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A man from Oregon’s been arrested after an alarm went off at Laytonville High School. Deputies report they found broken glass on the door of the Special Education room and stolen computer equipment. Someone from the school with a Deputy going thru the school surveillance video saw a man when the alarm went off, so they found Rick Oxford who consented to a search of his backpack. There they found several items that were taken from a classroom so the guy was arrested for possession of stolen property and burglary and was booked into the Mendocino County Jail but not held in jail after he was booked, due to coronavirus.

Schools in Ukiah have a new fall start date, moving earlier than in the past. August 17th will be the first day because more staff have to train and they need more planning time that was set to last throughout the school year. There’s no other information at this time. The school system has also released info on the free Summer Food Distribution plan, that’s happening today from 7 am to 1 pm. Families can pick up 15 meals for any child 18 or younger. The program is going every Wednesday at Ukiah High. There are no food deliveries by bus over summertime. A reminder from the school system to please wear a mask and practice social distancing when picking up food.

 A man in Ukiah’s busted for a burglary in process. A neighbor saw an unfamiliar car Sunday in the 700 block of Vichy Hills Drive so they walked up the driveway to look and heard someone inside the home. The neighbor called the homeowner who said nobody should be there, so they called police. Deputies entered the home, Kevin Dahlund, was seen standing in the kitchen and told by police to leave immediately. He was arrested after deputies found stolen items in his vehicle. He was charged with burglary and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $50,000.00 bail

Two people have been arrested in Ukiah after a report of shots fired on Laws Avenue. Deputies went to the area early Sunday morning and heard from witnesses, who said they heard at least 5 gun shots, then saw people running from the area. Deputies saw two men about a ½ mile away, Phillip Lopez and Julian Armas.  Lopez was found to be on active Parole and Armas on active Formal Probation out of Mendocino County.
Deputies detained both men and found a 9mm handgun in a nearby flower bed. They let a police dog out who found smokeless powder used for ammunition and then deputies found 5 spent bullet casings. The men arrested for violating their probation and parole and Armas for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Lopez held on $25,000.00 bail. And
Armas on $75,000.00 bail.

The City of Willits is reporting finding COVID-19 in sewage. They did a test of sewer influent and say the virus was in the sewer system. The City says they’re still awaiting results from Brooktrails. The sample test collection was last week.

A daily record of cases of coronavirus in Sonoma County is being attributed to the homeless on Santa Rosa streets, residents at a skilled nursing center and continued testing finding the virus in Latino neighborhoods. The Press Democrat reports Dr. Sundari Mase, the County’s Public Health Officer reminding what a serious threat the virus is. Last night the County announced another 21 new cases so the County is getting close now to 1,000 cases. 437 of them are still active. Five people in the County have died due to the virus. Mase also says the recent surge could be from community spread, which is apparently the most concerning way transmission happens. It means then that the cases cannot be traced to a close contact of from travel to a hotspot.

A temporary homeless camp is being put up in western Sonoma County for those from Guerneville. The Press Democrat reports on the planned shelter due to the pandemic and risks to the homeless population. The idea to set up widely spaced tents for at least 25 people. There would be medical help, housing navigation and other services to slow the spread of the virus. They’re looking at a county-owned park-and-a-ride lot off the north edge of Highway 116, after the fire marshall said no to a 5 ½ acre piece of land along the Russian River.

Health officials in Santa Clara County speaking out about the recent surge of cases in the state. The County had been one of the most aggressive with their stay home orders. The County Executive in Santa Clara is a doctor. He sounded the alarm yesterday saying one model he was looking at projected as many as 15,000 Californians could die from Covid-19 by October 1st. Santa Clara had the first death from the virus in the country in February. It was also a hot spot, but the shelter in place order helped the County flatten the curve. However their public health officer now says there are “worrisome” signs of cases accelerating.

