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A morning lockdown at Lakeport Schools was triggered by the appearance of a former teacher. Police say around 7:30am yesterday the former Clear Lake High School teacher Michael Oleson came to the campus and caused a disturbance at the district office. Police say Oleson demanded access to his former office at the high school, then left the district office and headed towards the old office. Police came out and locked down all the campuses as a precautionary measure. Once they searched the campuses and determined Oleson had left the lockdown was lifted.

Ukiah police looking for a couple of people who they say may know something about a fight at the bar called “The Pub” on Monday night. Police say they found a man unconscious there around 8pm and another man assaulted him and he fell and hit his head. As of yesterday afternoon he was in stable condition at an out-of-county hospital. UPD detectives have surveillance footage from outside the bar and are looking for man and woman who seem to be connected with the incident but took off before police got there. You can get a look at them on the UPD Facebook Page, and if you know them, you are asked to call the UPD detective division.

Packed room at the Fort Bragg City Council meeting in support of Overtime Brewery. The wannabe brewery looking to put up a craft beer manufacturing facility on Elm Street. The company says that will entail a brewing system of up to 1,500 barrels per year. They also want to put in a retail store and food and drinks. They have to consider city water and wastewater fees, including capacity fees. So the council has to figure out the total of the fees which could cover capital improvements of the water and wastewater systems.

A teen in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after a report of a stolen car. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports a 14-year-old was found with the car last Wednesday afternoon. Police found the kid after reports of a youngster vandalizing a vehicle in the 29000 block of Highway 20. The report was the juvenile was using a screw driver, crowbar and hammer to vandalize the gray minivan. When deputies were headed that way they found the minivan was stolen from Willits. The teen was taken into custody for alleged possession of a stolen vehicle and brought to the Mendocino County Juvenile Hall.

A mess is still outside a home in Lakeport where the resident died. Neighbors and city staff tried to get it cleaned up. Patrick Joyce had a huge pile of junk on Third Street after almost ten years of complaints that were never addressed. The city’s community development director says Joyce played a cat and mouse game with the city, never really doing much except, just enough to avoid citations and fines. He died last fall but the junk remains. Calls to the bank that owns the home have also gone unanswered. So the city may have to do the abatement after neighbor complaints to the city council last month.

The passenger of a motorcycle driving thru Willits has been injured when a jacket got tangled up in the rear wheel, causing the bike to crash. The Calif. Highway Patrol reports the entangled jacket caused the rear wheel of the motorcycle to lock up and that caused the bike to crash just north of Ridgewood Road. The passenger, Patricia Stone, of Santa Rosa had to be flown to a Hospital with moderate injuries. The bike pilot had minor injuries.

A man from Colorado along with his elderly dad have been sent to prison in connection to a triple murder in Forestville during a marijuana deal. 41 year old Odin Dwyer of Black Hawk was at the home when the men were all shot, but he didn’t pull the trigger. He got 20 years and four months and should be out in about 7 years. Dad, 68 year old Francis Dwyer of Truth or Consequences, N.M. had a minor role in the murders and got eight years and is expected to be out by February. The two had been charged with murder but agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges so they’d testify against Mark Cappello of Central City, Colo. He got life in prison.

A house fire has killed a dog and two lizards on Low Gap Road. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports getting a call to the fire across the street from the Mendocino County Administration Building yesterday mid morning after someone noticed smoke coming from the house. Those who live there were not at home at the time. Apparently a family member had driven by, seeing the fire and called them. The dog and two geckos did not survive. Fire officials say they believe an incandescent night light was the likely heat source. The inside of the home was gutted.

A man suspected of kidnapping a teen from Vallejo who was the subject of an amber alert is believed dead. Police say 15 year old Pearl Pinson of Vallejo has not been found though. The Solano County Sheriff’s Department reported canceling the Amber Alert after the car they were in was found. Police say a 19-year-old led them on a high-speed chase in Southern California before stopping and getting involved in a shootout with them. The man suspected of kidnapping Pinson Wednesday morning. A witness telling police they heard a gunshot and the girl screamed but was dragged away across a freeway overpass, bleeding from the face.

Construction workers at a waterfront home in New Jersey find an old 44-foot wooden boat from the 19th century. The boat had its rudder fully intact when it was found under a bungalow yesterday. The Asbury Park Press reported it was probably used back in the day to move coal and other goods along local waterways. There were pieces of coal found along its floor.

The search is on for a couple of giant rodents that escaped a Toronto zoo. A spokeswoman with the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division says the search for the pair of capybaras from High Park Zoo has been on since Tuesday. The animals look like tailless beavers with short legs. They’re the world’s largest rodents weighing about 30 pounds but they can grow to 100.

Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown has been hurt in car accident in which it’s reported he may have run a red light. In happened on Tuesday evening in Lakeport at the corner of Highways 175 and 29. The CHP says Elisa McCracken of Kelseyville was heading North on Hwy 29 as Brown was heading southbound at Hwy 175 and as McCracken was making a left hand turn onto Hwy 175, for some reason Brown failed to stop at the light and came through the intersection, and they collided. The CHP says Brown has minor injuries and McCracken moderate injuries. While they are still investigating, the CHP says alcohol was not a factor.

There’s been a big marijuana grow bust in Clearlake. Police say they’ve found more than 3,000 pot plants and have arrested five men in what was described as a large commercial operation. The Press Democrat reports it went down Monday on three adjacent properties. Arrested were: Vicente Sanchez Montalvo, Carlos Cabata Zazueta, Erik Felix, Manuel Felix, and Manuel Felix Zazueta. Police say some of the plants found in a hoop house were nearly 5 feet tall.

The Clearlake City Council is holding a public hearing on an ordinance to ask voters for a sales tax measure to raise money for city roads and other infrastructure. The council meets tonight at 6pm and the meeting will include a public hearing to introduce the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would place a 1-cent sales tax on the November ballot. The City Clerk says in a report prepared for the meeting that it would raise about $1.6 million a year with 85 percent going to road maintenance and improvements, 10 percent for equipment and personnel and 5 percent for matching grant funding.

A couple of Mendocino County beaches have made Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the "The 20 Most Beautiful Places in California". The mag lists Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach and Bowling Ball Beach south of Point Arena as two of the must-see places in the state. The Press Democrat reports Glass Beach was actually a dump site from the early 1900s until 1967 but is now home to a large deposit of multi-colored sea glass. Bowling Ball Beach has huge smooth sandstone formations softened by the waves and resembling lined up bowling balls.

