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A new service available for any fire survivors in Mendocino County who are worried their property may be over-excavated. The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and County of Mendocino announced the service at a town hall for those who survived the Redwood Valley wildfire in October. The County Fire Recovery Team will come out to examine sites and determine if there was over excavation then make sure there’s enough replacement soil available for qualified parcels. The agency says they’ll be on the job quickly, expediting work so it’s only weeks of time.

If you believe that your parcel may qualify for over excavation and you want your site assessed, the County Recovery Team is available to receive your concerns and coordinate the process for Cal OES to assess your property. Please call (707) 234-6076.

The Lake County District 3 Supervisor says there are now websites for each of the area town halls in his district. Jim Steele pointing to the county’s website for the East Region, West Region and Lucerne area town halls, then click under Government, Boards and Commissions. East Region covers Paradise Cove East to the County Line and north to the High Valley area, Lucerne is thru the so-called community growth boundary and the West Region is Upper Lake, Nice, Blue Lake, Bachelor Valley, and Lake Pillsbury. There are agendas for each of the town halls on the new websites. The town halls have governing members who advise Steele about community issues and vice versa.

A former legislative chief of staff who complained about misconduct is suing saying he was fired for doing so. Sean Doherty says he didn’t get any help with his complaint to the Assembly Rules Committee regarding Republican Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Visalia. The committee oversees human resources. Doherty says he thinks the Assemblyman got wind of the complaint and that it should have stayed confidential. The lawsuit was filed last week, naming that committee, Mathis and some Assembly human resources officials. He says Mathis is guilty of misbehavior, including sexual misconduct, misuse of state resources and discrimination for which Mathis says that’s baloney, fabricated by a disgruntled former employee.


A man from Willits has pleaded guilty to a lesser crime connected to the killing and importing of a Leopard from South Africa. The Daily Journal reports Adam Lawrence pleaded guilty to mislabeling wildlife intended for importation. This means he admits he went to South Africa back in August of 2011, hunted, shot and killed the animal without a permit for the hunt or to bring it back to the U-S. Also admitting he went back to that country in May of 2012 to bring the leopard’s skin and skull back hidden inside a spare tire. The animals are protected under the Endangered Species Act. He was indicted in January for importing wildlife contrary to law, and mislabeling wildlife intended for importation. He will give up the rights to the remains of the animal, his hunting rifle and other remains from past hunts. He’s been released on bond and will be sentenced in June where he faces 5 years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines and possible restitution too.

A homeless shelter has been approved by the Ukiah Planning Commission. The Daily Journal reports the commission apparently looking to send the whole thing over to the city council, but then approved a permit for Nor Cal Christian Ministries for the day center at the old Plowshares facility on Luce Avenue. The Center for Hope had been in limbo because city guidelines say two facilities cannot be within a quarter mile of each other, so the commission sent the idea back to the city council, but then found out, that wasn’t allowed and it was up to them to decide. The newspaper reports on another hearing last week with public comment by the commission with most speakers saying they supported the idea because it would give spiritual guidance to those who went to the facility.

Sen. Mike McGuire’s office reports a bill he’s supporting to create the Great Redwood Trail has jumped its first hurdle. The bill to turn more than 300 miles of unused railroad tracks into what he says will be, quote, a “stunning, world-renowned” trail. Last week the bill to turn the tracks into the trail from San Francisco to Humboldt Bay got unanimous approval in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. It’ll be considered next at the Natural Resources Committee by the end of the month. It would also mean the end of the North Coast Rail Authority.

Lake County has a new Community Development Director. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for Michalyn DelValle to be the interim Community Development Director. She’s been the principal planner for Community Development’s planning division since 2016. Her new job officially starts tomorrow.

The governor says he’s mobilizing as many as 400 National Guard troops to fight criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers in Calif., on the coast and at the U.S.-Mexico border after apparently getting the federal government’s okay to pay for it. The troops to add on to what the state already has on the job including 250 members, 55, who are already doing counterdrug work at the U.S.-Mexico border. The governor issued the order this week after a letter to the federal government last week saying the troops would not be enforcing immigration laws or help build a border wall. The new order in effect thru the end of September.

