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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday afternoon to reports of a suspicious device found in the yard of a home in the Humboldt Hill area. The Sheriff’s Office E-O-D Team was dispatched shortly after 1 pm to a house on the 23-hundred block of Parkwood Boulevard. California Highway Patrol temporarily closed off Humboldt Hill Road between Kipling Drive and Parkwood Boulevard. The team dispatched an E-O-D robot, which found that the device did indeed contain explosive materials. The device was neutralized and taken by deputies for further investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information on this incident to contact them.

The Humboldt County Drug Task Force searched a room inside the Bear River Casino Motel and seized drugs, guns, and cash. County Drug Task Force agents receive a tip that 36-year-old Casey Menanno and Brittney Thompson were dealing large amounts of heroin from the motel room. The two were taken into custody without incident. Agents after a search of both their vehicle and room recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun, 33 pounds of weed, almost a pound of what is believed to be heroin, digital scales, and $5,000 cash. The two have been charged with possession with intent to sell narcotics and weapons violations.

The California Highway Patrol has the numbers of how many DUI arrests they made over the Holidays. The maximum enforcement period from December 23rd through January 1st is when law enforcement agencies are out specifically looking for impaired drivers, as well as other violations like seat belts and distracted driving. According to the Lake County News, the Clear Lake area office had three DUI arrests and no fatality crashes. CHP during those 30 hours reports that they made were 491 DUI arrests and that three fatality crashes claimed the lives of 10 people. Some good news is that arrests and crashes were lower this year compared to 2018, where there were over 11-hundred DUI arrests, and 25 people died in fatality crashes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Mendocino Unit will be burning in the State Response Area surrounding the Ukiah Valley off and on this month. The control burns will be done on days where the weather and air quality are permittable. The Ukiah area control burns are part of the CAL FIRE Priority Ukiah Fuels Reduction Project. The burns will begin at 10 am and wrap up at 6 pm daily. This is the third part of the joint project will cover over 26-thousand five hundred and 41 acres in the Ukiah area; and will include regions South of Lake Mendocino, the communities of El Dorado, Vichy Springs, Talmage, the West Ukiah hills, the Turtle Creek drainage, Ukiah Valley and the base of Cow Mountain. During the control burns, smoke and flames may be visible.

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