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State water officials are optimistic about the amount of snow on the Sierra Nevada. They say the water contained in the Sierra Nevada snowpack was 97 percent of normal for January 2nd at Philips Station where it was measured. Reports show 85-percent of the water for four Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, comes from melting snow in the Sierra Nevada.

Two Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies are recovering after crashing while responding to a call off State Highway 12. They got word of a domestic violence incident at a home along the highway near Melita Road Wednesday evening. As one deputy got to the home, the other rear-ended the first. One of the deputies was taken to the hospital and the other suffered minor injuries. The highway was shut down for about an hour and an investigation is underway.

The man accused of being the Northern California Rapist is facing dozens of charges. Fifty-nine-year-old Roy Charles Waller appeared in Sacramento County Superior Court yesterday. He is accused of sexually assaulting at least nine women in a series of attacks that spanned six Northern California counties. Prosecutors say Waller would use a weapon to victimize the women, many of whom were Asian. The attacks occurred between 1991 and 2006. DNA evidence linked Waller to the crimes. Waller remains in custody and will be back in court when his preliminary hearing continues on January 10.

The Mendocino District Attorney’s office has completed what many would consider a daunting task in half the time they were given. Proposition 64, which went into effect after voters elected to pass the legislation in 2016, contained provisions that reduced or eliminated marijuana law violations, while at the same time, made the changes retroactive. Meaning people who were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor marijuana-related offenses could be expunged or downgraded. While there were 3.311 marijuana convictions in Mendocino County, only 130 people had sought to have their convictions overturned From November 8, 2016, through December 31, 2019. District Attorney David Eyster fast-tracked his case reviews, using his own in-house data management system, a system known as Justware. Using the system, the District Attorney’s office was able to review every case involving marijuana and other drug charges and file written motions to the Mendocino County Superior Court. In all, 3,311 motions were filed, the same number of marijuana convictions in the county dating back to 1973.

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