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A body found by Yolo County authorities believed to that of a missing tow truck driver. Police say 40 year old Shalvinesh Sharma was seen down the Sacramento River at the Garcia Bend area and the body was pulled from the river by sheriff’s deputies and others. He and his wife were in a tow truck that crashed with a big rig two weeks ago. His wife’s body is still missing.

Environmentalists calling on California to stop fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is when high pressure water mixed with chemicals is shot into rock to crack it and let oil out. Former Gov. Jerry Brown allowed the practice even though anti-oil activists tried to get him to stop. He did sign a law to make it a requirement for all chemicals used in fracking to be made public. And Gov. Gavin Newsom previously said he was against fracking, when he was campaigning for the top job in the state. There’s been no further comment from Newsom on the practice. Just about 20% of California’s oil comes from the practice. Activists say it’s a danger to drinking water, air quality and public health and puts oceans at risk. Now there are new state rules in place allowing high pressure injections of steam or acid for oil production.

A massive purchase across the state of high-capacity firearm magazines after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on the magazines that carry more than ten rounds. But then the state went to court to request a delay, and got it. Between those two dates there was a buying frenzy in California, something the California Rifle and Pistol Association called “Freedom Week.” The Attorney General Xavier Becerra appealed the ruling and now the state’s prepared to fight it permanently to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Those who were able to get their hands on the large-capacity magazines during Freedom Week get to keep them so far, but may have to turn them in if the appeals court disagrees.


Busy agenda for the Fort Bragg City Council this week as they considered work on the Coastal Trail, a new website to attract tourists and a possible new residential care facility for elderly folks with disabilities. An already approved bike park on the Coastal Trail was discussed. It would have a bunch of jumps and ramps after the Police Activities League requested it. The league will oversee its construction, maintenance and operation and the city won’t have to put up a dime. The council considering a loan agreement for Parents and Friends, Inc., so a grant can be released for the planned residential elderly care facility project. It will be three three-bedroom, two-bath homes for aging, disabled clients of the nonprofit. And if the nonprofit provides services for twenty years, the loan will be forgiven. Finally the council discussed the new Visit Fort Bragg website to promote the city as a vacation destination.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors hearing from county staff on the move to the Planning and Building Services Department by the Cannabis Program. The team has moved the Mendocino Cannabis Program from the Department of Agriculture to its new place in Planning and Building Services. The board approved that last month. There was an update on applications too, as of March 21st, there were more than 1,300 applicants with 23 approved so far. The county also recently announced they’re accepting renewals of the yearly cannabis cultivation permits and the Phase I Cannabis Cultivation Application submission process opened April 1st.

State Sen. Mike Mc-Guire announcing his plans for old railroad tracks to be turned into the Great Redwood Trail is moving forward. The Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Resources and Transportation each approving the governor’s request for $3 million to move forward with McGuire’s legislation. Another major obstacle overcome, is the North Coast Railroad Authority’s (NCRA) Board of Directors approved a legal settlement. The money the governor requested to work on the master plan for the trail, one million for an initial assessment of the right-of-way for the trail, $1.5 million more for easement research and $500,000 for the audit of NCRA’s finances and the possible transfer of part of the line to the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART).

A report released by the Lake County Civil Grand Jury says Lampson Field Airport badly needs improvements and updates to the general plan as well as other documents so it can get grants and comply with state law. The Record Bee reports the report submitted last month, a few months early because of its urgency. The report says the grant funding from the FAA has to be applied for by December 31st, urging agencies to make the changes needed so the county can apply for the grants. It needs a new master plan, and a noise and safety-related compatibility study in order to comply with state laws.

Ahead of an announcement today by the governor, a new report says if there are more wildfires in northern or central Calif., PG&E bills could skyrocket 50 percent higher. The report by Steven Weissman who lectures at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The giant utility’s already convicted of crimes from the San Bruno explosion and is now in bankruptcy because of wildfire related liabilities. It could reach $30 billion in liabilities for the 2017 and 2018 fires linked to PG&E. Right now average monthly bills are about $170 for electric and gas, but could potentially go up to $250. The Governor’s supposed to release a plan to deal with wildfires today.