A man from Texas busted at a hotel in Lakeport pleads guilty to setting a fire there. Timothy Lee Cofer of Henderson County was in court, but apparently not in custody at his arraignment. In February he didn’t show up at a preliminary hearing, so a warrant was put out for his arrest set at $200,000. He’s charged with arson and possession of a controlled substance after the January incident at the Rodeway Inn & Suites Skylark Shores Resort. The Court accepted his guilty plea and the case sent to the Probation Department for a sentencing recommendation.

UC Davis researchers are examining eggs after last October’s wildfires to see if there’s a chance they could be contaminated. The Lead Researcher Maurice Pitesky says areas where chickens peck off the ground could have been contaminated by certain chemicals after the Tubbs Fire. They’ve collected eggs from about 200 locations across the state where there were wildfires and a toxicologist will sample the eggs, looking for heavy metals, or fire retardants. They’re also urging anyone with backyard chickens to be cautious consuming their eggs.

The state and Sonoma County prosecutors investigating landlords who may have raised rents after the October wildfires. The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says they’ve charged a real estate agent for raising the rate at her home in Novato more than what’s permitted by law. The charges are misdemeanors but come with up to a year in jail and as much as $10,000 in fines, in she’s found guilty. Melissa “Missy” Echeverria is accused of raising the rent from $5,000 to $9,000, which is 80% more. You’re only allowed a 10 percent increase. The governor signed an executive order last week to extend the ban on price gouging through Dec. 4th.

The deadline for those who want to apply to be in the Mendocino County Grand Jury has been extended. The Chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee moved the date to apply out to May 18th for the 2018/2019 Grand Jury. The panel to be sworn in at the end of June. 19 members are impaneled to serve a year and they’re empowered to investigate the operations of county, city and district governments; provide civil oversight of local government departments and agencies; and respond to citizen complaints. They sets their own agenda and meeting schedule and work mostly in small committees so there’s flexibility in the work schedule and meeting locations. For more info check the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino website.

A fire department in Indiana tweeting about an odd raccoon story… A woman brings her pet raccoon in to the department in Wayne Township saying she needed help because the animal smoked too much weed. The station’s tweet said the animal was lethargic and had all the symptoms they see when a human is exposed to marijuana which left them scratching their heads. They say they hope the animal made a full recovery, but there wasn’t a lot they could do for it at 2 in the morning.


PG&E is being sued my multiple insurance companies after the October wildfires in Northern Calif. The suit for wrongful deaths, property damage and unspecified personal injuries. There were more than 170 fires in October that killed 44 people, took down 8,700 structures and blackened 245,000 acres. The insurance cost on the fires has been tallied a​
about $9.4 billion so far. A spokesperson for the utility company says they’ve been made aware of the lawsuit, but there’s no determination on the causes of the fires. Cal Fire has yet to announce an official cause for the fires and the insurance companies that filed the case can sue to get the money for the payouts for their customers.

Lawmakers have come up with legislation ahead of Earth Day calling for an end to “Plastic Pollution.” There are cleanups set for this weekend, like every year on Earth Day. People can head to beaches and parks and other areas to take out trash. A new Assembly Bill aims to ban plastic, single use straws from restaurants, another to require clothing with more than 50-percent synthetic material to include a label which says that garment sheds plastic microfibers when washed. Others include, plastic bottle caps have a tether to their bottle, food packaging for takeout needs to be recyclable and no smoking on state beaches. Also there can’t be single use filters in smokes anymore if another bill gets thru. Cigarette butts reported as the single most collected trash item at it beach cleanups by one group with CalTrans adding it’s about $41 million a year to clean up cigarette butts.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. putting out the word there are more spots open in the twentieth session of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy. The Academy is set to start May 31st, 2018 with applications due by May 16th. It’s free to go, but you have to be a resident of Lake County, be at least 18 years old with no felonies on your record or misdemeanors the last three years. And you have to be able to go to all fourteen sessions. You can visit the sheriff’s dept. website for more info at There, click on the link for "In the Spotlight" where there’s all the info you need including the application and instructions. They limit the class size to 25 students and say they’re filling up already.

