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At least 13 people have been killed in Southern California as our powerful winter storm has triggered mudslides in the burned-out areas of the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County. Fire officials say the deaths were in Montecito where several homes have been destroyed and rescues were underway to free people trapped in vehicles and buildings as well as in streets with waist-high mud. Some homes were also destroyed in a fire sparked by a gas main break caused by a slide.

The Mendocino County Board of Education is looking for candidates to serve as Interim Superintendent of Schools following the resignation of Superintendent Warren Galletti, which becomes effective January 31. The Board is looking for someone to take the job from February through December 2018. Candidates must possess an administrative services credential and appropriate experience. Those interested should submit a letter of interest to the Mendocino County Board of Education, attention Becky Jeffries, by January 17. For more information, check the website or call 467-5030.

The Sonoma County Coroner has released the identify of a Ukiah man killed in a weekend car accident in Santa Rosa. Officials says Robert Nelson Myers Jr. died Saturday in a wreck on Highway 101 after his car went off the road and slammed into a tree while he was going south on Highway 101 near Mendocino Avenue.

A Clearlake Oaks couple arrested in Nebraska last month for allegedly transporting 60 pounds of marijuana as Christmas gifts for family has again been arrested in Nebraska, this time on suspicion of carrying drug money. The Press Democrat reports 80-year-old Patrick Jiron and his 70-year-old wife, Barbara, were arrested Tuesday on Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska as while they were passengers in a pickup truck that was stopped on suspicion of following another vehicle too closely. A search of the truck turned up a duffel bag carrying $18,000 in cash, an oversized garbage bag with raw marijuana residue inside it, and notes consistent with marijuana sales. The woman driving the truck was not arrested, just given a warning for the traffic violation. The Lancaster County Sheriff says the Jirons have bonded out of jail.


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