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The Lake County Sheriff’s office has contracted with counselors to work on processing emotions. The Sheriff Brian Martin says the loss of Deputy Jake Steely and after the Valley Fire have been difficult and told the board of supervisors they process emotions like all other humans. Last November they started working with the Counseling Team International for peer counseling training for more than 2 dozen deputies. The work teaches them to get in touch with symptoms and help co-workers who have a hard time processing emotions. The Record Bee reports local charities and businesses contributed funds to help pay for the program.

Free and reduced meals for kids in the Upper Lake Unified School District. The district is making meals available thru the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. The schools in the district take household size and income into account for free, reduced-price or full-price meal benefits. Applications are being sent to homes in the area with a letter showing who is eligible. You can also get an application from the principal’s office at their school.

There may soon be a new way to rank Calif. schools. A plan from the California State Board of Education after they met in Sacramento and considered giving schools numbers based on test scores, from 200 to 1,000 and color coding. The Academic Performance Index was tabled last year for other ways to rate the quality of a school like thru student attendance, English proficiency, dropout rates and access to college-level classes for high schoolers. The new way to score schools part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

A bulldozer operator working the fire in Monterey County has been killed. The Soberanes Fire has charred more than 27 thousand acres. Robert Reagan of Friant died when his dozer rolled near part of the fire. He was one of more than 3,000 firefighters, but a private contractor working the fire. More than 30 homes have been destroyed and another 1,000 were threatened. The fire started a week ago south of Garrapata State Park.

There are still several dead trees and other woody debris left behind after the Valley Fire still needing to be removed. The property owners need to get the dead wood out before they can start to rebuild. Disposal a little difficult at the moment as burning is not allowed. It’s considered increased fuel which could heighten fire danger. The Lake County Resource Conservation District is working with the Lake County Air Quality Management District, offering chipping of brush, branches and tree trunks on small parcels in the Valley Fire Recovery Area. It’s a free service for small parcel owners in the fire area. For more info, call 707 262-7089.

An elderly man from Clearlake’s accused of shooting his girlfriend’s son to death during an altercation. 82 year old Johnny Stevenson has been questioned in the death of 33 year old Stephen Wooldridge who had one gunshot wound to the chest. He died at St. Helena Clearlake Hospital. The Press Democrat reports the shooting happened after a conflict between Wooldridge and his mom. Her name has not been released. Apparently there was a fight on the phone then Wooldridge went to his mom’s home where he was shot. Police say he threatened Stevenson who armed himself…

A transfer of territory means Mendocino College can stay on the coast in Fort Bragg. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors which sets policy for the 72 districts said yes to the proposed transfer of territory from Redwoods Community College District (RCCD) to the Mendocino-Lake Community College District (MLCCD) last week. The board of trustees for both of the districts said yes to the proposal from last year.

The Fort Bragg City Council says yes to a cannabis manufacturing ordinance, directing staff to draft the language. The council will revisit the ordinance in the next couple of months. If it goes thru, that means the ordinance could go into effect by the end of this year or in early 2017. It aims to regulate pot manufacturing businesses in industrial zoning districts with an approved use permit. Last month the Public Safety Committee looked at a number of different policy options and made several recommendations to the Council regarding the ordinance.

The Oregon State Fair will have a new featured crop… pot. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/2acqU2V ) there are different prizes for fruits, and this year weed will also be displayed and judged by a panel of growers. The Oregon Cannabis Business Council is the sponsor. There will be 9 plants on display in a greenhouse and it will be monitored by a security guard. You’ve got to be 21 years old to enter. The fair runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.

A couple of circus acrobats got married, on a tightrope while performing in Houston. Mustafa Danguir (moo-STAH’-fuh dan-GWEER’) and Anna Lebedeva (AHN’-yuh leb-uh-DAY’-vuh) tied the knot 30 feet above the ground during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium. The groom wore a white tuxedo coat and came in on a camel then climbed a side ladder to get to the tightrope. His bride rode in on a horse then the ringmaster presided as they exchanged vows and rings.

A man from Albion’s been arrested after several gunshots were fired at phantom intruders. Deputies say Douglas Higginbotham told them he thought there were multiple, armed intruders breaking into his home. He told his wife to call police and started to fire shots at walls and doors, while his grandkids were in the house. When deputies showed up they say they heard gunshots, but saw nobody intruding into the house. Police say Higginbotham and his wife were high. The grandkids were taken into protective custody and Higginbotham was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Gypsy Moth has been found in Mendocino County. The Department of Agriculture reported finding the pest in the Anderson Valley area. The Department’s trapping program detects 5 different kinds of serious insect pests and found the moth. On Monday, the department had more intense Gypsy Moth traps set up in a 4 square mile area near where the original pest was found. A second moth was found Tuesday and more traps set up immediately. The traps will continue to be examined on a weekly basis until the end of September.

A man from Clearlake has been arrested after police from Lakeport on patrol stopped a Chevy pickup. Police say Robert McGrew had a suspended drivers license and was in trouble multiple times for driving with that suspended license. McGrew was arrested then officers found a meth pipe, methamphetamine and an extensive array of burglary tools and an air BB gun they say looked like a revolver. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and for possession of burglary tools.

