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A citizen’s petition of sorts filed by firefighters in Mendocino County due to the danger of the millions of trees killed, but still in the forest. The initiative is to help keep firefighters and residents safe should a fire break out. It would place people before private industry profit so if there is a fire with major damage losses, corporations are held accountable. There are dead standing trees which firefighters say burn hotter and faster. The initiative after more than 200 residents and firefighters were at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting April 21st to request action. Organizers will be circulating petitions throughout the county, but mostly in the western half where the industrial timberlands are located.

A man from Clearlake found guilty of torturing his puppy. Emilio Vega Mendoza convicted of three felonies including intentionally and maliciously torturing Remy the German Shepherd. The dog not yet a year old was hung from a tree and punched. He’s also convicted of making threats to a police officer responding. He’s waived a jury trial and was found guilty by the Judge. Vega Mendoza was seen by a woman living in the house where he was staying beating the dog. He apparently threatened her and her baby as well. The man claims he was playing with the dog, who bit him in the face. He’s due to be sentenced in Sept. He faces three years in state prison and is currently on an immigration hold. Remy was adopted to a new home this past spring.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office warning residents about a possible money transfer scam. They say they’ve had a bunch of calls from residents who say they were called by someone claiming to work for the Sheriff’s Dept. saying they missed jury duty and had a warrant out for their arrest. They say they have to pay thousands in order to pay off the warrant, but the sheriff’s office says that’s not something they ever do. They warn if you receive any call like this to report it to police and to the Federal Trade commission.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s office on the lookout for a man they say didn’t register as a sex offender. 60 year old John Kacher wanted on a $15,000 warrant. He’s described as 5′ 10", brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 255 lbs. Anyone with info about where he might be is asked to call the sheriff’s Dispatch at (707) 463-4086.

A permit’s approved by the Ukiah Planning Commission for a home to be built in the western hills. There’s already a home on Janix Drive, now the planning commission agrees to allow applicant Jared Hull get a Major Use Permit to build a single-family home of about 2,000 square feet. Plus he wants to put in a pool, and a three-car garage on the private road. It’s part of a subdivision that’s been there several years. There was concern the house may not blend with what’s there already.

A woman from Nice has been killed in a head-on collision near Clearlake Oaks. The 40 year old woman driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier on Highway 20 west of the junction with Highway 53 early Tuesday morning when the CHP says she drifted into an oncoming truck and trailer. That driver tried to avoid the woman, but they crashed anyway and she was killed. Her name’s not been released. The driver of the truck was not hurt.

A fire in Lake County first reported at 150 acres quickly exploded into at least 5,000 acres forcing evacuations southeast of Clearlake and sending a giant plume of smoke up over Sonoma County. It was first reported at about 3-30 yesterday afternoon near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake. Emergency crews ordering residents of Morgan Valley Road between the Napa County Line and the intersection of Highway 29 and Highway 53 in Lower Lake to evacuate. ABC7 in San Francisco did a flyover over and reported flames could be seen destroying several structures and another section burning steep and heavy timber. Temperatures reported above 100 degrees with low humidity and 11 mph winds. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Lake County Office of Emergency Services at (707) 263-2360

More than 2 dozen University of California employees made more than $1 million last year. A new report shows the elite group made up of athletic coaches, doctors and hospital chief executives. The data released by the university system Tuesday of detailed payroll information for employees. The top-money maker in the UC system and of all state workers was Jim Mora, head football coach at UCLA, with 3.5 million. The university system reports the payroll reached $12.6 billion in 2014.

Mandatory Evacuations for the Wragg Fire, that’s the one near Lake Berryessa. Emergency officials ordering folks on Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch Road, Wild Horse Canyon Rd., and Blue Ridge Road to leave immediately. That’s about 136 homes /200 residents. There’s also an advisory, meaning a warning for those on Gates Canyon Road and the area west of Pleasants Valley Road. Lake Solano campground has been closed for the use of fire equipment access. An information line’s set up (707 469-4000) 7,500 acres – 80% contained

No movement yet by the Willits City Council on two proposals regarding the development of the Remco property. It could be at least a month until any movement’s made until several conditions are satisfied. Then at that time, the council will decide if the Skunk Train depot and/or the Ed Mitchell-Burton business park meet the definition of “legitimate public purpose.” Willits Environmental Remediation Trust (WERT) oversees the Remco property. Sales contracts were in escrow until Tuesday including both the Skunk Train and the partnership of Mitchell and Burton. The trust looking to sell the property so it doesn’t have to pay about $1.5 million to get rid of the building still there.

John’s Place in Willits cannot reopen at a new location. The City Council, acting as the planning commission, turned down the move because it’s 175 feet from Willits High School. The owner of the full service bar applied to move into the old Suncycle building across from what used to be Vassar’s Pizza. The old John’s Place is now just an empty lot, it burned last November. The owner says he wants to move back to the old spot, but first wants to be on Main Street while the bar’s rebuilt. A letter from about 2 dozen teachers to the council opposed the new location and residents opposed more traffic coming to the neighborhood.


The Rocky Fire near Lower Lake had explosive growth overnight, moving from 150 acres to 5,000. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has also expanded evacuations for Spruce Grove Road, north of the intersection with Jerusalem Grade Road; Noble Ranch Road; Jerusalem Grade Road; and Cantwell Ranch Road. That along with mandatory evacuations in the Lower Lake area for Morgan Valley Road, east of Bonham Road. The Highland Senior Center in Clearlake on Bowers Ave. is the place for folks to stay. Plus Middletown High is also being used as a shelter location. Animals can be taken to the parking lot of the Department of Social Services off of Highway 53 in Lower Lake. All summer programs in Lower Lake, Hidden Valley Lake and Middletown are canceled until further notice. The Lake County Emergency Operation Center has also been activated. For more information a phone line’s set up at 263-2360 and emergency services is posting updates on their Lake County OES Facebook page. You can also visit this radio station’s website for updated information and see our Facebook page too.

Police in Clearlake on the lookout for a man they say disappeared from a local hospital earlier this week. 33 yr old David Uribe has not been seen since Tuesday morning at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. Hospital staff tell police the man was a patient at the hospital who was there for some sort of evaluation – but he walked away. Police searching the area but couldn’t find the man. A family member says he has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old but is very friendly to strangers. His picture on Lake Co News dot com. He’s described as last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, white shorts and sandals. 5 foot, 7, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and he could be wearing glasses.

3 injuries reported after a chain-reaction car crash in Ukiah. Four cars crashed near the intersection of Talmage Road and Airport Park Boulevard around 2-pm yesterday. Police say a green Mercury minivan looks to have rear-ended a Chevy Trailblazer which then rear-ended a pickup truck which hit another pickup sitting at the intersection waiting to turn onto Airport Park Boulevard from Talmage Road. Two adults and one child had to go to the hospital, but Fire officials say they had what looked like minor injuries. Four others involved refused treatment. Part of the accident scene was blocked for 45 mins due to the crash.

A mobile home’s been destroyed in that apartment fire in Clearlake. 400 residents had to be evacuated Sunday afternoon. The fire on Dam Road near the Cache Creek Apartment Complex reported just before 5 p.m. The residents in the apartments and some nearby homes were evacuated. The Wal-Mart parking lot was used for the residents while the fire was surrounded. Cal Fire reported the fuels tinder dry and the fire moving quickly. It was at 10 acres when firefighters gained control. It took about 2 and a half hours for firefighters to surround the fire and in the cooler, overnight hours, they totally contained it. Firefighters warning to be careful outdoors as triple digits in the forecast.

