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After a search, police have taken an Upper Lake man into custody in connection with the death of the man’s wife. 64 year old William Morton Henry is being held on a million dollars bail; police have been on the hunt for Henry since Monday after police reported the suspicious death of Henry’s wife, 51 year old Cindi Henry. Henry was taken into custody without incident at his home yesterday morning. Cindi Henry was found dead by family members at the house on Monday; an autopsy determined her death to have been a homicide by asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner.

Lake County reaching a settlement to pay two million dollars to the only son of a Lake County jail inmate who killed herself in her cell in 2015. The settlement is thought to be the highest amount recorded in the state involving an inmate suicide. The case was scheduled to go on trial this month in the Humboldt County federal courthouse but the settlement was reached before the court date. Dane Shikman filing the suit against the county and its private jail’s medical provider for the inadequate treatment of his mother. 56 year old Elizabeth Gaunt died in August of 2015, a little more than a day since she was arrested. Gaunt was in the holding cell for more than 25 hours without being booked into jail or seen by a doctor, the jail’s medical provider sent a nurse instead, who wasn’t qualified to perform detailed evaluations, make a diagnosis or make decisions on treatment.

Tomorrow, it’s the 17th annual Lake County Home Wine and Beer makers’ festival, it all happens from noon until 5 at Lakeport’s Library Park. The event is a major fundraiser for symphony and youth music programs in Lake County. There will be food vendors, an exhibition of classic cars, wine sampling and much more. Winemakers will also have the chance to have their wares professionally judged. There will be gold, silver and bronze ribbons handed out; attendees will also vote in the “people’s choice” award category. There will also be live music from the popular David Neft Duo.

In Kelseyville, four people are arrested after allegedly stealing more than five thousand dollars worth of property from a house. The suspects identified as 39 year old Misty Rose Scott, 25 year old Ian Skyler Sanders, 24 year old Jessica Mae Sanders, and 30 year old James Michael Jackson. Several of the suspects were caught on the victim’s security camera system taking items from the residence in the 2000 block of Westlake Drive on Tuesday. Police were able to identify the suspects from earlier interaction with them. The four are being held on burglary charges, and three suspects are also facing parole violation charges.

An 18 year old from Healdsburg was arrested earlier this week after leading police on a high speed chase on Highway 101. Just after midnight, police pulled Fabian Anthony Flores Gonzalez over for speeding, when after initially stopping, Gonzalez pulled away and headed back onto the freeway. The pursuit reached speeds of up to ninety miles an hour until Gonzalez stopped at a construction site near Geyserville and fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a brief chase; authorities then discovered Gonzalez was in possession of a short-barreled assault rifle and a concealed handgun, along with several pounds of marijuana, other drugs and cash. He was booked into the Sonoma County jail.

A seasonal burn ban takes effect on Monday throughout the North Bay; bans on burning vegetation and other debris are already in effect in several areas of the state. The ban covers all areas in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Marin, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties. The arrival of a new fire season is unsettling news to those still recovering from last fall’s fires that burned 137 square miles in Sonoma County alone. So far this year, crews have responded to more than eighteen hundred wildfires, including one still burning at the edge of the Mendocino National Forest. That blaze has blackened nearly 2300 acres since it started last weekend.

A Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy is injured chasing an inmate who was trying to escape during a visit to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital yesterday. The deputy was struck in the head by a metal door as she chased inmate Yesenia Carranza as she tried to escape. Carranza had been serving a 30 day sentence at the county’s main detention center on drug charges when she was taken to Sutter hospital yesterday for an undisclosed medical ailment. She escaped custody around 2:30 but was captured a short time later by hospital security. She now faces felony charges of escape and resisting arrest resulting in injury. The deputy was admitted to the hospital out of caution but was expected to make a full recovery.

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