Police warning a man they suspect stabbed another man is on the run. Police say they found a victim with multiple stab wounds at a “bloody crime scene”. They were searching for a known transient Craig Allen Fenno Jr., who they say is wanted for the stabbing in Clearlake last Saturday. The weapon has not been found and investigators looking for Fenno say he should be considered armed and dangerous. The victim’s name is being withheld, but cops say he’s in stable condition. There are multiple outstanding warrants out for Fenno, who’s described as a white male 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

The jury trial against a businessman from Lakeport accused of attempted rape is set. The Record Bee reports nine months after he was arrested, Rick Hamilton was arraigned on the charges of attempted rape of his ex girlfriend. He pleaded not guilty. The alleged victim didn’t report the incident for weeks after. And Hamilton was not arrested. A detective from the Lakeport police dept. says he met with the victim who told the story of her relationship with Hamilton who she claims jumped her at her home. Hamilton faces False Imprisonment, Stalking and Rape By Force/Violence/Duress/Menace or Fear charges. He goes to trial November 2nd.

A new report says Calif. is not very business friendly. The report from CNBC says California is in fact, the least business- friendly state in the country. The 10th annual America’s Top States for Business study showed Calif at the bottom of the list for 2016. It also says the state’s one of the most expensive places to do business, with 49 out of 50 ranking. The report also showed California’s educational system was fairly low on the scale, at 38 but not all is bad news. Calif. rated second for technology and easy access to capital.

Some Northern Calif. restaurants recovering after suspected prank callers had workers at the restaurants testing their fire suppression systems. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2a9sNxa) city officials in Elk Grove had incidents reported where the employees activated their systems, discharging a suppression agent which left a mess and forced the restaurants to close down for a night.

Cloverdale is the first city in Sonoma County preparing to set up a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. The Press Democrat reports as medical marijuana becomes more regulated and the chance weed could be legalized for recreational use in November, Cloverdale is setting up to make money off of it. The City Council has agreed to put a measure on the November ballot for voters to approve the tax on pot operation profits to pay for essential services like police, streets, parks, libraries, senior and youth programs.

Willits may soon force property owners to maintain vacant properties. The Willits Revitalization and Economic Development Committee and some business owners are pushing a building ordinance so property owners maintain vacant properties. The same committee is also considering the kinds of signs to be used to promote Willits and its businesses after the Willits Bypass opens this fall sometime.

The new schools superintendent in Willits spoke about his plans with the school board. The school district board had a retreat last week where Mark Westerburg spoke about goals including raising test scores, creating a safe environment where students can learn, and looking at deficit spending. Westerburg says he also wants a school nurse at Brookside, more funding for arts and athletics, and to use local garages to fix school vehicles.

A scam warning for those in Northern Calif. The United States Marshals Service warning about someone or a group of people pretending to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal and trying to collect “fines”. The service says the scammers use the name John Wayward and call residents posing as a marshal or other law enforcement agent. They say that person missed federal jury duty, but they won’t be arrested if they pay a fine. Apparently, this is happening not only in Calif, but across the country.

Part of a half million dollar grant is going to the Anderson Valley Health Center. The United States Health and Human Services Department is getting part of $500,000 for health information technology. The Redwood Community Health Coalition received the money for participating health centers, including the location in Anderson Valley. The $500K came from a pot of more than $36 million for health center controlled networks across the country.

A motorcycle rider in suburban Detroit got away from a chase, but not for long. Police in Lake Orion say Michael Brown of Rochester Hills turned himself in Tuesday for fleeing police and reckless driving. Police the guy was pulled over after a cop saw someone doing motorcycle maneuvers in the street then sped away when he saw the officer. He then bragged on Facebook, saying he was going “140 in a 35 mph” adding the hashtag: “#nojailthisweekend.” Someone shared the post with police.

A woman already convicted of embezzlement, is now accused of lying during a family court proceeding. The Mendocino County DA has filed the new charges against Christine Kelly Kelsay of Brooktrails. She was brought from jail to court and pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal, to committing perjury during testimony in April during the embezzlement trial. She also pleaded guilty to perjuring herself the second day of that trial. Then after the verdict came out, prosecutors found she’d lied almost 2 dozen more times. Kelsay pleaded guilty as well to falsifying a financial declaration from a separate family court proceeding from 2010. She will be sentenced for these new charges in Sept.

A man from Laytonville has been arrested after police got a call to a drunk and combative person at a music festival. Police say they found Christopher Gavela being held on the ground by security at the Enchanted Forest Music and Art Festival. Favela was reported to be under the influence of a controlled substance and security says the man had been uncooperative and wouldn’t leave when asked. Favela was apparently high on multiple drugs and had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest. So he was arrested at the festival for multiple crimes including being under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, in possession of a controlled substance and brought in on that warrant.

A man in Ukiah’s been arrested at a local storage business who wouldn’t leave. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office got a call last week to G & W Storage and found Robert Fackell there who was also wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for violation of Spousal Battery. Fackell was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, to be held without bail.

