops on the lookout for a Hells Angel Motorcycle gang member in Northern Calif. Lake Co News reports federal, state and local law enforcement trying to find Russell Allen Lyles, Jr. or J.R., who hails from Windsor. The FBI in San Francisco, Santa Rosa Police, California Highway Patrol and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help finding J.R., who’s wanted for racketeering, assault and other charges. There’s a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to Lyles’ arrest and conviction as part of its “Take Back Our Community” program. He was already indicted by a federal grand jury, but has been elusive. They say he has ties to Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties and could be in the Lake Sonoma area too.

A two term Assemblyman from Los Angeles says he’s not running for re-election next year after several sexual harassment allegations against him. Democratic Assembly member Raul Bocanegra is also being pressured to immediately step down after a Los Angeles Times report about several women accusing him of inappropriate behavior which included allegations of groping and kissing. One of his colleagues, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia says he should leave now and shouldn’t be deciding his own fate. There’s also a petition circulating, calling for his immediate resignation.

The former Mendo Lake Credit Union CEO, Richard Cooper, one of those honored at the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ REACH Conference. Cooper received the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing credit union professionals’ service to the industry, especially during the last three years. He won the award at the annual meeting and convention in Palm Desert earlier this month. He’s credited for getting national recognition for the credit union for its commitment to expanding access to affordable financial services and credit for low-income consumers in rural Lake and Mendocino counties.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, the five Disaster Recovery Centers in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Yuba counties and the Local Assistance Center in Napa County are closed. They’ve also announced a change in operating hours that started this week. In Lake County at the Senior Center, they’re open 9-5 and 10-5 on Saturdays, but closed Sundays. In Mendocino County they’re opened 9-6, then 10-5 Saturdays and also closed Sunday.

Before visiting a center, survivors are encouraged to apply for disaster assistance by going online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using the FEMA app on a smart phone or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants registering for disaster assistance should have the following information available:

· Social Security number.

· Address of the damaged primary residence.

· Description of the damage.

· Information about insurance coverage.

· A current contact telephone number.

· An address where they can receive mail.

· Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

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The first reading of Lakeport’s Commercial Cannabis Use Ordinance and the Personal Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance to be heard. At the City Council meeting tonight, the public will be allowed to comment on the first reading. They’re still going to be making changes to the ordinance. The first public hearing is expected sometime during the first part of December so it can be passed before the January 1st deadline. The ordinance has been in the works for several months, but there were some holds because of natural and other disasters. City Staff has reportedly tried working with the community for input on these ordinances with a page on the city’s website, several press releases, fliers inside utility bills and social media posts.

The city of Clearlake puts up a new deadline for homes to be cleaned up after the Sulphur Fire. Since the state is requiring abatement starting December 1st, the city has set its deadline for November 29th for property owners to turn in their written debris removal plan to Lake County Environmental Health. The Record Bee reports the city manager saying the debris is a public health hazard and possibly a danger to the public and environment. The city manager also reporting debris removal crews will work seven days to get the work done. For more information call the Lake County Environmental Health at 707-263-1164.

An urgency ordinance to allow residents impacted by the Redwood Complex Fire to use RV’s and mobile homes on destroyed properties has been approved by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. Survivors can apply for an administrative permit for the use and temporary occupancy of trailer coaches, that includes recreational vehicles and mobile homes so they can stay on properties that were destroyed or damaged and made uninhabitable by the Redwood Complex fire. The temporary trailers can also be at a separate property which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. No fees will be required by residents for the permit authorized by the urgency ordinance. You can get the permit at the Planning and Building Services office in Ukiah or at https://www.mendocinocounty.org/recover.

For more info, the County’s website at https://www.mendocinocounty.org/recover or contact Planning and Building at (707) 234-6650.

A plea deal’s been reached with a man from Clearlake in the stabbing death of another man earlier this year. Lake Co News reports James Mongi was arrested in February for the fatal stabbing of Richard Garner Jr. of Clearlake. Then last Friday while preparing for trial, Mongi pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and the plea deal was reached. The D-A’s office reported Garner had stolen heroin from another person, not charged in the case, and they were searching for the victim, Garner. Then when Mongi apparently went looking for Garner there was a confrontation and Garner was stabbed in the neck. Mongi’s been in jail ever since. Mongi will be sentenced December 18th, and faces seven years in prison.