The state is partnering with local cities for affordable housing with a plan to release at least three Requests for Proposals. Apparently Governor Newsom’s administration has reviewed all state owned property to see if homes can be built there. The administration looking for proposals for new housing construction within a year, with the idea the first parcel would be known by the end of Sept. The governor says there’s not enough housing and the cost keeps climbing so his administration is working with local leaders to push for affordable housing. It comes after he signed an executive order to develop affordable housing on excess state lands in January.

The city of Clearlake selling the airport property. The City Council voted unanimously for the city manager to move forward with a letter of intent with Village Investment Partners or VIP, for Pierce Field, which is just over 27 acres. VIP wants to buy the airport property, the old Outrageous Waters water park and another parcel for a major development. The city owns the old airport property, transferred for long-range public use by the old redevelopment agency. The idea is a six month deal where VIP reaches out to potential retailers to see if there’s interest.

A new report says small, poverty-stricken towns in Calif. could be the next Paradise if disaster strikes. The investigation by McClatchy newspapers says more than 350,000 people living in the small towns that are in very high fire hazard severity zones. The town of Paradise had been one of them before the Camp Fire last year, the most destructive in the state. Malibu was one of those zones too, last year the Woolsey Fire burned more than 400 homes there. And Cobb is one of them, it was mostly destroyed by the Valley Fire in 2015. The analysis by the newspaper group from a 2010 census.

Cal Fire has a new report for the governor after his Executive Order to identify high priority fuels reduction projects. Two are in Mendocino County, the Ukiah Fuels Reduction and the Willits Fuel Reduction part of a plan to protect more than 200 of California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities. In Ukiah, the focus is on roadside vegetation clearance, fire control lines on ridges, and shaded fuel breaks. It’s on more than 26,500 acres. The Willits project on about 12,00 acres will also focus on roadside vegetation clearance, fire control lines, and shaded fuel breaks.

A former student of Ukiah High says her picture as a water polo player at the school was used in the college cheating scandal. The Daily Journal reports Shannon Whetzel’s picture was used by a wealthy Napa Valley winery owner to get his daughter into USC, making the college think she was an elite water polo athlete. Court papers and the Daily Journal investigation shows Agustina Huneeus is the daughter of the winery owner Agustin Huneeus. He just pleaded guilty to the cheating scandal. The newspaper reports Agustina’s sister Antonia went to Yale. The paper also says Agustin paid $300,000 to get his other daughter into USC and the man at the head of the cheating scandal helped her with her SAT scores and a fake water polo profile.

A temporary moratorium on industrial hemp being extended in Mendocino County. The Board of Supervisors gave the thumbs up to the extension of cultivation of industrial hemp and cultivating genetically modified organisms in unincorporated areas of the County. They’ll also consider it for the County as a whole at a later date. The ban to last nearly a year, until next Feb. 24th, of 2020. The wording in the ordinance says it’ll be totally prohibited so county staff can further study the issue, talking to other counties to see what they do regarding hemp. The board looking at ways to bolster the cannabis industry, not hinder it.

The man accused of setting the Clayton Fire in Lake County is still being held in Jail. The Record Bee reports more than two and a half years after the fire in Lower Lake, accused arsonist, Damin Pashilk, of Clearlake is still behind bars, pleading not guilty, but not yet at trial. A recent preliminary hearing has him held to answer charges. Now the jail will hold him until April 23rd and maybe longer. The newspaper reports there’s been a lot of movement in the case, but no word when the jury trial will start yet. He’s facing multiple arson charges for several fires besides the Clayton which burned in August of 2016. It burned nearly 4,000 acres and destroyed 300 structures. He’s due back in court April 23rd.

Some Lake County voters being reminded to get their completed voter registration form in to the Registrar of Voters office on or before April 22nd or have it postmarked on the date so they can receive their official ballot for the Lakeport Fire Protection District parcel tax. Those eligible are encouraged to get their paperwork in, but if they don’t they can still cast a provisional ballot by going in to the Lake County Registrar of Voters on Election Day, May 7th. You can also register to vote there, call to have a form sent to you, or register on line. You can also find registration forms around town at most post offices, libraries, City Offices and Chamber of Commerce offices.

The Lake County Registrar Of Voters Office also wants those who may have lost their homes in recent fires to use their your pre-fire residence address for the Election. They say they’ll start to process the ballots, starting this coming Monday. The processing of the ballots continues thru Election Day and during the 30 day official canvas. The counting of ballots starts on Election Day in the Registrar of Voters office, but they won’t announce if the parcel tax passes until after polls close at 8:00 p.m. Those who would like to observe are invited to watch the processing and counting.

