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Lake County Sheriff Major Crimes Detectives are continuing the investigation into a Wednesday morning homicide at a home on State Street in Kelseyville. David Shalett was shot and killed during an apparent home invasion robbery in which one of the suspects shot Shalett and stole a small amount of marijuana. The Sheriff says Shalett’s two young children were there and witnessed their father being shot. Investigators are asking anyone who has surveillance video covering the Gaddy Lane or State Street areas to contact Sergeant John Gregore at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. 707-262-4238 or john.gregore.

A man wanted for a sexual assault in Clearlake has turned himself in. Police allege Michael Lamar found the victim sleeping in her car on Lakeshore Drive on April 19th and assaulted her, then forced her into the trunk of her car and drove to a remote area where he assaulted her again and took her car, leaving her on the side of the road. A passerby took her to a hospital. The Press Democrat reports used DNA to link the case to Lamar, a registered sex offender.

A Clearlake man has been convicted in a September 2013 shooting that killed one man and injured two other people. Joshua Beavers was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder for the death of David Ferrell and attempted murder for shooting Paul Cressy and Rachel Patterson. Lake County News reports the jury found the shootings premeditated which could translate into a life sentence. Beavers is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Only minor injuries are reported from a Tuesday accident involving a Lake Transit bus on Highway 29 in Kelseyville. The CHP says the bus driver could not stop in time behind a car making a left turn. He served to avoid rear-ending that car, going into the opposite lane in front of another car, and ended up hitting both. Two bus passengers and one car driver were hurt.

Firefighters expect full containment on the Grade Fire northwest of Redwood Valley by Saturday. The fire that burned 900 acres was started Sunday by a vehicle fire that touched of a grass fire. It is now 95 percent contained with about 100 personnel still on scene.

A Clearlake man has been convicted in a September 2013 shooting that killed one man and injured two other people. Joshua Beavers was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder for the death of David Ferrell and attempted murder for shooting Paul Cressy and Rachel Patterson. Lake County News reports the jury found the shootings premeditated which could translate into a life sentence. Beavers is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

The search continues for an intruder who shot and killed a Kelseyville man at his home Wednesday morning. It happened around 3:30am in the 5000 block of State Street. The suspect is described as a man about 5’6 to 5’7, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt. Detectives were able to grab some surveillance photos of two possible persons of interest, which you can see on the Lake County Sheriff Facebook page. But they are also asking anyone who has surveillance video near Gaddy Lane and State Street to call Detective Shamus Stafford.

Only minor injuries are reported from a Tuesday accident involving a Lake Transit bus on Highway 29 in Kelseyville. The CHP says the bus driver, who is from Clearlake Oaks, could not stop in time as he got into stopped traffic caused by a car making a left turn; he served to avoid rear-ending the turning car, going onto the opposite lane in front of another car, and ended up hitting both. Two bus passengers and one of the car drivers were taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for minor injuries.

Clearlake Police are asking your help in finding a rape suspect. 25-year-old Michael Lamar is a convicted sex offender and has been named the suspect in a sexual assault that happened at the Best Western El Grande Inn back in April. Lamar has no known address. He is described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Clearlake Police say they will release a photo of him later today.

Firefighters expect full containment on the Grade Fire northwest of Redwood Valley by Saturday. The fire has burned 900 acres and is 95 percent contained. It was started Sunday by a vehicle fire that touched of a grass fire. Cal Fire still has about 100 personnel on the fire.

The Range Fire on Cow Mountain in Ukiah should be fully contained by today (Thursday). Firefighters have kept the fire, which started Tuesday afternoon, to 20 acres. Cal Fire says it was touched off by target shooting at the rifle range there. They remind you that given all the tall grasses and new growth from the rainy winter and spring there is a lot of fuel around for fires. They ask shooters to place targets on dirt or gravel and use paper or clay targets since steel and rock can throw sparks. They say steel core and copper bullets are more likely to start fires so they recommend lead core. They ask that you avoid shooting on hot, windy days, and that you always bring along a shovel and fire extinguisher.