The Mendocino College President/Superintendent is a finalist for a job in San Diego. Arturo Reyes at a public forum yesterday at Palomar Community College District who is searching for a new president/superintendent. Besides Reyes, there are two other finalists for the job. Reyes has worked at Mendocino College for the past three years. He says the opportunity, his family, extended family, and future retirement were factors in his decision to consider Palomar. He says it would be a difficult decision to make should he be chosen.

2 of 3 candidates running for the 3rd Congressional district, including the incumbent all have at least six figures in their campaign accounts. Incumbent Rep. John Garamendi, a Democrat; Dr. N. Eugene Cleek, a Republican from Orland; and Ryan Detert, a Republican from Davis are running for the seat. Garamendi has the most with more than $603,000 in his campaign account, according to the last campaign finance disclosure statements. He’s been in Congress since 2009. Cleek, a physician, farmer and small-business owner has more than $126,000 and looks to have loaned his campaign almost $211,000. Detert, a UC Davis Internet technology employee, is self-funding and had a bit more than $8,000.

More than $10,000 raised for Worldwide Healing Hands for this year’s Hike 4 Healing in Lake County. Sponsors, supporters, volunteers and about 30 hikers at this year’s Hike, which is an annual fundraiser. The nonprofit gives money for health services in underserved areas across the world and free health screenings for homeless and impoverished in Lake County. Those involved hiked the Wright Summit Trail on Mount Konocti for a 6 mile round-trip.

A consumer advocacy group says after the release of 100,000 emails, they find the Public Utilities Commission may not be on the up and up connected to the fatal pipeline explosion that leveled a San Bruno neighborhood. The so-called “PUC Papers” released by Consumer Watchdog after a public records request. It shows meetings and talks by top officials at the state PUC, including its current president, and multiple executives in the power industry and financial dept. That also showed encounters with Wall Street execs looking for insight and information about the regulatory climate in California and how it affects major utilities such as PG&E.

A Senate committee says yes to legislation so a drinking water contamination event can’t happen in Calif. like in Flint, Michigan. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard the bill by State Senator Lois Wolk of Davis to protect hundreds of thousands of California families residing in neighborhoods without access to safe and reliable drinking water or adequate sanitation services. Wolk says all residents in the state should have the right to safe drinking water and wastewater services to prevent another situation like in Flint. The bill would require cities and special districts to identify, analyze and map disadvantaged communities and make drinking water and wastewater services available to the communities before extending services to other areas.

A swarm of aggressive bees that killed two dogs and wreaked havoc on a neighborhood were not Africanized honey bees after all. State agricultural officials tested the DNA of seven of the bees that stormed a Concord neighborhood earlier this month. State Scientists say they were Africanized honey bees of European origin. Two miniature Dachshunds were killed by the bees. They were stung more than 50 times ea.

A man from Fort Bragg has been arrested for trying to rob a neighbor. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports Matthew Rantala was jailed on suspicion of armed robbery, residential burglary and personal use of a deadly weapon. The victim says she was in her kitchen and a strange man with his face partially covered confronted her and demanded money. Kay Graves says she told him she didn’t have money so the man went to leave and she saw a gun. She called 911 and cops found the gun, a fake, and a disguise he had on. He’s held on $200,000 bail.

Another delay in the construction of a Costco for Ukiah. There’s a hearing set for the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco June 15th regarding the holdup in the construction of the big box store. The warehouse might have already been up and running if the lawsuit wasn’t filed. The Daily Journal reports some residents concerned if the delay will mean Costco officials will lose interest in building here. The newspaper reports the Ukiah Planning Commission Chair had asked the Planning Director about the concerns of some earlier this year. Costco is however paying lawyers to represent them. The city of Ukiah’s got California Environmental Quality Act lawyers helping.

The ex grant development director for Detroit Public Schools is charged with bogus tutoring services. Carolyn StarkeyDarden is accused of putting together a fake company and getting almost $1.3 million by lying about the tutoring services, running a scam, submitting phony invoices for 7 years. The services were never provided to kids. StarkeyDarden’s charged with federal program theft and faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted.

A swarm of bees followed their queen trapped inside a car. The Mitsubishi Outlander had the queen inside. Its owner, Carol Howarth says she went shopping, not knowing the queen was in her car and when she got back thousands of bees were attached to her vehicle. A Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger driving by saw the insects and says he just "couldn’t resist getting involved!" A local Beekeepers Association was called and they got the bees into a box but not without stinging their captors first. It happened again the next day though. The bee keepers association came out again and rescued the vehicle.

If you have property in the Valley Fire burn area and want the County to remove damaged trees in county right of ways, the deadline to apply for a Right of Entry form is coming. Lake County officials say property owners in the burn area must complete the ROE by June 17th to allow County contractors access to private property. A certified arborist will examine trees then decide if they need to go, if so the county contractor will remove them. The County says this is the last chance for you to do an ROE and have them do the work. After that you will have to pay for any tree removal if needed within the County right-of-way and be liable for damage from fallen trees. You can get the ROE at the website www.LakeCountyRecovers.com.

An ex resident of San Francisco now living in Idaho having her childhood home renovated and construction workers found a 120 year old casket under the house. The casket for a little girl. It had no identifying marks or name on the coffin. Apparently in the early 1900s, San Francisco officials ordered most large graveyards to exhume and relocate caskets to Colma. The woman who owns that home says she thinks one of those cemeteries accidentally left the girl’s coffin behind when they moved in the 1930s.

A new draft environmental impact report is up for the Central Coast Transfer Station. The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority is gathering public comments on the draft until June 24th. There’s a meeting set for June 16th at the Fort Bragg Town Hall. It’s not a joint meeting with the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors but they’re invited to attend. The revised report regarding replacing the solid waste transfer and disposal system that the county of Mendocino and the city of Fort Bragg own. It’s operated by Solid Waste of Willits and Empire Waste Management. The new station would be off Highway 20 in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

Major turnout already for the primary. A firm in LA that tracks voter trends says Californians are registering in huge numbers that they’ve not seen since the Reagan Revolution. The firm, Political Data says more than twice as many Californians have registered than in the same four-month period in 2012. They also say the new voters trend towards young and Democratic. Groups they say are more inspired by Bernie Sanders than Donald Trump. The firm says they usually see more voters for presidential elections, but usually in the summer or fall. The first quarter of the year had more than 850,000 new voters and 600,000 others re-registered. Plus almost 200,000 more Californians registered through Facebook just last Monday and Tuesday.

