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A woman from Bakersfield’s been arrested after an attempted murder on a man with a metal pipe. Ukiah police say they got a call to the 900 block of South State Street Saturday where yelling was coming from the area near ABC Supply Company. The woman, Melissa Miller was seen pushing the victim into a dark area of the parking lot, wielding the pipe and pushing it up against his throat. They ordered her to drop the pipe and she refused, they eventually talked her down and arrested her. The victim told police he knew Miller before the altercation, but she threatened his life. She also admitted the same to police. She’s charged with suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, resisting arrest and violating her probation, and is being held under $250,000 bail.

The public health office in Sonoma County has reported another six people have died from complications of coronavirus. Now 120 people have died in the county. The latest are five senior care facility residents, the other was not, but was a man over 65 years old. There had been no reported deaths for the last week, but one of the deaths reportedly actually happened back in August and was just reported now. Of the 120 who have died, 95 were living at skilled nursing facilities or residential care homes. A reported outbreak also at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital last month in the medical surgical area. There was contract tracing on 26 health care workers and less than five patients and no more infections. The hospital says it did deep cleaning and will add another layer of restrictions to prevent another outbreak.

Some fitness centers in Sonoma County are suing the state saying they’re being treated differently than other businesses during the pandemic and should be allowed to reopen indoors. The lawsuit was filed by the California Fitness Alliance and says it’s not fair that restaurants, barbershops, movie theaters and other businesses don’t have such rigorous restrictions and want evidence that gyms spread the virus. The suit filed by the business trade group last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

A new shelter in place order has been put in place in Mendocino County. The Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren revised what was in place staying in the purple, or most at risk tier. But he says the new order is more streamlined to avoid duplication with State orders. So there are almost no restrictions on tourism except there must be an individual caretaker/manager on-call 24/7 and prepared to be there within one hour. The stable groups or bubbles are modified to 12 people instead of 6 and restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms do not have to close at 8 pm. The new health order goes into effect immediately.

A man from Lakeport’s been arrested after he was seen lighting a fire in Upper Lake. Baraquiel Simon Ruiz arrested after a report Sunday night of an arson. A witness told deputies he saw the man light the fire in the 6600 block of Westlake Road in Upper Lake, then take off. He described the man to deputies and said he yelled at the guy to stop and he then stomped it out and ran. The witness video’s the whole thing. Ruiz was identified in a line up, then admitted he was trying to burn trash. He was arrested and booked into jail on $250,000 bail. 

The Mendocino Air Quality Management District reports there’s still a lot of smoke coming off the August Complex fire. The firefighters on the area near Lake Pillsbury are doing backfiring which is also producing more smoke. The management district says the better air quality is expected to stick around for a few days, but there may be widespread haze and smoke. Right now air monitors show particulate matter concentrations in the “Good” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range for most parts of the county. There could be “Unhealthy” air quality in northern and northeastern inland communities. Coastal areas have good air quality in the morning then “Moderate” and “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” later in the day.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors expected to instruct the Registrar of Voters Office to go ahead and verify over 2,000 signatures for a referendum challenge on an ordinance to enforce state and local Public Health orders. Lake Co News reports the vote was unanimous yesterday. The ordinance was agreed to last month and the board could just rescind it, but instead decided to follow protocol for verification. The ordinance is due to go into effect about now, 30 days after its approval, which was Aug. 18th. But it was suspended because of the referendum petition’s submission. The ordinance is to enforce public health orders related to mask wearing, social distancing, hygiene requirements and if a business doesn’t close if the health order calls for it.  There have been 516 positive cases in the county and 11 deaths.

Less than 200 acres growth on the August Complex. The three zones of the fire, south and north, which have burned together, and the west, have burned more than 851,000 acres. It’s 38% contained and is still actively burning on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. Burning operations in the Lake Pillsbury area continue and there are mandatory evacuation orders for some in that area. Firefighters on the West Zone are working on control lines along the eastern area of the zone. There have been 35 structures destroyed and 1,600 are threatened on the entire fire.

A fire quickly put out in Ukiah after it starts in the garage of a home. It happened Sunday on Creekside Court. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports quick work on the fire after several people called it in. When crews got to the scene they found flames erupting out of the window of the garage. They cut into its roll up door so they could put the fire out. They reported smoke damage throughout the house and didn’t know how it started, but say it didn’t appear to be suspicious. They also noted there was what looked to be a marijuana-drying operation in the garage.

Looks like the pandemic has affected enrollment for the state’s community college system. A new report by the Chancellor of the system says there’s a decline of student enrollment for the fall. Numbers were already down before the pandemic, but the Chancellor says the fall semester saw a decline in enrollment and the gap is closing, but they won’t know for sure until another set of data is released in November. He says right now they’re experiencing about a 5-7% decrease. But there was an increase over the summer. A community college survey with half of the state’s colleges reporting back showed off numbers in enrollments, for part-time and full-time students. But there were a few with higher enrollments.

One of the many fires that started more than a month ago in a dry lightning storm is finally 100% contained. Firefighters gained full containment on the CZU Lightning Complex in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. But there are still more than 2 dozen other major wildfires in California and over 18,200 firefighters on the front lines. They report making progress on the fires and another 22 new wildfires that started yesterday.  A Fire Weather Watch is in effect starting Saturday morning for a large part of Northern California due to expected gusty winds and low humidity, bringing critical fire weather conditions.  It’s forecasted to last through Monday along with an expected sharp increase in temperatures this weekend across most of California.   The LNU Complex which had triggered evacuations last month in Lake County is still not quite contained at 363,220 acres, with no new growth expected, it’s 98% contained. The one we continue to watch closely, with evacuation orders in Mendocino and Lake counties, the August Complex, the South Zone has burned almost 488,000 acres on its own, is 50% contained, the North Zone, at over 269,000 acres is 35% contained, and the West Zone of the fire has burned nearly 104,000 acres is 45% contained.

A man in Ukiah has been arrested after reports of a shooting death during a family dispute. The sheriff’s office got a call this morning to the 2500 block of Twining Road and found the shooter, who surrendered on the spot. He’s been identified as Thomas Dean Jones. Deputies found two victims who’d been shot, one of them dead. That was a 28 year-old man, the other a 44 year old man who had life threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to an out of county hospital. Police and the CHP also reported to the scene. Right now investigators say it looks to have been a family dispute regarding the possible sale of the family property. Detectives from the sheriff’s office working the case with the DA’s office and the state Dept. of Justice.

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