A man in Calpella has been arrested in connection to an ongoing civil dispute that turned into a physical altercation. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports calling both parties and found out their fight had to do with the purchase of a car. Deputies found suspect Aaron Black had confronted the female victim demanding he get the vehicle back but the woman refused and they argued and it got physical. The woman fell to the ground during a struggle over the keys to the car. Black was arrested after sending threatening text messages to the woman. He’s charged with Battery with serious injury, Criminal Threats, Elder Abuse and more. He was being held on $55,000.00 bail.

Fort Bragg’s holding their HazMobile household hazardous waste collection. The pickup at Fort Bragg Disposal next Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The HazMobile goes to Fort Bragg the first Friday-Saturday each month unless it’s a holiday. Dangerous chemicals can be brought to the collection. They ask that those participating are careful to keep items in their original container. For more info, call the local Recycling Hotline, 468-9704, or visit www.mendoRecycle.org.

A man in Covelo has been arrested after a security check at a local bar turned up a man who had not registered as a sex offender. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was at the Buckhorn Bar and found Garrie Hoaglin who they knew from previous contact on parole and a sex registrant. They checked his background and found he had not recently registered. So Hoaglin was arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Parole Violation. Hoaglin was booked into the Mendocino County Jail and held on no bail.

There are 3 openings on the Assessment Appeals Board of Mendocino County. The Board’s looking for one member and 2 alternates. There are a minimum of four meetings a year. The meetings are usually from thirty minutes up to two hours long usually at about 9:00 a.m. on the third or fourth Monday of the month in January, April, July, and October. For more info, contact the Mendocino County Clerk of the Board’s office at (707) 463-4441.

A burglary at a church in Clearlake Oaks. Members of Clearlake Oaks United Methodist Church went to service last Sunday and found some of their electronic equipment stolen from the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. Rev. Dawn-Karen Roberts says it’s a sad day when folks feel free to steal from community churches that serve them. She says they lost all electronic equipment they use for services, outreach and events. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports the equipment had just been gifted to the church.

More than 40,000 pot plants have been yanked during a multi day sheriff’s dept. operation. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office reports an eradication effort with multiple agencies where they removed almost 40-thousand-400 plants. They also arrested 14 people, found seven weapons and 37 incidents of environmental damage including illegal water diversions and stream pollution, plus solid waste violations. Adrian Glass of Sacramento was one of those arrested, police say he had a butane honey oil lab and was armed. There were many areas of eradications that added up to the total plants pulled.

Two people have reportedly been confirmed as having the West Nile virus in Yolo County. Yolo County officials confirm the report as aerial spraying was to be done last night to get rid of infected mosquitoes. The Yolo County Health Department says two residents tested positive for the virus. They do say the two are symptom-free. They have not released the specific cities of residence for the two patients.

A warning about toxic algae. The State Water Resources Control Board has put out a warning for the North Coast due to high temperatures and continuing drought conditions. They say it’s in area streams, rivers and lakes. The blue green algae, known as cyanobacteria growing in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties killed three dogs last year. Lake County water resources dept. is trying to educate the public saying children and dogs are the most vulnerable against the algae because they tend to ingest water when swimming or playing in it. Symptoms include nausea, liver or kidney failure and convulsions.

One heckofa Salmon Run. A truck carrying fish to a cannery in Juneau, Alaska rolled, spilling Salmon everywhere, onto a highway and backing up traffic for an hour and a half. Police say it was pretty stinky on the highway after several fish spilled out of the truck onto Egan Highway. The driver had minor injuries, but didn’t go to the hospital.

A four day marijuana eradication effort last week resulted in more than 40 thousand plants being destroyed, 14 people being investigated, 7 guns being taken, and dozens of environmental damage cases being investigated. Two of the sites destroyed were found in the burned area o f the “lodge fire” Officers from 10 different agencies worked together to make those busts happen including Ukiah Police, Willits Police, and Cal fire.
This Thursday the Valley fire Long Term Recovery Task Force will meet at 6pm at Cobb elementary School. Anyone from the public interested in a brief status update can pick up a written copy at that meeting it will detail all recovery activities.

Next Sunday a pride festival will be held at Thomas Jr. Plaza in downtown Ukiah. Festivities kick off on Sunday at 11:30am. A documentary by a high school student shows the stories of several gay men and women in Mendocino County in “Straight isn’t the Default” which will be down at Slam Dunk Pizza

A report from the Ukiah Daily Journal details how Ukiah Police officers see the need for a Psychiatric facility in Mendocino county. There is currently no psychiatric facility in Mendocino county, so those on a psychiatric hold will often end up at Ukiah Valley Medical center, in a cool down jail cell, or at an outpatient facility.

Fort Bragg is the first city in the state to be declared a “bee city USA. That honor bestowed by “bee city USA” for trying to make the city more pollinator and bee friendly. Part of that includes more native plants, shrubs and perennials, and no pesticides.

Some vaccines are being made available at a significantly reduced cost for seniors in Lake County. The Public Health department says they have Zostravax, a Singles vaccine, and Prevnar 13 a pneumococcal pneumonia and 13 streptococcus pneumonia strains. Anyone above the age of 65 can get the vaccine for just a $9 administration fee while supplies last.

The Fort Bragg Police Department will hold its first meeting next week for a new Cadet program. The program is open to area youth between the ages of 13 and 21. It’s designed to provide an introduction to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. That meeting will be held august 3rd at 6pm at the Emergency operations Center on Cypress Street.

