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The Lake County Public Health Office is encouraging people to stay home this Thanksgiving. The office says the latest COVID-19 activity in Lake County has remained relatively stable, but new cases are climbing across the state and the country. And since cooler weather is pushing people indoors more, that increases the risk for transmission of the virus. The state last week issued a Travel Advisory, and updated Guidance for Private Gatherings. Public Health says traveling out of the area, or having out-of-area family and friends come to visit you, is not a good idea this year.  As a reminder, they are emphasizing masking up while indoors; staying away from others when ill; Social Distancing and proper disinfection.

A man and woman in Ukiah have been arrested on multiple violent crime charges after a deputy stopped them while on routine patrol. The Deputy says when he stopped them he noticed frantic moving about in the car. And when he approached the driver, Johnny Azbill, and the rear passenger, Jennyfer Hallmark-Duman he realized the man was a known gang member. The deputy found a meth pipe in Azbill’s pants pocket so he was detained, then when searching the car, the deputy says Hallmark-Duman became argumentative and would not allow a pat search for weapons.  A backup deputy arrived and the two found a handgun on the woman. So she was detained. There was also a loaded semi-automatic “AR” style rifle with no serial number. The two arrested for various charges including, possession of an assault weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm. Azbill held on $150,000.00 bail.  And Hallmark-Duman was released on zero bail due to the pandemic.

The City of Clearlake is selling some land to a management company who intends more amenities to the city. King Management looking to buy 2.5 acres of Redbud Park for a hotel. There’s also another 4 acre parcel that could be part of the development. The city manager pitching the idea to the city council says the development of additional lodging space would allow for more fishing tournaments at the park’s Thompson Harbor. Lake Co News reports King Management is proposing a 60- to 80-room national brand hotel, with a small conference center, pool and other amenities. Right now the deal with the developer is for a six month negotiation on the property.

The weekly Lake County COVID-19 update continues with a discussion with the Public Health Officer. The Board of Supervisors will consider continuing with Friday office closures, which have nothing to do with the pandemic. Also tomorrow the board will hear a resolution allowing home commercial kitchen operations. The Supervisors are hosting the meeting in person and virtually to make room for social distancing for those in person. The public health officer will update the board tomorrow, then they’ll hear about an ordinance to allow microenterprise home kitchen operations with a pilot program.

A man from Lucerne accused of having a loaded firearm has pleaded not guilty to that and other crimes. Michael Dore in court last week saying he did nothing wrong. But police say another man believed that the 18 year old had stolen firearms from his home between Sept. 18th and 20th. The victim called the sheriff’s office and says Dore shot a man recently at Highland Springs Reservoir. They contacted the alleged shooting victim who admitted Dore pointed a handgun at him and fired at his feet. Dore admitted he was at the reservoir but didn’t shoot anyone, but he was arrested anyway. A loaded gun was found at a Community Garden that they believe Dore had dumped. He’s been held in jail ever since on several charges including Carrying Loaded Firearm in Public, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Shooting from a Vehicle and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with bail set at $300,000.

An add on to the Nixle system for the City of Lakeport. Lakeport police have been using the notification system for years for emergency alerts and other important community information for the public. Now more city messages will also filter thru, like infrastructure project updates, street or utility work, utility power shutoffs, meeting notices, status of city parks and more. If you’ve signed up thru the police department previously you don’t need to sign up again. And if you only want police, you can check off emergencies only. Visit https://local.nixle.com/register.

There has not been much change in Mendocino County’s election results, but they haven’t been certified yet either. The Daily Journal reports it looks like Ukiah City Council member Maureen “Mo” Mulheren will be the Second District Supervisor, taking over for John McCowen. Mulheren got 60% of the vote. That leaves her city council seat open. So the city can appoint a new member or call a special election. The newspaper says City Council member Steve Scalmanini told them there had not been any discussion yet as to how they’d replace Mulheren. Also in election news. Ukiah Mayor Doug Crane looked safe holding his seat for a fifth term on the council, but Scalmanini was behind his challenger Josefina Duenas. The two seats are open and the two highest vote getters are seated on the council.

A missing man’s family says he was last seen in Mendocino County. 27-year-old Silas Callahan Dunn has not been seen since October. His family says he has a history of mental illness and has been living on the streets since August in Northern California. His mother says he’s been in and out of hospitals, shelters, and encampments in many places including, most recently in Willits. He was seen in Fort Bragg after being released from a psychiatric hospital where he was characterized as unstable. Police say though when they interacted with Dunn he appeared lucid and able to make competent decisions now was he a danger to himself or others. He’s described by his family as being 5′ 9”, and 250 lbs with blue eyes, brown, curly hair, and a goatee/beard, and generally unshaven.  

Students returning to school in person across the county. The Mendocino Voice reports the Ukiah and Fort Bragg Unified School Districts met last week to discuss plans for hybrid learning before Christmas. None of the schools in the county have opted to open yet even though the county is now in the less restrictive Red Tier. Ukiah’s opening December 7th, Fort Bragg is still deciding and should have something on this at their school board meeting tomorrow, Potter Valley is allowing young kids back now, Point Arena, holding off until February. And Round Valley is having optional pods starting after Thanksgiving. Willits has not confirmed a date, but it’s looking at January. 

The so-called cradle to career education data system is getting ready to send the governor and lawmakers recommendations. Since the start of 2020, education and data system experts have been working on a new system to combine information across the state from California’s K-12 schools, colleges and universities, employers and social services into a massive database. $10 million was earmarked for the first phase to start the database, but no word how much it will cost additionally to develop the actual system and launch it. A nonprofit research and policy consulting firm WestEd has done the work so far under a state contract.

A man who went 200 feet down a cliff off the Sonoma Coast was seen wondering about on a beach down below. The driver, a 59 year old drove his SUV off the cliff onto a beach north of Jenner. He had moderate injuries when he was found on Driftwood Beach a half mile north of River’s End restaurant. The man reportedly pulled himself out of his totaled blue Ford Edge. Investigators say it did not seem like it was an accident. The Monte Rio Fire Chief says the man fought off first responders. They found a cut on his head and apparent seatbelt marks and probably had internal injuries. He was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

The county’s holding a virtual town hall for fire survivors. Mendocino County announced the Thursday afternoon meeting on Zoom for those impacted by the Oak and August Complex FiresThere will be time for questions with county representatives who are expected to provide resources and address concerns related to fire recovery programs, including Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, Small Business Administration Loans, and Debris Removal.

What: Virtual Town Hall – Fire Recovery Programs 

When: Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Who: Mendocino County, CalOES, and FEMA

How to attend:

To join via Zoom, click the link: https://mendocinocounty.zoom.us/j/81147168574

To join via phone, dial: +1 669 900 9128 and enter the webinar ID: 811 4716 8574

The webinar will also be streaming live on the County’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/mendocinocountyvideo)

How to submit your questions and comments:

E-mail questions and comments in advance to: disasterrecovery@mendocinocounty.org. There will also be a live Q & A feature on the webinar.

For more information, please contact Mendocino County Disaster Recovery at

(707) 234-6303, or visit the Disaster Recovery website at https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/fire-recovery.

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