The monthly meeting of the Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care is set. Next Monday, April 15th, at 1:30 p.m. there will be an update on Homelessness Definitions, a presentation on Rapid Rehousing, and talks on staffing and appointments. The Continuum of Care program made up of individuals, and agencies with the goal of fighting homelessness in the community. The group helps bring Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) money to Mendocino County to help families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to find stable housing.

For more information, please contact Dennie Maslak by emailing
maslakd or call (707) 467-5851.

Community members are being encouraged to attend the next Mendocino County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services meeting. It’s happening next Wednesday, April 17th at Lauren’s Café, in Boonville, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s for anyone interested in supporting local behavioral health services.

BHAB meeting agendas are published at:

For more information about the BHAB meetings, please contact Carolyn Peckham, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Administrative Secretary at (707) 472-2310 or e-mail: bhboard

Permits for those who want to renew their yearly Cannabis Cultivation permit being accepted. The Mendocino County Department of Planning and Building Services accepting applications for the renewals, but not by appointment. There’s a cannabis drop box now, where all of the applications should be dropped off. It’s in the main lobby of the Planning and Building Services Dept on North Bush Street in Ukiah. You may have to first have your updated status and compliance plan to get your renewal, if your permit had restrictions. You won’t be able to renew if you don’t follow the rules carefully.

It’s back to square one between the City of Lakeport and the Board of Supervisors regarding the city’s proposed annexation of the South Main Street corridor. The board got an update this week from the county’s negotiating committee of the annexation of a 123 acre piece of land. Lake Co News reports the latest meeting ran smoother than in the past. The discussion this time on water service and a planned road project. The annexation in the works for at least a quarter century. Parties agreed a date would be set for another meeting before the end of the week to get things moving again.

A man from Guerneville found guilty of a hate crime is going to jail for nearly a year. Vincent O’Sullivan convicted for threatening a gay Starbucks barista. The homeless man lives in Guerneville. He reportedly went into a Starbucks last May and threatened the employee saying he was building pipe bombs to attack the employee, the Safeway and the Starbucks its located in, and a nearby Sheriff’s Office substation. He was also found guilty of stealing a gay pride flag from Guerneville Plaza and went to jail for four months for that. Now he has to serve another nine months in jail, and three years probation after that.

Big Gulp drinkers get a break. The state Assemblymember who brought forth legislation to ban Big Gulps has pulled the legislation. Asm. David Chiu of San Francisco says he’s going to re-activate the bill next year so it’s illegal for retailers to sell or give away those ginormous cups with removable lids. He says there’s been a bunch of talks about the bill and more ways to reduce sugar-sweetened drink consumption. He says instead, they’ll make it a two year effort so there’s constructive dialogue. He says sugar-sweetened beverages are one of the most pressing public health issues of our time and must be addressed, adding it’s a multi-year conversation, he looks forward to having.

A unanimous decision to seek the death penalty against the accused Golden State Killer. 73 year old former Central Calif. Cop Joseph DeAngelo, accused of being the mass murderer. Now DA’s from six different counties where he’s accused of crime sprees met to decide. Four of the counties make him eligible for Capital Punishment, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Orange, and Ventura. DeAngelo’s charged with 13 counts of murder, and 13 counts of kidnapping for robbery. He probably won’t ever be put to death, due to his age and also the recently signed executive order by Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop executions in California.

A new report shows all sorts of improper activity on the job at various California offices. The report from the Calif. State Auditor shows one Calif. State University police officer found napping on the job, an IT associate took bereavement leave improperly, and three engineers misused as much as 1,000 hours of state time. The report shows 30 employees engaging in all sorts of abuses at multiple state agencies. Some employees taking time off without consent and more. The officer at the CSU campus who napped cost the state more than $16,000. The three engineers at the State Water Resources Control Board came into work whenever they felt like it, took long lunches and left early, costing the state as much as $48,000. The State Auditor with reform suggestions like improved training, monitoring time reporting, and possible changes to union agreements regarding bereavement leave.