A woman in Lakeport reported missing has been found safe outside California. Police say 24 year old Amber Costner who was reported missing last Friday has been located and has been in touch with family. Police had said Costner reached her family and said she was okay and didn’t want to be located. They also said they would continue investigating until she was found to be ok, which looks to be the case. Thousands of community members had been helping to find the woman whose car was found in Del Norte County without her. Police say they are not releasing any more information about where she is to protect her privacy.

FEMA has okay’d using federal money to help California fight the Wragg fire burning in Napa, Yolo and Solano Counties near Lake Berryessa. The state requested FEMA’s help last Thursday so FEMA funding would be available. That’s up to 75 percent of firefighting costs under an approved grant for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. At one point the fire was threatening 230 homes and was growing rapidly, 6,000 acres in one day. At last count it had burned 6,900 acres and was 75% contained.

A possible land record audit in Lake County. The Lake County Board of Supervisors is considering the audit after several residents complained about mortgage issues and foreclosures. A lawyer will talk to the board at their meeting today about so-called quiet titles. These establish ownership of property if there are liens or levies that are tainting the title. The board was considering the matter back in May and voted for state assistance to prevent real estate and mortgage fraud. It asks the California Attorney General to create and coordinate a task force on the matter.

A man in Forestville saying Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies shocked him 23 times with Taser guns and beat him during his arrest for DUI is suing. Esa Wroth looking for $3 million to settle his excessive force lawsuit. He was arrested in January of 2013 for DUI with a toxicology report showing he had .21 alcohol in his blood, nearly 3 times the legal limit for driving after drinking. This is one of 3 lawsuits against Sonoma County regarding potential excessive force. When Wroth was pulled over after leaving the Forestville Club he says he was abused. Jail officials say he was uncooperative and could not be subdued. They say they did hit him and used Tasers during a struggle to gain control over him. An internal investigation showed all of that was appropriate. His lawyer claims he was tortured.

Four firefighters have been hurt on a fire in Nevada County. They were working the Lowell fire, which started Saturday west of Alta. The fire burned 1,500 acres and was only 20 % surrounded over the weekend because of difficult terrain. Two Cal Fire firefighters and two US Forest Service firefighters were burned, They had to be airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center’s burn center. 3 were being treated and released but the 4th had serious burn injuries.

$165,000 in fines for Caltrans and two construction companies working on the Willits bypass project after a collapse of a 150-foot section of the Highway 101 bypass project. Three workers were injured. OSHA reporting serious worker safety violations by the agency and two contractors responsible for the $275 million viaduct project, a nearly 6-mile route being built around Willits to help with traffic congestion. The biggest fine was for almost $94,000 against a contractor from Benicia for a general violation and four serious violations. Another contractor from Dublin, was fined $49,500 for four serious violations.

A special meeting by the Ukiah City Council to continue its Strategic Planning Process and city projects to be considered the next fiscal year. The meeting set for tomorrow afternoon at 3 in the Ukiah Valley Conference Center. The council will continue drafting its Strategic Planning Process which began in 2007. They’re considering four strategic planning areas:

• Maintain downtown historic place as a regional center of civic and economic activity

• Planning valley-wide takes place based on sound planning principles

• Develop a prioritize(d) plan for maintaining and improving public infrastructure

• Council and staff work together to create a more responsive and effective workplace. Staff also voted back in January to work on goal setting without a consultant to save money.

Private individual health plans as part of the state’s own market place are going up. It’s the second year in a row for the 4 percent hikes. It’s going up 4 percent even, a little less than the 4.2 percent jump this year. The average rate increase though is 1.8 percent or a total of $296 a month. There are also 2 new participants for the first time UnitedHealthcare, the largest health insurer in the U-S and a new one out of New York called Oscar.

A man from Ukiah suspected of knifing another man near Observatory Avenue has been arrested. Ukiah Police report getting a call to the Express Mart in the 900 block of South State Street Saturday, a man had ended up there after being stabbed. Police say a 52-year-old man had a knife wound to his upper chest. He was taken to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Witnesses say a homeless man, John Zerangue was responsible. He was found hiding in the restroom at a grocery store. Police say the two men, both transients got into an argument over money. Zerangue booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and violating his probation on $30,000 bail.

A mountain biker in New Mexico drove his car 20 miles to the nearest hospital even after being impaled in the neck by a tree branch. He had a neck injury after falling off his bike and being impaled in the neck by a two-centimeter-wide branch. The guy was able to get himself to the hospital at the University of New Mexico for treatment. Luckily it didn’t cause major damage to his nerves, airway or a major blood vessel. The branch taken out and the wound cleaned then closed.

San Francisco is turning on those who urinate in public. The city’s painted some walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint. The paint so effective at its job, it’s hydrophobic so it keeps walls clean and sprays urine right back at offenders. The Public Works director telling the San Francisco Chronicle it’s a pilot project to see if they can discourage folks from peeing at city hot spots. He says they’re trying new things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.

A fugitive has been arrested in Olympia after federal agents found the guy’s picture in a story about a low-budget horror movie in The Olympian. The newspaper reported Jason Stange was in a starring role in “Marla Mae” which the newspaper ran a feature story on last week. He was arrested close to the location of filming Friday. He had pleaded guilty to an armed bank robbery in 2006 and got almost 10 years in prison. A federal probation violation warrant was issued last year after Stange disappeared from a halfway house in Spokane.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested after a sheriff’s deputy on regular patrol noticed something amiss behind Hoppers Dairy. The deputy saw a car parked in an unusual place, partially hidden and went out to see what was up. He spotted someone in the dark behind delivery trucks he says was trying to sneak away. The deputy recognized the guy from previous contacts as John Cooley Jr. The officer says he noticed locks had been broken off the back of two delivery trucks and doors were open. He checked and Cooley had a broken lock in his pocket, plus other evidence indicating he was to blame. He’s on probation too, just getting out on bail. Cooley charged this time for theft, burglary, possession of burglary tools, committing an offense while out on bail, and violation of probation held on $45,000.00.

Mendocino County District Hospital board members considering ways to review doctor contracts. The hospital lost more than a half million dollars in the last fiscal year which leaves it out of compliance with one of its three bondholders. The CFO says the bondholder Cal Mortgage probably won’t penalize the hospital because its debt service coverage ratio was below the required 1.25. The ratio is basically the amount of money available to pay off debt. So the hospital needs to make more money and cut costs. The fiscal year losses also had to do with one time bankruptcy-related costs. A new subcommittee is being put together to too review doctor’s contracts. The board’s been reviewing physicians’ contracts in closed session.

A joint meeting between the city of Fort Bragg and Mendocino county regarding the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Central Coast Transfer Station Project. The board and council have postponed any movement though so they could take up the matter of a letter sent by the Department of Fish and Wildlife with more concerns and comments for the EIR. A lawyer for the county and city advising to spend time on the letter before acting.