A giant wildfire already this spring. Fire officials say the fire in a rural and mostly agricultural section of the Central Coast. The fire burning near Soledad in Monterey County has charred almost 4,000 acres and is only 20 percent contained. So far no injuries reported and no homes or other structures are being threatened. The fire started last Sunday, burning 800 acres in the first two hours but exploded to almost 4,000 acres due to strong winds. Six air tankers and two choppers were working with 135 firefighters on the ground.

Unemployment down in Lake County as well as the state. The California Employment Development Department has released a new report on unemployment for April showing Lake County’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, down from a revised 7.3 percent in March and under the 7.5 percent from a year ago. This is the third consecutive month the county’s jobless rate was down. The statewide unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Lake County’s rate was No. 32 out of California’s 58 counties in April. The lowest unemployment in Calif. was San Mateo County at 2.9 percent and Imperial had the highest, with 20.1 percent.

A small fire meant a generating tower at the world’s largest solar power plant so it was operating at just a third of its capacity. Firefighters had to climb up about 300 feet on a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California. The plant uses mirrors focusing sunlight on boilers on three 459-foot tall towers. That apparently creates steam that drive turbines to produce electricity. There were some misaligned mirrors that moved the sunbeams to a different level which caused electrical cables to catch fire. A spokesman for plant operator NRG Energy says they’re investigating.

It won’t be until August for a lawsuit filed by a supporter of Bernie Sanders to extend California’s voter registration deadline before the June 7th primary. The lawyer in the case arguing the process for unaffiliated voters needing a presidential primary ballot, especially those for the Democratic primary, was confusing and many voters were left disenfranchised. He also says in his filing that at least two counties never notified some voters of their right to request a ballot to vote in the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party contests.

A man from Piercy has been arrested for illegal discharge of a gun. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to a home where a woman says she heard a gunshot outside her home. She says she saw Bradley Nystrom standing in front of her house with a shotgun. She says the man also stole her wheelbarrow, shot off the gun again, then walked home. Deputies and the California Highway Patrol arrested Nystrom for an outstanding arrest warrant, armed robbery, possession of a loaded firearm in a public place and the discharge of a shotgun within 500 yards of an occupied dwelling. He was held on $75,000.00 bail.

The name has been released of a motorcyclist killed near Ukiah Saturday afternoon by a suspected drunken driver. The Mendocino County Coroner’s Office says Ingrid Fedje of Pacheco was killed while riding on Highway 20 in the Jackson Demonstration Forest. They say Jesse Bourdeaux, who was going the opposite way, lost control of his pickup truck and went across the center line, hitting Fedje’s motorcycle. Bourdeaux was not hurt. The CHP says he is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and drunken driving causing injuries. He was being held in the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $200,000.

That Marijuana Cultivation Urgency Ordinance has been unanimously adopted by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. The ordinance passed after meetings last week that included a presentation from the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee. Apparently the amendment has a more stringent definition of “legal parcel” than when it was previously in effect. It also has new requirements for wildlife fencing and secure fertilizer storage; and requires anyone cultivating more than 25 plants to follow several conditions designed to limit community and environmental impacts. The amendment doesn’t change the 25-plant-per-parcel limit, but it allows an exemption for those who were cultivating before January 1, 2016, allowing for up to 50 plants on a legal parcel of no less than five acres and up to 99 plants on a legal parcel of no less than ten acres.

A home that caught fire where a boy died in Vallejo may have been intentionally set… by the 5 year old’s dad. Police say the boy’s dad lit the fire and he’s on the run. Darrylone Shuemake Sr. is wanted for the weekend fire which also hurt the boy’s mom and teenage brother. Fire officials say heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the house as crews arrived Sunday morning. Neighbors tried getting inside the house to get the boy out and firefighters also couldn’t get him out in time. Mom had second- and third-degree burns and the teenage boy had minor burns.

A greenlight for plans to turn a vacant lot near the center of Graton into housing and a community park. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have greenlit the project which a local developer says he hopes to break ground on this fall. The nearly 1.5-acre Green Valley Village just one of the same developer’s projects in town. He’s renovated about 6 buildings along Graton Road. The new project is closeby, just behind Underwood Bar and Bistro. There are plans for 10 densely positioned, two-story homes, two of which will be built by Habitat for Humanity.

Just as Mendocino’s privatized mental health services makes a transfer, the board of supervisors gets an update from consultant Lee Kemper who was the one who prepared a report for the county last winter. That report recommended guidelines to totally overhaul the county’s services. The Daily Journal reports the Health and Human Services Exec. Dir. was also at the meeting last week to talk about the transition with updates on staff openings the county needs to fill before the July 1 transition deadline. The transfer after the county’s adult services provider Ornter Management Group cancelled its contract in March.

A probation officer out of Nevada County’s taking over as the new Mendocino County chief probation officer. Pamela Markham has been appointed to take over for the current Chief Buck Ganter, who is retiring in July. She’ll start July 5th. She was the probation program manager in Nevada County, and had also been a deputy probation officer there. Markham lives in Lakeport. She says she’s honored to get the position and is excited to work in the county.

The world’s slowest pursuit. That’s what California Highway Patrol officers say happened on Interstate 80 near Oakland. A CHP officer telling the San Francisco Chronicle they got a call to a flock of baby geese that had toddled onto the left lane of the highway. Officers stopped traffic and rounded up the birds and escorted them off the freeway.

Facebook is getting rid of one way they get their trending topics, relying on media companies. It comes after a leak by some inside the giant social network about how items get posted as a “trending topic” and a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel has released a letter that he sent to the Republican chairman of the commerce committee, Sen. John Thune which oversees the Internet and consumer protections. The company has said it’s found no evidence of systemic political bias.

Two new commissioners have been appointed by the Mendocino County Fish and Game Commission and another incumbent Commissioner was reappointed too. 3rd District Representative Terry Guerrero is Newly Appointed along with 4th District Representative David Wright and Inland Member at Large Randy Vann, who’s also the Vice Chair was reappointed. There are a couple vacancies too, for anyone interested, contact Clerk of the Board staff at 463-4441.

