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Another two local businesses have some cases of COVID to report. Denny’s on Pomeroy St. in Ukiah is reporting from Sunday, August 15th to Thursday, August 19th, if you were there you could have been exposed. The other business was Taco Bell on N. State St. between Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 12th. The Public Health Dept says it’s identifying businesses as its notified due to the rapidly spreading mother virus variant, Delta. They’re saying again, if you feel sick or think you may be getting ill not to go to work. That if you may have been exposed and are unvaccinated, you should get tested and if you’re exhibiting symptoms while vaccinated, you should be tested. Neither of the two businesses have put out a statement. Another death has been reported too, a 66 year old unvaccinated woman from Redwood Valley. She is the 57th death in the county.

A woman from Talmage has been arrested for domestic violence after deputies say two people walking down the street got in an argument that turned physical. Deputies say Danielle Bloyd and a man were walking in the 1300 block of Old River Road when they got into a physical altercation, with Bloyd biting the man, who tried to hug her, in the jaw. They say he had visible injuries reflecting the man’s story, so Bloyd was arrested for domestic violence battery and booked into Mendocino County Jail on $35,000.00 bail.

Some residents in Clearlake evacuated for nearly a week due to the destructive Cache fire have been allowed to go home. The evacuation orders were supposed to be lifted this morning, but there’s a restriction still of who can go into certain areas due to the amount of damage. The Clearlake City Manager put out a notice on the repopulation. He says last night some residents were able to go home to inspect the destruction, for “emotional closure.” The fire burned 83 acres and destroyed 56 homes and 81 other structures. There were 1,600 people evacuated at one time. The destruction was contained to two mobile home parks. City leaders are reportedly working with county and state officials for hazard cleanup. There’s been no cause released yet.

The Caldor fire in El Dorado County has grown as it ravages dry fuels in its wake. It’s burned over 104,000 acres. At the same time the Dixie Fire, which has been burning well over a month and is the largest single fire to ever burn in the state, triggered more evacuations. All national forests in Northern Calif. are closed through Labor Day now because of fire danger.  The Caldor Fire is 5% contained and the Dixie is 38% contained. That massive blaze has burned over 724,000 acres. Another fire in Trinity County, the Monument, has burned over 148,000 with 20% containment and the McFarland Fire in Shasta, Trinity and Tehama counties has burned almost 118,000 acres and is 66% contained.

A man in Taylorsville has been arrested for allegedly setting a bunch of small fires near the massive Dixie Fire. Highway Patrol from the Quincy area reported David Heland Hyde was arrested after fires were seen on his property. He’s also accused of refusing to leave during mandatory evacuation orders. A fire division chief reportedly working with the California National Guard at an evacuation checkpoint was informed of the fires. They reportedly told the man to leave, but he wouldn’t let them near his property or to extinguish the fires. He sprayed firefighters with a hose. But they arrested him and charged him with entering or remaining in an evacuation zone.

A new report says there are currently no ICU beds available in the entire state. Cal Matters reports hospitals in six rural counties are dealing with the most hospital patients ever who are infected with the virus.  The surges due to the unvaccinated in Mendocino, Del Norte, Tuolumne, Lake, Humboldt and Nevada counties. The report by CalMatters after they analyzed state data, goes on to say the six counties have record high hospitalizations. And three others, Amador, Placer and Shasta — have a similar situation. The report says sparsely populated counties are the ones without many beds left. In  Del Norte and Lake counties, there were no ICU beds last week. Hospital officials reported it was due to unvaccinated people and the Delta variant.

The Mendocino County Grand Jury has put out a finding on homelessness calling the City of Ukiah the epicenter of County services for the homeless and transient populations. It says the pandemic has laid bare disparities and gaps in service for the Homeless Services Continuum of Care and in local community policing strategies. The outcome, they jury says is that local governments and agencies should look within and need to improve. The report says since there’s nowhere to live for many, homeless encampments have grown. It says food, clothing and shelter, basic essentials are a challenge and that vulnerable or addicted people don’t have a lot of choice to have their needs met, so theft, loitering and pandering may be how some survive.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is warning about the latest telephone scam. Friday deputies say they were informed by Willits Police about someone getting a call from someone posing as a sergeant from the Sheriff’s office, but it is in no way connected to the department and had no legitimate law enforcement purpose. They pretended the receiver of the call had a warrant out for their arrest for missing jury duty so they needed to confirm some personal identifying information for identity theft purposes. They may also demand payment. The department says to hang up on this person, not give info and call police.

More information released about a woman in Lake County who reportedly shot a man she says sexually assaulted her. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office got the report earlier this month about the shooting in Clearlake Oaks and a dead man at a home. The Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation, finding it wasn’t quite what it seemed. They’ve identified the victim of the shooting as Charles Vernon McClelland of Rohnert Park, who was the woman’s on and off boyfriend for a time. She reportedly got ahold of a gun and says when the man tried assaulting her again, she shot him multiple times. The Major Crimes detectives have identified the woman as Tammy Sue Grogan Robinson of Clearlake Oaks and found she was lying and the shooting was not justified. She was found and arrested in Missouri and booked on murder charges and held on $2,000,000 bail and awaits extradition to Lake County.

A report of a body behind Ross Dress for Less in Ukiah has triggered an investigation, but police say they knew the man from previous contacts. Police found the man’s body behind the clothing store in the Pear Tree Shopping Center and a coroner was called to the scene too. They say the man had been homeless and had a history of drug use but there were no obvious signs of that at the scene of his death. Another homeless person reported the death. The police dept. says there was nothing suspicious so far about the death and an autopsy has been ordered for Wednesday.

A fire’s been reported behind a Burger King in Willits. Willits Police, Little Lake & Brooktrails Fire Departments were at the fire and a Willits arson investigator was working with police on the incident. They have fingered Jennifer Smith of Fort Bragg as a primary suspect saying it appeared she had walked up to the fast food spot from a nearby creek bed, lit some dry grass by the drive thru on fire and walked away. Police detained her nearby and arrested her for arson and a drug related charge. The fire was put out before spreading.

Cases of COVID19 at schools in Sonoma County has complicated the return back to in person learning. The Press Democrat reports there were more than three dozen confirmed COVID cases the first week of school. That meant the schools had to do contact tracing and put the safety guidelines established, into play. The county’s epidemiologists said there were 38 cases at 24 schools since the time school restarted. Six of those were staffers and 32 were students.  Mandatory quarantine for those testing positive per state requirements and kids and staff can only come back after they have no symptoms.

A set back for the gig economy. A state Superior Court judge said the 2020 ballot proposition allowing Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and other independent contractor type businesses to call workers that is no good. The Service Employees International Union sued and the judge in Alameda County said indeed parts of Proposition 22 were unconstitutional because the workers couldn’t be included under the state’s workers’ compensation law. Companies spent millions on the ballot initiative which required the gig workers to be classified as employees who get benefits. Now Uber is indicating they might continue the court case. The ballot measure won 58% of the vote in last November’s election.

The FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine which some say will mean more people will get the shots. It also comes at a time of a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to the ferocious delta variant. The vaccine is fully approved for those 16 and over and has new branding too, they’re now calling it “Comirnaty”.     

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