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A Leggett man’s been killed after a large oak tree fell on the trailer where he was sleeping. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says Mark Weatherly was sleeping alongside his girlfriend in the travel trailer on Drive Thru Tree Road when the black oak came down around 5am and crushed the trailer, pinning Weatherly in place. The girlfriend was hurt but was able to get out of the trailer and get help from Weatherly’s stepfather who is a timber faller. He started cutting away the tree and firefighters also responded but Weatherly was pronounced dead.

An early morning fire has damaged a Ukiah home that was being remodeled. No one was hurt in the fire that started around 4am on North Dora Street. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority says a neighbor getting up for work around 4 a.m. saw smoke coming from the home and called the fire department. No one was home and no one was seen running from the house but fire officials say the front door was unlocked so while the cause of the fire is still undetermined it does appear suspicious. A UVFA spokesman says the fire did not do significant damage and the house can fairly easily be habitable again.

An attempted murder suspect has been caught in Fort Bragg. The victim says he was sitting in his car on Madrone Street Thursday evening when he was approached by a man he knew only as “Jorge” who he says stabbed him several times in the arms and hands and then ran. The investigation led police to an address on Wall Street where they saw blood, indicating the suspect had probably been hurt too, but he wasn’t there and a police dog was unable to track him. By Friday morning they had figured out his real name – Leonardo “Jorge” Naal-Aviles – and after posting his picture on social media he was found and arrested. Fort Bragg Police thank everyone who responded to the social media post.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says they have approved more than $50 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents to rebuild from the October fires. The deadline to apply for these low interest loans is December 11 and the process is started by applying first with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. You can do that online at or you can come in and get one-on-one help at a Disaster Recovery Center. The Lake County DRC is at the Clearlake Senior Community Center on Bowers Avenue and the Mendocino County DRC is at the former Rue 21 Location on State Street in Ukiah.

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