An emergency roadway access committee’s been set up in Mendocino County and the 3rd District Supervisor will be its leader. The Daily Journal reports Georgeanne Croskey will head the new committee that will mostly work on a second access for the Brooktrails area. The newspaper reports the Brooktrails General Manager saying this is one of many tries to get that second access over decades. She says because of changes to state funding and local disasters, perhaps this time it will get done. The work considered again after the Mendocino Lake Complex fire in October. As you may know, Brooktrails is a heavily wooded area, with only one paved road in and out, and 3,000 residents.

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County says its going easy on distributing money after the October fires because there will be a years long recovery process. The Daily Journal reports there’s almost $1.75 million in the fund for those impacted by the latest fires. The Foundation says they’ve spent only $250,000 so far, with $200,000 for North Coast Opportunities, who in turn gave $1,000 dollar checks to every family or individual who lost a home in the October fires. All of those checks were then matched with another $1,000 from the Redwood Credit Union. And $50,000 was for local non-profits to meet the immediate needs of fire victims. The Foundation will also be setting up a long-term fire recovery committee to continue helping victims.

Local legislators say the latest request to Congress from the Office of Management and Budget in Washington to help states including California after recent disasters is nowhere near enough. Congressmen Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson said the ask was “anemic.” The two put out a statement say it’s a quote “new low for this administration", saying it has no money to rebuild communities in Northern California lost in the October fires. The two Congressmen say both parties have told the administration what California needs to recover and rebuild, but say it seems the requests have been ignored, calling it “outrageous, unacceptable, and a dereliction of the administration’s duty to help the people of California”.

Nine Hells Angels motorcycle gang members have been charged for running a crime ring in Northern Calif. Federal prosecutors in San Francisco brought the charges against the gang members for several robberies and assaults and one murder. The U.S. Attorney’s office and FBI announced the charges against the men who are apparently mostly located in the group’s Sonoma County chapter. Four have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder for a 2014 murder at their clubhouse in Fresno.

Improvement in unemployment numbers. The California Employment Development Department’s latest report shows the jobless rate in Lake County at 5.3 percent for October, down from a revised 5.4 a month before and lower than a year ago, by almost a full point, when it was 6.2 percent. The overall rate in the state was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in September and 5.3 percent in October 2016. Mendocino County is at 3.9 percent and Sonoma at 3.3 percent. San Mateo County still has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.5 percent. And Imperial still at the bottom with 20-percent.

The CHP says it’s adding more officers for the Thanksgiving weekend, which is usually one of the busiest times to travel in the country. So the CHP is having a Maximum Enforcement Period, which begins tomorrow night about 6 p.m. and lasts all the way thru the holiday weekend, officially ending Sunday at 11:59 p.m. 27 people were killed in crashes last year at this time, 14 did not have on a seat belt. The CHP is working along with seven other state law enforcement agencies for the “Interstate 40 Challenge” which is on a 2,500-mile section of highway from North Carolina through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, ending in Barstow.

PG&E is looking to raise rates, again, because to pay for upgrades. The utility announced last Friday they wanted to raise rates by about a $1 a month on gas bills so they can do work on their natural gas transmission and storage systems. The rate increase in PG&E’s latest regulatory filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Record Bee reports the president and CEO of the utility saying they are making the right investments for better gas safety and reliability.

Those who lost money because they couldn’t work during the October fires are getting an extended deadline from the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program. The extension announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Labor for anyone who is unemployed because of the Sonoma County wildfires. This news from the Sonoma County Human Services Dept. But apparently there’s been 4,700 claims for disaster unemployment benefits from Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Orange and Yuba counties who may also qualify. The deadline is December 18th for benefits to continue thru April 14th, 2018.

Could be a wait for some in California to get their insurance money to pay for work after the October wildfires because of a glut of applicants. The state insurance commissioner says homeowners who lost their homes last month in Northern California will have up to two years to collect insurance payments. Apparently some out-of-state insurance adjusters have been brought in to help with the massive amount of claims. Some people have been told they will get their money between six and 12 months, but the insurance commissioner says the benefits won’t expire because there was state of emergency declared, so homeowners actually get up to 24 months to claim benefits.

