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A man accused of sexually abusing a child will not go to trial after his suicide. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s office announced yesterday 51 year old Aaron Burrows had taken his own life sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. The man from Paradise accused of sexually penetrating a nine-year-old. The Mendocino County Public Defender’s Office was representing the man who was facing 15 years to life in state prison and lifetime sex registration. The case was to include testimony from the young victim and another possible, earlier victim. Arrangements reportedly being made for counseling for the two victims.

A man is dead near Trinidad after being swept away by a sneaker wave while vacationing with his family. It happened last Friday north of the Luffenholtz Beach public access. A helicopter crew from McKinleyville immediately went to the scene along with a lifeboat from the Coast Guard station in Samoa. The chopper crew spotted the man, plucked him out of the water and took him directly to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 39-year-old Andrew Machi’s family on vacation for his birthday. They say he was fishing on the rocks when the wave grabbed him and threw him in the ocean.

If you would like to help the family, click on this link to be taken to the family’s GoFundMe webpage:
https://tinyurl.com/y3ya5kjn

More rain set to hit, already drenched, Northern California. The National Weather Service’s Sacramento office forecasting a strong weather system with some moderate to heavy rain tonight into tomorrow. There could also be thunderstorms, with on and off periods of rain thru Thursday. Winds of up to 30 miles per hour are expected too. Conditions are expected to clear Friday and Saturday with more wet weather forecast Saturday night into Monday.

Changes get the go ahead to the Lakeport solar project from the city council. The Community Development Director asking the council for about $87,000 more to the 4.5M dollar project with ENGIE Services. There will be several new solar arrays, new HVAC systems and new LED lighting fixtures in the downtown area and at city parks. There was a contract change order for that 87-thousand for a larger solar array at the former Bank of America, tree removal at the city’s wastewater plant, and another HVAC unit. The larger solar array at the old bank building is not costing the city anymore money. The change order got unanimous approval.

A trio of students from Upper Lake High School’s Academic Decathlon team win medals at the state competition. Jeff Fannon, Annalise Smith and Sarah Williams won at last weekend’s event in Sacramento in individual speech therapy. The theme this year was, “The 1960s: A Transformational Decade”. There were nearly 70 teams and 600 students participating. Williams tied for first place, Fannon got second place and Smith for third in each of their categories. Willits High medaled as well.

Did you know there was an election today? A special primary election for two state legislature openings. 18 candidates are running to fill Democrat Ricardo Lara’s and Republican Ted Gaines Senate seats. Lara was elected insurance commissioner, and Gaines won a seat on the Board of Equalization. There shouldn’t be any runoffs if any candidate wins more than 50% of the vote. But if so, the top two will move on to a June 4th special general election.

A new report on the number of police shootings in Sacramento showing the deaths of black men with signs of mental illness. Back in 2016, a man was shot and killed by cops who had undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Then last fall, another African American man was killed who cops say waved a pellet gun at them. He had a mental health problem too and a month ago, Stephon Clark was previously researching suicide, according to police. He was killed in his grandmothers backyard. The Sacramento Community Police Review Commission looking to change all of that, asking police to post public reports every three months detailing all of their use-of-force incidents and change ways police use force. The Sacto City Council discussing possible changes at their meeting today on non-lethal force options like Tasers and bean bags.

More mature adults are using marijuana. A report about a senior community in Laguna where folks hop a bus, have lunch together, play bingo and hit the cannabis shop. The community very near Disneyland of folks mostly in their 70s and 80s. Some industry professionals call this demographic their fastest growing consumer base. Some marijuana shops in Colorado, where marijuana was first legalized recreationally, say their average customer is about 60 years old. Many of those interviewed for the story said they were ingesting edibles instead of taking opiates.

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