A 12-year-old student from Sacramento with three community college degrees to his name already has now been accepted to not one, but two, University of California campuses. Tanishq Abraham was accepted to UC Davis and also got a regents scholarship for UC Santa Cruz. He says he wants to study biomedical engineering and become a doctor and medical researcher by the age of 18. He’s not decided which of the UC campuses he’ll attend, but says when he’s 18 he’ll go for his M.D. He started going to community college at age 7 got his associate’s degrees from American River College, in Sacramento, in general science; math and physical science; and foreign language studies.

Police in Glenn County looking for any info on a man that was reported missing last week. John Thomas Maiers hasn’t been seen since last Monday at the Sacramento Airport. The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office reports Maiers’ friend reported him missing the day after. The Sheriff’s dept. reports Maiers was supposed to head to the Kettenpom Store in Zenia and meet his friend there but never showed up. A search was launched in the Mendocino National Forest and the California Highway Patrol was conducting an air search. He’s described as being 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with blue eyes, shoulder length brown hair and a long beard and is known to have a camouflage backpack with him.

A man reported missing from Mendocino County. The Sheriff’s office reports Timothy Sweeting vanished last Tuesday after suspicious circumstances. They say his 1999 white Chevy Tahoe was found Thursday abandoned near mile marker 32 on Highway 162. Friends and family asking anyone with info regarding Timothy’s whereabouts or anyone who saw his Tahoe between last Tuesday and Thursday to call Detective Luis Espinoza on the TIP line at 707-234-2100.

A teenager from Cloverdale has been seriously hurt after his speeding car slid off rain-slick street and hit a tree. The CHP says firefighters had to cut open 19 year old Austyn Johnson’s 2001 Chrysler 3000 to get him out. He was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries. The CHP reports he was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control out of a curve and his driver’s side door slammed the tree. A passenger with him had minor injuries. Johnson had on a seat belt and police say they had no reason to think he was drinking. No ticket was given.

A vote of no confidence for the Fort Bragg Unified School District Superintendent. The District Board of Trustees had a meeting last week to talk about the administration and Superintendent Chuck Bush was talked about with the vote formally presented to the board. The Fort Bragg District Teachers Association President says about 89 percent of their permanent certificated employees signed the petition and out of 115 members, around 20 percent are probationary, so one third were willing to sign the petition. She told the board most who signed it, said they were afraid for their jobs, but signed anyway. Some concerns noted were a climate of fear that was seen as vindictive.

Volunteers at Art Explorers have reported a man coming rambling about Measure U. Police got a call to the nonprofit that works with developmentally disabled adults after getting a call about Rex Gresset causing a scene in front of the students. The director of Art Explorers says Gresset was telling people the nonprofit would be shut down. Measure U, if approved, would mean some cuts to social services in the Central Business District. A dad of one of the students at the Art center tried to get Gresset out but then says Gresset threatened him. Gresset says he never raised his voice, or touched anyone.

A representative of FEMA answering questions by those concerned about impostors posing as FEMA inspectors in connection to the Valley Fire. Several Valley Fire-related Facebook pages have warnings for survivors about inspectors seen at construction sites and FEMA mobile housing units without badges or proper uniforms. But FEMA says they heard about this in April and had no official preventative inspectors in the county displaying the proper badges as it was not told to them that they had to wear a photo ID. They say now that they know, they’ve taken care of it. So FEMA shut down the inspection team and got new badges for them with operations picking back up.

The first draft of an ordinance has been released which would help survivors of all three of last summer’s fires so they could rebuild their homes without conforming to the current county zoning code. The Lake County Community Development Department released the language for the ordinance that is similar in wording to one in Napa County where similar issues came up after a fire back in 1981. Their measure permitted legal non-conforming structures to go up as long as the new building wasn’t transferred or abandoned and it was about the same size as before the fire.

The dad of a baby found dead last year has been arrested in Woodland. Justice Rees was found dead outside Knights Landing. There was a warrant for mom and dad after the three week old baby was found along Ridge Cut Slough near Knights Landing where police also found methamphetamine, a smoke pipe, and ammunition. Rees was arrested in March of last year on possession charges, for violating his probation, and for being an ex-felon in possession of ammunition. Then he was arrested again the same month on different charges in Yolo County and for child endangerment, driving on a suspended license, and impaired driving in Lake County.

P,G&E is having low-level helicopter patrols inspecting electric distribution lines for maintenance in rural and remote areas of Mendocino and Lake Counties. The chopper is flying at about 500 feet unless there’s livestock or other obstacles. The patrols look at remote power lines by helicopter for safety reasons and to check the reliability of its electric system. It’s happening this morning until 4 this afternoon, weather permitting in Little River, Albion, Ukiah, Talmage, Calpella, Yorkville, Kelseyville, parts of Lower Lake and surrounding areas.

A Spanish priest who says he gave up hope that potholes would be fixed in his parish of Xestoso asked instead for divine intervention. Luis Roldan Patino outside on a damaged road celebrating mass yesterday, splashing holy water on the road to bless it. All of the potholes now marked with a wooden cross so drivers will slow down before hitting them. He says he’s pleading for divine intervention just like they pray for rain. He says local authorities are quote “blind to the situation" and they feel "totally abandoned.”

It took 40 minutes for a trio of mayors from Pennsylvania to be rescued from an elevator they got caught in. The Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stuck in the Westin Hotel elevator last Thursday night with the mayors of Millvale and Leetsdale, as they were all attending a meeting of the Allegheny League of Municipalities. Apparently nobody stuck in the elevator could get cellphone service, but then one of the other stranded passengers who worked at the hotel got maintenance crews and first responders there with a walkie-talkie. The mayors meanwhile, took a selfie with their phones as they waited.

The Mendocino County Executive Office has announced its done with the fiscal analysis of the charter county initiative that will be on the ballot in June. The County CEO Carmel Angelo came before the Board of Supervisors with the analysis Tuesday and posed three likely scenarios if the board went with the charter commission: minimal, moderate or expanded support options. Minimal support would be $50,000 to $100,000 in county funds needed, moderate support to require $100,000 to $200,000 in county funds and as much as $300,000 or more for expanded support.

