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All precincts reporting in and John Pinches leads the 3rd District supervisor race winning about 34 percent of the vote ahead of John Haschak with almost 31 percent. That means the two go head to head in November. The official tallies will be announced within 30 days per law. The next nearest candidate had about 12.5% of the vote.

Assistant county clerk Kristina Bartolomie wins in a landslide with 67 percent and since she won more than 50 percent, it means no runoff election in November. She is taking over for her boss, the current and retiring Clerk-Assessor Susan Ranochak. Dirk Larson won 17.5% of the vote for second place.

In the latest report from the Mendocino County Grand Jury, it shows ten of eleven school districts in Mendocino County didn’t get enough federal and state reimbursements for school meal programs. The report says that means schools have to use other money to pay for staff and program needs and recommends hiring a registered dietician to advise and consult with the county’s eleven school districts. The grand jury reporting if a Nutrition Services Director was hired it would in turn bring down the program costs for the smaller districts. The grand jury visited the three largest school district meal programs and two small school districts with free meals for all of its students.

A meeting set for the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District board of directors for employee hirings, including a new interim district manager. Right now Joe Tait is the manager, but he doesn’t live in the area. The Daily Journal reports he only works ten hours a week, and some board members looking to have someone on staff to work more hours in the area. But the district is about to go to court against the city of Ukiah regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant. So the board agreed to put together a general manager job description and start getting proposals. The meeting tonight at 6 at the district office.

Looks pretty well set that Anderson Valley School District Superintendent Michelle Hutchins will be the next superintendent of county schools at the Mendocino County Office of Education. All of the precincts have reported in and Hutchins garnered about 53.3 percent of the vote Tuesday with her challenger Bryan Barrett, the Pomolita Middle School Principal with 46.2 percent. But it could take up to three more weeks until the rest of the ballots are counted. Hutchins replaces Superintendent Warren Galletti, who resigned in January who’s the new superintendent of schools in Point Arena.

Police in Ukiah looking for a man after a bank robbery. Police say the man handed a note to the teller at the Umpqua Bank on S. State Street demanding money and apparently got some and ran off. There was no weapon seen. He’s described as a thin, white man, between 20 to 25-years-old, about 5-11 to 6-0 tall, with brown hair, wearing a dark baseball cap, gray zip-up sweatshirt, blue jeans and sneakers that may have been back-and-white Converse. Police asking anyone who may have had surveillance cameras running nearby to be in touch.

District Attorney Don Anderson is up against Shanda Harry for a runoff in November for the Judge of Superior Court in Department 4. Harry won more votes than Anderson, with about 46 percent to Anderson’s 43 percent. To take Anderson’s spot, Lake County District Attorney, Susan Krones gets 59 percent so there’s no runoff. A big fundraiser, lawyer Steve Brown got second place, but only 40.4 percent of the vote. The mayor of Clearlake, Bruno Sabatier got 53.7 percent over Joyce Overton, who had 45.6 percent for the District 2 Supervisor spot. That was a flip because Overton had been ahead but Sabatier ended up ahead, but in an even tighter race, tribal chair E.J. Crandell was leading in District 3 with 50.7 percent of the vote to Denise Lee Loustalot, who got 48.8 percent.

Brock Falkenberg is the new County Superintendent of Schools, winning 71 percent of the vote to Patrick Iaccino’s 28 and a half percent.

Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin was unopposed so he will stay on the job and Cathy Saderlund, County Clerk-Auditor; Rich Ford, Assessor-Recorder; and Barbara C. Ringen, Treasurer-Tax Collector were also all unopposed.

Voters say no to a new 1.5-percent sales tax over the next decade the State Board of Equalization would be overseeing. Nearly 62%, a stealthy majority said no for the tax in the unincorporated areas of Lake County. County officials had said it would have brought in as much as $4.5 million a year for general revenue to be used on maintenance and enhancement of public services and facilities. The tax known as Measure G, which had the Lake County Board of Supervisors support. Those for it said it would have helped the County finally climb out from under years of natural disasters.

1,000 pounds of marijuana have been cleared from a property but nobody was arrested. Clearlake Code Enforcement pulling the illegally grown pot May 30th. Clearlake police had a presence there too as part of an abatement warrant. Police say they found two, large “hoop” style structures and more than 300 mature marijuana plants weighing about 1,060 pounds. The plants taken and destroyed. It’s only legal to grow six plants on a property in the city. And they have to be permitted on vacant lots.

A home in Hidden Valley Lake totally destroyed by a fire. The fire reported yesterday afternoon with firefighters finding it fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Nobody was at home at the time, apparently, the resident out running errands. Several area firefighters on the scene and the home reported as a total loss. The fire did not spread to other houses though. Firefighters there about four hours, no injuries are reported and the cause is under investigation.

A couple in Lakeport’s been arrested for alleged human trafficking of young girls to be prostitutes in the the Bay Area. Sam Massette and his wife Krystina Pickersgill busted after search warrants at their house after the play “Jane Doe in Wonderland” was performed in April. The Lake County D-A reports the play about human trafficking, and afterwards a young woman approached the D-A, who spoke at the play and told him she was a victim. He says they started an investigation right after that, finding Massette and Pickersgill running a human trafficking ring, recruiting girls, still in high school, and when they turned 18, selling them as hookers in San Francisco. The two held in jail on human trafficking and tax evasion charges. A bunch of cash and luxury cars were taken from them.


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