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Another 3 year grant has been awarded to Mendocino College for its Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program. The program’s getting $76,263/year over the next three years for underserved and underrepresented students to achieve success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies and careers. Mendocino is just one of about 31 Community Colleges getting the grant out of 53 who applied for it. The college says the goal of the MESA program is for academic support, transfer resources, and career exploration opportunities to help more minority students to graduate from undergraduate STEM programs. 

A man from Laytonville arrested for making criminal threats while carrying a billy club. Ukiah police say Raymond Martinez was arrested for also being drunk in public and chasing employees of a Starbucks. Police say the guy held a metal club over a shoulder in an aggressive manner while chasing the employees. They say his behavior caused the employees to be “in immediate fear for their safety.” Cops found him inside the Starbucks bathroom with a metal club. They say he was also there a day before, but left before police got there. He’s booked into jail on $130,000.

Cal Fire and the Tehama County Fire Dept. partnering to remind you that burn permits are required starting one week from tomorrow. On May 1st all unincorporated areas of Tehama County, except in the Capay Fire District cannot have any burns and burn permits will be needed for burns in the State Responsibility Areas (SRA) of Tehama and Glenn Counties. They may also put the burn suspension in effect sooner than usual due to abnormally dry fuel conditions throughout Tehama and Glenn Counties. They urge residents to burn ASAP and check with local fire officials for burning restrictions.

After a routine traffic stop a man from Ukiah’s been arrested after drugs are found in his car. The Sheriff’s office pulled Joseph Hoaglin over last Sunday night after seeing he had an expired registration. The Deputy noticed a pill bottle in the cup holder and a plastic baggie. They found opioid pain pills not prescribed to Hoaglin so they searched the car and Hoaglin himself and found there was also meth and a meth pipe, plus a plastic baggie with more methamphetamine on Hoaglin. He’s arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He promised to return for a court date, due to pandemic restrictions at the jail.

After a woman in Willits reported an argument that got physical, a man was arrested. Deputies reported to the home Wednesday morning and contacted the couple. Robert Campos was accused of becoming agitated and throwing the woman’s personal items out of their home from a balcony. They say when she confronted him, he got physical, punching her in the face and arm, causing visible injuries. Campos was arrested for domestic violence battery and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was held on $25,000.00 bail.

A record settlement for a family after an encounter with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies a year and a half ago. David Ward’s family filed suit claiming 2 Deputies used excessive force after a chase with Ward in Nov. of 2019. The deputies were investigating a stolen car report by Ward. The deputies pulled Ward over after he got the car back and during the stop near his home in Bloomfield, he had a chokehold and had his head bashed into the side of his car. He was also tasered twice through an open window for not following commands. His family won $2.8 million dollars this week in the case.

A woman who reported the mayor of Windsor sexually assaulted her says she never told police not to investigate. The woman reported the Mayor Dominic Foppoli in 2017, warning his fellow Town Council members about “predatory” behavior in 2013 while she was a guest at his winery. She apparently sent an email to Windsor Councilwoman Deb Fudge describing what happened at Christopher Creek Winery. She says Foppoli pushed booze on her friends who were all guests at the winery’s on-site vacation home and that he pressured female employees to take off undergarments and wear togas and that he tried to remove a guest’s swimsuit without permission. She now added more, telling the San Francisco Chronicle he assaulted her in a hot tub. The woman says she left out the assault allegations so it would have been more widely believed.

A massive marijuana garden has been approved near the Hidden Valley Lake subdivision even though neighbors objected. Lake Co News reports the Lake County Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for Zarina Otchkova, the owner of WeGrow to use part of her 309-acre property in Middletown for a large cannabis growing operation. She asked for several licenses, a mitigated negative declaration and a use permit to include nearly 3 dozen greenhouses. A neighbor at the commission meeting says it would be the size of 13 football fields. There were 80 letters and comments sent to the commission, one of which was from a lawyer on behalf of the Redwood Valley Pomo against its aquifer usage.

Those filing for unemployment up a tad from a week before again. Claims in California were up last week, but still well below 100,000 initial claims for the second week. There were about 72,000 initial claims for the week ending April 17th and 69,000 the week before. Unemployment claims in the US were at 547,000 for the week ending April 17th, down 39,000 from a week prior. 

California State University and University of California say students and staff who come back in the fall will have to be fully vaccinated and prove it. The CSU Chancellor’s Office announced yesterday it depends on the FDA making enough vaccines available. There are only the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as Johnson & Johnson is on hold for the time being after reports of rare blood clots. The Chancellor’s office sent an email to students and staff saying there are more than a million students in the UC and CSU system. Exemptions will be allowed for medical or religious reasons.

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