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A woman from Laytonville has been arrested after a traffic stop found her with several warrants. Denise Hluchy was found to have three outstanding Mendocino County warrants, one for car theft. She was arrested without incident and held on $20,000.00 bail.

The latest remapping of political boundaries in California has Congressman Mike Thompson gaining more of Lake County. If approved in its current redrawing, the redistricting for U.S. House Districts approved last week has Thompson getting all of Lake County. Right now the District 5 has only the west side of Clear Lake and not the town of Clearlake itself. It could also snatch up Vacaville, Davis and Fairfield, but lose Vallejo and a small piece of Contra Costa County. This redrawing does away with an earlier version that had some of Congressman Jared Huffman’s district, including his home county of Marin cut. But the new maps have his district, pretty much intact.

A man pulled over during a traffic stop was found to have a warrant for his arrest for possessing drugs and a loaded firearm. Rafael Govea-Lopez was pulled over Thursday in Willits. The deputy found ammo on him so he was arrested for the outstanding warrant. Deputies went to his house later, knowing there had been calls for shots fired there previously. They found Harold Knight and Alberto Morfin and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana, a .45 caliber pistol and several hundred rounds of firearm ammunition cartridges. Plus Knight was a registered sex offender and is prohibited (felony) from cultivating or possessing marijuana for sale. Those two were also arrested and held on $15,000.00 bail and Govea-Lopez was held on $35,000.00 bail.

A delivery truck hauling propane has overturned, closing Highway 162 for almost two days. Cal Trans tweeted the main path to Round Valley was closed after the truck with 2,600 pounds of propane overturned, then started to leak just above Outlet Creek last Tuesday. The driver also had minor injuries and was not charged with any crimes. By Thursday morning the road reopened.

Human remains that were found in May in a forested area in Mendocino County turned out to be that of a 69-year-old man who had disappeared back in 2006 in Albion. The Sheriff’s office reports David Neily was last seen in late March or early April of 2006 and was reported missing that July. Vehicles belonging to him were found in Westport. The partial remains were found in Branscomb and were sent to a forensic odontologist, state Assemblyman Jim Wood of Ukiah.

A man from Covelo’s been arrested after a traffic stop found he was wanted for an out of county felony warrant. Round Valley Tribal Police stopped the driver, Lawrence Lawson and called for backup. They saw a gun in his car. A deputy responded and found Lawson was wanted and could be searched. They found a Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun and live 12-gauge shotgun shell. The Glock was also loaded with 14 live rounds. It was reported stolen out of Napa. He was also found with meth and arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Possession of a Stolen Loaded Firearm and Possession of Controlled substance while armed with Firearm.

At the next Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting they’ll be going over the redistricting maps. The board will also take public comment on the matter tomorrow morning and review, then approve the final maps. You can catch the meeting on the Board’s YouTube channel or attend in person.

After the so-called Red Headed Burglar was finally arrested he pleaded not guilty to several charges against him. William Evers was busted finally after being elusive since early spring, he was found Albion. He was found in the “Doughnut Shop” area of the Salmon Creek Forest after over 6 months on the run. He was wanted for firing a gun at a sheriff’s deputy after a burglary and was seen several times before and after that.

A judge in San Diego County has tossed a lawsuit challenging the state’s school mask mandate. The judge ruled the Governor indeed has the legal authority to enforce universal masking. The group Let Them Breathe filed the suit. They were fighting the mandate on behalf of parents across the state. They also wanted to overturn rules regarding COVID testing at schools and quarantines if students are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID. The Governor, his Health and Human Services Secretary, state Public Health Officer and the state’s Safe Schools for All team leader were all named in the case.

The family of a woman in Ukiah say she’s still missing after not being seen for over a month. 30-year-old Tia Higgins was last seen in San Francisco October 12th. Mendo Fever reports Tia’s mom, Jenny Higgins, says she spoke to her the same day Tia also called her boyfriend’s mom. There was an official missing person’s report filed with Ukiah police. She’s described as a Native American woman with ties to the Round Valley Tribe, who is 5′ 2”, 160 lbs with green eyes, brown hair, often dyed and tattoos on her left forearm, another on her chest, neck, and right hand.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors is having a public hearing on a commercial marijuana cultivation operation in Clearlake Oaks after it was tabled last month. The meeting tomorrow morning on Zoom and in person. The public hearing portion of the meeting is continued from Oct. 19th after an appeal was filed against the project at the 1,640-acre High Valley Ranch. The site of the old PSI World. Some neighbors of the ranch are appealing the approval by the Lake County Planning Commission, for a bunch of reasons including air quality, cultural resources and water availability.

As with the county and across the state, the Lakeport City Council takes on the redrawing of political boundaries for the State Assembly, State Senate and the U.S. Congress districts. The meeting tomorrow night in council chambers is open to the public, but those not vaccinated must wear a mask. You can also Zoom in, if you can’t make it in person.  Lake Co News reports city staff will present redistricting considerations to the council so that Lake County stays aligned with its strategic
agricultural and economic partners of Sonoma and Napa counties.

The Governor announced the state is joining the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance. Newsom made the announcement this weekend about the alliance which launched at the COP26 gathering. The first of its kind alliance was led by Costa Rica and Denmark to get states and nations to phase out oil and gas production and work instead to a clean energy economy. Newsom said the state is a global leader in fighting climate change but said we can’t do it alone. It comes after the Governor announced last month the state would move to stop new oil drilling near homes and expand health protection for Californians as the state phases out fossil fuels.

As the state continues to deal with more catastrophic fires, there could be a lot more prescribed burns. Last year the Governor agreed to work with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for prescribed burns on a million acres of the state’s land annually. Half of that, or 500,000 acres is on state land, the other half on federal land. But we’re nowhere near that goal so far. The US Forest Service released an assessment last month on a proposal to prescribe fires on nearly 690,000 acres in the Mendocino National Forest. A forest supervisor tells Mendocino Voice, they’ve been doing prescribed fires for years, but nowhere near what they need. Public comments are being accepted on the draft assessment until Monday.

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