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The time for voters to make a decision about weather to support Proposition 6 will be here soon, and a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California sheds a little light on how voters are feeling right now. The proposition, that would repeal an increase in the state Gas tax, and cut about $5 Billion from the state transportation budget was opposed by only 39% of voters. Respondents of the poll did send a mixed a message though, when half said they’d have no problem voting to repeal. The only question now is weather more voters will come around when they find out there’s a plan to pay for it, which is to divert some tax dollars to road maintenance, ending the stage’s high-speed rail project, and cutting union compensation packages.

The Clearlake Police Department received a report this week from staff at Lake County Behavioral Health about a man threatening to come to the office and shoot employees. 32 year old Michael McDaniel of Spring Vally is accused of calling the office and speaking with two staff members, threatening to come and shoot employees. Police says he has a rap sheet that includes murder, and that they found multiple firearms in his possession. Clearlake Police searched McDaniels home in Spring Valley, and later found him at a neighbor’s house before arresting him for felony criminal threats and booking him into the Lake County Jail.

For over 50 years, a federal fund has been the source of billions of dollars used in developing and acquiring public lands like Trionne-Annadel State Park, and it is being allowed to expire on Sunday. This has California officials concerned because the fund has been a major part of funding used in upkeep around the state, supporting about 30 projects over the years with $7.8 million in funding.

In a move that could only have ended badly, a man at Dublin airport missed his flight yesterday, and tried flagging the pilot down to get on board. Witnesses say the man busted through an airport door, running down the tarmac yelling and waving in an attempt to flag down the plane. Predictably, he was detained and turned over to police. On his way out of the airport, he yelled at media, and swung his suitcase at them, before mooning the crowd. He has a court date in November.

Some tense moments today as a Lake County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy and Kelseyville High School staff received reports of verbal threats made by two students to shoot other students at the school. All schools in the district were placed under lockdown until the suspects could be found and student safety could be ensured. The suspects were located and arrested for making criminal threats, their parents are cooperating with the investigation.

Back in Oct 2017, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors commissioned a study to try and find out which employees are underpaid, and overpaid- to see if any changes could be made. Looking at the cost of labor differences around Mendocino County showed that the city of Santa Rosa had a 12.4% difference in the cost of labor, while Humboldt/Euraka and Lake/Lakeport counties showed 0%. The study recommended that a salary strategy be used to find out the appropriate difference between pay in Mendocino County and pay in Lake County, etc and come up with fair salary and schedules.

A university in Toronto is offering support to any of the 500 students accidentally exposed to a graphic anatomy lesson during a lecture on Introductory Psychology. The University professor was trying to beam his lesson through a projector for his students when the racy video began broadcasting to students who had mixed reactions. Some laughed, others walked out, and some even posted snapchat video of their horrified classmate’s reactions in the packed lecture hall. A university spokesperson says the school is aware of the situation and are encouraging students who are feeling unsettled to speak with staff.

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A bill circulating at the Capitol would require any public university in the state to offer abortion medication at campus health centers. There’s no school in the University of California or California State University system currently offering any abortion services. Now that the Assembly has approved the measure, it heads to the Senate for a final sign-off. Apparently some private donors are paying startup costs to get equipment for schools which includes ultrasound machines, staff training and a 24-hour hotline for students to ask questions and get emergency referrals. The system would have to be in place by 2022. The medications that instigate abortion is given in a clinic situation, then the patient gets a drug to take at home later. Those who support it say it’s difficult and costly for off campus abortions and those against it say the vote’s a tragedy.

Alternative office hours have been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors to save money. The new hours for county offices located in and around the Lake County Courthouse will be Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and holidays are closed. That would include the main Administration office, the Assessor-Recorder, Auditor Controller, the Board of Supervisors, Community Development Dept., the County Counsel, Elections office, Information Technology, Public Works and Treasurer-Tax Collector. The ones outside the courthouse are the Department of Public Service, District Attorney’s Office, Special Districts, Lake County Air Quality Management and Child Supportive Services. The change due to average 20 percent staff vacancy rate, low morale and repeated disasters like wildfires.

