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Three people have entered guilty pleas in a plant poaching case in Humboldt County. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the county DA’s office say the three face felony and misdemeanor charges; authorities say the three stole the succulent plants known as Dudleya for sale overseas. Some specific species of the plant are rare or at risk of extinction. Authorities say the poachers were connected to a network of buyers in Korea and China. In April, police found the three in possession of 2300 Dudleya plants and more than ten thousand dollars in cash. The three were all foreign nationals; they were each sentenced to more than three years in prison and fines of ten thousand dollars apiece. The prison terms were suspended on condition that the three not re-enter the US without prior government authorization and are prohibited from entering any local, state or national park. The fines will go for the conservation of Dudleya on public lands in Humboldt county. The case began when a citizen reported to police that they had seen something suspicious.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office looking into the suspicious death of an Upper Lake woman; they’re also trying to find her husband. 51 year old Cindi Henry was found dead in her house on Monday by family members; the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy that will happen later today. Henry’s husband, 64 year old Bill Morton Henry, was last seen at the house by family between Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Authorities say Henry may be in a dark gray Ford Focus with California license plate 6ZSU874. Police say they want to speak with Henry; if you spot the vehicle or have any information as to his whereabouts, please call Lake County police.

This Saturday, it’s the 17th annual Lake County Home Wine and Beer Maker’s festival; the event runs from noon until 5 at Lakeport’s Library Park. The festivities are a fundraiser that benefits the symphony and youth music programs in Lake County and are sponsored by the Lake County Symphony Association. Among the festivities will be a display of collectible cars from the Lakeport chapter of the Norcal Aircooled Group as well as several arts and crafts and food vendors. Home winemakers and brewers can enter their wares for professional judging; there will be gold, silver and bronze ribbons awarded as well as a people’s choice award. There’ll also be live music from the David Neft Trio. For more information, head to http://www.homewinemakersfestival dot com.

If you’re in Lakeport and your travels take you to Beach Street, you might be wise to find an alternate route; the city is doing some road work on Beach between Central Park and Sixth street today from 7 am until 3 pm. Police remind you to drive with a little extra caution in the area and to be mindful of work crews.

The Lake County Planning Commission has announced it’s looking for a new District 4 representative. Supervisor Tina Scott says she’ll be conducting interviews to name a new planning commissioner for her district; the commission is the advisory team to the Board of Supervisors on things like land use decisions and other matters. The commission is made up of five members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a two year term. Planning commission meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted a week before the meetings. If you’d like to arrange an interview, contact Supervisor Scott at Tina.Scott.

This Sunday, it’s the second annual Baconfest hosted by the Kelseyville Business Association; the event will take place at Kelsey Creek Brewery, and tickets are now available at Kelseyville Liquor, and Kelsey Creek Brewery. Your ticket gets you bacon-y goodies from 13 local chefs and catering companies, as well as a chance to win a new barbecue. There will be live music, craft vendors, snow cones, face painting and kids activities. More information is at www.beerwineswine.com.

So far there’s no definite winner in the race for Sacramento sheriff; new numbers yesterday afternoon showed incumbent Sheriff Scott Jones close to the 50 percent plus one vote he needs to secure a third term. Jones had 52.7 percent of the vote; Milo Fitch trailed with 22.2 percent and Donna Cox had 20.1 percent. Elections officials say there are still about 135,000 plus votes yet to be counted; they say they’ll update the results again on Friday afternoon.

A business tycoon’s proposal to split California into three states qualified to be on the November ballot yesterday, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The initiative would designate three states; Northern California would encompass 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border, including the Bay Area, the Sacramento region and parts of the San Joaquin Valley. Southern California would contain Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Riverside, San Bernardino and other counties; California would cover Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Ventura and other counties. Businessman Tim Draper says the state’s population being concentrated in urban and coastal areas leaves other parts of California with underrepresented economies. Draper made a similar move to divide California into six states in 2014 and did not gather enough signatures.

Prosecutors in Sonoma County accusing a landlord from Cloverdale of trying to profit unlawfully from the area’s rental housing market. They say over the past six months, the landlord has raised monthly rent on a house some 40 percent – that’s four times what he’s allowed by law. 59 year old Gerald Vlasak is facing a pair of misdemeanor charges related to the rent hikes; the District Attorney’s office has charged a regional anti-gouging task force to curb illegal spikes in the price of essential goods and services. Vlasak has a court date next month.

A man from Ukiah is in custody on suspicion of attempted murder. Police say he stabbed his uncle in the back several times. 25 year old Harley James Patton got into an argument with his uncle around 7 in the evening on June 6th in the 700 block of Lake Mendocino Drive. Police responding found the uncle in the driveway with life-threatening injuries; he was airlifted to an area hospital. Patton is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse; he’s being held on a 200,000 dollar bond.

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