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A man in Laytonville has been arrested after an elderly woman reports being assaulted and her home vandalized. Mendocino County Deputies sent to reports of vandalism and the assault last Monday. They found the 82 year-old woman was assaulted and things stolen from her home by her grandson, Vance Langenderfer. Deputies say it happened after grandma got a restraining order against his wife. So the victim says when she answered her front door Langenderfer entered and started yelling and screaming, pushed her down, causing her to hit her head on the floor, then smashed several items around her house and threatened to shoot and kill her. The woman was taken to a hospital and social services called and Langenderfer was arrested soon after and held on $50,000.00 bail.

A timber sale is being finalized for an area near Clear Lake in the Upper Lake Ranger District. Mendocino National Forest officials have announced the Bartlett Salvage Sale was awarded to Sharp Timber Harvesting with logging operations northeast of Clear Lake on 500-acres. The Bartlett area tree felling and hauling to start soon and a warning there will be about 10 trucks a day and they will work to keep dust down on roads. But the Forest reminding visitors that logging operations will be a common occurrence across the Forest this fall. The Bartlett Sale is the first of many sales planned as part of the Ranch Fire roadside hazard tree management project. There are also potential traffic delays in the area. For more information about the forest, see the website:

A new Interim Public Health Officer named in Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors announced Dr. Noemi Doohan as Interim Public Health Officer. Dr. Doohan has more than 15 years’ experience in medicine, joining a team of other seasoned local physicians. Dr. Doohan has been a health and human services partner in the work she has led with Adventist Health Ukiah Valley’s Street Medicine Program, Family Medicine Residency Program and the startup funding and implementation of the Safe Haven Clinic project. Former State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith will also be contracting with the county.

Representatives of PG&E reportedly meeting with the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors regarding their intended Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program. The meeting tomorrow after supervisors spoke to a California Public Utilities Commission representative last week. The supervisors telling the commission rep they were worried about the power shutoff program. The Daily Journal also reports some of the supervisors were asking the representative to be sure they hold PG& E accountable for its plan, but there was no real direction from the commission. The board spoke to PG&E representatives already, but apparently felt there were more questions needing a response.

A cop in Ukiah has been arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call last Thursday to a home where Ross Lunceford lives. A sheriff’s spokesperson says deputies were told of an incident by the police dept regarding an officer and his girlfriend. The officer was booked on misdemeanor domestic violence and violating his probation and released on bail. He’s now on administrative leave while the department investigates. He was apparently on probation for a DUI arrest in 2017.

A meeting in DC on fire priorities for leaders from Lake County. The Board of Supervisors will take up the matter at their meeting tomorrow after several wildfire disasters. The County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson and Board Chair Tina Scott are apparently headed to Washington, DC with representatives from Rebuild Northbay and others who have been hit by wildfire disasters in recent years. So Huchingson reportedly requested talking with the full board about top priorities for meetings in DC at the Housing and Urban Development Dept, FEMA, the Department of Agriculture and federally elected representatives.

New teachers have a networking event in Lake County. Ahead of the new school year, the new teachers met with district leaders and others from Lake County to get a feel for the area, meet local business owners, and schmooze with other new teachers to the area. The Record Bee reports the Lake County New Teacher Reception was at the Riviera Hills Restaurant and Lounge in partnership with the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake County Office of Education. The Superintendent of Schools said he felt confident with the new hires.

A young man stabbed in a family dispute in Garberville. Kym Kemp reporting the story after hearing details from a local resident this weekend. The news site reports Cody Dillon told Kemp he heard yelling for help outside his house and found a 14 year old neighbor boy with a baseball bat bleeding from a stab wound to his chest. He says he brought him inside the house and he and his housemates, who happened to be volunteer firefighters called 911 and helped the boy. Not a lot more information has been released.

Planned personnel changes at the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office. The office announcing on Facebook they’ve had some movement in the office. Deputy District Attorney S. Houston Porter resigned for a position elsewhere after four years in the District Attorney’s Ukiah office. Senior Deputy District Attorney Tim Stoen is retiring after being the long-time lead prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Fort Bragg coastal office and working under a half dozen elected District Attorneys. The office post wishing both Deputy DA’s well in their personal and professional “books of life”.

More than 24 pets saved after a fire breaks out near the Clearlake Kennel. Lake Co News reports on the early morning fire last Friday, which started in a mobile home. Several firefighters and rescuers on the scene to stop the spread of the fire and save the animals from the kennel. The Lake County Fire Chief says it went smoothly, but an office building at the front of the kennel was gutted, but the rest was saved. The mobile home was also gutted. The news site reports the kennel area was not enclosed so animals could move away from the fire and it prevented them from smoke or heat related illness. No reports of injuries to fire personnel or other rescuers or any of the animals. An investigation has begun into how the fire started.

Another animal rescue in Lake County. A call about a bear being stuck in a tree in Clearlake last Thursday. The bear found near Hill and West 40th. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Clearlake Police officers, Lake County Fire, the US Department of Fish and Wildlife and K&R Tree Service all in the area to safely get the bear out of the tree, using a tranquilizer dart. They used a rigging system to help the bear who fell out of the tree, hit an embankment and later relocated. Wildlife biologists who treated the bear and moved it after say it was fine.

More than 52,000 gun parts coming to Calif. from China stopped. The sights, stocks, muzzles, buffer kits and grips in three separate shipments at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports said to be worth more than $378,000. It was in several shipments over several months headed to a legal gun parts seller and distributor. But apparently the United States does have restrictions on certain countries, including China importing the inventory because of a 1989 arms embargo. There have been no charges in relation to the shipments but apparently those who were supposed to get the shipments are now being investigated.

A waiver is being considered for a proposed cannabis microbusiness that would be in the same building as a church near downtown Ukiah. The Daily Journal reports Wine Country Cannasseurs applied for a Major Use Permit for indoor growing, distribution and a retail outlet, using three offices in the building on East Smith Street. The church is in two of the other suites in the same building. Ukiah’s director of Community Development says the applicant asked for a waiver from the Limitations of Location because of its proximity, not only to the church, but also a mobile home park. But apparently the owner of the church is in support of Wine Country Cannasseurs as long as they’re closed during Wednesday night and Sunday morning services. The meeting Wednesday night at 6 pm in City Council chambers.


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