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A man in Colorado had an odd way of defending himself in court.  Charles Abbott brought a stuffed owl into the courtroom in Aspen as counsel.  He’s accused of violating a protection order connected to his former roommate.  He was accused of assaulting the roommate at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.  At trial, he told the judge the owl named “Soloman” would be his legal counsel until a public defender was assigned.

The Boy Scouts of America says no to a squirt gun fight.  A Boy Scout blogger writes on their blog as a reminder to fellow scouts that a water gun ban remains in place.  So no firing squirt or water balloons larger than a ping pong ball will be allowed as summer approaches.

One of the wealthiest men in the world has lost a ton of money as shares in his solar panel company took a nose dive.  The chairman of Hanergy (HNGSF) lost $15 billion in about an hour after shares in his company spiraled down 47% in Hong Kong trading.  Trading of the company shares was stopped because of supposed inside information to be released.  That’s still not happened, but the shares are still not moving.

Pension issues have taken up a large part of the meeting of the Little Lake Fire Protection District Board of Directors.  The board had to decided whether it wanted to make a onetime payment of nearly 200-thousand dollars to cover pensions which is a state requirement.  The board backing the Ukiah Valley Authority Fire Chief who said all Mendocino County fire departments should demand more Proposition 172 tax funds. The chief sending a letter to the various fire districts in the county to form a committee so they can all support each other. Prop 172 passed in 1992 to help cover public safety costs with a half-cent sales tax.  Meanwhile, the Little Lake Dept will have their pensions covered after the board voted yay to cover the 192-thousand dollar expenditure.

Fort Bragg may soon have some new food options.  Changes are being considered to mobile food vending regulations.  The Community Development Committee is considering new easier rules for food trucks, something first brought up in January.   Right now the mobile vending policy doesn’t make it easy for food trucks.  There’s a ½ hour time limit per location so the committee is considering several changes, one would lengthen time limit to five hours.  Another idea to limit carts for only food and flower sales.  Another discussion is set for next week.

The Mendocino Coast District hospital is mulling having a doctor on staff at all times.  Since the start of the year, the hospitalist program has been operated with one doctor out of Healdsburg.  He schedules several doctors for daytime hours and for a tele-medicine robot with a audio/video link at night.  Now the hospital’s board  is considering a company out of Nevada that contracts with small, mostly rural hospitals to provide hospitalist services.  That would mean a doc on staff 24-7.  The hospital’s administration will take up the matter next week.

A group of students in Fort Bragg working to help improve community health by way of a statewide program.  With the help of the Fort Bragg High School’s nutrition teacher, the kids are involved in CX3, through the California Department of Public Health.  CX3 means “communities of excellence in nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention.”  They had a presentation in front of the City Council after being insured by a similar group in Shasta County.  So now Harvest market is involved, having healthier options at their check stands.

A little rockin and rollin in Napa.  A 4.1 earthquake hit the area last night, the biggest, the fire dept. reports since that huge quake last August when the 6 pointer hit. So far no reports of damage, but emergency dispatchers got several calls from concerned residents.  The earthquake centered about 6 miles east-northeast of Yountville with the epicenter more than 5 miles under the surface.  The U-S Geological Survey reports the earthquake being felt more than 60 miles away in Sacramento and as far away as San Jose, which is 125 miles to the south.

Mental health contractors in Mendocino County are interested in potentially using the old Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits as a mental health center.  Ortner Management Group and Redwood Quality Management Co. are interested with the hospital building becomes available.  This the subject of a meeting of the Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board meeting Wednesday in Covelo.  The County CEO says she and the Health and Human Services Agency Director have been talking with the groups about possible use of the hospital for inpatient mental health services.

A teenager from Boonville has been identified as the person killed in a car crash near Philo earlier this week.  The CHP reports 18 year old Ernesto Contreras left work Wednesday afternoon and for unknown reasons, came off Highway 128 and crashed into a tree.  They say he was pulled from the car from people who saw the crash and stopped.  When medical personnel got to the crash site, they pronounced him dead at the scene.  The crash was described as being near Gowan’s Oak Tree.  Investigators say it does not appear that alcohol was a factor.