The Detwiler Fire west of Yosemite National Park has consumed more than 70,000 acres and is still only 10% contained. About 5000 people have been evacuated including the entire town of Mariposa. So far at least 29 structures have been destroyed and about 1500 are threatened.

Police have captured a Covelo man wanted for allegedly shooting at two men at his mother’s home earlier this month. The Daily Journal reports Weston Riley booked into the county jail Sunday. The victims say Riley came to the house around 2am July 11 while his mother was out of town and demanded a car he said was his. A woman watching the house refused but called two male friends for backup. When those men arrived Riley allegedly shot at them with a small handgun then got a rifle from a nearby shed and fired that at them and then ran. No one was hurt. Riley was arrested by Mendocino County Deputies Sunday and booked on suspicion of assault with a firearm and revoked probation. He was being held with no bond.

An intruder has murdered a Kelseyville man at his home and police are on the hunt for the suspect. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says around 3:30am this morning deputies were called to a home in the 5000 block of State Street for a report that an intruder had shot someone. Deputies found one man dead. The suspect is described as a man about 5’6 to 5’7, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt. He was last seen running south away from the home. Detectives were able to grab some surveillance photos of two possible persons of interest, which you can see on the Lake County Sheriff Facebook page. But they are also asking anyone who has surveillance video in the area of Gaddy Lane and State Street to contact Detective Shamus Stafford.

Firefighters expect full containment on two local fires within the next couple of days. Cal Fire in Mendocino County reports the Grade Fire northwest of Redwood Valley has held steady at 900-acres and is about 90 percent contained with full containment expected Saturday. The Range Fire in the Cow Mountain area east of Ukiah has burned about 20 acres and is also nearly 90% contained with full containment projected for tomorrow.

A wildfire west of Yosemite National Park has consumed more than 44,000 acres and is threatening more than 1500 homes and other buildings, forcing about 4000 people to evacuate. Cal Fire says the Detwiler Fire that started Sunday doubled in size last night from about 40 square miles to more than 70. Cal Fire says the rainy and snowy winter and spring have provided dense vegetation for the fire to feed on, and in steep, hard-to-access terrain.

So far, so good for two Kelseyville High School wrestlers competing at the Women’s Freestyle Cadet Nationals at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. Jasmin Clarke and Alex Garcia are in Fargo with Kelseyville High School wrestling Coach Orlando Zarate to compete at Nationals. On Tuesday Clarke won the tournament in her weight class. Garcia was competing in her weight class today.

An intruder has murdered a Kelseyville man at his home and police are looking for the suspect. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says around 3:30am this morning deputies were called to a home in the 5000 block of State Street in Kelseyville for a report that an intruder had shot someone who lives there. Deputies found one man dead. Major Crime detectives have been on seen throughout the day. The suspect is described as a man about 5’6 to 5’7, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt. He was last seen running south away from the home. Detectives were able to gather two photos of possible persons of interest, which you can see on the Lake County Sheriff Facebook Page, which is posted from their Nixle Alert. If you have any information that will help you are asked to contact them.

Decent weather is helping firefighters gain containment on several local fires. Cal Fire in Mendocino County reports the Grade Fire northwest of Redwood Valley has held steady at 900-acres and about 90 percent containment with full containment expected by Saturday. The nearby Range Fire in the Cow Mountain area east of Ukiah has burned about 20 acres and is also nearly 90% contained with full containment projected for tomorrow.