Hundreds on the picket line across the state. The University of California’s largest employee union had the daylong strike yesterday. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 with workers picketing across the state. The second time UC workers have been out of work, picketing in a month. The union represents as many as 24,000 UC service and patient care workers. The union says it’s because of intimidation tactics and interference with union organizing. They’ve also filed a report on the matter with the state Public Employment Relations Board. A University of California spokesperson says it’s just a way to justify another strike. Negotiations for a new deal for the workers has been going on two years. The union wants an 8% increase in pay, UC is giving them 2%. Union leaders also say some jobs are being outsourced.

A man in Florida has been arrested after reportedly sticking a cigarette in a young alligator’s mouth. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies say they got multiple complaints about crimes last month on Fort Myers Beach. They found Phillip Harris with pictures on his phone of himself abusing an alligator. A local newspaper reporting there are videos of the man holding a 2-foot gator by its neck, then tossing it to the ground and pointing a handgun at it. There are now several charges against him including burglary and grand theft.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office/Office of Emergency Services is conducting a test of the emergency warning sirens. The test Saturday at 12 PM in the Loch Lomond, Cobb Mountain, Anderson Springs, and Middletown areas during the Cobb Area Council’s Cobb Safe event. It’s to make sure the warning sirens are functioning properly. While it’s happening there will be messages sent out as a reminder why you might be hearing the sirens. You can sign up for the Lake Co Alerts at the link on our Facebook page and website

A representative of PG&E at the latest Butte County supervisors meeting saying the utility would be continuing their proactive work ahead of the next fire season and their restoration work after the Camp Fire. The rep telling supervisors they’ve made progress clearing as many as 65,000 trees in Paradise that could cause transmission lines to spark. There are 91,000 trees in all that are supposed to be removed. The company also working to help get a campground open for RV’s so Camp Fire survivors can use it. They’re also planning to open a 24/7 wildfire safety operations center this wildfire season with PG&E meteorologists working with Cal Fire, and they’ll add 1,300 new weather service stations and 600 high-definition cameras in high-threat areas by 2022. There will also be a lot more safety inspections, they’ll to visual, drone and helicopter inspections.

A lawyer representing fire victims says PG&E is being investigated for possible criminal conduct connected to the start of the Camp fire. 85 people died in the fire and most of the town of Paradise was destroyed. This revealed in bankruptcy court for the utility which is reportedly going to pay as much as $235 million in employee bonuses, something victims are against. The lawyer telling a reporter the investigation into the ignition points of the Camp Fire in its early stages. PG&E has so far not commented on the report. Butte authorities are not prosecuting PG&E after a 2017 fire, which only burned 150 acres, but the Camp Fire’s another story. Cal Fire is still investigating.

A man arrested in Willits for stealing and vandalizing. Police report arresting Michael Ratley yesterday after the Sherwood Valley Tribal Environmental Program reported to cops there had been thefts and vandalism last weekend. Police investigated but haven’t said how or why they identified Ratley as the suspect. He’s charged with Grand Theft and Felony Vandalism and booked at Mendocino County Jail, then released on his own recognizance pending charges for felon in possession of a firearm.

A man in Willits busted after a search warrant is served at a house by several law enforcement agencies. Larry St. Laurent arrested for violation of probation, possession of a controlled substance, possession for sales of a controlled substance, sales of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia for Methamphetamine and Psilocybin or “Magic” Mushrooms.

The US Navy will be conducting tests and training along the Northwest Coast next year so they’re visiting an elementary school in Fort Bragg to explain. Officers will be at Dana Gray Elementary School Friday, May 3rd to talk about the testing and training exercises in November of 2020. It’s part of the environmental impact assessment the Navy has to do to see what the effects are of underwater acoustic and electromagnetic devices, chemicals released during operations, risks of entanglement for large fish and marine mammals, and explosives from Puget Sound south to the Mendocino-Humboldt County line. It’s all an update of an environmental document from 2015 on Navy operations and effects on undersea life and how it could harm animals’ ability to navigate and communicate.

The Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen’s Oversight Committee has updated the Board of Supervisors related to Measure B, The Mental Health Initiative. The committee comes up with recommendations so the county can get to work on projects to build the crisis stabilization facility, residential facility, and a psychiatric facility. The Committee’s working on finding a project manager but has not hired anyone yet. The idea is this person would keep the committee on task. They’re also looking for an architect and other positions for various projects. They’ve still got $6 million on hand.

The Mendocino County Executive Office requesting a document be put together so the public can follow all of the progress. The Board Of Supervisors also formally recognized this week as Crime Victim’s Rights Week and Volunteer Appreciation Week in Mendocino County and the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Mendocino County.