Police in Fort Bragg have arrested a man after reports of a domestic assault. Fort Bragg Police report states when police arrived early Sunday they found Silvestre Rivera Nieto unconscious on the ground after being thrown to the ground.  A female victim was was found to be bleeding from several knife wounds. The female victim told police she and Rivera Nieto , had been out drinking and while they were walking home, he suddenly pulled out a knife and attacked her, unprovoked slashing her several times, in her face and hands.  They got into a further altercation on the ground. Once she was able to escape, she ran home where she told her father about the attack.  Rivera Nieto tried to continue his attack on the victim and her father threw him to the ground where he hit his head. Rivera Nieto received medical attention for his injury and was subsequently arrested.

Police and firefighters in Fort Bragg were called to a brush fire in a field across from the hospital.  And when they arrived, they found a small brushy grassy fire was ablaze along the western end of the field near the end of South Street. Once fire personnel arrived they quickly got on the fire which was being whipped up by wind. Officers went to a senior living complex across from the fire and began evacuating residents. Fort Bragg Fire Department Volunteers and CalFire firefighters put the fire out, containing it to the grassland. The tenants were allowed to go return home once the smoke lessened. The fire charred about 3 acres of grassland, and some small trees and bushes. There wasn’t a lot of major damage or loss of property.

A firefighter from Utah working the Mendocino Complex Fire has adopted a dog he found in the wilderness in Northern Calif. Patrick Cullen of the same department where one of his fellow firefighters lost his life, didn’t forget the exhausted, thirsty German Shepherd he saw earlier this month. He had to leave the dog but apparently found him again at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter and found that it could be adopted because nobody had claimed it. Cullen has named the dog Mendo, after the Mendocino Complex fires. The Press democrat reports Cullen saying the dog’s a bright spot in an otherwise sad story after the death of Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett. Burchett died in the Mendo Complex Fire on Aug. 13th after a tree hit him during a retardant drop operation.

The U-S Forest Service and Dept. of Interior sending their Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) specialists to the Ranch Fire burn area to finalize the soil burn severity map. The team only on the southern area of the fire, since it’s still burning on the north. What they looked at was more than 191,000 acres, with the rest to be mapped later. So far, it shows about seven percent of the fire perimeter was considered unburned or very low, 27% was low, 59% moderate burn and another 6% was high severity. The assessment teams use the data to show areas where there could be future erosion and water runoff. The teams usually include scientists and specialists who consider emergency stabilization options for critical resources.

The Ukiah Planning Commission will once again take up the proposed construction of a tractor company on Talmage Road. The Daily Journal reports the commission will consider Garton Tractor’s construction permit at their meeting today. The review had been postponed at the last meeting after they approved a Major Site Development Permit last October. But there had been an appeal by a City Council member due to its proximity to the airport. So the size of the building has been reconfigured. The City Council referred the project to the Airport Land Use Commission which ended up being acceptable. The project will be considered tonight at 6 in City Council chambers.

The Mendocino Complex has once again gained acreage and dropped containment. The Ranch Fire’s grown another 6,000 acres, and is 67% contained. The fire’s burned about 357,600 acres. The River Fire stands at just under 49,000 acres and has been totally contained for several days. The complex together is 75% contained and is still expected to be totally contained by Labor Day weekend. The Ranch Fire was growing mostly northeast of Lake Pillsbury and into Glenn County, and in steep, rugged terrain in the north and northeastern areas of the fire area. 157 homes and 120 other structures have burned and another 1,050 structures are threatened. One firefighter was killed last week and a couple others have been injured.

Multiple grants are being applied for in Mendocino County to help with a new hazard mitigation plan and more. The Daily Journal reports the Fire Recovery Director told the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors they were applying for several grants that would also update safety elements and a grant for the Redwood Valley Water Infrastructure Project after the 2017 fires. The money could go to pay for two new staffers that would only be working on fire recovery, so other employees could do their regular jobs.

