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A man from Clearlake Oaks who police say was shooting at homes, then tried to assault a deputy has been arrested. The Sheriff’s office reports Benjamin Wilkinson was the guy shooting at homes. When a deputy approached, after they set up a perimeter, they say the guy tried spraying the Deputy with bear spray. The Sheriff’s office says there was a brief struggle with Wilkinson, but there were no injuries reported. And there were no injuries related to the shots fired. Wilkinson has been jailed for shooting at inhabited dwellings, resisting arrest and misdemeanor illegal use of tear gas.

A man in Lake County’s busted after police say he was trying to sell meth in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa Police arrested Eulises Moya Gomez at his home in Lower Lake Tuesday and charged with suspicion of possessing meth for sale. He was singled out in November for selling methamphetamine across Sonoma County. They took a search warrant to his home, then he was detained. During the search, officers located over 2 pounds of meth and other evidence of drug trafficking, including packaging materials, digital scales, cell phones and about $2,100 in cash.

Hospitals continue to be inundated with patients due to the overwhelming surge of omicron, so the state has come up with a plan. The coronavirus mutation has been causing shortages of healthcare staff, but they say illnesses are less severe than a year ago. But it’s still wreaking havoc on hospital workers, so state health officials say they’ll allow asymptomatic healthcare workers who tested positive to work. The policy is a stopgap though and ends February 1st. It’s so many healthcare workers can remain on the job. The Press Democrat reports some healthcare workers and community members aren’t really keen on the policy.

The state Attorney General says they’re suing a phony health insurance company, calling itself a health care sharing ministry. The lawsuit against The Aliera Companies and the Moses family. They founded the Sharity Ministries Inc., which was also a nonprofit at one time, called Trinity Healthshare. The state says they’re actually a for profit company that is collecting hundreds of millions from thousands of Californians. They’re supposedly selling unauthorized health plans and insurance and it’s alleged they illegally denied members benefits but kept up to 84% of their payments. The state also says they denied claims on the regular, and spent only around 16 cents for every dollar they received for health care expenses. The Atty. General, Rob Bonta says it’s essentially worthless coverage.

Two new members have been appointed to the Point Arena City Council. At a special meeting Tuesday, Jim Koogle and Richey Wasserman were added to take over for two councilmembers who resigned. The two have lived in the area a while and have served on the City Council and other boards and commissions in the past. There was a decision last fall to hold a Special Election for February, but only one candidate emerged. And since there was nothing else on the ballot, they decided to appoint members instead. The two will serve until 2024. The Mayor and Vice Mayor were also chosen, Scott Ignacio and Barbara Burkey respectively. 

Like Sonoma County before it, the Mendocino County Public Health office says county residents should stay away from large gatherings and limit other gatherings and parties to 12 people if there are people who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 as the county is dealing with increasing cases due to the omicron variant. The mutation is much more contagious than other strains and can evade vaccinations. The Public Health Dept. reports cases in Mendocino County have more than quadrupled since Christmas and hospitals are nearing full capacity. 

The town of Mendocino is now in a Stage 2 Drought Emergency. The Mendocino City Community Services District Board of Directors gathered for a special meeting last week to go over the rainfall numbers they use to determine the current drought level. There was about 20.40 inches of rain measured so far as of January 7th. Just under the cut to enter Stage 2 where twenty inches is required. Twenty-two are needed for Stage 1. So residents have to voluntarily cut back by 15%. There are also other requirements, including designated irrigation times, no car washing with a hose unless it has a shutoff valve and no filling of hot tubs or swimming pools.

A quarter million dollars has been awarded to recipients in Lake County after the annual wine auction. The Lake County Wine Alliance had their check presentation ceremony for the 2021 Lake County Wine Auction, which they put on each year to support the neediest in the community. Volunteers, the board of directors, donors, sponsors, and auction attendees helped dole out the cash. Some of the recipients included the Lake County Symphony Association, Adventist Shower/Trailer Project, Yuba Community College District, Lake County Senior Centers, Lake County Youth Services and Operation Tango Mike.

A man from Ukiah has been killed in a car crash with a motorcycle. Police say the crash was at S. State St. and Beacon Ln. between an SUV and a motorcycle. They found Charles Partridge, lying on the ground next to his motorcycle in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant. They say he was unresponsive, CPR was administered by first responders, but he didn’t make it. The full sized SUV had major damage, but nobody was injured inside it. The road was closed about five hours during the investigation. The vehicles were both impounded as evidence. Police say preliminary info shows the motorcycle crashed into the SUV as it was coming out of the restaurant parking lot.

The Governor is getting behind some possible revisions to the state’s cannabis tax structure. Gov. Newsom said Monday he might consider changes to the taxes for marijuana cultivators and for buyers.  He says in his latest budget proposal, that he supports tax reform and plans to work with lawmakers so that modifications can be made to help stabilize the market. The budget projects nearly $800 million in cannabis revenue during the 2022-23 tax year.

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