A man expecting paid sex with two women at a motel in Ukiah didn’t get what he went there for. The Press Democrat reports the man was ripped off by the women instead. They took his wallet, cellphone and clothes. Police reaching out to the public for help finding the women who ripped the guy off at the Motel 6 on South State Street. The women reportedly asked the man to shower first and when he left the room they stole all his stuff. Police say the women even took all of the towels, just leaving him naked with a tiny towel to cover up with. A witness telling police they saw the two women running from the motel and they even followed them but lost them.

Lake County seeing more alcohol and drug-related DUIs so the county can go after an extension of a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to go after offenders. The Record Bee reports several sources confirming Lake County’s DUI problem got worse as the state’s improved. The office of traffic safety ranks Lake County as the second worst in the state for alcohol-related fatal/injury collisions by daily miles traveled in 2011 and the fifth worst by average population. The county’s age adjusted death rate for car crashes was almost 22 per 100,000 residents, more than double the state rate of 7.5 for each 100,000 residents. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports meth and pot are contributing factors for the data. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has approved a grant agreement for money to pay for so-called “Vertical Prosecution”. That’s a team to work cases from arrest through sentencing.

The state Supreme Court agrees with a lower court to make it harder for cities and water districts to charge more for water wasters. The Supreme Court refused voted no against an appeals court ruling which found the city of San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rates were unconstitutional because they charged more for water than it cost the city to provide the service. A lawyer for the State Water Resources Control Board argued for the high court to “depublish” the ruling, saying it was “unnecessary and overbroad” and didn’t help deal with California’s drought. The state supreme court rejected that request. This all at a time when the Gov. has ordered a statewide mandatory 25 percent cut in water usage.

A man who was charged as an Army deserter now caught up in a drug raid. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie or “Bowe” Bergdahl who was released in 2014 after five years captivity with the Taliban was with a bunch of his friends near Redwood Valley during the bust. Apparently search warrants served at a home where there were nearly 200 marijuana plants found. Several were arrested but the Sheriff says Bergdahl had evidence showing he got to California last Friday and was planning to leave on Wednesday so he was detained, but not arrested. Sheriff’s staffers brought Bergdahl to the Army in Oakland. The Sheriff also says rumors that the military intervened to prevent Bergdahl’s arrest are untrue.

That monopine cell phone tower in Clearlake is reality. The Planning Commission has said yes after all to the use permit and variance for the Verizon cell phone tower facility in the Burns Valley area. The proposed location, as we’ve reported, is a 40-foot by 40-foot parcel on Burns Valley Road, in a walnut grove lined with oak and pine trees. Complete Wireless Communications is putting up the tower on behalf of Verizon. 10 sites for the tower had been reviewed before landing on this one. Many have spoken out against the monopine saying it will be way taller than other trees in the area. Besides the tower, there will also be a 30 kilowatt diesel emergency backup generator with a self-contained 132 gallon fuel tank, prefabricated equipment shelter with nine antenna sectors and two microwave dishes and outdoor equipment cabinets.

That fire in Lake Berryessa has blown into Yolo and Solano Counties. Fire officials say the fire’s scorched 11 square miles near Lake Berryessa so hikers and homeowners had to get out of the area. It was said to be threatening about 200 structures as of late yesterday afternoon. The Wragg Fire’s grown into one of the state’s largest wildfires of the year. The communities of Quail Ridge and Golden Bear in Yolo County had to evacuate, Canyon Creek and Lake Solano campgrounds and Canyon Area hikers have also been evacuated. The fire started Weds afternoon near Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Dam. The cause is under investigation even though it was thought to have started after a car accident. The fire’s burning in rugged, steep, brush with erratic winds blowing. It was at almost 6,000 acres in the first 12 hours. The fire’s only 15 percent contained.

A court of appeals has ruled juvenile offenders should be able to have certain felonies reclassified as misdemeanors like adults. This after a new crime initiative was approved by voters last year. The appeals court ruled juvenile offenders would be spared harsher sentences. The ruling yesterday had to do with Proposition 47, a 2014 ballot measure for certain drug and property crimes to be misdemeanors instead of felonies along with the possibility of lighter sentences or a reclassification of the crimes. It’s all to reduce jail and prison overcrowding and save money.

A man who says he thought he saw a lion folks reported seeing in Milwaukee shot and hurt a large dog instead. Police say the pit bull shot Tuesday, was being cared for at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. That organization says some folks have been afraid after the reports of lion sightings. Police say they’ve investigated as many as two dozen calls of apparent lion sightings with no animal found.

A bicyclist is being blamed for starting a 73-acre wildfire in southwest Idaho after lighting his toilet paper on fire. BLM officials say the cyclist stopped to go to the bathroom in Boise Wednesday, then lit the used toilet paper on fire but lost control of the embers in the dry grass. Firefighters got control of the fire several hours later. Cops say the man called and his story matched the evidence found at the scene. He’s going to be fined for causing the fire.

A benefit concert’s planned for the surviving family members involved Sunday’s multiple stabbing massacre in Laytonville. There’s also a GoFundMe page set up to collect donations as a “healing fund” for the family. Local doctor Cindy Norvell lost her son and husband in the massacre and she’s recovering in the hospital in Redding. Her brother is also in the hospital recovering. He had been visiting from Canada. Her son, 17 year old Teo Palmieri and husband Coleman Palmieri were killed. A fundraiser benefit concert is in the planning stages. In the meantime the GoFundMe page looking for $50,000 in donations. Norvell is a doctor at Long Valley Health Center. Apparently the two teenager girls who survived the attack are being reunited with family. The donation webpage can be found at this radio station’s website As of yesterday, there was already more than $11,000 in donations for the family.

Health officials in Mendocino County say they’ve confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus this year. They say they’re not sure the patient got infected in the County as they told them they were bitten by mosquitoes while out of state during the incubation period. The California Department of Public Health also reported Calif’s first West Nile virus death this year in a senior citizen in Nevada County. An animal or human infected with the virus could go on without any symptoms to speak of or become deathly ill. The severe symptoms reported in less than 1 percent of those infected.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has continued the local drought emergency. In a unanimous vote they’ve extended the emergency drought proclamation for the 15th time since it first passed in March of last year. State law requires the board review the status of their emergency each month. The county reportedly struggling to keep up with water demand from community water systems, private wells and natural resources. Plus there’s the problem with algae in Clearlake. Lake County reported to be one of 55 counties in the state that’s been declared a primary natural disaster area because of drought damages and losses.

The Willits bypass project is moving along, almost 3/4’s of the way complete. But the Willits News reports there’s controversy attached to the project because the main mitigation contractor Hanford Applied Restoration and Conservation of Sonoma is starting to apply herbicides. This is something Caltrans is requiring but the Willits City Council and the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors have both issued resolutions against using herbicides. There’s a public meeting set on the matter Thursday, Aug. 13th at 6 p.m. at the Willits Community Center. So far the herbicides have not been applied and the workshop is planned for after the draft plan about their usage is released. Area tribes have also mentioned medical concerns about the use of herbicides on the mitigation parcels. There’s going to be a prayer ceremony to ask for protection of ancestral sites tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the tipis across Highway 101 from the bypass’ northern interchange.

A street in Kelseyville has been renamed to honor a resident killed in a gas station burglary. The Lake County Board of Supervisors approved the renaming Tuesday of Douglas Road to Forrest Road, in honor of Forrest Seagrave. Seagrave’s mom and brother gathered more than 2,000 signatures to get the street name changed. Seagrave was shot during a robbery in 2013 at the Mt. Konocti 76 Station Store. The suspect in the shooting Antonio Mota, faces six felony charges including murder with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, robbery affecting interstate commerce and ammunition forfeiture. He’s in federal custody.