Two fires very near each other in the hills between Ukiah and Willits look to be under control. Cal Fire in Mendocino County reports the Grade Fire has held steady at 900-acres. The fire burning northwest of Redwood Valley has stopped forward movement at about 85 percent containment with full containment expected by the end of the week. There had been evacuations over last weekend, and advisories, but they’ve all been lifted. The fire started by a vehicle and spread to brush Sunday along Highway 101 on the Ridgewood Grade. The nearby, Range Fire, started Monday in the Cow Mountain area east of Ukiah has burned about 20 acres and is nearly 85% contained. Cal Fire has reported to the board of supervisors there was no forward movement on that fire either. There were no fire related injuries or damage from either fire. Cal Fire reported good weather conditions helping them with the fires. One firefighter on the Grade Fire had to go to the hospital for a medical condition but was quickly back on full duty.

And the Murphy Fire in Lake County is 90% contained and burned 40 acres 3 miles south of Lower Lake.

A bill for telecom companies to get full use of public property had some opponents from Northern Calif. The First District Humboldt County Supervisor went to the state Capitol to fight Senate Bill 649 which would allow tiny wireless antennas to go up all over the state. This bill would take away any red tape and telecom companies would get a major break on fees to cities and counties. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors — and 15 other counties — all signed on to a letter against the bill and the Calif. League of Cities reports almost 150 cities have also voiced opposition. But the bill passed the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee which includes North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood. The bill moves on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

A measure to pay for a mental health facility in Mendocino County makes it onto the November ballot. A group including county social service employees and the Mendocino County Sheriff are going at it again. This time they’re adding a citizen oversight committee who would be charged with reviewing the annual audit of the tax fund to pay for it. Sherriff Tom Allman says if they don’t do it right, it won’t get done. If the measure passes, 75% of what’s brought in from tax revenue would go into a Mental Health Treatment Fund which can pay for facilities, and the other 25 percent would be earmarked for services and treatment. Then after five years, the money would all go to services and treatment.

Suspicious fires in the Ukiah Valley fire officials were investigating have stopped or slowed way down. This according to the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Chief. They’ve been tracking multiple fires officials say were intentionally set since May, but the chief says they’ve slowed way down or maybe it’s over. The chief told the city council earlier this month they were actively working with police to try to find a possible arsonist on the railroad tracks. They’re not done investigating though. There were more than 2 dozen fires since the first of May, some close to the 101, but the majority of them were near the railroad tracks between Brush and Gobbi Street.

Governor Brown’s set to sign a package of bills to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030. The cap-and-trade system encourages industry to clean up its act by putting a price on carbon emissions. But environmental groups say Big Oil got too many concessions. Amy Vanderwarker with the California Environmental Justice Alliance says the governor should have started with a bolder vision to move away from oil and gas – and then negotiate, rather than meeting behind closed doors with big companies from the start.

Cut 28345 :15 "There has to be a transition off of fossil fuels, and there has to be a transition to regenerative economies that actually put people and the planet first, instead of profits for our largest corporations in the world – who are the very drivers of the issue we are trying to solve."

Tag: Vanderwarker says Assembly Bill 398 will prevent local air-quality management districts from further regulating carbon emissions from stationary sources, like heavy industry and power plants. Governor Brown is defending the package, saying it’s the best he could do and still achieve the main goal of extending the program, which had to pass by a two-thirds margin and have bipartisan support.

Second Cut: Alvaro Sanchez from the Greenlining Institute says the devil will be in the details, He urges regulators to prioritize the needs of low-income communities that stand to bear the brunt of climate impacts first – and worst.

Cut 29345 :09 "We need to make sure that the revenues generated by cap-and-trade are directed at much higher levels to the communities that are burdened the most, so that they can benefit the greatest."

Tag: A companion bill from the Republican caucus also passed. It places a measure on the June 2018 ballot asking voters to make any major expenditures from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund subject to a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, starting in 2024.

The Ukiah City Council once again considering granny units. The council looking at possible changes to the ordinance for Accessory Dwelling Units the Ukiah Planning Commission has recommended. The Planning Manager tells the planning commission there are new state laws regulating design and construction which also include parking requirements and footage away from primary residences, known as setbacks. Some of the recommended changes so far are changing all references to the granny units as “second units” to instead call them “Accessory Dwelling Units”, no parking requirements in certain situations, reduction of the setback requirements, also in certain situations, getting rid of sprinkler requirements in certain situations and a new look at Water and Sewer Utility Connection Fees. The meeting tonight at 6 at City Hall.

