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There’s going to be a permanent safe medication disposal site at the Lakeport Police Department on Main Street. The police department says it was donated to the agency by the Rite Aid Foundation KidCents Project, an organization supporting safety and well-being of children in various communities. The Record Bee reports officials saying they’d previously been asked for ways to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter medications. They’re accepting any over the counter or prescription meds, that are in pill, tablet or capsule form. They’re not accepting illegal drugs, needles, liquids, inhalers, or aerosol cans. Meds being accepted M-Th 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meds have to be in their original container, or other suitable plastic pill container or sealed zip lock freezer bag.

A new State Superintendent of Public Instruction has taken the oath of office. Tony Thurmond, an educator and public school parent says it’s an honor to lead California’s more than 6 million students and more than 10,000 schools. He’s a former assemblymember and social worker with experience in nonprofits and education and also served on the West Contra Costa County school board and was a member of the Richmond City Council. His plans including reducing gun violence, mental and physical health service for students, early education and after school programs, making college and career pathways accessible for kids, bringing in more teachers so schools have highly trained and certified teachers.

We have a new Governor in Calif. Gavin Newsom has been sworn in and has given a speech to announce progressive policies he will enforce as the state’s 40th governor. Newsom, as you may know, was the lieutenant governor under Jerry Brown, and gained recognition as the mayor of San Francisco. In his inaugural address, Newsom didn’t hold back in how the state would handle the Trump administration as far as environmental protection, immigration and health care goes. Newsom’s first budget is being delivered to the legislature before the end of the week.

A man accused of being the NorCal Rapist is charged with several felonies, now another 2 dozen or so. Roy Charles Waller is charged with going into an unlocked door in Rohnert Park in 1991 and raping a 21 year old. The man’s 59th birthday today, yesterday he was in court after first being arrested last September after 27 years of violent, sexual attacks against as many as 10 women across Northern California. The case had run cold until DNA evidence and a genealogy website helped police get a break in the case. The Rohnert Park case the earliest prosecutors have been able to connect to Waller. He’s in the Sacramento County Jail without bail.

A new report shows there’s a quote, "disturbingly low" number of western monarch butterflies migrating to the California coast. The Xerces Society has done a count with less than 30,000 butterflies this round, that’s an 86 percent decline since 2017. There were one million monarchs along the Calif. coast back in 1981. The society conducts yearly Thanksgiving and New Year’s counts. A study a couple years ago by researchers at Washington State University found the species will probably be extinct in the next few decades if they’re not saved.

It’s coming up to the deadline for victims of the Camp Fire. FEMA’s deadline for loan applications this week. Disaster Recovery Centers are staying open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in Chico at the Chico Mall and in Oroville on Feather River Blvd. Loans are available for homeowners, renters and businesses. The SBA Office of Disaster Assistance, at last count, had said yes to more than $241 million in loans for Camp Fire survivors. Almost all of it was for renters and homeowners and another $8M for businesses. Those in need of help can visit or call 2-1-1 for Butte County recovery information and resources.

The new Lt. Gov has been sworn in and addressed a crowd. Eleni Kounalakis came to the U-S from Greece when she was a young girl and said the path to wisdom is education, telling the crowd about her desire to bring education to the masses. She’s the first woman to be elected to be the 2nd in command of the state. At her swearing in Monday. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm spoke, as well as the new Gov. Gavin Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A man in Jakarta shot himself in the foot, then is charged with possessing an illegal firearm. 19 year old Ade Raihan reportedly lied, saying he was shot by someone else, but then local police found he was drunk and shot himself. He ended up in the hospital New Years eve for the foot injury, police called there and charged him. Plus witnesses said there was a fight around the scene of the shooting, cops finding he shot himself with a homemade firearm. He now faces 20 years in prison.

Power’s restored to thousands in Northern Calif. after a winter storm swept thru ahead of another storm later this week. The rain and snow coming tonight won’t be as harsh, but there are two more powerful storms headed here this weekend. Almost 90,000 people in the dark across the Sacramento region Sunday night. There were downed utility poles and trees so a major highway was closed in the area. There were still several hundred without power last night. Thousands in Oregon and Washington were also without power due to the storm over the weekend. I-80 from Placer County to Nevada’s Washoe County reopened yesterday after the snowstorm hit the Lake Tahoe area.

A woman in Ukiah’s arrested for some recent holiday season mail and package thefts. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was surveilling neighborhoods at various rural spots around the county due to several recent mail thefts and packages being stolen over the holidays on Boonville Road. They see Jeannette Marie Long who they say was caught during a traffic stop at a gas station in Ukiah. She was found with more than ten pieces of mail from various addresses on Boonville. And she had a stun gun device on her. She was also a convicted felon and cannot possess any weapons. She’s charged with mail theft, possession of stolen property, grand theft, being a felon in possession of a stun gun, violation of probation, and for driving with a suspended drivers license and was being held on $20,000.00 bail.


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