The state legislature putting forth a bill so that community colleges will allow homeless students to sleep in their cars. An Assembly committee passed the bill last week and has referred it to an appropriations committee. It comes after a report finding almost 1 in 5 community college students had been homeless over the last year. If it passes and gets to the Governor’s desk it would mean community colleges have to have a plan in place so enrolled students in good standing with the college are allowed to park overnight in a campus lot. There would also have to be accessible bathrooms.

A dad who jumped into a Northern California river to rescue his infant son is confirmed dead. 41-year-old Moua Lo’s body’s been found. The Sacramento County coroner’s office confirmed the body was Lo Monday. The body found by a fisherman Sunday. Lo had drifted off and vanished March 29th after jumping into the San Joaquin River near Isleton to save his 1-year old boy after he fell off a boat. He was in a life jacket though, he’s still in the hospital. Dad was not wearing a life jacket.

A draft letter the Lake County Board of Supervisors agreed to send to the Interior Dept will be revised. It’s to comment on the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians’ who’ve applied for 21 parcels of land trust. The letter agreed to after the Tribal Administrator explained what they were planning to do with the parcels thru the federal agency’s fee-to-trust program. The county to ask the Interior Dept for an extension so they can prepare comments on the tribe’s application. The County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson says it’s to make sure any comments added to the applications are accurate. The Tribal Administrator saying they were upset with the County since its already had the entire package of applications more than a year, and now they’re waiting until the end of the comment period. Huchingson says she’s not heard a thing about it in two years.

Santa Cruz is suing the state saying it’s being undercut by people from out of town delivering weed. The Chairman of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors says local businesses are on the losing end of the deal because of deliveries from Oakland or San Francisco. The suit filed last week against the California Bureau of Cannabis Control saying there’s no longer a level playing field. Several other cities and municipalities are also suing the state because of deliveries, a new rule that started this year. California’s apparently the only state allowing the practice. Santa Cruz and 2 dozen other governments suing using an old Reagan Administration slogan as their motto: Just Say No.

Preparing for voting day for the Lakeport Fire Protection District Board on a new parcel tax. The board talking about the tax at the meeting last night and how they’ll spend the money should Measure M pass. The fire tax vote is next month, by mail-in ballot only. Lake Co News reports the meeting last night focused on the coming vote, budget issues and personnel matters, one of which is the retirement of the longtime district Administrative Assistant, Linda Buckner, who was there 16 years. Her replacement sworn in last night, Mandi Huff, who comes from the South Lake County Fire Protection District. The former Lake County Registrar of Voters is pitching in to help ensure things go smoothly for that vote next month.

California is preparing already for the 2020 Federal Census. The state is forming the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission thru the State Auditor’s Office. The 14-member commission is tasked with redrawing boundaries for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and State Board of Equalization districts, so they correctly reflect the state’s population. So now the Auditor’s office is asking for help spreading the word. There’s a new website set up for the public, community organizations, and stakeholders so they can read up on the information about the application and selection process for the commission with deadlines, resources and a form that can be filled in online for those interested.

If you have any questions or would like to request a speaker from the State Auditor’s Office for an upcoming event, please call 833-421-7550 or email shapecaliforniasfuture .

A man from Lucerne killed in a solo car crash at the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports 20-year-old Ruben Foreman died Monday while the passenger in a car driven by an 18-year-old from Lucerne. There was also a 16 year old passenger in the car too. The CHP reports the driver headed north at the cutoff just south of the Rodman Slough bridge during rainy, cloudy conditions and while trying to take a curve, he lost control, went off the road and crashed into a fence. Foreman was the front seat passenger and had major injuries to his face. CHP reports he was unresponsive when firefighters got there. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The 16-year-old passenger had minor injuries and the driver was not hurt. The CHP reports they were all wearing seatbelts, and they do not suspect drugs or alcohol as factors in the crash.

Ahead of the next wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has crews out inspecting towers, poles and substations in Mendocino, Humboldt, Lake and Trinity Counties. They’re flying drones and helicopters for the inspections as a second layer of protection after other visual inspections. Besides substations, the choppers will also use special technology for more data and will take pictures. It’s part of the utility company’s wildfire safety efforts, after the 2017 and 2018 wildfires to reduce the risk of more wildfires. The drones are flying every day except Sunday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and there’s a possibility they might have to access private property. The choppers will be above ground at around 250 feet and you may seen them hovering at times for up to ten minutes.