It’s getting closer to reality for the city of Ukiah to have a way to send food waste to composting instead of landfills.  The City Council has directed staff to look into a couple of options presented by its garbage hauler for composting the material.  Ukiah Waste Solutions showed the council 3 options Wednesday including hanging on to kitchen scraps and soiled paper and putting it in their green waste bins.  The materials to be taken, not to the landfill, but instead to Cold Creek Compost in Potter Valley.  But proper permits are needed too.  Another option is to take the items to the Ukiah Valley Transfer Station first, then to compost.  Either way could mean more money to residents.  No word on when the city council may take a final vote on the idea.

A teenager in Clearlake has an idea to stop graffiti in town, a graffiti wall.  The Clearlake Planning Commission considered the teens idea at their meeting.  The city manager introduced the idea to the commission as a way to reduce vandalism and tagging.  The planning commission sits jointly as the Clearlake Parks and Recreation Committee.  Apparently all this after the 17 year old Oscar Frias contacted city councilman Bruno Sabatier.  The teen was not able to be at Tuesday’s meeting, but a video presentation was shown on his behalf.

The Lake County Winegrape Commission has some new directors on their board. Two new elected directors have been seated. The commission announced the two new directors as, Keith Brandt and Bruce Merrilees who will be part of the board with incumbent director David Weiss. There are eight directors in all seven of them are Lake County winegrape growers who were elected by other eligible growers. The other is a public member, appointed by the board chair. The commission was put together in 1991 to help promote wine grapes in the region.

A man who used to live in Ukiah’s been arrested for molestation. The Mendocino County DA’s office reports the trial was quickly approaching for Timothy Buckway, but earlier this week in court he admitted responsibility for two different counts of felony child molestation. One was aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old then separately the man admitted continuous sexual abuse of two children, both ten years of age or younger. Now it’s up to the probation department to come up with a sentence. Buckway to be formally sentenced June 19th. He faces 21 years to life.

The Elks Lodge of Calif. And Hawaii have gathered more than 3 and a quarter million dollars for children with disabilities. Ryan Cooley, the Exalted Ruler of Ukiah’s Elks Lodge contributed more than $13,000 raised by the members of the local Lodge. A year-long fund raising effort ended with the ceremony at the Elks Convention where various lodges from California and Hawaii presented their donations. The money for kids with disabilities along with other philanthropic and patriotic projects.

It’s National Prevention Week and Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency shows how employees work daily providing locals with options to stay healthy by preventing illness and injury. The goal of the week, which started last Sunday, is to focus on helping folks live healthier lives thru learning about nutrition, the benefits of physical activity, taking safe routes to school, rejecting tobacco, not abusing alcohol or drugs, and ATV and bike safety. For more information, visit the county’s website at www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/

A five man fishing crew in New Jersey caught a giant shark. The crew hooked the near half-ton mako shark Sunday. It weighed in at 820 pounds and was said to be the second longest shark ever caught off the coast of New Jersey.

It turns out being healthy, can also be harmful… A new report shows reusing plastic water bottles can harm your health, unless you wash your bottles thoroughly because harmful bacteria from tap water and saliva can reproduce inside the bottle. A newspaper in the U-K contacting several water experts who say leaving your water inside your bottle at room temperate for days could cause gastroenteritis which can lead to a loss of appetite, aching limbs, fever, headaches and vomiting.

A minister in Michigan who regularly rails against gay people has been caught using a gay dating app on his phone. Reverend Matthew Makela is married with five children. He’s quit as the associate pastor at his church after his conversations on the app were posted on the website Queerty. He was looking for all sorts of action including massage and cuddling fun. They also posted some of his anti-gay rants there too.

A big rig overturned on Highway 101 just south of Willits. Traffic was snarled during early morning hours and delayed mid morning traffic for about a half hour. The driver of the rig went to the hospital with minor injuries. The CHP reports Patrick Byers of Elk Grove as the driver and say he got distracted when he tried to get his coffee into its cup holder and suddenly drove onto the shoulder. He tried steering back onto the highway but the truck tipped, causing the tractor — loaded with dry foods — to flip.

A new report shows pain pills contributed to the high number of overdose deaths in California. The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency reports for the years 2010-2012 show the county was far above the state in the amount of drug abuse indicators. There were 45 per 100,000 non-fatal opiate overdose hospitalizations compared to 20 per 100,000 for the state; And emergency room visits for overdoses were at 110 per 100,000 as compared to 60 visits per 100,000 for the state, that’s nearly twice as many. The National Safety Council and the National Institute of Drug Abuse show the total number of deaths from up from about 4,000 in 1994 to around 24,000 in 2013. There’s also been a peak in the amount of heroin use too.

