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Search and rescue teams continue to comb the Mendocino Coast looking for three Washington state kids missing since their family’s SUV plunged off a 100-foot cliff into the Pacific Ocean earlier this week. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says the bodies of five family members have been recovered: parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart and three of their six adopted children. But the other three kids who are 16; 15; and 12 had still had not been found as of Thursday afternoon. A sheriff’s spokesman says it most likely they ended up in the ocean but that are also holding out hope that they were not with the rest o f the family and are somewhere with friends or relatives.

A 19-year-old Clearlake man has been arrested for robbery and kidnapping in connection with Tuesday’s armed robbery of the Jack in the Box on Dam Road. Giovanni Madrigal-Rincon surrendered to officers waiting for him as he came out of a motel. Police think he is the masked man who approached two workers outside the Jack in the Box around 2 a.m., ordered them inside at gunpoint, and forced a third employee to take him to the safe and give him cash. The victims were able to watch him walk to his car. Through the night police gathered information pointing to Madrigal-Rincon as the suspect and they had set up surveillance at several locations around Clearlake and Lower Lake when an offer spotted his car at the Travelodge about two miles from the crime scene. A woman with him was questioned and released. Madrigal-Rincon was being held on $300,000 bail.

Mendocino County has a new Agricultural Commissioner. The Board of Supervisors says they’ve appointed of Harinder Grewal who joins the County of Mendocino after previously serving in the Stanislaus County Department of Agriculture for 15 years. Grewal possesses two Masters degrees in both Agriculture Economics and Business Administration, as well as a doctorate in Agriculture Economics. Board Chair Dan Hamburg says Grewal’s extensive background with Stanislaus County will serve our farming community well and calls him an experienced communicator who will strengthen the County’s Agriculture Department.

Bail is set at $750,000 for an Anchor Bay man accused of shooting his neighbor in a property dispute. The Sheriff’s Office says Harry Miller pulled a gun in a dispute over easement access, and shot Paul Palestrini without provocation and then allegedly tried to shoot Palestrini’s wife Desiree. Paul Palestrini has a life threatening gunshot wound and is in critical condition at an out of county hospital. Miller was also hurt, with Palestrini allegedly hitting him with a shovel. Miller was initially flown to an out of county hospital but was released Thursday and surrendered himself to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked for two counts of attempted murder, and an enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury.

A Lakeport man is in custody on suspicion of stabbing his father to death and injuring his mother Thursday morning at their home on Lyons Road. Witnesses called to say Steven Fredericks has assaulted family members and when deputies arrived they found David Fredericks dead and Judy Fredericks with lacerations to her neck. She was being treated at Sutter Lakeside with non-life-threatening wounds. Steven Fredericks has run into the woods with the knife before the deputies got there but surrendered after a short time. He also had lacerations to his wrists and was taken to Sutter Lakeside for treatment. Major Crimes Detectives are continuing to investigate.

A major Lake County road improvement project starts next week. Lake County News reports after years of planning, the Safe Routes to School sidewalk project will get under way Monday in Clearlake Oaks and take until the end of October to complete. The county secured funding for the project through the state and federal Safe Routes to School Programs in 2010 and has been planning it ever since. It includes curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements on the north side of Highway 20 from Foothill (near the Center Plaza) to High Valley Road and the East Lake Elementary School, and on the south side of the highway from the Clearlake Oaks Fire Station to Keys Boulevard. The work will mean restricted traffic along Highway 20 from Foothill Boulevard to Keys Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There are several opportunities for the kids to hunt Easter eggs this weekend. In Clearlake the First Assembly of God will host its annual Easter egg hunt from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Austin Park. The event is free, and includes free hot dogs, face painting and games. Twin Pine Casino will hold its Easter Eggstravaganza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The free community event will include Easter baskets (while supplies last), a jump house and a photo with the Easter Bunny. Upper Lake’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Upper Lake Middletown School field. And on Sunday the 93rd annual Lakeport Rotary Easter Egg Hunt will take place rain or shine at the Lake County Fairgrounds. It is free to the public. Gates open at 1:15 p.m. with the hunt to begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. The annual hunt, ongoing since 1926, will feature 2,880 hidden eggs, plus 300 “special pay” eggs.

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