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A man from Willits is going to state prison for the sexual abuse of a child. 40 year old Nicholas Blake got 16 years behind bars after pleading guilty to two separate felony counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 years, one for a female sexually abused when she was between 11 and 13. The other for her sister who was sexually abused when she was between 12 and 13. The victim’s mom spoke about the crimes in court and one of the victims also prepared an impact statement that the District Attorney read in open court. The crimes were called violent and mean Blake has to serve at least 85% of his sentence and he has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after reports of a missing child. The child’s father reported them missing May 19th, then the next day the dad reported the child was found. But police say the child reported being raped by a male friend of hers, also a minor, the day she went missing. The victim told police a couple days before that a relative of the juvenile suspect also performed sex acts on her at his home. He’s been identified as 35 year old Daniel Alonso, of Fort Bragg. Both of the suspects were arrested this past Tuesday and now it’s up to the Mendocino County DA’s Office to decide if they’ll prosecute.

The only used book store in Ukiah is up for sale. The Daily Journal reports Village Books lease will expire in January and the owner, Jerry Karp, of Boonville is ready to move on. Karp tells the paper the store needs someone who lives in Ukiah who can run it and own it. He has owned the store since January of 2011 when it was known as the Village Book Exchange and Gifts. Karp spent some time cleaning up and getting rid of books too damaged to sell. He’s got everything from self help, to addiction and recovery, coffee table books, ghost stories, men’s issues, chick lit and a whole children’s section. The store’s going for $40,000, an amount Karp says is undervalued, because the books are worth at least twice as much.

Recognition for Mendocino College. The school wins the California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce Stars recognition. The recognition for the school’s success in its career development department. Strong Workforce Stars is something that comes up each year for career education programs, or career technical education in Community Colleges; with graduates who improve significantly, with higher earnings, getting that living wage and finding a job closely matchingtheir field of study.

A U-S House committee has approved a water bill with provisions for Lake Mendocino. Congressman Jared Huffman authored some priorities in the bill unanimously approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the Water Resources and Development Act of 2018. The bill authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers activities across the country, with the two provisions Huffman added, one would be to raise the Coyote Valley Dam at Lake Mendocino, and the other for improved reservoir operations using modern science and weather forecasting. If it goes all the way it would mean the feasibility study to raise the dam would move forward and the Army Corp could potentially start pre-construction activities.

A man from Lucerne is going to prison for a dozen years for a carjacking and robbery case from 2 years ago. Jason Michael Arreaga was sentenced to 12 years for the assault and robbery of a man Arreaga met in Cloverdale that day. Then he and another man took the victim’s car. The victim and Arreaga had been negotiating the sale of the victim’s car for cash and weed, then when Arreaga asked for a ride to Lake County, the victim was carjacked. The two suspects went to do drugs and beat the victim who ran away, ending up at a campground covered in blood. He had to get 30 staples in his head and his finger is permanently injured. Arreaga and his co-conspirator ended up in jail charged with several crimes including attempted murder, carjacking and robbery. Arreaga was acquitted of the attempted murder charge.

Beefed up patrols by the CHP of Clear Lake ahead of the long holiday weekend. The CHP is conducting DUI and driver license safety checkpoints Sunday, but they haven’t said where. They’re trying to keep roads safe and say they’ll be on roads where there is a history of intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. They say this is a proven way to make sure the roads are safe. They say it’s to send a message to those who may think about driving on booze or drugs or to go out in a car without a license. The campaign is funded thru a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Another black bear has been hit and killed as it wandered along Lake County roads at night. The CHP reports the latest crash happened early yesterday, a pickup truck hit the animal on Highway 20 near Walker Ridge Road, which was 15 miles east of Clearlake Oaks. A young bear was hit last week outside Lower Lake on Spruce Grove Road, but no drivers were injured in either crash. The Press Democrat reports the California Department of Fish and Wildlife estimating as many as 35,000 black bears roam the state, most looking for food after hibernating. Last week one was spotted in Healdsburg, in the center of town.

A man who was threatening to jump off the roof of a home in Graton has been rescued by a helicopter. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports helping the man down off the roof Wednesday night after his mom called to report he was having mental health issues and wanted to die. She says he took muscle relaxers and anti-seizure meds and was also drinking alcohol, then climbed onto the roof of their three-story home. A Hostage Negotiation Team went to the home to speak to the man and after about three hours, the man partially lost consciousness, so the helicopter swooped in and took the man. He was taken to a hospital and placed on a 72 hour mental-health hold.

A man in Boyes Hot Springs who called 911 to say he thinks he may have killed his wife appears in court. The man, 73 year old Steven Rothschild had a preliminary hearing to see if there was enough evidence he planned to kill his wife Juanita or if he strangled her in the heat of the moment. The Press Democrat reports there was no suspected motive brought to the proceedings by prosecutors. The hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to pursue first degree murder charges against the man. A pathologist testified the wife had injuries consistent with being beaten and strangled to death.

A young man who nobody knew, has finally come forward after he helped folks during the Tubbs Fire and they couldn’t thank him right away. 19 year old Miles Blakesley used his Subaru Forester October 9th, saying he was going to help, after driving friends home from a world folk concert in Petaluma. Blakesley tells the Press Democrat he saw flames off Highway 101, dropped his friends off, and headed toward one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, Fountaingrove. He spent six hours driving thru the neighborhood and others in Rohnert Park, Bennett Valley, Kenwood and Cotati, thru heavy smoke and gutted homes, saying what he saw was terrifying. He picked up a couple and their neighbor in Bennett Ridge where 100 homes were lost. But it’s not until now that the trio of fire victims and their savior met again. They all connected thru Facebook.

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