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Police are on the lookout for a man wanted for murder in Humboldt County—who could be making his way to Mendocino County. reports 27-year-old Austin Medeiros is suspected of killing a woman in Kneeland last Sunday. Deputies there say A caregiver found the woman’s body inside a home after a man identified as Madeiros tried to block the caregiver from getting in. The suspect took off in the victim’s car and then ran off from police who had stopped him nearby. Now, authorities think Medeiros could be headed to Mendocino County so they are warning people against picking up hitchhikers. Madeiros, who is from Rhode Island, is 5′ 6″, weighs 125 pounds, and has long brown/blonde hair and hazel eyes. You can contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office if you have any information.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says one of its deputies may have saved the life of a man who overdosed on drugs by giving the man a shot of Narcan. According to the department, bystanders reported the man smoking something in the 100 block of Ford Road and when deputies got to the scene they found him unconscious. As one deputy did CPR, another administered the shot, which revived the man. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment. The MCSO has been using Narcan since April 2019. One report shows Mendocino County has one of the highest rates of OD-related deaths in all of California.

Aspiring young poets in Lake County will have a chance to be the county’s first youth poet laureate. The Lake County Arts Council and Lake County Poet Laureate Georgina Marie Guardado say the rising popularity of youth poetry in the US-inspired them to start the new program. The arts council will work with a New York-based organization to develop the local initiative. There have been 11 ADULT poets-laureate in Lake County since that honor was first given in 1998.

All of the properties cleared of debris following the Cache Fire in Lake County been returned to their owners. The state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program came in, took out the remains and left the properties ready to get their permits so the owners can start reconstruction. 84 properties were part of the statewide debris removal program. And only five had hazardous trees removed by the state. Over 350,000 tons of debris, almost 22,000 fire-damaged trees and other hazardous materials were taken from the area. Some of the work also included asbestos surveys and the removal of asbestos, soil samples and erosion control.

The old Sunflower restaurant in Clearlake is a go for demolition. The City Council approved of the tear down after abatement measures stood still and they also approved a last minute proposal to go to the fed for funding for a new Sports Complex. At the last minute staff requested the council vote on applying after Congressman Mike Thompson informed the city there could be money from the federal government for the proposed Burns Valley Sports complex and recreation project, but the deadline to apply is in one week. The former Sunflower restaurant was deemed a health and safety hazard and public nuisance 3 years ago, with no moves by a new owner to fix the issues, so down it goes.

A man from both Fort Bragg and Ukiah accused of trying to kill another man 2 years ago has been found guilty. 67-year-old David Giusti was convicted by the jury of first degree attempted murder of William Gordon behind the CVS pharmacy in March of 2020. He’s also guilty of assaulting Barry by force likely to produce great bodily injury. The prosecution also provided information to the court that Giusti has previously been convicted of an assault, so this would be a second strike. The case was referred to the Probation Dept. for a sentencing recommendation, which will be handed down May 19th.

No measurable snow has been found at the Covelo Ranger Station, as expected. The survey at the Anthony Peak and Plaskett Meadows sampling locations. The last time it was zero was in 2015. The April 1st average is just under 27 inches for Anthony Peak and just over 15 inches for Plaskett Meadows. It follows a survey in the Sierra Nevada that was also way below normal, and one of the driest April’s on record. There were high temperatures the first quarter of the year, along with record dry weather. This mix could be an indicator of what kind of fire season we will have to endure. The snow surveys are done monthly January through April through a program paid for by the California Department of Water Resources.

A man formerly of Talmage is going to prison for killing his stepson and the attempted murder of his stepson’s partner. Thomas Jones reportedly received the longest non-death prison sentence in the legal history of Mendocino County, life without the possibility of parole and 172 years to life more. He was found guilty a couple months ago for the shooting death and first-degree attempted murder. He also had three previous robbery convictions in Lake County and another three in Sonoma County.

A woman reported missing from Boonville has been found safe. Cindy Marie Hughbanks was reportedly missing for two days. Mendo Fever reports her cousin was in touch with them to get the word out. She had apparently left her horse, which her cousin said was “out of character” for her because she always told people when she was leaving. She had her dog with her though as a BOLO was sent out to look for Hughbanks after she was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office. After she arrived back home, there was no public notification about where she ended up, or why she vanished.

After a head on crash on Highway 20, the CHP reports one death. A man from Lakeport died and a woman from Ukiah had major injuries. The CHP Clear Lake Office reports Jennifer Peters of Ukiah and her passenger, a Redwood Valley man, Ronald Hoel Jr., were in a 2005 Acura TSX headed west on SR-20 and for some reason crossed the double yellow line crashing head-on into a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by the Lakeport man. Peters’ passenger had minor injuries. Everyone had their seatbelts on. The CHP has not said if they suspect drugs or alcohol as factors in the crash. There was a pretty lengthy closure on the highway as first responders descended on the scene this week.

A lawsuit has been filed against the Mendocino Redwood Company to get them to stop logging activities in a watershed that’s habitat for threatened northern spotted owls and fish. The plan is to log almost 1,000 acres of redwood forest which environmental groups claim violates an ordinance approved by voters to reduce fire danger. The Center for Biological Diversity’s case says Cal Fire “blatantly ignored state and local laws to approve this destructive logging project”. They say it’s the last thing that should be done in the middle of a climate emergency and extinction crisis. Court papers say the project will remove some of the larger trees in the area, which the owls depend on as their habitat is in decline. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said two years ago northern spotted owls should be reclassified to endangered.

Almost $35 million dollars has been awarded to cities, counties, tribes and transit agencies by Caltrans. An announcement came earlier this week for road repairs and sustainable transportation projects. The grants include money from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 for sustainable projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the state highway system, enhance access to safe walkways and bike paths, and increase natural disaster preparedness. The interim director of Caltrans says the money’s meant to also prepare the state for rising sea levels, wildfires and other climate related impacts.

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