It’s Alcohol Awareness Month and in Lake County this year’s theme “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘Rite of Passage’”. There will be local celebrations to education the public about alcoholism and highlight how parents play a role in their young adults lives to show what an impact alcohol and drugs can have. Lake County Behavioral Health putting out a statement how dangerous alcohol and drug use are by young people for themselves and their community, saying it’s directly associated with educational failure, violence, traffic fatalities, suicide, unsafe sex, and alcohol overdose. They encourage the public to contact them for more info.

Lake County Behavioral Health at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.

A new batch of classes being offered at Mendocino College. The school announcing more offerings in Ukiah, Willits, Lakeport, and Fort Bragg this summer, which starts June 11th. They’re holding open registration starting Saturday, online or in person. The school can help those transferring to universities and those who want to pursue a technical certificate, associate’s degree, professional development and personal enrichment. The college recently sent their new schedule by mail to local households, or you can access at the Mendocino College website at

For additional assistance, call the counseling office at 707.468.3048.

The 3rd District Supervisor in Mendocino County updating the board on the latest on the Mendocino County Museum. Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey has been meeting with the museum advisory board. And she and fellow Supervisor Carre Brown have also been meeting with Acting Museum Director Karen Horner as talks happen regarding a possible merger of the museum, parks and County Library departments. Croskey says there’s concern about the merger and she thinks it’s important to continue having a supervisor at the museum board meetings. But the Willits Vice Mayor and Museum board member Saprina Rodriguez at a recent meeting of the city council says they’re not getting the info, like staffing and budget reports they need. She says she’s frustrated and there’s been a sense of growing mistrust at the board meetings.

Santa Rosa may soon be in the red as they’re looking at the single largest spending increase after the October wildfires. The Press Democrat reports the city manager and the finance department want a $62 million dollar hike in spending for next year’s budget. That’s about 16 percent, the most they’ve increased in about ten years or more. The city isn’t making as much in revenue, losing as much as 14 and a half million dollars. They’ve also put a hiring freeze in place and are applying for all possible federal aid. The city also planning to poll community members to see if they’d support new taxes.

The president reacting after Gov. Jerry Brown put restrictions on the way National Guard troops are utilized at the Mexican border. Federal officials have said no to the proposal from Calif. for troops at the border. President Trump tweeted, quote, "looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous border". The governor’s office didn’t let that slide, tweeting back to the president saying they’ve not changed their stance, agreeing to have 400 troops at the border but with a restriction on activities related to immigration enforcement. The governor had said they were close to agreeing to join Arizona, New Mexico and Texas on things like drug and gun smuggling and human trafficking.

Lake County up there with the cleanest in a new report on air quality. The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air Report gave Lake County an A for Ozone, but a B for short term particulate pollution, naming it the 4th cleanest county in the nation. The B grade due to the 2015 wildfires. The 2018 report grades state and local area air quality with an A through F. There weren’t any major changes from a year before even though there had been major fires in the region. Lake County one of about a dozen counties that didn’t have any days of ozone exceeds from 2014 through 2016.

Habitat for Humanity looking for an assist building a home in Cobb Mountain. They’re reaching out to get volunteers for the build up for a Valley fire survivor family. They’re interested in finding folks with or without construction experience, interested in helping out.

Habitat for Humanity at 707-994-1100, Extension 103, to find out how you can help.

An official ribbon cutting and launch for a new cannabis processing center and wellness campus. About 300 people came out for the Redwood Valley Flow Cannabis Institute’s opening. The shindig at the old Fetzer family winery complex, which the center bought about a year ago. The 80 acre former winery is being built out for the institute so independent farmers can bring their harvest for one-stop processing, storage and distribution. They have brought many jobs to the area, boasting 120 employees. Four buildings at the campus are under construction. Those in attendance at the ribbon cutting toured them all. Willie Nelson will launch his own label from the space too, it’ll be called “Willie’s Reserve” and will be grown in the Emerald Triangle region and distributed statewide.

