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A woman married to a man accused in the molestation of a teenager has been arrested for alleged threats against a witness. The Ukiah Police Department reports Jaime Barajas was arrested last Friday on suspicion of sexual acts with children, but they say they found his wife Shannon may have threatened a witness so they wouldn’t testify. Police arrested Jaime after reports of a 14 year old girl being molested, possibly for years. They also found there could be other victims, so they’ve reached out to the public for help. The wife, Shannon was arrested Wednesday and booked on $25,000 bail. Jaime was being held on nearly one and a half million dollars on suspicion of committing “lewd acts with children under 10 years of age.”

A man in Gualala caught on video as he robs a bank. Police searching for the robber who went into a Westamerica branch on Highway 1 who showed a gun and demanded cash. Police say he did get away with some money then ran north. The Sheriff’s office has released photo’s of the man that appear online. He’s a white man, wearing sunglasses on and a shaggy dark wig under a baseball cap. He’s further described as being about 5 foot 10 inches with a thin build. Anyone with information about the case can call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

A man from Ukiah reported missing Tuesday says he was kidnapped. Trevor Cooper found yesterday and went to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits with minor injuries. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports he was in his 2017 Ford F-150 Tuesday night which they reported finding afterward with his personal items inside and evidence he may have been injured. He says he was kidnapped and held overnight then released south of Willits. Apparently he couldn’t give any more info because of his condition, and cops say they’ve not been able to confirm the story. They also say he was somewhat uncooperative with investigators.

Break out the misters and sunscreen, we’re in for a scorcher. The National Weather Service is reporting temperatures rising to reach the low 90’s today, mid 90’s tomorrow and 100 or a bit higher Sunday, maybe hitting the 105 degree mark. Then into next week, on Monday and Tuesday we’re expected to get daytime temperatures at or around 100 degrees. It will start to cool slightly, but hover in the 90’s all of next week. The lows at night will be around the low to high 60’s. Lake Co News reports the Lake County Fire Protection District Chief is asking community members to be careful and of course to be fire safe as temperatures rise. They’re reminding residents not to mow grass after 10 a.m. and to report any smoke as soon as they see it.

A fast moving wildfire in Clearlake quashed quickly. The fire yesterday afternoon in dry and windy conditions, just after lunchtime on Dam Road. Flames and black smoke were reported with reports of moderate to rapid rate of spread of the fire at first, but they had it out in about a half hour. The fire torched about an acre and a half and had firefighters on their toes due to winds of up to 15 miles per hour at times. The fire was south of McDonald’s, between the restaurant and the old Ray’s Food Place.

Lake County’s general budget has been approved. The Board of Supervisors approved the budget for the next fiscal year which will be finalized by September so there can be adjustments if needed. Right now they’re got about $223 million to work with for more than 2 dozen departments. The supervisors put the budget together after hearing what each department needed. The county is still dealing with the impact of major wildfires that devastated the region. That’s costing the county more than 2.5 million dollars. The County Administrative Officer says she doesn’t think any other county in the state has to cover the cost of as many disasters as Lake County. The budget covers the fires, floods and other issues. The county is also looking to fill jobs, with a 20% vacancy rate or higher in some departments.

A man wanted on drug charges and causing great bodily injury on the run in Mendocino County. The Sheriff’s office posted on their Facebook page looking for Gerald Stillwell for the driving under the influence and inflicting great bodily injury. The 59 year old’s picture is posted on the page with other information. He was last seen in Garberville. He’s wanted on $75,000 bail and is described as being 5′ 8", 190 lbs with Black hair and Brown eyes. Police say if you see him or know where he could be to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

A bunch of bees saved by some do-gooders in Fort Bragg. The Advocate newspaper reports more than 10,000 honey bees being saved after they were found swarming along the asphalt near the Redwood Coast Senior Center last Monday. The bees were blocked off by a good Samaritan, who used his car. Then a local with experience with bees went out to the area and carefully moved them all into a hive box. Some calls into the Fort Bragg Police Department on the matter and a traffic cop was sent to the scene. A local who raises bees as a hobby took possession of the hive box and reported to the newspaper they were all fine in a hive in the guy’s backyard. Fort Bragg is a Bee City, meaning they encourage programs for kids and at schools about the importance of bees.

A U-S Coast Guard ship reported missing a hundred years ago has been found. The USCGC McCulloch sank after it hit another ship in Southern Calif about a half hour after the crash. It was on the ocean floor, then Tuesday the Coast Guard announced, on its 100th anniversary of going down, it had been found. Apparently strong currents and the amount of sediment on it make it nearly impossible to move. But there was a tribute to the ship and its crew, 2 of whom died in the line of duty. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard apparently first spotted the wreck last fall during a routine survey. It’s about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Two men from Vallejo have been arrested for trying to pass fake cash at the Graton Resort and Casino. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office reports the two had phony $100 dollar bills on them that added up to almost $36,000. Rodney Short and Johnny Winn busted by employees at the casino with the bogus cash. Cops say each of them had wads of the bills in their pockets and more in their car. Pictures of fake money posted by the cops on Facebook. The money matched an older version of the $100 bill than what’s issued by the government now. The two men booked on burglary and counterfeiting charges.

