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An inmate at the Mendocino County Jail’s been found hanging in his cell, but survived. A guard performing routine checks at the jail Friday saw a sheet was tied to a window grate in a cell and when they looked closer saw the inmate was hanging. They called for help, removed the sheet and found the inmate still had a pulse and was breathing. Medical staff checked the guy out and an ambulance took him to the hospital where he was treated. He was then returned to jail.

A motion filed in court by the lawyers for the master tenants of the Ghost Ship, where 36 people died in a fire. The lawyers looking to get the case tossed since they say, even experts aren’t sure how the fire at the Oakland warehouse even started. The motion filed last Tuesday, will be heard in court May 11th. It seeks to have the case against Derrick Almena and Max Harris who are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter dismissed. The two are supposed to face a jury in July on multiple charges including ignoring fire codes and obvious safety controls at the warehouse where there were illegally constructed lofts and rooms and electricity run with extension cords.

A body’s been found along the bank of the Russian River in Geyserville. The Sonoma County sheriff’s office says the death doesn’t look suspicious. The body found last Friday by someone who said they noticed it near a house. Detectives went to the scene to look for possible evidence of a violent crime and found it was not suspicious. And the Sonoma County coroner felt the same. They have not announced if it was a male or female or their age yet.

Heads up if you’re going out to the Sonoma County Airport this week… on Wednesday, the Rincon Valley Fire Protection District and Charles M. Schulz Airport staff and local first responders are doing a mass casualty drill, pretending there’s an airplane crash. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon. And something they do every three years so they can assess the operational readiness of the fire district, airport and other emergency responders. It’s not rehearsed first, it will simulate an accident with fire and multiple deaths. Organizers say it’s their duty to be prepared for any type of emergency, big or small and prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

It looks like the SUV of a missing Southern Calif. family believed to have accidentally driven into the Eel River may have been located. Redheaded Blackbelt reporting after days of searching for the Thottapilly family searchers in the Riverdale area were set up there to look for the vehicle. The news site says scanner traffic indicated a vehicle may have been found in the water, but officials were not confirming that. A neighbor near the recovery site tells the news site they spoke to personnel on scene who indeed confirmed a vehicle had been located in up to four feet of water. But it was still raining and the water, muddy. The family in a Honda Pilot, a similar looking car to one seen by a passerby April 6th, going into the river near Leggett.

A counterfeit makeup line in Southern Calif. with an ingredient you might not expect. The Los Angeles Police Department takes 700-thousand dollars worth of bootleg cosmetics in a raid of 21 locations in the fashion district. They say the makeup had been tested and found to have a lot of bacteria and animal waste in it. A detective working on the case says the bacteria somehow mixed in in the manufacturing process, wherever they were making it. The brands, a generic of Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay, MAC and NARS. The LAPD says they got wind of it after complaints by people buying the stuff saying they had reactions to it, like rashes and bumps.

The Garberville rodeo wants applicants for queen and princess. Those who want to compete have to be at least 12 years old. It’s coming up quick too, June 16th at Community Park. Ticket sales run from this Wednesday to June 15th. They have a kick off meeting Wednesday too at 5:30 p.m. at the Bootleg store in Garberville. After the rodeo will be a parade. The rodeo is a nonprofit and the Queen and Princess contest are a major fundraiser to support the rodeo.

The Hidden Valley Lake Association is appealing after a former golf professional wins a $2 million anti-defamation lawsuit. Lake Co News reports a jury unanimously decided on the settlement against the association in federal court. Wayne Clark claiming he was the victim of violation of privacy, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress​. ​
They’ll all be back in court this month as the association is fighting the verdict. His lawyer was preparing the paperwork to collect the money as the association filed for summary judgment and a new trial, looking to overturn the verdict.


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