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A man from Ukiah goes to jail after driving into a power pole. Police say 21 year old Joshua Fox was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday after leaving the scene, with the car stuck in the pole in the 1000 block of Cunningham Street. The 1992 Acura apparently tangled in large wires and Fox hiding from police nearby. Police say when they got there, they saw Fox leaving a garage in different clothes than what had been described to them. They found him with blood on his forehead and he admitted he was in a crash. A witness confirmed Fox was driving the Acura and police say he was showing signs of being drunk, so they arrested him for suspicion of driving under the influence and for hit-and-run. He was also apparently on probation for DUI and hit-and-run, so he was additionally charged with violating his probation and driving on a suspended license. He was booked into Mendocino County Jail under $32,500 bail.

An elderly man from Southern Calif. reported missing last month has been found dead in the woods near Fort Bragg. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports 81 year old John Baker’s car was found late August 23rd near Little Valley Road on Lyme Timber Company land. The car found by someone cutting firewood. Deputies went to check it out and found the man had been previously reported missing when he didn’t return home from a trip to Oregon. He left on Aug. 9th for Southern Oregon to see the Redwoods. His family says he had the early stages of Alzheimer’s and deemed an at-risk adult. A search happened the next day with dogs and aircraft and his body found in a steep wooded area not far from his car.

It’s number 1 in the state for courthouse construction projects. The Lake County Courthouse number one on the list of 80 proposed projects by the Judicial Council of California. The list has now been approved for public comment and Lake County rose to the top of the list because of a new way the council prioritizes its projects. Clearlake is now ninth from the top. The council voted unanimously on the new list so after public comment and further approval by the council, the California legislature should take it up for review by the end of December.

After a traffic stop for a minor violation, a man is arrested by Clearlake police for DUI and weapons violations. Police say an officer on patrol saw the car without license plate lamps and stopped him on Lakeshore Drive. John Cooper and a passenger were stopped, and the officer says Cooper seemed high and asked him to get out of the car, but he refused. The officer says he finally stepped out and was arrested for obstructing an officer, then an unregistered, loaded .38 caliber revolver was found in his pants pocket along with nearly 14 grams of methamphetamine. He’s charged with several crimes including having a concealed firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession for sales of a controlled substance. He was held in jail on $50,000 bail.

The Lake County winegrape harvest has begun. Lake Co News reports many growers in higher elevations are pleased with their take so far and others anticipate an earlier harvest than usual. The news site reports the president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission said it was a cool start to the season, then became mostly warmer and clear with nighttime cooling. The harvest is mostly starting this week with Sauvignon Blanc. Dancing Crow Vineyard in Kelseyville one of the first to start the harvest last night. The winemaker at the vineyard said the late rain this season was helpful and flavors are superb.  Shannon Ridge also started picking this holiday weekend in northeastern section of Lake County. The news site reports some growers saying they had lower than average Sauvignon Blanc and that red grapes were normal to slightly lower than normal with some about to pick their rose varietals tomorrow.

Upgrades planned at Lakeport City Hall to be considered by the City Council. The council expected to take up the matter when they meet tonight. There’s a planned amendment to the construction contract on the agenda. The company Bridges Construction has been retained for the City Hall Remodel Project. The City Manager says the new language to be put in is mandatory by the federal government, plus they have a $3,900 addition for more administrative time relating to the federal requirements.

The Gov. has reportedly come to an agreement with apartment owners and developers regarding rent caps in the midst of the housing crisis. There would be a yearly cap on rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a maximum increase of 10%. So those renting have a better shot at getting a place to live. But reports say some renters and activists wanted a stricter proposal. The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu kept changing it up so the bill could even get to the state Senate. Legislators still need to ok the bill, but they’re about to adjourn for the year too. The state has to build as many as 180,000 new homes a year to meet demand but has been averaging 80,000 a year over the last decade.

Reports of shots fired on a small neighborhood watch page in Humboldt County ends in the arrest of three men. Police say they got a call to a robbery Sunday morning involving gunfire and witnesses described the suspects and car involved. They subsequently arrested two men, Melvin Mack and John Forrester at a gas station in Garberville. Another man was located and arrested by California State Parks and Cal-Fire officers. The three subjects taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Mack on Robbery, Conspiracy, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of Ammunition. Forrester for Robbery, Conspiracy, and Assault w/a Deadly Weapon and Pedro Sanchez for Robbery, Conspiracy, and Destroying Evidence.

Changing the start time for middle and high schoolers in Calif could become reality. The State Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Senate Bill to push the start times for some. Rural counties would not be part of the new plan. But analysis of the bill shows it would cost millions of dollars for the state with money going to changing state transportation routes, and to hire more school bus drivers. Plus millions more to bring on more staff for before and after school activities. Those against the idea say the unintended costs would be too high, plus it would interfere with the schedules of working parents. The idea after a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed teens don’t get enough sleep which was “an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety” of students. Gov. Brown had previously veto’d similar legislation.

A waiver is denied for a small marijuana business that was too close to a church and mobile home park. The owner of Wine Country Cannasseurs applied for a “cannabis microbusiness” complete with indoor cultivation, distribution, and retail. But it shared a building with a church. Ukiah’s Community Development director decided it was too close to that and the mobile home park across the street due to zoning laws. The applicant wanted the waiver from the Limitations of Location. Apparently planning staff thought if the owner of the proposed business closed during Wednesday night and Sunday morning services of the Iglesia Pentecostal United Church it would be fine, but said it would not be fine because the fencing between the mobile home park and the building didn’t meet the requirement for a non-intervening use and the required distance separation from a primary residential use. The planning commission voted unanimously to deny the waiver petition.

A man from Rocklin has been arrested after reports of an assault on a younger man. Mendocino Deputies got a call Saturday afternoon for help after an assault in Fort Bragg. They say 69 year old Marian Sliwa pointed a firearm at a 22 year-old man and threatened to kill him then took off in a car, trying to hit the young man. Sliwa was caught after a high risk stop in the middle of N. Highway 1. Traffic was stopped in both directions and Sliwa and a passenger were nabbed. Sliwa was taken to jail on $30,000.00 bail and his passenger was released without charge.

A woman in Covelo’s been arrested for violating probation. During a check on warrants and probation last Thursday morning Angie Joaquin was contacted. There was a felony warrant for her arrest from June so she was arrested and booked into jail and held without bail.



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