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Hospice Services of Lake County says this year’s “Dine Out for Hospice” fundraiser was a great success. This year’s participating eateries included 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. The CEO of Hospice Services of Lake County says they anticipate the total funds raised will be about $8,500 in sponsorships, a percentage of sales from each of the seven participating restaurants, and donations from individual diners. Funds go to helping the agency provide quality medical, emotional and spiritual services to hundreds of Lake County residents.

A Clearlake family is getting help with a place to stay after a fire heavily damaged their home on Christmas Eve. The fire was reported around 10pm Sunday on Oak Drive as flames coming from the roof. The family inside and the adjacent neighbors all evacuated. The Lake County Fire Protection District Chief told Lake County News that several crews from Lake County Fire and Cal Fire responded while returning from a call near Hidden Valley Lake and they reported being able to see the fire from the gooseneck area of Lakeshore Drive. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the home where it started. They say while heavily damaged it was not completely destroyed. The cause is not yet known.

No one was hurt after a Nice man drove his pickup through a downtown Lakeport store last night. Police say Jason Fugit intentionally slammed the truck through the front of Campos Casuals on North Main around 7pm Monday. He was taken into custody for felony burglary, vandalism and reckless driving with other charges likely. So far his motive is not known, and as of this afternoon there was no indication he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Lake County News reports Fugit has a long criminal and mental health history including an arrest several years ago for the attempted murder of his grandmother during a paranoid delusion. He pleaded guilty to elder abuse and was sent to Napa State Hospital for treatment.

Flags on state grounds are being flown at half-staff with Governor Jerry Brown ordering that in honor of a California Highway Patrol officer who died in the line of duty on Christmas Eve. Officers Andrew Camilleri and Jonathan Velasquez had parked their patrol SUV on the right shoulder of an I-880 ramp near Hayward to monitor traffic with a radar gun. Around 1130pm a suspected drunk driver slammed into them. Camilleri died at a hospital Velasquez was treated and released. The suspect is in serious condition. Officer Camilleri was 33 and leaves behind a wife and three kids ages 12, 6 and 2.

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