Redwood Coast Regional Center has not been able to find enough people to serve their clients so they need to come up with a so-called “Plan of Corrective Action”. A meeting’s been set on the matter for Friday, Aug. 14th to cover caseload ratios. That’s the number of center service coordinators a regional center is supposed to have on staff taking the amount of clients into consideration. It’s required by law in the California Welfare and Institutions Code known as the Lanterman Act. The public is invited to the Public Meeting to hear ideas and share thoughts. The meeting in Eureka.

River Rock Casino has a new gaming table. It’s been in development a long time, the new electronic table game — Turn & Burn Craps. The casino says they hope customers like it and that they can lease it to other casinos as well. Turn & Burn is apparently only offered at the Geyserville area casino. The casino’s owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. The game’s also been certified by Gaming Laboratories International and approved by Dry Creek’s gaming commission. They even have a patent pending.

A huge fire has started near Lake Berryessa which officials say may have been started by a car. The fire quickly blew up to 1,000 acres with a road closure and evacuations. A car accident apparently ignited the fire off Highway 128 near Wragg Canyon Road in Napa County. Cal Fire reports the fire spread to 40 acres in an hour and a couple hours later had quickly moved thru rugged and steep brush-covered terrain. Firefighters have been struggling to get near the fire, it’s only 5 percent contained die to erratic winds and terrain. Mix Canyon residents and campers at Canyon Creek Campground have been evacuated and the highway is closed to traffic at Wragg Canyon.

A couple from Campbell is paying a $25,000 fine for illegal construction at their property in Mendocino County. Thomas and Patricia Plowright reconstructed roads, put up new ones and used a bulldozer which sent sediment into a creek and its tributaries. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board reported dirt in Little Mill Creek, on the couple’s property in Philo. That creek flows into the Navarro River which is habitat for steelhead trout and feeds streams where there are Coho salmon too.

A flyover in Mendocino County by a couple of politicians and others to see hack and squirt operations near the airport. State Assemblyman Jim Wood and Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg along with others went with a forestry activist group over the Albion and Navarro Watershed areas near Comptche, and outside Covelo. The group Forests Forever organized the flyover. The group looking to show Wood the hack and squirt operation where trees are cut down then shot up with herbicides. Hamberg has been trying to get support to order the operation to stop. The operation supposedly stops problem trees from invading forest lands.

No motive found yet in the double murder and attempted murder of 2 other family members in Laytonville. 19-year-old Talon Barton has been arrested in the murder of two people, one his 17 year old friend, and the teen’s dad. The murdered teen’s mother and uncle were also stabbed, but are said to be recovering. Barton had lived with the family more than a year. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. interviewing friends and acquaintances of Barton. The sheriff’s office says a friend told them Barton had told him a couple weeks ago he wanted to kill someone. The Mendocino County District Attorney has filed a criminal complaint which includes six felony counts and eight special circumstances. The D-A looking to charge Barton for premeditated murder of 17 year old Teo Palmieri and his dad Coleman. And for the attempted murder of Dr. Cindy Norvell and Theodore Norvell, a Canadian resident and the doctor’s brother.

Slurry seal is being laid down on more than two dozen streets in Ukiah. The work recently approved by the Ukiah City Council. The work to go to Sierra Nevada Construction of Nevada who came back with a $150-thousand dollar bud. The work is like heavy paint which water seals the road so it doesn’t crumble. The streets to be worked on listed on the Daily Journal’s website. The work includes the airport parking lot too. The work to be paid for by a combo of Traffic Congestion Relief Program funds and Airport funds.

A report by the panel led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on the potential of legalizing marijuana supposedly says to be cautious with it, and suggests a seriously regulated market. The report says the marijuana industry shouldn’t look to be California’s next Gold Rush and that it should protect children, provide flexibility for local governments and not allow the next “Big Tobacco.” The ideas coming out of the Lt. Gov’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy made up of legal, academic and law enforcement experts. The report looks for ballot proposals that’ll provide consumer protections, allow continued access to medicinal marijuana and ban any possibility of corporate interference. There’s also talk of protecting environmental resources such as water, strengthening drug treatment programs and addressing racial and economic disparities.

A campaign to bring up California’s minimum wage got closer to reality as the UC President Janet Napolitano announced a hike to $15 an hour for several thousand workers by 2017. She announced the boost a day after Los Angeles County also agreed to lift the minimum wage to $15 an hour in all unincorporated communities by 2020. The same has happened in Los Angeles, making it the largest city in the country to do so. The State Senate agreed to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $13 by 2017. It waits state Assembly approval now.

A man weighing in at 560-pounds is biking across the United States to lose weight but he got stuck in Rhode Island. The Newport Daily News reports ( ) Eric Hites’ bicycle has a bent rim so he got sidelined in Tiverton for the last week, only 90 miles from where he began. He says in just 2 weeks, he’s already lost 60 pounds. He wears a size 70 pants and a 10X T-shirt. He says he hopes to lose hundreds of pounds and write a book.

The founder of Craigslist has donated several thousand dollars for a composting toilet to be named in after him in northern New Jersey . Grow It Green Morristown says Craig Newmark’s $10,000 donation will probably pay for the entire purchase of the toilet for their Community Garden. Newmark lived in the area of the community garden for 12 years. It used to be a junkyard.

A man in western Pennsylvania getting carried away with too many unnecessary emergency calls recently called to say he had chest pains so he could get help fixing his air conditioner. Travis Turner cited for obstructing emergency services and disorderly conduct. Troopers say Turner has dialed 911 dispatchers or the state police 63 times over three years for minor or harassing complaints. He was charged before, but the complaint was withdrawn with a warning.

The first confirmed death from West Nile Virus in California this year. The California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer confirmed the case, a senior citizen in Nevada County. Dr. Smith says it’s a tragic reminder of how severe the virus can be. The doctor also saying the virus is more widespread this year than in the past. West Nile pops up depending on the climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of immunity in birds to the virus. The office says it could be the drought is contributing to West Nile virus ramping up by sources of water for birds and mosquitoes as they both seek water. So they’re coming into closer proximity of each other. So far 33 California counties have reported West Nile virus activity this year, four more than the same period last year and more than the five-year average of 22.

Work continues on the bridge project between Middletown and Calistoga even though a crane fell over last week. Lake Co News reports the work is the summer construction phase of the Troutdale Creek bridge replacement project on Highway 29. The work started this month in northwest Napa County. Last Wednesday a large construction crane fell over on the site, there were no injuries. About 11 hours later the crane was uprighted but Cal OSHA is investigating.

A 19 year old accused in the fatal stabbing of 2 people and the attempted murder of 2 others is still in jail. The Mendocino County D-A’s office reports Talon Barton was in court yesterday on 2 counts of murder and 2 of attempted murder, plus false imprisonment. He has been appointed a public defender, but his official arraignment and entry of pleas was continued to Tuesday morning, Aug. 4th. The D-A also asked for no-bail in the case which the judge granted. Barton is accused of the Sunday massacre in Laytonville where 3 teens, 4 adults and Barton were all staying. One teenager, 17 year old Teo Palmieri and his dad Coleman died in the stabbing massacre. 2 other adults, Cindy Norvell, Teo’s mother and her brother Theodore Norvell are recovering. Theodore visiting from Canada with his 15-year-old daughter, who was uninjured. A 14 year old also not injured.

