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A carjacking suspect is dead after getting put in a restraint by sheriff’s deputies outside Sebastopol. Sheriff’s officials say deputies meant to make him unconscious following a chase yesterday morning. The man was reported to have experienced a medical emergency after being put in handcuffs and he was rushed to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he died.

Developers are fighting back against a new Windsor regulation that bans natural gas in new homes. The county is getting sued by developers who aren’t ok with the city requiring that most new homes use electric appliances for cooking and heating instead of natural gas technology. They claim the ban violates state environmental law and ignores the increased use of generators by folks who live in homes that don’t have gas.

SMART will be offering free rides for all passengers during limited service through December 1st. The free rides on five northbound and five southbound trains from San Rafael to the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is warning folks about a credit card skimming operation going on in Auburn. Deputies say that they have found several skimmers at numerous gas stations throughout the area. Multiple pumps had the skimmers embedded in them, so it was pretty much impossible to know what was happening. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office recommends monitoring your bank account and credit cards for unauthorized transactions. The suspects have been known to use the stolen credit card info to buy gift cards. If your card or statements have been affected, contact the sheriff’s office. To avoid skimmers, go inside and pay the cashier; and, better yet, use cash.

Seven people are displaced from their home following a Thanksgiving Day apartment fire in Fairfield. Flames broke out yesterday morning on Gregory Street. Firefighters were able to get it under control relatively quickly, but four units were destroyed. Investigators say the fire was accidental and caused by the soldering of pipes. Damage is estimated at 100-thousand dollars.

With Black Friday sales going on across the nation, the Regional Park District in the East Bay wants people to come visit their parks instead of shopping. District officials said on Thursday that they are waiving fees for activities at their parks during Black Friday in an effort to encourage people to spend the day outdoors. This has been a tradition for the East Bay Regional Park District. This is the fifth year in a row for the event called “Green Friday.”

Humane Society Silicon Valley is helping save animals across California thanks to a Petco grant. The organization got a grant from the Petco Foundation in September. They used the 61-thousand-dollar grant to buy a truck that helps re-home homeless dogs and cats awaiting adoption in shelters throughout California. It travels between northern and southern parts of the state, relieving shelters of dogs and cats that struggle to find a home.

Folks in the South Bay who are looking to adopt a pet are in luck. Humane Society Silicon Valley is launching its Home for the Holidays adoption program today in which any adult animal at its three locations has adoption fees of just twenty bucks. The program highlights animals that have been with the organization for a long time or have special needs. People can take advantage of the offer through January 5th.

Fire officials are warning folks to make sure your fireplaces are cleaned and inspected every year before firing them up in the winter. Several house fires this time of year are started after someone starts a fire without having their chimney cleaned and properly inspected.

A body was discovered Thursday night after a fire near Middletown. Fire crews received the call of a fire on Grange Road at around 6 pm, when they arrived, they found an RV engulfed in flames right beside the home. Unfortunately, the firefighters didn’t have any water supply. At 6:30, crews were able to search the RV finally and found the body. The fire was tapped out shortly before 6:40 pm. At this time, no information has been made available.

The two men charged with the murder of a Lucerne man made their first court appearance on Tuesday. 49-year-old Daniel Ford and 35-year-old Michael Shaffer who allegedly killed 70-year-old Nicky Smith last Saturday morning and left his body on the side of the road near Lakeport. Both men were arrested that evening and are facing numerous charges of murder committed during an attempted robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking. The Lake County News reports that District Attorney Susan Krones said that this wasn’t a random killing Smith had prior contact with both Ford and Shaffer. The two are at the Lake County Jail without bond.

Mendocino County Law enforcement arrested a man in connection to the hit-and-run death of a skateboarder back in July. 21-year-old Calum Pulido got hit by a car on Little Lake Road near the intersection of Highway 1 in Mendocino. According to the Press Democrat, 36-year-old Ricky Santos was arrested Wednesday and charged with being an accessory. Santos was the passenger in the car, CHP is still searching for the driver 41-year-old Gina Bean.

The Kincade burn area is under a Flash Flood Watch with a storm expected to roll in sometime tomorrow, bringing heavy rains that could last until early Monday morning. That could trigger flash flooding in the northern Sonoma County-area that was scarred by wildfires back in October.

The Clearlake Police Department initiated ‘Operation Drive Safe,’ special enforcement that focused on traffic-related violations on Tuesday. Between 8 am until 6 pm, regular patrol, including five additional officers, racked up a total of 74 traffic stops. Ten criminal, 27 moving, and 17 parking citations were issued and 11 arrests. Officials with the Clearlake PD want to make sure that local drivers and visitors from out of town get to their holiday destinations safely; plus, it makes Clearlake a cleaner, safer city.

The Ukiah Salvation Army needs Bell Ringers for its annual Red Kettle Campaign in Mendocino County. The posts set up this year in Ukaih will be at Safeway, Walmart, Lucky Supermarket, and Raley’s and in Willits (Will-lets) at the Grocery Outlet. The money raised in Mendocino County stays in the county to help with a variety of programs ranging from food pantries, emergency food and housing services, seasonal fundraising, and so much more. Each volunteer session is two hours, and volunteers are protected from the elements throughout the time.

The 12th annual “Wreaths Across America” commemoration in Lake County is Saturday, December 14th. Every year millions of Americans gather to remember the fallen and honor those who serve and teach the next generation about the value of freedom. The National Wreaths Across America Day event takes place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states. In Lake County, ceremonies are being held at Hartley, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Middletown, St. Mary’s, and Upper Lake.

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