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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit says a man shot and killed by a deputy in Nice Monday is believed to have committed several felonies in the hour before the shooting. A witness first reported seeing Jason Sienze around 11:40am walking and acting strangely on Marin Street, not far from where a car linked to him was found wrecked. A few minutes later he was seen in the 3000 block of Highway 20 knocking on doors and asking for money. He is believed to have committed a burglary on that block in which four firearms and a pickup truck were stolen. About ten minutes later, a man claimed he saw Sienze in that truck, and says Sienze pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun misfired. Detectives say Sienze ditched that truck but broke into a home on Nice Road and stole another truck and drove it down to Lakeview Drive and Burpee Drive where he encountered Lake County Deputies. Officials say Sienze brandished a handgun at Deputy Ben Moore who fired several rounds from his rifle at Sienze, killing him. Moore is on paid leave while the investigation continues. Anyone with more information on Sienze’s movements on Monday is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Thousands of people are reported to have signed a Facebook petition drive to block parole for Gregory Patrick Beck, a Mendocino County man convicted of dousing his girlfriend with lighter fluid in 2001, setting her on fire and then watching her burn. Sherry Carlton died in 2016 after being confined to a hospital bed for 15 years. A state Board of Parole hearing is set for Beck for February 27 at Corcoran State Prison. The Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney’s Office say DA Elizabeth Norman will attend and argue the DA Office’s opposition to Beck’s parole.

The CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit will be conducting a control burn in Dos Rios, near Highway 162 on Thursday. Aircraft and smoke will be visible in the Dos Rios area and possibly East of Highway 101, West of Covelo. Burning is planned for Thursday, weather and air quality conditions permitting, and will be done under very tight restrictions. If there are indications the burn can’t be done safely, such as high winds or local fire activity, the burn will be cancelled.

Mendocino College says their registered nursing program has been ranked as one of the best in California, pulling in a number eight ranking from among 131 programs reviewed by the industry website The ranking process assesses nursing programs by several factors, with the primary criteria being the 1st time pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam, a required exam that measures the competencies needed to perform as an entry-level Registered Nurse. It must be passed before a nurse receives a license to practice. Mendocino College currently offers a 2-year Registered Nursing Program and an LVN to RN Bridge Program.


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