A person of interest in the Mendocino County Jail who may be connected to a murder in Manchester this weekend. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reported the murder of 32 year old Nicole Smith and the wounding of a 15 year old girl Sunday before dawn at Smith’s home in the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians’ reservation. Police say the home was sprayed with bullets while several people were asleep in the house. 28 year old Ramon Soto was in jail unrelated to the murder, picked up in Ukiah for a parole violation. Investigators apparently found out there may have been a dispute between Soto and Smith.

There’s now a debris removal hotline for those who are victims of the October fires. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento has the Debris Removal Information Line: which we’ve got on our website and Facebook page…They’re accepting phone calls every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Army Corp working under FEMA in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties after the October 2017 Wildfires. Those who’ve turned their Right of Entry Forms in in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties can call the Debris Removal Information Line. They’ve also got some emails you can send to for each county as well, which we’ve also put on our Facebook page.

Info line: 877-875-7681, Emails:
– USACESupportToLake;
– USACESupportToMendocino;
– USACESupportToNapa;
– USACESupportToSonomal.

State Route 128 at the Navarro River has been closed until further notice because of flooding. Cal Trans notifying the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services about the closure on Route 128, from State Route 1 to mile marker 11. They say the sand bar at the mouth of the Navarro River is closed and that’s causing water to back-up at the river. They also say it will stay closed until the mouth of the Navarro opens up or the out-flow increases. CalTrans is monitoring the conditions and say they’ll re-open the roadway when the flooding has receded.

A man from Apple Valley is found guilty of several crimes. A jury in Mendocino County Superior Court returns guilty verdicts against Thessalonian Catrell Love for several crimes including attempted criminal threats; attempting to willfully and maliciously dissuade a witness from cooperating with law enforcement and the prosecution by threat of force. Plus the jury found true special allegations that Love had a felony conviction on his record already for arson in San Bernardino County and another felony conviction in Mendocino County for attempting to willfully and maliciously dissuade a victim by threat of force. He will be sentenced December 19th.

Analysts say the tax bill moving quickly through Congress benefits corporations, rich professionals and wealthy families – at the expense of the deficit and ultimately everyone else. Republicans have promised that the tax bill would raise wages. But they admit the bill would cost one and a half trillion dollars over ten years. By the time it’s fully implemented, eighty percent of that would be going to pay for a big corporate tax cut, a slashing of the estate tax and a cut in taxes on pass-though income. Howard Gleckman with the Urban/Brookings Tax Policy Center says those tax cuts for businesses and rich households are permanent, while the parts that help the middle class expire.

Cut 89345 :10 "For high-income people, it’s all about business taxes and corporate taxes, and of course the estate tax. And in fact the winners and losers change over time, and actually you get more losers as time goes on."

Tag: Republican leaders in the Senate are pushing to rush the bill through, hoping to have it done within a few weeks. It also eliminates the so-called SALT deduction – which is currently used by 28 percent of Californians to deduct 80 million dollars of their state and local taxes off of their federally taxable income.

Second Cut: Pass-through income is money made by a business that the owner – often a professional such as a doctor or a lawyer – declares as income rather than as profit. Supporters of the tax bill point to this as helping small businesses. But according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, half of pass-through income goes to the top one percent. Chuck Marr with that think tank says congressional Republicans are already saying they plan to use the increased deficits to call for cuts in programs used by seniors, the middle class and working families.

Cut 90345 :14 "As soon as the ink is dry on this bill, we’re going to see Republicans point to that debt, point to those deficits. They’ll go after Medicaid, they’ll go after nutrition, they’ll go after education, access to college."

Tag 1: Marr says despite the "America first" trade rhetoric coming out of Washington, the bill would also encourage multinational corporations to make their money offshore by reducing the taxes they would pay when bringing their profits home. Both of California’s Democratic senators oppose the plan. 11 out of 14 California Congresspeople supported the House version, which passed last week.

