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A man from Redway’s busted for using workers under 21 years old to sell marijuana. Karl Witt runs Eden Farms Cooperative in Humboldt County. He accepted a plea deal after his arrest by the CHP in December. He has to serve 36 months probation, 100 hours of community service, return almost $19,000 to law enforcement and waive his 4th Amendment right. That’s search and seizure. He cannot have any marijuana without a valid state license and a valid Humboldt County permit. And no more volunteer workers or employees under 21 will be allowed.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to file a lawsuit to get back some of the money it cost to remove a sunken crane from Clear Lake seven years ago. The board is suing former Lakeport City Councilman Martin Scheel, who used to be a marine contractor. While a major storm hit the area in November 2010, Scheel was trying to build a boat lift in Clearlake Park and the crane slipped from the barge then sank in about 50 feet of water. Other equipment that also sank was taken from the water a month later. Then in 2011 the board voted to get the crane removed which cost about $60,000. And Scheel signed the crane over to the county, but that was only worth about $4,000 as scrap. No word exactly when the suit will be filed.

Congressman Jared Huffman has signed on to be a cosponsor of Articles of Impeachment against the President. Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Committee filed the articles. Huffman says he decided to cosponsor the articles because of the President’s impeachable actions like, obstruction of justice, unprecedented conflicts of interest, unwillingness or inability to credibly and forthrightly address Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and recklessness regarding national security. The resolution outlines five articles of impeachment adding, domestic emoluments, undermining the independence of the judiciary, and undermining freedom of the press.

Some fire chief’s have testified about the October wildfires and how they overwhelmed the state’s old mutual aid system delaying their response. The chiefs in front of a panel of legislators Tuesday at the Capitol. Bay Area fire agencies said they knew their North Bay neighbors were in need and they were ready to go October 8th, but the state’s software system was overloaded by multiple requests for help so early requests for up to 400 more engines requested by Cal Fire and local fire officials weren’t totally processed for several hours. They say it was Day 3 when some of the mutual aid arrived, much too late. The state mutual aid system pools local, state and out-of-state resources for fire fighting and has been lauded as the country’s gold standard.

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