Ukiah is exploring the sale of non-medical use marijuana. The City Council will consider an ordinance at their meeting tonight to allow dispensaries to sell non-medical weed. It comes after a meeting March 7th where the council said they didn’t want adult use sales throughout most of the Commercial Neighborhood zone, but they were okay with it for special events at public facilities. The Daily Journal reports since that meeting the Planning Department found such events are not even allowed. So now there’s a proposed ordinance for Adult Use Marijuana sales in city limits. The meeting tonight at 6 p.m.

A private university in Ukiah offering liberal education related to Buddhism will soon be more of a formal university. Dharma Realm Buddhist University, which is private, has reportedly received the initial accreditation from the WASC Senior Commission of Universities and Colleges for six years. The formal label meaning the school can receive more students per class, enroll students from abroad and accept federal loans. The school president says it’s a natural step in the process of development to offer authenticity and legitimacy in the eyes of the larger public. They offer a Masters in Buddhist Classics and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts. They started the formal accreditation process in 2013.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office on the lookout for a man who was illegally growing and possessing marijuana. The sheriff’s office Facebook page featuring John Dunlap for their Warrant Wednesday with a picture of the man saying he’s wanted on $90,000 bail for Committing a Crime while on bail, Possessing Marijuana for Sale and Cultivating Marijuana. He’s described as 58 years old, 5 foot 8, 260 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. His last known city or town is Redwood Valley. They say if you know where he could be or can help officers locate him to call the sheriff’s office.

A stolen car from Oregon’s been found in Southern Humboldt county. The car reported stolen Monday night and found in Garberville. The silver Honda Civic was found parked after being taken earlier in the day from Tillamook, Oregon. The driver has been identified as 32-year-old Isidro Pedroza and was arrested. The car keys found in his pocket. He was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on $25,000 bail.

A fire recovery meeting’s set to get an update on the latest regarding debris removal operations. A presentation set for the Hope City Crisis Network, who are involved in rebuilding homes at a reduced cost. Their programs to be presented thru Rebuilding our Community, or the M-ROC Resource Room. The meeting tomorrow evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Eagle Peak Middle School Cafeteria in Redwood Valley. Some of the local agencies attending include Mendocino County Planning and Building Services, Mendocino County Department of Transportation, Mendocino County Environmental Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA. If you can’t make it the meeting will be streamed live on the Mendocino County YouTube Channel.

New information on the family from Washington State who went over a 100 foot cliff outside Westport last month. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office confirms a body found by some tourists April 7th of a black female in the Pacific Ocean in the area of Juan Creek and Highway 1 in Westport was one of the Hart children. The coroner confirms that DNA testing has the body as 12 year old Ciera Hart. One of the three missing children. The family of 8 is believed to have intentionally driven over the cliff. It also came out last week, that mom Jennifer, who is believed to have been the driver was drunk and that her wife and 2 of the children found at the scene had benadryl in their systems. No toxicology report back on Ciera or one of the other children found with the family at the time. Two children are still missing, and the Sheriff’s office says they will only update if warranted.

A fourth body has been found near Leggett in the Eel River, believed to be the last member of a family from Southern Calif. who slid into the river in their SUV. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office released a statement early yesterday that the SUV itself was found by searchers on the river who also felt a body inside the vehicle. The vehicle was towed partially out of the river and two bodies were seen, that of the father, Sandeep Thottapilly, and his daughter, Saachi. They also confirmed that another body found last week, was the mother of the family, Soumya. Now we get word that yesterday afternoon around 4 PM, the last member of the family, the son, 12 year old Siddhant was found. All of the family members will have autopsies this week. As we’ve been reporting the family was traveling from Oregon to San Jose on a vacation when they slid into the River. A passerby reported the accident at the same time family reported they never made it to their destination.