No violations in Arkansas for tossing turkeys out of an airplane. Apparently the yearly event is pretty popular, but the Federal Aviation Administration was looking into laws or regulations that may have been broken during the Turkey Trot festival in Yellville. The FAA reported it did not find any specific prohibitions for dropping live animals from aircraft, but also said it was probably because the authors of the regulation never anticipated an explicit prohibition would be necessary. They also didn’t endorse the turkey tossing which happened Oct. 14th.

A man from Lakeport’s been identified as the person killed in a suspected drunk driving crash Saturday in Petaluma. Apparently 66 year old Teodulo Tovar was the passenger in his son’s car. His son, Teodulo Francisco Tovar Jr. was arrested Saturday at the hospital. His father died about an hour after the crash. Tovar Jr’s blood alcohol showed him to be under the influence, but the CHP reports he had life-threatening injuries and is listed in grave condition. The father and son were headed south on the 101 and apparently traveled into a construction zone for almost two miles in an off-limits area before they smashed into a concrete structure.

Sonoma County Officials decided against using targeted cellphone messages before the deadly October Fires. New info released shows last year the county evaluated the government notification system, used for Amber Alerts and other emergency messages but it didn’t work for local disasters. The Press Democrat reports the county’s emergency services manager Christopher Helgren tells the newspaper when the fires broke out across the county October 8th they didn’t even consider the Wireless Emergency Alert system, but instead sent messages by the opt-in cellphone and landline program. He says it was previously decided the Emergency Alert System for TV and radio and Wireless Emergency Alert for cellphones were to be used for wider-alerts for a disaster like a tornado or hurricane.

A woman is dead and a teenage girl has been injured after a shooting at a house outside Manchester. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says someone sprayed the house where multiple people were asleep with bullets Sunday morning then ran from the scene in the dark. When officers arrived they found a 32-year-old woman dead and the 15-year-old girl wounded, but alert. She was taken to a hospital, treated and released. There were no other injuries at the home. The Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and criminalists from the California Department of Justice Criminal Laboratory in Eureka are investigating.

The UC President Janet Napolitano is being told she needs to make a public apology for interfering in the state audit last year. The University of California’s governing board has chastised Napolitano who immediately apologized but the criticism continued against her. She says she showed poor judgment and said again, that she deeply regrets the mistake. The apology and admonishment after a five hour long closed door meeting to consider the independent fact-finding report which found Napolitano’s top aides were trying to suppress campus criticism of her office in surveys meant to be confidential and sent directly to the state auditor.

Fire debris cleanup continues in Mendocino County with the board preparing to ask for a list of properties that need to be included in the state’s abatement program. The board already approved an urgency notice which included how to remove the debris from the fires, now they will meet again tomorrow morning to get to work on the properties to be included in the state’s abatement program. The CAL OES Director says they’ve given information to property owners who will not use the state for abatement. He also says they’ve advised local jurisdictions to get those properties abated quickly because of potentially dangerous debris that could be a public health and environmental safety risk.

Still working on marijuana operations and personal cultivation rules in Lakeport. Lake Co News reports the City Council is considering a couple of ordinances this week after a closed door session on labor negotiations and a possible lawsuit. The Community Development Director is introducing the ordinance and a permit for regulation of commercial marijuana and operations. There will be a public hearing next month on the issue, before any rules go into place for the new year when marijuana is officially going to be sold legally in Calif. The council will also consider an ordinance to amend current rules permitting and regulating personal cannabis cultivation with another public hearing set for next month too.

A jury ends up deadlocked in the case of a man charged for a murder in Fort Bragg. The Mendocino County D-A reports the judge in Caleb Silver’s murder case declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict last Friday. Silver’s accused in the 2015 murder of Denis Boardman and is still charged in the case. He’s due back in court next week when the D-A announces if he’s going to go for a new trial.

Fort Bragg police alerting the community about a high risk convicted sex offender moving into the area. Michael Lawson, also known as Michael Trapper, recently registered with Fort Bragg Police who say his convictions from Illinois requiring that he register include two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse Against Children. They say their notice is not an arrest warrant or notice of criminal investigation, but just information for the community that he is around. Lawson is currently registered as a transient with no permanent address. Call Fort Bragg Police with any questions.

