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Lake County has moved into the CDC’s highest risk category for Covid-19. The Lake County Health Department calls that change alarming because it shows widespread community transmission of the virus. The department is also worried about new stress on the county’s health care system. Public Health officer Dr. Erik McLaughlin says moving into the High Community Level does not trigger any new countywide health measures—yet. He says the county could consider moving back to some of the earlier restrictions and policies to check the spread of the illness. The department strongly recommends indoor masking—not as a punishment, but as an important prevention tool. A Health Services data analysis shows the county is now reporting 12 weekly cases for every 100,000 residents, high enough to clear the bar of 200 the CDC has set for the High Community Level. Test positivity has also been creeping upward over recent weeks to 11% in Lake County. Officials say if people wear masks, get vaccinated, and get tested, the trend of more Covid cases can again go down

California’s proposed ban on gas powers vehicles by 2035 gets cool reception at a hearing by the State Air Resources Board. The board took nine hours of comments and heard lots of critics of the plan but there were a few supporters too. They say the proposal doesn’t go far enough. Among the concerns—are the effect on disadvantaged communities and the aggressive timeline to make the switch. Board members questioned both sales and charging electrics, saying the infrastructure is nowhere near what it would have to be by the cutoff of combustion. Members want staff members to address those concerns and find a path to lower the barriers for low-income people to buy electric vehicles. The board is expected to vote on the mandate in August.

Some nonprofits in Lake County competed to win a $10,000 grant. The Lake County Women’s Civic Club says they received multiple applications, all of which were “worthy causes and missions”. Six were chosen who had to make a presentation to the board, explaining why they would make an impact with the money. Ultimately, the Northshore Youth Club won the grant.  The nonprofit sponsors local academic and extracurricular enrichment activities to kids 5 to 18 years old like basketball league, football, cheer, and even rock music camp. The group is 80% funded through donations and sponsorships and 20% through minimal registration fees.

A man from Ukiah has been arrested after Deputies, on a welfare check of a woman couldn’t find her. They called her family who found the woman who they say may have been with her boyfriend, Anthony Ocampo. The two were found parked in a car and after questioning the pair found she had been abused over a couple of days last weekend. Deputies also found there was a restraining order between them, and that Ocampo was on felony probation due to interactions with the woman. He was arrested for Felony False Imprisonment, Felony Criminal Threats, Felony Violation of Probation, Misdemeanor Domestic Battery and Misdemeanor Violation of Restraining Order and held without bail.

A woman from Philo has been arrested after reports of domestic violence against a man. Deputies called to a home earlier this week along with fire and medical personnel. They say the woman there, Margaret Farley, seemed drunk and was not helpful. They then found a man with a wound to his eye and say the pair had been drinking together when she punched the guy in the face. They arrested Farley for Domestic Violence and held her on $25,000.00 bail.

Deputies in Ukiah had to use Narcan on a man they found unresponsive. They reported last Friday to the 1300 block of North State Street finding the man with a faint pulse, barely breathing. Someone else at the scene said the guy had used fentanyl and eventually became unresponsive, so the Deputy gave him a 4mg dose of Narcan, then a second one, when the first didn’t work. Medics arrived, but after the guy awoke, he refused more help. The Sheriff’s Office reports since they started to use the antidote in 2019, there have been thirteen situations that saved the lives of thirteen people.

Lake County is reminding about PTSD awareness. And the US Senate declared June 27th Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Day. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) says probably 6% of residents in the United States will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, and that about 12 million adults experience PTSD annually. Lake County reminds if you have PTSD, you’re not alone, and if you know someone who may be suffering, or if you need help, it’s available through Behavioral Health Services. The Director of the agency says “It’s okay, to not be okay”.

The Mendocino County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Katrina Bartolomie announced there are still ballots from Tuesday’s primary election as part of the official canvass. On Wednesday, the county still had several thousand Vote By Mail ballots to process and count and a few hundred Provisional/Conditional ballots to review, process and count. By law, any ballot that is postmarked by Election Day (June 7), they’re required to accept thru Tuesday, June 14th. The office will update their unofficial results within 2 weeks and post it on their website. By law they have 30 days from the date of the election to certify.

A new report from Cal Fire says once again PG&E is to blame for a massive fire. This time the energy company is being called out for an “excessively delayed response” that contributed to the Dixie Fire last year. It ended up being the second-largest wildfire in California history. Investigators said the spread of the nearly one-million-acre fire was caused because PG&E was too slow to react after one of their power lines malfunctioned near the Cresta Dam in Plumas County last July. They got there about ten hours after ignition and the fire was too big at that point. PG&E was already blamed for the fire and made a deal to avoid criminal prosecution.

The largest utility, which has been consistently blamed for causing wildfires in Calif., has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter related for another. Pacific Gas & Electric is being blamed for the death of four people and the destruction of hundreds of homes in Redding after the Zogg Fire in 2020. The fire swept through rugged terrain, swallowing up 200 homes and charring Nearly 90 square miles. State investigators say a pine tree fell on one of the utility company’s distribution lines. Afterwards Shasta and Tehama counties sued, saying the company was negligent by not removing the tree which was earlier marked for removal. Millions of customers are serviced by the utility giant which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 2 and a half years ago after multiple fires were started by aging infrastructure.

A man who once lived on the streets of Ukiah is going to prison for nearly 2 decades for attempted murder. 67-year-old David Giusti will be an elderly man before he’s eligible to be released after a jury convicted him of attempted murder in the first degree, the personal use of a deadly and dangerous weapon in the commission of the attempted murder and inflicting great bodily injury on the victim. Plus, he had a previous Strike conviction when he went after another homeless man in March of 2020 who was trying to sleep on a loading dock which Giusti said was his camp. The victim had about forty head wounds after Guisti hit him with a metal bracket attached to a long handle. His previous strike was similar, he attacked someone in the head with a glass bottle.

A man from Cobb in trouble with the law after an altercation at a barbecue. The DA charged 23-year-old Hunter Toles after a shooting. He was arrested Tuesday and appeared in court yesterday on Zoom. Police who responded say there was drinking going on at the gathering where Toles grabbed a shotgun and fired off three shots. One hit a woman at close range. She reportedly had non-life-threatening injuries. He’s charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm and battery causing serious bodily injury for shooting the woman, along with special allegations of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm, personal use of a shotgun and inflicting great bodily injury on the female victim. He faces charges for two other people too who were not hit by the gunfire. He faces three life sentences if convicted of the charges and is held in jail on just over 3 million dollars bail. He claims it was self-defense.

A former Kelseyville man who went to prison over 30 years ago for child abuse and murder will not be paroled. The Board of Parole Hearings said no to convicted murderer and child abuser, 61-year-old Leonard Scott Snider who was found guilty in August of 1990 for first-degree-murder of a 3 ½ year old boy from Lakeport; and for the felony child abuse of another young boy. At the time he got 31 years to life. He had been in trouble several times for domestic violence against girlfriends, including threats and physical violence. An 8-year-old boy testified against him that Snider had been seriously abusing him. Then the three year old boy was severely traumatized by Snider and died. He blamed the girlfriends. Snider’s next parole hearing is in 2027.

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