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A man from Nevada accused of dumping the body of a murder victim in Lake County remains in jail on one million dollars bond after a not guilty plea. Investigators are still trying to sort out the case that involves 21 year old Mavrick Fisher, who they say killed another man in Humboldt county during an argument then left the body on a rural property on Scotts Valley Road late last month. Fisher was eventually arrested in as he tried to cross into Mexico on a Greyhound Bus, Authorities say Fisher apparently used a rock to kill the victim, identified as 25 year old Grant David Whitaker of Illinois, although they have yet to talk about a motive. Reports say the two men met earlier this year and had plans to open a deaf farming commune. Fisher is due back in court October 23rd for a preliminary hearing

Two people have been arrested in Mendocino County and are charged with raping a woman and holding her hostage for four days. Deputies say they found the 34 year old woman from Sacramento in the back seat, bruised and crying, after routine traffic stop on North State Street in Ukiah Saturday night. The driver, identified as 33 year old Thao Vang of Sacramento, was arrested and charged with suspicion of rape and kidnapping, while a front seat passenger, identified as Christine Maxwell, was also arrested. She is facing suspicion of kidnapping conspiracy and other charges. Both suspects are being held on bail. The victim told deputies she was abducted last week in Sacramento and that she was afraid she was going to die before her ordeal ended in Ukiah.

Authorities continue to look for an inmate they say walked off from the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp in North Coast. 31 year old Jonathan Washington hasn’t been seen since Friday morning and was discovered missing during a routine headcount later in the day. He had been an inmate at the facility since December, serving part of a three year eight month sentence from Kings County and was due for parole in March. Washington is black, 6 foot 4, and 217 pounds, with dreadlocks a goatee and a mustache. His last known outfit was prison-issued gray sweats, a white tee shirt, and white tennis shoes. If you have any information, you can contact local law enforcement.

A man from Ukiah is being held without bail after Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at suspected illegal marijuana growing operation. Deputies say 32 year old Juan Duran had illegal drugs and gave a false ID during the search of the property on Low Gap Road last week. Officers say they destroyed almost 500 marijuana plants they found growing there and found several violations of state environmental law during that operation. Duran is facing several charges and has no bail because the sheriff’s office says he’s wanted on a felony warrant from Nebraska.

The Mendocino county sheriffs office say no one was hurt in an altercation between deputies and a woman in a reported suspicious vehicle in a Middle School Parking lot in Redwood City. Reports say that woman, identified as 21 year old Sandra Mendez of Ukiah, refused to cooperate with deputies who responded to that call call at the Eagle Peak Middle School. Mendez was eventually subdued, arrested, and charged with resisting arrest She is being held at the county jail on $20,000 bail. Deputies say they’ve been keeping an eye on the area near the school because of recent vandalism and burglaries there.

Police in Santa Rosa are looking for a possible suspect in a reported sexual assault near Howarth Park on Sunday night. They say the victim told officers she was assaulted by a man described at 5 foot 9, white, in his 30s, with a thin build wearing dark clothing as she walked near the park around 7:30. Howarth Park was the scene of another alleged sexual attack two weeks ago, when a 55 year old woman reported she was raped in a park bathroom. A suspect with a possible DNA link to that crime is being held on felony rape and kidnapping charges.

Mendocino College has a new provisional trustee. The Lake County News says TeMashio Anderson has been picked to represent the Kelseyville and nearby areas on the school’s board. He’ll take over from David Cook, who recently resigned after serving for nine years. Anderson has a background that includes serving as education director for the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and overseeing programs to help students from Kindergarten through 12th grade pursue higher education. Board of Trustees president Robert Jason Pinoli says Anderson will bring fresh insights to the job as the school moves into what Pinoli calls a new chapter.

Plans to ease traffic in Highway 20 in part of Lake County will be up for discussion at a workshop later this week in Lucerne. The Lake County and City Area Planning Commission is looking at ways to calm the traffic on the stretch of road in Lucerne, Glenhaven and Clearlake Oaks and wants to hear from people who use the road. The public meeting will be held this Thursday, September 19, starting at 6 PM and will include a preview of the project, a presentation, and a chance for people to weigh in with their thoughts. It takes place at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center at the corner of 10th Avenue and Country Club Drive.

A new trail in Mendocino County goes public later this month. The trail though the 426 acre Noyo River Redwoods will have a sneak peak on Sunday, September 29th. You’ll have to ride the trail to get there though on a special excursion of the Skunk Train pulls out of the Willits station at 10:00 AM. The preview should last until around 3:00 with a train back to Willits. The Mendocino Land Trust is hosting and you can contact them for more information.

Senior citizens groups want Governor Newsom to get behind a bill they say would lower the price of prescription drugs. The measure would end a practice called pay for delay, where critics say makers of cheaper generic drugs get money from big brand names to keep generics off the market. The California AARP says high prescription costs are a big burden for many older people in the state and that this bill would help by getting generics onto pharmacy shelves more quickly. Big pharmaceutical combines defend the practice, saying they need make sure those drugs are thoroughly tested before they go off brand, which they say can be a long and expensive process.

Middle and High school students would get a later start to the school day under a bill that’s waiting for Governor Newsom’s signature. The measure would prohibit middle schools from starting before 8:00 AM and High Schools from starting before 8:30. Supporters say the later start is a good idea because research shows even a little more sleep for teens helps both their physical—and mental health. Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, saying the state shouldn’t get involved in local school decisions.

Today is National Guacamole Day. The main ingredient, of course is Avocados and they are less expensive too. Over the summer, Hass Avocados were around two-ten a pound nationally, today they go for about a buck sixteen on average. Americans eat 60 million pounds of Avocados a day, many of them grown here in California.

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