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An inmate who escaped a fire camp in Lower Lake has been captured nearly a week later. Nicholas Dunning who left the Konocti Conservation Camp New Year’s Eve was caught in Riverside County during a traffic stop in Coachella. The California Department of Corrections and Rehab reports members of the Riverside County Gang Impact Team picked Dunning up after getting some investigative leads. He will be processed through the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of escape charges. He was apparently first committed in Imperial County to prison in April of last year for assault with a deadly weapon charges, then was sent to the fire camp.

The first meeting of the Lake County Board of Supervisors this New Year will start with the basics… swearing in two new members, pick leaders for the year and also appoint several committee and commission positions. Outgoing Supervisors will also attend and speak, then the Board will give them their commendations. Jeff Smith for five four year terms and Jim Steele for one four year term. Bruno Sabatier is taking over for Smith and EJ Crandell in Steele’s spot. The new members will help choose the new chair and vice chair and the chair and vice chair of the Lake County Board of Equalization and the Lake County In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Board of Directors. Then all of the other appointments will happen. The meeting tomorrow morning at 10 in board chambers.

Three people have been injured after a multi car pileup in Lower Lake. Lake Co News reports one of the people in the crash got out of his car and was hit by another car, and seriously injured. It happened Thursday afternoon on Highway 53 south of Anderson Ranch Parkway. The CHP reports one guy in a 2006 Mitsubishi Montero stopped on the highway south of Anderson Ranch Parkway during moderate traffic conditions and another driver in a 2012 Ford Fusion headed North was behind a large vehicle and couldn’t see the Montero. The larger vehicle swerved and the Fusion crashed into the Montero. Then a 2009 Ford Focus hit the Fusion. The Montero driver was out of his SUV and was hit by one of the other two. And another Ford Focus also hit them. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash.

Since PG&E has been blamed or found responsible for several wildfires in Northern Calif, its parent company is apparently considering a restructuring as it faces billions in liability. The utility company announced they may even have to file for bankruptcy due to the “growing wildfire threat.” The board of directors is reportedly speaking to outside experts on wildfire safety, the parent company says, to help address the changing nature of business and challenges they face presently and in the future. There are also some media reports that PG&E is considering selling off the natural gas division so it could set up a fund for potential wildfire claims. They’re also reportedly considering selling some real estate including its San Francisco headquarters.

The Ukiah Purple Pipe project has been installed. The new Recycled Water System is now in at the eastern end of East Gobbi Street, so there shouldn’t be any more closures at Riverside Park. The city’s Public Works Department has confirmed the final installation of pipe Friday so residents could get back into their drive ways ahead of heavy rain that night. There were still three sections of piping left Saturday. There was no pedestrian access to the park before, but there’s still some gravel there, but no large construction vehicles. The water system is being put in to reclaim water from the Wastewater Treatment Plant for agriculture, pasture, and turf watering.

The transient occupancy tax or the hotel tax in Clearlake seems to not be bringing in the dough. The Record Bee reports a meeting is happening this Thursday where the City Council will hear from the Assistant City Manager on Transient Occupancy Tax collections and an assessment fee for the new Lake County Tourism Improvement District. Apparently there are several Airbnb, VRBO, and Home Away hotel operators who are not paying the tax, plus as of the New Year they have to pay the new District as well. The taxes are for anyone operating any sort of Hotel, including campgrounds.

A Lucerne man has been arrested for a burglary that happened in Upper Lake of some ATV’s. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call the ATV’s were missing, and that they were filled with art work and tools that were not theirs. The caller also said it seemed there may have been someone living in a nearby vacant house. William Pimentel was found sleeping in the vacant house along with the missing ATV keys. Plus deputies found he was on active probation. Someone else apparently reported the missing art and items inside the ATV, so that was returned, Pimentel charged with burglary and possession of stolen property and held on $50,000. He’s due in court today. He had previously been charged with stealing a County vehicle and was free pending sentencing. He was also arrested in an evacuation zone last year of the Mendocino Complex Fire with burglary tools.

Deputies in Humboldt County serving a felony warrant on a man and woman in a house, the two found with drugs and paraphernalia. Christopher Stacy for a felony warrant and Brandy Cyphers for a misdemeanor warrant. The two were found with more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. Stacy booked on the felony warrant and new charges for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, prohibited person in possession of ammunition and violation of probation. Cyphers booked on the warrant for violation of probation.

A fire at a home on Lansing Street has the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department and CalFire out a couple Thursdays ago. Smoke billowing out of the house Dec. 27th and more than a dozen firefighters came out, finding the fire started in the chimney of the house. There was only some wood framing charred and insulation blackened, but otherwise water was poured over the smoke and the fire put down. The cause was undetermined, but reminders to get your chimney checked yearly, keep branches and leaves at least 15 feet away from the top of the chimney, put a chimney top on, get seasoned firewood, don’t ever burn Christmas trees or treated wood, put on a screen to the fireplace and keep the hearth clean, have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and of course, never leave a fire unattended.

Some high elevation roads in Northern Calif. closed due to snow. Chains are also required on some, like the roads in Lake Tahoe. Some of the worst blizzard conditions have been spotted there so a 70 mile stretch of I-80 was closed from Colfax to the Nevada border. The National Weather Service reported the storm hit hard last night and the roads could stay closed thru today. Some summits at resorts were reporting more than a foot of snow and up to 80 inches of snow was forecast in some high-elevation areas of NorCal. The service warning roads were very dangerous with blizzard conditions reported on all of the high elevation highways in NorCal, forcing chain requirements and traffic delays.

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