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More and more activities are reopening in the state, now Major League Baseball games are opening to the public along with other outdoor sporting events. And Disneyland and some live concerts too. The state’s public health officer, Dr. Mark Ghaly says coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are going down and the number of people getting vaccinated is going up.  So with the news for April 1st, theme parks can reopen when a county is in the red tier with 15% capacity, but it’s only for residents of California to attend. And attendance increases to 25% in the orange tier and 35% in the yellow tier. Outdoor sports events can only have 100 people in the purple tier but each tier allows for more attendees. All of the new guidelines are only for outdoor activities, any indoor events are still banned.

2 men from Calif. have been arrested as they hit Nebraska. The two from Redwood Valley, Javier Hernandez-Romano and Gustavo Perez-Heuerta, were found with 770 pounds of pot during a traffic stop Wednesday near Seward. The trooper who pulled them over apparently saw their cargo van speeding and not putting on its turn signal on Interstate 80. When the trooper stopped the two, they smelled weed coming form inside the van and searched the van. The two were arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.  

The Lake County Public Health Officer says the test positivity rate is down at under 5%. Dr. Gary Pace says also the rate across the state is dropping even though over 50,000 Californians have died in the last year due to the virus. The county is still in the Purple Tier with a rate of 11/100,000. There are only 18 counties in the state out of the Purple, but Dr. Pace says Lake is getting closer. When the state hits 2 million vaccine doses in the hardest hit regions, it means the Red Tier will be 10/100,000 so Lake will be there. And once it’s at 4 million doses for the same communities, a Case Rate of 6/100,000 will mean the Orange Tier. In Lake so far, 9,600 first doses of the vaccine have been administered, and 4,800 people have received a second dose.  To see if you’re eligible you can visit the state’s public health website. The county is expecting to get 3,000 more first and second doses along with the newer single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In Mendocino County there’s a vaccine event at the Fairgrounds in Ukiah starting at 9am.  Those in Tiers 1A and 1B are eligible.

After reports to the Sheriff’s office of a suspicious vehicle, deputies found an old police vehicle parked. Deputies say the car was black and had spotlights, at the intersection of Rancho Grande Drive and Cabana Court in Ukiah, CA, and when they approached, they found Shannon Henson. They searched the car after Henson agreed and found he was on probation too. There they found 3 pipes commonly used for meth, switchblade knife and about 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine so he was arrested. The charges against Henson include being a drug user while being in possession of a firearm and possessing a switchblade in a vehicle. Henson is held on $25,000 bail.

A woman from Ukiah’s been arrested for violating parole. Deputies say Amber Ricetti, who was on summary probation, was found last Thursday so they searched her car. She’s wanted in connection to a fraud investigation too. Cops say she wouldn’t give them the keys to her car and tried to get away. So she ended up getting arrested for delaying and obstructing a Sheriff’s Detective and violating the terms of her probation.  She was booked but freed due to the pandemic. 

The Board of Supervisors in Lake County take up an ordinance to try to prevent destructive mussels from infesting Clear Lake. The board’s also set to extend the old juvenile hall to continue as a temporary support shelter for the homeless. The mussel discussion later in the meeting. On the agenda it notes how Clear Lake was recently voted the best bass fishing lake in the country and is routinely noted as one of the top five best bass fishing lakes across the country too. So they’ll look to further protect the lake from the invasive species. And in an untimed item, the board’s looking at the request to continue the former juvenile hall facility as a temporary homeless shelter through June 30th.

There’s been another death in the county from Covid-19. Now 44 people have died from the coronavirus in Mendocino County. The Public Health Office says the latest death was a 93 year old Ukiah woman. There are two people in the hospital out of the county and another in a nursing home out of the county. The Public Health Officer, Dr. Andy Coren says there are no new outbreaks to report at the moment. And during his regular Friday announcements on the virus, Dr. Coren said they’d start doing testing for different strains. The daily case rate is about 2.7 percent with an average of about 3 cases/day. The county’s given over 31,000 vaccines. About 13.5% of the county has received both doses.

A family with a couple of pet goats in Ukiah gets to keep them. The Ukiah City Council has given the family the go ahead to keep the goats after their neighbor appealed to have them removed from the home on North Oak Street. The meeting on the matter Wednesday featured the Vice Mayor saying he met the owner of the animals and asked her how she cares for the goats and cleans up after them. He said he looked at their shelter and pen and didn’t see any hazards or nuisances. The city attorney made sure all knew that they needed to hear from both sides, the family with the goats and the neighbor who complained, Ruth Van Antwerp, who just wanted the animals not to be visible to her dogs and wanted to make sure the neighbor’s dog had adequate shelter.

After Lake County completed its yearly Point in Time survey, they showed 241 people who were either homeless or living without shelter. Over 300 surveys were turned in for the 2021 count which couldn’t be done in person this year due to the pandemic. Last year they counted more than twice as many, with 572 per the Continuum of Care. There could be some glitches due to the online surveys. 600 were attempted but only 319 were turned in. Continuum of Care is supposed to help the county one day end homelessness. They had over 60 volunteers on the count, looking at participating sites including: Clearlake, Lower Lake (United Methodist Church), Middletown (United Methodist Church), Kelseyville (Senior Center), Lakeport (The Harbor on Main), and Upper Lake.

A man has been arrested after reports of a knife wielding robber at the Motel 6 south in Ukiah. Police say they were called to the motel after a staff member said someone entered the lobby and demanded money while holding a knife. Officers saw the man, Marcus Anthony Meloy standing in the lobby with what looked like a knife in his hand so they drew their weapons from outside a window and he threw the knife to the ground. When he came out of the lobby they grabbed the guy and arrested him. He was found with scissors in his hand and admitted he was trying to rob the motel clerk who said she got away and hid in a backroom and called police. He’s charged with attempted robbery and violation of felony probation and was being held on $75,000.00 bail.

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