Two men who were helping searchers of the Thottapilly family crashed. The CHP reports the men in a 1999 Toyota Tacoma that overturned as they headed south on the 101, south of Leggett. The patrol says the driver, from Redding, for some unknown reason drove off the embankment Sunday morning, then overcorrected and the passenger side of the pickup hit a guardrail and it flipped, landing on its top. The driver and the passenger had to be extricated from the pickup, then the two went to Howard Memorial Hospital with major injuries. The CHP says they do not suspect either drugs or alcohol as contributing factors. The two are from the Shasta County Sheriff’s and Rescue Team, which was assisting Mendocino County in the search for the Thottapilly family.

Clearlake’s still looking for a new Planning Commissioner. The city announcing its accepting applications for the open spot on the commission. The City Manager Greg Folsom says it’s a great time to be part of the commission as they have two major projects happening now, a Big 5 store and Tractor Supply Company too. The commission kept busy lately too with the General Plan Update, a service station expansion, commercial cannabis, large family day-care centers, and commercial signage. The Record Bee reports upcoming issues to cover commercial cannabis, a proposed motel expansion plan, transitional housing, a market-rate housing project, and an update to the City’s Zoning Code and Design Review manual. Applications are due by Wednesday at 5 PM.

Those looking to repeal the recent gas tax hike say a Republican running for governor is using money set aside for the repeal to instead run ads that feature himself. The pro-repeal committee run by Travis Allen of Orange County says he spent a $300,000 donation on radio and video ads where the Assemblyman introduces himself as a candidate for governor, and then talks about repealing the tax. Others working on the issue say the money instead should have gone to petition work. The deadline to get all of the needed signatures on petitions is May 21st. The gas tax raised gas prices by 12 cents a gallon and 20 cents for diesel. It also tacked on more money for vehicle fees, to pay for road repairs and transit projects.

Lakeport Unified School District trying to get parents more involved in how to improve education. The Superintendent of schools April Leiferman and other staffers from the district were at Big Valley Rancheria Boys and Girls Club talking to students and parents saying it was more valuable to speak to stakeholders for the Local Control and Accountability Plan instead of asking parents to come to them. Leiferman presented those in attendance with a presentation on the strategic plan for the state Dept. of Education and showed parents a website where they could watch how schools perform. They also had a round table discussion on ways to improve with Leiferman saying, a lot of great ideas came from the meeting.

A new Senate Bill aims to bill health centers and rural clinics for doctors visits and mental health visits that happen the same day. Apparently local health centers who have a therapist or psychologist on duty with primary care doctors cannot bill for the two treatments on the same day. And the state Department of Health Care Services can only reimburse clinics for one doctor’s visit at a time, so clinics have been losing money on one of the visits. Now state Sen. Toni Atkins of San Diego is looking to get that fixed so health centers and rural clinics can bill Medi-Cal for two visits the same day. The first committee hearing is next Wednesday.

New video released by Sacramento police on the Stephon Clark shooting. More than 50 videos and audio reportedly show officers had muted their microphones for some reason. It also shows there was a span of time from when he was shot to when the officers got him medical care. The 22 year old black man in his grandparents backyard last month holding a cellphone, when officers heard about a robbery nearby, a thought he had a gun and shot him to death. The video shows about a five minute time period between when the man was shot and when officers went to him, then another minute to handcuff and search him, then administer CPR. He was dead when the fire department got there.

It didn’t happen. There were rumors there was an alligator in a lake in Elk Grove which brought crowds to the area last weekend. State officials say it was video online that was actually from thousands of miles away. The video popped up over the weekend on Facebook by an Elk Grove resident, but it was identical to another video online. But the woman says the video of Camden Lake was real and that her neighbors saw it too. The video is no longer online. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife set traps, but then said the whole thing was a hoax.

Calif. Senate President is behind Senator Diane Feinstein in fundraising for her job. Kevin de Leon raised a load of money this winter and had several endorsements from organized labor and even an endorsement from the state party, over Feinstein. But that wasn’t enough to catch up to her as new finance reports show. As of March 31st, Feinstein had a whopping $10.4 million in her campaign bank and de León’s campaign reports just $672,000. Feinstein’s been in the U.S. Senate since 1992.

