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Disciplinary action and possible prosecution are on the table for a 13-year-old girl the Lake County Sheriff’s Office says wrote a threat on a school wall Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office says the “vague threat” was discovered written on the wall between Middletown High School and Middletown Middle School. The Sheriff’s Office says with help from students and parents, they found the kid responsible. Based on their investigation, the Sheriff’s Office does not believe there was any further threat but they did have deputies at the schools today. Details of their investigation will be forwarded to the Lake County Probation Department for review and possible prosecution and the school district will look at disciplinary action.

The Lake County District Attorney’s Perjury Intervention Unit has resolved a case in which a mother lied about the safety of her 3-year-old child. In 2015 a Lake County man filed for custody of the child alleging his ex, Shannon Mick, was a victim of domestic violence from her current boyfriend and was exposing the child to a dangerous environment. Mick denied the claims both under oath and in a signed court document. Later trial evidence showed she had gone to a neighbor for help after her boyfriend attacked her and the neighbor, an off duty police officer, testified to that. And a deputy who’d responded that night testified there were other instances of domestic violence at the home. Last week Mick pled no contest to the perjury. She faces up to four years in prison when sentenced next month.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for help in catching the serial bank robber known as the “Khaki Bandit” who has hit several banks Mendocino, Sonoma, and Napa counties over past 4 years. The Press Democrat he is suspected of robbing 14 banks including the Westamerica Bank in Gualala in June. He is white, in his 20s or 30s, and usually wears khaki pants, long-sleeved, zip-front shirts and jackets as well as a hat and black glasses. He typically shows a black pistol as he demands cash from tellers and is considered armed and dangerous.

Survivors of the October fires have just a few days left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The deadline for both Lake and Mendocino Counties is Monday December 11. You may be eligible for federal grants that do not have to be repaid to help cover disaster-related expenses like rent, essential home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance. You can apply in person at a Disaster Recovery Center but note that the Lake County DRC at the Clearlake Senior Center will close for good on Saturday December 9 at 5pm and the Mendocino County DRC at 1375 State Street will close for good on Monday December 11 at 6pm. Applicants can apply also for disaster assistance by going online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using the FEMA app on a smart phone or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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Survivors of the October fires have just a few days left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The deadline for both Lake and Mendocino Counties is Monday December 11. You may be eligible for federal grants that do not have to be repaid to help cover disaster-related expenses like rent, essential home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance. You can apply in person at a Disaster Recovery Center but note that the Lake County DRC at the Clearlake Senior Center will close for good on Saturday December 9 at 5pm and the Mendocino County DRC at 1375 State Street will close for good on Monday December 11 at 6pm. Applicants can apply also for disaster assistance by going online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using the FEMA app on a smart phone or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threat made at two area schools Thursday. Lake County News reports the “vague threat” was discovered written on a school wall between the Middletown High and Middletown Middle schools. They did not give additional details about the threat. The Sheriff’s Office is working with school officials to investigate the threat and they do have extra deputies on the school campuses today.

An explosive device has been found on the roof at Ukiah’s Dirty Dog Day Care on South State Street. Ukiah Police were called after an employee doing roof repairs Thursday found the device which police say was about the size of a Coke bottle. The worker had brought the device down and into the building when he called Ukiah police who then called in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad. They cordoned off the block and destroyed it. Police Chief Chris Dewey says they are still investigating how it got there.

Survivors of the October fires have just a few days left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The deadline for both is Dec. 11 for losses in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and several other counties. You may be eligible for federal grants which do not have to be repaid to help cover disaster-related expenses, like rent, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. You cam apply by going online at DisasterAssistance.gov or coming in to a Disaster Recovery Center. But the Lake County DRC at the Clearlake Senior Center will close for good on Saturday at 5pm.

The Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care general membership and monthly public meeting will be held Monday, December 18th from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Social Services Building. The Continuum of Care is a collaboration of citizens and about 30 agencies working to promote a community-wide commitment to ending homelessness in Mendocino County. This group has been instrumental in bringing in federal HUD funding to assist the low income and homeless population and is also active in focusing on solutions to all aspects of homelessness, from emergency sheltering, to homelessness prevention. The public is welcome to attend the monthly meetings.

An explosive device has been found on the roof at Ukiah’s Dirty Dog Day Care on South State Street. Ukiah Police were called after an employee found the device which police say was about the size of a Coke bottle. The worker had brought the device down and into the building when he called Ukiah police who then called in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad. They cordoned off the block and destroyed it. Police Chief Chris Dewey says they are now investigating how it got there.