The Clearlake City Council has unanimously approved money to pay for a project for Burns Valley School and the Civic Center Pedestrian Sidewalk Project. Money is being reallocated as matching funds to go with the $800,000 to $1 million Active Transportation Grant from the California Department of Transportation. The grant has not yet been approved,but the city manager says they’ve applied and feel good about their changes. Reallocated funds are from Series A bonds from the former Clearlake Redevelopment Agency. The project is part of the Lakeshore Corridor Plan to help fix safety concerns along Lakeshore Drive.

Police in Ukiah are on the lookout for someone they say stabbed another person last week on South State Street. Police say they’ve been searching for whoever’s responsible for the stabbing last Tuesday in the 900 block of South State Street around 8 p.m. The victim had multiple stab wounds to his torso. He says he was attacked by several men who were in a light-blue SUV. The victim had serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call 463-6262.

A man in Covelo’s been arrested for an attack on another man with a hammer. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports a Round Valley Tribal Police Officer was at the scene responding before deputies arrived and interrupted the attack, apparently preventing the victim from more serious injuries. The suspect ran when the tribal officer arrived but was caught after a tip to police. Adam Kendall has been arrested with the help of a police dog, for attempted murder. Cops say the two men knew one another and the fight may have been over money owed by the victim. The victim had a broken wrist, fractured left eye socket and several lacerations. Kendall’s been booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $250,000.00 bail.

Some folks say they spotted a UFO during a PGA tournament in Florida. At the Players Championship portion of the PGA tour in Ponte Vedra Beach May 9th. Someone watching by television says they saw a weird object in the sky. The Mutual UFO Network reports the viewer saw blimps in the picture too and said it was definitely unidentifiable. The network says a still image of the video shows an object and a bird flying at the same time as a golf ball. The network says there was movement in the object, which could have been a bird or something with a birdlike appearance.

A would be burglar in Sarasota, Florida has been arrested after falling asleep on the job. Cops say Timothy Bontrager was busted by the homeowner who woke him up upon finding him asleep on her couch. They say he went into the home thru an unlocked sliding glass door, then when the owner of the house awakened she saw the guy, so she roused him awake and asked what he was doing. The man was arrested a couple hours later in the woods, with some of the victim’s personal items.

A buzzing noise has been quieted in a home in Queens, NY. An expert had been called to the home to find source of the loud, buzzing and stumbled into as many as 40,000 bees. The retired NYPD Detective Anthony Planakis, known as Tony Bees found the unwanted visitors. He reported there was honey dripped off a massive honeycomb there too.

A woman in Santa Rosa’s been arrested in connection to a standoff with police. Police say Francesca Cordova had a shotgun and a semiautomatic handgun when she reportedly took her mother and sister hostage Sunday morning which in turn meant police cordoned off her entire neighborhood until she surrendered. The Press Democrat reports it ended about an hour after one of the family members inside the house called 911. Police say Cordova was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on $30,000 bail and has an expected court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

A man in Hopland has been killed after a crash on his motorcycle into a pickup truck. Police say Patrick O’Donoghue of San Francisco was headed east on a rural highway and lost control of the motorcycle, then slid into the oncoming traffic lane and crashed into a 2012 Ford F-250. The driver of the pickup truck slammed on his brakes but couldn’t stop in time. The CHP says alcohol did not seem to be a factor.

A home in Clearlake has been damaged by lightning during a weekend storm. The home hit by the strike Sunday night causing damage to the roof, above the master bedroom. The Lake County Fire Protection District responded and says there was a 10 X 15 hole and about 15 thousand dollars damage. The house did not ignite on fire but there was serious damage to the inside of the home too and they lost power.

City leaders in Lakeport are considering an updated contract for Lakeport Disposal for universal waste disposal services. The city council is also considering a final restructuring plan for the city’s CALPERS obligations. The city council will have to decide if they want to hire a law firm to walk them thru the restructuring of the CALPERS agreement. The meeting tonight at 6-30.

A man in Clearlake’s been arrested for seriously injuring a puppy. Police arrested Michael Truscott last Friday for felony animal cruelty for abusing the pup, Roxie. Police say they got a call to the Clearlake Veterinary Clinic where the pup was taken after being thrown to the ground. She had a severely broken jaw with bones protruding from her face. Truscott was booked into the Lake County Jail on $15,000 bail and released. Clearlake police have forwarded the case to the D-A for further consideration. The man’s a convicted felon with a long list of arrests in Lake, Marin and Napa counties for drug and weapons charges.

