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A man from Clearlake has pleaded not guilty to murder, assault and other charges after police say he intentionally ran over another man with his van last week. 62 year old Thomas McGee is accused of striking the victim on Highway 20 and Seventh Avenue in Lucerne early last Tuesday morning and then driving off. He was arrested on Highway 53 in Clearlake Oaks a few minutes later. The victim identified as 40 year old Joseph Jackson of Lucerne, died before he could be flown to a trauma center. Witnesses say McGee also tried to hit a woman, identified as Rachael Gill, moments before aiming his van at Jackson. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies say McGee and Jackson knew each other and that two had been arguing over some property, but they have not said how Gill was involved or why McGee might have tried to run her over too. McGee is being held on 1.3 million dollars bail and is due back in court again in January. Reports say he has a rap sheet that goes all the way back to 1976 that includes felony convictions in several counties

A man who walked off from the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp in Mendocino County last week is back in custody. Agents from office of Corrections found 31 year old Jonathan Washington hiding out in Valejo on Monday. He’d been on the run from the minimum security conservation camp since Friday when guards couldn’t find him during a routine headcount. He was serving a three year sentence from Kings County and will likely have more time tacked on now. The odds weren’t in Washington’s favor. The state says since 1977, 99 percent of all escapees have been caught.

Signup is open for a 5 and 10 k run next month that benefits literacy in Lake County. The 30th annual Vineyard Run for Literacy is scheduled for Sunday October 13th It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Lake County Literacy Coaltion. Money brought in pays for a free Adult Literacy program at the County Librarywhich the Coalition says has helped more than 2,100 people since it began. The run at Steele Winery in Kelseyville starts at 9:00 AM on the 13th and you can register beforehand through the website or contact the literacy program at the Lake County library.

A new place for the homeless to get a hot shower is now available in Lake County. Adventist HJealth has unveiled a mobile shower trailer that will offer hygiene services to people with no other place to go. Local agencies that help the homeless says the showers on wheels will fill an unmet and often unrecognized need. The trailer will be available for the first time at the week’s Veterans Stand down at the Lake County Fairgrounds today and tomorrow and will also be at the Big Oaks Peer support center in Clearlake Oaks every Monday starting next week.

Officials think they’re zeroing in on the cause of illnesses and deaths related to California The state says many of the people who got sick had been vaping counterfeit marijuana products of dubious quality. Some companies that sell LEGAL cannabis vape products say bogus companies have even been mimicking package designs trying to fool unsuspecting buyers. So far, seven people in California have died. The latest death was reported Monday in Tulare County.

Look for a big legal fight over California’s emission rules. The EPA is expected today to pull the state’s permission to enforce tougher standards than federal law calls for. That waiver was granted during the Obama administration, but automakers have always opposed it, saying it’s too cumbersome to follow state by state standards. Governor Newsom says the state will do whatever it takes to kep it tougher emission rules which are also followed by 13 other states.

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