There will be no North Coast abalone fishery next year. The California Fish and Game Commission has voted unanimously to skip a 2018 season sighting evidence of mass starvation and mortality among red abalone. Officials say despite the seasons being shortened and bag limits reduced over the past several years the densities of the shellfish have continued to decline, falling well below the level that would trigger a closure under the Abalone Recovery Management Plan approved by the commission in 2005. All the commissioners acknowledged the impact on the economy as well as the longtime tradition but said the risks are too great of entirely depleting them. The fishery is closed until April 2019.

Insurance claims from the October fires have hit more than $9.4 billion, according to the state Insurance Commissioner. Dave Jones announcing the latest statewide totals for both residential and commercial claims, which are now counted among the most deadly and costly in the state’s history. Lake County News reports for Lake County there have been 258 claims with 96 resulting in total loss with the total of direct incurred losses at more than $51.9 million and so far $16.1 million paid out. Mendocino County has had 545 claims with 190 resulting in total loss, direct incurred losses of nearly $154 million with more than $55 million paid to date. Those are just the residential numbers: Mendocino’s commercial loss is around $17.5 million from 57 claims; Lake County has four commercial claims for nearly $171,000.

About 50 people have been rounded up in a major Northern California gang crackdown. The sweep was aimed at members of several gangs around the Stockton area turned up 35 seized weapons included 10 assault rifles, about 34 pounds of marijuana, two pounds of methamphetamine, and two pounds of cocaine. 47 people are charged with various crimes including conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal weapons possession and gang activities. The bust was joint investigation by State Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol along with Stockton Police and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

Mendocino College invites all Mendocino and Lake County residents to join their annual strategic planning retreat. A community forum will be held this (Thursday) evening, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mendocino College Little Theatre on the Ukiah Campus. The forum is open to all Lake and Mendocino County residents, community agencies, local business employees and owners, and all other community members interested in the offerings at Mendocino College.

A Strike Team from Mendocino County is in Southern California to fight one of several fires that exploded this week in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Hopland Fire Chief Mitch Franklin says the team includes one engine each from Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Hopland Fire, Redwood Coast, South Coast, and Willits He says the Strike Team leader is Deputy Chief John Tolman from Willits and the team was expect to arrive earlier this morning. They are working the Creek Fire in the Valley north of Los Angeles that at last check was at more than 12,000 acres with no containment and more than 150,000 people on evacuation notice. Officials say wind gusts driving the fire are approaching Hurricane Category 1 levels.

Willits Police are looking for a man who robbed the AM/PM on Main Street early Saturday morning. Police say the man had a gun as he robbed the store and was last seen walking away westbound on Franklin Avenue. The suspect is described as a white man, wearing a black hat with a red brim that has a gold marijuana leaf on it and also wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and red gloves. You can see a surveillance picture of the suspect on the Willits Police Department Facebook Page.

Garbage rates are not going up yet in Ukiah. On Wednesday the City Council delayed a vote on what could have potentially tripled the rate for some users by charging the minimum fee for the 32-gallon can on all can sizes. The Daily Journal reports numerous residents spoke out against the increases calling them unfair to those who produce the least amount of garbage. Some council members also thought the rate increases were not properly noticed, with some residents not realizing that rates for 10-gallon and 20-gallon cans were being eliminated. Meanwhile Ukiah law allows that if a majority of affected residents sent in protest letters to the City, the rate could not be implemented, but only 10 percent of the number needed for that was received. With the hearing and vote continued until December 20, the City Manager confirmed that protest letters could still come in.

The Lake County Wine Alliance says they’ve distributed $95,000 in proceeds from the 2017 Wine Auction to five area high schools and 17 other Lake County organizations. Lake County Wine Auction, held at Cache Creek Vineyard and Winery, was a production of the nonprofit Lake County Wine Alliance, which is made up of local wineries, grape growers, related businesses, community sponsors and many community volunteers. Since its founding in 2000, the Lake County Wine Auction has raised $1,491,502.00 to foster performing arts at each of the five county high schools, benefit health services and to support community charities.