The latest Mendocino County CEO report to the Board of Supervisors says there were nearly 70 animals that had to be evacuated due to the Mendocino Complex between July 27 and Aug. 15. The report says the animals were from Lake County too and most of the Mendocino County animals were from Potter Valley. 33 cats, 32 dogs, three birds and a lizard were evacuated. There are still three dogs and three cats in Mendocino County not home. Besides that there were also 35 large animals evacuated to the Redwood Riders Arena. 13 horses, 15 goats, two cows, four chickens and a tortoise. There’s still one horse, two pigs and two goats there.

The Clearlake City Council is going to respond to the 2018 Grand Jury Report and will also speak on their own “Nepotism Policy.” The meeting this Thursday will also look at some local appointments to ad hoc committees and development agreements for three marijuana businesses. The Grand Jury report on various topics has to be done by state law within 90 days of getting the Grand Jury Report. The report this time was in the middle of June, so they have until the middle of September.

Retardant dropped after the fires in Lake County may create more weeds and algae. The retardant stops a fire’s growth, but when it rains this winter it could runoff into streams and Clearlake itself. Thousands of gallons of the red stuff dropped by Blue Lakes and Lake Pillsbury. Ash could also bring more invasive weeds. The Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians is taking water samples and sending them to a lab and will reportedly be doing this for months to come. Apparently there’s also concern about fish die-offs after the same has happened from retardant in other lakes after fires.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors says yes, the Lucerne Hotel can be sold. A purchase offer’s been made by the Romero Institute, looking to put a school in the building.  The New Paradigm University was the only bidder at $2.5 million which the Supervisors have given the thumbs up for at their Tuesday meeting. The County Administrative Officer says county staff have to verify the sale conditions before the County moves forward with the sale.  A representative with the Institute at the meeting and thanks the board and others for allowing the university to make its home in Lake County.

Orchard Supply Hardware, the do-it-yourself franchise across the state is closing all stores before the end of the year. A spokesperson for its parent company Lowe’s has confirmed the closures. That means as many as 4,000 people will be without a job and store liquidations are beginning next week. There are more than 40 locations in the Bay Area alone, out of Orchard’s 98 locations. There are others across the state and in Oregon and Florida.

An ex cop accused of being the notorious Golden State Killer is going to trial in Sacramento County. The Orange County D-A says they picked the area because the case is so complex, and taking into consideration Joseph D’Angelo’s rights, location of the crimes and hardship for witnesses and victims. He’s accused of more than a dozen murders across the state in the 1970s and ’80s. They were deciding between six jurisdictions. DeAngelo is facing multiple other charges too including 13 counts of kidnapping and robbery. He had been arrested this spring in Citrus Heights which is of course in Sacramento County. There’s no trial date yet.

A protest at the State Capitol by hundreds of farmers against a proposal to bolster water flows in a major California river, which they say will actually mean less water for farms in the Central Valley. But environmentalists say it’s a good thing, especially as it relates to Salmon fisheries. The State Water Resources Control Board is preparing to discuss a proposal to double the amount of water flowing to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. But it means there would be less water diverted to farms and it would protect the state’s lower salmon population. There were estimates of only 10,000 fall-run salmon in 2017, compared to 70,000 in 1985.

The Governor about to sign a bill the legislature’s approved to stop bail for criminals and instead replace it with a risk-assessment system. That makes Calif. the first state to end a bail system for anyone waiting for trial. So there would no longer be bail set which some state senators say discriminates against low-income people. The author of the bill, Sen Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys, says the current system is unfair to the poor and that money bail doesn’t make anyone safer or ensure suspects come to court.

Ukiah Police Dog Bugsy has died. The police department announced Bugsy had been sick and having troubles with his legs and found to have a brain infection. They say he wasn’t strong enough to fight the infection and died peacefully surrounded by his family, and handler. He had been a narcotics K9 with the Police Department since 2010. They report over the 7 years with the department he helped bring in multiple drugs and more than $200,000. As of late he was a serving with School Resource Officer De Lapo in the Ukiah Unified School District.

