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Pacific Gas & Electric is setting up a $105 million fund for survivors of California wildfires believed to have been started by their equipment. The utility company filed papers in court saying the money for their wildfire assistance program is to help folks who lost property in the giant fires of 2017 and 2018. But the plan has to be approved by the judge in the federal bankruptcy case. As you may recall PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January because they were facing as much as $13 billion in legal claims from wildfire victims. The fund is to be administered by a completely independent entity chosen in consultation with lawyers for PG&E’s creditors. The company’s equipment is accused of causing nearly all of the Oct. 2017 fires in Napa and Sonoma counties and the Camp Fire last year.

A man from Lake County’s been arrested after a traffic stop in Willits. Willits police say they tried stopping a car Wednesday by the Lark Motel for a moving violation. The driver, identified as Billy Anderson of Nice went into the parking lot of the Lark, then got out and ran away, jumping a couple of fences. Police say he kept going onto and thru Willits Charter School then hid under a parked car at a home. Cops nabbed the guy and charged him with resisting an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and for multiple warrants which ranged from possession of drugs to weapons charges.

The manager of a smoke shop’s been arrested in Willits. Police say they served a search warrant at the 101 Smoke Shop Tuesday and detained the manager, Edward Mesa, as cops searched the store. They say they found several pounds of marijuana, packaging materials, scales, pay sheets, and cash. Mesa’s charged with conspiracy, possession of marijuana for sales, and transportation of marijuana.

A new report by a nonprofit group says tap water in Calif. could be increasing the number of cancer cases in the state. The Environmental Working Group’s report says water pollutants unhealthy for humans may have brought the number of cases up my more than 15,000 over the course of a lifetime. The report after more than 2,700 community water systems were tested between 2011 to 2015. The water systems, the main provider of tap water in Calif. and they’re regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and maintained by state regulators. The report says as many as 15,450 added cancer cases happened during 70 years, calculating out to more than 220 cases a year from drinking-water pollution.

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