Ukiah police officers have prevented a man from jumping from the Hwy 101 Gobbi Street Overpass. Several people called 911 Tuesday morning after seeing the man hanging off the overpass. When officers arrived they found him sitting on the overpass, in a position to jump down into the path of northbound traffic. Officers calmly approached and spoke with the man who was upset and told them he was thinking about jumping. After a lengthy conversation, officers talked the 23-year-old man off the ledge and took him to Ukiah Valley Medical Center where he was turned over to mental health professionals.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has joined the FBI’s Wildfire Disaster Fraud Task Force. The FBI established the Task Force to investigate and prosecute disaster-related fraud in the four counties primarily impacted by the October wildfires: Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma. They are using intelligence obtained from previous disasters, such as the hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, to identify trends in fraud and deter it from happening here.

The Willits City Council is having a special meeting Thursday morning to discuss recruiting and interviewing for new city manager. Former city manager Adrienne Moore left in early November due to a family emergency, although she had already been planning to retire in 2018. The Willits City Council named Robert Perrault as interim city manager and he’s been on the job since November 6th. The meeting on the new search is at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at the Willits city council chambers

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Two men are recovering after a crash last weekend on Highway 128 near Boonville. The California Highway Patrol reports a man from Navarro driving east on the highway Sunday afternoon ran off the road at mile marker 38 and hit a tree. They say he did have on his seatbelt and had minor injuries, but his passenger did not have a seatbelt on and was thrown out of the car. The CHP says he had “major injuries.” They’re investigating but say they don’t think drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.

Accolades for Mendocino Coast District Hospital and North Coast Family Health Center. They win The Gold Award 2017 for the Project “Cancer Screening and Follow Up,” in which they went up against 48 district hospitals. The first place award was part of a pay for performance program known as Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal or PRIME. Those participating have to accept projects that look to improve ambulatory care, behavioral health integration, high-risk populations and efficiency.

Still working up to the deadline to get cannabis regulations in place, the Ukiah City Council working on two ordinances. One of them for personal cultivation indoors and the other regarding where cannabis-related business can operate in the city. The one regarding cultivation would bring the number currently allowed from 12 mature plants to six and would not allow any outdoor growing and it defines what an immature plant is. The other to outline the zoning for “Cannabis Related Business”, a sort of umbrella term for any “commercial enterprise engaged in the cultivation, possession, manufacture, processing, storing, laboratory testing, labeling, transporting, or distribution, of cannabis or a cannabis product.” The Planning Commission has also weighed in saying there really shouldn’t be many businesses in the city, but the ordinance pretty much ignores that. The council meets tonight at 6 at city hall.

An update on the cleanup after the October fires in Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors heard from county staff and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on debris cleanup at their regular meeting yesterday. Apparently the cleanup is moving along, with all properties with right-of-entry forms cleaned up by Jan. 15th, which is ahead of schedule. The County CEO Carmel Angelo announced she had signed an agreement with the Army Corp and FEMA for use of the Lake Mendocino campground for fire victims to live in temporary housing there. And the County Recovery Director talked about the fire debris cleanup and removal with almost all household hazardous waste taken out by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The county reporting getting 27 private cleanup applications. FEMA and Army Corps representatives also updated the board on fire recovery and cleanup.

A man from Nice who was in an altercation with sheriff’s deputies during a domestic incident has reached a plea deal with the D-A. One of the deputies died after the incident in August with 22 year old Alex Castillo. As part of the deal, he’s pleaded guilty to making threats, resisting an officer, felony child endangerment and felony inflicting corporal injury on another person with a prior conviction. The deal regarding the call in Lakeport, where police say Castillo assaulted his girlfriend and tried to take his young child with him. The deputies fought with him, and eventually caught him. Later one of the deputies, Rob Rumfelt ran into a tree in his patrol car, and died. Castillo was charged with manslaughter because it was thought the struggle may have caused the deputy to have a heart attack or other medical incident leading to his crash. The D-A said that would be hard to prove.

A man from Clearlake’s been arrested after a struggle with cops who then found weapons, including a concealed handgun, and methamphetamine. 21 year old David Allen Haugens busted after officers saw a suspicious white van in front of a gas station with two men and a woman inside. The van apparently belonged to the Konocti Unified School District, but had an expired registration. The officers also recognized the driver as having a warrant for his arrest. The female in the car also apparently on parole for burglary but was released. Haugens was checked with the others and found to have a concealed firearm on him. He tried running but was caught and cops say they had to slug him a couple times as they feared he would run or use the gun. Haugens charged with multiple crimes including possessing a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm.