For those impacted by the wildfires in Lake County, the California Department of Social Services has announced help from Disaster CalFresh food assistance. For a family of four that brings in a monthly income of $2,755 a month, they may be able to get as much as $640 in food assistance through the program. Applications are being accepted thru the end of the week and thru Wednesday of next week. The USDA approving the state of California’s request for Disaster CalFresh food assistance as part of the recovery effort in Lake County. The program nationally is known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or D-SNAP. Apply thru the Dept. of Social Services in Lake County for your Disaster CalFresh benefits which are distributed thru an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Individuals and families who lived or worked in Lake County may be eligible for Disaster CalFresh food assistance if the household experienced at least one of the following as a direct result of the wildfires:

Damage to, or destruction of the home or self-employment business;
Loss or inaccessibility of income, including a reduction or termination of earnedincome or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster related problems; or
Disaster-related expenses (e.g., home or business repairs, temporary shelter,evacuation, food loss, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period.

Households already participating in CalFresh are not eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh food assistance, but may be eligible to receive supplemental benefits, which brings a household up to the maximum allotment level based on their household size. Households already participating in CalFresh may contact their local agency to request supplemental benefits by phone or in person. CalFresh households residing in the following zip codes at the time of the disaster- 95458, 95464, 95485, 95493, 95453, 95423, 95451, 95443, and 95435 will automatically receive supplemental benefits on their EBT card. They will not need to contact Lake County Department of Social Services or visit the Disaster CalFresh site in person to receive this benefit.

WHEN TO APPLY

Individuals and families affected by the wildfires who are seeking food assistance may apply for Disaster CalFresh beginning August 22, 2018, by visiting Lake County Department of Social Services offices. Additional application sites and more information is available at http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Disaster-Help-Center.

In addition, individuals or families with new needs for assistance due to the wildfires may always apply for regular CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs cash aid at their local Social Services Department or online at www.benefitscal.com.

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Lake County: (800) 628-5288

The Mendocino Complex fires well over the 400-thousand acre mark. The two fires, at almost 410,500 acres with 7,950 acres tacked onto the total overnight last night into today. The Ranch Fire is the one in the complex still burning with the River fire totally contained. The fires started burning the end of last month burning thru Lake County and gutting 157 homes and 120 other structures. As we’ve been reporting one firefighter from Utah was killed last week, it happened during a retardant drop operation with a tree coming down on him and several others.  The new acreage on the Ranch fire on its north and northeastern sections, apparently some of it though from backfiring operations by firefighters.  The Ranch Fire now has blackened 361,562 acres, and is 67 percent contained with full containment expected September 1st.

There will be no grand jury indictment, instead it’ll be a preliminary hearing in the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist case. The D-A on the case told CBS Sacramento she’s not going for a grand jury indictment which prosecutors can do so cases go to trial quicker. But instead to a court where witnesses can speak out too. Witnesses will be in the court and speak with the suspect in the room. The prosecutor saying when a grand jury is used the defense cannot cross examine witnesses because they’re not present. She also told the TV station she’s not decided if she will try for a plea deal in the case, saying that’s premature. Several cases against Joseph De Angelo will all be rolled into one case with a trial expected next year or thereafter.

 

Two Lakeport City Councilmembers without competitors for their seats could just have their terms renewed without having an election. The City Council to decide at their meeting today if Stacey Mattina and Mayor Mireya Turner will be re-appointed or if there should be an election even though they’re the only candidates who filed to run for their seat’s by the end of the general election nomination period. So by state law, the council could reappoint them, then no election for their seats would be held and no write in candidates would be considered either. Apparently it’s the first time this has happened. If the city decides against an election, it could save them as much as $4,000.

