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Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies say they had to use Narcan to revive a woman who had overdosed on heroin in a home on North State Street. Officers responded to that medical call and administered the opioid reversing drug to the woman who they say shot heroin about half an hour before. She was revived and taken to the hospital. Deputies have been carrying Narcan for this type of emergency since earlier this year. State statistics show Mendocino County has the
third-highest number of overdose deaths per capita in California.

Two women have been charged with stealing from a mailbox in Redwood Valley. Sheriff’s deputies on a routine patrol say they spotted 51-year-old Julia Hutchins of Redwood Valley and 50-year-old Leslie Mishou of Ukiah taking mail from a box on East School Way. They’re each now facing mail theft and conspiracy charges. Deputies say the two were on probation for earlier crimes, so they will be charged for that violation as well. Hutchins and Mishou were taken to the county jail on $10,000 bail.

There are three new members of the Ukiah Police Department. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports two of them have finished training and are now on duty, while a third will be on the street when she is through with her field training. Even with the new hires police officials say the department is still short-staffed, but that they hope to bolster the force with more new officers finishing their training and coming on board after the new year.

Police across the state are starting their annual stepped up patrols to fight drunk and impaired driving. Beginning this weekend through New Years Day there will be more officers on the roads looking out for people who shouldn’t be driving. Cops say they aren’t out to spoil holiday fun, but want drivers to know that those who don’t heed the warning are risking their lives and the lives of others on the road too. The California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. are paying for the extra patrols.

Enrollment in the Lakeport Unified Central School District is down, but officials say the district is in good financial shape. The district board got a budget update this week, with Chief Business officer Jacque Eischens telling members that staff and the community continue to work together holding the line on spending and that the outlook is rosy as planning starts on the next fiscal plan. reports Superintendent Jill Falconer told the board that enrollment has dropped with students moving out of the district and that she is concerned about some chronic absenteeism as well. Falconer says her office is trying to find a pattern to that absenteeism problem and will fix it once they identify what’s wrong.

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