Another delay in the case of Ezequiel Junior Bravo. Bravo’s charged with the murder of his estranged wife’s aunt and the attempted murder of 3 others. His preliminary hearing has now been put off until August 9th. His hearing was set for February. He’s been charged with three counts of attempted murder, and one murder charge along with other crimes for the shooting last year at the Elem Colony at Clearlake Oaks. Cops say he went into the home last November with a shotgun and started shooting, then left the scene. Police found one woman dead, a man and a 6 year old with wounds, and another woman drove herself to the hospital. He was found later at Pomo Elementary School in Clearlake.

2 men and an underage teenager busted after a robbery in Fort Bragg. Police say they got a call last Sunday after a barbecue which they say ended in an armed robbery that looked to be premeditated. 19 year old Charles Williams, 20 year old Darius Washington and a 17-year-old juvenile male have been arrested on robbery, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, evading and possession/transportation of marijuana for sale charges. The three are all from Illinois. Police say they stole nine pounds of processed marijuana from the home. Apparently they’d been buying weed cheap from the same people, then travel home and sell it for more money. But they say this time, they brought guns to a barbecue, showed them to those there and threatened to kill them as they took the weed and left. Several law enforcement departments involved in the chase and final take down of the trio.

A man posing as an architect with the name Newman admitted he defrauded others in an investigation in New York, dubbed “Operation Vandelay Industries.” The NY State Attorney General’s office charged the man, Paul Newman, for fraudulent architectural services in Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. The Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Newman pleaded guilty to six felonies including grand larceny and fraud and will get from 2 to 7 years behind bars and have to pay restitution. Schneiderman called it “Vandelay Industries” because of the man’s name and the TV show “Seinfeld” which had fictional company by that name. The character Newman was Jerry’s nemesis on the show.

The wife of a Ukiah man arrested on suspicion of child molestation has been arrested for allegedly threatening a witness. Jaime Barajas was arrested June 9th after it was reported that he’d molested a 14-year-old girl over a long period of time. An investigation revealed a second teenage victim and the potential for more, some of them possibly spanning several years. He was being held on $1.4 million bond. Ukiah Police say they also learned that his wife, Shannon Barajas, had reportedly threatened a witness in relation to the investigation. She was arrested for Felony Attempt to Dissuade a Witness and as of this afternoon was being held on $25,000 bond. Ukiah Police have also added another victim to the case: a 41-year-old woman from Ukiah.

A small fire has brought out a big response in a high-potential fire area near Cloverdale. The Press Democrat reports local and state fire crews came out around 1130am and notified residents in the nearly 100-home subdivision that they needed to get ready for possible evacuation. A Car Fire Chief told the paper they don’t know yet what started the fire but it began inside a yurt on someone’s property and spread to the surrounding grassland and oak woods, which are already very dry. A Cal Fire air attack plane, two air tankers and a helicopter were brought in along with five fire engines and hand crews. The Chief says they don’t expect it to spread but they’re not taking any chances.

The Cobb Area Council meets this evening with Fire Season preparation as the main topic. The agenda includes an update on hazard mitigation, communications and overall community preparation. There will also be a treasurer’s report, public comment, short reports from committees and the approval of a letter of endorsement for the Mountain of Attention Forest Restoration Project. The Cobb Area Council meets from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse/Cobb Mountain Lions Club.

Possible Tuberculosis (TB) at Ukiah High School. The Mendocino County Public Health dept. says they’re working with Ukiah High School officials to figure out if any students and staff were exposed. The health dept. says if you’re exposed, it doesn’t mean you will get TB, only those with active TB can spread it to others while in small enclosed spaces and they say the risk of transmission is low. The Mendocino County Public Health Officer tells the Daily Journal, their first priority is to protect student and staff health at Ukiah High. A letter’s gone out to staff and parents about the active case connected to the school. The school is also mailing another letter to parents and staff of those who were in close contact with the infected student. Testing is going to be offered to those folks, plus any treatment if needed.

2 students at Kelseyville High have received the J. Fletcher and Anne Elliott Educational Scholarship. Seniors Nathaniel Carpenter and Victor Cacho ranked high in their class and have been successful athletes during their high school years. Carpenter is attending San Jose State with a major in Political Science and Cacho is headed to Sacramento State for a major in Criminal Justice. They each got $10,000 from the scholarship Foundation established by Anne Elliott who left behind future scholarships for years ahead in memory of her husband J. Fletcher.

A Sacramento prison inmate has accidentally been released too soon. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office are now looking for the guy, 40 year old Alamar Houston who was released 2 days ago by mistake. He was sent to court for charges of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property. He was supposed to be taken back to prison after court, but apparently his case was dismissed and he was released by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Cops were immediately sent, after realizing the error, to find the man. He was serving a 35-year sentence for vehicle theft, evading a peace officer while driving recklessly, hit-and-run causing injury to another person, and assault with a deadly weapon and was only jailed in January. He’s described as a black man with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5 foot 11, 262 pounds.