Controversy in Middletown surrounding a proposal for a new Dollar General store. Community members at the meeting discussing the possible impacts to the town if the dollar store is approved. Several people spoke at the meeting asking questions and commenting on such things as the kinds of products that would be sold, the company’s potential community involvement and more. The same company is looking to set up shop in Kelseyville as well and already has stores in Clearlake Oaks and Nice.

One million dollars has been approved by a state Assembly committee to help protect and improve Clear Lake. Assemblyman Bill Dodd of Napa addressed the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation for the money which has been included in the Assembly Budget for 2015-16. The money part of Dodd’s petition to the Budget Subcommittee for money for water quality improvement, wetland restoration and protection against invasive species.

A big turnout of businesses and guests at the American Red Cross of the California Northwest’s 12th annual Real Heroes Breakfast. The breakfast last month at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park where contributions were at more than $172,000 to benefit the American Red Cross. It was an invitation-only event for local heroes as well as a chance for the agency to raise money for programs and emergency services the Red Cross provides in the Northern California area.

A man from Georgia says he got angry after a fight with his wife so he drove his truck thru their house. John Paul Jones, Jr. says he decided to drive into the house from the backyard to the front yard by way of his living room. He says he was also upset because he couldn’t sell his home. When cops arrived they found the truck parked with furniture caught in its bumper.

A pig in Flint, Michigan is getting into the mud… Giggles is running for mayor against two convicted felons, including one who served nearly 20 years for murder. Giggles owner and campaign manager Michael Ewing says his candidate has an impressive resume, enjoys grass and unlike some of her opponents has a clean criminal record.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results on man found dead in Laytonville on Thursday. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says emergency personnel from Laytonville Fire and Cal Fire were called out along with deputies Thursday night to the intersection of Iron Peak Road and Spy Rock Road where they reportedly two people in a car; in the back seat and pronounced dead at the scene was Gerald Vitelli of Fullerton California. Deputies at the scene described the other person as somewhat evasive as to the circumstances of Vitelli’s death but further investigation release their involvement in a marijuana growing operation. Deputies say when the witness took them to operation and showed them where Vitelli had been living deputies noticed it was not well-ventilated. There were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene and the witness was released. So far no charges are pending. Vitelli’s cause of death is currently under investigation.

There’s some cleanup underway this morning following a weekend of heavy rain, hail and lightning strikes. Officials tells www.LakeCoNews.com that a series of lightning strikes resulted in a transformer fire and power outage and Lake County, there was some extremely heavy hail reported on Mt. Konocti and heavy flows of mud reported coming down Riviera West Drive toward Clear Lake. The California Highway Patrol also reports flooding, and rock and mud slides and fallen trees on Soda Bay Road.

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Friday in Hopland has been identified as a San Francisco man. The California Highway Patrol says the rider was killed after he lost control of the bike and collided with a pickup truck around 7:30pm Friday on Highway 175 just west of the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino. Emergency responders, including members of the Hopland Fire Department, tried to revive the man but he was declared dead at the scene. The names of the victim and the pickup truck driver have not been released. While the crash remains under investigation the CHP says they do not think alcohol was a factor.

The Clearlake City Council has unanimously agreed to repeal a ban on marijuana cultivation. The Record Bee reports that the decision came after a referendum petition was submitted in a challenge to the ordinance following its approval by the council in February. The petition had 1,217 signatures of which 635 were valid, essentially “squeaking by” with only five more signatures than were required to have it considered. The paper reports that while it had been expected that the council would place the cultivation ban on a ballot for the public to decide, several members said Friday that considering the costs of a special election and the likely appeals process, the repeal made more financial sense. The repeal means Clearlake’s former marijuana ordinance goes back into effect, although the city council has asked city staff to look at some changes.

The Mendocino Council of Governments is working on Phase 2 of its Mendocino County Zero Emission Vehicle Regional Readiness Plan. Their goal is to install 18 electric charging stations throughout the county. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that beginning next week MCOG will be holding a series of public forums to get your input on where they should be installed. The forums are: Tuesday, May 26 in Point Arena at Point Arena City Hall, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.,; Wednesday, May 27 in Ukiah at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 2 in Fort Bragg at the City of Fort Bragg Town Hall, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 3 in Willits at the Willits City Council Chambers, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday to 60’s icon Wavy Gravy who turns 79 this week. About 2700 people came out yesterday to Sonoma Mountain Village to wish Wavy Gravy a happy birthday as part of a Zeva Foundation fundraiser. Between music from “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” and the “Honeydrops”, Wavy Gravy did his thing, chatting about the world, and helping to promote a silent art auction to benefit earthquake victims in Nepal.

