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There are graphic videos posted online of a beating involving officers with the Ukiah Police Department – after a man with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder ripped off his clothes.  The family of Gerardo Magdaleno says – this isn’t the first time he’s been beaten by officers – last time a police dog also getting involved.  A police report says he’d taken LSD that morning, family members saying he’d run out of the medication he needs – and that he’ll use non-prescription drugs when his regular meds run out.  Magdaleno is homeless – and it’s not clear whether he’s in a hospital or in the county jail – Police aren’t commenting on the situation.  

If you’re hoping to get vaccinated for the coronavirus – there are a few clinics happening this weekend.  Caspar has a vaccination event scheduled to start at 11 today –   The Mendocino Coast Clinics hosting another vaccination event starting at noon  – running until 5 today – while Fort Bragg has a clinic scheduled for tomorrow from noon to 5.  

The Department of education is doing everything they an to get kids back in the classrooms throughout the state.  The State Superintendent of schools says there’s money set aside so schools can upgrade their heating and cooling systems to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.  They’re also doing as much testing as they can – and that’s helping bring students back.  The superintendent, Tony Thurmond, saying they’re in constant communication with schools and leaders about how to stay open safely.  

A café in Mendocino that had been shut down for not complying with public health guidelines is offering half off if you don’t wear a mask inside. Fiddleheads Café closed last June for refusing to have workers wear masks and requiring patrons to do the same. Now he has a sign up outside that says “Throw Your Mask(s) in our trash bin and receive 50% off your order.” Mendo Fever dot com reports the county’s Code Enforcement supervisor says they’ve been getting complaints about the place and they’re investigating. Right now Mendocino County Health orders you wear a mask when around others outside of your own household. Last year the owner started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to hire a lawyer to fight the county’s pandemic protocols. The restaurant had received two violation notices with fines. No word how much, or if the owner paid.

A man from Rio Dell has been arrested after police in Eureka were tipped about a possible sex abuse case. Police and Sheriff’s Deputies investigated 41 year old Jorge Alcazar for the last month for the ongoing abuse of a child under the age of 10. Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section got a heads up there were continued threats against the child so they got a warrant and arrested the guy for several crimes including sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child under 10 and recurring sexual conduct with a child. Bail is set at $1,705,000.

The Mendocino County District Attorney sys he and associates across the state are speaking out about a new piece of legislation to downgrade certain felony robbery offenses to misdemeanors instead. The D-A’s Facebook page says the California District Attorneys Association will speak out about Senator Nancy Skinner’s Bill, which her office says will make sure in the case of theft, the punishment meets the crime. The president of the District Attorney’s Association says most Californians understand “robbery is robbery”, and “it’s too bad Senator Skinner doesn’t understand that”. Next Tuesday several DA’s and others will descend on the capitol in strong opposition of the bill.  

Lake County Behaviorial Health Services is reminding that April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The agency is encouraging all to educate themselves about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption. They’re joining other organizations across the county to honor Alcohol Awareness Month. The agency provides alcohol misuse, abuse, prevention, intervention and treatment services with individual, family, group counseling and education in partnership with various local partnering agencies. They say if you or someone you know is experiencing problems related to alcohol use or misuse, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Limit your intake to no more than one drink a day for women or two for men. Keep track of how much you drink. Don’t drink when you are upset.  Avoid places where people drink a lot. Make a list of reasons not to drink.

Contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services for additional resources, 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.

A woman from Ukiah has been arrested after an assault on a man she had just met. Police identifying the suspect only as Smith, saying she contacted a 23 year old man who she met hours earlier while out walking. The two did not know each other before that. They had an argument after a couple hours and police say suspect Smith assaulted the victim, hitting him with a closed fist. The victim told her to leave and say she then picked up a large shovel and swung it at , hitting him in the head, and ran off with the shovel. The victim says the car may have been stolen from a neighbor, so they reported it to local law enforcement. The victim refused medical help. An off duty police officer saw the car on the 101 north of the Burke Hill exit. Officers found Smith inside, she had to be removed forcefully and was arrested after being found with that shovel. She was also on probation for two other stolen cars, now again and held on $45,000 bail.

A man first thought to be mentally ill found walking naked in traffic was reportedly tased and pepper sprayed by police before being caught. Ukiah Police report one of their officers near the 1400 block of South State Street responded to the area after the Sheriff’s office was sent to a report of a naked man walking in traffic. They say the man was “aggressive and took a fighting stance.” So they deployed the Taser, but it was ineffective, so they did it again, and again it was ineffective. So a third time and a pepper spray finally helped, but they had to use a wrap restraint on the man.  And medics came to the scene to help bring the man to Adventist Health. He’s identified as Gerardo Magdaleno of Ukiah, who they say was probably high on meth. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution, then arrested for suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating his probation.

The southbound 101 had to be closed for several hours after a semi-truck hauling scrap metal took a tumble south of Hopland in Mendocino County. The load on the truck dumped onto the highway Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol reports the southbound lanes of the highway were blocked between Hopland and the Sonoma County line around 4 am. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and Hopland Fire responded. They say it was fortunate it happened so early in the morning as traffic was light and most vehicles that came across the crash scene could drive around it. The highway reopened about 4 hours later, then after noon there was an all clear.  

State Senator Mike McGuire’s bill about new safety standards in high risk wildfire areas has overwhelmingly passed the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee. The senator’s bill comes after the devastating 2020 wildfire season which burned over 4 million acres, when the state had its first gigafire, or more than a million acre fire. Also eight out of the 10 largest wildfires in state history have burned this past decade. McGuire says the state needs to change the way homes are built in high fire risk zones, and maybe not build there at all if there cannot be certain commonsense health and safety requirements met. His bill would ensure firesafe development including mandating primary and secondary access roads, mandated public safety vehicle access, funds for defensible space maintenance and vegetation management and mandated wildland fire hazard mitigation planning.

Another massive amount of unemployment claims in the state of Calif. 105,600 jobless claims were filed for the week that ended on March 27th. 9,600 more than the week before. It’s probably pandemic related as way more claims have been filed since before business shutdowns to slow the spread of coronavirus started just about a year ago. 

A major vegetation removal program is planned in partnership with the city of Clearlake and Cal Fire on a property where there had been illegal dumping, homeless camps and wildfires. Lake Co News reports city officials said there’s been continued public nuisance on about 31 acres to the east and south of the Walmart shopping center on Dam Road. The land was supposed to be used for an expansion, but it’s now full of fire fuel. The city manager says also attractive for illegal activity. There’s been several fire threats the last few years. The city’s leasing the land now for $1/year so they can work with CalFire on the cleanup, since it’s considered public ownership. They’ve begun to clean up debris and trash to prepare for firefighters to work there starting next week.

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