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Several more cases of coronavirus have turned up in Lake County, reaching more than 50. The Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace confirmed the cases jumped by 12 for 54 total cases, 16 are active, and three are in the hospital, including one taken out of County for “a higher level of care”. Pace says community transmission has probably happened at this point as the new cases come from a variety of sources. He says it’s happening across the region and in Calif. there was a daily record for new infections for five days in a row as people interact more due to a loosening of restrictions. He reminds that face coverings limit the spread as well as not going to large social gatherings. He says when people aren’t as careful, that’s when there’s more spread. Dr. Pace previously said he wouldn’t release any demographic information until they reach more than 50 cases, so he says today, that info will be published.

Since the middle of the month casinos in Lake County have started reopening. But Gov. Newsom sent a letter to tribal leaders to stay in alignment with the states’ reopening plans, warning about overcrowding potentially starting another wave of infections. But the Konocti Vista Casino Resort says they’re excited to get back to a kind of daily normal life. They’re taking precautions though, cashiers have barriers around them, it’s a requirement to wear a face mask the whole time, unless eating or drinking. There will be temperature checks and encouraging social distancing. They’re also nonsmoking now.

The Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom says cases are surging so counties that have been on a watch list have to close bars. They include Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin, and Tulare. The state is also recommending the same for bars in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Ventura. Newsom is reminding that COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some areas, it’s stronger. The state public health officer says they’re driven by data and science in the way they’re monitoring new outbreaks and says closing bars in those counties is just one way of many targeted actions to slow the virus’ spread and reduce risk. Also, to remind about mask wearing, socially distancing yourself from others and wash your hands frequently.

The cases of COVID-19 continuing surging, in Mendocino County, there are no new weekend numbers and the state has not posted any new numbers for the county in at least a week. The Mendocino County Public Health Officer, Dr. Noemi Doohan instructed if the County wasn’t posting numbers to check with the state…

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Last week Doohan said we had the biggest one day count of cases with ten of them and that there were increasing numbers each day. As of the last update, we had 76 with 10 being attributed to community spread. Dr. Doohan reminds to wear a mask, socially distance, not gather in large groups. She’s also rewinded a bit on the Public Health Order, the bubbles or work or childcare groups that were as many as 12 people, are now 6. And Dr. Doohan says she won’t be changing the Order for a month.

Another arrest in Covelo in relation to an illegal marijuana grow. The Sheriff’s Office working with their own Major Crimes Task Force, Mendocino County Probation, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, DEA and other law enforcement agencies with the help of the Round Valley Tribal Police brought a search warrant to the grow and found Johnny Azbill with a gun falling at his feet as he ran away. They knew he was not allowed to have any sort of weapon or ammo due to his criminal history. They searched the area and found another gun. There was also another man and woman detained, but released. More than 8350 marijuana plants were growing and green houses were also found there. Azbill was arrested on felon in possession of firearms, cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale. 

A call to the Sheriff’s office from a woman in Laytonville ends in the arrest of a man for holding her against her will. Deputies got a call about another domestic violence incident at the same address, but Ethan Becker ran. The woman says she had a fight with Becker who attacked her. They put out a be on the lookout for the guy for domestic violence battery and false imprisonment charges. The other call from the woman ended up with the man showing back up at the house and being arrested after attacking and putting the woman in a chokehold. She was rescued by neighbors. The pair in a relationship for ten years ends up with Becker charged with domestic violence battery, false imprisonment and criminal threats and held on $50,000. Before his arrest, police say he tried to kill himself with a knife, but he was finally taken to jail.

COVID testing in Mendocino County is available today. The testing site at the Fairgrounds is closed on Monday, but there’s surveillance testing for coronavirus for residents of Point Arena and the greater south coast starting this morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Point Arena City Hall. There are about 100 tests available, and testing is free. Redwood Coast Medical Services, Mendocino County Public Health, and the City of Point Arena are working together to provide this service.  For more information, you can call the Point Arena City Hall at 707.882.2122. 

A man from Fort Bragg has been arrested for a burglary at a local thrift store. Sheriff’s deputies reported to the Ark Thrift Store for a rip off of about $3,500.00 worth of store merchandise. Managers of the store showed deputies surveillance footage and saw Shawn Spiller stealing items, then putting it outside in brush. Deputies say they got a call to Hare Creek Beach that Spiller was in the area. They found him and arrested him without incident for burglary. He was taken to jail and found to have a couple other cases he was violating probation for, so he had those charges tacked on. But due to the pandemic, he was released on zero bail.

A man from Willits has been arrested after Deputies conduct compliance checks for those registered as sex offenders in the County. The Sheriff’s Office and Mendocino County Office of Adult Probation were in Willits and Ukiah, and visited seven registered sex offenders to make sure the place they were living was in compliance with the Probation or Parole conditions.  Two were found out of compliance, one of them in Willits was found with meth in his possession and other items that went against his parole. He was arrested and held on $75,000.00 bail.  The other man in Willits, was being investigated for possible violations, but he was not arrested during the compliance checks.

A woman from Gualala has been arrested for domestic violence. Deputies got a call to the incident last Thursday where a young man says he was living with Yessica Tapia and she physically assaulted him at their place. They say he had several visible minor injuries in alignment with his story. They found the woman at the home and found more evidence to corroborate the man’s story and arrested Tapia for domestic violence, battery and resisting arrest after trying with words to get her to listen but say she would not cooperate, she was held on $25,000.00 bail. 

A man in Mendocino’s been arrested for public intoxication. Deputies got a call Saturday afternoon after the CHP and Calif. State Park Rangers were holding the man who had an active felony arrest warrant for violation of probation and who was on active felony probation with a term he was not allowed to use alcohol.  They say he was heavily intoxicated and unable to exercise care for his own safety or the safety of others so he was arrested. They also found he was in possession of multiple items that belonged to another person. So he was charged with public intoxication, violation of probation, and his felony warrant. Deputies also sent an additional charge of misappropriation of found property to the District Attorney’s office. 

There’s a red flag warning in Lake County until tonight. The National Weather Service says there will be windy, dry, critical fire condition weather. The warning started last night and ends today by 5 for areas above 1,500 feet in elevation across southern and eastern Lake County, mostly the north-and east-facing upper slopes and ridges to the southeast of Kelseyville and Lucerne. The winds are forecasted at 12 to 20 miles per hour today and winding down later this afternoon. There was a prediction though of possible 25 to 35 mile per hour winds earlier today. There are also light winds forecasted thru the middle of the week, but so far, no red flag warnings or high winds.

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