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More money’s being raised to extend the trails by the end of Vichy Springs Drive. The Ukiah Valley Trail Group says they’re trying to raise $76,000 for new trails, and so far, they’ve raised $59,000. The Daily Journal reports the fundraising started two years ago after the group got a grant from State Farm Insurance. The Neighborhood Assist grant for $25,000. The group is matching the grant, but they still need another $17,000. They should also start to work on the trails as they continue raising money. If the city approves, that could happen sometime this month.

A new report is out with conviction rates for Mendocino County. The D-A’s office reports they had a weighted 85 percent conviction rate the last eight years during D-A David Eyster’s term in office. The 85 percent success rate for cases where they proved guilt to jurors of those charged with local crimes who had a jury trial in the Mendocino County Superior Court. The D-A starts his third term in office this week. 2018 saw the highest conviction rate in five years. Eyster says the high jury trial success rate was due to hard work of individual prosecutors, support staff, and deputies and officers who worked on the cases. He also thanked local law enforcement deputies, officers, and investigators.

A fundraiser held in Ukiah for Camp Fire victims. Cultivo restaurant raised money for survivors to help them recover and rebuild. It was part of the restaurant’s regular pint night, this one they renamed Pints for Paradise. The restaurant gave all money brought in from alcohol sales to the North Valley Community Foundation in Chico for survivors of the Camp Fire. The couple who owns the restaurant says they wanted to help the foundation after getting a recommendation they were best business for donations. They also apparently had friends in Paradise who lost homes. They also themselves come from very small towns and related to the victims plight.

An inmate at the Konocti Conservation Camp has been reported missing. Nicholas Dunning was found to be missing Monday morning. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports an immediate search was conducted of the facility in Lower Lake, one of 44 fire camps in the state. They’re minimum security facilities where inmates usually work on fire crews all year round. Inmates volunteer to work at the camps instead of being inside a jail or prison. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports Dunning as a white man, 6 foot 2, 180 pounds who’s bald with green eyes. He was convicted in March of last year for assault with a deadly weapon, and was an inmate at the camp since April.

A man in Clearlake’s been arrested for an assault on another man. Police say Paul John Mendez, Jr. was responsible for the attack on Nicholas Vining, aka “Caveman”. Police got a call December 4th about the attack, Vining ended up in a hospital in San Francisco, where he had to be put into a medically induced coma because of how severe his injuries were. It was first thought some kids attacked him, but police were unable to confirm that. School staff was assigned to look into it. But after Vining was well enough to talk, he identified at least one person he says assaulted him. Mendez was on parole already for sexual battery and is a registered sex offender. He admitted he assaulted Vining and was booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon, felony battery, robbery and a parole violation.

A wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chico has been settled. A young woman shot by Chico police in 2013. Her mom, Mindy Losee says 19 year old Breanne Sharpe was shot and killed in a car following a chase she was not involved in. Officers shot at her car after she crashed into a utility pole, then supposedly drove her car in the direction of the officers. The Mayor of Chico says they city’s paying her mom $950,000. A judge still has to approve the settlement. The case was set for trial in April. The case was dismissed in 2016 by a lower court judge who said a reasonable jury wouldn’t find the officers acted unreasonably, but an appeals court didn’t agree.

A church in Garberville damaged by a fire. Last night the church in the 500 block of Elm Street next to the Jerold Phelps Community Hospital ignited and was badly damaged. Neighbors nearby said they heard explosion like sounds and they ran from their homes. The church was being worked on and cleaned up, it was vacant a long time. The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services reported the fire was contained in the structure and didn’t spread.

A man in Wisconsin got a tad too drunk New Years Eve and goes home… to the wrong home. The owner of the house where the man from Waukesha ended up says he found him cuddling his 150 pound mastiff in a dog bed in their living room. They are not pressing charges, the man left, and made his way home.

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