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An update on the family of 8 who died after going over a 100 cliff in March. Mendocino Sheriff’s Deputies got a call to the area near where the crash happened off North Highway 1 and Hardy Creek in Westport where a resident reported finding a pair of jeans and shoe tangled inside one of the pant legs near the mouth of Hardy Creek, that’s about a mile from where the crash happened. They report the jeans were a girl’s size 10 and the shoe looked to be for a child or small woman. They then found the skeletal remains of a human foot inside the shoe which was given to the Coroner’s office. A forensic team also went to the area where a future search may happen. Toxicology reports show 3 of the children had benadryl in their systems as did one of the mom’s and the other was driving drunk.

The Potter Valley Project, Pacific Gas and Electric was running is going up for auction. The utility says it’s selling the hydroelectric facility this fall. The director of power generation for PG&E says continuing to operate the facility’s not in the best long term interest of its customers. In a letter to the Eel-Russian River Commission, the facility says it realizes the project is important to the region with key environmental attributes. The power plant supplies Ukiah with electricity and sends some to the Eel River to create it. It was built back in the early 1900s, and apparently it doesn’t have as much impact as when it began. PG&E had said earlier this year the project was less and less desirable.

We may soon be getting a Panda Express. The Daily Journal reports the Community Development Director informed the Ukiah Planning Commission this week that the fast food chain applied for a major use permit to be where Sears and Party Creations is at 1230 Airport Park Boulevard. There will also be a cannabis dispensary in the shopping center, the only one so far to get a permit in city limits. The restaurant idea should be before the commission in July.

The changes proposed for the Williams House have mostly all been approved by the Mendocino Historical Review Board. The historic structure to be renovated by the owner of Harvest at Mendosa’s. They want to also replace the old outbuilding behind the House and have a couple of residential units there. They’re also looking to replace the overhang above the backdoor and restore the chimney. The Historical Review Board wants to amend some of the proposal though to include different windows that may not meet historic guidelines but are needed. So parts of the project have been approved, while others are still being worked out.

The circus is coming to Friendship Park. The Mendocino Historical Review Board approved the Flynn Creek Circus to be held over the Independence Day Holiday. The request for July 2nd to the 7th and they’ve been approved for 2019 as well, with similar dates. The circus was also considering moving to Heider Field, but there was public comment against it, so there was a unanimous vote went for Friendship Park instead.

Several first responders will be coming together in the area near the Sea Arch. Local, county, state and federal agencies are training next Saturday on air, water and will practice beach rescue tactics, techniques, and procedures. They’ll bring boats and jet skis with lifeguards, and other rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Parks, CAL FIRE, Shelter Cove, Westport, Fort Bragg, Mendocino and Albion-Little River fire departments there with choppers from the Coast Guard, CHP, CALFIRE and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department in Mendocino Bay, Portuguese Beach and Big River Beach.

One person is dead and another with major injuries after a solo car crash on Hwy 29. The crash yesterday killed the passenger, Rosa Covarrubias of Kelseyville. The driver, Margarita Garnica-Sanchez, also of Kelseyville in a 2010 Honda Civic. The two were headed north of Bottle Rock Road at an unknown speed and drifted to the other side, then ended up on the shoulder. The CHP says they went down an embankment, rolled and went into a drainage gully. The passenger was pronounced dead there. The driver went into an air ambulance to an out of area hospital. Police say they don’t think drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Congressman Mike Thompson in town and announcing with state, local, and federal officials the major debris removal in Northern California was done after last October’s firestorm. Thompson congratulated officials for the unprecedented removal after the wildfires across the district. He especially mentioned the FEMA representation, Cal OES director as the leaders of the effort across Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. There was more than 2 million tons of debris, the most taken away since the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.

A man from Fort Bragg driving high and causing injuries to someone in a crash has been found guilty. The Mendocino D-A reports on their Facebook page it only took the jury 90 minutes to deliberate, convicting Charles Wendell Holmes for driving high on methamphetamine and marijuana. The jury also found a special allegation true that one person was hurt in the crash because of Holmes illegal driving. The court also found another special allegation against Holmes for having been in prison before and not stayed out of trouble for more than five years. He will be sentenced Monday.

The Governor has issued an executive order regarding dead trees and their wildfire danger. The Governor announcing sending resources across the state to protect forests, fighting dangerous tree mortality, and to increase ways forests capture carbon and systematically improve forest management. The order includes doubling the land actively managed with vegetation thinning, controlled fires and reforestation from 250,000 acres to 500,000 acres, supporting innovative use of forest products by the building industry and expanding grants, training and other incentives to improve watersheds. Governor Brown set to release his latest budget today with $96 million extra for the wildfire work.

Four more murder charges have been filed against the suspected Golden State Killer. The charges announced by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney against Joseph James DeAngelo. DeAngelo has already been charged with eight other murder counts out of Sacramento, Ventura and Orange counties. Investigators in the cold case say he’s responsible for more than 50 rapes and a dozen murders in the 1970s and ’80s across Calif.

Several news outlets are fighting the suspected Golden State Killer’s lawyers, trying to get search and arrest warrants against him unsealed. The Associated Press and several other news outlets filing the motion to unseal the information connected to Joseph DeAngelo’s arrest last month. His lawyer says making them public would mean more media coverage and that might taint witnesses and jurors which could potentially lead to an unfair trial. Prosecutors were trying to keep the documents sealed, saying unsealing them could hinder the ongoing investigation. But the news outlets argue a right to access court records and the massive interest in this case. A hearing’s set for Monday.

Officials from 30 school districts along with police from Del Norte and Humboldt Counties all in Fortuna talking school violence. Kym Kemp reporting on the meeting Wednesday after recent school shootings and recent threats locally at schools that were actually hoaxes. A security expect from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI Special Agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement officers presented at the gathering. Several schools across Calif and the country had emails sent containing certain threats the last couple months.

One of the investigators into the Golden State Killer has a legion of female fans. Paul Holes, apparently the brains behind tracking the alleged killer using DNA had some notoriety, and with that came thousands of mostly female fans. Holes was featured in a book on the case, "I’ll Be Gone in the Dark." There are now social media threads dedicated to Holes on pages about serial killers, unsolved cases and those looking for the perpetrators. He even has his own Facebook fan group. He also has his own hashtag too… #hotforholes, which was trending on some social media pates too.


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