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A man found guilty of murder for shooting another man to death gets 50 years to life. Michael Saner, formerly of Navarro, was sentenced to 25 years to life for murder in the first degree and another 25 for the personal and intentional use of firearm to inflict death upon another. The man claims cops lied and he was being railroaded. While at trial he said he blacked out, so it was hard for him to be cross-examined. But while in court yesterday, he apparently recovered his memory and says the victim had a knife, so he was justified in shooting him in the back. But witness statements said the victim was unarmed and was caught off-guard and murdered at a friend’s home.

A man in Laytonville’s arrested for being drunk and threatening a 7 year old. Mendocino deputies say they got a call to a drunk person in possession of a firearm at a business, finding Niko Steffen obviously intoxicated. Deputies say later they heard from a seven year old that Steffen pointed a firearm at the child while at the business, and he also shot off the firearm in the juvenile’s presence. So they got a search warrant and found a stolen 44 magnum handgun, spent casings, and other evidence showing a gun had been fired inside the business. Plus video footage confirmed it. Steffen was arrested for willful cruelty to a child:  possible injury/death, discharge of firearm in grossly negligent manner, receiving stolen property and probation revoked and held on $25,000.00 bail.

Reports of a threat at Fort Bragg High School averted, but questions about why the school was never put on lockdown. On Tuesday police say they learned about a possible threat directed at the High School by the custodian. And the custodian, Brandon Williamson was arrested, then searched his home finding 16 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and high-capacity magazines. His family says he’s a firearms dealer on the side. But community members complained the school was not put on lockdown. But the School District and Police say they found the school was not in immediate danger and the threat was limited to verbal statements and after school hours.

A man in Ukiah’s been arrested after being found in a parked car. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says a Deputy on uniformed patrol saw the man, Russell Harmon in the car and found he was on Pre-Trial Release with a search waiver. They found there was a bunch of methamphetamine that it appeared was going to be sold. They also found smoking paraphernalia and say he appeared to be high. He’s charged with possess controlled substances for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and for disobeying a court order. He’s held on $40,000.00 bail.

The Ukiah Zoning Administrator has approved the permits for an auto repair shop to store impounded vehicles. All in One Auto Repair and Towing on North State Street applied for the permits for two parcels of land in the 600 block of Talmage Road. They had been storing tractor trailers and now the business wants to use the secured storage facility for vehicles impounded by the Ukiah Police Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

The proposed Transient Occupancy Tax will get onto a ballot for residents to decide. The measure will be on the March 2020 presidential primary ballot for short-term visitor accommodations in private campgrounds in Mendocino County. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors passed the tax ordinance change to collect taxes from private campgrounds, RV parks, and tent sites.  It would be a general tax but the income would go to fire agencies at 75 percent with the remainder to be distributed at the discretion of the Fire Chief’s Association.

Yet another trial for a man from Ukiah found guilty of raping a minor. The Mendocino County DA’s Office reports 23 year old Zachary Barajas was convicted of the forcible rape of a minor. He was also charged with crimes against another victim, forcible rape of a minor and forcible oral copulation of a minor, but the jury couldn’t come to a unanimous verdict on those charges. But he was held after on no bail. A fourth trial has been set on the charges related to the second victim with a February start date. It was supposed to be November 19th.

The City of Clearlake is moving forward with formal complaints against the Lake County Treasurer-Tax Collector. The city to send multiple letters related to Barbara Ringen who is alleged to have been negligent of her duties regarding the sale of tax-defaulted properties. The city’s asking the county and state to investigate her. The letters say Ringen has not initiated any defaulted land sales, has neglected to sell properties for which taxes have been left unpaid and say her actions are a financial burden on the County of Lake and a public safety issue for the City of Clearlake.

Congressional members from Northern Calif. say they’ll bring a bill forward to improve electrical grids across the country after the PG&E public safety power shutoffs.  Congressmen Mike Thompson, Jared Huffman and many other reps say the bill would help improve the infrastructure of the country’s electrical grid so it can hold up to extreme weather and natural disasters better. They say it will help deliver consistent and reliable energy. It comes after several intentional power downs by Pacific Gas and Electric that have left millions of Californians without power.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has to find a new Registrar of Voters after the latest person resigned. Lake Co News reports it’s the second time in less than a year that the top person in the elections office left. Today was supposed to be the last day for Catherine McMullen after she took over at the end of June, but she’s now staying until just after Thanksgiving. The news site reports McMullen didn’t say why she was resigning, only it was the best decision for herself and her family. The matter was continued until the next board meeting next week.

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