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Prosecutors have expanded their case against a couple from Lakeport accused of sex trafficking; 37 year old Sam Massette and his wife, 27 year old Krystina Pickersgill are being held on a million dollars bail; police say the pair recruited young women and forced them into prostitution; one of their victims was a minor. Investigators are talking to at least two more possible victims of the couple. Authorities say Massette used threats of violence to control his victims; they also think that Pickersgill might have been a victim at some point. The amended complaint charges the couple with human trafficking, pandering and other charges.

A woman from Santa Rosa was arrested yesterday afternoon after she sold some stolen softball bats worth about a thousand dollars to an undercover detective. 33 year old Rose Ruth Hernandez is charged with violating probation, possession of stolen property and drug charges. A resident reported the bats stolen from his porch; a neighbor’s security camera showed a woman stealing the bats and running back to a waiting car. The victim later found the bats for sale on a selling app, and so detectives arranged to meet Hernandez and offered to pay the $400 asking price. When the deal was completed, police took Hernandez into custody; she had meth and drug paraphernalia in her possession and was also on felony probation. She told police that her 15 year old daughter had actually stolen the bats from the porch; police confirmed that through security footage; they say the daughter has not yet been arrested.

A pair of Santa Rosa men who got away with only about a hundred dollars in a botched robbery at a Reno convenience store have been handed prison terms of more than twelve years. A jury found 28 year old Connor Woods and 31 year old Michael Miller guilty of robbery, conspiracy and weapons charges; they were sentenced on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Woods walked into a 7-11 armed with a semiautomatic handgun in November of 2016 and demanded cash; the clerk tried to grab the gun which fell to the floor. The clerk then threw a cash drawer at Woods, who fled in a minivan driven by Miller. Woods confessed after authorities found the vehicle abandoned on the side of I-80 a few days later.

The city of Lakeport is planning to begin issuing tickets to property owners who don’t keep weeds and vegetation under control. They say the move is intended to help prevent fire danger. The City Council unanimously approving a resolution declaring dry weeds, brush and other vegetation that are creating a fire hazard on vacant or large lots throughout the city a public nuisance. The deadline to get rid of the weeds and vegetation is July 6th; after that a fine of as much as one hundred dollars will be assessed. The fine goes up for subsequent violations. A letter will be mailed to property owners who are not in compliance.

The 2018-2019 Lake County Teacher of the Year has been announced; it’s Erica Boomer, who’s an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Upper Lake High School. Boomer is an alumna of Upper Lake Union High School and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. Among her accomplishments, she launched a drive to establish a California Partnership Academy in Alternative Energy and Sustainable Agriculture with the state Department of Education.

A Lakeport woman suffering minor injuries after her car was hit by a semi Tuesday afternoon; it happened on Highway 29 south of Main Street in Kelseyville. 48 year old Joshua West was headed north on Highway 29 behind the wheel of a semi truck when he crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the car driven by 78 year old K C Patrick. Both vehicles veered out of control, Patrick’s car rolling down an embankment and the semi hitting a fence and several trees. Patrick was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital with minor injuries; West was not hurt. Both were wearing seat belts according to investigators. The semi caught fire after the wreck, however fire crews got the blaze out quickly. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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