Free dental exams for Veterans in Lake County. The Clearlake VA Clinic working with Access Smiles June 29th and 30th since veterans aren’t covered with their basic medical package for dental care. The Clearlake VA tells Lake Co News oral health is associated with physical, mental and emotional health too.
Access Smiles had the Access Dental van in the area from Sacramento. Inside there are two full service dental chairs. One dentist along with staff were there caring for vets and they each got goodie bags, including a new toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash, plus oral health educational materials.
They’re at it again for veterans compliments of Lake and Mendocino Stand Down at the Lake County Fairgrounds Sept. 27th to 28th.

Lake County at it again… about to reconsider the General Plan. The Board of Supervisors considering areas that can be revised. Lake Co News reports the county’s Community Development Director brought some potential revisions to the board for the new General Plan. He tells the council there are more than 60 goals they’re trying to get done and more than 500 policies and more than 200 implementation strategies. The plan in place now developed by 23 county agencies. The Community Development Director says he went to all of the agencies to see if they use the current General Plan for guidelines but only got two responses.

Lake County working to collect funds for debris removal after the Valley Fire. Some survivors of the 2015 late summer fire had authorized the County or its designee to take out structural and tree debris that was considered a health and safety hazard. Cal Recycle cleaned most of the 1,700 properties, but the property owners had promised they would pay whatever they got from their insurance companies. The county had a meeting Monday to follow up with Valley Fire Survivors in the Middletown, Anderson Springs, and Cobb areas and gave out information. Those who couldn’t be there will get their packet in the mail. There’s another info session, a week from Monday, July 31st at Cobb Elementary at 6 pm.

Fremont tops the list of the least stressed cities in the country. It’s 150 on a list of 150 by WalletHub. No other regional cities made the list except Santa Rosa which was way down there too, at 134 and San Jose at 138. Analysts on the personal-finance website took the 150 largest cities across 30 key metrics, which include weekly work hours and debt load to divorce and suicide rates. Divorce in Fremont, super low, only 11.8 percent, Cleveland was the highest with a divorce rate of 41.5 percent. Fremont was also the highest for credit scores and had the second-lowest poverty rate.

A woman in North Carolina is arrested after police say she made her kid steal more than $1,400 worth of clothing at the Rock Hill Galleria mall. Police say Kimberly Lynch helped her daughter take items from stores including Belk, JCPenney and Walmart before being busted last Friday, July 14th, exactly 4 years to the day when she was busted for shoplifting before. Police say they got a call to one of the stores for two shoplifters in custody. A store staffer says the two had stuffed a backpack full of clothing worth as much as $500 from Belk, but they also had nearly $1,000 worth of items from Walmart and JCPenney in their car. They also had a 3-month-old baby with them.

Some good progress today on several area fires, including a new one that started this afternoon. The largest one, the Grade Fire, which stared Sunday near Redwood Valley, is 65% contained. All evacuations have been lifted the fire’s been holding at 900 acres burned and no structures damaged. There are still more than 400 firefighters on it. Cal Fire’s Investigative Office has officially deemed the cause a vehicle fire that spread into the vegetation but the cause of the vehicle fire is still under investigation. The Range Fire, which started Monday afternoon on Cow Mountain, has burned 28 acres and is 45% contained. The Murphy Fire near Lower Lake has burned 40 acres and is 75% contained with no forward movement today. And the Comminsky Fire, which popped up today near Hopland, is already contained. Hopland Fire and Cloverdale Fire responded with an initial report of 1.5 acres of grass on fire with slow rate of spread.