A mistrial has been declared in a Mendocino County murder trial due to a hung jury. The DA says the jury reported this morning that it was deadlocked and would not be able to reach unanimous verdicts against Caleb Silver who is accused of the December 2015 murder of Denis Boardman whose body was found in his Fort Bragg home six days after his death by blunt force trauma. Prosecutors say Silver was living with Boardman and got angry when Boardman asked him to leave. The DA says Silver will be back in court November 27th, at which point they will announce whether they will pursue a new trial.

The buildout for the new Costco in Ukiah is finally happening. First, the roads. The Daily Journal reports there’s going to be some lane closures and other local impacts off Airport Park Boulevard for the next several months. But the Ukiah Public Works Director says they’ve heard the Costco store opening may be delayed until next August which means there may be less of a bottleneck in the area of the Redwood Business Park for holiday shopping. But apparently significant delays could cost the city some bucks. The Public Works Director says while most projects cost about $500 a day if they go past deadline, the Costco project is $5,000 a day for delays. Be on the lookout for a new stoplight at Commerce Drive and Airport Park near Crush and Applebee’s. They’re also putting in a new sidewalk soon at the intersection of Hastings Avenue and South State Street.

A man from Ukiah the CHP says was driving a truck involved in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 20, was driving drunk at the time. Officers say 62 year old Andrew Armstrong, who was in a 1984 Peterbilt was driving west on Hwy. 20, towing two trailers with gravel and hit a parked car. Just before the Nov. 3rd crash, another man in a Pepsi truck headed west near Road 144 lost control and hit a guardrail. At the same time a woman in a 2004 Ford Taurus pulled onto the shoulder to report the guardrail crash and the Peterbilt smashed into her and the Pepsi truck smashed into the other two, tangling all three vehicles. The woman’s car was trapped underneath one of the trucks. The woman had major injuries, Armstrong, in the Peterbilt had moderate injuries and went to the hospital, then was arrested for DUI causing injuries. No word on the Pepsi Truck driver’s condition.

5th District Supervisor Dan Hamburg says he’s out. After more than a dozen years in public service, Hamburg is retiring next year. Hamburg will first finish out his third term on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors when he’ll be 70. He says that’ll be a good time to let another person have a chance at the seat. Hamburg was also once the Ukiah planning commissioner, and executive director of North Coast Opportunities. He was also a member of Congress in the 90’s. Hamburg says he wanted to announce his retirement early so prospective candidates could prepare for a run for the 5th District which covers 13 communities. The Daily Journal says some of Hamburg’s accomplishments include local procurement of energy services for rural areas, broadband internet services and better services for children.

It may be a few years before those growing marijuana can expand beyond one acre. That’s according to a new environmental review of proposed state regulations for Cannabis farmers. The Calif. Dept. of Food and Agriculture’s review of revised cultivation rules for marijuana put a one acre limit on the table until 2023. But then the same group came out a few days later saying they took the limit off the table after input from stakeholders. Apparently in Humboldt County, local rules allow for larger grows. The revised guidelines cover all aspects of the new marijuana market that opens in January, including dosage amounts of THC to facility inspections and authorized businesses. The regulations were in development for several months. The new state law allows local jurisdictions to come up with their own rules.

Several thousand trees are being cut down by PG&E after the fires in October. Up to 25,000 fire-damaged trees are being felled to protect power lines in 13 counties of Northern and Central California. The fires scorched 137 square miles where the trees are burned out. Trees are being marked by the utility’s arborists and foresters who’ve been checking the trees’ post-fire condition. The work should be done by the end of the year. The cause of the October fires is still under investigation, but several lawsuits have been filed against P,G&E saying their poorly maintained power lines were responsible for the fires that all started on Oct. 8th.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has been ordered to turn over video of the autopsy of a man from Forestville who died after being shocked by a stun gun shot by a Rohnert Park police officer. The county coroner’s been ordered to release audio and video of Branch Wroth’s autopsy to the man’s family, as part of their lawsuit against the city of Rohnert Park and two cops involved in the man’s death. Wroth’s parents are suing, saying the officers showed a reckless disregard for their son’s rights during a welfare check at a motel. They say Wroth was handcuffed and still stunned four times. They also had tried to get their own pathologist there for the autopsy, but were not allowed.

