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A drug store robber gets out of prison time. The Mendocino County D-A reports one of three robbers from Sacramento who swiped more than $30,000 in drugs during a robbery at a Rite Aid in Willits, 19 year old Eural Strickland IV, instead gets probation. After the probation department and prosecutors referred him for prison time, the judge cited his age, and not fully formed brain. He already had a 90 day diagnostic study, now Strickland will be referred back to the probation department for recommendations for probation which he will hear at a future court hearing. The DA says the sentencing decision sends the wrong message to local criminals and others from out of the area, that they can commit violent crimes in Mendocino County and avoid prison time if they’re relatively young.

A man from Ukiah convicted of murdering another transient gets prison time. The Mendocino County D-A’s Facebook page with the story of 23 year old transient, Isaiah Bennett who was convicted in October for causing the untimely death of the victim, kicking him in the face causing traumatic and fatal injuries. Bennett was sentenced to the maximum of 8 years in state prison and will be required to serve at least 85% of the overall term. It’s his first time in state prison, the DA says, but not his first prison stay. He served 44-months previously for second degree burglary and statutory rape.

Power generators rented by the City of Ukiah after Pacific Gas and Electric announced power downs in fire weather conditions may be purchased in the future. The generators had to be rented to keep the city’s sewer and water system online during the Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The Daily Journal reports one of the generators is about $200,000 for purchase. A city public works management analyst says the city council may revisit the matter in the spring with a decision to purchase instead of rent so there’s no worry to keep sewage flowing thru the pipes, instead of backing up in people’s homes.

The Sheriff is handing out commendations to a fire crew in Humboldt County for helping during fire season in Mendocino County. Sheriff Allman in a small ceremony Tuesday at the Cal Fire Humboldt- Del Norte Unit in Fortuna bestowed the honor on a team of 4, telling them they were in the right spot and the right time, doing the right thing. The group, Cal Fire apparatus engineer Jesus Valdovinos, and Cal Fire firefighters Bobby Gray, Kianna Norman, and Peter Hewson for their work in October on Highway 20, about six miles east of the 101 in Mendocino County where a spot fire broke out as part of the Burris Fire in Potter Valley.

A late fall fire breaks out in Boonville taking three businesses and threatening homes. Firefighters on the scene yesterday afternoon after the fire broke out at an apartment complex in the 14000 block of Highway 128. The Pic-N-Pay Market, a Mexican restaurant and laundromat all reportedly burned in the fire. The highway was closed down as firefighters descended on the area just before 2 pm yesterday. No injuries were reported. Firefighters on the scene until after dark last night.

A plan to take over PG&E is taking shape. As many as 100 leaders in California working on a proposal include mayors of San Jose, Oakland and Santa Cruz putting the framework together including making the utility a nonprofit cooperative that will have to raise about $60 billion to pay creditors and wildfire victims. The mayor of San Jose says that will allow them to be transparent, accountable, and equitable. Mayor Sam Liccardo apparently the brains behind the plan announced in a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission last month after public safety power shutoffs in red flag weather conditions. The electric cooperative would be owned by its customers who get to elect the board of directors. If it goes thru, they would take control of PG& E and its transmission system with a new governing body.

A rule finalized by the federal government to cut food stamps to nearly 700,000 Americans will hit Calif. The USDA says it’ll save the agency $5.5 billion over five years and intends to put the rule into effect in April 2020. It will impact almost 200,000 Californians. Current law says healthy adults without dependents who work less than 80 hours a month or are participating in a training or volunteering activity gets three months of food stamps every three years. Those can be waived by states and counties at will. The Press Democrat reports the California Association of Food Banks estimates as many as 700,000 Californians will be affected.

The city of Clearlake continues cleaning up blight. The police department’s Code Enforcement Bureau heads out for cleanup and board ups as the weather clears. On Redwood Street, they reportedly found a property owner had passed away years ago, so squatters and trespassers were in the home since then. Police say homes like this can be taken over and can be the site of criminal activities or illegal drug use. There are about 10 properties that are on an abatement list for the city, but because of weather, they’ve not been able to complete them.

The federal government setting aside more than 2 billion dollars in disaster recovery for places like Lake and Butte County to recover from devastating wildfires. Lake Co News reports the money for declared disasters including the Sulphur fire and Mendocino complex in Lake County. The HUD secretary Ben Carson says the grants will help the communities continue their recovery process including the rebuilding of homes, restoration of businesses and repairing of critical infrastructure. The money for fires between Oct. 8th to the 31st of 2017, in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

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