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shooting on the 101 near Willits turns out to be a domestic incident. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept reports the shooting last night killed 51 year old Calixto Ramirez​
found dead in a pickup truck on the highway, with another man, his son, 30 year old Miguel, also found shot, but was taken by an air ambulance to the hospital. He’s in critical condition. Investigators say the suspected shooter, was Calixto’s other son, and Miguel’s brother, 23 year old Ubaldo. The Sheriff’s Dept. says thanks to a tip they found Ubaldo in Covelo and arrested him for murder and attempted murder. He’s held without bail. Reports earlier of another victim have not been confirmed. Police looking for anyone who may have seen the incident on North Highway 101 in Willits late last night.

Several fires burning across Northern Calif. most of them close to being totally contained, but one, the enormous County Fire. The fire blew up in size since starting Sunday near Guinda in Yolo County to 70,000 acres. It’s only 5% contained. The Pawnee Fire started June 23rd and had Hwy 20 closed but that reopened yesterday. There are still evacuations in place for the Eagle Rock subdivision where 50 homes are said to be in the path of the nearly 15,000 acre fire which is 80% contained. Firefighters say it should be 100% by Thursday. The latest edition, the Petersburg Fire started Sunday in Siskiyou, its forward movement has apparently stopped and it’s holding at 350 acres with 25% containment. And finally Flat Fire started June 28th in Trinity County. That one’s burned 300 acres and 75% contained.

A new report shows the state’s spent nearly a half-million dollars on bottled water for inmates because of a failed prison water system. The Sacramento Bee reporting Central Valley water regulators say prison officials have to provide bottled water​
if a system goes down and can’t provide fresh water at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy. So far, that’s been an expenditure of $417,000. A state-of-the-art $32 million plant went online eight years ago for brackish well water for the 2,300 or so inmates and 1,000 employees. But apparently their brine concentrator, that takes out salt and minerals has not proven reliable and complicated to fix. The state has set aside $2 million to plan a new system, which is going to cost as much as $32 million. It’s expected to go online in 2021.

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