A bill being considered in the state legislature to ban naming schools and roads after well known Confederates has different language now, so it shouldn’t affect Fort Bragg. Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda changed some of the bill’s wording so cities or institutions don’t have to remove names associated with Confederate figures like Braxton Bragg, the city’s namesake. The bill introduced so state and local properties would be banned from taking names of elected leaders or senior military officers of the Confederacy. Senator Glazer’s office saying last week the bill came after controversy about whether or not buildings should fly the Confederate flag. And that after the mass murder of 9 black churchgoers during Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd says he’s running to replace a state senator who’s termed out of office. Dodd’s been in the Assembly since last November. He sent an email out Monday saying he wants to replace Lois Wolk when she terms out of office next year. Dodd’s message says the centerpiece of his campaign had been to restore economic security and opportunity for Middle Class Californians. He says he’s supported by Congressman Mike Thompson, Wolk, and Solano County Supervisor Jim Sperling. The 3rd Senate District covers much of Yolo County, all of Napa County, a sliver of Sacramento county, all of Solano County, and part of Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.

The SPCA of Clear Lake which had previously decided to close down is struggling to stay open during its contract period. The board of the agency voted to close down because of the amount of animals being brought to the shelter by the city and because the city wouldn’t pay more to care for the animals. Now the nonprofit says it has to raise money to stay open until October 1st, something they’ve committed to. The agency relies on community contributions and money from its spay, neuter, and vaccination services. They’ve been having adoption events and fundraisers, but are still struggling. They’ve applied for several grants and some fundraisers are already planned. To donate, you can send money via Paypal to (spcaofclearlake) or in person at their offices in Kelseyville.

The Mendocino National Forest at the ready to stomp out and prevent fires started by lightning. The forest service reporting there were several hundred lightning strikes Monday afternoon and evening. They say since Monday there was a fire found on the Grindstone Ranger District on the east side of the Forest and two fires on the Covelo Ranger District on the northwest side of the Forest. They report the fires as small and containment’s in the works on all three. Firefighters say as it gets drier and temperatures heat up, they expect finding more fires. Plus there had been a chance of thunderstorms yesterday afternoon and last night. Mendocino National Forest is currently under fire restrictions.

An appeals court has affirmed the verdict against a man from Redwood Valley accused of using a rifle to kill another man. The Mendocino County D-A’s office reports the 3 judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed the jury verdicts from October of 2012 against Billy Norbury who was found guilty of willful, premeditated and deliberate murder (first degree) of Jamal Andrews. They also found he personally used a rifle in the murder. So the DA says Norbury will continuing serving his sentence of 50 years to life.

A man from Fort Bragg has been arrested in connection to the hit and run crash of a bicyclist in Fort Bragg. CHP officers arrested Isabel Gutierrezvillarreal on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing death and vehicular manslaughter. The victim, JacobHoward was riding on Highway 1 July 12th when a red pickup truck was seen leaving the area. A witness who called for help, described the truck. Howard was found on the side of the road dead. There was debris left on the highway that investigators say showed a truck had front end damage and a broken headlight. The truck was spotted Monday by a cop from the major crimes task force Gutierrezvillarreal was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

A woman in Antioch is offering her house as the prize for someone who makes the best dessert. The 1906 Craftsman home is in Jackson owned by Erin Allard. She’s having a dessert contest with the home as the grand prize. It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home valued at $390,000. She says she’s going for the competition instead of a regular sale because it can take months to sell a home in rural Jackson. Anyone interested should submit their $100 entry fee and a million-dollar recipe at or look for the same on Facebook.

That cell phone tower is still being considered in Clearlake. The Planning Commission takes up the matter at their meeting tonight after tabling it two weeks ago until now. Complete Wireless Consulting for Verizon Wireless wants a permit to put up a 70 foot monopine tower on a leased 40-by 40-foot area on Burns Valley Road. City staff recommends a mitigated negative declaration first, but also to approve the use permit and variance. The city attorney told the commission it should postpone the last hearing because the mitigated negative declaration was only done that same day so there had been no time to review it.

Lake County Board of Supervisors considering an agreement for veterans housing. At the regular board meeting tomorrow will go over the proposal. The board has it listed on the agenda as an untimed matter where they’ll consider a proposed agreement for supportive housing for veterans and their families. There would be a one-year negotiating period regarding the transfer of two county-owned parcels in Clearlake for affordable, permanent supportive housing for very low income veterans and their families. The board is also considering a proclamation for a local emergency due to the drought which was first passed in March 2014.

More information’s been released regarding the stabbing massacre in Laytonville over the weekend. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office reports the suspected killer, 19 year old Talen Barton was still in jail and due in court this morning. A father and son killed in the attack Sunday have been identified as 52 year old Coleman Palmieri and 17 year old Teo Palmieri. A 54 year old woman and 52 year old man also injured in the attack and two teenage girls, 14 and 15 were at the home but uninjured. Detectives say they were severely traumatized though. Barton had lived with the family at least a year. The mom in the home, who was stabbed and injured but is expected to live is a well known local doctor, Cindy Norvell. Police say Barton first killed his 17 year old friend Teo then Norvell, his mom came to help and she was attacked. Then the dad also rushed in and he was stabbed and another man, believed to be Norvell’s brother visiting from Canada was also stabbed multiple times. One of the teenage girls talked Barton into calling police. The mom and brother were critically injured and flown to hospitals. No motive to speak of, but some told police that Barton had talked to them about killing people.

A massive fine is being considered by California regulators for anyone illegally taking water during the drought. The $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers would be the first against an individual or a district with water claims more than a century old. Those rights are called senior water rights holders. The State Water Resources Control Board claims the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District in Tracy took water without permission from a pumping plant. The board says the district had been warned in June that there wasn’t enough water legally available. The district with water rights dating back to 1914, serves 160 farming families in three counties. The district says it’s going to lose as much as $65 million in crops because of the state’s cutback orders. 9,000 notices have been sent out across the state warning that water was running out for those with entitled under rights. Two supposedly went against orders and officials say Byron-Bethany was on the line because the agency publicly defied the board and diverted water in the drought.

A couple of thieves suspected of ripping off an ATM machine in Washington didn’t get too far. Snohomish County authorities say the money machine fell out of the thieves getaway van. A Sheriff’s spokeswoman says the ATM machine was found and the suspects drove away without it. Police say they think the pair backed their white van to a business near Lynnwood Sunday, cut the cables to the ATM and loaded it into the van, but the men went too fast and dumped the machine over a speed bump.

A bus driver in Boston making some new friends, surprising passengers by stopping at a kids lemonade stand. reports ( ) the driver asked riders if they would mind and they agreed so the driver treated everyone on board to a 50-cent cup of lemonade. The driver saying he noticed the lemonade stand an hour or so before, and decided to ask the passengers about stopping on his next trip.

