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A man stopped for a traffic violation in Ukiah has been arrested on drug charges and resisting arrest. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports a deputy pulled Lewis Dishman over after midnight last Sunday morning and when Dishman opened the center console to get his ID, the deputy saw meth pipe and told the guy to get out of the car and he was being arrested. The man became agitated, but was handcuffed and when the deputy walked Dishman to his patrol vehicle, he says he shoulder checked him and tried getting away. He was taken down on the ground and backup officers showed up to help. Dishman was arrested finally for possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation, and resisting or threatening an officer and held on $15,000.00 bail.

A man from Willits pulled over for a traffic stop by a deputy has been arrested for being in a stolen car. Deputies say, not only that, but Martin Briggs also first took the deputy on a chase. With lights turning and sirens blaring, Briggs drove recklessly, even crossing into the opposing lane of traffic as the deputy pursued him. He crashed head on into an overpass support pillar and was arrested for having the stolen vehicle, evading a peace officer with reckless driving, and evading a peace officer by driving on the wrong side of the highway. Because of the pandemic emergency court order though, his bail was set at zero and he was released.

A man from Covelo has been arrested for a warrant. A deputy stopped Augustine Frease and his passenger, Kathy Genet. They found Frease was also on Mendocino County Post Release Community Supervision probation (PRCS) so he was arrested for the warrant. The deputy then searched the car and found drugs attached to Frease’s keys, a meth pipe in a pocket on the driver’s side door and a meth pipe in a bag on the front passenger floorboard.  Also, on Genet, the same. They found a meth pipe on her and drugs in her possession. Frease was taken to jail and held on $25,000 bail, but Genet was released with a ticket to appear in court.

The Mendocino County Public Health Officer reports the county has identified different strains of coronavirus in samples taken last month. The random samples were specifically for variant testing, and Dr. Coren of the office, says they found 4 different strains. Just Wednesday, the public health office was alerted they found the B.1.4.7 (West Coast Variant), B.1.4.9 (West Coast Variant) and the B.1.2 category, which are U.S. variants. The West Coast variants have shown to have a 20% higher transmission rate and were a little more resistant to antibody therapies, which Coren says should be of “significant concern for Mendocino County residents”. He says scientists are still trying to figure out if the variants are resistant to the vaccine though. He reminds to keep up with the public safety guidelines, of continuing to wear a mask, social distancing and good hand hygiene. 

Some impacted by wildfires in Calif. are getting fresh help. ReCoverCA is offering help to wildfire survivors from the 2017 and 2018 disasters. With that, the California Department of Housing and Community Development is doing a 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for victims of the 2018 wildfires and will replace a single family or manufactured home for the 2017 or 2018 qualifying disasters. Homes that were either destroyed or damaged in the 2017 firestorm could bring $150,000 to the victim to build and for the 2018 disasters, up to $200,000. They say those in the low to moderate income category will get priority.

To see if you qualify to participate in the ReCoverCA Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program, please take the 2017 or 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance Survey.

It won’t be long until anyone who wants a vaccine in California can get one. Next week, those over 50 will be eligible, then over the age of 16 two weeks later. The Governor made the announcement yesterday that will mean no rules or limitations for eligibility as the state starts to ramp up distribution. The state of Calif. is expecting 2.5 million doses a week next month, and 3 million a week towards the later part of April. Right now, we’re at about 1.8 million doses a week. So far the state says, they’ve administered more than 15 million coronavirus vaccines. And that they say has led to less infections in recent weeks after a winter surge, and another last summer.

A new rule could change the way courts decide bail. The state Supreme Court has ruled Thursday that judges need to decide if a suspect is able to pay bail, before they set it. That could mean those without shelter or work would just be released until their trial date. They can however seek electronic monitoring, regular check-ins with authorities or make sure the suspect stays in a shelter or goes thru drug and alcohol treatment. But the court said if a financial condition is necessary a court has to consider the ability of the person who was arrested to pay the stated amount of bail. But to protect the community, a suspect cannot be released, but the court would have to provide “clear and convincing evidence that no condition short of detention could suffice.”

Planned upgrades for sidewalks in Ukiah have been approved for safety reasons. The Daily Journal reports after the city council had a presentation from the associate director of the Ukiah Valley Association of Habilitation/Mayacama Industries, who help those with various disabilities, changes needed to be made. She said there had been some close calls at the crosswalk in the 900 block of South Dora St. near St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School where cars almost hit people. So at the council meeting last week they agreed to upgrade sidewalks and put in speed reducers. There will be added curb extensions on both sides of the cross walk, median speed reducers and improved crosswalk striping for about $45,000.

Several bills have been introduced by state lawmakers regarding hate crimes, but CalMatters reports many have died in committees. A new study shows after some highly visible hate crimes against Asian Americans, lawmakers are bringing some of those old bills back again even though they had been rejected in the past. CalMatters reports that Democratic Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco has reintroduced his bill from 4 years ago saying he believe there was not the sense of urgency then that there is now. His bill would require the state attorney general to have a toll-free number so hate crimes could be reported. He says the mass murder that happened two weeks ago in Atlanta was a wakeup call for “what those in the Asian American community have been experiencing for quite some time.”

Hope Rising says they’re strengthening their programs to fight opioid drug abuse. They gave out over 1,600 Narcan kits in 2019-20, the drug reverses an overdose. That went to not only community members, but also to Native American tribes, and local businesses who they say were directly connected to 40 overdose reversals and lives saved. The program through SafeRx’s prescribing guidelines which Hope Rising’s executive director says they’ve been also depending on for their Youth Opioid Response Initiative., a website and related Instagram account have gotten more than 2 million media impressions since its inception. https://findyourwayca. com/lake-county.

Some cattle on the road made a mess of things on the 101 near Hopland. Mendo Fever reports hearing on the scanner yesterday mid-morning several law enforcement agencies were on the scene where a cattle transport truck reportedly lost several animals. One of them died and two ran loose. Responding officers said there were three cows over a one mile stretch of the highway near mile-marker 3.97 in the northbound lane near Frog Woman Rock.

An executive order meant to help victims of wildfires against price gouging has been announced by the governor’s office.  Governor Newsom issued the order yesterday that he says will further help communities recover from fires that burned across Calif. last year. The order lengthens the amount of time businesses can raise fees for those who may have been impacted by various wildfires in August and September 2020. The order calls it the most destructive wildfire season in California history where nearly 10,000 fires scorched over 4.25 million acres of land and destroyed or damaged more than 10,000 structures, including more than 5,000 homes. So the order says the price gouging protections put in place last September are extended.

CalFire’s Mendocino Unit is planning a big, prescribed burn near Yorkville and the Upper Rancheria Creek in the southeastern portion of Mendocino County. It’s also outside Cloverdale so aircraft and smoke will be visible across a large swath of land. It’s happening all next week, Monday thru the following, Monday, March 29th to April 5th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, weather and air quality conditions permitting. The burn will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents. They say if it appears at all it cannot be conducted in a safe manner, due to high winds or local fire activity, the burn will be cancelled. The goal is to reintroduce fire as a natural element of the ecosystem and improve wildlife habitat, plus forest thinning.

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