A series of suspicious fires around Ukiah seems to have stopped, at least for the time being. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Chief Kirk Thomsen told the Daily Journal while the UVFA and Ukiah Police are still investigating about 15 fires believed intentionally set along or near railroad tracks and Hwy 101 in May and June, whoever was setting them has slowed down or maybe even stopped. The chief says they were hoping to catch up with the person, or people, before it gets really dry and hot.

Balancing the need for housing versus crowding-up neighborhoods could be at the center of the Ukiah City Council meeting Wednesday as they consider changes to the city’s Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance. The Ukiah Planning Commission has made some recommendations on the ordinance after three new state laws were adopted that make it easier to build a second unit but also affect how the city regulates them. The Daily Journal reports one potential change includes the city not requiring off-street parking if the second unit is within half a mile of a bus stop. It also changes the setback distance which some residents reportedly fear would add to neighborhood noise and light. The meeting is Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Ukiah City Council chambers.

The Grade Fire near Redwood Valley is now 65% contained. All evacuations have been lifted for the fire, which started Sunday and is now holding steady at 900 acres burned but no structures damaged. There was one reported injury yesterday – Cal Fire says a firefighter had a medical condition during the incident and taken to a hospital and evaluated but was released immediately and was back on full duty.

The Range Fire, which started around this time Monday on Cow Mountain, is holding at 28 acres burned with 45% containment. Cal Fire says they now have a line around the entire fire.

The Murphy Fire reported near Lower Lake has charred 40 acres and is 75% contained. Cal Fire says there are no evacuations and as of this morning there was no forward movement.

The Murphy Fire reported near Lower Lake has charred 40 acres, but is not a threat. Cal Fire reports the fire yesterday closed Highway 29 near Hofacker Lane but there were no evacuations. As of late last night the fire agency reported no forward movement and 50 percent containment. There were up to 100 structures threatened. The fire in steep, brushy terrain.

The Grade Fire near Redwood Valley looks to be on its way to full containment. The fire which started Sunday had some evacuations and evacuation advisories, but the fire is reported to be holding steady at 900 acres, with 30% containment. No evacuations are currently in place for the fire that started along the 101 on the Ridgewood Grade between Willits and Ukiah. The Baker Creek Subdivision was evacuated Sunday night, but that’s lifted. Cal Fire reports good weather conditions helped them gain more containment. There was a reported injury, but Cal Fire reports a firefighter with a medical condition during the incident was taken to a hospital, evaluated and released immediately and was back on full duty. Part of the 101 was closed Sunday and yesterday due to visible flames and smoke and PG&E had to shut some power lines down. At the height of the fire, there were backups from out of the region with about 450 firefighters on the scene, from Hopland, Redwood Valley, Little Lake, Laytonville, Fort Bragg and Ukiah.

A climate change initiative the Gov. was backing has made it thru to his desk. The law extends the state’s cap-and-trade program another ten years. Governor Brown released a statement after the vote at the Capitol saying “California stood tall and once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time”. He also touted the legislature’s ability to set aside political differences, come together and take courageous action. It was opposed though by some environmental activists who thought it was too weak, but the bill passed anyway with the two-thirds majority it had to have in each chamber to extend the law through 2030, putting limits on carbon emissions and making sure those who do pollute have to have permits to release greenhouse gases to pay for it.

A renewal of “Coffee with the Supervisor” in Upper Lake. Supervisor Jim Steele will meet monthly, starting this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Vintage Station Deli. Lake Co News reported Steele will discuss issues like the proposed cannabis ordinance and starting the West Region Town Hall council. The Town Hall would be for Nice, Upper Lake, Blue Lakes and Lake Pillsbury, the last of a trio of Councils in Steele’s District 3, as the East and Middle Region Town Hall Councils are already in place. Steele will discuss other topics and take questions. All future Coffees with the Supervisor are on the 4th Saturday of the month.