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Friday in Hopland has been identified as a San Francisco man. The California Highway Patrol says the rider was killed after he lost control of the bike and collided with a pickup truck around 7:30pm Friday on Highway 175 just west of the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino. Emergency responders, including members of the Hopland Fire Department, tried to revive the man but he was declared dead at the scene. The names of the victim and the pickup truck driver have not been released. While the crash remains under investigation the CHP says they do not think alcohol was a factor.

The Clearlake City Council has unanimously agreed to repeal a ban on marijuana cultivation. The Record Bee reports that the decision came after a referendum petition was submitted in a challenge to the ordinance following its approval by the council in February. The petition had 1,217 signatures of which 635 were valid, essentially “squeaking by” with only five more signatures than were required to have it considered. The paper reports that while it had been expected that the council would place the cultivation ban on a ballot for the public to decide, several members said Friday that considering the costs of a special election and the likely appeals process, the repeal made more financial sense. The repeal means Clearlake’s former marijuana ordinance goes back into effect, although the city council has asked city staff to look at some changes.

The Mendocino Council of Governments is working on Phase 2 of its Mendocino County Zero Emission Vehicle Regional Readiness Plan. Their goal is to install 18 electric charging stations throughout the county. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that beginning next week MCOG will be holding a series of public forums to get your input on where they should be installed. The forums are: Tuesday, May 26 in Point Arena at Point Arena City Hall, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.,; Wednesday, May 27 in Ukiah at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 2 in Fort Bragg at the City of Fort Bragg Town Hall, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 3 in Willits at the Willits City Council Chambers, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

And happy birthday to 60’s icon Wavy Gravy who turns 79 this week. About 2700 people came out yesterday to Sonoma Mountain Village to wish Wavy Gravy a happy birthday as part of a Zeva Foundation fundraiser. Between music from “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” and the “Honeydrops”, Wavy Gravy did his thing, chatting about the world, and helping to promote a silent art auction to benefit earthquake victims in Nepal.

A full agenda for the Willits City Council. They have to decide how to help the Senior Center which is looking for help to pay for a new roof. It’s estimated at a price of about $100k. A local veterans group wants City Council recognition of for multiple events for the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War and 40th anniversary of the end. They also want to honor veterans killed in that war.

Residents in Fort Bragg apparently following rules for water rationing. The Advocate reports even though the water supply is limited, residents are making it last as long as possible. The Public Works Director reported to the city council on the water situation this week. The city has 3 water sources, with the city taking about 80 to 110 million gallons of water a month, 60 percent or so is residential use. North Coast Brewing is reported as the largest individual water user at almost five percent and Mendocino Coast District Hospital is the second with two percent. The director says cutting back has not been a problem for users.

The Mayor of Fort Bragg could be recalled if some residents have their way. Mayor Dave Turner has been served with notice there’s a petition circulating to have him recalled from office. This after the city council’s decision to allow Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center to take over the Old Coast Hotel building. The Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg is suing the city over the same. The old hotel to be used as a homeless and mental health services facility. Some stood up at the council meeting saying they did not support a recall of the mayor.

A man from Comptche has been arrested for allegedly possessing 1,200 marijuana plants and nearly a ½ million dollars in cash. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports serving a search warrant on the 71 year old, Fredrick Soderlind who they say is suspected of operating an indoor and outdoor marijuana grow. He was caught as he drove from his home and arrested. He’s charged with several crimes including possession of drug proceeds over $100,000, possession of marijuana for sale and having an outstanding arrest warrant related to a previous marijuana cultivation case.

The Lake County Mobile Home Owners Association is considering a rent stabilization act. Apparently the local organization saw that a rent stabilization act was enacted in San Rafael County and wants to enact their own version. On Weds. the association had a lively town hall complete with singing, food, discussion and even a raffle. A couple of county supervisors were there too and spoke to the group. The event proceeds will reportedly go towards hiring a lawyer to start the rent stabilization act in motion.

