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A new job for Uriah’s police chief. Chief Chris Dewey is retiring at the end of the month and will take a civilian job with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office. He says says his new job as manager of the sheriff’s office professional services bureau was too good to pass up. His last day with Ukiah will be June 29th—and he goes to work form the County the following Monday. Dewey was first made chief in 2007 and later given the job as fire chief as well. He returned to the police chief only duties in 2013.He calls Ukiah a great place that he has been proud to serve. City Manager Sage Sangiacomo will appoint a replacement.

The Clearlake City council is expected to take a vote on the city budget this week,. That 22.5 million dollar spending plan is on the agenda as part of the council’s regular meeting , starting at 6 PM Thursday at City Hall.

The City of Clearlake is getting some help with illegal waste dumping. The city says is working together with Citizens Caring 4 Clearlake to clean up those sites—and so far, they have taken away the trash from 16 sites in the Clearlake Park neighborhood. The recently cleaned locations were filled with junk —things like household trash, electronics, wood and metal debris and tires . City officials say they depend on the public to report illegal dumping Complains can be made to the police and anyone who calls in a report can stay anonymous.

A man from Clearlake remains in jail after police say he got into a violent argument with his girlfriend. 35 year old Roger Dale Peters was arrested after the woman told tribal police that Eel River Campground on Etsel Ridge Road in Covelo , where the two had been staying together. Reports say the victim was punched several times in the head. Peters was taken to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on felony domestic violence battery charges. His bail was set at $25,000.

Two people from Lakeport charged with Human Trafficking have entered not guilty pleas. 37 year old Sam Massotto and 27 year old Krytina Pickersgill are facing felony charges—accused of selling a young women into prostitution in the Bay Area. The two were arrested last week following a two month long investigation They are both being held on a million dollars bail and are due back in Lake county court June 20th. The D A’s office says more charges are possible.

The investigation into the suspicious death of a woman from Upper Lake continues. Family members found 51 year year old Cindi Henry’s bodyat her home on Monday and an autopsy is being done to find out just how she died. Police say they want to talk to the woman’s husband , Bill Morton Henry, who was was last seen at that house over the weekend. The Lake County Sheriff’s office would like to hear from you if you know where he is or have any other information about the case.

Guilty pleas for the people who were charged with plant poaching in Humboldt County. Prosecutors say the poachers were after the plants called Dudleya ,which are popular overseas in places like China and Korea, but can’t be taken from public property in California. All are all foreign nationals and will each get up to three years in prison. When the three were arrested in April, police say they seized more than 2,300 plants and $10,000 in cash.

A report says property crimes in California have gone up since voters approved reducing criminal penalties in 2014 . According to the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, the state reported nine percent more larcenies 2016, two years after voters passed Proposition 47, which lowered lowered some sentences . The study says while property crimes went up, there was no corresponding increase in violent crimes. Supporters say the proposition has succeed in its goal of reducing prison population but there is a drive to put a measure on this fall’s ballot that would partially roll back the sentencing changes.

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