The federal government says Gov. Jerry Brown said no to the terms to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexican border. At the same time a state official says they’ve come to no decision. The U-S Customs and Border Protection acting deputy commissioner says what they asked for was unsupportable by the state, but there will be other ideas coming forward to get the job done. The Governor agreed to have 400 Guard troops at the border, but not commit to certain immigration type work, including building a border wall.

The bodies of 3 people have been found in the Eel River in Leggett where a family from Southern Calif. slid into the River a couple weekends ago. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says they had about 70 searchers out yesterday from various regional law enforcement and rescue operations. There were 21 water searchers including 2 Jet Ski teams, 2 Boat teams and several Kayak/Carlson board teams. One of the boating teams noticed a gasoline smell in the water, a half mile from the crash site and felt a vehicle submerged and a person inside. Later, a tow truck pulled part of the vehicle out and inside was the father of the family, Sandeep Thotapilly and their daughter Saachi. Last week another body was found, which has been positively identified as the mom, Soumya. The sheriff’s office reports continuing their search for the son, Siddhant who still remains missing.

The Press Democrat has won a Pulitzer Prize. The paper winning the highest award in American journalism, for the way they covered the October firestorm. The newspaper won in Breaking News for their online and print work covering the wildfires that broke out last October which have been labeled as the worst in California history. The Executive Editor of the newspaper Catherine Barnett said it was a proud day for the newsroom, saying, reporters went directly to the flames to bring a, quote “powerful and continual telling of this story"​
. She says even as friends and families lost their homes, they would keep them in their hearts. The paper won another Pulitzer in the past, for Spot News Photography in 1997 for a picture of a firefighter rescuing a teen from raging floodwaters.

The Lakeport City Council will look at a new agreement this week for energy upgrades at city facilities. The meeting tomorrow to feature a public hearing so the council can hear from residents about a proposal for a new energy services contract with ENGIE Services, formerly OpTerra Energy Systems. The city considering solar and other alternative energy at some city facilities. Some of the items include indoor and outdoor lighting upgrades, replacing some existing lighting in Library Park and along Main Street with energy efficient LED fixtures and an HVAC unit replacement at City Hall.

An inmate at the Mendocino County Jail’s been found hanging in his cell, but survived. A guard performing routine checks at the jail Friday saw a sheet was tied to a window grate in a cell and when they looked closer saw the inmate was hanging. They called for help, removed the sheet and found the inmate still had a pulse and was breathing. Medical staff checked the guy out and an ambulance took him to the hospital where he was treated. He was then returned to jail.

A motion filed in court by the lawyers for the master tenants of the Ghost Ship, where 36 people died in a fire. The lawyers looking to get the case tossed since they say, even experts aren’t sure how the fire at the Oakland warehouse even started. The motion filed last Tuesday, will be heard in court May 11th. It seeks to have the case against Derrick Almena and Max Harris who are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter dismissed. The two are supposed to face a jury in July on multiple charges including ignoring fire codes and obvious safety controls at the warehouse where there were illegally constructed lofts and rooms and electricity run with extension cords.

A body’s been found along the bank of the Russian River in Geyserville. The Sonoma County sheriff’s office says the death doesn’t look suspicious. The body found last Friday by someone who said they noticed it near a house. Detectives went to the scene to look for possible evidence of a violent crime and found it was not suspicious. And the Sonoma County coroner felt the same. They have not announced if it was a male or female or their age yet.