Since a major disaster declaration has been declared by the federal government connected to the Mendocino Complex fires, FEMA can start to help fund those impacted by the fires. Congressman Mike Thompson in town over the weekend, announcing the declaration which means federal funds will be available for those needing to rebuild or repair after the fires. As of yesterday there were about 177 structures that burned and more than 1,000 are still threatened. Residents and business owners with damage or loss can register with FEMA now. Last night a FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance team was set up at the Lake County Superior Court answering questions. For more info, http://www. DisasterAssistance.gov.

By smartphone or tablet, use www.fema.gov.

3 people in Lakeport have filed paperwork to be on the School Board. The Record Bee reports due to concerns over student safety, fiscal management of a recent $17 million school bond, and a loss of several teachers, Carly Alvord, Dan Buffalo, and Jen Hanson are trying to get on the school board as a team to fill three vacancies. They say the school system is struggling and they want to help bring qualified professionals to the area. They say they’re concerned about teachers leaving and the school district not being what it used to be so they want to help. The three are endorsed by several parents, teachers and other concerned citizens. For more info, visit http://www.fix-LUSD.com.

Lawmakers have been tackling wildfire related bills for almost a year. The latest effort that was being lobbied by PG&E so they wouldn’t be solely responsible for last October’s fire storm has died. There had been a proposal to decide if utilities and their shareholders would be held responsible for the costs, something known as inverse condemnation, if the companies equipment is found to be associated with the fires. A spokesperson for State Senator Bill Dodd’s office says the provisions of inverse condemnation are not moving forward. Apparently other provisions are being considered including reducing long terms costs for ratepayers instead of having ratepayers on the hook.

Assemblyman Jim Wood upset because there’s been no real movement at the capitol on funding for fire prevention and preparedness even as wildfires burn across the state another season. Wood holding a news conference last week saying the state has historically spent about 2 percent of funding on fire prevention and he wants to see more money coming in for the fight. He’s on the Wildfire Preparedness and Response Legislative Conference Committee which is looking at long term fuel reduction. His co-chair Bill Dodd agreeing that fires need to be stopped before they start. The two agree there has to be more money set aside with Wood saying that should be as much as $300 million a year, guaranteed for fuel reduction.

A man from Clearlake finally sentenced to life in prison for a murder and the injury of two others. Lake Co News reports it’s been thirteen months since Joshua Beavers was found guilty and since then had a motion for a new trial denied for the September 2013 shooting. He got two life sentences for the murder of David Ferrell and the shooting and wounding of Paul Cressy and Rachel Patterson. He was found guilty last June. He got about 102 years to life for several crimes along with the two life terms. The shootings related to a marijuana garden. The motion for a new trial just a couple of weeks ago and denied.

The Mendocino Complex has now burned an unprecedented 400,000 acres. The fire easily the largest to ever burn in the state now at 79% containment. The fire started August 10th and killed a firefighter from Utah, Draper City Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett who died after being hit by a falling tree near Lake Pillsbury. He was remembered yesterday at a funeral in his home state with hundreds at the service. Both the Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman were there.  The complex is reportedly burning more into the National Forest toward Lake County’s northern border. It’s still supposed to be fully contained by Sept. 1st. The fire has burned 157 homes and 120 other structures.

A food pantry is opening in Lucerne. The Food Cupboard tomorrow at the First Lutheran Church from 1 to 2 p.m. with not only food, but clothing, toiletries and cleaning supplies for anyone in need. They will also give out pet food in the morning at 10 thanks to donations by those including Orphan Dog, a Lake County-based animal rescue group. The pastor of the church says they care for all of God’s creation. Anyone who is interested in donating can visit the church website www.flclucerne.com.

Divers have recovered the body of a man from San Francisco out of the Russian River near Guerneville. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the man’s body was found yesterday near a vacation rental home where he was staying with friends last weekend. The body in 12 to 15 feet of water near docks. He had been reported missing Sunday night after not showing up for dinner. His personal belongings found on a dock at the edge of the river. A search and rescued dive team and the Russian River and Monte Rio fire departments went searching, finding the body within about an hour. The Coroner’s Office is investigating.

