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Fire season peaks in August, but crews were kept busy yesterdayafter a couple of small brush fires were started by a PG&E contracted helicopter after it hit power lines causing a power outage in Calistoga and parts of Lake County. Most of the over 8000 customers affected by the outage had their power restored by 4:30pm, and no injuries were reported in the incident. Meanwhile, crews had to work to restore power to thousands of south county customers yesterday afternoon in an outage that was not fire related.

17 people have been charged with a series robberies of apple stores. Eight people have been arrested, 9 others are still on the run. Authorities say the group stole more than $1 million dollars worth of iPhones and other electronics from stores across the state, and are suspected of another robbery of $10,000 in merchandise at a T Mobile store. Authorities say that ultimate customers pay when the costs are passed along to consumers.

The Ukiah City Council has scheduled a special meeting today over a settlement agreement regarding a lawsuit filed by the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District, alleging that the city owes tens of millions of dollars that should have been paid according to an agreement used to operate the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility. Trial was supposed to start this week, but the court agreed on a delay “to allow more time for settlement discussions,” The meeting is scheduled for 4pm.

This is a first: Drunken scootering in LA? That happened after a drunk man knocked over a pedestrian while riding a scooter in West Los Angeles, becoming the first person in L.A. to be convicted for a scooter-related DUI. 28 year old Nicholas Kauffroath was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to pay a fine and restitution after he hit a 64 year old pedestrian on a sidewalk on Santa Monica BLVD and Sawtelle BLVD and didn’t stop, instead continuing to an apartment in the area. Police tracked him down, and found his blood alcohol level to be three times the legal limit before placing him under arrest.

The Lakeport fire protection district is preparing to layoff three full time firefighters and scrapping plans to hire a fourth at station 50 after a budget was accepted by the board. An offer for a 10 percent pay cut across the board was declined, and officials say revenues aren’t keep up with costs so the decision to lay off the firefighters was made. The district ha plans to put a measure on the ballot as early as March to increase the fir tax to sustain operations and allow for future growth.

A fire started by a PG&E contracted helicopter after it hit power lines sparking two small brushfires yesterday afternoon is being blamed on a power outage in Calistoga and parts of Lake County. Most of the over 8000 customers affected by the outage had their power restored by 4:30pm.. No injuries were reported in the incident. Meanwhile, crews had to work to restore power to thousands of south county customers yesterday afternoon in an outage that was not fire related.

Bright students working towards high school graduation can also earn college credits at the same time thanks to a partnership between Mendocino Collage and Ukiah High School. After long term planning and implementation, the 2018-2019 Middle College class is underway with a group of 27 Ukiah High School sophomores, who will be taking at least one college class this semester- and will have access to college level classes to speedup their educations. Students in the program can graduate from high school with one to two years of college credits. More info can be found at www.mendocino.edu.

There has been a lot of talk about fake news since the 2016 election, and Senate Bill 1424 looked to begin addressing the issue by creating a “fake news” advisory group to monitor information posted on social media, but it will never become law. Governor Jerry brown has vetoed the bill which would have required the California Attorney General to create the advisory committee by April 1st saying that: the creation of a statutory advisory group to examine this issue is not necessary, pointing to multiple past studies on the spread of false information.

A search warrant executed in the 13000 block of Spruce Grove Road in Lower Lake on Sept 21st turned up an illegal marijuana operation, and led the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics unit to another home on Horseshoe Road in Hidden Valley Lake owned by a suspect now accused of illegal marijuana cultivation. While searching the home of 40 year old Pedro Landa Alvarez, detectives found evidence of marijuana cultivation and sales along with $10,000.00 in cash, and a 2017 Chevy truck which was seized. Detectives also found evidence that led them to a home on Mountain Meadow South in Hidden Valley Lake, which had been completely transformed to grow marijuana indoors. In all, 537 marijuana plants were taken from the home along with 3 loaded Semi-Automatic pistols, a loaded AR-15 style assault rifle and several additional hunting rifles. A second suspect,40 year old Trinidad Carrillo-Gonzalez was also booked into jail, Both men were released after posting bail.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau says family sedans are very popular choices for car thieves these days, with a vehicle stolen every 40 seconds across the US- experts say new technology has made it easier for thieves to get their hands on your ride.

According to the data- the most stolen vehicles in California are: the 1998 Honda Civic, 1997 Honda Accord, 2004 Chevrolet Truck, 2006 Ford Truck, and the 1991 Toyota Camry. Experts say you can take steps to reduce your changes of becoming a victim like paying to install an alarm, keeping windows up and doors locked and hiding valuables.

He went from Terminator to Governor.. of California! Arnold Swarzenegger always said he’d be back, and he popped up this week with a birthday greeting for his Terminator co-star Linda Hamilton, posting a pic of the two on the set of the upcoming Terminator movie next to a pic of them from back int he day. The caption: “I’m pumped to be back together again” At least one more birthday will pass before we get to see what they are up to- Terminator premieres Nov 2019.

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