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A burglary reported at a pizzeria in Point Arena. Deputies say the burglary actually happened last Thursday at the Point Arena Pizza restaurant with food and cookware taken. They say they found some of the stuff near a campfire with eyewitnesses reporting it was Dylan Donavan who took the items. Deputies say they found the man and talked to him and found probable cause to arrest him for suspicion of burglary. They say later found items that were connected to the crime and Donavan. The 27 year old was also on pre-trial release on a separate criminal matter and in violation of court orders. He was jailed on $15,000 bail.

A Red Flag warning continues. Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit beefing up firefighting units in preparation, calling for engines, hand crews and bulldozers to be staffed 24/7. They’ve also reportedly called on additional Emergency Command Center personnel to be at the ready as well, and for other staffers to fill command and control functions if there’s a major fire. Winds expected to pick up tonight into tomorrow morning with possible gusts of up to 35 miles an hour. The gusty winds, low humidity, and dry fuels are a mix for critical fire weather conditions.

A resident from Clearlake charged with setting the Clayton fire and several others over a one year period has been sent to prison. Damin Pashilk in court yesterday sent to prison for 15 years for the Clayton and three other fires. Some fire victims read impact statements about running from their homes and losing personal, irreplaceable items and looking for new places to live. It all comes after Pashilk pleaded no contest for the Western fire in July of 2016, near Middletown; the North Branch fire, also in July, near Clearlake; the Canyon fire in Aug. of 2016, near Lower Lake; and the Clayton fire in August of that year. Pashilk was credited with time served, and could still have his time reduced. A restitution hearing is set for next year. He’s been in jail since his arrest in August of 2016.

Residents in Lake County are being encouraged to register to vote or update their current information. Lake Co News reports the Office of the Registrar of Voters reminding this on National Voter Registration Day, today. Some voters can register online now too, at https://registertovote.ca.gov/ or in person at the Office of the Registrar of Voters on the second floor of the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeport. You can also do it at the DMV, city clerk’s offices, public libraries and post offices. Some 16 and 17 year old’s can also preregister to vote to vote in the general election next year.

August real estate numbers released by the Lake County Association of Realtors showing sales mostly flat or down compared to a year ago. The median sales price in August a smidgen under $260,000, which was up about 2.8 percent from the July median and down a point from last August.  The president of the Association says demand is showing signs of improving due to lower rates on loans, but says buyers are still cautious because of economic and market uncertainty which continues.

A school in Northern Calif. the first to have a school desegregation order in about fifty years. The k-8th grade school has a motto, “All cultures. All faiths. All races. All abilities. All gender identities … The future is welcome at Willow Creek Academy.” The Press Democrat reports the school in Sausalito is noted as one of the state’s top charter schools. But a state review reportedly found the only other school, a traditional public school nearby, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy which has mostly African American and Latino students needs reforming due to past inequities. After a desegregation complaint by the California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, the district now has to treat kids at MLK differently. Some folks just want the two schools combined and some decrying that Willow Creek Academy would never do anything to hurt its mostly minority sister school.

A big tortoise somehow gets away from its owner and ends up in someone else’s yard, is now back home. 41-year-old Dino the tortoise got out of his outdoor enclosure in Red Bluff and was found a half mile away from his owner. The 150-pound reptile was lured with watermelon and returned to his owner. Apparently it’s breeding season, one tortoise rescue agency says the tortoises looking for companionship is “a daily occurrence this time of year.”

The federal government strengthening its threats to sue the state of Calif. sending a letter warning of sanctions because of incomplete reports on implementing the Clean Air Act. The EPA sending a letter to the California Air Resources Board saying Calif has the “worst air quality in the United States” and didn’t follow thru on the “most basic tasks” under the federal law. The EPA giving the state until October 10th to rescind the “incomplete” plans and send new reports on more than 80 municipalities the government says is in noncompliance.

An Amber Alert is canceled for a toddler who police say was abducted by his father after the pair are found dead. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office only said two bodies connected to the Amber Alert over the weekend were found at a remote campsite, but they’ve not formally identified them as father Steven Weir and toddler John. There was an alert to find the dad Friday. He was last seen Friday night in Merced. They further said he was armed and dangerous and driving a red 2005 Hyundai Elantra.

PG&E has moved forward cutting power to 24,000 customers in Northern Calif after dangerous weather conditions. The largest utility in the nation cuts power to areas of Butte, Nevada and Yuba counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills until conditions are deemed safer. They also warned they may do the same in El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties if gusty winds and hot, dry weather continues, but yesterday afternoon dialed some of that back. At the same time, Southern California Edison has also warned they could turn power off for 41,000 customers due to forecasts calling for gusty Santa Ana winds. You may recall there was a power shut off last October for 87,000 PG&E customers, but they canceled plans to turn power off just before the Camp Fire which devastated the town of Paradise.

 

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