A Lower Lake High student’s arrested and three others are being investigated for threats made on social media. The Clearlake Police Resource Officer says she got a call from Lower Lake High staff about two students making threats to hurt each other on snap chat. The two 14 year old’s were reportedly threatening to fight each other and one was supposedly seen holding a handgun. That student was already suspended from school at the time. The two kids apparently admitted to the resource officer they did threaten each other, so the suspended student was arrested. He told police he got the gun from two other students at the school. The other students involved were being interviewed by police. Two 14-year-olds were also suspended.

After another closed session meeting of the Mendocino Coast Hospital Board, the CFO has resigned. The Board President announced the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Wade Sturgeon after a performance Review. Sturgeon had been accused of workplace harassment by the hospital’s business manager and deceptive presentation of hospital finances. The business manager is on stress related leave. And an audit shows a $700,000 loss after the hospital’s annual report had shown it was $400,000 in the black. The Advocate reports Sturgeon had previous been accused of mistreatment before, while the CFO, at a hospital in Big Bear and at another in Washington state.

An internal investigation’s been ordered of the Detroit Police Department after an accidental turf war between two precincts. Apparently a couple of special ops cops from one precinct were undercover on the East Side of the city pretending to be drug dealers, waiting for potential customers, when they were approached… by other special ops officers from another Precinct, they were undercover buyers. Witnesses say guns were drawn and a full on brawl took place. The whole thing now being investigated by Internal Affairs. Apparently one of the units had on a body camera which also filmed the entire thing.

The City of Ukiah is warning about a scam with a caller claiming to be form the City Utility Department. The scammer will demand that you pay your city bill over the phone, with a credit card. But the City Manager says they don’t even accept over the phone payments; final requests from the City for utility payment are delivered to your address. The City Manager says if you get this kind of call from the City of Ukiah, just hang up.

A huge law enforcement response in Ukiah after a man was seen running down Gobbi Street waving a gun. Around 730pm Tuesday Ukiah Police, Mendocino Deputies and CHP officers responded to a home in the 200 Block of East Gobbi where nearby they found an open SUV with its engine running and inside a black tactical vest with the words “Bond Agent” on it. At the home the call came from, a man inside called out to police; and came out with a gun. Although he had nothing on him identifying him as a bond agent, apparently that was why the man, Charles Blasingame, was there. Inside the home police found a woman, Luna Magdaleno, who had two misdemeanor warrants for her arrest and was taken into custody. Police say Blasingame had been taking Magdaleno to jail when she escaped out his vehicle and ran, and he chased her with the gun into a random home. Blasingame was released but police took and gun and are investigating the legality of his actions.

Firefighters who worked in Sonoma County last month are having health screenings to see if they were exposed to toxins. The Press Dem. reports about 175 Bay Area firefighters will give blood and urine samples for a research project by the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. The organization has put up $100,000 to pay for the screenings. They will take the samplings and compare them to those of 25 firefighters who did not work on the fires. Researchers are checking for heavy metals, such as arsenic and chromium, organic pollutants, like dioxins, and other toxic byproducts of burns. Previous studies show firefighters could absorb carcinogens or other toxins into their skin and thru their clothes or thru hand-to-mouth ingestion, all that besides breathing smoke.

Part of Northern Calif. is under a flood advisory, including southern Lake County because of the heavy rain. The National Weather Service put the advisory out until 2:45 p.m. today. There was also heavy rain expected along I-80 and also north of the highway. Lake Co News reports it from about Solano County and southern Lake County into the foothills and higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. Rain could come back into the evening, but should clear after that thru the weekend. Next week holds the possibility for more rain.

Mendocino County will be able to send fire debris to the Eastlake Landfill in Lake County. Lake County had said no, then revisited the issue and reversed the decision. The county had been concerned the landfill would fill up. The Public Services Director says the Landfill is at about 87 percent capacity as of 2017 which would include Sulphur Fire estimates, but not Redwood Valley Fire debris. They apparently used Valley Fire debris as a comparison to get the estimates. It means there’s still about 13 years left for use, unless there are other disasters, then it’s at about 9.5 years. The contract for Mendocino County would allow for 400 properties worth of debris.