This Saturday a blind wine tasting event will be held at Moore family Winery in Kelseyville. A ticket to the 2016 People’s Choice Wine Tasting is $40 ticket in advance or $45 at the door.

A man is facing numerous charges after allegedly doing drugs in a public bathroom. Fort Bragg Police Officer were called to a public restroom at Bainbridge park where they found Shawn Ford. They say he was smoking and had meth in his possession. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, loitering about a public toilet, and due to the proximity to Wiggly Giggly park he was also charged with willful endangerment to children. Public works cleaned and sanitized that restroom before reopening it to the public.

Another illegal marijuana bust at two sites yesterday. Several law enforcement agencies worked together to seize 200 marijuana plants, 700 pounds of “marijuana shake” and 50 pounds of marijuana buds at the first site and 171 marijuana plants, 3 pounds processed marijuana buds, and 4 ounces of marijuana “honey oil” at the second site. No suspects were found at either location, but an investigation is ongoing.
Work on a new city of Ukiah well was stopped last month, but now Public Works director Tim Eriksen says that facility may produce drinking water out of those. There was a higher than acceptable level of manganese, but Eriksen says the manganese doesn’t pose any health risks but can stain things. It’s also been pointed out that the high levels of manganese are a by product of the well development itself.

If you’re in the market for a new fuzzy friend, good news. Tomorrow the Ukiah Animal Shleter is offering free animal adoptions for cats and just $25 for dogs. Potential owners must prove they’re allowed to have animals. If you miss tomorrows Clear out the Shelter event most animal adoptions are $40 through the end of the month.

More than a dozen Lake county 5th graders received the Mendocino College Foundations Adopt a Fifth Grader Award. Each of those students were given a $25 check and a receipt saying they will get a $1,000 scholarship when they get a high school diploma and enroll at Mendocino College, or $500 for any other college. That program is supported by a variety of businesses and community members

Declining value of aluminum and other scrap metal and recyclables is making it hard for Recycling centers in the state to thrive. Earlier this year RePlanet closed 200 locations including one in Mendocino County. There are only ten certified locations in Mendocino county where you can get beverage container returns. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the state’s 2,100 certified beverage container redemption centers lost $20 million in 2015 due to a lack of proper payment by the government.

There were at least 5 illegal marijuana busts in Mendocino County yesterday, but at a site in Laytonville two people were arrested. Law enforcement seized more than 2,000 marijuana plants and have charged Timothy Trygg and Samuel Kim with marijuana cultivation and possession of medical marijuana for sale. Kim is also facing weapons charges.

The CHP is looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer after some parts fell of its brake assembly and hit the car behind hit, killing a 23-year-old Redwood Valley woman. It happened around Noon Wednesday on Highway 101 Northbound near Walker Road. The CHP says they think part of the big rig’s brake assembly came apart and flew toward the car, causing the woman to lose control and go down an embankment. She was dead at the scene. Police say since it was a double trailer, it’s possible the truck driver did not even know it happened until later in the day. They say there were several witnesses and they have some good leads, but as of this (Thursday) evening still had not found the truck.

No vote Wednesday on a plan that would help facilities like the golf course use recycled water when it is available to them. Vice Mayor Jim Brown says recycled water just makes sense for recreation areas that need a lot of water. Another council member voiced concern about using Water Capital funds for the project. The proposal was not voted on to give more time for discussion on the topic. It was continued to a future meeting.

Ukiah Police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into two homes and stealing a car. UPD arrested 46 year old Jarrett Williams after his cell phone was found at the scene of another daytime home burglary in Ukiah. The Mendocino County Sheriffs office also suspects Williams may be involved in several burglaries they’re investigating. A search of Williams car turned up more property identifies as stolen from the homes burglarized. Law enforcement is doing their best to get the recovered items back to their proper owners.

There will be two competing marijuana tax initiatives on the November ballot in Mendocino county. The Mendocino County board of Supervisors want’s a 2.5 percent business tax on gross sales from both cultivation and dispensaries. They would also charge marijuana distributors a $2,500 annual fee. Marijuana advocates are also proposing a 2.5 percent tax for medicinal pot. IT would also allow a 5 percent tax on non-medical marijuana.

The Foothill fire is now at 100 percent containment. Cal fire doused any hot spots yesterday. That fire burned 69 acres but didn’t damage any structures.

The Lakeport city council has voted to put a 1 cent sales tax on the November ballot. If it’s adopted Measure Z would raise around $1.5 million. Much of that money will go towards repairing bad roads and infrastructure. Additional money may also go to public safety, including the police force, which is not currently fully staffed due to budgetary restraints.

A Clearlake man was caught by a police K-9 after a high speed chase in his smart car. Clearlake Police say 26 year old Venancio Martinez was frequently weaving through oncoming traffic to avoid them. When he drove into a dead end street police tried to arrest him, when he didn’t comply they deployed the K-9 which bit him in the leg and apprehended him. Police aren’t sure why he was evading them in a reckless manner.

