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The man recently arrested in connection to the stabbing death of another man in a bank parking lot had quite the rap sheet. 69-year-old Leslie Adelman, a homeless man from Ukiah is charged for murder for the Sunday morning stabbing outside Wells Fargo on South State Street. Apparently, locals knew Adelman for his various arrests and confrontations. He was previously a paraprofessional in the Ukiah Unified School District. Several online news sites have a list of his arrests over the last five years. Ten arrests for things like having a switchblade in a car, to arson of an inhabited structure and trespassing. Ukiah police say when they pulled up to the bank parking lot last weekend, they saw a man fall to the ground and Adelman walk away with a knife. His arraignment is set for tomorrow.

A nine-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he got a little too close to the ocean along the coast by the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Mom with her twin boys telling them not to get too close to the water’s edge, then one of them, Robert Rademaker was caught by a wave and dragged into the sea. But thankfully he grabbed onto a rock and was rescued. The family was visiting friends in Fort Bragg Saturday and decided to visit the lighthouse.

A fire hydrant hit by a car in Willits let its contents loose. Willits Police Department and Willits Utility workers were on the scene last night as water spewed into the area. There was one way traffic for a time while personnel closed off the water, which was less than a half hour later.

Roof Repairs are being completed at Van Damme State Park. The Spring Ranch barn needed some work, so the park service had a warning there would be lights and fans in the overnight hours at the park. They were put in place so bats would not go near the construction work.

After a 911 call to Home Depot, a local man was arrested for trying to take off with a drill. Ukiah police say they responded to the store and found Victor Lucas was trying to leave the store without paying for the drill and when employees tried to stop the guy he threatened them with a knife. Police say he made it out of the store, but another employee followed him and he continued to threaten with a knife, got into a car and took off. The drill was worth about $150. The man was caught the next day after employees looked at booking log photos and surveillance footage. Lucas was arrested for Robbery and held on $15,000.00 bail.

The governor’s office and five Indigenous California tribes are fighting about whether or not they can renew their gambling compacts with the state. If the deals are not extended some of the casinos would have to close gaming until they can get to some agreement with the state. The Robinson Rancheria in Nice Chairman says if they have to close again, like they did during the first days of the pandemic, it could be devastating. The whole thing has to do with a lawsuit that could have impacted over 60 tribal nations who did a deal with then Gov. Gray Davis in 1999. The contracts were supposed to be renewed in December of 2020, but there’s an extension until June 30th. Some tribes are not affected though as their compacts were extended already.

The second transgender judge in the state has been appointed by the Governor. 58-year-old Andi Mudryk was the chief deputy director at the Department of Rehabilitation, and will now serve on the Sacramento County Superior Court bench. The appointment after Alameda Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski was elected as the first openly transgender judge in 2010. Kolakowski tweeted she was glad to “finally have a trans colleague on the bench in California.” Newsom was also set to swear in the first Latina to the Calif. Supreme Court yesterday, Justice Patricia Guerrero.

Free at home COVID tests are going to 7 million students and school employees in Calif. The state sent the tests, two in a kit to help try to slow the spread of the virus after spring break. 14.3 million tests are on the way or have already been delivered. The state has a new approach to the pandemic, instead referring to it as an endemic, like season colds and flu, and trying to spread the word to prevent spread, and react swiftly if there are outbreaks. The Governor put out a statement that the state’s focused on keeping schools open and students safe, with the SMARTER Plan, which is an acronym for shots, masks, awareness, readiness, and testing. 

Congressman Mike Thompson has announced Lake County’s Woman of the Year. The well-known local businesswoman, Jennifer Strong was named by Thompson. Thompson picks inspiring women each year from his district to showcase their contributions and efforts over the last year. Strong founded Rotary Fire Relief which raised over $1 million for Valley fire survivors after the 2015 fire. She is also the owner of Strong Financial Network.

A woman has been killed after being involved in a three-car crash on Highway 20. The CHP reports the 49 year was the passenger in a Mini Cooper that was in the crash near Lake Mendocino in Mendocino County Monday night around 5:30 in rainy weather. Witnesses and CHP dash cam footage shows the driver of the Mini was headed east on the highway as a pickup truck was headed west, then a third vehicle, an SUV was behind the truck. The mini drove through standing water, lost traction and spun into the pickup which also spun out and hit the SUV. People driving by stopped to help get the people in the mini, out. But the passenger was not responsive and died at the scene. The CHP says they don’t think drugs or alcohol were factors.  Two others were also injured in the crash.

As of the last update from the Mendocino County Public Health Office, COVID cases and hospitalizations are way down. There is one case of the new omicron variant, as we told you yesterday, which has been confirmed. As of last Friday, during the public report from the agency, they said only two people were in the hospital. One of them did end up in an ICU bed. There were five cases reported too, way down from the start of the month. This was also the first public update in a few weeks, as the last two were postponed.

The public got to get a peek at the new solar PV systems and various other upgrades at the Konocti Unified School District in Lower Lake. Last Friday, the public was invited along with school board members and the Superintendent Becky Salato as she turned the district’s new solar-powered electrical system on. She says the district has been mulling solar electricity for some time, but it just finally made economic sense, noting PG&E rates going up. Not only did they have new solar arrays, but also, protective solar netting and power resiliency through backup power systems.

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