Operation Dry Water will include participation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit. It’s a national boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign. The idea to draw attention to the dangers of boating under the influence and to remove impaired boaters from waterways. It’s the eighth year, Operation Dry Water partners with recreational boaters, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. This time around it happens, June 24th, 25th and 26th the first official weekend of summer. Those found with a blood alcohol content higher than .08%, could be arrested and jailed. Operation Dry Water a joint program of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard.

National Police week is coming. Communities across the US get together this week honoring law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. This year there are 252 officers killed in the line of duty that have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The 252 officers include 123 officers killed during 2015 and another 129 officers who died in past years but their stories are just being made public now. All of their names have been formally dedicated during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil last Friday, May 13th.

A man from Clearlake’s been arrested and several weapons taken from him after a domestic violence investigation. Clearlake Police say John Robert Mee faces multiple felony charges including domestic violence, criminal threats, child endangerment, brandishing a firearm, and many other weapons charges. Police allege Mee threatened to kill his wife and assaulted her. Responding officers finding her with several injuries. Lake County News reports as a convicted felon, Mee is prohibited from owning guns, but during a search police found seven firearms, including a short-barrelled rifle and a flare launcher. A police spokesman told the news site there were some young kids in the home who had access to some of the guns. Mee’s bail was set at $350,000; police also obtained an emergency protective order for his wife.

A panhandling law in the works for Lakeport. The City Council has introduced the first reading of an ordinance to address soliciting and panhandling. It was presented by Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen and as Lake County News reports would require anyone participating in soliciting activities to apply for a free permit that would be valid for 30 days unless revoked. The new rules would apply to anyone planning to solicit – including nonprofits and community groups – so that anyone asking for money without a permit could more easily be told to stop. The City Attorney explained that people have a First Amendment right to ask for money, although not aggressively, and while an ordinance could help protect property owners, in the big picture it’s not really legally enforceable. A public hearing is set for June 7th.

A woman from Clearlake’s been arrested in connection to the stabbing of a man. Police say Sara Thomas was arrested for the stabbing which they say happened after the woman tried to steal the victim’s pickup truck after he refused to give her a cigarette. She’s charged with attempted murder, burglary, armed robbery and vehicle theft. Her neighbor, Andrew Beckerley was the man attacked. Cops say he had several wounds and had to be flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He’s listed in stable condition. Thomas lives in a granny unit in the back of the home.

A man who killed 3 people in Forestville has been sent to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mark Cappello of Central City, CO convicted of killing Raleigh Butler, Richard Lewin and Todd Klarkowski in February of 2013 in a drug deal gone bad. 2 of the victims family members yelled at Cappello in court yesterday. He killed the three after forcing them to kneel on the floor of a home. He packed up almost 100 pounds of pot to take to the East Coast but was caught as he tried getting away. He was convicted this past March.

40 years of public service for the California Conservation Corps. The Governor Jerry Brown established the corp in 1976. Celebrations across the state and around the world. When it was founded, Brown likened the corp to “a combination Jesuit seminary, Israeli kibbutz and Marine Corps boot camp.” There’s been more than 3 million hours of conservation work and disaster assistance across California ea year. That can include emergency response, energy conservation, irrigation system installation, landscape management, boardwalk construction and wildlife habitat restoration. The Ukiah Center boasts a fire crew that works with the U.S. Forest Service who have worked across the west with wildfires.

7.5 million dollars into Mendocino County thanks to the district attorney’s marijuana restitution program. The Mendocino County Grand Jury released the report on the program after an internal investigation after complaints by the public and certain public officials about the marijuana program. Some calling it a “pay for play” program giving preferential treatment to people with money to pay the fees, which they complain discriminates against those who can’t pay. The DA David Eyster started the program in 2011 after first being elected to office.

Police in Hawaii searching for whoever broke in and took off with six dogs from a Humane Society shelter. Police say three mixed breed pit bulls, two Airedale terriers and a 2-month-old lab mix named Arianna, were kidnapped from the Kauai shelter sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. They say the crew cut off a lock on a gate and abducted the pups. Arianna however, has a microchip implanted. The Humane Society has offered a $5,000 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever’s responsible.

Sometimes it’s best to look in the toilet before being seated. A baby opossum had to be rescued from a toilet in Pacific Beach. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services says the creature was found May 1st by a woman in her toilet. An animal control officer went to the home and took the little guy to the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife. They’ll release it when it’s old enough to survive on its own.

No word on where a potential explosive came from that had been found near a tee box on the Little River Inn golf course. It was spotted last Thursday morning by maintenance staff. The Sheriff’s Office says it was small and appeared to be homemade. They cordoned off the area and called in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad who examined then detonated it.

Work has started on the new skate park at Kelseyville Community Park. The Lake County Public Services Department says the 9000 square foot park will have several features including a quarter-pipe return, 4-stair & skate rail combo, hipped bank, sushi dish ledge, bank to pole jam, taco transition, flat slate rail, radial transition, 6 stair slate rail & hubba combo. The rest of the park will stay open during construction; however there may be some areas that will be inaccessible during the work, which is scheduled to be done around July 22.

Enforcing the Bed Tax will be considered for rental homes by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Officially known as the transient occupancy tax, the county collects the “bed tax” from motels, hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. But as Lake County News reports up until now they’ve not collected it from rental homes, and the supervisors will discuss pursuing that at their meeting this morning. Also on the agenda for this week, the Board to present a proclamation honoring the 2016 graduating class of the Marymount California University, Lakeside Campus where 13 local students received their bachelor’s degrees last week.

Enough signatures have been gathered for an additional cigarette tax of $2 a pack. The group behind the proposal in Calif. says they can qualify now for the Nov. 8th ballot. Those supporting the proposal say they hope if smokes cost more it would discourage youngsters from smoking while it also brings in cash for anti-smoking campaigns and research on tobacco-related illnesses. Right now the average cost of a pack of smokes is about $5.50. $2 more-a-pack would be about $750 a year more for those smoking about a pack a day. The tax would be on the ballot with four other state measures including the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, all are pending signature verification.

An increase in property crimes in Calif. The Public Policy Institute of California says the crime rate’s up in the state’s largest cities for the first half of the year after Proposition 47, which lowered fees against criminals, started. The first FBI crime reports since then showed a 12 percent jump in larceny-theft, that includes shoplifting. But it’s apparently too soon to tell if the jump in criminal activity is connected to the ballot measure.