Moonlight Movie Madness at Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza will show Star Wars: The force awakens tomorrow night. The event will include a Star Wars themed costume contest with prizes. Blakcets nad low back sharis are allowed with the movie beginning at dusk.

A 91 year old woman is in trouble after filling in part of the crossword on a paignting at an art museum in Germany. A museum spokeswoman says the woman filled in the blank spaces with a ballpoint pen and the work by Arthur Koepke will have to be restored. 6::30

A woman driving near Willits yesterday was killed after debris hit her car yesterday morning. CHP says the 23 year old was in the left lane behind a semi when debris flew off the truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her dog, who was riding in the backseat of the car was taken to a nearby animal shelter.

The Carl’s Jr. In Ukiah is hosting a Pokemon Go event from 10am until noon this Saturday. The restaurant is setting out lots of lures, as well as discounts and discounts and free cookies to attract customers.

Firefighters say after burning 69 acres the Foothill fire is about 90 percent contained. That fire started Tuesday night near Foothill and Country Club Drives. Firefighters were able to save three homes. Crews will stay with the fire and continue working with it to make sure it’s contained.

A ruling set to be issues by the California Supreme Court today could add millions of dollars to the cost to build two giant water tunnels. The ruling will determine if the state of California must pay landowners for access to their land that they pipes are running through. State officials say they won’t significantly damage the land and the project is for the greater public good, so no payment is necessary. Property owners say the tests needed before the tunnels can be built are invasive and require fair compensation. The decision could have a far reaching impact on land rights and imminent domain in the state.

Another complaint in the case of a former jail inmate whose family says he died because he was physically abused by local law enforcement. Another hearing’s set in the case of Steven Neuroth. This complaint, the third, lists sheriff’s jail deputies, and Willits Police Department Officer Kevin Leef as contributing to Neuroth’s death. His brother James is also suing the county and the Sheriff, the city of Willits, a medical provider in Calif and several other deputies and medical professionals. The inmate’s brother says he had paranoid schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and depression. He was arrested in June of 2014 then died of a heart attack the next day. His brother says it was due to actions by jail staff that led to asphyxia, and contributed to his brother’s death.

Looks like there’s going to be a Dollar General store in Middletown after all. Almost three months after the Lake County Planning Commission said no to the permit, the Board of Supervisors said, that’s not happening, overturning that decision and giving the developer a win in their appeal. It was a tight vote though, 3-2, in support of the appeal by the developer, Cross Development. It comes after hours of community and board discussion. The proposed 9,100-square-foot store will be at 20900 State Highway 29.

A candidate for U-S Senate, trailing Kalama Harris is going after the president. Loretta Sanchez says Obama should not spend his time endorsing her Democratic rival, and instead should be focusing on beating Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race. Sanchez says it’s a historic Senate race between two Democrats. She’s a nearly 20-year congresswoman out of Orange County. She says the Senate seat doesn’t belong to the

political establishment – but the People of California. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both have endorsed the state attorney general Harris.

Increased blood use at hospitals, stricter federal restrictions about who can donate and typical summertime blood shortages means the North Coast could use a refill on blood supplies. Blood Centers of the Pacific, serving from San Francisco to the Oregon border, into part of and down to Merced says they need more blood. Sutter Santa Rosa says it’s just a bad time for blood banks. Hospitals have also been using more. This month alone, Blood Centers of the Pacific says they’re expecting to use 500 more pints of red blood cells this month opposed to the same time last year.

California’s being represented by a Republican delegation in Cleveland, but they’re staying about an hour away at a water park resort in Sandusky. Apparently the Republican National Committee put them up there. They’ll have to bus it in to Cleveland this week for each of the 4 days of the convention.

Flood relief money comes in many forms in West Virginia. Lap dances at a strip club are helping in Morgantown. The Blue Parrot Cabaret club is offering $20 lap dances for charity today thru Saturday. The club says it’ll donate part of what they make for flood relief efforts in southern West Virginia, hit particularly hard by flooding. At least 23 people were killed, 15 in Greenbrier County alone.

A popular area along the Calif. Coast had to be closed down because of a raw sewage spill. A buried pipe about 20 miles away from Long Beach and Seal Beach collapsed Monday, blocking the pipe which let loose 2.4 million gallons of sludge onto streets and into storm drains. About 750,000 gallons was somehow removed but the rest went into the Los Angeles River and officials say some more may have gotten into the Pacific Ocean. The flow was stopped yesterday.

A new homeowner goes to their new property and finds an unexpected guest. 75 year old Mary Karacas has been arrested for the murder of her 83-year-old boyfriend, Salvatore Orefice, whose body was left in the bedroom in the home in Simi Valley. Karacas was arrested Sunday, after the body was found. She confessed to detectives she shot Orefice after they had an argument. The man who had just purchased the home from the couple a month before found the body as he checked in on the progress of the couple moving out.

A couple of “Pokemon Go” players in Ohio behind in points after being arrested for criminal trespassing at the Toledo Zoo. Cops say the two hopped a fence by the tiger enclosure so they could score more cartoon monsters. Police say since the smartphone app was released a couple weeks ago, there’s been a rise in police calls for possible burglars or other strangers prowling the neighborhood.