A man from Alabama found guilty of domestic violence, his son shot, over some chicken wings. John Caver found guilty of first-degree domestic violence two years after the attack on his son during a football game they were watching at home in Selma. The two in an argument over the food, Caver’s wife tried to separate the two, but it ended up with the son being shot in the chest. The D-A telling a local news site, it “must have been some really good chicken”. Caver facing 20 years in prison.

The situation to our north in Shasta county seems to be going from bad to worse. Another firefighter has died in that spreading wildfire that has already taken upwards of 40,000 acres and led to thousands of evacuations. The so called Carr fire now threatens almost 5,000 homes. The smoke is wafting in all directions –even south into Lake county — but forecasters say it shouldn’t cause and health issues because a westerly wind will blow it out to sea this weekend

A judge has tossed out Sonoma County’s sale of a big tract of land for Santa Rosa’s biggest housing project. A superior court judge has sided with neighbors of the former Sutter Hospital campus who say the county was wrong to exempt the land from an environmental review. The county and the developers say they’ll review the ruling and decide if they want to take it to a higher court. They say the project would help the area deal with a housing shortage made worse by the loss of thousands of homes in last fall’s wildfires.

Watch for some roadwork related delays in Lake County next week on Highway 29. Crews will be doing some pavement work at Cruikshank Road overnights starting Monday between 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM.there could be delays of up to 5 minutes while the work is going on. CalTrans has info on that project and others on its website or at 1-800-gas-road

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The Pawnee Fire’s burned another thousand acres, but is 75% contained. And highway 20, which was closed because of the fire has reopened this morning and there are no restrictions. Firefighters have been up against this fire since June 23rd and now have it 75% contained with full containment expected before the end of the week. There are mandatory evacuations in place once again for the Double Eagle subdivision East of Clearlake Oaks on Hwy 20. Residents were allowed to go home briefly, before the fire started to move again and were told they had to leave their homes. Evacuation advisories have also been announced in the area between Highway 20 and Morgan Valley Road and from Sky High Ridge Road and the county line.

The County Fire blew up overnight. The fire in Yolo County started Saturday, then moved into Napa. It was at 32,500 acres and only 2 percent contained yesterday, but then overnight it grew to more than 44,500 acres. Cal Fire also reports the fire was 3% contained now. But it’s also moved into Lake County. Officials say erratic winds pushed the fire in all different directions with a run over the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Yolo and Napa county line. It’s also burning near Lake Berryessa. Mandatory evacuations are in place are in place for the County Fire too.

A meth lab’s been found in Nice but no arrests have been made. Detectives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit say they served a search warrant at a home and found the Methamphetamine Conversion Lab saying it was used to convert liquid methamphetamine into crystal meth. They say about a half gallon of liquid meth was found which they say can produce more than two pounds of crystal meth with a street value of about $10,000. They say they didn’t find anyone home at the time and are continuing to investigate.

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Containment on the Pawnee fire continues to grow and the forward movement of the fire has stopped. But there is a red flag warning in place with hotter weather, wind and dry conditions forecast tonight into tomorrow night. The fire is holding at 13,700 acres and is 56 percent contained. Cal Fire reports 658 acres have burned in the Mendocino National Forest. There’s no estimate on when the fire might totally be 100% contained. There are more than 3,000 firefighters on the fire and more crews are being flown into remote regions to help strengthen containment lines. There is just the mandatory evacuation order remain in effect for Walker Ridge and a road closure on Walker Ridge Road at Highway 20.

A man accused in the murder of another man at a marijuana operation in a remote area of Covelo has been found guilty. Joshua Ruoff formerly of New Hampshire convicted for the willful, deliberate and premeditated murder of Timothy Sweeting in May of 2016 with the jury also finding true an enhancement of the sentence because the defendant used a baseball bat in the of the murder. The matter has been sent to the Adult Probation Department for further study before sentencing. The D-A says it could be 26 years to life in state prison for Ruoff who’s due back in court July 20th.