The Clearlake City Council gives the thumbs up to repeal an ordinance banning marijuana growing as a referendum as its challenged and makes it to the ballot. Lake Co News reports the council voted unanimously on the matter and also directed staff to add strong language to the city’s current marijuana regulations already on the books to address outdoor grows. In February all indoor and outdoor grows were banned then a referendum gathering steam, and enough signatures challenges that ordinance. So the city council has to either pay for a special election or withdraw the ordinance altogether. They instead are adding language into the city’s existing marijuana cultivation ordinance from January 2014.

A town hall meeting’s been set by the Kelseyville Business Association regarding the application for a new Dollar General in the town. The meeting Monday night to discuss how the dollar store might impact the quote, "overall vision, infrastructure, character, and safety of the town.” There are already two other Dollar Generals in the county, in Nice and Clearlake Oaks. Besides Kelseyville, the company’s also going for one in Middletown.

The owner of a daycare in Ukiah is taking her business to the small screen. The Daily Journal reports Barbara Marshall’s program "The Barb Marshall Show” is being picked up nationally. She tells the Journal someone gave her his business card in 2010 when she preached for Mother’s Day at the First Baptist Church. She took him up on the offer to start a TV show on public access. Her interview show seen through the lens of a Christian perspective. Now the International Harvest Network, a Christian broadcasting company, will show her program on DirecTV and Dish.

A positive general fund end to the year for Mendocino County. The Executive Office is predicting a carryover of $3.3 million for the next fiscal year. This according to the county’s third-quarter budget report, released last week. The Daily Journal reports the county had an increase in revenues, which was expected. The report show several county departments had savings in salaries; with the Mental Health dept. reporting a slightly lower projected deficit in its non-general fund. About $2 million of the projected $3.3 million total from non-departmental revenues, and less delinquent property taxes.


A woman in Maryland has been arrested for allegedly contaminating milk her roommate drank. Cops in Mechanicsville say Sarah Schrock took pieces of her skin… from her feet… and put it in a container of milk. Her roommate and another person drank it. One of them choked on the milk, coughing up the skin. The roommate told police she found skin shavings in Schrock’s room.

A snake in Australia had to have surgery after it ate some tongs. The pet python, named Winston, is recovering at home after swallowing the tongs that were holding his dinner… a rat. A local vet performed surgery on Winston. He says you could see the shape of the tongs in the x-ray of the snake. He says he was dumbfounded.

A man in Utah has been arrested for allegedly robbing a credit union so he could pay the bail money for his girlfriend to get out of jail. Robert Rivas reportedly arrested after the Utah Community Credit Union in Pleasant Grove was ripped off last week. His girlfriend in jail on drug charges. Rivas and an accomplice have been arrested, Rivas seen on surveillance in a wig, mustache and hat.

Three people in Gualala have been hurt in a car crash, two of them critically. Police say it happened at the intersection of Pacific Woods Road and Tiger Tail Trail. They say a car with three inside went over an embankment and two of them had to be flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. A third person went to a hospital by ambulance.

Keep the Code is suing to get the city of Willits to stop REACH from putting an air ambulance base at the Willits Municipal Airport. The company says the city didn’t follow California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines when approving the project so they’re going to court on the matter. The court will decide if it will make the city fix alleged inadequacies listed by Keep the Code and to pay the company back their legal fees before an air ambulance base can be located at the airport. The nonprofit, Keep the Code (KTC) is also asking the court for a temporary restraining order to stop project until the court case is concluded. Keep the Code says the city has abused its discretion and failed to act in a manner required by law with an inadequate mitigated negative declaration.

Ground’s being broken for the new Medical Office Building (MOB) near the Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits. The builders, designers and leaders of the new Hospital and the Frank R. Howard Foundation were at the ground breaking. The L-shaped medical office building will have a retail pharmacy, physical therapy offices, a Rural Health Clinic and it will house the Howard Foundation office. It’s expected to be available to rent spots too by this fall.

A man in Ukiah ended up in the hospital with multiple stab wounds saying he was attacked as he walked along South State Street. Police say the guy was attacked by the Express Mart near Luce Avenue after several people jumped out of a blue SUV and started stabbing him. The man flown to a hospital and is expected to live. Cops say they don’t know if it was gang related.

A woman in Covelo’s been stabbed. The Sheriff’s office reports it happened last Friday on Refuse Road. Police say they got a call that the victim, Eugenia Phillips was taken to the fire dept. by someone in a car. Other reports say she was taken to the Covelo Airport for air ambulance transport. She was eventually taken to an out of the area trauma center. Police say the woman got into an argument with her sister and it became physical and extremely violent. Two men at the scene say the saw the whole thing and restrained the sister but she got away. She’s been found and arrested and was being held on attempted murder charges on $125,000.00 bail.