Health care will be available for children and teens brought to the U-S illegally for those in Calif. The state started to allow illegal children to be able to sign up for the state’s health care program for the poor without looking at their immigration status. State officials say there could be as many as 185,000 children under 19 years old who sign up to join Medi-Cal the first year. Around 121,000 are going to automatically get transferred from a limited version for emergency care only, to a full range of medical, dental, vision and mental health coverage for little or no cost.

A man arrested after trying to rob a car wash in Northern Calif with an empty potato chip bag and a supposed handgun. Rohnert Park’s Department of Public Safety says the man went into KaCees World of Water Friday night and put an empty potato chip bag on the counter, telling the clerk there to fill that bag with cash, saying he had a gun. The gun was in the empty bag, but apparently the cashier could see just a piece of cardboard so they called a co-worker for help. Cops say when the other employee approached, the suspect fled on foot.

A woman bitten by a small shark in Boca Raton had to bring the thing with her to the hospital. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the woman had to go to the hospital in an ambulance Sunday and she had the shark still attached to her arm. A spokesperson for the Boca Raton Ocean Rescue says the woman was calm and there wasn’t a lot of blood. A Boca Raton Regional Hospital operator says the woman was treated and released Sunday afternoon.

Another diver has died while in a cove at Russian Gulch State Park. The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department was out at the park Saturday. The name of the dead 57 year old man was not available as of late last night. Mendocino Fire Chief says he’s not sure where the man was from, but says he wasn’t local to the area. He was found floating face down by another diver. The victim at the beach with several others but he was alone in the water which was calm in the cove at the time. Apparently he had a family history of heart problems.

A man in Northern Calif. Has died after some sort of altercation at a music festival. The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1Oxcs6O) reports emergency responders were already out at Discovery Park investigating a fire which reportedly started after a deep-fryer ignited propane tanks at a vendor booth. There were several injuries including burns as folks tried to escape the fire. Concert goers later reported to police there was a man who was assaulted who looked to be unconscious. He died at a hospital later.

A man from Carmichael has been arrested after a bomb threat at a Target store in Sacramento. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department reports getting a call Saturday morning from a man saying there was a bomb in the store so Target officials evacuated customers and dogs came in to sniff out the store for bombs, finding none. The man found with a cellphone that made the call was arrested. No word on his possible motivation.

A woman has died after getting into a solo car crash in Ukiah. The CHP reports the woman headed south on the 101 just south of Underpass Road when she drifted off the road. Her pick-up truck driving onto the shoulder and a wooded embankment, hitting several trees. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP reports not knowing yet if drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash. The victim’s name’s not been released until her family’s found.

The amount of water folks in Calif. are getting may soon change. The California State Water Resources Control Board says its considering updates to the statewide conservation mandate. The board does say they’ll leave some permanency in place though. The Governor Jerry Brown says Californians stepped up during the drought, saving more water than ever before. The state water board says between June 2015 and March 2016 residents took down usage just below the mandate of 25%, hitting 23.9 percent compared with the same months in 2013. The amount saved would provide 6.5 million Californians with water for one year.

A workshop’s being held by the Ukiah City Council on the upcoming fiscal year ahead of next month’s budget hearings. The Daily Journal reports staff saying the budget process had to be delayed by a month because of lower staffing levels. The Finance Director Karen Scalabrini leaving her job a couple months ago set things back a bit. But now staff reports they’re back at it and are continuing their work towards adoption of the budget by the beginning of the new fiscal year. The workshop is tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

A neighborhood in the Bay Area that a swarm of aggressive bees took over, killing two dogs and stinging multiple people, is under control. A bee expert says the insects didn’t get back to their cluster after their hive was taken away. The Mount Diablo Bee Keepers Association gets a call out to the neighborhood in Concord. Apparently an amateur beekeeper dumped a hive after he was attacked so the possibly Africanized bees were swarming. Two small dogs were killed and a bee keeper, a child, a postal worker and some news reporters and a member of the association were stung. Concord police say they got a call Friday about the bee attack. The bees are a subspecies thought to be killer bees that migrated north from South America.

New zoning standards approved by the Ukiah Planning Commission. The Daily Journal reports it should be easier for businesses to provide live music and outdoor dining. A couple of local bar owners apparently frustrated after going thru a long permitting process, they’re asking for a refund now. The owners of one club paid $4,000 for their permit, the Chair of the Planning Commission told them to consider themselves pioneers who started the process. But the owners said they used to have live outdoor music, but suddenly they needed a permit, after 40 years. The new zoning regulations don’t apply to the downtown core. The city council still has to approve the new standards and there will be a public hearing on the matter too.

4 men have been arrested and more than 800 pot plants have been found as Clearlake police investigated a couple complaints. Police went to a home Wednesday and found 94 plants in a vacant lot that was fenced off, then when they responded to some sort of disturbance, they found 726 more plants. It’s the second time this month Clearlake police had to destroy pot grows. The other grow destroyed May 6th. 1,272 plants from one home and 341 from another. And last month cops found 13,500 illegal marijuana plants. This last bust had 2 brothers arrested for alleged cultivation of marijuana. 2 other people arrested after a search thru the home.

A new state budget’s been released by the Governor after calls to rein in spending. Gov. Jerry Brown’s updated budget released Friday at just over $122 billion. The governor’s prediction of how much tax would be collected was off, so he had to take up general fund spending saying revenue growth had slowed. Brown blamed the slow down on capital gains taxes collected by Calif. based on the sale of stocks and bonds. This affects the deals the governor brokered with lawmakers for a higher minimum wage to $15-an-hour and close a billion-dollar hole in the Medi-Cal.

The body of a man’s been found in the Russian River a couple hundred yards downstream of Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. Police say the body was found yesterday mid morning by a couple of kayakers on the river. A helicopter crew came in and got the body out of the water. They say there were no signs of foul play and that it was a possible drowning. The death is being investigated.

A volunteer pop up road crew has made some repairs in Redwood Valley. The repairs part of Clean Up Mendocino County on Tomki Rd. were organized by a local truck driver. As much as 6,500 pounds of refuse were also taken to the dump, including a refrigerator and a torched RV. The volunteer truck driver says lots of people party in the area where they found tons of trash. Five volunteers were out for the first pop up crew. Several local businesses helped out by offering water to the volunteers and renting out equipment for free. Clean Up Mendocino County has a Facebook page where others are requesting help too. The dept. of transportation has also offered up garbage pickers and safety vests.

