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The D-A has investigated a man detained by Lakeport Police in May who died later at a hospital, saying he died from a drug overdose. The Lake County District Attorney’s Office reports Anthony Cortez was showing signs of distress when police got to him so he was taken to a hospital. Police responded to the Anchorage Inn for reports Cortez was seen running back and forth on the walkway of the second floor balcony, barefoot with no shirt on, yelling at those around him, appearing agitated and waving his arms. He then walked into traffic and 911 dispatchers received multiple calls. He was handcuffed by arriving officers, who say he seemed to be in a state of cardiac arrest. The D-A reports the officers did nothing wrong. An autopsy showed Cortez died from acute drug toxicity and acute amphetamine overdose and not caused by members of the police department.

Several forged checks passed in Lake County leads to arrest warrants for four people. Police say Joshua Holden of Clearlake, George Meszaros of Clearlake, Maranda Medina of Clearlake and Jocia McCloskey, also of Clearlake have been linked to the manufacture of phony checks to look like they were issued to them by Rainbow AG and the Travelodge in Clearlake plus various other businesses outside of Lake County. Police say they searched Meszaros’ home and found items consistent with making forged checks. The four have been referred to the D-A’s office for formal charges to be filed. One of the accused is on Post Release Community Supervision probation (PRCS) for drug and weapons offenses with an active warrant for violating probation. The other three are on probation for drug charges.

The first person accused in the marijuana robbery and murder of a man in Laytonville two years ago is going to prison for several years. Michael Kane of Pleasantville, NY got 14 years behind bars for the murder of Jeffery Settler in November 2016. Kane pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter by use of a hatchet, and robbery of an inhabited dwelling while acting in concert with others. At Kane’s sentencing hearing last Friday, Settler’s parents and siblings were in the court. Many of them addressed the court, traveling to town for the proceedings from Texas. Six co-defendants are due in court this Friday for sentencing hearings. They’re all expected to also receive prison sentences.

City leaders in Ukiah give the green light to spend $20,000 to explore possibly buying the alternative energy, Potter Valley Project, a hydroelectric dam Pacific Gas and Electric says it wants to sell. The Daily Journal reports the city’s director of water and sewer agreed with the city council that they should do what they can to save the project. The dam goes back to the early 1900’s when it was built as a more reliable source of electricity for the city. It’s also not the first time they’ve discussed selling the project, back in the 1990s, when the Inland Water and Power Commission was formed. Each of the five entities that make up the commission, including the city and county are each expected to approve spending $20,000 ea to explore the potential purchase of the project.

The State is not enforcing a net neutrality law until a federal court decides if the FCC’s net neutrality order can preempt state laws. The Calif. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra working with the Department of Justice and cable and internet service providers so the lawsuit against Calif. is pending. It’s part of an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent order to end federal net neutrality regulations which is going to be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D-C. The state’s own net neutrality law was supposed to go into effect Jan. 1st.

A judge not agreeing with those against California’s high-speed rail project, the state’s not spending bond money improperly. The case picks up again this Friday with those against the planned project trying to get the judge in the case to change his mind. It comes one day after one small Central Valley town sued too, but that was settled. Voters approved the $10 billion project about a decade ago, to use bond money to build the high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The trips expected to be three hours long and it would be the first high speed train in the country. But there’s been a slew of lawsuits and the project’s been plagued by giant cost overruns and delays.

A new report says all the fires in Calif. mean more floods and debris flows too. Federal, state and local officials at a press conference in Santa Barbara last week with the warning in the same place there were debris flows and floods last January after the Thomas fire left a major burn scar. 21 people were killed and two people were missing at one point. The state Department of Water Resources reported more than 7 million in the state are at risk of post fire floods. Most of the risk for homes downslope from scorched areas since the ground can’t absorb water.

Massive amounts of money spent on elections every year, but one of California’s most expensive races this time around, for the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Two men running, both Democrats, Tony Thurmond, an East Bay state assemblyman and former social worker; and Marshall Tuck, who works in school administration after years in finance. The two have brought in more than $43 million to win the position. Thurmond getting loads of cash from teachers unions and Tuck by pro-charter school PAC money from outside California.

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