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Forecasters say storms like the one slamming into northern and interior California only happen once or twice a year, but – just our luck – this time it is hitting during one of the busiest travel times of the year too. Look for a variety of potential weather-related hazards depending on where you are or where you are going. There is a flash flood watch for the area scarred by the Kincaid fire last month, a winter storm warning for elevations above 2,000 feet in Lake County, that could see more than 18 inches of snow, and a high wind warning for the ridges and coastal lowlands of Mendocino County for gusts as high as 70 miles an hour through Wednesday. If your travel plans take you north and east toward the Sierra Nevada, it will be even worse as big mountain snowfalls could make driving difficult, if not
impossible. Meteorologists even have a scary sounding name for this type of storm. A “bomb cyclone” is the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane. We’ll see a small break around the holiday, but another storm system threatens travel-busting conditions later in the weekend

Mendocino County deputies have arrested a man from Laytonville who they say had a stolen gun inside a business on North Highway 101 and fired the weapon while a 7-year-old child was nearby. Deputies say a search warrant led them to the .44 magnum, and surveillance video showed 38-year-old Niko Steffan allegedly firing it in the business last Wednesday morning around 8:30. Steffan already said to be on probation and prohibited from having a weapon. Charges against him include willful cruelty to a child, illegal discharge of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and violation of probation. He was booked into the Mendocino County lockup where the judge set bail at $25,000.

A report says the California DMV is making money selling off your personal data. According to the website Vice, the DMV hauled in more than fifty million dollars in the last fiscal year by selling to third party groups like data brokers, credit bureaus and private
investigators. The state won’t say just what’s for sale but that it is all perfectly legal and carefully monitored for authorized use only.

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