$5,500 to the Lake County Library to pay for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in Lake County. The library is one of 77 nonprofits across the country getting a grant for the NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. The one in Lake County’s focusing on “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London this October. The program to get folks to get involved in community-wide reading.

A community organizer in Lake County says he’s running for Congress. Lake Co News reports Nils Palsson filled out the paperwork to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Fifth Congressional District. The district covers Napa County and parts of Lake, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa counties. The news site reports Palsson’s running as a “Berniecrat” – a progressive Democrat in the vein of Bernie Sanders, representing social, racial, environmental and economic justice for all, with an emphasis on getting money out of politics and restoring our democracy. Several others also running, but Palsson says he hopes he gets enough votes to run against nine-term, 18-year incumbent Mike Thompson, also a Democrat.

Accumulations of blue green algae in Clear Lake. The Cyanobacteria spotted with the increased warm weather. They are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in fresh water. The algae can multiple where there’s high nutrient and light levels. The blooms can cause problems in fresh water like discoloration or it can produce floating scums or mats, which tend to accumulate along shorelines. Sometimes blooms like these can become harmful to humans, pets and wildlife.

4 teenagers headed to their prom in Massachusetts in a bit of trouble this Friday the 13th, as their limo caught fire. The Natick High students said they smelled smoke in their white stretch limousine around 6 p.m. Friday. They got out safely, but the limo burst into flames. No word on what caused the fire which reignited a short time later. The teens got to their prom aboard a passing trolley also headed that way.

An ex Endeavor Air flight attendant in trouble with the law for taking almost 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor then turning around and selling them online. Rachel Trevor’s been indicted for theft, unlawful sale of alcohol and unauthorized transportation of alcohol. The local DA in Tennessee says investigators from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission found Trevor was putting the small bottles of rum, vodka, gin and whiskey in her bag after a flight, then she’d post them for sale on Craigslist.

No Art in the Gardens this summers The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens says their board of directors decided since they’re going thru a transition in leadership and since they’re facing challenges maintaining infrastructure, and are going thru contract negotiations with Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District, now’s not the time. They say their primary purpose has been to bring in money to keep the Gardens open to the public 362 days a year. Their new executive director, Dr. Molly Barker, will start in July.

Ukiah Police praising the “Business Watch” team-up of the Asset Protection Manager at Wal-Mart and the Redwood Business Park Manager working together to keep track of suspicious activity. UPD says the two continually compare notes and assist Ukiah Police by reporting possible criminal activity. UPD say last week they were able to arrest a parolee who was at-large in Ukiah due to the diligent identification by a Wal-Mart employee as well as the Redwood Business Park Manager who’d noted the suspicious activity. Police say if they hadn’t all worked together so consistently they might not have caught the guy.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to ask the California Fish and Game Commission to lower the bag limit for crappie on Clear Lake from 25 crappie a day per angler to 10. Lake County News reports a member of the Lake County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Committee appeared in front of the commission to ask for the approval because they believe an excess number of the fish are being taken out of the lake this year. They say part of the problem is that some people are coming in groups to catch the crappie and sell them to restaurants, which is illegal.

Overall felony crime is down in Ukiah so far this year. The Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey says his officers are performing far above the state average, solving 84 percent of reported crimes here, compared to the state average of 47 percent. Dewey is getting set to present the department’s long-term strategic plan to the Ukiah City Council. Dewey says they have five overall goals: Reducing Crime and Fear of Crime; Improving Quality of Life; Enhancing Community and Police Partnerships; Developing Personnel; and Continued Accountability. Among other recent wins, he says their new Special Enforcement Team has worked to reduce blight and improve quality of life with 203 cases disposing of more than 62 tons of debris. But Dewey says one major challenge is that while felonies may be down, violent crime is still a significant concern, especially, he says, with state prison changes that have led to more violent offenders being housed in county jails and therefore released into counties. Dewey has a presentation in front of the council tonight.

A body’s been found on the side of the road near the Lytton Station exit off Highway 101. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office reports a group from Catholic Charities’ Homeless Outreach Services Team and the Sheriff’s Office were out searching for a homeless camp in a field when they found the body off a dirt road. They say it showed “clear signs of decomposition”. The coroner’s office was called and as a precaution the area was cordoned off for the investigation. Cops not sure if the dead person had been at the homeless camp but they questioned a couple of people living there.

A lot of vacant buildings in Lucerne, local realtors say they’re having a hard time filling them because of water service. The Record Bee reports the five-mile stretch of shoreline on Highway 20 in the city has some businesses, but the price of water service is seriously high. Fosters Freeze tells the newspaper it costs them more than $1,000 a month to have California Water Service Company water flowing. The paper reports the North Shore Business Association President says the recession hit the area hard and the water has affected business. And District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele has written testimony for the rate case so the rate doesn’t go up anymore. Other businesses say there’s competition closeby and that’s the real issue.

A new city councilmember is being chosen in Clearlake. Denise Loustalot left in March. The application process started mid last month and the city reported getting nine submissions. An ad hoc committee was put together to help find someone as part of the recently adopted Appointment Policy. Four of the nine applicants are the finalists: Lake County NAACP president Aqeela El-Amin Bakheit, retired CPD Detective Sgt. Nick Bennett, John Phillip Harris and former councilman Joey Luiz. They will all be interviewed tonight at the public meeting which starts at 6pm. The new member will be appointed by a majority vote of the city council.

Moving forward with the Clearlake Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce building. The city-owned property next to Highlands Park being worked on by volunteers. The Record Bee reports windows have been uncovered, a new front door put in and the start of concrete work. The inside and outside wall work has been put out to bid. The closing date for the bids is May 19th, next Thursday. They’re still looking for help with the project. Those with basic construction knowledge are needed. Those who know cabinetry work and wood flooring work and experienced tile workers and painters.

A passenger airline officials say forced an Alaska Airlines flight to be diverted because he didn’t get a beer pleaded not guilty in court. Luke Watts of Portland, Oregon charged with interfering with a flight crew. The crew says he threatened to become violent if flight attendants didn’t get him a beer during his flight from Sacramento, to Seattle. So the guy locked himself in the bathroom and yelled and slammed on the door. He also apparently demanded hugs from flight attendants. The pilot stopped the nonsense by landing the plane in Portland. Watts is free while waiting his trial.

