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Cal Fire starts burning slash piles they’ve grabbed from trees and bushes in Low Gap Park. It’s all part of their proactive work to curb the spread and impact of future wildfires. The work started in February, using Department of Corrections inmates and other Cal Fire trainees who removed the debris from the hills above Ukiah. They were cautious with a couple of fire engines and several firefighters stationed nearby yesterday morning, burning what was needed, then extinguishing the flames. They plan to continue the burns over the next several weeks as long as weather and air quality allows.

A young man in Ukiah arrested for reportedly selling vape pens or e-cigarettes with Cannabis in them to middle schoolers. Police say 19 year old Jonathan Cruz was busted at Pomolita Middle School by the School Resource Officer last Wednesday with several packages of marijuana pen packages and cash. Police also say they found several other kids with the pens on them. They were cited and released for possession of a controlled substance. Cruz was arrested at his house for suspicion of using a minor to distribute a controlled substance and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. He’s was booked into jail.

The Ukiah City Council set to work on whether there should be cannabis-related events allowed in the city. The agenda item says staff members for the city have been approached by organizers of events like trade shows and festivals. So now the staffers are bringing the idea to the council to see if the city should authorize cannabis-related temporary events, where they can be hosted and if weed can be sold at the events and if it can be consumed there too. The council’s also set to consider if the city should contribute $50,000 for a feasibility study on the Potter Valley Project.

A man from Lucerne in jail on burglary charges is referred for a mental health test. William Pimentel’s lawyer asking for the court to have his client re-evaluated for mental competency. Two doctors both found in February that Pimentel was not competent to stand trial. So the court proceedings were continued and Pimentel ordered to appear. It’s all connected to an incident in Upper Lake earlier this year where the keys to someone’s ATV were stolen and found with personal items inside. The victim also reported there might be someone living in an empty home nearby. Pimentel found inside asleep with the missing ATV keys.

A fertilizer loaded trailer overturns and hazmat has to come out around the Lake-Napa County line. The crash Saturday mid-morning on Butts Canyon Road north of the county line. The CHP’s Clear Lake Area office reports a man from St. Helena was driving a pickup truck pulling a small tank trailer that was partially filled with a liquid fertilizer when he turned too quick and caused the trailer to overturn and spill almost all of its chemicals on the road. The two lanes of Butts Canyon Road were closed several hours for cleanup. There were no injuries reported and CHP officers say they don’t suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the crash.

The trial for the two men accused in the Ghostship Fire in Oakland has begun. The Press Democrat reports families in court weeping at the opening of the trial for Derick Almena and Max Harris. The two were arrested for involuntary manslaughter after the December 2016 fire and have been in jail ever since. They pleaded no contest, but a judge said no to a sentencing recommendation. The two face up to 36 years each if they’re convicted on all counts. They each have their own lawyer with separate plans for defense. The two are also being sued by the victim’s families who say Oakland’s fire and building departments didn’t inspect the warehouse every year as required and that inspectors would have found illegal conversions in the building to an entertainment and arts venue.

A permit has been approved by the Oroville City Council during a special meeting so Federal Emergency Management Agency can bring 40 temporary mobile homes to the Rosewood subdivision in north Oroville for Camp Fire survivors. The transitional housing agreed to for 18 months. The residents don’t have to pay rent. They’re one to three bedrooms, with a kitchen and bathroom, and come totally furnished. Some of the residents living near the area complained to the City Council about the agreement.

The three major utility companies in Calif have reportedly spent more than $1 million dollars for lobbying efforts in only the first quarter of the year. PG&E and parent companies for Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric reported their lobby spending from January to the end of March on work in the state Legislature, state agencies and the California Public Utilities Commission. Edison spending the most, with almost 700-grand, Sempra, with San Diego Gas & Electric, with just about 400,000 and PG&E, which started their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in January, spent $277,000.

A baby sea lion had to be rescued from a freeway in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the CHP reported to the northbound 101 where a call came from someone who reportedly tried to corral the sea lion off the highway. A call for a sea lion in distress to the CHP’s South San Francisco exit. Officers found the little guy safe but took it to the Peninsula SPCA for treatment. They put it in their patrol car, a picture online shows the little guy’s head sticking out of the backseat window. Adorable…The baby will be taken after treatment to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito for rehab.

The state of Calif. is considering renaming May 4th as “Star Wars Day”. The state Assembly has reportedly introduced a resolution to declare that date so folks can hang on to the slogan, “May the Fourth Be With You” in a more formal way, if you will. The resolution was drafted ahead of the new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” set at Disneyland. It’s supposed to open May 31st after the amusement park spent $1 billion. It will also reportedly add 1,400 permanent jobs. The resolution passed the first committee vote unanimously.

A downtown street in Chicago had to be cleared because of a suspicious object that turned out to be a can of ravioli on wheels, of all things. Officers got a call earlier this week and say out of an abundance of caution, they blocked off traffic on South State Street and also closed a nearby CTA Red Line station. The object turned out to be a can of Chef Boyardee attached to wheels. Someone was detained for questioning about it. Cops find it was a college kid who created the car prototype for a design class.

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