Lakeport’s National Night Out Against Crime is August 2nd. The event from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the far north end of N. Main Street, just north of 16th Street. They’re closing the road from the intersection of 16th Street and North Main Street. It’s to increase and improve police and community partnerships in the city. There will be all sorts of activities including a kids game area, bike decorating and raffles.

The first ever job fair in Mendocino County a resounding success. The event last Friday to promote County jobs to fill several vacancies. The event at the County Administration building in Ukiah with as many as 300 job seekers showing up. They say almost every County department participated with staff available to talk with job seekers and give them information about the positions in their departments.

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday plans to make solar an option for all homeowners – by extending more zero-down loans. As part of the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will start insuring mortgages on homes with a PACE loan. PACE is a program that allows homeowners to finance solar and energy efficiency improvements without paying a dime upfront – and instead make payments through their property tax bill. California Governor Jerry Brown supports the program but says other government sponsored organizations such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should have been doing this all along.

Cut 65345 :17 "This makes everybody better off. The homeowner, the environment. And FHA and VA. Why doesn’t Freddie and Fannie do that? The Federal Housing Finance Agency, because of the mortgage meltdown, is so paranoid and so fearful, they won’t step up to the plate and do the right thing. "

Tag: The president’s Climate Action Plan originally set a target of installing 100 megawatts of solar by 2020 – but the White House has now upped the goal by a factor of ten – to one gigawatt.

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Second Cut: Brown says this complements his stated goal of getting fifty percent of California’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

Cut 66345 :16 "It is another important government effort to accelerate the movement toward renewable energy and efficient housing. So we’re not wasting water, gas and electricity and we’re using the sun as much as we can to get the job done."

Tag 1: As part of the plan – several housing agencies in California have committed to putting more solar on government owned apartment complexes. The initiative will also increase job training for more solar installers to meet the expected rise in demand.

A man in Lakeport’s been arrested after reports of threats to a woman he was living with. Police get a call last Friday to threats of a stabbing. When they arrive at the home, police say Lizardo Velasquez wouldn’t open the door for them and told officers to leave or he’d "Blow them up". The female victim inside opened the back door to the home, officers moved her out of the area and went into the home, Velasquez was tazered but still grabbed a knife and tried to approach, but was warned he’d be shot if he did. The knife fell to the floor as the Tazer was charged and hit the man, he went to the hospital to be checked out and was later taken to jail and booked for domestic violence, terrorist threats, exhibiting a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer, assault on a peace officer and for an outstanding warrant.

More than 17,500 pot plants have been found and taken by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in Lake County. The officers had conducted over flight missions in early April to try to find illegal marijuana cultivation sites in the county. Cops found two big marijuana growing operations on public land near Indian Valley Reservoir. They say the sites each had several thousand marijuana plants. So last week they went to the scene of their over flight with officers of many agencies, in two teams, at each site at the same time. They arrested Alvar Alvarez of Bakersfield who was taken down by a police dog as he tried running. There were 11,500 plants there and the other site had another 6,000. At that site, two people ran from the scene and were not located.

The Mendocino County Sheriff says a fiscal analysis of his Mental Health ordinance only featured worst case scenarios. Sheriff Tom Allman speaking on his Mental Health Facility Development Ordinance of 2016 which the Board of Supervisors was presented with by the Executive Office. The office along with the Health and Human Services Agency and outside consultants showed if the ordinance passes in November, the county could face almost $5 million a year to operate. The Daily Journal says Supervisors accepted the fiscal analysis as provided but is asking the county auditor to prepare a fiscal impact statement to go on the November ballot with the ordinance.

A man in Fort Bragg’s been arrested for an attempted burglary and violation of probation. Police say a man heard a noise at his back door and went to look and saw a man trying to force the door opened. He tried to push back and says the suspect ran off. So the homeowner called 911. Sheriff’s Deputies recognized the suspect description as Jade Bennett, who lives nearby so they went to his house saying they had probable cause to arrest Bennett for the attempted burglary. He was being held at the Mendocino County Jail without bail.

Healthy turnout for the Calif. Public Utilities Commission hearing in Ukiah. Last Friday the sheriff, representatives from CalFire, Police departments, Fire departments and other emergency responders were on hand, sharing stories. The hearing which started at 2:30 was supposed to end at 4:30, but with the large turnout it continued past 6 pm. They are still accepting written comments for those who didn’t get a chance to speak. The link of the video of the hearing is on the broadband alliance website, there’s also a document showing who the speakers were and the time they spoke along with a summary of comments.

The Point Arena City Council says they don’t agree with a recent Mendocino County grand jury report that says they give preferential treatment to bypass code enforcement. The report says a city council member was living in an unpermitted structure with no sewer hookups, and another councilor ran a biofuel business without a license, but they were not named in the report. They also accuse the council of enforcing codes against members of the public, but not employees of the city. There was some agreement though, the council agreeing with the recommendation to follow through with contracting with the county for code enforcement services.

A Santa Rosa man reported missing last week in the Mendocino area has been found dead. Benedet Pearson and his wife were staying at a vacation rental when he went out for a walk Friday night on some trails in the woods on the north side of Little Lake Road. He didn’t take his cell phone with him and when he didn’t show up a couple hours later, his wife called the sheriff’s dept. The dept. and their Volunteer Search and Rescue Team came out Saturday morning and found his body in the woods. Officials do not suspect foul play.