A Moose in Alaska likes the music. Britta Schroeder got some video of a moose playing with her wind chimes at her rural cabin near Denali National Park and Preserve. The video’s gone viral. The woman says she heard the chimes last week and looked out her window and didn’t see wind. Then she says she heard a thump, and spotted the moose, rubbing its head against the chimes and sucking on a glass pendulum hanging down from the middle of the instrument. She caught the whole thing on video. . We’ve posted the link on our website… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXpzKb74RxE

A planning partnership with fifteen branches of federal, state, and local government. The agencies to partner up on planning and projects in the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough region for restoration of wildlife habitat, management of floods, preservation of farmland, improving water supply and quality, and to provide economic development and recreation. Lake Co News reports the pact agreed to in a memo of understanding signed earlier this month. The news site reports the partnership is for strategic input on putting together projects like strengthening and setting back levees, removing barriers to fish passage, sustaining agricultural operations, and making it easier for salmon to rear on the Sacramento River floodplain. It covers the Yolo Bypass, more than 90-square-miles of farmland and wetlands which are a flood safety valve to protect the cities of Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, and Sacramento, plus important agricultural lands and several small communities. The memo of understanding lasts 10 years.

Burn permits now required for any outdoor burning on State Responsibility Lands in Mendocino County. Cal Fire Mendocino Unit reports the permits are available at their Howard Forest Headquarters office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may have to call other stations where you want to burn as they’re all not open daily. We’ve listed each station and their phone number on our website.

•Boonville Station: 895-3323

•Covelo Station: 983-6499

•Howard Forest Station: 459-7413

•Fort Bragg Station: 964-5673

•Ukiah Station: 462-7448

Only a couple weeks left to register to vote in the presidential primary election. May 23rd the deadline for the June 7th primary, and Oct. 24th for the Nov. 8th general election. You can go to the Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office in Ukiah, any DMV office or call the secretary of state. To register online, visit http://registertovote.ca.gov/. If you’ve moved, have a name charge or want to switch parties, you have to re-register. Those voting by mail should get their ballots soon, they went out Monday. You have until May 31st if you want to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Forms and further vote-by-mail information is on the county website athttp://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/acr/absentee.htm.

Hazardous sea conditions have the second day of searching for an Oakland man unsuccessful. David Tan Le disappeared Monday while abalone diving at Moat Creek Beach. So far the search has only be done from shore and air due to rough seas, but the Mendocino County Sheriff Volunteer Search and Rescue members helped the search assisted by maritime wardens of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Besides SCUBA divers, searchers examined the area from the bluffs with binoculars, and a DFW vessel assisted in the efforts. Le was not found before the search was suspended again due to hazardous seas. The search will resume this morning.

A Clearlake man’s been hurt and arrested for leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase ending in the suspect crashing into a garage. The CHP reports Ramos De Jesus was driving on the shoulder of Old Highway 53 at Lakeshore Drive so an officer tried stopping him. The officers says De Jesus took off at a high rate of speed, losing control on Hwy 53 at Park Street and slamming a city traffic control sign, a backyard fence and a guy wire (which severed a telephone pole) before crashing into a garage where they say he hit a car and a boat. De Jesus had to be airlifted to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and felony evading.

The Fire Family Foundation has made a $60,000 donation to help Lake County fire survivors. The charitable arm of the Firefighters First Credit Union, the Foundation provides help to those affected by fire-related disasters throughout California. Lake County News reports along with their previous donation of $80,000, they’ve now given a total of $140,000 locally for care, counseling, housing and community support. The foundation works with Mendo Lake Credit Union, Redwood Credit Union, the California Credit Union League and local Lake County leaders to identify the greatest needs and make the money available. Officials say among those getting assistance in this round of funding are the Middletown Unified School District, Pine Summit Recreation and Social Club to keep the community pool going, and the Cobb Mountain Lions Relief Center.

A Sheriff’s Deputy in Kern County has been arrested twice in two days. Officer Gideon Allday is facing multiple charges including public intoxication, spousal abuse and child cruelty. He was arrested last week after a call to his house to break up a fight after just getting out of jail the day before for being drunk on duty in court. He was then arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse, drug possession, and willful cruelty to a child. He’s been put on paid administrative leave.

Visit Calif. Reports for the 6th year in a row, travel spending in the state’s gone up. In 2014 spending was at more than $118 billion, then in 2015 it was $122.5 billion, up about 3 and a half percent. The report shows Lake County travel spending was up nearly 3 percent, going from $160.5 million to $165 million. The County Administrative office says they’re also seeing positive numbers from businesses.

The Small Business Administration reminding small businesses that June 3rd is the deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loans for those who suffered economic losses due to the Rocky Fire. Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses working in aquaculture and most private nonprofits can apply for loans of up to 2 million dollars. The low-interest federal disaster loans are for those in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties. You can apply online at the SBA website or call (800) 659-2955.

Some voting experts say they’re expecting a good turnout for next month’s Presidential Primary election in Calif. Early voting starts Monday in Calif. Millions of ballots are being mailed out. The Record Bee reports the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation reports they expect a strong turnout in California. Many people in the state vote by mail and many local election offices also open Monday for walk in early voting. Donald Trump already has the Republican nomination locked up, Hillary Clinton is the favorite to win in Calif.

A man in NY beats the odds, winning $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time. Lottery officials should announce the name of the winner as a man on Long Island, the same man in Suffolk County who won $1 million in 2012. The check presentation at a gas station and convenience store in West Babylon.

A Siamese cat so old, it was born during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. Scooter had his 30th birthday in March and has been named by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living cat. He lives in Mansfield, Texas. His owner says the cat stays active and keeps busy traveling with her to 45 of the 50 states. She says some of his favorite things are getting blow-dried after baths and snacking on chicken.

The Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is suing asphalt manufacturer Grist Creek Aggregates and its partners for releasing air contaminants. The lawsuit alleges Grist Creek, its managing partner Brian Hurt and Mercer-Fraser, which operates plant near Willits. The district says it fined Grist Creek more than $173,000, which has not been paid, and Mercer-Fraser, which is contracted with Caltrans for a project north of Laytonville. They were using the asphalt plant, the district alleges, without a permit. The complaint filed for breach of statutes and district rules. They also allege negligence by all parties. The district trying to get the money its owed and wants the plant to stop operations until an Air District-approved corrective action plan is done by a third party expert.

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