Clover Stornetta Farms out of Petaluma announcing a voluntary recall of some of its milk products because of possible contamination. The recall for three items because the company says they may contain small pieces of food grade plastic. They’re recalling their 2 percent Reduced Fat Milk gallon size, 2 percent Reduced Fat Milk quart size and 2 percent Reduced Fat Milk plastic half-gallon size. All items distributed in Northern California. So far there’s been no complaints connected to the recalled items.

Gunshots reported in Covelo lead to the arrest of a man. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) got several calls, but say the calls were anonymous. They say one caller said they heard a gunshot then a a female screaming to "get off my property". Responding officers found three related calls to a 38 year old male victim who was dating the shooting suspect, 32 year old Anna Roseberry. The two still working together in a marijuana growing operation but no longer dating. There was some sort of argument over payment and the fight got physical and loud. Cops say the woman had a .38 caliber revolver which she used to shoot the victim in the groin. She says it was self defense because the man had a knife. The victim went to the hospital and was expected to recover. Other guns were found at the home where the shooting happened. 200 growing marijuana plants were also found and several pounds of marijuana was being processed. Roseberry was arrested for assault, battery, and dealing. S he was held on $40,000.00 bail.

Fort Bragg Police have arrested a man they say was dealing drugs. Joel Juarez is accused of previous crimes with drugs so officers searched him when they found him July 2nd at Columbi’s Market and Deli. They say they found drug paraphernalia, six pre-weighed bags of crystal methamphetamine, several containers filled with pot, a digital scale, packaging materials, and $129 in cash. Juarez was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substances for Sales, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis and Possession of Paraphernalia. He’s booked in the Mendocino County Jail until his arraignment.

An appeal hearing about the proposed Dollar General store in Kelseyville has been postponed until next month. Lake Co News reports the development company appealed the planning commissions denial of their store. It was supposed to be heard next Tuesday, but instead it will be August 18th. The county has also issued a revised legal notice about the hearing. County Supervisor Jim Comstock requested the postponement because he’s not going to be in town Tuesday. But he’s also planning to recuse himself because he owns property nearby.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports being on the lookout for a young woman wanted for felony assault with a deadly weapon. On the Sheriff’s dept. Facebook page, where they feature folks wanted on warrants, Amanda Ward’s picture is posted. The 19 year old wanted on a felony warrant with bail of $105,000. She’s described as 5-6, 115 lbs with Blond hair and brown eyes. They ask if anyone recognizes her or has any info that would help lead to her arrest to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086.

Free WIFI coming to downtown Fort Bragg. The City Council has voted to come up with $10,000 for a municipal Wireless network thru Mendocino Community Network. Coverage to first be on Main, Laurel and Franklin streets to about Redwood. But the coverage is supposed to be expanded down the road. The City Council formed an ad-hoc technology committee to work on the issue earlier this year. A staff report on the issue saying the free WIFI will help Fort Bragg be branded as a technology-friendly community. City officials say it can also be of benefit if a fiber optic line goes down, like it did last year when a truck hit a line on Comptche-Ukiah Road. The $10,000 is being taken from the Waste Management Community Benefit Fund for needed equipment and startup costs.

A ballot initiative to ban social services in the Central Business District of Fort Bragg is being prepared. The initiative is one way to block the Mendocino Coast Hospitality House from moving into the Old Coast Hotel Property. But city officials say it probably can’t be retroactive. The Fort Bragg City Council approved a resolution so the Mendocino County Registrar of Voters can verify signatures for the petition by a group called Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg. If there are enough signatures from qualifying residents, the council can either adopt a resolution or let voters decide. The same group also started another imitative to recall the Mayor but it’s apparently on hold because they missed the deadline to submit the petition.

Two FoodMaxx employees have taken their names off the lawsuit to delay construction of the proposed Costco store in Ukiah. So now the group “Ukiah Citizens for Safety First” has no members. Two employees of the grocery store, Rachel Land and Patty Hernandez sent a letter to the Ukiah Daily Journal saying they had been concerned about traffic congestion so they joined with others to protest the project until a traffic solution was worked out. 2 other women named as part of the group asked to be removed pretty soon after the suit was filed, saying they never consented to be involved. The lawsuit was dismissed anyway in May. The two remaining say they were criticized for the suit and asked the lawyer to remove them too. Now no employee of FoodMaxx is listed in the appeal filed after the original suit was tossed. The attorney’s name is still on the appeal, which is listed as pending.

The Mendocino County planning commission has denied an appeal to protest a building permit for a new Dollar General store in Redwood Valley. Two local business owners filed the appeal which the planning commission voted 4-2 against yesterday. A group of Redwood Valley residents and business owners reported to be upset about no public process on the decision for the new store just north of the Savings Bank of Mendocino County in downtown Redwood Valley. But apparently as part of the county’s general plan, parcels already zoned commercial don’t require that process.

Half of the water from Lake Mendocino for Ukiah this year to Redwood Valley. The City Council voted that way so Redwood Valley residents could use the rest. The city council reports getting an urgent request from the Redwood Valley County Water District so they let go of 800 acre-feet from the Lake, recommending it be reallocated to Redwood Valley. The Public Works Department telling the city council 400 acre feet would allow Redwood Valley to get 3.5 million gallons a day through Nov. 1st, then after that hopefully they would have rain. The council voted unanimously for half of its Lake Mendocino allotment to go to Redwood Valley.

An update for the Lake County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) for Lakeport’s sphere of influence. The report to be delivered at the commission’s September 16th meeting which will be held in Lakeport, instead of Clearlake. The last sphere update was back in 1994. Several people have sent letters objecting to annexation, but the land they’re referring to on the west side of Route 29 is said to be unsuitable for urban growth. A sphere of influence is a step towards annexation, but the Lakeport Community Development Director says Lakeport’s sphere of influence has been the same since 1994, and the proposed change in boundaries wouldn’t affect residents opposed to annexation in any way.

The legislation Senator Mike McGuire is championing to provide a comprehensive medical marijuana framework for regulation has passed the Assembly Health Committee with a 11-2 vote. The so-called Medical Marijuana Public Safety and Environmental Protection Act is gaining traction. It’s already cleared three Senate committees. The bill looks to curtail things like cutting down trees in Northern California forests illegally, plus the use of pesticides, rodenticides and fertilizers dumped into watersheds flowing through Northern California communities.

Several north coast students have received $1,000 scholarships from Mendo Mill and Lumber. Those awarded the money, Brandon Morin of Lakeport, Justin Doty of Willits and Juan Huerta of Lakeport. Morin’s going to Santa Rosa Junior College Fire Academy, Doty, to California State University, Chico, and Huerta is going to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The mill president says the winners all exemplified the objectives of the unique scholarship program started several years ago exclusively for employees of Mendo Mill, or for the sons or daughters of Mendo Mill employees.

Congressman Mike Thompson’s (DCA) bipartisan legislation to improve health care services and access to Medicare beneficiaries, and save tax dollars has passed the House and next goes to the President to be signed into law. The legislation, called the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015 extends the Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Program (IAH) for two years. The program is a voluntary, home-based primary care service for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

Five mosquito samples in Lake County have tested positive for West Nile virus. The samples collected in Clearlake Oaks, Upper Lake, and Kelseyville. It’s the first detection of the virus in Lake County this year. Lake County Vector Control says high temperatures and warm nights are the perfect spot for mosquitoes. The office says it looks like it’ll be another active year for skeeters and the virus. Last year there were 71 West Nile virus-positive mosquito samples from all over the county, and this looks the start to another active season.