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After a search, police have taken an Upper Lake man into custody in connection with the death of the man’s wife. 64 year old William Morton Henry is being held on a million dollars bail; police have been on the hunt for Henry since Monday after police reported the suspicious death of Henry’s wife, 51 year old Cindi Henry. Henry was taken into custody without incident at his home yesterday morning. Cindi Henry was found dead by family members at the house on Monday; an autopsy determined her death to have been a homicide by asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner.

Lake County reaching a settlement to pay two million dollars to the only son of a Lake County jail inmate who killed herself in her cell in 2015. The settlement is thought to be the highest amount recorded in the state involving an inmate suicide. The case was scheduled to go on trial this month in the Humboldt County federal courthouse but the settlement was reached before the court date. Dane Shikman filing the suit against the county and its private jail’s medical provider for the inadequate treatment of his mother. 56 year old Elizabeth Gaunt died in August of 2015, a little more than a day since she was arrested. Gaunt was in the holding cell for more than 25 hours without being booked into jail or seen by a doctor, the jail’s medical provider sent a nurse instead, who wasn’t qualified to perform detailed evaluations, make a diagnosis or make decisions on treatment.

Tomorrow, it’s the 17th annual Lake County Home Wine and Beer makers’ festival, it all happens from noon until 5 at Lakeport’s Library Park. The event is a major fundraiser for symphony and youth music programs in Lake County. There will be food vendors, an exhibition of classic cars, wine sampling and much more. Winemakers will also have the chance to have their wares professionally judged. There will be gold, silver and bronze ribbons handed out; attendees will also vote in the “people’s choice” award category. There will also be live music from the popular David Neft Duo.

In Kelseyville, four people are arrested after allegedly stealing more than five thousand dollars worth of property from a house. The suspects identified as 39 year old Misty Rose Scott, 25 year old Ian Skyler Sanders, 24 year old Jessica Mae Sanders, and 30 year old James Michael Jackson. Several of the suspects were caught on the victim’s security camera system taking items from the residence in the 2000 block of Westlake Drive on Tuesday. Police were able to identify the suspects from earlier interaction with them. The four are being held on burglary charges, and three suspects are also facing parole violation charges.

An 18 year old from Healdsburg was arrested earlier this week after leading police on a high speed chase on Highway 101. Just after midnight, police pulled Fabian Anthony Flores Gonzalez over for speeding, when after initially stopping, Gonzalez pulled away and headed back onto the freeway. The pursuit reached speeds of up to ninety miles an hour until Gonzalez stopped at a construction site near Geyserville and fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a brief chase; authorities then discovered Gonzalez was in possession of a short-barreled assault rifle and a concealed handgun, along with several pounds of marijuana, other drugs and cash. He was booked into the Sonoma County jail.

A seasonal burn ban takes effect on Monday throughout the North Bay; bans on burning vegetation and other debris are already in effect in several areas of the state. The ban covers all areas in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Marin, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties. The arrival of a new fire season is unsettling news to those still recovering from last fall’s fires that burned 137 square miles in Sonoma County alone. So far this year, crews have responded to more than eighteen hundred wildfires, including one still burning at the edge of the Mendocino National Forest. That blaze has blackened nearly 2300 acres since it started last weekend.

A Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy is injured chasing an inmate who was trying to escape during a visit to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital yesterday. The deputy was struck in the head by a metal door as she chased inmate Yesenia Carranza as she tried to escape. Carranza had been serving a 30 day sentence at the county’s main detention center on drug charges when she was taken to Sutter hospital yesterday for an undisclosed medical ailment. She escaped custody around 2:30 but was captured a short time later by hospital security. She now faces felony charges of escape and resisting arrest resulting in injury. The deputy was admitted to the hospital out of caution but was expected to make a full recovery.