A woman from Upper Lake has been arrested in Willits for possession of tear gas and drugs. Police say 28 year old Dakota Quayle was found near the entrance of the parking lot to the Sherwood Valley Casino while on probation in Lake County. She was facing charges for recent use of a controlled substance and possession. The deputy said she seemed high and arrested her. While searching her, the deputy found drug paraphernalia, tear gas (or pepper spray) and a usable amount of a controlled substance. She’s charged with unlawful possession of a tear gas weapon, possession of an altered/changed tear gas weapon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and was held on $15,000 bail.

California’s homelessness problem adds to the surge in the amount of homeless across the country. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the yearly Point in Time count showing almost 554,000 homeless people across the country. The count from January, nearly a year ago, showed the nearly 1 percent increase from 2016. Nearly 200,000 were living in cars, tents, the streets or other places considered uninhabitable. The increases a lot higher on the West Coast because of high rent prices and low wage workers. In California, Oregon and Washington the number was up 14 percent over the past two years and the unsheltered were up 23 percent because of a lack of affordable housing.

Several big time lawyers are suing the state of Calif. saying there are too many school kids who can’t read, saying the state’s not trying to do much about it. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the suit in Los Angeles demanding the State Department of Education respond to what it calls a “literacy crisis.” One of the lawyers say the state has not implemented recommendations proposed in a report the state put together five years ago. This after statewide English assessments showed less than half of California students third to fifth grade met statewide literacy standards since 2015.

The FBI continues to investigate scams and frauds related to the October wildfires across Northern California. The agency says they’ve put together a group of more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies to look into reported cases related to the fires. There were several duplicate claims to FEMA, apparently someone else using an actual victim’s name and personal info. The task force says it’ll prosecute, if it has to, any cases of fraud during debris removal and rebuilding. The FBI also putting out a recent public service announcement regarding the fires, warning about the possibility of fraud from those soliciting charitable contributions or create fake ads for temporary housing or announcements about job openings.

A man from Montana’s identified as the person in a group of others in Fort Bragg who fell off a steep cliff to his death. 35 year old Trevor Wade of Missoula, staying with the group at a vacation rental close by. They were on a bluff’s edge and Wade lost his balance and fell Monday morning. Mendocino deputies say he fell about 200 feet into the ocean, north of Seaside beach. They say it was rugged terrain to the water with no way down except rappelling down the cliff or by sea. So two firefighters rappelled down and two others got into the water from another area and helped to remove the man’s body.

Police in Omaha, NE have arrested two people for stealing a car. They say after chasing the two into a Walmart, they ended up in the women’s section, arresting one of them, 25-year-old Tyler Williams. While they took him out he asked for medical help, saying he had been shot in the buttocks. They took him to the hospital and found, he had indeed been shot in the bottom. He says it happened two days before, but they didn’t find a log of any shootings that day. He later admitted he fell off his hoverboard and shot himself in the buttocks. He was booked on two felony warrants.

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Two men are recovering after a crash last weekend on Highway 128 near Boonville. The California Highway Patrol reports a man from Navarro driving east on the highway Sunday afternoon ran off the road at mile marker 38 and hit a tree. They say he did have on his seatbelt and had minor injuries, but his passenger did not have a seatbelt on and was thrown out of the car. The CHP says he had “major injuries.” They’re investigating but say they don’t think drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.

Accolades for Mendocino Coast District Hospital and North Coast Family Health Center. They win The Gold Award 2017 for the Project “Cancer Screening and Follow Up,” in which they went up against 48 district hospitals. The first place award was part of a pay for performance program known as Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal or PRIME. Those participating have to accept projects that look to improve ambulatory care, behavioral health integration, high-risk populations and efficiency.

Still working up to the deadline to get cannabis regulations in place, the Ukiah City Council working on two ordinances. One of them for personal cultivation indoors and the other regarding where cannabis-related business can operate in the city. The one regarding cultivation would bring the number currently allowed from 12 mature plants to six and would not allow any outdoor growing and it defines what an immature plant is. The other to outline the zoning for “Cannabis Related Business”, a sort of umbrella term for any “commercial enterprise engaged in the cultivation, possession, manufacture, processing, storing, laboratory testing, labeling, transporting, or distribution, of cannabis or a cannabis product.” The Planning Commission has also weighed in saying there really shouldn’t be many businesses in the city, but the ordinance pretty much ignores that. The council meets tonight at 6 at city hall.