Ukiah schools seeing a rise in the amount of marijuana in school. The Superintendent of Schools tells the Daily Journal it’s concerning so they’re working on ways to prevent kids from brining weed to school. The Super, Debra Kubin says this year was worse. She says usage is at about the same rate, but more kids are bringing pot to school, more than double the amount than in 2014. The school even has a resource officer and a police dog, Bugsy who do searches monthly. The Superintendent telling the newspaper she supports the idea of revenue from the county’s cannabis tax being used for children’s health, as first floated by FIRST 5 Mendocino.

Walmart has given a major donation to a food bank in Lake County. The Clearlake Walmart store the scene where Clearlake City Council members, city leaders and representatives of the Redwood Empire Food Bank gathered for the $200,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation. The CEO of the bank says the money would be converted into more than $2 million of food in Lake County. Lake Co News reports the money for the food bank and its three critical hunger-relief programs, the BackPack and School Pantry programs and the Produce Pantry.

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake giving Lake County more money. The County Administrative Officer says the money goes above their continuing contribution from the casino to mitigate its impact. County officials say the additional $25,000 will go to marketing and bringing in tourism and more tax dollars into the county. The Record Bee reports the District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele, whose district covers Upper Lake, says the tribe’s been a great and generous partner and says they’re not encouraged to give donations and do it anyway. He says the tribe thought the money going to marketing was a good idea and could help bring more people to the county.

Police are searching for a man from Ukiah reported missing 2 days ago. Police say 24 year old Trevor Cooper was last seen in a 2017 Ford F-150 Tuesday night. But they say his truck and his personal items were found a few miles from his home. The Sheriff’s Office says he could be injured because of what was found in his truck, but they didn’t elaborate. He’s described as 5 foot 8 and 145 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. They’re asking anyone with any information to call the Sheriff’s office.

A man from Kelseyville accused of assaulting a woman whose car broke down near Hopland is going to prison. Alex Greene got 2 years in prison for the felony assault with the intent to rape charge. Police say he stopped while the 19 year old was stranded in March of 2016 and assaulted the woman at the turnout north of the Green Bridge on the 101 south of Hopland. Lake Co News reports Greene was a driver for Schwan’s Food Delivery. He was caught hours after the assault near Geyserville in a company truck. He has to serve 85% of the sentence since it’s a violent felony. It’s also a strike under the Three Strikes law. He also has to register as a sex offender for life after he’s released on parole.

The Skatepark’s getting its yearly scrub. Clearlake Public Works crews at the Andy Johnson Memorial Skate Park at Austin Park for the annual cleaning. They’re also replacing some decking and enhancing the supports for ramps because of such heavy use, plus some recent vandalism. The Public Works Director says they plan to give the park an annual face lift with money from the parks budget.

A shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco has left 4 people, including the shooter, dead. Police say it was a UPS employee who started shooting at the package delivery facility, who then killed himself as police closed in on him. Family members have id’d one of the victims as Mike Lefti. 2 others were not id’d yet and 2 other people were also injured. Police say the shooter was Jimmy Lam who has a history of mental illness and that he was wearing a UPS uniform at the time of the shooting. They have not released a possible motive. There was a shelter in place order for the area which was lifted three hours after. A nearby shop owner said he saw UPS drivers running down a street shouting, "shooter, shooter" and a group of others were on a rooftop with their hands up as police got there. UPS released a statement saying the company was “saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members and the community we share."

It’s a wrap, the Contra Costa District Attorney has left the building after pleading no contest to perjury. Mark Peterson resigned yesterday before he went to court for his arraignment. He was charged with 12 counts of felony perjury and one count of felony grand theft for spending thousands of campaign cash in 5 years. A county grand jury has also formally accused him of willful or corrupt misconduct so that’s why he resigned. He has already been sentenced to 250 hours of community service and three years of probation and he’s not allowed to run for office during that time. Other charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. He was accused of stealing more than 66,000 in campaign money and for lying on campaign-disclosure forms. His staff also voted no confidence in him in May. He was elected back in 2010 the first time and again in 2014.

Some hungry folks in trouble with the law after several vending machines had snacks stolen at a state welcome center on the Virginia/North Carolina border. Police say they spotted the ripoff on surveillance video which has now been posted on their Facebook page. Police say on February 25th someone grabbed a few snacks, then you can see someone dancing after getting ahold of the snacks. The vending machines proceeds help the blind and handicapped become self-sufficient by earning the money. All of the money from every Welcome Center in North Carolina goes to the program. The Surry County Sheriff’s Office says they don’t know who the people are in the video, so they’ve released the video to get the public’s help.

The all-clear has been given by San Francisco Police in the area around the UPS Customer Center in Potrero Hill where an employee opened fire this morning, killing three people and then killing himself. Neighborhood residents and workers had been asked to shelter in place while police made sure he was the only shooter and spoke to as many witnesses as possible but that shelter-in-place order has since been lifted. Two other people were wounded. Police recovered two guns, including one assault pistol. They have not released details on a motive.