A woman has been arrested in Virginia, she’s suspected of being involved in a pair of violent Santa Rosa-area home invasion robberies from February that resulted in one person being shot to death and a second person wounded. Police say 20 year old Amber Hembree is one of five people suspected on murder, robbery and kidnapping charges. U S Marshals found the woman hiding in the attic of a house in Chester, Virginia, armed with a stolen, loaded handgun. In the break-ins, people in both houses were bound and two of them were shot; one homeowner, identified as 54 year old Jose Luis Torres, was shot ten times before he died. In the other robbery, a 42 year old resident was shot in the arm. Hembree eluded police for four months.

Community members taking the Petaluma school board to task over a decision by the Petaluma High School to abruptly cut off the commencement speech by the school’s valedictorian who tried to speak about being sexually assaulted during her time at the high school. 17 year old honors student Lulabel Seitz said she was assaulted on campus by someone she knew and that she wanted to express her frustration over what she believes is a lack of action by school administrators. Her microphone was shut off four minutes into her speech. The school board’s first meeting since the graduation ceremony was held Tuesday; several people criticizing the administration’s handling of the incident.

Ukiah police chief Chris Dewey announcing he’ll retire at the end of June to take a civilian job with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office; Dewey says his last day will be June 29th. He’s set to begin a new job as a civilian managing the hiring process for the Sheriff’s office, including conducting background checks and assisting with recruiting and training new deputies and corrections officers.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah Field Office is looking for volunteers to help pick up trash, targets and spent shells at the North Cow Mountain Rifle Range this Saturday; the work will begin at 9 a.m. Field Manager Amanda James says the goal is to remove debris and keep America’s public lands beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Volunteers are needed to help remove larger abandoned trash items; the Bureau will provide gloves, tools, pickers, bags and other supplies. Because of the nature of the job, those under 18 and pregnant women will not be allowed to take part.

Tomorrow evening, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will do a controlled burn at the Coyote Valley Dam. The burn will begin around 5 pm and last until 9 pm, and is designed to help the Corps of Engineers remove vegetation from the face of the Coyote Valley Dam, which in turn will allow access and visibility for a required inspection. The burn will take place under very tight restrictions and security for the safety of firefighters as well as area residents.

A couple from Lakeport entering pleas of not guilty to charges they sold young women into prostitution. 37 year old Sam Massette and 27 year old Krystina Pickersgill are facing a number of felony charges; police also say Massette has a prior serious felony conviction for a 2002 vehicular manslaughter case in which he ran over a 16 year old during a gang fight in San Francisco. The pair will have a preliminary hearing next Wednesday; they were arrested June 5th after a two-month investigation. Police say more charges are expected.

Authorities arresting 17 people and seizing nearly twenty thousand marijuana plants with a value of more than four million dollars on Wednesday. Search warrants were served in two locations near Galt in rural Sacramento County. Police say the lengthy investigation resulted in the takedown of a large scale marijuana cultivation and trafficking organization. Thirty people were detained by law enforcement; the 17 people arrested face charges including possession of firearms during the commission of a felony along with the marijuana charges; authorities also seizing thirteen guns, at least two of which had been reported stolen.

The Highway Patrol is on the hunt for a 21 year old man from Santa Rosa who they say took off after a crash that injured his passenger Tuesday night. Police say Skylar Sachse is a known gang member and fled on foot after plowing a Dodge Neon into the guardrail near Guerneville. A 17 year old female passenger was injured and taken to an area hospital. CHP says alcohol is thought to have been a factor in the crash; Sachse was on felony probation in connection with prior weapons charges.

A jury in Sonoma county handing a 1.1 million dollar judgement to the plaintiff in a whistleblower case involving the Hanna Boys Center. The jury finding that the former clinical director was wrongly terminated after he spoke up about bullying, drug use and other concerns at the facility. Tim Norman was fired in November of 2016 and says the verdict is a relief.

An autopsy is pending, but authorities don’t suspect foul play in the death of a San Francisco man found in a Mendocino County lake yesterday morning; the body of 35 year old Joshua Piszczek was spotted by police in a lake at the Mendocino Magic campground; authorities say the man was attending a music festival nearby when he went missing after going for a swim sometime Saturday. He was reported missing on Monday. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office launching a search effort along with twelve other area agencies.