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A man from Lakeport has been arrested after a car crash on the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. The other driver was killed in the crash yesterday morning east of Highway 29 near Clear Lake. The CHP reports 35 year old Steven Pruitt was in a 2016 Camaro headed west on the Cutoff, just west of the Rodman Slough, when he crossed into the eastbound side of the highway and crashed into a 1996 Honda Civic. The CHP reports the Camaro ended up on one side of the Cutoff and the Civic on the other, but the driver of the Civic died. North Shore Fire was on the scene. Pruitt had minor injuries and cops say he was high on drugs and arrested. He was booked into Lake County Jail after being medically cleared.

Public Health in Sonoma County says 135,000 residents are eligible for a vaccine booster when it’s approved by the federal government, as expected. Last week the FDA approved the 3rd shot of the Pfizer vaccine for those 65 or older or immune-compromised. Yesterday they added 2 more groups, those at risk of getting sick due to their job, and those 18 and older at severe risk from the virus. The Sonoma County vaccine chief says the CDC is now considering the third shot for the groups. But only those who got the Pfizer shot six months ago would be eligible. At the same time the county reported three more deaths due to the pandemic, all 3 unvaccinated.

California is saying no to giant retailers firing warehouse staff if they don’t meet quotas which mean they wouldn’t get bathroom and rest breaks. The new law just signed by the Governor. It seems to be aimed at Amazon and companies like it who reportedly discipline staff for following health and safety laws. It would also allow employees to sue their employers to get rid of the unsafe quotas or retaliate. Supporters of the bill were reportedly eyeing Amazon as their why. The governor, upon signing the bill into law said corporations should not be able to put profit over people.

An illegal cannabis farm found littered with trash. Officers with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) armed with a search warrant were in the Laytonville in the area of the 9000 block of Branscomb Road. Agents found no permit or state license for the cultivation operation in the South Fork Eel River watershed where there are several threatened and endangered birds and fish.  And in the middle of severe drought any operation potentially harming waterways can harm wildlife too. Agents found multiple bags of trash near water and water diversions. There were nearly 600 illegal plants pulled and more than 150 pounds of illegal processed cannabis was destroyed.

A police chase in Ukiah ended with the suspect crashing into two cars. Mendo Fever reports the crash happened last night near Slam Dunk Pizza just before 9 p.m. on North State Street. Reports say the driver that hit the other two was zig-zagging around a parking lot, then raced through the city hitting speeds of up to 70 mph. The news site says the driver had a criminal record. He was stopped at the south entrance of the Safeway parking lot after crashing into a red Jeep SUV and a green Subaru Forester.

A woman from Clearlake Oaks has been arrested in connection to the death of her boyfriend. Court papers say Tammy Sue Grogan-Robinson was arrested last month in Missouri after reports Charles McClelland of Rohnert Park was killed at her home. His body was found July 7th after she reported the man had assaulted her. The whole story proved to be bogus, but she had reportedly left town. Lake County deputies said the shooting was not justified and filed with the DA’s office to arrest her for murder. She was finally arrested August 13th in Missouri where the woman has family. She was just extradited back to Lake County. She has also reportedly asked the court previously if she could represent herself, but she had a lawyer with her this week and decided to use a lawyer instead. She was held on $2 million bail., which may be adjusted at her next court appearance.

A tree from Calif. headed to Washington DC as part of their yearly Christmas decorations will make a pitstop in Ukiah. The Six Rivers National Forest is working with the nonprofit Choose Outdoors. The tree is coming to the Pear Tree Shopping Center on Halloween as part of the “Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree” exhibit. The White Fir tree stands 84 feet tall and will be harvested one week before the exhibit. The tree will also be part of more than 2 dozen outdoor community celebrations before it gets to its final stop, the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 19th.

Police have arrested a man in Ukiah after calls about a man getting in and out of his car, dancing around and taking off his clothes in public. When police arrived each time, the guy was gone. Police say they believe he was drunk.  They identified him as Marcelino E. Anguiano and say when they saw his car, it was straddled between lanes, but when he saw them he hung a U-turn and took off. They chased him for about ten minutes while he drove on the wrong side of the road, ran stop signs and drove on the sidewalk. They tossed down spike strips and he kept driving. He finally crashed and rolled, hitting a couple other vehicles, one a parked car. That person was taken to the hospital. Anguiano was found to be on probation for Evading a Police Officer so he was arrested and held on $35,000.00 bail.

The official redistricting for the State of Calif. after last year’s US Census has been released.  The Redistricting Commission Chair says they’ve been preparing and the redrawing of lines for the state’s congressional, State Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts will be transparent. The data informs the Commission and local jurisdictions so they can start the process of building new electoral districts. By law cities and counties have to use the database from the state to redraw the boundaries every ten years so the population is evenly allocated among the new districts.

They’re accepting applications for participants in the city of Ukiah’s PumpkinFest Parade. The theme this year is “Steampunk Pumpkins”. You can grab an application at the city’s website and at the Community Services Department at 411 W. Clay St. It’s $25 to enter. They will give out prizes to Junior Groups, Walking Groups and Decorated Vehicles. The parade is at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 16, starting at 10 am, and happens rain or shine.

Bike Angels is helping those impacted by the Cache Fire in Clearlake. They’re hosting a bike giveaway on October 9th for Cache Fire Survivors from noon to 2 p.m. at Lower Lake Elementary School. The fire was on August 18th and burned 83 acres, and 56 homes and 81 outbuildings. The group came together after the 2015 Valley fire and has done several other giveaways too. This would be the group’s eighth giveaway. So far they’ve donated over 1,400 bicycles.

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