The Mendocino Sherriff’s Office is asking for your help finding a missing Ukiah man who may be hurt. Trevor Cooper last seen by his mother around 930pm Tuesday night in his truck, a 2017 Ford F-150. The truck was later found in the 1300 block of McNab Ranch Road, a few miles from his home on Valley View Drive. Police says there are indications he may be hurt. Trevor Cooper is 24 years old, 5’08" tall, 145 lbs with Brown Hair and Brown Eyes. You can see his picture on the Mendocino Sheriff’s Facebook Page.

There’s been a second abalone-fishing death this season. A fisherman from Sonora died Tuesday off the Sonoma Coast where the Sherriff’s Office says he’d been looking for abalone in the rocks in Fisk Mill Cove. He had been seen, not actually diving but rather just searching the rocks in the morning but a woman found his body around 130pm and called 911. Last month an Oakland man died near Point Arena while diving for abalone.

Hospice Services of Lake County has been approved as an Intensive Home-Based Palliative Care provider for Lake County. Partnership HealthPlan, which administers Medi-Cal benefits for over 560,000 people in 14 Northern California counties, including Lake, gave the approval to Hospice Service’s program called Lake County Transitions which provides home-based care for patients in transition after, or while still, receiving curative treatments, with complex needs, who are within the last years of their lives, but before they are candidates for hospice care.

The Brooktrails Fire Dept. preparing for this summer’s fire season. The department had a preparedness community event where firefighters led a workshop for the public on emergency evacuation procedures and being fire season prepared. They also showed off their new gear. The Fire Chief tells the Willits News they’re trying to educate folks about what to do in, during and after an emergency. They explained what to put in a so-called “go bag” survival kit for all disasters, earthquakes, forest fires, floods and landslides. They reminded community members to be proactive with emergency plans and reminded everyone not to wait if there’s an emergency, for a police officer or other official to tell you it’s time to evacuate.

A third hearing’s set for the Ukiah Planning Commission on regulations for accessory dwelling units, or so-called mother-in-law or granny units. The work in response to new state laws that make it easier to construct the units. The city’s considering changes for parking if the unit’s near a bus stop. They’ll also consider how new sewer hook-ups are charged by the city. The city attorney asked the planning dept. to come up with recommendations for the city council. The commission meeting may be the last on the subject before it goes to the council. The hearing tonight at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

A man accused in the death of his daughter has his bail increased. The bail for Steven Russell Miller is now up to $2 million related to the murder of Hannah Welch last month. Miller was supposed to enter a plea, but the judge put the hearing off for a couple weeks and raised his bail, plus Miller was appointed a public defender. He’s facing murder and exhibiting a weapon charges in the shooting death of his 20 year old daughter in Hidden Valley Lake. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. reporting the man also hit Welch and shot her, then left the home. Miller’s mother called police and reported the murder.

July 4th festivities are just weeks away, so Lakeport police have an Illegal Fireworks Police Operation Plan in the works. The plan starts this Saturday and goes for a month, the 30-day period around the Fourth holiday. The Police Chief Brad Rasmussen says even though most of the sales and use of fireworks are closer to the Fourth, the 30 days around it are their peak activity period. They’re required to come up with a plan for the city. They’ve also presented it to the city council, which was unanimously approved. The plan outlines where illegal fireworks have been a problem in the past and how they’ll handle it going forward. They’ve got “The Parklands” and “Will-O-Point” as areas most affected by illegal fireworks so they’ll beef up patrols during the peak 30 days.

Back at it, removing thousands of trees which still have not been removed from the Valley Fire area. The Public Service Director for Lake County says the cost is going up about $200,000, so the price is now hovering around $630,000. Apparently the price went up for traffic control, rising timber disposal rates, liability insurance and the loss of timber merchants. The project to take out hazardous trees after the fire that are a threat to county roads and other public properties. Thousands of damaged and dangerous trees have already been removed, but apparently the contractor doing the work couldn’t always get right of entry for private properties. So there was a new bidding process for this phase of the work and a new contractor has been hired.

Could be a way for some immigrants to fight deportation. There’s a new law in California allowing those no longer in jail to challenge old convictions. It’s called “Criminal procedure: post-conviction relief”. So those who claim they were innocent can file paperwork to have their record scrubbed. It also applies to those who say their lawyers didn’t warn them about potential immigration consequences of a plea deal. The law drafted by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego. She says it’s a way to help keep families together. It would help those in trouble with the law understand the true consequences of pleading guilty to certain felonies which she says has led to the unnecessary separation of families across California.

The Gov. has been chosen for a major position at the next U-N Climate Change Conference. Governor Brown is serving as the special envoy for the November meeting in Germany. The Fiji Prime Minister who’s the president of the conference named Brown as a special adviser for states and regions after visiting the Governor in Sacramento yesterday. Democratic Govs. Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington are also going to the U.N. conference. They’re part of a state compact to uphold the emissions reductions targets in the Paris climate agreement even though President Trump said the U-S will withdraw from the accord.

