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The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fort Bragg man who allegedly vandalized a utility pole with a chainsaw. 29-year-old Travis Moore already had an active felony warrant out for a county parole violation. Moore was picked up by deputies on a separate call, but deputies searched Moore’s vehicle and found clothing, and other items linked him directly to the cutting down of the pole. The utility pole was completely snapped in half. Pacific Gas and Electric replaced the pole and estimated the repair costs at $60-thousand. An AT&T communication line also used this utility pole and was also damaged. The amount for this damage is still unknown. Moore has been charged with violation of county parole, felony vandalism, and resisting arrest.

A California county has approved millions of dollars in funding to address a homeless encampment that has been deemed a public health emergency. Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors approved nearly 12 million in funding Monday to provide housing and other services to those living in a mile-long encampment of tents along the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa. Seven million has been allocated for county leaders to buy existing multi-bedroom units and to open at least two shelters. The rest of the money will be used to create seven new positions at the Department of Health Services and to acquire existing housing.

A man is dead after a tree fell in Muir Woods in Marin County. Officials say the 29-year-old was killed Tuesday afternoon after getting hit by debris when a tree fell and hit other trees. It was nearing sunset on Christmas Eve, about a half-hour before the park was set to close. Three people were walking on Hillside Trail when five trees collapsed like dominos. A 29-year-old man was killed. A second person suffered minor injuries. The identity of the hikers was not released.

A Ukiah man led the Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies in a low-speed car chase on Highway 162 near Covelo. Deputies say that 46-year-old Jack Towers refused to pull over and continued southbound at 45 mph. Towers did swerve over into the northbound lanes several times. The chase came to an end once CHP laid down spike strips. The car came to a stop on the side of Highway 101. Deputies noticed that Towers behaved like he was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. After a search of his vehicle, they found loaded guns in the glove compartment. He has been charged with evading a peace officer, DUI, reckless driving, and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities have arrested two people who allegedly stole over a hundred packages and letters from mailboxes in Northern California. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man stealing mail in Durham just before 2 a.m. Monday. A sergeant spotted a car matching the description of the suspect and tried to catch up. The driver lost control and the car flipped over. Authorities found 108 packages and envelopes addressed to about 56 people and 37 addresses. Jeremy Blumlein and Breanna Maier were arrested on suspicion of identity theft, mail theft and probation violation.

Officials are searching for a man who allegedly burglarized the Hopland Post Office earlier this month. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says a surveillance camera caught the suspect and his car at 7:45 am on December 8th. The vehicle is a dark gray Nissan Altima. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s to early 30s. He is five foot ten inches tall and is described as having a skinny build. He was wearing a red hoodie and blue jeans. The U.S. Postal Inspectors are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that could lead to an arrest and conviction of the burglar.

Officials are identifying a pedestrian who died after getting hit by a SMART train on Friday as a 71-year-old Novato man. They say Ernest Caldwell was walking alone in the vicinity of the road-level pedestrian crossing at Grant Avenue near Railroad Avenue when he was hit by a northbound train. Police say all of the train warning signals and safety equipment were operating properly at the time of the incident. An investigation is underway.

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