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The National Night Out Against Crime for Lakeport’s happening tonight. From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Library Park the event to help bolster and improve police, city and government community partnerships. Local officials along with City of Lakeport Management and Staff, City Council Members, Police Officers and Staff, Lakeport Fire Protection, and others will be at the event. There will be entertainment and snacks, raffles and more. It’s free to attend.

A campaign to prevent crime called “Connecting the Dots to Reduce Crime” will help law enforcement across Northern California to reduce property theft. New technology to be introduced to the public at the event, DNA for Property to deter theft and increase the chance of recovering stolen property. It’s a special tape like product you put on valuables which is swabbed on an item and dries clear. But there are tiny dots that have a personal identification number. You can get the DNA for Property kit and set up an account for free online. The Lakeport Police Department is one of the first agencies in Northern California to have the program. The kickoff tonight at the National Night Out in Library Park in Lakeport. You can also get the kit by visiting and set up their free account, of go the Lakeport Police Department for additional details. (There will be a $5.00 fee for shipping)

More investigation has been promised by Caltrans after a letter to the editor of a local newspaper by the Middletown Area Town Hall Chairman. The chair, also, local writer Gene Paleno penning the letter for action on Highway 20 improvements, the so-called Highway 20 Proposal. Apparently the Caltrans Chief Traffic Safety Officer is promising to look into three of the ideas further. The Record Bee reports the letter back to Paleno said many of the proposed action items were either unfeasible or unnecessary. But the trio of items they’re looking at include installing “pedestrian- activated lights at all six of the crosswalks (Pine St., Acorn St., Foothill Blvd., High Valley Rd., Butler St., and Hoover St.)”, installing a “Crosswalk pedestrian sign at Hammond Avenue and Highway 20,” and the installation of “‘No Parking’ signs at various locations in Clearlake Oaks.”

A man on his bicycle has been hit by a dump truck and died. The Ukiah Police Department reports they got a call to the intersection of Talmage Road and Hastings Frontage Road Friday afternoon to a crash between the bike rider and the dump truck. The bicyclist who died has so far only been identified as a 34-year-old man believed to have been a resident of Mendocino County.

Multiple reports of car vandalism in Willits and a reminder to lock your items away. Willits police say nearly a dozen calls last week about the vandalism and objects taken from vehicles in the areas of North and Maple streets. One car window was broken with about $1,000 in valuables taken from one unlocked car. A neighbor in the area apparently had a private surveillance camera rolling which showed a white F-150 Ford pickup truck nearby at the time of the thefts.

A lease application has been submitted by a group of stakeholders to get the first big offshore windfarm on the West Coast. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Principle Power, Aker Solutions, and EDP Renewables have filled out a lease application with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. If the lease is approved it would give the group site control over 70 square miles of an ocean area where they could put up the project. The 70 miles would be the boundaries for the proposed wind farm which would have 10 to 15 wind turbines that could produce between 100-150 megawatts.

A shopping cart ordinance approved by the Fort Bragg City Council. The council considered the ordinance at their meeting last Monday. It means businesses have to mark each of their carts with a permanent sticker that shows where the cart came from with a phone number to call and an address so the cart can be returned or picked up. It comes in response to a federal law that says it’s illegal to be in possession of a cart away from the business where it originated from.

Willits police getting a new canine officer. The City Council unanimously approved buying a police and register for a narcotics academy and tracking training course for the K9 and its handler. The police department apparently talking to the council for a while about getting a police dog so they’re going to start looking for a German Shepherd dog in Europe. Most of the police dogs come from abroad since the dogs are bred different there and dogs in the U-S can get hip problems. The money for the dog and its training apparently already set aside in the police department budget and thru district attorney restitution funds awarded over the years.

Fort Bragg Police Department hiring due to a lean staff. They’ve got a dozen sworn officers and three vacancies. They’re looking to fill two officers and a sergeant position. One officer transferred to the Sheriff’s Dept. and another got a federal job, plus they have a couple of staffers on medical restriction. One lieutenant position was recently cut so that gave the department more money for other positions. They’ve been advertising the open officer positions across the state and have been interviewing but they’ve not selected anyone so they’re continuing to recruit.

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