A man in Covelo calls police saying a group of armed men dressed as cops busted onto his property, stealing marijuana and other valuables. The man who lives at the remote property called cops early yesterday to say up to eight men were at the Highway 162 home in ski masks. He says they held guns to him as they asked questions, then made him get into a car and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t help them. He says they took personal belongings from him and made him help them steal pot plants. Deputies found a truck matching the description by the victim, and mid morning yesterday they arrested three men. 24 year old Daniel Sanchez, a transient, 31 year old Matthew Sturges of Willits and 24 year old Alejandro Nunez of Willits all arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, kidnap for ransom and criminal conspiracy.

Several new fires had firefighters in Northern California busy. The Murphy Fire started around 2:30 yesterday afternoon south of Lower Lake along Highway 29 near Agua Dulce Drive. A huge air tanker was used and backups came quick because of fast moving winds and the fire near homes. But as of late last night there were no injuries or structures damaged. The last report we had was the fired stopped forward movement at about 33.5 acres and was 75-percent contained. Firefighters were quickly sent to the fire from the Grade Fire in Mendocino County, off the 101 five miles northwest of Redwood Valley. That fire is holding at 900 acres and 30 percent containment, with no fire injuries or structures burned or damaged.

A small fire dubbed the Range Fire also started in Mendocino County. That one started on Cow Mountain west of Ukiah, burning just 10 acres. In Colusa County, another fire was reported. The Sand fire started around 1:15 p.m. yesterday, burning 70 acres with 70% containment reported last night. There are several other small to mid-size fires across the state, with the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County, burning more than 11-thousand acres and destroying 300 homes; the Garza fire in Kings County, charred 48,000 acres with near full containment and the Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County which has blackened more than 18,000 acres and is 49-percent contained.

State Sen. Mike McGuire says he’s going again. McGuire, who’s district covers Lake and Mendocino, counties plus several other areas in Northern Calif., says he’s running for a second term representing the Second district. McGuire’s platform includes, jobs, public schools, affordable health care and the environment. He touts working with the Gov. Jerry Brown to set aside $900 million for career training, job skills and Future Farmers of America programs in local middle schools and high schools across the state. McGuire was first elected in 2014 to represent the second district. The primary for the next election is in June of 2018 and the general election in Nov.

Two counties in the Bay Area are suing more than 3 dozen oil, gas and coal companies saying those companies knew their products would cause the sea level to rise and cause coastal flooding, and they didn’t reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. Marin and San Mateo Counties filed the suit in Marin County Superior Court blaming the fossil fuel companies of knowing for almost 50 years their products contributed to air pollution and warming the planet. The suit also says even though the companies were aware they had a short amount of time to take action before the damage could be reversed, they tried instead to discredit growing scientific evidence and persistently created doubt. Those named in the suit include Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell.

Response to a report out of Oakland that many buildings or structures had no follow thru on fire investigations after previous warnings. As we reported, the report by a Northern Calif. Media Company said nearly 80 percent of firefighter referrals for dangerous conditions were not followed up on. Oakland Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said the report’s findings were, quote "horrifying”. The report comes out just months after the so-called Ghost Ship fire. The warehouse burned down and killed 36 people at a late night party. Kaplan says she’s been getting complaints from business owners too, saying they had too many fire inspections they had to pay for. And another council member, whose district includes the Ghost Ship says the city needs to hire more fire inspectors quickly, and may have to hire private inspectors for the time being.

The state Supreme Court says it’s okay for the Calif. Medical Board to go thru private prescription drug records with no search warrant or subpoena. The court says the board didn’t violate privacy during a search of a database while it was investigating a doctor in Burbank who was on probation after complaints they gave out too many prescriptions. The court ruled on the case unanimously. The suit centered around California’s prescription monitoring program which lets docs check to see if patients are also getting any other drugs from other doctors. It also allows regulators and law enforcement agencies to investigate doctors prescribing too many drugs.