More information can be found at

A reminder from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to stay away from young wildlife. Lake Co News reporting spring’s the time for some wildlife to give birth, and it may be a time when some people try to interact with young wildlife, especially if it seems they’ve been abandoned. They remind it could actually be more harmful than good for the wild animal. They can’t generally survive if taken from their habitat. Adult deer can leave their young in tall grass or brush and young mountain lions are also left alone a lot. The state agency reminds anyone taking a young animal from the wild has to notify them or they have to bring the animal to a state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator within 48 hours.

To learn more about how to live and recreate responsibly where wildlife is near, please visit CDFW’s Keep Me Wild website at

Emergency evacuations the subject of a talk with researchers from the University of California at Berkeley in Lakeport for Spanish-speaking residents. They’re trying to find out about how emergency evacuations went during the Mendocino Complex fires. Researchers want to see how vulnerable populations were impacted, specifically Spanish speaking households. There’s been several focus groups in Northern Calif about emergency evacuations during the October 2017 firestorm, fires the same year in Southern Calif, and the Mendocino Complex fires. The study paid for by Cal Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and funded by 2017’s gas tax act.

Those interested in joining the focus group can find more information (in Spanish or English) by calling (925) 895-7897.

A man found dead inside a rented home in Clearlake from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say they went to the home March 20th and had the air sampled for possible hazardous materials by the Lake County Fire Protection District, but none were found. They say there was no heat source to the home, no carbon monoxide detectors or maintained smoke detectors. They say it also looked as though the man had been using a propane heater for heat. Toxicology reports show carbon monoxide poisoning as the suspected cause of death. After the death Code Enforcement and investigators checked 20 other properties owned by the same landlord, finding the same heating issues, and other substandard conditions. All homes got smoke detectors and the property owners got violation notices and administrative citations.

A man from Clearlake arrested for having a bunch of cash and drugs. Police say Peter Hart was pulled over for a traffic stop last Friday and cops found more than an ounce of suspected meth and over $1400 in cash. He was also out on bail after another arrest in January. He was charged for suspicion of possession and transportation for sales of methamphetamine. He’s arrested again on the same charges with an enhancement of committing a felony while on bail. They then went to his home the next day, finding about four pounds of processed marijuana, paraphernalia and evidence of other sorts of drug sales and over $10,000 in cash. Additional charges are now possible.

Pretty quick deliberation in Mendocino Superior Court, then a guilty verdict for a woman accused of crimes with her husband. The jury only took an hour before returning with the verdict against 68-year-old Susan Mary Miller, formerly of the Anchor Bay/Gualala area. She was accused of being an accessory to felonies or being an accessory after the fact, someone who knows a perpetrator committed one or more felonies, aids that perpetrator, with intent they may escape arrest, conviction, and/or punishment. This after her hubby shot a neighbor and attempted to also shoot the neighbor’s wife because of some gravel being spread out on a shared road. She then lied to cops about it. Cops found she also video’d the shooting and didn’t give that to investigators and deleted it instead. She’s due back in court in June for sentencing.

A man accused of stealing the identities of dozens of people in Butte County has been arrested. Police say James Dye was making phony checks with those identities, some of them were Camp Fire victims. He was busted near a Walmart in Oroville for suspicion of identity theft of more than 10 victims, creating fictitious checks, forgery, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Cops first tipped off to the crimes in January when an elderly victim in Oroville had his identity stolen with checks ripped off out of his mailbox. Dye arrested last week for an outstanding warrant, then when his car was searched, they found he had more than 40 other possible identity theft victims. They also found cash, ripped checks from the first victim and other evidence of the crimes.

A couple more cases of measles confirmed in Butte County. The Butte County Department of Public Health confirms there are now six confirmed cases, one is a young child, the others are all adults. Both the latest patients have passed the infectious period. Officials asking anyone who gets the virus to self-report if they had been to any public places at the time. They’ve got a couple of public places identified: a Chico Safeway Store on Mangrove, March 21st around lunchtime, and the Northern Valley Indian Health’s Chico Children’s Center, March 28th, between 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Really no treatment except supportive care until it’s gone.