A dog had to be revived after a fire in Hidden Valley Lake. Firefighters on the scene of the fire and saved some dogs in the home, reviving one of them that wasn’t breathing. The fire yesterday afternoon put out pretty quick but firefighters from several agencies responded. Cal Fire and South Lake County Fire asked for a water tender, then another engine came out from Kelseyville. There were three dogs in the home, but no other injuries were reported. One of the dogs was fitted with a special oxygen recovery mask and after about 10 minutes it was breathing on its own again.

The names of three men killed in a solo car crash in Kelseyville have been released. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says 21 year old Cristian Macias, 28 year old Jose Reynosa Macias and 34 year old Michael Cernas were killed May 27th when the Camaro they were driving in crashed early that morning. The Camaro apparently lost control on a curve and crashed into a fence, then a tree and burst into flames. The three men were trapped in the car and died there. Cops say they’re waiting on toxicology reports from the autopsies to see if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, but they do say speed was a factor. They’ve also not figured out yet who the driver was.

A couple of search warrants in Clearlake Oaks end in six people being arrested and a major commercial marijuana operation being busted up. The Sheriff’s Narcotics unit went to a home where they say they found more than 45,000 pot plants, 186 pounds of processed marijuana and two guns. Four people were detained in the home. Then on land across from the home, officers found thousands of plants being grown on a hillside. Two other people were found and detained there. Police found two firearms, more than 100 one-pound bags of manicured marijuana bud and nearly 1,900 marijuana plants. They were apparently getting their water from a pond.

The state budget is done and just in time. Yesterday the Governor, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made the announcement ahead of Thursday’s deadline, that they’d agreed on the $127 billion dollar package. The Governor says the budget keeps Calif. on a sound fiscal path while continuing to support struggling families and make investments in schools. But Republican Senator Jim Nielsen of Tehama, who’s the vice chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says there’s nothing in it to improve and upgrade deteriorated and compromised water infrastructure including the Oroville Dam, and river and bypass levees. He also says there were policy changes that don’t even relate to the budget. But State Sen. Mike McGuire said he was happy that many critical issues he fought for are included in the budget like schools, healthcare and infrastructure repairs.

A man in Pittsburgh had a problem with someone accidentally putting onions in his food so he threatened to kill them. That’s what police say happened Tuesday night when they arrested Yuba Sharma outside an Indian restaurant who called cops to say the guy was “drunk and angry.” The owner of the restaurant told police they had to deal with the man’s drunken rage and asked him to leave several times, but he refused. He says the man reached to his pants pocket and said he was going to shoot the owner. They say he also pulled his pants down and exposed himself to the owner and a restaurant employee. Cops say the man was talking nonsense. He’s charged with terroristic threats, indecent exposure, public drunkenness and resisting arrest.

Here’s one way to protect your food from your co-workers, padlocks. Police in northern England tweeted a picture of padlocks on milk containers in the Halifax Police Station in West Yorkshire. One cop wrapped biohazard warning tape around theirs. One trainee said they thought it was a joke when a superior told him to find a container without a padlock.

The developer of a proposed new neighborhood in the Guenoc Valley still hasn’t submitted an official application for it. Lake County News reports at last week’s Middletown Area Town Hall, Community Development Director Bob Massarelli gave an update on the proposal by Lotusland Investment Holdings of San Francisco for the “high-end, low-density development” with boutique-style hotels, sporting and cultural facilities and residential components, and, in keeping with county code, open space and recreational areas. Massarelli told the MATH group his department has been in talks with the developer about procedures and they expect some formal details to shape up within the next month or two. Massarelli said he’s hiring two people to manage the project and the county website will have a specific place for updates on it.

Kelseyville Presbyterian Church is inviting the community to celebrate the church’s 145th anniversary this weekend. Kelseyville Presbyterian Church was dedicated in June of 1872 and the congregation is inviting you to a “Sail-a-Bration” of those years on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. Saturday’s festivities will go from 2pm-6pm with a free lunch catered by FFA, beginning at 2:30pm, live music provided by different musical groups and an old-time hymn sing in the Sanctuary with songs of the past. You can come visit and look at all the old photos, and visit the old church, which is still on the premises. Their Sunday morning service will be followed by a potluck lunch. All events are open to the public.

The Traffic Engineering Committee in Ukiah’s been asked to put speed bumps on a small street near Safeway. The committee will take up the matter today at their regular meeting requested for Marshall Street. The Daily Journal reports the street’s sort of a detour because it connects East Gobbi and South Main streets and helps drivers avoid an intersection. The Ukiah Police Department apparently getting several calls about the speeding cars on Marshall. Neighbors have even put up signs urging drivers to “Slow Down” and another says “Drive like your kids live here”. The Engineering Committee is also considering a couple of stop signs on the West Side of the city, the intersection of Standley and Spring streets, and the intersection of Walnut and Bush streets.

