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Four men have been arrested on drug charges after deputies find a honey oil lab and pounds of pot in Lakeport. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit took a search warrant to an office space, finding a lab set up there. They found about 10 pounds of pot shake, nearly 100 grams of concentrated cannabis and more. They arrested Dustin Brey of Kelseyville, Cody Harrell of Springfield, Missouri, Justin Richardson of Summerfield, Florida and someone else the Sheriff’s Office has not identified. Officers say one of the guys admitted he took classes how to operate the lab and was renting the spot to manufacture butane honey oil, which can be vaporized and inhaled. 2 of the men are in custody without bail, one had bail set at $100,000 and the unidentified person was released with no charges.

Some adjustments have been made to the mid-year fiscal budget in Lake County. The adjustments so the county can continue being funded with this adopted budget. The County Administrative Officer says the changes were mostly transferring money from different categories, with no net change in appropriations. The adjustments have been approved by the Board of Supervisors besides money for special projects. Some are being removed and an updated list will be given to the board for approval.

The Lakeview Supermarket and Deli in Lucerne gets some recognition as a leader in for its meat department. The owner Kenny Parlet says he got a call, but thought it was a prank. It was the Progressive Grocer, an independent grocer publication which had chosen Lakeview Supermarket as America’s Outstanding Independent Retailer in the meat category for 2018. It was a tie though with McKinnon’s Supermarket in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, also taking the same category. Markets in Chicago, Spokane, Mount Vernon, New York and Wellesley, Massachusetts were all named. So Parlet gets to go to Vegas to pick up his accolade. The magazine saying the winners in each category were, quote “keyed into what their immediate neighborhood needed, and tried various ways to meet those demands.”

A Habitat for Humanity house dedication for another family who lost their home in Lake County due to a wildfire. This time, the Torres-Guerrero family, who lost their home in the Clayton fire got a Habitat house. Alberto Torres and Angelica Guerrero and their son went to Habitat for help after the fire. Now​
they have a new home, which was dedicated February 17th, in Lower Lake.

The North Bay Fire Relief Fund announcing the collection of more than $32 million dollars from more than 41,000 donors. The fund, in partnership with The Press Democrat, state Sen. Mike McGuire and the Redwood Credit Union says it gave out millions to fire victims the last 4 months in support of those with immediate needs after the October wildfires that hit Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties. 100 percent of the donations the fund collects are distributed to victims through the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund. The contributions have been received from over 41,100 donors from 23 countries. Almost two-thirds of the donations from outside the four affected counties.

The family of a woman set on fire by her boyfriend in 2001 are appearing at his state Board of Parole Hearing. Gregory Beck of Mendocino County is going before the parole board tomorrow. He’s been in prison since the attack on Sherry Carlton, who was left disabled and disfigured. Her mother, Phyllis Kline, says Beck is “absolutely evil”. She has attended two other hearings before this one. And she and her daughter’s father plan to speak at the hearing. Beck and Carlton were together 12 years when Carlton tried to break up with him. He then attacked her when she came back to get some of her personal items, soaking her with lighter fluid and setting her on fire. They had a 12 year old child together at the time.

A man from Middletown says yes to a plea agreement after he shot and killed a black bear last year. Matthew Outen sentenced to three years formal felony probation, 90 days jail and he has to pay $1,940 in fines for the April 2017 incident. He was charged with negligent discharge of a firearm, threatening a witness, discharging a firearm within 150 yards of a residence, killing a bear out of season and not having a hunting license or bear tag. He told officers he shot the bear because it charged him and his instincts kicked in. But a witness says the bear didn’t charge him. A necropsy showed the bear hit by a bullet in the back of the neck. Beck agreed to plead guilty to a felony violation of negligent discharge of a firearm and a misdemeanor of illegally killing a bear when the hunting season for bear was not open.

Voters may get to decide if money should go to the Middletown Creek Restoration Project. The Board of Supervisors decides tomorrow if there should be a sales tax measure before voters in June. The 1.5 percent sales tax would be in the unincorporated county after the board considered the idea earlier this month. It comes after State Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry was able to get $15 million dollars for the restoration project. Lake Co News reports the meeting tomorrow morning will also include a land swap deal and the Lake County Courthouse project.

The annual Ukiah Polar Plunge raising money for the Special Olympics of Northern California. On Saturday the event was held at Testa Vineyards which was part of the larger plunge that happened the same day in other areas of Northern Calif. including Sacramento, Lake County and Fort Bragg. Those participating got to jump into a huge bucket of ice water while dressed as masked wrestlers, characters from The Flintstones and dinosaurs. Those participating get a chance for a T-shirt and other prizes. The area director says they raise between $5,000 to $7,000 on average with money to pay for year-round sports programs, equipment, uniforms, car rentals, practice facilities and travel costs.

Not a positive turn of events at the Democrats State Delegation this weekend for long sitting U-S Sen. Dianne Feinstein. This weekend Feinstein didn’t get the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party for her bid for a fifth term. Her closest challenger, State Sen. Kevin De Leon, also didn’t win the endorsement, but he got closer to the needed 60% to win the endorsement than Feinstein. Feinstein still has millions for a successful campaign with a lot of support still from Democratic voters and independents.

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