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A woman from Ukiah has been killed after a crash on the 101 in Hopland. The Hopland Fire Protection District reports someone saw the car on its roof in the Russian River near Frog Woman or Squaw Rock. The Hopland Fire Chief at the scene first near mile marker 5 on Hwy 101 finding the woman in her car. They’re not sure how long it had been since the crash, the car was about 50 feet from the highway. They say the 69-year-old woman was driving south on the Hwy and came off the road, hit an embankment and rolled into the river, landing on her roof.  Several emergency responders on the scene last night. They lifted the woman’s body out of the river in a helicopter.

A worldwide movement to bring awareness to hunger comes to Ukiah. Plowshares Peace and Justice Center in Ukiah is holding the Empty Bowls event June 1st, the 13th time they’re hosting the yearly event. The interim director for Plowshares telling the Daily Journal, the event is at the same time they’ve expanded Meals-on-Wheels after a grant from the Community Foundation. Empty Bowls has historically raised as much as $40,000 for the nonprofit. There are about 200 bowls from local art studios donated this year. Those who buy a ticket get to choose one to bring home after they have some gourmet soup. It’s $75 to attend. That includes food, soup and wine or beer.

For more information about Plowshares or the Empty Bowls event, call 462-8582.

A woman from Ukiah’s been arrested after it’s found five children she was caring for were being abused. Police say 74-year-old Audrey Hernandez was arrested after a report about a girl with several significant and suspicious injuries from abuse. Hernandez her guardian, and of four other children between four and 15 years old. The five now in the care of Child Protective Services personnel. Hernandez charged with felony injury to a child and four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and held on $65,000 bail. Cops served a search warrant at the woman’s house and say they found evidence of suspected child abuse.

Candidates are being interviewed for a seat on the board of the Ukiah Valley Fire District. At a special meeting tonight, the board will interview Pete Bushby and Cheryl Edgar, the only two candidates. The seat needs to be filled by June 9th. Bushby is a recently retired captain of the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority who spent nearly 4 decades as a firefighter and is still a volunteer. And Edgar says she’s the “first female volunteer for Ukiah Valley Fire”. She also volunteers with 4-H, several school organizations and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team.

A couple of batting cages are coming to ball fields in Willits. At the City Council meeting last week, the subject came up for two batting cages to be built at Lofling and Gallups-Seaton ball fields. The payment thru a donation, and the Council gave the idea unanimous approval. Local vendors will build the cages so teams can practice in them as games are being held. Much of the work will also be done by neighborhood volunteers. The City Manager remarked they’d look at the plans to make sure it’s safe. The Willits Redwood Local League serves kids between 4 and 15 years old in Willits, Laytonville and the surrounding area.

Congressman Jared Huffman adding his name to a list of those in the House of Representatives calling for impeachment proceedings against Pres. Trump. Huffman says the word ‘inquiry’ comes up a lot and says many believe that should start. He says there are so far no calls to go directly to vote on the house floor like back in 1998 against President Clinton. But he did say, hearings should begin so it can be put into proper context for the American people and to dispel, quote “frivolous legal arguments from the White House” saying Congress doesn’t have a legitimate legislative purpose for impeachment.

Beefed up patrols in Lake County over the long holiday weekend garner some arrests. The California Highway Patrol reporting many arrested across the state and more than 20 died on state highways last weekend. There were over 740 DUI arrests the first 30 hours of the statewide campaign and nearly 350 of those were in the first six hours of the enforcement period. For Lake County, there were at least six drunk driving incidents. Three in Clearlake and two arrests, only one in Lakeport over the weekend. And the CHP in Clearlake made one DUI arrest.

Two men from Kelseyville have been arrested related to a shooting over the weekend.  Lake Co News reports 23 year old Sergio Alberto Fuentes and 29 year old Juan Manuel Renteria were arrested Sunday after they were identified as suspects after a man was shot in the leg and critically injured. Cops say the men confronted the victim and the friends he was walking with Sunday night, shooting the victim in his thigh. The victim still in critical condition. Cops say they have reason to believe Fuentes was the shooter, and that both suspects are thought to be gang members. The two in Lake County Jail on several charges including assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury. They’re both due in court tomorrow.

A woman from Clearlake one of the arrests over the long holiday weekend in Lake County. Cops say 42 year old Shana Lee Smith was arrested after a solo car crash that injured her and her passenger. They say she was headed east on Highway 20 in her SUV and crossed over the double yellow lines, then off the highway into a dirt embankment on the north side of the road, blocking part of the highway. She was then trapped in the SUV and had to be removed by Northshore Fire Protection personnel. She had moderate injuries and her passenger was also injured and taken to the hospital. Smith arrested where the crash happened for DUI.

A new report says the federal government’s not doing what it can to stop wildfires. The President previously blamed California wildfires on “gross mismanagement” of forests. But the study by a Univ. of Idaho researcher in the journal “Fire” says controlled burns, which are successful at clearing brush and restoring ecosystems, has been declining by federal agencies over the last 20 years in the west. It says that could mean more catastrophic wildfires could come. The study looking at prescribed burns set between 1998 and 2018 by asome agencies under the Interior Department umbrella and by state fire agencies showing every year there was a 5% increase in the amount of land that burned, mostly in the southeastern U.S. And in the west, including Northern and Southern California, prescribed burns were down or plateaued. The study shows instead of controlled burns, more money was spent on personnel and equipment to put fires out and there wasn’t a lot of money left for controlled burns.

Three people found dead in Butte County. The Sheriff’s office says deputies went to a woman’s home in Oroville last night after her brother said he had not seen her for more than a week and went to her house. He reported a smell coming from the home, then after opening a window, he saw her on the floor. The Sheriff’s Dept. says three people were dead in the house and they’re investigating the deaths as “suspicious.” They’ve not said how any of the victims died but are reaching out to the public for help regarding possible suspicious circumstances related to the case.

 

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