A woman in Fort Bragg gets arrested after a report of a hit and run. Fort Bragg Police report getting a call Tuesday to a hit and run crash. They say when they got to the location, they found a car that had a note on it saying it was hit. A witness wrote the note with a description of the driver who crashed into it. Police found the other car and found the car had fake plates on it. Lyra Star Mist Jubb of Fort Bragg has been arrested for fleeing the scene of a collision, displaying a false license plate, and obstructing an investigation.

Two men from Clearlake arrested for a home invasion robbery have reached a plea deal with the D-A’s office. Lake Co News reports Sean Foss and Tyler Gallon in court for the June 2013 home invasion at Ronnie and Janeane Bogner’s home in Clearlake Oaks. They’re also charged for the attempted shooting of a Clearlake Police officer. The two part of a group of people accused in the home invasion. One person was shot in the incident. Before the end of the ordeal, the group took $121 in cash, two handguns and a pellet gun, plus a Cadillac Escalade which was later pushed down an embankment. The plea deal means 9 years for Foss and just four and a half years for Gallon.

A man police had been looking for has been busted with the help of a police dog, Dex. Clearlake police report arresting Devin Ray Walker who was a known fugitive. He was apparently spotted walking into a house and cops knew he had outstanding felony warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a police officer and vandalism. He spotted police and they say he ran out the back of the house, they ordered him to stop but he wouldn’t so Dex went after him. He was bit in the leg by Dex who went over a fence with the guy. Walker had a minor bite wound, the dog was fine. Walker was treated then booked into jail with bail set at $50,000. He was previously in trouble for swinging a machete at Upper Lake residents.

A new memorial’s been approved by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits. The memorial will be erected to honor 21 men who died in the Vietnam War. A proclamation has also been issued to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and to honor the soldiers who died in the fighting.

Scientists say next winter could bring a bad El Niño they say could be one of the strongest on record. The report released last week by federal scientists shows California could get a lot of rain, with downpours not seen since the winter of 1997-98 when reservoirs filled to the brim and rivers raged. Scientists at the NOAA’s climate prediction center in College Park, Maryland say it could be good news for California with above-normal rainfall likely. They are calling the chances for an El Nino “greater than 90 percent” starting in March.

It’s Armed Forces Day at the Ukiah Speedway this weekend. On Saturday Anderson Logging Company is partnering with the Speedway to honor members of all branches of the Armed Forces. It’s free to get in for the races for all Military Members and First Responders who have a valid ID. Grandstand entry for all others is $5.

2 members of the Ukiah City Council have been appointed to a committee to help come up with marijuana policies and legislation. The ad-hoc committee may be a permanent. The committee an idea of Council member Maureen Mulheren who says they should be working on possible legalization of marijuana in California and how it will affect Ukiah. The City Attorney says ad-hoc committees are usually temporary, created for a specific issue but a standing committee is supposed to stay permanent.

It’s official, the City of Ukiah has filed for receivership of the Palace Hotel in Mendocino County Superior Court. The City Atty reported the petition was filed last Friday. The city has to wait now for the court to issue the order to allow the city to start to inform some of the interested parties associated with the Palace Hotel thru publication. About a dozen people are listed as having an interest in the property, like a lien. After the city gets the go-ahead, notices will be published for 30 days, then a hearing can be scheduled which the city attorney says should be a couple weeks after that. Eladia Laines, of Unique Properties, owns the property, which has been sitting empty since its purchase about 25 years ago.

The Mendocino County Sheriff is asking the Pinoleville Pomo Nation to move pot plants that can be seen in a fenced area off highway 101. The Sheriff Tom Allman says about 40 plants were on the property Tuesday morning. He says requested they be moved because of concerns for residential safety because of how close they are to the highway and that it could lead to a rip off because of other home invasions in the area. The Sheriff says the conversation with the tribe was very cooperative. The tribe’s got a medical marijuana coop growing facility on behalf of United Cannabis in Denver and FoxBarry Cos. from Kansas.

A man from Laytonville has been sentenced for drug dealing. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports Todd Wagner got 360 days in jail and supervised probation for 5 years. The Sheriff’s office says even though Wagner had two prior felony convictions, the judge said there was enough time between previous convictions. Wagner also has to fork over a $10,000 penal fine. He was busted last November after police found a hidden underground three-room marijuana processing center. 5 men were also found in the room, all employed by Wagner. They were trimming pot. More than 500 pounds of pot was found in bud form, 410 pounds of shake, and three firearms.

A man from Ukiah’s been found guilty of resisting arrest but not guilty of having a dangerous weapon. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s office reports Francisco Javier Cornejo Zamora was accused of brandishing a walking stick in a threatening manner at another person and police officers. Zamora was on probation at the time of the incident, something the D-A says was not shared with the jury. The Judge found Cornejo Zamora was in violation of his earlier probation so he got more probation and 90 days in jail.

About 4 inches of hail dropped in South Dakota which had snowplows out in the middle of summer. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Dept tells the Rapid City Journal ( ) it happened Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 16 south of Rapid City. The National Weather Service reported pea-size hail pelted the highway for about 15 minutes.

A man in Pennsylvania’s been arrested for trespassing, public drunkenness and indecent exposure after getting caught on a farm naked, drinking beer amongst pigs. Police in Manor Township, Lancaster County, say Larry Henry said he was there because he just likes pigs. He’s charged with trespassing on the same farm he was busted on and banned from four years ago. Henry drinking Hamm’s beers with the hogs.

The name of a cyclist hit and killed by a truck near Fort Bragg has been released. Police also still looking for the driver of a red truck they say probably has front end damage, and maybe a missing headlight. The Ukiah CHP says 36-year-old Jacob Howard was killed Sunday afternoon as he rode his bike on Highway 1 near Boice Lane just south of Fort Bragg. If you have any information you are asked to call the Ukiah CHP office.

Caltrans to host a public meeting to discuss the use of herbicides to control weeds on the Willits Bypass. The meeting to be held Thursday, August 13 at the Willits Community Center, tentatively from 6PM to 8PM. More meetings coming over the next few weeks but if you want to learn more about why Cal Trans thinks it’s necessary to use herbicides, you can read the Cal Trans blog post called “Eliminating invasive blackberry on Willits Bypass mitigation parcels.” which you can find a link to at this radio station’s website.

The Pinoleville Tribe is moving ahead with their huge medical marijuana garden. But the Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is against the grow and says anything above 25 plants per parcel, which is in the county’s local growing ordinance, should apply to the Indian tribe as well. The tribe says it’s going to challenge the Sheriff and purposely go over the local limit and is prepared to go to court over it. 19 people are also currently applying to be part of the tribe again, as they were members in the past. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering whether or not to grant those folks new tribal status.

The final Environmental Impact Report is done for the proposed Central Coast Transfer Station. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ will have a joint meeting with the Fort Bragg City Council on the matter next Tuesday. The supervisors and council to consider certifying the report then there will be discussion about whether or not to move forward. The transfer station to be designed, built and operated by a solid waste company under a long-term contract. The company to be picked thru a competitive bidding process.

