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A man Ukiah Police were looking for related to a murder six years ago has been arrested in Mexico. Ukiah Police say Manuel Rodriguez suspected in connection to Duane Johnson’s September 2012 murder was living in Guadalajara Jalisco. Johnson had been found beaten to death in the 300 block of North Main Street and was taken to a hospital but died later. At the time, Rodriguez was named as a possible suspect but ran to Mexico back then. Apparently local police working with the U.S. Marshals Service International Investigative Branch finding Rodriguez at a McDonald’s outside Guadalajara and arrested him. He’s been deported back to the U-S and is being held on suspicion of murder and $500,000 bail.

Willits police say they’ve arrested a man for trying to rip off a local grocery store and getting into an altercation with another man. Police say they got a call early yesterday morning to the fight in the middle of a street and when they got there they found Brian Anderson who they say tried buying items from Village Market, but had no money on him, so he walked out with them and a store employee confronted him. Police say he threatened the employee and attacked him, so the employee tried calling 911, but Anderson took his cell phone and smashed it on the ground. Anderson’s charged with robbery, criminal threats, vandalism, and the destruction of a wireless telephone and he was booked into county jail.

A senior at Ukiah High is the first ever to win a major scholarship from the NROTC. The $180,000 scholarship pays for a four-year university in return for Marine Corps service after college. Emily Davis reportedly chosen from more than 400 applicants. Her parents own a local yogurt and Ice Cream store in Willits. A Marine Corps recruiter in Ukiah told the Daily Journal her work towards school work and physical fitness distinguished her from the others, showing a lot of pride.

A new Grand Jury report says the streets in Ukiah need help. The latest report saying the streets are in a state of extreme disrepair. The report says locals are questioning why expensive alternative transportation projects, like the Ukiah Rail Trail, are getting money to be constructed before local streets are repaired. The report goes on to say voters in Ukiah wanted streets repaired badly enough that they voted to pass Measures Y and Z in November of 2016 to help, but state money for local road repair is pretty much gone. The report says changes in state transportation funding, a lack of city funds for ongoing maintenance, and restrictive state contracting rules are the reason for the current state of our roads.

California’s Attorney General is investigating the shooting death of an unarmed black man by Sacramento Police. The Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra says they’ll provide independent oversight of the investigation after 22 year old Stephon Clark was shot by as many as 20 rounds after a chase last week. Police were responding to area break ins and say they found Clark and thought he pointed a gun at them, but it turns out it was only a cellphone. There’s been protests ever since the March 18th death. The Atty. Gen. says they’ll be involved to make sure there’s a fair and impartial investigation.

Voters will get to decide next month if the Northshore Fire Protection District should get more money by way of a new special fire fee. Measure E will be on an April 10th ballot, which voters should have received by now. The Fire Chief says it will mean a higher fire fee on property tax bills to help keep the district going. The chief says revenue’s been flat, but spending has gone up. Apparently it’s been more than 2 decades since the fire fee’s been raised, except in Clearlake Oaks, but that was back in 2004.

Uber will no longer test autonomous vehicles in California, allowing its state permit to expire this weekend. If the company wants to come back to Calif., it has to get a new permit and take part in the investigations after a crash of an autonomous test SUV in Arizona that killed a pedestrian. This according to the California DMV in a letter sent to the company earlier this week. That makes two states, Arizona and Calif. that are not allowing the ride-hailing service from testing autonomous vehicles on public roads.

A man found at a commercial marijuana operation last summer in Hopland’s pleaded no contest. Seng Boungnavath of Hopland and Ukiah in court Monday for the illegal growing of 3,200 plants and also for environmental law violations, plus possession of marijuana for sale and the unlawful burning of trash. Cops are still looking into others involved in the operation. Police found it when looking into an illegal burn, that’s where they found the massive grow operation including water illegally being pumped along a creek, trash and debris around the area, all harmful to local fish.

Police in Ohio arrest a women after she was making lewd comments to an Easter Bunny at a carousel. Police in Mansfield say the 54 year old was getting her picture taken with the Bunny while she was drunk and made lewd comments, was unsteady on her feet and was slurring her speech. She was arrested after witnesses said she was drunk. After her remarks to the Easter Bunny she rode the carousel.

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