A bill’s been introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson for temporary tax relief to victims of the California fires. Thompson says it would help survivors of the October fires claim tax deductions for destroyed property, allow penalty-free access to retirement funds, and give tax credits to disaster-affected employers for wages paid to employees from disaster areas. It also encourages charitable contributions by temporarily suspending limitations on deducting charitable contributions associated with qualified fire relief. Thompson represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

The CHP has started a new campaign to help older drivers. The Age Well, Drive Smart program to help older drivers stay safe on the road. It’s in the form of a driving class so that Senior drivers refresh driving skills. So they’re inviting older drivers to go to the Age Well, Drive Smart class for free to drive safer and drive longer. It lasts about two hours and is offered at local CHP offices and some senior centers. The program is made possible from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more info, call any local CHP office.

Ukiah may soon have some more housing. The Daily Journal reports a project to bring more than 30 “moderate-income housing” units. The Planning Commission will consider the project next month. The newspaper reports it would be two separate buildings on two parcels owned by the city which had been purchased by the former redevelopment agency on about 1.7 acres. The city’s already apparently entered into an agreement with a development company out of Chico. The city will reportedly use the money made off the new development and put up affordable housing later. The Planning Commission will consider the project at a special meeting set for December 5th.

California Assemblyman Jim Wood at the latest Board of Supervisors meeting to update the board on accomplishments in Mendocino County and the California 2nd Assembly District. The Daily Journal reports on the meeting with Wood saying lawmakers were ready to take on transportation, housing and environmental protection, but couldn’t predict the devastation of the October fires and trauma to local families. He thanked emergency crews and first responders who helped with the fires. He also spoke about Climate Change and programs the Legislature worked on to lower greenhouse gases and fund environmental and public health programs. He talked about rogue marijuana gardens and their cleanup and the upcoming legal sale of cannabis. Wood also talked about what a challenge broadband has been in the area, affecting businesses, hospitals, schools and libraries.

Ukiah’s received grant money so the Rail Trail north to Brush Street can be expanded and to pay for the new pedestrian bridge over Orr Creek. The nearly two million dollar Urban Greening Grant from the state will pay for the third phase of the trail. Right now it goes from Gobbi St. to Clara Ave. The plan is apparently to extend the trail about a third of a mile out to Brush, with the main expense the bridge. There will be a new pedestrian bridge near the existing railway bridge. North Coast Opportunities apparently helped secure the funding.

Driving while bagpiping. That’s the what police in New Zealand say it looked like in the city of Dunedin. An officer performing a routine check says he saw one driver with his hands off the steering wheel and on something else. He says the driver’s hands were going a million miles an hour on some sort of black-type instrument, perhaps a clarinet. But says when he got closer the man said he was just playing an air guitar version of the pipes and there was actually no musical instrument in the man’s car. The driver got off with a warning during an hour-long check of several drivers. Eight others got tickets for various offences.

Sergeant Johnson advised the public to resist mobile phones or any other distractions while driving, and to "keep both hands on the wheel at all times".

A Flood Watch continues through Thursday morning especially for the burn areas of Redwood Valley and Potter Valley, which means the possibility of flooding as well as landslides. The sheriff’s office says the rainfall amounts forecast for Mendocino County until Thursday morning include the possibility of Fort Bragg getting nearly an inch; Willits, Ukiah and Gualala getting an inch-and-a-half; and Laytonville getting more than two inches.

A Mendocino county man wanted on several charges including kidnapping has been captured. The Sheriff’s Office says Farand Hoaglin was also wanted for carjacking, robbery and multiple violations related to being a habitual offender. His bail was said to be $850,000.

Tehama County officials say the man who went on a shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning had killed his wife the night before. Police say Kevin Neal shot and killed his wife Monday and hid her body under the floor of his home. Neal had been out of bail on an assault with a deadly weapon charge from last January and police say they had a long history of calls to his home including for shots fired. On Tuesday Neal killed two neighbors and then killed two other people and injured ten more at several different locations including an elementary school where the Sheriff says the lockdown procedure likely saved many lives.