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A man is in Mendocino County Jail facing arson charges after Fort Bragg Police say he started three fires over the weekend. It started with a report of a structure fire in the 300 block of North Harbor Drive Friday morning that was determined to be arson. Then Friday evening, an officer responded to a report of a prowler in the 300 block of Perkins street, where they chased a man along the railroad tracks near Rose Memorial Cemetery. That officer discovered a fresh brush fire before catching the suspect. Police say they then discovered 47-year-old Robert Fielden on surveillance video taken at the home on Perkins showing him attempting to set a third fire there. When he was arrested, officers found he had butane torches, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia on him. Fort Bragg Police ask that you check your surveillance video between 7:30 to 9:00 am Friday morning to help identify Fielden’s location. You can find video of him on their Facebook page.

Lake County is celebrating a milestone. At least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed to one third of residents age 16 and older. Vaccine eligibility will start to extend this week with people age 50 and older able to receive the shot starting Thursday. All who are 16 and older will become eligible on April 15.

Ukiah Unified School District begins its Spring Break today and students don’t have to report back to class until next Tuesday. The district is holding a special COVID-19 testing clinic on Monday, April 5 for those who traveled over the break or who gathered in groups. It will be open from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Pomolita Middle School Library.

The Mendocino County District Attorney history series continues with George Abram Sturtevant. He served as the county’s 13th D.A. Before becoming a San Francisco Superior Court Judge, Sturtevant served two terms as D.A. In the1890s. His family has a road named after them in the Hopland area and a home he built still stands to this day on the grounds of Dan Fetzer’s Jeriko Estate Winery north of Hopland.

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