An appeal over building a Dollar General in Middletown is on the agenda for the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Cross Development is appealing the Lake County Planning Commission’s denial of the plan to build the 9,100-square-foot store on State Highway 29. Lake Co News reports the Commission unanimously voted down the plan in April, citing conflicts with the Middletown Area Plan; last week the Middletown Area Town Hall also voted against the store with some community members saying they were concerned about traffic and economic impacts. The Supervisors meet this morning at 9 a.m. at the Lake County Courthouse.

Rolling through a stop sign has led to an arrest for a Willits woman on probation. Tammy Henderson was pulled over Friday night when a deputy saw she did not come to a complete stop at a sign and she wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He pulled her over but when he asked for ID she said she didn’t have her purse with her and gave a fake name and birth date. But then the deputy found she did have her purse and ID’d her. He said she told him she gave a fake name because she was on probation and didn’t want to be arrested. And she was – for Possession of a Controlled Substance, False Impersonation and Violation of Probation. She was being held without bail.

Firefighters make quick work of a fire behind the Redbud Library in Clearlake. The fire reported just before 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Police on the scene too, keeping people away from the fire area. Radio reports shows those at the nearby Highlands Senior Center were told to shelter in place and Brookside senior living started evacuations due to safety protocol. The fire reported as one to one and a half acres in size. It was out quickly, about 90 minutes after. No cause has been reported.

Three runaways busted for using a big tractor to smash through the wall of a school building, where they went inside and swiped sodas and portable radios. It happened at a Central Unified School District building in Fresno County Sunday. Police say they saw three kids run from the area, but they were caught fast. All three said to be runaways from a nearby group home. The tractor from a construction site in the area, drove through the side of one of the buildings. The boys booked into Fresno County Juvenile Hall on various charges, including commercial burglary and felony vandalism.

Local gun store owners say they’re concerned they’ll lose business due to the newly signed gun legislation by Gov. Brown. The 6 related bills to shore up gun control don’t go into effect until Jan. 1st 2017. The bills require background checks to purchase ammunition, ban “high-capacity” ammunition magazines with 10 or more rounds by July 1st 2017, ban weapons with a “bullet button” which is quick release of an ammunition magazine by use of a tool, those who’ve previously, and knowingly, made false reports of a theft or lost firearm cannot have a gun for a decade and there will be limitations on lending firearms to family members who haven’t had a background check.

Mendocino County murderer Michael Charles Camou has not gotten parole for another three years. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Camou entered a stipulation for his parole hearing. He stipulated, per the California Code of Regulations that he didn’t think he was suitable for parole. The Board of Parole can set three, five, seven, 10 or a 15-year periods until the next hearing in such cases. Camou got 25-years-to-life in August 1992 for the shooting death of Steven “Chuckie” Rhorer at a pot garden northeast of Laytonville.

Four more mosquito samples and a dead bird have tested positive for West Nile in Lake County. The skeeters captured in Kelseyville, Upper Lake, and Anderson Marsh. And the dead bird, which was a great blue heron, was found 2 weeks ago in Upper Lake. This just two weeks after, a domestic turkey from north Lakeport was found to be positive for West Nile virus. There have been no human cases of the virus in Lake County — or the rest of California — so far this year.

Word that one Northern Calif. County’s medical marijuana is being treated with unapproved pesticides. Some labs are not even allowed to test the products even if weed has a label on it that says “pesticide free”. If the unapproved pesticides are ingested that could add on to health ailments some already have or create new ones. Chlorpyrifos, Disulfoton, and Imidacloprid have all been found on local marijuana crops. They’ve been found in Yolo county, but the Department of Agriculture says they’ve only been able to test for 12 different pesticides not typically used.

The jury’s hearing the murder case against Billy Ray Mount. The case started last week for Mount who’s accused of killing Steven Galvin, aka “TBone,” outside of a home in Clearlake. The first witness got on the stand last week, James Black, who lives near where the shooting happened. He saw a white truck drive away after hearing gunshots. The second witness was Brian McKinnie, another neighbor who also saw a white pickup truck and also saw 2 men arguing and heard gunshots. A juvenile also testified he was going door to door at the time looking for yard work and also saw a small white pickup and heard one gunshot.

The Ukiah City Council’s deciding if they should hire an independent auditor for an evaluation of the Ukiah Police Department. The UPD Chief Chris Dewey wants to hire a lawyer from Palo Alto who does audits for police in Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Davis. Dewey says it will show what they’re doing right or wrong. The lawyer would review all of the department’s internal investigations and complaints filed against it plus the reports of use of force, including every time handcuffs are used, even during an arrest. The lawyer charges $2,000 a day, and the chief says it should be 10 visits with the lawyer reporting back with findings to the City Manager.

Students in Calif. will now learn firsthand, starting in second grade, about families with two moms or two dads. After they hear about immigrants in Calif, they’ll start to learn about New Yorker Harvey Milk, a pioneering gay politician in San Francisco. The State Board of Education has unanimously said yes to the classroom instruction to be in line with the country’s first law that requires public schools include prominent gay Americans and LGBT rights milestones in history classes.