An update on the cleanup after the October fires in Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors heard from county staff and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on debris cleanup at their regular meeting yesterday. Apparently the cleanup is moving along, with all properties with right-of-entry forms cleaned up by Jan. 15th, which is ahead of schedule. The County CEO Carmel Angelo announced she had signed an agreement with the Army Corp and FEMA for use of the Lake Mendocino campground for fire victims to live in temporary housing there. And the County Recovery Director talked about the fire debris cleanup and removal with almost all household hazardous waste taken out by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The county reporting getting 27 private cleanup applications. FEMA and Army Corps representatives also updated the board on fire recovery and cleanup.

A man from Nice who was in an altercation with sheriff’s deputies during a domestic incident has reached a plea deal with the D-A. One of the deputies died in the incident in August with 22 year old Alex Castillo. As part of the deal, he’s pleaded guilty to making threats, resisting an officer, felony child endangerment and felony inflicting corporal injury on another person with a prior conviction. The deal regarding the call in Lakeport, where police say Castillo assaulted his girlfriend and tried to take his young child with him. The deputies fought with him, and eventually caught him. Later one of the deputies, Rob Rumfelt ran into a tree in his patrol car, and died. Castillo was charged with manslaughter because it was thought the struggle may have caused the deputy to have a heart attack or other medical incident leading to his crash. The D-A said that would be hard to prove.

A man from Clearlake’s been arrested after a struggle with cops who then found weapons, including a concealed handgun, and methamphetamine. 21 year old David Allen Haugens busted after officers saw a suspicious white van in front of a gas station with two men and a woman inside. The van apparently belonged to the Konocti Unified School District, but had an expired registration. The officers also recognized the driver as having a warrant for his arrest. The female in the car also apparently on parole for burglary but was released. Haugens was checked with the others and found to have a concealed firearm on him. He tried running but was caught and cops say they had to slug him a couple times as they feared he would run or use the gun. Haugens charged with multiple crimes including possessing a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm.

A woman from Upper Lake has been arrested in Willits for possession of tear gas and drugs. Police say 28 year old Dakota Quayle was found near the entrance of the parking lot to the Sherwood Valley Casino while on probation in Lake County. She was facing charges for recent use of a controlled substance and possession. The deputy said she seemed high and arrested her. While searching her, the deputy found drug paraphernalia, tear gas (or pepper spray) and a usable amount of a controlled substance. She’s charged with unlawful possession of a tear gas weapon, possession of an altered/changed tear gas weapon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and was held on $15,000 bail.

California’s homelessness problem adds to the surge in the amount of homeless across the country. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the yearly Point in Time count showing almost 554,000 homeless people across the country. The count from January, nearly a year ago, showed the nearly 1 percent increase from 2016. Nearly 200,000 were living in cars, tents, the streets or other places considered uninhabitable. The increases a lot higher on the West Coast because of high rent prices and low wage workers. In California, Oregon and Washington the number was up 14 percent over the past two years and the unsheltered were up 23 percent because of a lack of affordable housing.

Several big time lawyers are suing the state of Calif. saying there are too many school kids who can’t read, saying the state’s not trying to do much about it. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the suit in Los Angeles demanding the State Department of Education respond to what it calls a “literacy crisis.” One of the lawyers say the state has not implemented recommendations proposed in a report the state put together five years ago. This after statewide English assessments showed less than half of California students third to fifth grade met statewide literacy standards since 2015.

The FBI continues to investigate scams and frauds related to the October wildfires across Northern California. The agency says they’ve put together a group of more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies to look into reported cases related to the fires. There were several duplicate claims to FEMA, apparently someone else using an actual victim’s name and personal info. The task force says it’ll prosecute, if it has to, any cases of fraud during debris removal and rebuilding. The FBI also putting out a recent public service announcement regarding the fires, warning about the possibility of fraud from those soliciting charitable contributions or create fake ads for temporary housing or announcements about job openings.

A man from Montana’s identified as the person in a group of others in Fort Bragg who fell off a steep cliff to his death. 35 year old Trevor Wade of Missoula, staying with the group at a vacation rental close by. They were on a bluff’s edge and Wade lost his balance and fell Monday morning. Mendocino deputies say he fell about 200 feet into the ocean, north of Seaside beach. They say it was rugged terrain to the water with no way down except rappelling down the cliff or by sea. So two firefighters rappelled down and two others got into the water from another area and helped to remove the man’s body.

