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A man from Covelo’s been arrested for elder abuse and shooting into a home at his parents while apparently high. Mendocino Deputies got a call that one Randy Maple was wandering around a property with a shotgun, that he discharged multiple times. A Round Valley Tribal Officer was there first and reported to deputies he was shooting into the air and reloading. But he was grabbed first. Maple had a single shot shotgun, with a pistol grip and an 18.5″ barrel, but he’s prohibited due to previous run ins with the law. He was also found to probably be high on something. Deputies say he had a confrontation with his elderly parents in the home, came out and started shooting.  The 51 year old was charged with various crimes including shooting into an inhabited dwelling, elder abuse and possessing a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance and held on $100,000.00 bail.

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested after a routine traffic stop for a code violation. Deputies say they stopped the driver in the 1700 block of North State Street Tuesday. The passenger, Bobby Lee Hill had an active warrant for his arrest so he was booked into jail on $15,000.00 bail.

After an unrelated incident in Covelo, deputies say they were flagged down by a driver on Tuesday on Highway 162. They found the driver was bleeding on his face and covered in blood. He says two other men had tried to kidnap him during a prearranged meeting for a drug transaction involving the sale of marijuana. He told deputies one of the men had a fixed blade knife and demanded he get into his own vehicle. And says they used the knife to force the issue. He was then driven to another area and beaten and robbed of money and marijuana and other drugs. Those involved are apparently still on the run. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mendocino College has put out a statement they’re continuing to conduct mostly online learning, at least thru the summer. The Superintendent/President Tim Karas made the announcement, that they’re transitioning to in person learning in the fall. He also says with the help of the county, all interested employees have been able to get their COVID-19 vaccine. They’re got what he’s calling a “Transition Group”, which is classified staff, faculty, and management leaders who are coming up with a safe way to bring students back. They are asking for student input for the fall semester where he says there will be expanded on ground/face-to-face courses. They will not be 100% back to normal by fall, but Karas says they should be increasing classes at their campuses.

The state’s recreational salmon fishery is opening in a couple of weeks in the Monterey management area. The fishery will be all the way from Pigeon Point down south to the U.S./Mexico border, but all other areas of the California coast are staying closed for now. The rest of the dates will be outlined next month. This opening is April 3rd. The San Francisco and Fort Bragg management areas were also supposed to open then, but salmon fishery representatives and the Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to delay due to poor stock forecasts.

A man from Ukiah’s arrested after reports from a man in the passenger seat of a car being rammed by a minivan in the Safeway parking lot. The man said they were trying to drive to the police department, but the minivan was preventing that. The dispatcher apparently could hear screeching tires in the background and they could see it happening on local surveillance cameras. The male driver of the minivan was identified as Jaime Gutierrez, who was detained. Cops say the female driver of the car had dated the driver of the minivan and they had kids together and recently separated. The guy was apparently tracking her on her cellphone. Gutierrez was arrested and an emergency protective order was granted for the woman.

 A wrong way driver reported by the CHP in Ukiah. Scanner traffic says the driver was headed north in the southbound lanes the 101 near the Perkins offramp. The driver of a silver Toyota sedan was pulled over for driving the wrong way on the highway.

New statewide guidance on the pandemic says breweries, wineries and distilleries can reopen soon, but only outdoors, and they don’t have to serve food. If a county is still in either the purple or red tier, the most widespread, then customers have to call to get a reservation and can only stay at the establishment up to 90 minutes. Also the business will have to stop all on-site consumption by 8 p.m. It goes into effect on Sunday. The businesses that are in higher tier counties can open indoors with 25% or 100 people, whichever is less and in the yellow tier; at 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer. But bars who do not serve food stay completely closed in purple and red tiers but can reopen outside in the orange tier and indoors in yellow with 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

A judge has approved of the settlement between Sutter Health and those suing, including the California Attorney General for alleged anticompetitive practices. The lawsuit also by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Employers Benefit Trust against Sutter which claimed higher health care costs in Northern California compared to other places in the state. The network of hospitals includes one in Lakeport. The Attorney General says the preliminary settlement is a major step toward “making health care more accessible and affordable for patients who need it, especially for Northern California patients served by Sutter”. With that Sutter will pay $575 million to employers, unions and others covered involved in the class action, limit how much they can charge, increase transparency and other practices outlined in the lawsuit.

The Ukiah City Council has approved the Housing Overlay Zone we’ve been telling you about. This week at their meeting council members voted to create the first ever Zone so that 3 parcels, all on East Gobbi Street, can move forward with development with just one building permit as long as they meet certain city standards/aesthetics. A mixed use development is being proposed at the site, which sits near the Rail Trail. And the City Manager told the council they were working on ways so there wouldn’t be too much traffic around the area after, including possibly installing a traffic light at Main Street and Gobbi.

State Senator Mike McGuire’s been pushing some bills thru that have been approved in their first committees. One of them to make sure journalists are protected when they cover demonstrations, marches, protests, and rallies. So that police cannot obstruct, detain, assault, or otherwise prevent the press from fulfilling their constitutional mandate to report on events. Also one of his bills to try to help get hospitality workers back to their jobs passed its committee hearing this week unanimously. That would be to work with Visit California on a recovery campaign to entice in-state travel to restaurants, hotels, and local destinations. And finally his bill to provide equal protection for equal work for seasonal and full time Cal Fire firefighters.

Both Lake and Sonoma counties are moving to the Red Tier in California’s Blueprint to Reopen the Economy’s new metrics tied to vaccinations. The state Department of Public Health confirmed the expectation that Lake County will be among 13 new counties to advance to the Red Tier Tuesday. That means indoor business reopenings as of next Wednesday. Dr. Gary Pace the Public Health Officer for Lake County says as expected the county is moving ahead, with the changes the governor announced of getting 2 million doses administered in California’s most vulnerable communities, including several in Lake. Changes included in the Red Tier at 10 cases per 100,000, up from 7.  The county is also expecting to get 2,000-3,000 vaccine doses in the next few weeks. 

Since the state has reached that 2 million vaccine threshold, Sonoma also moves to the Red Tier, but before Lake, this weekend, not Tuesday. The State Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Ghaly, confirmed Sonoma and 12 other counties are eligible to open more businesses and public activities. Sonoma has been in the Purple, widespread tier for 7 months. Mendocino is also noted as being able to move forward, but the county nor the public health office has posted on their websites or on Facebook. The Red Tier means local restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25%, gyms at 10% capacity and grocery stores can allow full capacity.

At the same time the Public Health Office noted another death. That makes it 45 people in Mendocino County who have died from COVID-19. This was a 57 year old White woman from Ukiah. There were also 4 more cases reported today for a total of 3,871.

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