A wannabe nun told she couldn’t go into a convent until she paid off her student loan debt has started a Gofundme account to raise the cash. 28 year old Alida Taylor was accepted to the Sisters of Life in New York City in September but she had to first pay off $12,000 in student loans. Not a problem, she raised more than that last week, hitting more than $22,000. She says the overflow will be used for a vocation fund for Casa Guadalupe, a house of prayer and discernment for Catholic women. She’s been staying there until she goes to the covent.

A naked woman has been arrested after police say she held a lighter to a propane tank. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports the woman was resisting arrest and bit an officer in the hand. They say she didn’t hurt the officer because Sarah Jo Longacre has no teeth. The 45 year old’s mom told police she’d been drinking for days and started sucking propane in their garage. A deputy kicked the propane tank away from the woman and says it seemed empty. She told officers she was huffing fumes and that she had consumed 2 liters of alcohol.

A man from Idaho arrested in connection to a fake bomb threat to a Starbucks in Ukiah. Police say the man called the coffee shop in January and the business was evacuated, but when police checked the building there was no suspicious device. Officers connected Tayden Liebschwager of Nampa, Idaho to the threat after finding out he had dated an employee of the business. When the threat occurred, that employee was not there. Police say Liebschwager was found by the U-S Marshall’s Service Wednesday in Boise. He was booked into Ada County Jail on $30,000 bail for suspicion of making a false bomb threat and for contempt of court.

$125,000 in grant money from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation to United Way of the Wine Country. The grant for Lake and Mendocino counties – for their Schools of Hope program. The bank’s money will go to expand a reading program to help raise the amount of third-grade students reading at grade level. The program will expand to nine more schools in the 2 counties where just 23 percent of all third- graders read proficiently and more than 80 percent are from low income or poor households. The impact grants help early childhood and K-12 students expand their educational experience, promote well-being and inspire students to reach their full potential.

A fire east of the Mendocino K-8 school believed to be arson related. Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a white man described to be in the area, in his late teens to early twenties, shoulder length blondish hair who they say told witnesses about seeing an armed gunman, which deputies say was a diversionary tactic. They connected 18 year old Simon Raye to the fire and arrested him yesterday afternoon in Fort Bragg. He was being held in the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $25,00.00

Admission rates at University of California campuses changing. New data released this week shows admission rates for instate freshmen were way up at Santa Cruz, Davis and Riverside, plus they hit higher than 20 percent at UC Berkeley for the first time since 2009. 67.5 percent of California high school seniors trying for a UC were offered a slot at at least one campus, up from 60 percent last year. Freshman trying for the most competitive schools — Berkeley, at 21.3 percent, and Los Angeles, at 17.7 percent. Both sent offers to more than 1,000 more California high school seniors compared to a year ago.

A new University of California survey shows about a fifth of the students in the system have gone hungry this past year and 23 percent more were “food insecure”. The UC system is committing to spending more than $3 million to address the problem. 29 percent of the food insecure students polled said they had troubles studying due to hunger, 25 percent reported having to pick either paying for food or other expenses like books and housing, and another 15 percent had to choose between paying for food and medicine.

The Willits City Council’s come up with ideas for the budget to eliminate projected deficits. The meeting Wednesday went on for hours with the council going line by line thru expenditures and making adjustments with the city manager and finance director. The recommendations to be worked on by city staff and brought back to the council. The deficit blamed on a sales tax decrease of nearly $200,000, a loss of REMCO payments and the election costs, plus personnel changes and retirement increases of just under $140,000.

A preliminary budget’s been approved by the Little Lake Fire District for 2016-17. The budget at just under $1 million adds the possibility of a couple of new vehicles to the mix. There’s a $110,000 increase over last year’s budget which includes money from grants to pay for items. The final budget should be approved at the district’s Sept. 8th meeting.

A slow Brooktrails Township Community Service District agenda had the topic changing to the emergency exit system. Mendocino County District 3 Supervisor Tom Woodhouse was at the meeting Tuesday, asking about conditions of the emergency accesses. He told those there that was part of his campaign promise, to check in. The GM of the district says the accesses, besides the one leading to Highway 20, were all fine. Apparently whoever’s property that is spends a lot of time out of the state.

Attempted murder and robbery charges have been filed against the two men police connected to the Loomis truck hold up in Windsor. Suspected shooter Ivan Morales of Lakeport and Sergey Gutsu of Antelope were in court yesterday for the Tuesday afternoon heist outside Chase Bank. Morales is accused of shooting the guard with an assault rifle and Gutsu of firing a pistol at a cop in Calistoga. They both face life sentences if they’re found guilty. They’re due back in court July 29th.

A man in New York says he lost his current girlfriend while playing Pokemon Go, which landed him in his ex girlfriend’s apartment. Evan Scribner busted after the game’s mapping software allowed his girlfriend to see where he was catching Pokemon critters. That’s pretty tame compared to some other Pokemon Go stories, a couple former Marines playing the game in Fullerton somehow caught a criminal they say they saw touching children inappropriately at a nearby park. Another NY man crashed his car into a tree while playing the game and 3 people ended up in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. playing the game, which led to them banning it altogether.

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