Three people are recovering after a solo car crash in Upper Lake. Police say the 23 year old driver,
Dalleen Luevano of Middletown has been arrested for DUI. The CHP reports the crash happened on Pitney Ridge Road around 3:30 Sunday morning. They say Luevano was driving a Ford F-350 along with passengers Jeffrey Lovrin of Upper Lake and Nehemiah White of Lucerne when the driver lost control and went off the road, down an embankment and rolled before coming to a stop by crashing into a tree. Lovrin, the right front passenger, had moderate injuries and driver Luevano had major injuries and the other passenger, who was in the rear of the pickup had minor injuries. Police say they were all wearing seatbelts.

Slower job growth expected in Calif. per a new UCLA report. The UCLA Anderson Forecast says the state’s job market was up about 2 percent last year and is expected to go up by 1.8 percent this year. A Senior Economist with the Forecast says gridlock in Washington DC is a major factor because the Trump Administration is having difficulties passing stimulus packages. The projected payroll job growth in Calif. at 1.6 percent for 2017, but off a half point to 1.1 percent in 2018 and way off at .9 percent growth in 2019. The report shows U.S. job growth should be weaker than California’s, growing to an annual pace of 1.5 percent. It says there could be inflation and higher cost of living across the country.

Lawmakers have only a couple more days to meet the deadline to get the state budget done. The Governor released details of his budget last month, but yesterday lawmakers were still trying to get it done ahead of a new voter approved deadline. The deadline means if legislators don’t get across the finish line in time, they lose pay. So they have until Thursday to pass the 2017 budget. Yesterday was the last day for changes to the main bill though, if they’re going to make the deadline this Thursday. Bills have to be in print for 72 hours before a floor vote, as part of that constitutional amendment voters approved last year. There was still stuff being added in late yesterday afternoon including expanding the state tax credit program and tuition discounts for college kids.

In the last hours of the state budget debate, lawmakers added legislation to allow hundreds of millions more for doctors and dentists who perform publicly funded care. The $465 million dollar proposal is part of the new budget, which has yet to be released publicly. The legislation was introduced in time to make the Thursday deadline for lawmakers though. There were still hustled meetings happening late yesterday afternoon and press conferences were pushed back that would have had more details. Apaprently doctors and dentists have been putting pressure on the governor to use tobacco tax money to increase their payments for treating low-income patients on Medi-Cal.

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested on suspicion of molesting at least two girls. Ukiah Police say someone reported Jaime Barajas had molested a 14-year-old girl and when they were investigating they found out there was also possibly another victim, a 13 year old, and maybe some others too. They say it could have all been going on for some time. Detectives got a no-bail warrant and put out a Be On the Lookout Alert for Barajas. Then the Mendocino Sherriff’s Dept reports arresting the guy Friday in Redwood Valley. Detectives are now trying to find out of there are more victims or any witnesses.

A man crushed to death by his own car Saturday afternoon near the Talmage Bridge has been identified. The CHP reports Charles Welch of Yreka and his wife were pushing their stalled car up an incline on the Russian River access road around 4 p.m. when the car started to roll onto him. The wife jumped into the driver’s seat to try and get control but the car rolled onto Welch, dragging him 15 feet down and pinning him on the bottom of a dried creek bed. Police tried to revive him, but say he had no pulse, so he was declared dead at the scene.

Rangers in some Western National Parks say they’re concerned about a potential spike in drowning as the deepest mountain snowpack in recent history is now melting and has waterfalls and rivers running extra rough. The Press Democrat reports 14 river deaths since the beginning of May may be because of the unusually strong water and some popular sections of rivers are closed to rafting and fishing in California, Utah and Wyoming. A member of the Yosemite Swift Water Rescue Team told reporters this year’s velocity and force of the Merced River that runs through Yosemite is similar to a runaway freight train.

A rare snow storm in the Sierra Nevada so some skiers and snowboarders got out in it. Squaw Valley got four fresh inches of snow in upper elevations and a couple on the base. Skiers and snowboarders will get to enjoy the slopes past the Fourth of July for the first time ever. A spokesperson for Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows says they’re seeing people on the slopes in bathing suits and costumes. He says the skiing “has definitely been extremely festive." The resort keeping the mountain runs open on Saturdays for as long as it doesn’t get too mushy. They say it could stay open thru July, and possibly into August.

A man from Eureka’s been arrested after a chase where he ended up hiding in a historical Tall Ship after vandalizing a Dept. of Fish and Wildlife boat. Police say they chased Christopher Breaker along the waterfront last weekend before he was arrested for vehicle theft, vandalism, and resisting arrest. Police say they went after the guy after reports a construction site truck had been stolen. They found the truck, then got a report a suspicious man had boarded and vandalized the fish and wildlife vessel before he jumped into the water near the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, swam across the bay and onto a pirate ship. Cops say the captain of the ship helped pull him out of the water, then they flagged down police. It’s the guy’s second arrest in 12 hours. He had been arrested in Arcata for driving without a license.

