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A man has been arrested in Ukiah for elder abuse. Mendocino Deputies were called to reports of a domestic violence incident in the 3500 block of Highway 253 last Tuesday by a woman at a call box. Deputies say the woman had visible injuries to her arm and head. They found her ex-boyfriend, Jon Rickel, had pushed her, causing her to fall and get injured. Deputies went to his house and found him, developing cause to believe he hurt the woman. So, he was arrested for Felony Domestic Violence Battery and Misdemeanor Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse. He was booked into jail on $50,000.00 bail.

A man wanted for a felony arrest warrant in Laytonville has been arrested. Deputies say they found James Simmon who told them he was assaulted. They say he climbed up on a roof where Fire personnel found him and gave him medical treatment for what appeared to be a stabbing. But then he was arrested for a warrant. He told Deputies he didn’t want anyone else prosecuted. He was treated, then held without bail.

A plane has crashed east of Willits. Mendo Fever reports a Cal Fire helicopter touched down at the Eden Valley Airstrip where the pilot confirmed there was a small plane that had crashed and a fire had been extinguished. The pilot was reportedly taken into Willits by a passing driver. They called for help. The FAA was also reporting to the scene. The news site reports there were two people aboard the airplane, one was injured and hospitalized, but the other was un-injured. But they were both at the hospital.

A Temporary Urgency Change Petition has been filed by the Sonoma Water Agency for a Critical Water Supply Condition. The petition was reportedly filed with the State Water Resources Control Board due to the drought. If approved, the Russian River’s instream flow requirements would change to allow Sonoma Water to continue minimal instream flows to preserve water supply in Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma. It also means users have to reduce water usage by 20% between July 1st and October 31st compared to the same time period in 2020. Without the declaration water managers say it would lead to even more water declines in the two lakes.

The Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Lake County Deputy District Attorneys Association are endorsing DA Susan Krones for another term. Lake Co News reports the decision was made earlier this month, but was made concrete this weekend. Former county supervisor, Anthony Farrington, is running against the incumbent. After Farrington wrote a letter to the editor for the news site which had both the Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the DA’s Association sticking with Krones, calling the letter untrue. Farrington said in his letter Krones had not received any endorsements from law enforcement, but the two Associations endorsed Krones after his letter.

A special meeting’s being held by the Clearlake City Council about an appeal by the owner of a local restaurant, which has been scheduled to be torn down. The meeting is this Thursday afternoon regarding the Sunflower restaurant after the council voted unanimously to approve a contract for excavation of the restaurant. It used to be the Lakeshore Inn and became a nuisance in December of 2018, and an abatement order was issued a few years later. Then the city opened bids for it, but a new owner emerged for the restaurant who promised to renovate. That never happened. So here we are. The meeting at 3p Thursday in Council chambers.

Governor Newsom is down with COVID. The Governor was positive over the holiday weekend, testing after a meeting he had in San Francisco with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who he met to sign a new climate partnership agreement with. Newsom’s office says he has mild symptoms, is working at home, but will take Paxlovid, an antiviral medication. He will stay isolated until he has a negative test. The Governor has been vaccinated and received two booster shots, the last one as recently as May 18.

There’s a new leader for Mendocino Community Health Centers. MCHC announced Rod Grainger is its new chief executive officer. Grainger has 3 decades of healthcare management experience and a strong background in healthcare finance, according to the healthcare system. They report his last job was for ten years at Long Valley Health Center as their executive director. MCHC has been around since 1991 and has expanded from the Laws Avenue location in Ukiah to four sites altogether: Hillside Health Center and Dora Street Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport.

Students appeared to be fed up with school shootings after the latest massacre in Texas, so they walked out. Last Thursday students across the country left class, protesting what they say is inaction to stop school shootings. Students in Calif. telling the LA Times, they have to advocate for themselves because “thoughts and prayers are not getting us anywhere after years and years.”  The group Students Demand Action had organized a bunch of the protests. They formed after the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The state Education Secretary is calling for something to be done to prevent any more school shootings. Secretary Miguel Cardona’s remarks after the Uvalde, TX rampage that killed 19 students and 2 teachers. Cardona says so far, actions taken have not been sufficient. He added that the country was becoming “desensitized to the murder of children.”

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of scamming California’s recycling program out of ten-million-dollars. The suspects are accused of bringing several tons of recyclables in from Arizona then redeeming it for cash at recycling centers in Southern California. The state’s recycling program only accepts items from California. Arizona does not offer a five or ten-cent rebate for bottles, cans and other recyclable containers. The suspects all face felony charges.

A red flag warning for part of Northern California should be ending tonight. The National Weather Service issued the warning Sunday due to fast moving winds and dry conditions. Multiple fires were also reported during the warning, which has officials concerned about summer months. The red flag warning expires at eight p.m. tonight.

It’s looking better at Pudding Creek Beach in Fort Bragg. Bacteria levels are no longer higher than acceptable state standards. Signs that were put up with warnings about swimming and staying out of the water were taken down. Each week 5 beaches are tested for bacteria in summer months, four are in in Mendocino County. They were all tested again last Tuesday, and Thursday, the tests came back negative. Big River, Little River, Pudding Creek, Hare Creek and Caspar Beach—are tested each week from April to October to make sure levels of three bacteria are safe, they are coliform, E. coli and enterococcus.

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