Police in Omaha, NE have arrested two people for stealing a car. They say after chasing the two into a Walmart, they ended up in the women’s section, arresting one of them, 25-year-old Tyler Williams. While they took him out he asked for medical help, saying he had been shot in the buttocks. They took him to the hospital and found, he had indeed been shot in the bottom. He says it happened two days before, but they didn’t find a log of any shootings that day. He later admitted he fell off his hoverboard and shot himself in the buttocks. He was booked on two felony warrants.

The Ukiah City Council is set to take up two cannabis-related ordinances when they meet this week. One would make personal cultivation indoor-only and reduce the number of mature plants people are allowed to grow from 12 down to six and clarify the definition of mature and immature plants. The other ordinance would allow cannabis-related businesses to operate in all zones but would specify the type of business that would be allowed in each zone and what type of permit it would need to operate there. The council meeting begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The business ordinance will be discussed as the last of four public hearings on the agenda, and the personal cultivation ordinance will be discussed following the last public hearing at the start of Unfinished Business.

Several charges have been thrown against an Upper Lake parolee found publicly intoxicated in Willits. Thursday night a Mendocino Deputy patrolling near the Sherwood Valley Casino was speaking to a woman in the parking lot and says she was showing signs of being high on something. After discovering the woman, Dakota Qualye, was on probation, he searched her. The search reportedly turned up a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, and pepper spray. But the pepper spray also had the serial number removed, which is illegal so she is also charged with Possession of an Altered Tear Gas Weapon.

Willits teacher John Haschak is reportedly running for the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Third District seat that will be vacated next year when Georgeanne Croskey leaves. The Daily News reports Haschak, who has been elected president of the Willits Teachers Association seven times, says his extensive experience with the community and years of budget committee experience make him well qualified. Croskey announced in August that she would be vacating the seat in June 2018 due to family commitments. The Governor appointed her to the seat last spring after Tom Woodhouse resigned.

The Mendocino County Coroner’s Office has been working to identify a man found dead Saturday morning after a fire in his cabin near Laytonville. Fire officials don’t yet know what started the fire that destroyed the log home on Highway 101 near Covelo Road. Investigators believe they know who the man is but still need to confirm his identity and notify family.


The first commercial cannabis farm has been approved in Sonoma County. Fiddler’s Greens farm is already a 10,000 square foot farm that’s been making low-dose marijuana tinctures for years outside of Sebastopol. Now the Sonoma County Agriculture Department approves Fiddler’s Greens for an official cultivation permit. They’re the first to get a recreational cannabis business permit in the county. The county started to accept applications from cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and others over the summer. The County’s Agricultural Commissioner says they’ll regulate it just like any other crop.

A man in Sonoma County’s been arrested after cops find thousands of rounds of rifle ammunition, a gun, bottle rockets and firecrackers. The man picked up early Saturday morning during a stop for a suspicious man sitting in the bed of a pickup truck. Cean Garner had a record too, previously being convicted of a robbery, and just this past month, he was brought in on drugs and weapons charges, so he’s not allowed to even have the gun or ammo. The Sheriff’s dept. caught him on Geysers Road wearing an empty gun holster, a magazine of .45‑caliber rounds in his pocket, a pistol, rifle ammo, and at least 20,000 more rounds of other ammunition. They also then located bottle rockets, firecrackers and a launching tube. He’s charged with gun and ammunition possession and possessing dangerous fireworks and was held on $30,000 bail.

The legislature looking into the failure of cellphone and other communications systems that were not working correctly during the October wildfires. The director of the state Office of Emergency Services testified in front of lawmakers on the emergency-warning systems not working correctly during the recent fires that killed 44 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and other structures. Cell phones and towers, land lines, internet and cable TV were all hit by the wildfires and equipment burned, so alert services like texts, social media and broadcast also didn’t work. That also hit the Nixle system which uses text alerts. State Senator Mike McGuire at the hearings yesterday saying, at least a siren on a stick and the broadcast system would have helped. He and other legislators calling for a better system including civil-defense sirens, cell alerts, TV and radio and social media.

A man with a group of folks who were renting a home in Fort Bragg has been found dead. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says the man, thought to be in his 30s, was with the others on the cliffs when he lost his balance and fell into the ocean. Someone called police to report the fall yesterday morning saying it happened north of Ten Mile Beach. Firefighters and other first responders at the scene and helped to recover the body, announcing the man had died. His name has not been released yet.

