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A man in Mendocino County on the run. Cops looking for Joseph Hoaglen from Covelo on a laundry list of charges. On the Sheriff’s Facebook page they list assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, grand theft, escape from jail, vandalism and buying or receiving stolen property, among other charges. His picture is posted along with the charges. He’s described as a 36 year old white male, 6′ 01", 270 lbs with brown hair and eyes.

A warning from the FBI about a scam related to crypto-currency, also known as digital money. The bureau division in San Francisco says they’ve seen an uptick in SIM swamping by using information they gather on social media. That’s where they can gain access to victim’s currency accounts. They first get a hold of a mobile phone, swap out their SIM card and then get a hold of other information like passwords, cloud storage and social media accounts. They remind not to post personal data online like your phone number or address because you can be taken advantage of. And to especially not provide financial information online, especially on any social media websites and forums.

The public can report all suspicious activity to the FBI San Francisco Division at tips.fbi.gov or by calling 415-553-7400.

The Dollar General Store in Lakeport gets a greenlight for a liquor license. The City Council unanimously voted yes for the Beer and Wine Liquor sales license for the store that opened its doors at the beginning of the year. The Lakeport Police Chief found no reason the store shouldn’t get the license. There was one resident who spoke out against it saying they should have held off 2-3 years. Also at the meeting the council heard about the status of a statue going up in support of Lake County’s native tribes. The statue featuring a Pomo family made out of bronze will be situated in the Historic Courthouse Museum Park downtown, adjacent to a memorial honoring Lake County’s fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers.

The man accused of setting the Clayton Fire in court for his preliminary hearing. Damin Pashilk also accused of a string of other wild fires between 2015 and 2016. The deputy sheriff who arrested him testified in the nearly week long hearing to see if he should be tried in the case. And a Cal Fire chief also testified yesterday. The case may spill into next week too because of an unexpected delay. Pashilk is charged with arson for the Clayton fire in August of 2016, plus for 16 other fires. The two men testified that they’d been watching Pashilk for some time and how they tested certain incendiary devices and his car. The case continues today.

A school in Guerneville buried in water after flooding took over the school and trees toppled nearby. The Guerneville School restarted classes Tuesday, but there’s a lot of damage at the school. The superintendent says between $3 to 500,000 dollars worth. Part of the campus under ten feet of water at one point, but apparently none of the classroom buildings were hit, because they’re on higher ground. A maintenance building with a golf cart and lawn mower inside was flooded and some tree roots exposed which ruptured some waterlines and a tank. The school was closed for a week for cleanup.

It’s a great time to hit Lake Tahoe if you like snow sports. They got another foot of snow in the latest storm and reports say there’s almost 50 feet at the summit of some Sierra ski resorts. There’s a winter weather advisory in place until noon today as they expect up to 18 more inches in the higher elevations and up to 8 inches below 7,000 feet. There’s also very fast moving wind, 45-100 mph over ridgetops. On Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 inches fell at Northstar resort near Truckee and 9 inches at Mount Rose just outside Reno.

Millions in damage in Lake County after the latest round of winter rain. The Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin estimated there was $3,725,000 in damage to public infrastructure, but not in Lakeport or Clearlake. The amount from special districts for sewage and fire protection, public works for roads and elsewhere. No word yet on an estimate for residents and many county agencies still assessing damage. The Sheriff reporting to the board of supervisors a representative of the Cal OES came out to Lake County to assess damages, and FEMA would do the same.

The judge in PG&E’s criminal case related to the San Bruno explosion several years ago blasting the utility company saying its wildfire prevention efforts are “dismal” and there’s been “unsafe conduct” that led to repeated fires in Northern California. The judge also ordered PG&E to stop paying dividends to shareholders until it fully complies with court orders to remove trees and brush, and other proactive measures ahead of the next wildfire season. The judge said the unsafe conduct of the company led to the deadly pipeline explosion and fires in Northern Calif. in 2017 and 18. There’s now more requirements for the utility which is on probation as part of its wildfire mitigation plan, to maintain “traceable, verifiable, accurate, and complete records” of vegetation management.

A crash on Talmage Rd has been deemed the fault of a bicyclist, who police say hit a dump truck. Ukiah Police say Samuel (Xamuel) Lara of Covelo was killed after he was hit by the truck last September. But they say the dump truck, owned and operated by Wipf Construction, and the bike rider were involved in an unfortunate series of events. There was road paving happening at the time and a flagger was directing traffic. Police say the flagger cleared the truck for a turn and hit the bicyclist. The driver didn’t see the cyclist. And video from a couple of local businesses showed Lara tried to pass the truck in an unsafe manner.

A permit will be considered for a new auto repair shop on Talmage Road which used to be a tire shop… it closed last year. The Zoning Administrator will consider Jeff Yokum’s application for the body shop which will also provide towing and car rental services. The 7,000-square-foot building also had been a towing company. The Auto Body Shop would be a new branch of a company in Willits in business since 1991. The owner of the company says he wants to put in more than a dozen work stations for repairs, painting and disassembly so as many as 14 cars can be worked on at once. Staff says they think the permit should get a thumbs up. There’s a hearing tomorrow morning at 9 on the matter.

Staff needs to keep working on the budget for the Mendocino County Local Agency Formation. Staffers gave the commission their preliminary 2019-20 fiscal year Budget and Work Plan at the last meeting Monday then members asked staff to go back to the drawing table. The agency’s tasked with regulatory changes for local government boundaries which includes annexations, expansions and formations. They look at account staffing services, everyday operations, and Municipal Service Review and Sphere of Influence updates. The budget was just over $160,000 for the fiscal year. That’s just about ten grand more than the last fiscal year budget. A public meeting on the matter’s set for April 1st.

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