The City of Willits and the County of Mendocino drafted a letter they want to put out to residents that they’re against an unofficial July 4th parade. As we reported yesterday, a group of residents said they would have an informal parade. The letter says they’re discouraging mass gatherings on the 4th in Willits. The City Council had proposed the letter to organizers of the ‘Willits 4th of July’ Facebook group due to the Governor’s stay home order discouraging mass gatherings. This the letter goes on to say, is a violation of State and County Orders, and State Law.

The chief of police in Lakeport reporting to the City Council on policies and operations. Lake Co News reports Chief Brad Rasmussen spoke to Council at its meeting last week and spoke to the news site as use of force legislation is being advocated for.   The news site reports the chief was responding to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May. Rasmussen calling it a tragic incident in the city, for law enforcement, the community and elected leaders who are now getting questioned about policies and procedures related to use of force. He says what happened to Floyd was not consistent with how law enforcement should operate, or how Lakeport Police provides service to the community.

Several campgrounds are closed at Yosemite National Park in California after the park started to reopen. The park is not taking at reservations for a half dozen campgrounds thru next month and only half at another after a three month closure and partial reopening… all to slow the spread of the virus after the state of Calif. set a new record, more than 6,000 new infections reported in a single day.

The City Council in Clearlake is looking to sell a piece of city owned land for a new Cannabis processing facility. The 21.25-acre property is being sold for just under $400,000 to Kim Gardner who made a full price offer. The property was being considered for a Public Works corporation yard and animal shelter facility, but city staff said a few months back there were issues with the property for that use, including needing to move a significant amount of earth and an access road. A new animal shelter facility has already been put in at the current Public Works yard and the city is looking to move the Public Works Yard near the Lake County Sanitation District’s Southeast Treatment Plant. The sale was approved unanimously by council members.

Another case of coronavirus has turned up in Lake County, creeping closer to the 50 case mark, when the Public Health Officer said he’d release more demographic info on all the cases so far. The County’s hit 41 cases after a recent surge of seven cases in the last week. Dr. Pace confirmed all but one of them on Monday and Tuesday. 34 cases have recovered, so that means, they’re no longer considered contagious. The County has completed almost 4,100 tests, with 277 results pending. Nearby cases, Colusa County has had 11; Glenn County has had a recent spike in cases from 42 to 66 in one day; Mendocino has also had a spike the last few days, adding 10 to get to 72 cases; Napa has 245; Sonoma, 956; and Yolo, 366.

More info on the new school year in Ukiah. We reported a mid August start earlier today. Now the School Superintendent there’s several scenarios, but the priority is bringing students back into classrooms in the fall because it’s the best educational option for most kids. The school district’s been working on several ways to do the new school year in the midst of the pandemic including school 5 days a week with safety precautions, like as much social distancing as possible and remote learning if parents are uncomfortable sending kids to school; A hybrid model in which kids are split into two groups, they’d each go in person two days a week or be on virtual classes. And switch off the other three days, and the final idea is straight up Remote Learning if the health conditions in Mendocino County necessitate it.

Mendocino College has received a grant to continue its High School Equivalency Program (HEP). The program is expected to receive $400,000 a year for five years, starting this coming 2020-21 academic year. The educational program’s been around since 1967, serving migrant or seasonal agricultural working families. Since 2001 its served 1,000 eligible migrant/seasonal farm working students in Mendocino and Lake Counties.  The school says the mission is to help migrant seasonal agricultural workers and their immediate families in both Mendocino and Lake so they can get a High School Equivalency Certificate, then get a good job, start college or enlist in the military. For more information about Mendocino College HEP please call (707) 472-7253. 

Fort Bragg Police helping some officers in Sacramento for a suspected home invasion robbery. An off duty Sacramento officer called local cops to say a suspect in the home invasion robbery in Sacramento was in the area of the Noyo Bridge. Officers found his car and tried stopping him. He stopped without a problem by the McDonalds in the area and was detained. He was arrested then transferred back to Sacramento. Fort Bragg police have not released any more information, they say it’s to protect the confidentiality of those involved and the investigation.  

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