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Two brothers from Santa Rosa pleading not guilty yesterday in the case of a fatal stabbing. 20 year old Johnny Martinez and 25 year old Gabriel Heredia are accused of stabbing 38 year old Shaun Avila to death outside his apartment early last month. Investigators say the three were involved with the same woman, the mother of one of Avila’s children who was dating Martinez. Avila was killed in front of his eight year old and two year old daughters; the brothers were arrested the next day in Modesto. The pair are scheduled to return to court in September for a preliminary hearing.

A Forestville man charged in the 2004 killings of two people on a beach on the Sonoma Coast pleading not guilty yesterday in Superior Court; 39 year old Shawn Michael Gallon also pleading not guilty in an incident where he’s accused of leaving a bomb on top of a car that exploded and injured a woman. Gallon was named as the man who killed 22 year old Lindsay Cutshall and her fiancé, 26 year old Jason Allen as they slept. The case went unsolved for more than twelve years. Gallon was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of killing his brother in a shooting at their family home in Forestville. Gallon pleaded not guilty in that slaying as well. The D.A’s office is still deciding whether or not to seek the death penalty.

P G & E said yesterday that they expect to be held liable for damages from the majority of October’s wildfires, to the tune of billions of dollars in losses. The company says two and a half billion of that represents the low end of possible liabilities based on a growing number of lawsuits – now close to 200 – filed against the company. Some estimates say the number could go as high as fifteen billion. CalFire announced earlier this month that equipment owned and operated by PG&E triggered a dozen of the Northern California wildfires, that killed eighteen people and destroyed thousands of structures. Investigators discovered the company was violating state code for failing to clear brush and maintain its equipment.

Beginning late tomorrow for twenty-four hours, cardholders with the California Electronic Benefits Transfer program will not be able to use their cards. The outage should start at 11 pm Saturday and last until 11 pm Sunday, so you’re advised to get cash and buy whatever food you’ll need in advance. The outage is because of a change in the vendors that operate the EBT system. Program officials say they’re trying to cause the least amount of inconvenience possible; they say the outage should be less troublesome because it’s a weekend at the end of the month rather than the beginning, which is when most transactions take place. The EBT website and customer service phone number will also be down.

Some good news from Lake County; they’ve recently recorded the lowest unemployment rate in nearly thirty years. The report from the Employment Department for May shows that Lake County’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, that’s the lowest number recorded since 1990. Data shows that agriculture is the primary reason for the low unemployment numbers; with more than a twenty percent growth in the “total farm” employment category.

The Mendocino county sheriff’s office says a woman has been arrested after her infant son died after he was left in a car for several hours. 23 year old Alexandrea Raven Scott was arrested after the death of her eighteen month old son. Police were called around 1:30 to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits; they learned that Scott had brought the infant to the Emergency Room; they say Scott had left the child in the vehicle while she was inside the house visiting with friends. Scott was taken into custody and charged with willfully causing or permitting a child to suffer great bodily injury or death. She’s now being held without bail; anyone with any information as to Scott’s activities between June 19th and 20th, please call authorities at 707 234 2100.

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