Heads up if you’re going out to the Sonoma County Airport this week… on Wednesday, the Rincon Valley Fire Protection District and Charles M. Schulz Airport staff and local first responders are doing a mass casualty drill, pretending there’s an airplane crash. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon. And something they do every three years so they can assess the operational readiness of the fire district, airport and other emergency responders. It’s not rehearsed first, it will simulate an accident with fire and multiple deaths. Organizers say it’s their duty to be prepared for any type of emergency, big or small and prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

It looks like the SUV of a missing Southern Calif. family believed to have accidentally driven into the Eel River may have been located. Redheaded Blackbelt reporting after days of searching for the Thottapilly family searchers in the Riverdale area were set up there to look for the vehicle. The news site says scanner traffic indicated a vehicle may have been found in the water, but officials were not confirming that. A neighbor near the recovery site tells the news site they spoke to personnel on scene who indeed confirmed a vehicle had been located in up to four feet of water. But it was still raining and the water, muddy. The family in a Honda Pilot, a similar looking car to one seen by a passerby April 6th, going into the river near Leggett.

A counterfeit makeup line in Southern Calif. with an ingredient you might not expect. The Los Angeles Police Department takes 700-thousand dollars worth of bootleg cosmetics in a raid of 21 locations in the fashion district. They say the makeup had been tested and found to have a lot of bacteria and animal waste in it. A detective working on the case says the bacteria somehow mixed in in the manufacturing process, wherever they were making it. The brands, a generic of Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics, Urban Decay, MAC and NARS. The LAPD says they got wind of it after complaints by people buying the stuff saying they had reactions to it, like rashes and bumps.

The Garberville rodeo wants applicants for queen and princess. Those who want to compete have to be at least 12 years old. It’s coming up quick too, June 16th at Community Park. Ticket sales run from this Wednesday to June 15th. They have a kick off meeting Wednesday too at 5:30 p.m. at the Bootleg store in Garberville. After the rodeo will be a parade. The rodeo is a nonprofit and the Queen and Princess contest are a major fundraiser to support the rodeo.

The Hidden Valley Lake Association is appealing after a former golf professional wins a $2 million anti-defamation lawsuit. Lake Co News reports a jury unanimously decided on the settlement against the association in federal court. Wayne Clark claiming he was the victim of violation of privacy, defamation, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress​. ​
They’ll all be back in court this month as the association is fighting the verdict. His lawyer was preparing the paperwork to collect the money as the association filed for summary judgment and a new trial, looking to overturn the verdict.

Preliminary toxicology report has been returned on the Hart family members found dead off Westport after driving down a 100 foot cliff. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division reports the mom, Jennifer was found to have a .102 BAC and the other mom, Sarah and two of the children had a positive finding in their blood for a drug, that’s the active ingredient in Benadryl. The coroner still waiting for results on the third child. No word if a body found of a black female last weekend was related to the family. There are still three missing children in the case. The Sheriff’s office is continuing to look along the shore with regular patrol deputies. The three still missing are Hannah, DeVonte and Sierra Hart.

A woman’s body’s been found in the vicinity of where a family from southern calif. was reportedly missing from. April 6th, someone reported seeing a 2016 Maroon SUV, possibly a Honda Pilot go into the Eel River near Leggett. At the same time family members expected the Thottapilly family for a visit in San Jose reported they never made it. The mom and dad and two kids, 9 and 12 years old were on a trip from Oregon to the area on their way back to So Cal. Searchers found the female’s body this morning before 11 about 7 miles north of the reported crash site, the Eel River flows in a northern direction. The body on what the Sheriff’s office calls exposed terrain which looked like it was covered by the river the last few days during a storm which had heavy rain. The body will be identified in the days ahead and an autopsy is set for next Tuesday. Searchers continue to look for the missing family around the area it’s believed their SUV went down. As we reported earlier, some family members have also positively identified some personal items pulled out of the river.

The family of a missing family headed to San Jose from Oregon has positively id’d some personal belongings found in the search of the Eel River. The Thottapilly of Southern Calif was reported missing a couple days after witnesses reported seeing a similar looking maroon SUV, possibly a Honda Pilot going into the river near Leggett, April 6th. No divers have been able to get into the river because of weather conditions and the swift moving water, instead, they went on inflatable boats and probed under the surface. Flyers have also been posted nearby about the missing family of four. The Sheriff along with the president of the local Chamber of Commerce, a CHP spokesperson and another officer from the Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue met with family members this week. Searchers have traversed thru about 12 miles of the riverbank looking for signs of the family.