Community members still deciding what to do about a Dollar General store proposed in 2 Lake County towns. Dollar General already opened stores in Nice and Clearlake Oaks and has applied for permits in Kelseyville and Middletown. Public meetings have been held on the matter and concerns have been raised about whether or not the retailer fits in the communities where they’re proposed. The Lake County Planning Commission however has unanimously turned down a major use permit application for the Kelseyville store. The company is appealing. The application for the Middletown store has not been finished yet.

A continuance in Clearlake by the Planning Commission regarding that fake pine tree cell phone tower. The commission had set a meeting on the use of a 70-foot monopine – a tower designed to look like a pine tree. The hearing’s being delayed 2 weeks after the City Attorney suggested a hold on the public hearing because the mitigated negative declaration was just finished the same day. So community members wait until next week to hear the latest.

More cases of syphilis in women, pregnant women and newborns over the past two years. The California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer says it’s concerning to see an uprise in congenital syphilis cases. That apparently happens when its transmitted from an infected mother to her child during pregnancy. From 2012 to 2014, the yearly number of reported early syphilis cases among women in Calif. more than doubled from 248 cases to 594. No cases in Lake County in 2012, but six cases were reported in 2013 and three in 2014. Most of them seen in the Central Valley and Los Angeles County.

A major, upscale hotel and residential project for Cloverdale that looked dead may be revived. The project is fairly close to the airport though. The original project proposed more than a dozen years ago with a golf course, but there’s changes. The $200 million Alexander Valley Resort would have a 150-room hotel and spa, 40 “courtyard-style” resort rentals and 80 custom, single-family homes, plus that equestrian center with training and show arenas, boarding stables and riding trails winding through the property. But there’s a conflict because of nearby air traffic. But a new developer on the project’s asking the city to close down the general aviation airport to the south so the project can move forward.

The Governor Jerry Brown has signed the controversial bill on mandatory vaccines for schools and day care centers. Governor Brown signed the bill after both houses signed off on SB277. It takes away personal- and religious-belief exemptions that had been used by parents so their kids would be exempt from all or some of the required school vaccines.

A man who founded the Lebowski Fest, a traveling party celebrating the Coen brothers film "The Big Lebowski" has been arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for smoking pot outside a bowling alley. Police got a complaint Saturday about Lebowski Fest founder Williams Russell who a witness says was smoking weed in the bowling alley parking lot and supposedly threatened police. After he was arrested he apologized to police for acting like a savage.

A giant pile of dirty snow in Boston has finally melted away. The Mayor Martin Walsh announced the once 75-foot tower of snow had melted. It came after a record-breaking winter which dumped more than 110 inches. The snow heap also had trash folded into it, swept up by snow plows this winter. There was even a contest for city residents to guess when it would finally melt. The winners to be announced today.

Be on the lookout as you drive thru Mendo County as emergency culvert and roadway repairs are happening on Route 1 just south of Rockport. The work today thru tomorrow. Cal Trans reports one-way traffic control in effect during the day time and drivers may run into short, 5-minute delays.

The Yuba Community College District says its selling refunding bonds so taxpayers can save more than $14 million dollars. This means the bonds can be converted to lower costing current interest, or so-called noncallable capital appreciation bonds, CABs. The school board president says it’s a win win and the most fiscally prudent move to make. There are school campuses in Clearlake, Colusa and Sutter counties serving 13,000 students.

An old explosive device has been found in a field in Philo. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says they responded last Friday after the call from Boonville Fire and found an item about 13 inches long with tailfins that looked like an old military type explosive/training round. They say the device was with some old scrap metal and found when other scrap was being removed.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office sent their Bomb team and the device was rendered safe and destroyed.

3 men have been arrested in the Cow Mountain area suspected of growing and dealing pot and on weapons charges. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Eradication Team along with officers from the BLM, US Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife and Lake County Sheriff’s Office checking out a possible marijuana grow in the Red Mountain Campground area of the Cow Mountain BLM Recreation Area. 3 men were arrested, David Borja of Valencia, Apolinar Garcia of Fresno and Jose Ramirez-Hinojosa, a transient. The officers on scene say they found a loaded, "sawed off" shotgun, a loaded pistol, more than 3200 marijuana plants, scales, packaging material, and processed pot. Plus trash was everywhere along with human waste, water diversions, and a recently killed deer which they say was harvested for food.

Two people have been rescued after getting stranded on a cliff at Russian Gulch. State parks lifeguards rescued the pair Sunday night. State Parks rangers and lifeguards, Monte Rio, Russian River, Cal Fire firefighters and a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy and a CHP helicopter went to help the two out. The two fishing on a finger of rock at the end of a cliff over the ocean on the south side of Russian Gulch. But as the tide rose, they got stranded about 10 feet above the ocean and 50 yards from shore. The two brought back to shore one at a time, then lifeguards swam back and got their fishing gear and other personal items.

Police in Fort Bragg looking for whoever hit someone riding their bike and killed them over the weekend on Highway 1 near Boice Lane. The CHP reports witnesses saying a red pick-up truck hit the victim on his bike in the southbound lane of the Highway south of Fort Bragg Sunday. The victim was found dead on the ground. He’s described so far, as a 36-year-old man from Fort Bragg. The witness says they saw the truck go south on Highway 1, and may have turned onto Fern Creek Road. Police say debris found at the scene shows the vehicle may have had front-end damage, maybe even a broken headlight.

A man in Willits suspected of raping at least two women in Ukiah has been arrested. The Ukiah Police Department reports a woman at the hospital in May reported she was raped at a home in Ukiah but she didn’t want to file a report then. Police investigated and found a second victim and arrested Jonathan Neumeyer of Willits. He was booked into the Mendocino County Jail July 6th on suspicion of rape by force or violence, rape by intoxication, sexual penetration by force or violence and sexual penetration aided by intoxication. He was being held on $300,000 bail.

An appeals court in San Francisco has affirmed felony convictions of a man accused of the attempted murder of a deputy sheriff. WALTER KRISTOPHER MILLER was found guilty of the attempted murder of a deputy sheriff by means of a firearm and other felonies that kicked the three strikes rule in. But the Mendocino County Sheriff reports the court didn’t address some sentencing errors for Miller. He got 183 years to life in state prison in 2014, but they found errors and changed it to 181 years.

No more outdoor showers for beach goers at California state-run beaches and parks. This to save water due to the drought. It means the water will be shut off. That could save as much as 18 million gallons of water a year. An El Nino has been predicted for the winter which scientists say they hope will relieve the drought.

An anonymous eBayer trying to sell a bag of air from Williamsburg getting close to making a small fortune. The bidding started at $40 and got to $20,100 late last week. But the listing was removed by Friday. Ebay says it violated policy, and listings need to include “physical items or actual services.”

No wifi at a Taco Bell in Oklahoma had one woman in a fit. Police report Amber Henson couldn’t get on the wifi network at the fast food joint in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She went to get a drink and got blocked by a bunch of teenagers so she pulled a knife on them. Police say she challenged 2 boys with the 4-inch blade outside, the teens called cops and she was arrested the next day.

A woman in Atlanta had to go to the hospital after her bottom exploded. Doctors say Shantiqua Jones was in serious condition after her buttocks burst because of implants she got. She told doctors she was doing squats and heard a loud “pop” then fell to the floor. Apparently other gym goers thought there might be a shooter in the building, but all of the sudden the woman’s butt was flattened. She apparently had several injections over the last 14 months then had one final surgery elsewhere and left with a 72 inch bottom.


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