A Sea Lion scares a man sleeping on his boat in San Diego. The sea lion pup apparently decided to sleep there too, waking the owner with its snoring. Michael Duffy says he was on his Yacht and was awakened early in the morning by sneezing and snoring. He says he thought it was a friend after a night out together but didn’t find anyone. He says then hours after, he heard it again and found the 35-pound sea lion pup on another bed. He says it was curled up like a dog. He says he coaxed it back to the water, and that it was extremely well behaved… except for the loud snoring and sneezing.

Police in northwestern Massachusetts reminding residents getting drunk then chasing bears with a hatchet… not too bright. Cops in North Adams say someone chased a bear with a dull hatchet thru the woods. They say that’s just a bad idea and something that cannot end well. The hatchet man arrested and taken into protective custody due to HIS intoxication level. Black bears coming into neighborhoods more recently.

A police officer in North Carolina is suing Starbucks for $750,000 for the hot coffee he spilled in his lap, burning himself. The free cup, given to officer Matthew Kohr, a lieutenant in the Raleigh Police Department who told the jury in his case he didn’t realize the coffee would be "that hot". He reported third degree burns which he says aggravated his Crohn’s disease, caused him anxiety and sleeplessness and led to a loss of intimacy with his wife. The jury found for Starbucks, not the cop.

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The regular meeting of the Lake County Board of Supervisors has been canceled. After a three month trial period, the board decided unanimously to a reduced number of meetings each month. They first considered it in January, deciding to cancel meetings the second Tuesday of February, March and April for time management purposes for staff. Then decided to read the ordinance again at their meeting next week on whether to forego Tuesday meetings permanently. Some opposed say it’ll slow things down, but supervisors say there are things happening in the background the public doesn’t see.

Three men from Fresno are standing trial for the 2013 marijuana-related murder of a man from Redding. The trial to take place in Tehama County though for Chase Doulphus, Alan Doulphus Jr. and Roger Bounnhaseng. They’re charged for allegedly trying to rob a medical marijuana growing operation west of Red Bluff. A man involved in the business, Keo Vannarath was killed during the robbery attempt. The three men allegedly had a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol. The three crashed but were caught soon after in Shasta County.

California landscapers working on removing lawns due to the drought. The Sacramento Bee reports a spike in lawn removals. One landscaper in Woodland says he’s had a 30 percent increase in requests to remove grass and says he gets about three to four calls a week requesting them. The lawns being removed to save water and because it’s costing more to get water. Some folks are going with low water plants like succulents and are modifying their drip irrigation systems. In Yolo, landscapers report the same, an increase in lawn removals to be replaced with rock, bark or synthetic grass.

Court proceedings for a mom in Woodland charged with murder had been delayed. Another pre-hearing conference has been set for Samantha Green who had been charged in the death of her three-week-old baby. She’s also charged with abusing or endangering the health of a child, with an enhancement for infliction of great bodily injury upon a child under 5 years old. She’s pleaded not guilty. Police say she was reported missing with the newborn in Feb. and reappeared “crying and hysterical”. She was arrested 3 days later, after her baby’s body was found.

State water regulators working on first ever cuts for urban water use because of the drought. They’re focusing on farming. The State Water Resources Control Board says they’ll issue so called curtailment orders for the state’s most senior water rights holders soon. That means the flow of water from rivers in major agricultural districts in California will be shut down. Those are in farming areas usually off limits to regulation unless things are dire.

Cops in New York say they found a trio of would be crooks by tracking a trail of macaroni salad. Police in Mt. Morris say they nabbed three burglary suspects Sunday following their macaroni salad trail, left behind as they made their getaway. Police say the three broke into a fast food joint, stole a cash register and their surveillance system and a large bowl of macaroni salad. Deputies caught up to them because of their tail of salad. The 3 eating as they ran. The alleged crooks charged with burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny.

A student at the University of Central Florida says he punched a shark after it bit him in the leg. Josh Green says he was swimming in the ocean last Thursday and felt something latch on to his leg so he punched it, not realizing it was a shark. He had to get 18 stitches in his foot, ankle and calf. An area lifeguard says the shark was probably a black tip shark.

