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A man arrested for domestic violence apparently killed three of his kids then turned the gun on himself. Police in Clearlake say they got a call early yesterday to Ricardo Garcia Lopez’s house after the incident. They say the man was outside his family’s mobile home and started firing and his wife ran to get help. Four kids in a parked GMC Yukon in the driveway, three of them dead. They were 9 months, 2 years and 4 years old. A five year old shot in the chest was alive and paramedics took the child to a hospital. The man described as a laborer, was also dead when cops got there, of a self inflicted wound. The man previously arrested in March for domestic violence and for failure to register as a sex offender. No motive has been determined for the massacre.

Fire officials asking for several million dollars in Sonoma County to be proactive against fires. The Press Democrat reports the fire chiefs asking the Board of Supervisors to approve a $42 million a year plan for more firefighters and new fire stations. It comes with a recommendation for a half-cent countywide sales tax to pay for it. It would potentially fund 175 paid firefighters, many who are paramedics, 10 new fire stations for round-the-clock staff who could potentially replace volunteers at other firehouses. They want one new one in Santa Rosa and in Rohnert Park and Petaluma. The requests after last October’s firestorm. All nine cities in the county have to support the tax hike before it goes to voters.

New relief popups for those impacted by the Mendocino Complex fires. The MendoLake Complex Fire Relief unit on East Road in Redwood Valley with clothes, baby supplies and more. The popup started last year after the October fires. The woman running it working with the county right after the Mendocino Complex fires started and many volunteers have been there helping her go thru the massive amount of donations they have received. The Daily Journal reports tens of thousands of people from around the world follow the Facebook page for the Relief Unit. Apparently 40 or so families have been coming in daily. They are trying to get cleaning supplies like bleach, sponges, gloves and paper towels.

New legislation to make sure those in the path of a wildfire get enough warning. North Coast lawmakers state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood looking to get a statewide emergency alert system in place for landlines and cell phones, TV, and new digital highway signs and of course on the radio so residents are forewarned in case of emergencies like wildfires. It would be similar to the AMBER or Silver alert system in place. There would be an opt out, in other words, it would be something you sign up for and municipalities could get grants if they work with the state. Last week a committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill. It comes after the Carr Fire in Shasta County where some survivors say they never got a warning.

The candidate filing period for three Ukiah city councilmember seats is extended. The deadline is now this Wednesday to be placed on the November 6th ballot. For more info check the city of Ukiah’s website or call the city clerk.

More than 80 marijuana plants found along with other drugs and materials by police in Clearlake. Police say the served a search warrant for illegal growing and found 82 growing marijuana plants along with drying marijuana in a garage, chemicals and materials commonly used with the illegal cultivation and sale of weed. Police say they also found a bunch of meth and a loaded short barreled .22 caliber rifle. No word if any arrests were made.

U-S Senator Kamala Harris has been to an area evacuation center in Middletown and spoke to residents and others at the Middletown Cal Fire station. There was several Cal Fire officers there along with local law enforcement, and Lake County elected officials. She spoke about trying to get more money in the federal budget for fighting wildfires and came to the firehouse and center to give whatever support she could. Harris said she was impressed by firefighters and the Lake County residents she visited. She talked about bringing more money in to fight fires, but also ways to be more preventative, like deforestation of millions of dead trees.

A fire breaks out in Clearlake and takes down three structures and has some evacuated for a time. The fire reported around 7 PM last night and firefighters there within minutes to find several structures in the path of the fire along with boats and vehicles too. Two structures apparently went up quick and propane tanks exploded. Several Fire Engines came to the scene amidst worry the fire could spread to vegetation. The fire was quickly corralled but power lines went down and a lot of water was used to douse the propane tanks still simmering. The area of Grey, Brown and Amber streets from Olympic Drive to Bowers Avenue were evacuated for about 2 and a half hours.

Firefighters working the Mendocino Complex as it creeped toward Lake Pillsbury and nearby homes. The fires grew by 5,000 acres yesterday, having now blackened more than 336,000 acres. But the fire is now 70 percent contained, with full containment expected in two weeks. The Ranch Fire, part of the Complex, has now overtaken the title of the largest in Calif. history. 146 homes have been destroyed in the Complex and more than 100 other structures were also gutted. The Ranch Fire yesterday active on the northwest corner, near Lake Pillsbury so firefighters constructed dozer lines in Potter Valley to try to stop the fire’s forward movement. There was a mandatory evacuation order for the Lake Pillsbury area two weeks ago, and yesterday they reminded residents of the evacuation order and tried to get anyone still there to leave.

A quick meeting set by the Lakeport City Council on fire-related issues. The meeting tonight at 5:15 p.m. to continue the local state of emergency proclamation because of conditions of extreme peril due to the River fire. The River and Ranch fire make up the Mendocino Complex which has burned more than 336,000 acres and destroyed 146 homes and more than 100 other structures. The director of emergency services for the city of Lakeport declared the local state of emergency which needs to continue to be extended every two weeks since the July declaration.

Boaters and recreational users are being warned about some blue-green algae in Clearlake. The cyanobacteria in the three arms of the lake, Upper Arm, Oaks Arm and the Lower Arm. Apparently the algae currently blooming found by the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Elem Indian Colony who regularly conduct extensive monitoring of the lake. The latest results show danger levels of 20 micrograms per liter, or µg/L, at several locations, which triggered the health warnings. Officials reminding that blue-green algae comes with health risks, especially for kids and animals.

Several hundreds of millions of dollars available from the federal government in infrastructure grants. The Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced the Federal Aviation Administration has nearly 771 million in airport infrastructure grants left from more than $3 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding. It includes nearly $650-thousand dollars for Lampson Field Airport for runway repairs. The money pays for repairs at airports for runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminal projects.

A goat on the run apparently saves dozens others from slaughter. It happened in New Jersey last week, the livestock auction facility manager says one goat took off after another ran to safety thru a unsecured gate at the Hackettstown Livestock Auction House. Police and residents herded the 60 or so livestock back to the auction, but a handful were not rounded back up, getting away. One goat the locals nicknamed Fred was blamed for the caper. It had escaped from the same auction market a year ago and they say he randomly shows up around town. Fred reportedly in the area hours before the escape.

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