A Ukiah man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting at least two girls. Ukiah Police say June 5th someone reported that Jaime Barajas had molested a 14-year-old girl over a period of time. During the investigation, it was discovered that there was also a 13-year-old victim and possibly others, and it had been going on for some time. UPD detectives got a no-bail warrant and put out a BOLO for Barajas. Mendocino Sherriff’s Deputies arrested him Friday in Redwood Valley. Detectives are now trying to find out of there are more victims or any witnesses.

A man crushed to death by his own car Saturday afternoon near the Talmage Bridge has been identified as Charles Welch of Yreka. The CHP says Welch and his wife were pushing their stalled car up an incline on the Russian River access road around 4 p.m. when the car started to roll onto him. The wife jumped into the driver’s seat to try and get control but the car rolled onto Welch, dragging him 15 feet down and pinning him on the bottom of a dried creek bed.

It’s back to prison for man who served more than four years for Arson after he stole money from a Willits convenience store where he worked. The Mendocino County DA’s Office says Brice Lee McKinnon served only four years of a six year sentence on five counts of arson and was paroled in January. The owners of the Village Market hired him as a cashier but say he began stealing from the cash drawer and taking Lottery scratchers. Willits Police investigated and last week McKinnon admitted to felony Grand Theft, which means a new state prison sentence, likely of 48 months.

Rangers in some Western National Parks say they’re concerned about a potential spike in drowning as the deepest mountain snow pack in recent history is now melting and has waterfalls and rivers running extra rough. The Press Democrat reports 14 river deaths since the beginning of May are being blamed on the unusually strong water and some popular sections of rivers are closed to rafting and fishing in California, Utah and Wyoming. A member of the Yosemite Swift Water Rescue Team told reporters this year’s velocity and force of the Merced River that runs through Yosemite is similar to a runaway freight train.

A call to help a couple on their way to their wedding in Avon, Connecticut with local firefighters saving the day. Firefighters responding to a call of a church bus fire, but find a trolley bus with its engine on fire. The bus driver had put the fire out, but a wedding party was on it and couldn’t get to the church on time. Firefighters gave the bride and groom a ride. The Avon Volunteer Fire Department posted the whole thing on their Facebook page, with a picture of the bride and groom, saying they had “the wonderful honor of making sure the happy couple didn’t miss their own party”.

A 19 year old from Pennsylvania’s been busted at an amusement park after posting photos to snapchat. The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office reports searching for Kimberly Dolan for attempted murder and multiple bond conditions. Police say she hit someone in the face and ran down another with her car after they supposedly got into a car accident with her grandfather. She left the scene before cops got there, they’ve been searching for her until she posted on Snapchat at an amusement park where she was with her child last Thursday. She was arrested at the park with the help of local cops.

The latest graduates from Ukiah High are on their way to adulting. The Daily Journal at the graduation ceremony over the weekend. Many of the graduates speaking to the paper say they were exciting to be on their own, and growing up.

The Courthouse Museum has a new exhibit which is like life imitating art. The Record Bee reports on the new exhibit which covers racism in the 1900’s with White Settlers and the Pomo Tribe. The paper reports it parallels some of what’s happening now with some feeling immigrants are taking their jobs. There’s even a Confederate flag up as part of the Political Citizens exhibit, which is still stirring controversy. Confederate monuments are still being taken down and the flag condemned for being a symbol of racism. There are issues covering much of the political spectrum that still dominate discussion today. Women’s suffrage has a picture of a letter from a woman from Lower Lake to her sister. That letter about an abortion the woman just had performed. There’s also a section on legal cases covering the Upper Lake Union Elementary School District protecting students from anti-gay harassment in 2008 and the local Women’s March from this year is also mentioned. The display is Weds-Sundays but they’re closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The city of Lakeport is carving out how they’ll pay for road work, upgrade broadband and bring in solar power for their new budget. The city’s spending about $5.5 million from the general fund on public safety and infrastructure. The Record Bee reports the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st will be split with about 40% going to police and law enforcement, and the rest to roads, public safety and economic development. The City Manager says the focus is service delivery, economic vitality and improving the quality of life for residents. The city apparently using a community survey as a guide for which projects would get priority. They’ll first finish the South Main Street/Soda Bay Road annexation, a Solar Array Project and replace old police patrol vehicles. Putting in stronger Wi-Fi access in the downtown area is also on the to-do list with Measure Z money helping bolster the city’s pocketbook to pay for the projects.

The proposed budget to be discussed by the Ukiah City Council. There will be hearings this week on the budget which is up by almost $4 million for staffing costs and more than $40 million more in capital improvements. The first hearing’s today at 4 PM and another may be held tomorrow if they need to continue. The budget is almost $107 million dollars which has $41.5 million more than last year. The City Manager Sage Sangiacomo says there will still be a budget surplus of $1.5 million and nearly $2M next year. There’s also more money being spent than earned, but apparently it’s covered by loans that aren’t considered revenue. Most of the money being spent is on the Recycled Water System, or so-called Purple Pipe, then several million’s being spent on the proposed Costco store. The next big expenditure is on personnel.