Pitbulls have some backing… a new political action committee to get rid of pit bull bans in Ohio. The PAC to protect against so called breed-specific legislation A philanthropist and self described dog lover is the founder of the PAC, Ohioans Against Breed Discrimination. Some municipalities in Ohio have stopped the bans but there are still some out there. The national animal advocacy group Best Friends Animal Society says it costs millions to enforce the legislation in the state. The PAC founders say they hope they can raise enough to fight the bans and get it on a ballot.

City leaders in Clearlake to decide what to do in response to a referendum challenge to an ordinance to ban all marijuana growing in the city. A closed session of the city council’s planned for Thursday night to talk over litigation and picking a new city manager. The city council passed an ordinance in February banning the growing of marijuana, it’s been appealed so the council has to decide how to proceed. They have to repeal the ordinance, place it before voters the next regular municipal election next year or there has to be a special election which could cost as much as $30,000.

North Coast Opportunities is getting federal money for those who cannot afford food. The U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the recipients of the government grants, totaling $31.5 million. The grants come thru the 2014 Farm Bill helping those already getting SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The money for fruits and vegetables. In California about 240,000 food-insecure shoppers and 2,200 small farms are being supported through the grants that went from the federal government to the Ecology Center in California.

A new report shows Caltrans has to bring in about $80 billion over the next decade to cover current and future needs of state highways and that’s not enough. The 2015 Ten-Year State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) Plan shows there’s a $60 billion dollar shortage to improve roads, address major rehabilitation work on state highways and to support Caltrans’ sustainability goal of projects that can bring long-lasting and smart mobility improvements. The plan says roads could deteriorate and it may cost more in the future if it’s not looked at now.

The UDJ Ukiah Boys & Girls Club Spring Fund Drive is almost at its goal. The newspaper reports they’ve reached almost $44,000 toward they’re goal of $55,000 to match $55,000 offered in matching grants from Retech of Ukiah and the Ukiah Police Department. Last weeks’ big bid donations were between $300 to $3,000. If you’d like to donate, check out the Daily Journal website.

A brave little tot jumped from a car with only cuts and scrapes after a carjacking. Police say the 4 year old got out of his car seat and jumped from the moving car. He was waiting for his mom in a running car when a man got in a drove away. Stockton police say the boy jumped out at the end of the block. They say they don’t think the carjacker intended on kidnapping the boy. He’s not been identified or arrested. This comes after a similar incident less than a month ago, when someone stole a running car with an 8-year-old boy sleeping inside.

A man from Willits has been charged in the rape of a drunk woman. Police say 19 year old Brendan Britton was arrested last month in Babcock Park after the alleged attack on a juvenile at a house April 3rd. Police say the victim knows Britton. He is set to go to preliminary hearing June 8th. His bail was set at $100,000… He made it and was released. Police say it’s the second, but unrelated alleged rape of an intoxicated woman in Willits within a one week period. The first was March 30th. The suspect in that case is waiting for his trial to start.

Caltrans is using the second lowest bidder to work on the main mitigation contract for the Willits bypass project. Apparently the first lowest bidder never answered follow up questions about their bid. So the work was offered to the next contractor in line. The start date has now been extended though due to the non-response creating a delay. The bids were opened in March for the first contract which is supposed to cost somewhere near $12 million. A company in San Diego was quoting somewhere around 9 million but lost the contract.

A couple from Florida has to register as sex offenders after being found guilty of having sex on a crowded beach. The two also face up to 15 years behind bars for their activity on the beach. The jury in Manatee County only deliberated for about 15 minutes before convicting 20-year-old Elissa Alvarez and 40-year-old Jose "Benny" Caballero for lewd and lascivious exhibition. A grandma filmed video of the couple at Cortez Beach in Bradenton. They were witnessed by many, including a 4 year old.

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer in Florida who gained notoriety for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen in 2012, has been shot himself. Police say Zimmerman had injuries to his face after being shot at by an unidentified man in Lake Mary. Zimmerman was treated and released from a hospital in Sanford. Video of Zimmerman shows what looks to be a bullet hole in the passenger side window of his SUV. Police say the shooter may have been someone Zimmerman knows Zimmerman was accused of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

Dr. Oz is stepping back from previous claims he’s made about weight loss pills. The Doc on "Fox and Friends" Monday admitting a mistake he made in the language he used when referring to the supplements. Doctors at Columbia University asked for Oz to be removed from faculty, calling him a "quack." He says he quote toggles back and forth… between hard core medicine and other ideas that could be helpful to the masses. He says his popular daytime TV show is not a medical press show. And says it’s his job to elevate the conversation in America.

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