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Another civil suit has reportedly been filed against a former Ukiah Police Sergeant accused of rape and sexual coercion. In 2021 Kevin Murray was charged with sexual battery and coercion and while that was pending through the system other rape allegations surfaced including from a female Ukiah police officer and another woman dating back to 2014. In September Murray was allowed to plead “no contest” to witness intimidation and false imprisonment for the 2021 incident and was sentenced to two years probation and sex offender counseling. Mendo Fever reports that in addition to a civil suit filed by the female Ukiah officer, the woman from the 2014 allegation is also suing. She says Murray raped her twice at her home with a weapon and since despite speaking to investigators her case was not resolved, she is suing in civil court.

Clearlake Police are asking your help in finding a missing woman. 28-year-old Kayla Johnston was last seen in the area of West 40th and Carrol Avenues. They have not said what date she was last seen or whether she was with anyone else. She is described as white, about 5 feet 2 and 110 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a hot pink hoodie and dark blue jeans. If you have any information on her whereabouts you are asked to call Clearlake Police.

If you have storm damage from the last couple of months Mendocino County needs to know. The County has started the transition from response to recovery and they need you to self-report damage from the severe weather from December to January. The information will be used to help the County in requesting help from nonprofits as well as state and federal agencies. So far, FEMA has not authorized individual assistance for private property so the County needs your info to find other ways to help. There’s a survey on the Mendocino County website. The deadline is February 3rd.

Governor Gavin Newsom is heading to Half Moon Bay today, the scene of the second mass shooting in three days in California. The Governor had been set to lead a panel for the National Governors Association meeting in Los Angeles but instead that First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead it so the Governor can visit the seaside town in which 7 people were killed and one remains in critical condition. The gunman, 67-year-old Chunli Zhao of Half Moon Bay, turned himself in after opening fire at a mushroom farm and then another affiliated farm nearby. While the motive is still unknown, the San Mateo County Sheriff says Zhao was a worker with the farms.

Drunk driving is said to be at the center of a Sunday night car crash near Covelo. The CHP says the crash was reported around 830pm Sunday with emergency responders finding the car about 20′ off the road near the corner of Hill and Dobie. Mendo Fever reports the driver was transported to the Covelo airport where he was taken by air ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center with what are said to be major injuries. The CHP confirms that the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Interim Lake County Chief Probation Officer Wendy Mondfrans has been appointed into the position permanently by the Lake County Superior Court. Mondfrans was named to the interim position by the judges at the start of the year when former Chief Probation Officer Rob Howe was sworn in as Lake County Sheriff. Lake County News reports Mondfrans was a practicing attorney before joining the probation department in 2010.

Lake County’s unemployment rate was down a touch in December. The Employment Development Department reported that Lake County’s unemployment rate was 5.1% in December which is down from 5.3% in November and 5.8% in December 2021. Lake County News reports that while most industry sectors in Lake County showed no change in the number of jobs available, professional and business services showed an increase of 2.8% and retail trade in increase of about half a percent.

Nonprofit community organization Change our Name is sponsoring an essay contest for Fort Bragg High School students. The org wants citizens to consider whether the town should still be named for Braxton Bragg who was a General in the Confederate Army and a slaveholder. The essay contest asks students to write on whether or not the name of Fort Bragg High School should be changed. They say the purpose is for students to do their own research and make up their own minds and the essays will be judged not on whether the students agree with the organization but on the breadth of their research and the force of their arguments and the judges will be independent of the organization. First prize is $1,000, second prize $500 and third prize $200. The contest runs from February 1 through March 30.

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