A man in Ukiah’s been killed after a car crashed and crushed the man near the Talmage Bridge. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports the man’s wife told them they were trying to jump start their car near the Russian River access off Talmage Road east of Babcock Lane Saturday afternoon, and the car went down the hill on top of the man and crushed his upper body. Fire crews say when they arrived the man had no pulse, so they declared him dead. They’ve only identified him as a 57-year-old man.

A woman and her son accused in the death of a woman they were living with in Caspar due in court. Kelley Anne Coan and her son, Alexander due in court Wednesday for their arraignments which had been set for last month but were continued because of a potential conflict. They’re charged with Jamie Shipman’s murder May 23rd at her home where the Coan’s were living. Police say there had been some sort of property dispute. Police also say they arrested Alexander after first letting him go the day of the murder because they didn’t’ think they had enough evidence. They say later when they gathered more information, they brought him in. The two are held on no bail in the Mendocino County Jail.

A bit closer to reality for the Costco in Ukiah. The Planning Manager tells the City Council they’re one step closer to the re-approval of the Costco project since the council had a do-over regarding the project’s Environmental Impact Report, property rezoning and site development permit. The planning manager asking the council to certify the final reports, but there were still some questions from the council. One part of the Environmental Impact Report had to be re-done regarding the energy use for the project after a lawsuit. So only that bit can be appealed. And the council questioned why the project wouldn’t have solar panels. The council finally settled on the report, deciding the benefits outweighed the negatives. The last couple of items, the re-zoning and the final site permit should be before the council before the end of July.

A new poll shows Californians not keen on the new gas tax to pay for road repairs. The poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies shows 58% of registered voters are against the new tax and another 35% are all for it. 7% had no opinion. Since the tax was passed the legislature’s own polling was way down. The public approval for the legislature per one poll had them at 50 percent in March, a 7 point drop. Now a Republican Assemblyman from Huntington Beach, Travis Allen, is trying to get the vote overturned with a petition drive to get the gas tax on a ballot. The original bill, Senate Bill 1, which is now law, will raise the gas tax 12 cents a gallon starting in November. Plus the car registration fee goes up next year from about $25 to $175, depending on the value of the car.

A lawyer for one of the men accused in the Ghost Ship fire near Oakland says his client is being demonized. Derick Almena was arrested in Upper Lake for the December 2nd fire where 36 people were trapped in the building and died. Almena’s lawyer made the first public statement in the case after he and Max Harris were arrested for creating a dangerous and illegal living space. But they’re blaming the city and fire officials. Almena’s wife spoke out with the lawyer, saying they would have never lived in a place that was unsafe. The lawyer says the city, Fire Dept., PG&E and Oakland building department were negligent and responsible for events that led to the fire. Witnesses say firefighters had been to the building in 2014 for another party, went inside, and did nothing about the building. Almena and Harris are in jail on $1M dollars bail each and are due in court tomorrow.

A two story home in Guerneville has been destroyed by a fire. Two other homes also damaged in the fire Saturday night before midnight. Firefighters get a call to the fire and find the home already consumed by flames. One person and 2 dogs got out safely with the help of neighbors. Another dog’s not been found. Cal Fire, Monte Rio, Forestville and Russian River firefighters all went out to the fire which took them about an hour to put down. The fire spread to another vacation home nearby and another house. One had a minor damage, the other major fire and smoke damage. The total destruction added up to about $750,000. The cause still under investigation.

Assembly member Jim Wood has presented an award recognizing Fort Bragg’s North Coast Brewing Company as the Small Business of the Year for his District. North Coast Brewing Company is the 47th largest craft brewery in the country and has more than 100 awards in U.S. and international competitions. Wood said in a statement announcing the honor that the company was recognized not only for their contributions to the region’s economy but also their environmental and community initiatives, supporting more than 100 local organizations and giving a portion of sales to support music education and ocean mammal research and rescue.

The Lakeport City Council has reiterated their support for the federal government to create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument which includes more than 331,000 acres of public lands in Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Mendocino, Napa, Yolo and Solano counties, with two-thirds of that is Lake County. President Barack Obama created the monument in 2015 but in April President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing a review of the 22 national monuments created over the past 21 years that were larger than 100,000 acres. Lake County News reports at their meeting this week the Lakeport City Council heard a presentation from the Sierra Club on the works that’s been done over the years to gather public as well and local and state government support, and more recently developing a multiagency management plan for the proposed Monument. Victoria Brandon said they are now asking for renewed expressions of support from local governments including a planned visit to the Lake County Board of Supervisors. The City council voted 5-0 to renew their support.

The “Big Pave” of Hwy 101 near Healdsburg starts on Monday. Cal Trans is ultimately repaving about 14 miles of the highway between Windsor and Geyserville but starting Monday night they will be working four months on Hwy 101 between Dry Creek Road and Canyon Road. Work is set for night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and while Caltrans says they do not plan to ever fully close the freeway, there could be some ramps closed at night, and there could be delays.