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A couple accused of torturous abuse against their kids were sentenced by a Riverside County Superior Court Judge on Friday – 25 years to life in Prison. Some of the couple’s children took the stand before the sentencing saying that they loved their parents and even asked for a way to visit them behind bars. Both David and Louise Turpin gave a statement to the court during the hearing wishing their children well in the future, and apologizing for the abuse.

A group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wrote a letter to president Trump asking for a disaster declaration for recent flood damage. The letter, written by Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris was signed by some 20 other state lawmakers and asks for the declaration in hopes of freeing up federal money to help pay for damage from flooding caused by storms that started slamming the state in February.

If you have unused or expired medications, the DEA is teaming with the Fort Bragg Police Dept for a drug take-back day on Saturday the 27th, 10 am to 2 pm. Safely dispose of your old medications at 250 Cypress Street. Syringes and other sharps will be collected as well, and the service is free and anonymous. Last year over 400 tons of drugs was turned in for the same event. More info at or call the Fort Bragg Police Department at 707-961-2800.

Little plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion will no longer be legal to stock in California hotel rooms under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. Assembly Bill 1162 would require hotels to remove the single-use containers from rooms by 2023, in favor of containers larger than 12 ounces. The California Hotel Lodging association is not opposing the bill but is asking for more time to implement the changes- 2025 for lodging facilities with more than 50 rooms, and 2026 for hotels with few than 50 rooms. Supporters say the bill will cut down on plastic waste clogging waterways and sewers, while opponents worry that the changes could reduce sales opportunities for some businesses.

Fort Bragg Police Department officers and a deputy from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 100 blocks of S. Sanderson Way just after 8 am on Friday. Three residents were detained while evidence was gathered, no arrests were made.

A deadline for applications to serve on the 2019-2020 Grand Jury has been selected for May 24th. Applicants must be at least 18, A US citizen, Resident of Mendocino County for at last one year with no previous felonies among other qualifications. Applications are available at the County of Mendocino Website, or in person at the superior court at 100 north state street in Ukiah, room 303. Jurors are compensated $25.00 for full panel meeting, $10.00 for committee meetings and attendance at public meetings.

A third budget workshop has been scheduled for May 7th by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to discuss the budget before hearings get underway. There are some concerns about the Agriculture Department going $16,000 over budget, and a $200,000 settlement stemming from a legal case against the Mendocino County Courthouse. Budget hearings are scheduled for June 4th and 5th.

A family of horses including a mom, dad, and baby are now seen along highway 29 near Hamburger Hill. The wild horses are made of steel and are the brainchild of past Lakeport Rotary Club President Bruce Maxwell, who got the idea after seeing similar sculptures near the grand canyon. Maxwell says the next task is to name the horses.

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