A man in Oshkosh WI has been arrested after he was found naked in a stranger’s bed after making himself at home. Cops say the 40-year-old was found by the resident in their bed after breaking into their home, drinking their whiskey and eating some muffins. Appleton police say Bradley Braxton admitted he was on meth at the time. He’s being charged with several crimes including burglary, damage to property, disorderly conduct, and possession of marijuana.

A judge in Northern California has been dismissed after a misdemeanor theft charge. The Commission on Judicial Performances has censured Judge Michael Williams of Napa County who has also agreed to resign. Williams went to a matrimonial lawyers association dinner last year and apparently stole two cardholders at The City Club of San Francisco, each only worth about $30 to $50 bucks. The judge did return the cardholders, but that was after he was told he was seen stealing them on video. He said he was sorry for the, quote, “unexplainable impulse”.

Firefighters are gaining ground on a fire that broke out in the Cow Mountain area today. The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office says as of 4pm it was at 20 acres with containment increasing. Cal Fire initially responded around 1pm with two air tankers, one copter, one dozer, one water-tender, and four engines but more resources have steadily been added.

Evacuations remain for the Baker Creek Subdivision for the Grade Fire that started Sunday. Cal Fire had it at 900 acres and 25% containment as of this afternoon. Evacuation warnings were lifted for other areas last night. Baker Creek Road is still closed but Highway 101 is open at the Willits Grade. When the current evacuation warning is lifted, the Sheriff’s Office will issue an alert to the affected residents and will notify the public through the media and social media. Also, MCSO is asking the public not to call their front desk or dispatch unless absolutely necessary. Instead they say for the most up-to-date information you can go to: Mendocino Sheriff on Facebook, the Cal Fire Incident Page Website and Cal Fire Mendocino Unit on Twitter.

Three men arrested for a robbery at a marijuana farm on Hwy 162 in Covelo. The victims said between five and eight people stormed onto the farm in several vehicles around 2:30 Sunday morning claiming to be police. One victim figured out pretty quickly they weren’t cops and ran to call 911. Some Mendocino Sheriff’s Deputies were already nearby and found one the suspects’ trucks with guns and stolen property inside it. Another victim was found in the home and was not hurt but said he’d been forced at gunpoint into a truck to help the suspects steal pot plants. Mendocino SWAT searched the woods and about 8 hours later arrested Daniel Hernandez-Sanchez, Matthew Sturges, and Alejandro Nunez for Armed Robbery, Kidnap for Ransom and Criminal Conspiracy.

A fire has broken out in the Cow Mountain area. The Mendocino Sheriff’s Office says as of 130pm it was at 10 acres and spreading at a moderate rate of speed. Cal Fire has responded with two air tankers, one copter, one dozer, one water tender and four engines.

Evacuations remain in the Baker Creek area for a large fire started by a trailer exploding over the weekend. Cal OES says as of this morning the fire they are calling the Grade Fire was at 900 acres and 25% contained. The only area under evacuation warning is the Bakers Creek Subdivision area. All other evacuation advisories were lifted last night and residents are encouraged to return home. Bakers Creek Road is currently closed but Highway 101 is open at the Willits Grade. When the evacuation warning is lifted, The Sheriff’s Office will issue an alert to the affected residents letting them know and will notify the public via the media and social media. Also, MCSO is asking the public not to call the their front desk or dispatch center unless absolutely necessary. Instead you are encouraged to visit the following for more the most up to date information: Mendocino Sheriff on Facebook, Cal Fire Incident Page Website and Cal Fire Mendocino Unit on Twitter.

Fire restrictions are now in effect in the Mendocino National Forest. They began last Saturday and will stay in place until rescinded. This means no fires, campfires, charcoal fires or stoves except in specifically designated recreation sites -you can see that list their website. You will need a California Campfire Permit for certain area and also to use lanterns or portable stoves. There is also no smoking expect in your car. You can still use Off-Highway Vehicles on designated roads and trails, as long as you have the required kind of spark arresters.