Another sexual misconduct allegation at the capitol. This time, against Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of Los Angeles, who says he did nothing wrong. The Assembly is hiring an outside law firm to investigate after a lobbyist reported Dababneh followed her into the bathroom last year in Las Vegas during a party, and blocked the doorway and masturbated. He says it never happened and that the lobbyist is just trying to promote herself, adding, he looks forward to clearing his name. This is the third Democrat in the Legislature accused of sexual misconduct. Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned for the same and Sen. Tony Mendoza, but he says he’s innocent.

Some reports of items stolen from people out hiking in Lake County ends in an arrest. Since the victims at Anderson Marsh in Lower Lake tracked where their credit cards were used, a deputy got a picture of the person using the card at a local convenience store and got their car’s description. There was another report in the Redbud Trail Complex near Hwy. 20 about a week later where the victim also found out where their credit card was used. The deputy handling that investigation got a picture of a suspect and identified him as Jeremy Evans of Clearlake. Evans was then arrested during a traffic stop, his car also matched the suspect’s vehicle description. He was also found to have some items purchased with the stolen credit cards. He’s charged with Burglary, Use of Access Card Without Consent, Grand Theft and Vandalism and held on $15,000 bail.

This week is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. The California Highway Patrol partnering with the American Occupational Therapy Association recognizing Dec. 4th thru 8th to work with communities to support older drivers. The Association saying increasing age means physical, mental and sensory ability changes, challenging a person’s continued ability to drive safely. They say that means family and friends have a major role to help identify possible changes in driving behavior and to start discussions about older driver safety before it causing any problems. The California DMV shows drivers age 65 and older are about 15 percent of the licensed drivers in California in 2016.

Time is running out for survivors of the October wildfires to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. Next Monday is the final day to apply for a low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For residents of Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties with or without insurance, you might be able to get a federal grant too. That could cover disaster-related expenses, like rent, home repairs and more. You can visit, DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app on a smartphone or call FEMA’s 800 numbers. You can even just dial 711. They’re there to help every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A death after a three car crash on Highway 20 in Upper Lake. The CHP reports a driver in a Honda headed west on the highway, by Van Sleeper Road illegally passed a car, coming into the path of a Cadillac headed east. The Honda side swiped the Cadillac, which then caused the Honda to spin out of control. Someone in a Kia swerved to avoid a crash, but hit the others and was killed. The crash partially blocked traffic. The CHP reports the drivers of the Cadillac and Honda had little to no injuries. They’re investigating, but say drug intoxication and speed are not believed to be factors. Everyone also had on their seatbelts. The name of the Kia driver has not been released.

There will be some fresh faces in the Lakeport Police Dept… the No-Shave November campaign to raise awareness about cancer has ended. Money was raised by the department after the campaign organized by Lakeport Police Officer and President of the Lakeport Police Officer’s Association Tyler Trouette. So with that Sponsoring Survivorship, the chosen organization is getting about $300, but say they’re still expecting donations to come in. The chosen nonprofit helps those in Lake County fighting breast cancer. 10 male and female officers participated. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department also participated raising nearly $4,400.

Residents in Albion asked to weigh in on proposed work on the historic Albion River Bridge and Salmon Creek Bridge. Caltrans has several public and private meetings. Caltrans trying to get people to join the Supplemental Value Analysis Study and Life-cycle Cost Analysis team. They’ve had some studies already on impacts from construction on soil and water quality and residents got a chance to voice concerns at the meetings. The wooden Albion bridge said to currently be in fair condition, but was listed to be structurally deficient in the last inspection report.

Some other states who get California eggs are trying to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block a state law requiring the eggs to come from hens with space in their cages. A lawyer in Missouri filed a lawsuit alleging California’s law is costing too much to consumers, as much as $350 million a year due to higher egg prices since the law went into effect in 2015. The lawsuit claiming the requirements violate the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause and that federal law would pre-empt it. The other states named in the suit as plaintiffs are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin.

A man in India’s arrested for having smelly socks. Apparently that caused a dispute on the bus and a complaint was filed against Prakash Kumar for "causing a public nuisance". The BBC reports the man had removed his shoes and socks on the bus and passengers asked him to put them in a bag or throw them away and he refused. That started the arguing and other passengers asking the driver to stop at a police station so he could be removed. He maintains the other passengers were yelling at him for no reason. BBC reporting Kumar’s been granted bail.