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The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office is looking for any information the public may have about an incident on May 25th when a Hispanic male estimated to be in his 30’s arrived at the Howard Memorial Hospital emergency department in Willits around 10:30 am suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the face and neck. The victim wasn’t fully cooperative with authorities, but they believe the shooting happened somewhere in the Laytonville, and that the victim had been picked up by someone driving by who dropped him off at the hospital. He was later transported to an out of county medical facility for treatment. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line (707-234-2100) or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline (800-782-7463).

A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a dark-colored Honda Accord traveling southbound above-posted level speeds and making an incomplete stop at the intersection of East Side Calpella Road and Lake Mendocino Drive before heading west on Lake Mendocino Drive at even higher speeds. The driver refused to stop when the deputy tried pulling them over. The vehicle, which turned out to be stolen out of Ukiah, kept going south on North State Street before turning onto West Lake Mendocino Drive and onto highway 101 Southbound, headed towards Ukiah at speeds of over 90 mph. Another deputy joined the pursuit, following the suspect at speeds of over 100 mph. In Hopland, the chase moved to highway 175 before ending in a field near the old Hopland roundabout after the driver, Edward Two FEathers Steele Jr lost control and rolled the vehicle. Steele was taken into custody and transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center before being booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting in the area of North State Street and Empire Drive in Ukiah on June 3rd. Ukiah Police Department Officers were also sent to help in the investigation, where deputies learned a vehicle traveling Northbound on North State Street and stopped in the westbound turn lane for Empire Drive.
That’s when Christopher Bayard walked up and shot into the vehicle stopped at the traffic light, hitting the driver, who was transported to the hospital. Bayard ran away from the scene. He is described as a white male adult, approximately 6’01” tall, 190 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes, with dark facial hair and a thin build, last seen wearing a black hat, black shirt, and blue jeans. Bayard is known to frequent the Ukiah, Willits, and Covelo areas. Anyone with information related to this incident is requested to contact the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086. Anonymous tips are being taken through the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line – 707-234-2100, or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline at 800-782-7463.

A Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff was on routine patrol when he noticed someone riding a bicycle southbound on North State Street approaching the intersection of Low Gap Road in Ukiah on June 2nd without required lighting equipment, and stopped the rider, Robert Campbell who was found to be on active parole through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A search turned up a dirk or dagger hidden in his pants pocket. Campbell’s parole officer was contacted and ultimately issued a parole hold. He was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a no-bail status due to his parole hold.

Todd Grove Park in Ukiah, known for walking paths, trees giving plenty of shade and plenty of grassy areas to throw down a blanket, was once endangered by loggers. If you didn’t know that, you aren’t alone. A family-friendly festival is scheduled for Sunday from noon to five, where the park’s history will be on display in the gazebo. The Journal reports that recreation supervisor at the City of Ukiah is looking forward to educating the public on the history of the park and the opportunity to share teh park’s evolution over the years. The event will feature water balloon tosses, a hula hoop contest, burlap sack race and more fun fit for the whole family.

A few new positions are on the list of county board vacancies released by the Mendocino County Executive office this week. Some vacancies listed include Air Quality Management District Board, Child Care Planning Council, Health and Human Services Agency Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Mendocino County Business Improvement District, and many others. You can see the list at https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/board-of-supervisors/boards-and-commissions. Most posts are a volunteer and open to Mendocino County residents and registered voters.

Mendocino County has received a grant that will support the removal of dead or dying hazardous trees on private property as long as it is within the Redwood Complex Fire Footprint, and that residents contribute $200 a tree up to $600. Trees must be dead or dying, at least 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet tall, within 300 feet of a residence or proposed building pad, and treating the home or building pad. The program is funded by throught the California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection as part o the climate change investment program.

The summer reading program at Mendocino County libraries kicks off tomorrow, featuring performances, and other special events like a party at the plaza in Ukiah complete with face painting Flynn Creek Circus and prizes in Fort Bragg. The program is open to children, teens, and adults, and is meant to encourage literacy and prevent learning loss over teh summer, according to a press release from Mendocino County Libraries. There are kickoff celebrations planned for tomorrow in Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and Willits. More info at mendolibrary.org.

One way traffic will be in effect and delays of up to 20 minutes are possible beginning Monday, June 17th through Friday Jully 21st so Caltrans can contact a permitted geotechnical investigation on state route 1 at Salmon Creek Bridge to get more information to determine the appropriate alignments and parameters for teh design of the project. Access to businesses side roads, residences, and bicyclists we are available at all times and traffic control will be provided at intersections blocked when work queues extend through an intersection.

Over 200 graduates returned to Om Wraith Feild seven months after the Deadly Camp Fire tore through the area devastating the community. The ceremony was live-streamed on Facebook by The Paradise Unified School District. One of the only places not devastated by the blaze, students took to the greens to congratulate each other and take the next step in their lives.

Just as fire season gets underway, new guidelines to help schools protect the health of students. North Coast State senator Mike McGuire has announced new guidelines to help schools respond appropriately when wildfire smoke chokes the air, and ensure the health and safety of students. The new guidelines have five levels ranging from no restrictions on recess, PE, Athletic practice & training, and scheduled sporting events to recommendations of no outdoor activity, and the cancelation of events, depending on how poor the air quality gets.

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