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After cops went to a home looking for a man wanted on a felony warrant, they arrest him. Last Thursday, Deputies went looking for Michael Hugo after a DUI causing injury. He was picked up in Ukiah at his home and booked into jail on $10,000.00 bail.

A Ukiah man out of jail on probation is arrested again after reports of a man acting erratically and possibly trying to break into a trailer on Lovers Lane. Deputies detained Lorenzo Cruz who they knew from previous contacts, finding suspected methamphetamine and a meth pipe. He was arrested for Felony Violation of Probation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He’s held without bail.

In an effort to rid the county of illegal marijuana operations, Deputies were out at various properties last week. The Marijuana Enforcement Team served search warrants on multiple illegal sites throughout the county. None had state permits. Over 165,000 plants were pulled and almost 6,000 pounds of processed weed was taken. Deputies say there were 59 separate environmental crimes found by scientists from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. A total of 12 firearms were confiscated, 3 were ghost guns and 2 were assault weapons. They detained several people, many from outside the US. They say they’re still investigating.

Over the last couple of months, five more people from Mendocino County have died from COVID-19. That makes 131 deaths so far from the deadly virus. The 127th in the county, was an 84-year-old man from Ukiah, then a 67-year-old man from the North Coast area. The 129th death was an 89-year-old woman from Ukiah, and an 89-year-old man, also from Ukiah was the 130th person to die from COVID. And the 131st death was that of a 69-year-old woman, also from Ukiah. The Public Health Dept. reports the virus is still very active worldwide. They encourage vaccines and boosters, masking and social distancing as the best tools for prevention.

Free sports physicals and a back-to-school fair for kids at Adventist Health Mendocino Coast. Next Saturday, July 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. are free physicals for youth athletes and supply filled backpacks for students. The sports physical is required by California schools before joining any sports in case of a health issue, like untreated asthma, an undiagnosed heart condition or concussion injury. A regular physical each year is separate and the hospital recommends it for all children to ensure overall health.

The Mendocino County Grand Jury continues their investigations and delivering reports. The latest on the current jail facilities in place since 1985 and in need of major renovations. The report says the jail has long needed maintenance, which is continually deferred. The report goes on to say if the repairs are not taken care of, the costs will be harder to handle and will continue to expose the County to potential liabilities. Two major things the report says need attention, uneven and broken sidewalks and an empty, battered up structure which should be torn down as it’s a serious liability to the County. They’re also dealing with staffing shortages and no maintenance workers assigned to the jail.

A man from Covelo could be going to prison after a jury convicted him of carjacking. The jury found 27-year-old Harlan Nelson Hawk Williams guilty of felony carjacking from an incident in February. The panel also agreed on a sentencing enhancement that Williams was armed with a firearm during the commission of the carjacking. The judge also found true another sentencing enhancement that Williams had a strike from 2013, and that there were several aggravating circumstances, including being on parole when he committed the carjacking. He’s set to be sentenced August 16th.

A man in Clearlake has been arrested after a traffic accident into a pedestrian who died. Police say they found the driver of a Toyota Tacoma, 27-year-old James Nielsen with minor injuries. The pedestrian though, had major injuries. He was identified as James Torrey Jr., also of Clearlake. Police say Nielsen was driving drunk and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter.

After a Facebook post about Sutter Lakeside temporarily closing its birth center, Lake Co News has reported it’s because they don’t have an obstetrician. The hospital is instead recommending patients go to other area hospitals until next week. The news site reports the hospital told them they hope to have the situation solved in a week and were actively working to help patients find the care they need, and to transfer patients to other hospitals as needed. They are still open though for other hospital services. The birth center issue came up a couple days ago and Sutter started to notify patients. The news site also reports only Adventist Health Clear Lake was the other option in Lake County for deliveries.

The state Superintendent of Schools race has two candidates vying for the job, including the incumbent. Tony Thurmond will go up against parent choice advocate Lance Christensen. Thurmond got almost 46% of the vote in the June primary but needed 50% so there wouldn’t be a runoff. And Christensen trailed with about 12% of the vote. Thurmond has been in the position since 2019 after being a state assemblyman, Richmond city councilman and West Contra Costa Unified School District school board member. Christensen is the vice president of education policy and government relations at the California Policy Center, and a former finance budget analyst for the Department of Finance. He’s against teaching sex education and ethnic studies. It’s a non-partisan race though. Thurmond won over 50% of the vote in several counties including Mendocino.

A woman from Fortuna has been found guilty of DUI in Mendocino County. The jury found 41-year-old Megan Autumn Brazil guilty of misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, from an incident in April on Highway 101 north of Reeves Canyon. In a previous court appearance Brazil admitted she was in possession of methamphetamine and illegal drug paraphernalia, which are misdemeanors.

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