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Those needing an eye exam but can’t afford it are in luck as there’s a free eye clinic coming to Ukiah. This Sunday, July 29 and Monday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Medi-cal or Medicare eligible residents who have not gotten free eye care before. Assemblyman Jim Wood is partnering with the company VSP Global and some local eye doctors for the clinic. It is by appointment only though. It’s at the Ukiah Valley Conf. Center. 707.463.5770.

The City of Ukiah and Sanitation Distract have reportedly paid nearly $8 million to lawyers in the lawsuit brought on by the Sanitation District. The Daily Journal reports the Sanitation District’s spent close to $5 million on lawyers and the city’s spent about $1.7 million. The money doesn’t account for staff and materials used for the lawsuit or, according to the city’s finance director, more than 2 and half million the city says it lost because it couldn’t refinance a savings bond that was being sold to pay for the upgrade of the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant, the subject of the entire lawsuit.

A man from Hopland who police say was probably drunk rolled his car and got trapped inside. The CHP reports the accident on Feliz Creek Road Tuesday. The Hopland Fire Department responded, finding a Subaru around two miles west of where the 101 hits Hopland. They found the driver trapped in the car which was laying on its side. Firefighters pulled the man out and he was airlifted to a hospital with moderate injuries. The CHP says they believe alcohol was a factor and the driver, Bradley Gant was cited for driving under the influence and released to the hospital to be treated.

More info on the double murder suicide in Whispering Pines. Police have identified the man they say they think killed his wife and toddler daughter. Benjamin Chote apparently told the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. he believed his son, Jedediah had killed his ex-wife Livienne and 3 year old daughter Hannah before turning the gun on himself. Deputies went to the home Tuesday and found the family dead with gunshot wounds from a shotgun. Police say the couple were married in 2015 around the time their daughter was born, then divorced a year ago, but were trying to reconcile recently. They lost their home in the Valley Fire and moved to Oregon but were living in Middletown most recently. They were visiting Chote’s father in Whispering Pines this week and when dad returned from the store he found the family dead.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors votes yes to allow the sale of the Lucerne Hotel or Castle so it can be used as a school. The board also voting on a proposed Cannabis Business Tax. As far as the hotel, which the county bought in 2010, there were no objections to selling it, so the board voted unanimously to declare the Castle officially up for sale. There have apparently already been bids on the property. Then the board took up the business tax on Cannabis to apply to nurseries, but the language is a little murky and it’s relation to Measure C, cultivation taxation. So the board will continue discussing the matter at future meetings.

A dozen speed limit buoys have been put in on the shoreside of Clear Lake. The Lake County Water Resources Department put the buoys in Tuesday, working with the Redbud Audubon Society to protect the local population of grebes. They’re migratory freshwater diving birds who nest annually on Clear Lake. This is the ninth year of the project. Apparently the birds nested in areas where motorboats hadn’t really been, but this year they are.

Kaiser Permanente has donated one million dollars to a program helping victims of the October wildfires. The money will help pay for counselors and outreach after money from FEMA is gone. The program is called California HOPE. It started in the spring to help those with mental health issues after the Tubbs, Pocket and Nuns fires, which killed 24 people and destroyed more than 7,000 structures in Sonoma County. There were several cases of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and other mental health issues to address so the HOPE program was put together after the major disaster declaration.

Clearlake Oaks is watching for algae blooms in the Lake. The Lake County Water District part of a monitoring program at the water treatment plant watching for raw and treated water that may be contaminated with cyanotoxin issues. They’re using Granular Activated Carbon to protect finished water after recent warnings about cyanobacteria in Richmond Park and Clearlake Oaks in Lake County.

A California DMV data operator apparently getting away with sleeping on the job… literally. An audit released earlier in the week shows four witnesses came forward to complain about the data operator sleeping as much as three hours a day over three years time without any sort of disciplinary action. The Calif. State Auditor’s office says they got reports the DMV employee consistently slept at her desk, misusing as much as 2,200 hours of work time between February 2014 and December 2017, but notes to her file show she may have had some sort of medical condition. The employee is still working for the state too. The audit also showed an addition built on a Cal Fire house without permission, some university employees took too long of breaks over four years.

The fire in Yosemite still raging and the last of campers in the park have cleared out. The Ferguson Fire has burned more than 41,500 acres. Authorities closed the park so crews could proactively fight the fire by back burning and burning brush on roads without traffic getting in their way. The Yosemite Valley is reportedly staying closed until at least Sunday. Part of State Route 41 leading to the park is also closed. The park reports as many as 1,000 campground and hotel bookings are now canceled. The fire has been burning for almost two weeks and is 26% contained. One firefighter was killed July 14th with another half dozen being injured.

A man in Eureka’s on the run after reports of a burglary and attempted rape. Police went to a home yesterday for reports a man came into a woman’s home and assaulted her in her bedroom then ran out a back door after the victim threatened she had a weapon. He’s described as being a white man in his 30’s, about 5’10”, thin build, blond hair, wearing a red sweatshirt with white writing on it and brown cargo pants. Detectives were reaching out to the public to see if anyone had surveillance cameras running nearby. Police say it appeared to be a random incident.

After three search warrants were served in Humboldt County for illegal pot growing, deputies found several thousand plants and more than a thousand pounds of processed marijuana. Nearly 14,300 growing pot plants with two of the warrants and just over 1,000 pounds of processed weed and 96 pounds of shake. There were also water rights violations, diversions and water pollution and hazardous waste violations plus so much more. Police arrested Aaron Lieberman of Bayside for unauthorized cannabis cultivation and processing, streambed alteration and depositing hazardous materials into a waterway. At another property several of the same violations, but no plants were seized by cops.

The East Area Rapist or the Golden State Killer may be to blame for another case in Southern Calif. The Orange County D-A Office says its reopening a case of William Evins found guilty in the murder of Joan Anderson in Fountain Valley in 1979. Apparently a lawyer found there were similar aspects in the case as some other cases tied to the East Area Rapist. Innocence Rights of Orange County says they believe a construction worker was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder even though Evins pleaded guilty to the crime. The group says the evidence against him was flimsy. The Orange County D-A’s office says they want to make sure the conviction was solid even though Evins, who spent more than 25 years in prison for the crime died in 2013 of a heart attack.

A man in Frederick, MD in trouble with police already, in more trouble for bribery. Cops say 25 year old Matthew Rosenberg was detained for looking into parked cars, then when officers approached he told them he worked at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and would get them some grub. Now he’s charged with attempting to bribe a public employee, which could get him up to 12 years in prison and a fine between $100 to $5,000. Officers followed Rosenberg and others they thought might be looking for items to steal in parked cars.

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