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Governor Newsom says the state is monitoring 8,400 people for the coronavirus. That word comes as the CDC continues to look for people who may have been in contact with a woman who tested positive for the illness in Solano County earlier this week. She is the first person to get sick with no known connection to any of the travel-related cases so far. The governor says California has only 200 test kits for coronavirus but that more are on the way. Health officials say while there is no reason for panic, it is also no time to be complacent and that more cases are possible, even likely, in California and the rest of the country.

A woman from Ukiah is being held on one million dollars bond on attempted murder and other charges. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says 47-year-old Nicole Birdsall broke in and tried to stab her ex inside the woman’s home on Faul Avenue early last Sunday morning. The victim suffered wounds to her abdomen and Birdsong was also cut. Both and were taken to Adventist Hospital, where Birdsong was arrested. Another woman in the home at the time was not injured.

A man from Ukiah is in jail after the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says he tried to get his pit bull to attack another man during a fight and also to attack the deputies who arrived to break it up. Deputies say they had to use their tasers to subdue 39-year-old Benjamin Kimpton when he turned the dog on them when the responded to a call about a fight on North State Street Thursday morning. The pit bull ran off after police fired pepper spray at the animal twice during the altercation. Kimpton was eventually subdued and now is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, being under the influence, and violating his probation from another case. He is being held on thirty thousand dollars bond.

Burglary, robbery, and domestic violence charges against a man who the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says threatened to kill an ex-girlfriend. Deputies say 19-year-old Armando Gonzalez broke into the victim’s home on Agnes Lane in Calpella early Sunday morning and assaulted her before he grabbed her cell phone and took off. Deputies say their investigation led them to Gonzalez, who turned over the phone which had text messages from him to the 18-year-old woman, saying he was going to kill her. Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the county jail on $150,000 bond.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says a man from Ukiah is accused of violating both his probation and a protective order. Deputies say 49-year-old ChalesSchlapkohl was arrested after a call about an unwanted person in a car on North State Street Wednesday afternoon. They say they found Schlapkohl with a woman who had a domestic abuse protection order against him. Officers say Schlapkohl was also on probation on another charge. In addition, he is accused of having drugs that deputies say they found on him he was being arrested. Schalpkohl is being held at the county jail without bail.

The ground was shaking in the Cobb area on Thursday afternoon. The USGS says a 3.5 magnitude earthquake around 3:30 was centered near Bear Canyon just over the line in Sonoma County. Reports came in from people who said they felt it in Kelseyville and Middletown and from folks in Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties as well. No reports of any damage. Thursday’s quake follows an earlier 3.7 magnitude shaker in Lake County around 10:30 on Wednesday morning.

A fire in the Mendocino National Forest near Covelo is 50 percent contained. The Baseball fire ground covers about 88 acres in Mendocino and Glenn counties and is burning in some steep, rugged terrain with no immediate threat to property or buildings. It apparently started in a pile that was part of an earlier prescribed burn in the area.

The state has increased its fine against PG&E for causing the devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The utility is now on the hook for 2.1 billion dollars, up from a 1.7 billion dollar sanction that an administrative law judge imposed last December. The ruling also says shareholders, not customers, will have to cover the cost. PG&E says it is disappointed by that tougher punishment and is continuing to work hard to decrease the risk of future fires. 200 million dollars from the fine will go directly to California’s General Fund

If you use Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa for your travels, you’ll soon have two fewer destinations to choose from. The Press-Democrat says Sun Country is ending seasonal service to and from Las Vegas and Minneapolis because of low demand. The airport had been a stopover on those three weekly flights since 2017. The Sonoma to Vegas route could get picked up later this year or early next year by Alaska Airlines which recently added more flights starting this summer.

It’s the last weekend before California’s Super Tuesday primary. If you are filling out a mail-in ballot it will have to be back at the Registrar of Voters office by Tuesday. Voters have several local races and issues to decide on as well as the candidates running for President.

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