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The Lake County Board of Supervisors is expected to hear a proposal this week that would create a tourism improvement district in Lakeport and Cleralake.. Those behind the idea say the district would be a source of funding used to increasing occupancy rates for local lodging businesses. The consulting firm that has been studying the it says the district would be funded by a small assessment on those lodging businesses and would be run by a non-profit group called Visit Lake County California. If the board approves when it meets on Tuesday, the plan would go back to the two cities for their final OK.

Authorities now say a man from Clearlake whose body was found last week at a resort on Lakeshore Drive was killed by a pipe bomb. 42 year old Justin Westermeyer was apparently alone on June 12th at the resort in the 10900 block of Lakeshore when the bomb went off. Sheriff’s deputies say there is no indication that Westemyer had intended to harm anyone with the device. The sheriff’s office also says Westermeyer’s death points out that it is never a good idea to try to make any kind of explosive , even it just seems like harmless fun.

The Mendocino County sheriff’s office has arrested a man who they saw riding down the road on a bike he had allegedly stolen. Deputies say they noticed 37 year Joshua Bell of Fort Bragg biking unsafely along Highway1 and as they investigated, they heard from a man who claimed it was his expensive bike that Bell was riding. Bell is charged with possession of stolen property and was taken to the county jail on $15,000 bail.

A man from Fort Bragg is accused of stealing merchandise from a convenience store and then threatening an employee who tried to stop the theft. Police identify the suspect as 70 year old Rodney Tuckey who was picked up a after a search following the incident at the Mobil Station in the 18000 block of North Highway 1 in Fort Bragg Tucker is charged with robbery and is in the Mendocino County jail on $75,000 bond.

A kayaker who was rescued from Fort Ross beach in Sonoma county is recovering after he somehow seriously cut his leg. The man had paddled ashore and called for help and was eventually taken by helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Police have identified a man suspected of drunk driving who was involved a serious crash on Sunday afternoon on Highway 10 in Cotati. Police say 41 year old Cesar Eslava-Hernandez of Santa Rosa caused that wreck which involved three cars and left several people,including, Elsalva Hernandez, hurt. He is still in the hospital with burns.. Reports say Elsava Hernandez had been swerving in and out of traffic in the moments before the crash. The crash closed all southbound lanes of the roadway for about two and a half hours.

Two teenagers are facing charges that they held up at least two people in Santa Rosa using a pellet gun. Police Ryan Kahle and Bijan Almassi robbed one person outside a bank in Montgomery Village and another at a nearby gas station Sunday evening. Officers are looking into whether the pair might also be involved in a third similar crime in the area around the same time. Police say they are still investigating and are asking for anyone with additional information to contact law enforcement. In the meantime, Kahle and Almassii are being held in Sonoma County Jail on $100,000 bond.

A bill that would restrict police use of deadly force in California has taken a step forward. The measure would change the standard under which officers could aim to kill from "reasonable" to "necessary" and it has has now passed the Senate Law Committee by a 5 to 1 vote. Law enforcement groups don’t like it, saying it t would put officers lives in danger. Supporters contend the bill would help to address racism in police work

Get ready for some serious heat. Forecasters say we could see temperatures hitting almost 100 degrees in some places over the weekend,with higher readings further inland. With a long term forecast of hot and dry weather officials are increasingly worried about the fire risk, so there is now no permitted residential burning in Lake, Sonoma and Napa Counties.

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