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A home intruder was the report from a woman at a home in Covelo after the man is shot and stabbed. The woman called dispatch yesterday morning saying a man was in her home and did not have her permission. Then the dispatcher hears her yelling at the person and tells the Sheriff’s dept. there’s an active burglary. Someone nearby apparently called to say they heard gunshots and saw a man without a shirt on nearby, trying to flag down passing cars. Someone else called to say they saw a man laying in the road with a “gunshot wound to his stomach.” After emergency responders arrived they found head injuries and stab wounds too.

Emergency workers and rescuers were out along the Eel River over the weekend near where a missing man and his son had gone hunting, the man never returned. The latest from the Sheriff’s office was they thought John Davis disappeared into the swift water of the river after a heavy storm. The search went on for several days after he vanished November 23rd. They went out again this weekend, even though his family and others have continued their search. No sign was found of Davis again. Some debris was found though in an aerial search which deputies now say was unrelated to Davis, but trash bags commonly used by Caltrans for roadside trash removal.

The Lake County Public Health Office is out with some information and caution to residents after the new COVID19 variant, omicron surfaced in Calif.  The variant, the office says, had replaced Delta as the dominant variant in South Africa and that it has the potential for increased transmissibility, and notably, possibly more breakthrough cases of coronavirus. But Dr. Charlie Evans with the agency says they’re not sure of any of that yet, and that tests are ongoing globally. He says getting vaccinated is the first line of defense as they have proven to be very effective at preventing hospitalization and death. 

Vaccine recommendations are in place for everyone 5 years and above.  Boosters are now recommended for everyone 18 years and above at the recommended intervals.  Vaccines are widely available in Lake County: http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus/Vaccines.htm

More info on the arson fire at a rehab facility in Ukiah. A man has now been arrested in connection with the arson, 31 year old Travis Humphrey. Police say they got a call to the fire last week at a home, finding the first room bedroom with smoke. Everyone inside evacuated themselves out and Humphrey was seen watching the fire from outside as firefighters arrived. Officials say the fire started at Redwood Community Services in Humphrey’s room. A staffer said he had previously made suspicious statements leading them to suspect he lit the fire. Arson investigators found an accelerant and later connected Humphrey. He’s been arrested and charged with arson, arson during a state of emergency and violating his probation and held on over $102,000 bail.

After a call about a possible domestic disturbance in Covelo, deputies made an arrest, but not without something of a struggle. Deputies say Jesse Davidson had thrown pool table balls at his wife and threatened to kill her. Deputies say the woman was upset to find Davidson in her home uninvited, and finally got him outside. Deputies say the house looked like she explained with pool balls all around and chairs and other items tipped over.  Davidson had active warrants and apparently tried running from arrest and attacked a police dog and deputies before they finally nabbed him. He’s held on $150,000.00 bail

After reports of a man and woman fighting at a Ukiah apartment complex deputies responded. They say they had been to the same apartment no less than 15 times over the last several months. Deputies could see inside before entering, things strewn about and a man yelling at the woman, identified as Lateefah Glover. She would not open the door for deputies who held a window open. They say she then threatened them with a rock. And the man Glover was arguing with came out with a scratch and blood on his face, then opened the door. Glover was arrested for ignoring police and brandishing a deadly weapon, the rock. She was being held on $15,000.00 bail.

New emergency regulations are being proposed by the Department of Cannabis Control for license fee waivers for equity applicants and licensees. The agency wants the public to know about the waivers for qualified equity businesses across Calif to help anyone impacted by the nation’s War on Drugs after they started to operate a cannabis business. They’re going to begin accepting fee waiver requests beginning January 1st for the waivers for those who’ve been convicted or arrested, lost income or their home in an area disproportionately impacted by past criminal justice policies. The state Legislature would give $30 million toward the equity fee waivers and deferrals.

A man accused of having ghost gun parts shipped across the country, including in Willits is going to prison. Jonathan Cuney of East Greenbush, New York got 87 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearms including “ghost guns,” and ammunition. Separately he pleaded guilty in 2019 for illegal gun trafficking in NY. Then in June of this year he admitted he bought parts from online retailers and shipped the stuff to NY, Willits, where he has a home and to Providence, Rhode Island, then made ghost guns from the parts in Rhode Island. He’s also had fake FBI gear when he was arrested.

They’re picking new leaders in Lakeport. At the next city council meeting, they’ll vote on mayor and mayor pro tem. The meeting is online and in person tomorrow. Currently Kenny Parlet and Stacey Mattina are mayor and mayor pro tem. The council will also get an update on the All Children Thrive Youth Governance Council and discuss a resolution to allow the City Manager to apply for Permanent Local Housing Allocation funding over two years at just over $206,000. The police chief will also ask for almost $164,000 for new police radios with encrypted technology to meet state requirements.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has some end of year business to wrap up. At their meeting tomorrow morning, the Board will consider filling advisory and oversight board seats. There’s not that much other business to cover besides, considering appointments to the Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board and the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board.

The first ADA-compliant community garden in Fort Bragg has opened. The open house was Sunday, November 14th next to the CV Starr Center. There are twenty, fifty square foot plots and another six, wheelchair-accessible raised beds for folks with mobility issues so they can still get involved in community gardening. The plots are only $25/year, including the cost of water. You have to spend about fifteen hours to help maintain the garden. Just about half of the plots have been taken.

To inquire about a plot, volunteer or for other information: http://www.gfcgardensfortbragg. org.

Thousands of people out on the street in Ukiah for the Truckers Light Parade. The yearly gathering on State Street of vehicles decorated with lights. The Ukiah Mayor,  Executive Director of Visit Mendocino and Mendocino Sheriff were judges for the event. Many vehicles had groups of people inside them. The winners were , First place and “Grand Champion”- Granite Construction, Second Place and “Best of Show”- Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance, Third Place and Honorable Mention- Hernandez Electric and the Best of the City of Ukiah- the Rudolph Truck.

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