A real estate mogul and his wife in the Bay Area caught up in the college admissions scandal are pleading guilty. Bruce and Davina Isackson are accused of using stock they owned in Facebook to bribe people to get their daughter into UCLA. They’ve also publicly apologized saying it was their duty to set a good example for their children, but instead harmed and embarrassed them by their misguided decisions. Their lawyer says they’ve also agreed to cooperate in the case. Bruce charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and his wife the same. She’s free on one-million-dollar bond, he’s released on conditions. They’re accused in the “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal along with actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The parents face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted by a jury.

Three people have been seriously injured after two cars crash near Forestville. Police say it happened late this morning on River Road. The crash around 11 a.m. was a head on crash on the Laguna bridge. The CHP reports those injured are in critical condition, with a fourth person in moderate condition The crash blocked a major road with traffic snarled badly so traffic was eventually diverted. Folks stuck in it reportedly calling police to say they feared there would be another crash. Firefighters from several departments went to the scene to cut the victims out of the cars and treat them.

A fire in Humboldt turns out to have been started by a faulty extension cord. The fire Saturday night started under a couch then caught carpet on fire too. reporting there were folks home at the time in bed, but were alerted by smoke alarms in the house. They were able to put the fire out and evacuate as firefighters got there. Firefighters completely stomped out the fire, but treated one person for a minor injury that happened as they were evacuating. Firefighters swept smoke, ash and debris from the home. The damage just in the couch and carpet. Firefighters reminding smoke alarms save lives!

Looking for a deadline extension for comment on land acquisition, the Lake County Board of Supervisors is considering a letter directly to the U.S. Department of the Interior on the proposal by the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Because of an old law from the 30’s the Interior can buy land in trust for Indian tribes and give them sovereignty over land outside of their reservations. The Big Valley Pomo Tribe’s been in the Clear Lake area for almost 12,000 years with 21 parcels they want to file into trust on 50 acres. They’re located around the Konocti Vista Resort & Casino. The tribe wants to put up a casino and commercial center, car wash, smoke shop and farmers market. The Lake County Administrative Officer has written a letter to the board of supervisors that county staff needs more time to review the proposed land acquisition and with that a letter to the Interior Dept.

A major step forward to help some cannabis growers with temporary licenses. State Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood working on a licensing gap in the legislature. No new temporary licenses were being permitted for state cannabis growers and some already licensed would lose them in coming months. In an overwhelming yes vote in the senate small farmers and others with temporary licenses may get a reprieve. More than 6,900 temporary cannabis growing licenses expire by July. 1,000 already have and another 4,000 will this month. The two legislators say a process the governor is pushing may not be fast enough. Now their bill will move to the Assembly, where it’s expected to pass.

A man from Eureka’s been arrested after cops see the wrong license plate on his pickup. A deputy on patrol sees the license plate on a Dodge Dakota supposed to actually be for an RV. The man spotted near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Talmage Road in Ukiah. Robert Joseph Paul tried to get away, ignoring the deputy’s command to stop, then led him on a chase on the 101 at speeds of almost 95 MPH. The car then got off the highway, heading towards Boonville, driving erratically, and was finally stopped in Philo after traveling about 80 mph thru Boonville. Police say Paul was driving a stolen vehicle from Humboldt County, had meth in his possession along with a Billy Club. And he was found to be on parole. he was arrested and held without bail for felony evading, possession of stolen property, possession of billy club, violation of parole, possession of controlled substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

A man from Albion’s been arrested for a domestic violence call. Deputies got a call Friday night for a domestic battery call, finding a woman who says she was engaged to Jesse Germaine and they had a verbal argument which escalated after he hit her in the head with a blunt object and forced her to the ground. They say he then took her phone from her when she tried to call 9-1-1. She had minor injuries deputies say were consistent with the assault. The man found to be on active formal probation for a previous domestic violence case. He was arrested and held in Mendocino County Jail on $25,000.00 bail

A man from Fort Bragg on community supervision already busted for having a rifle on him when he’s approached by cops. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says Deputies went to Robert Brockway’s home knowing he was on active Post Release Community Supervision for a previous felony conviction that includes terms he has to submit to search without a warrant. They searched his car and found a loaded short barreled shotgun concealed in the passenger compartment of his car so he was arrested and held without bail.

The Small Business Administration says the deadline is coming to apply for loans for wildfire damage or destruction from last July 23rd thru September 19th. A reminder to apply by May 6th, for loans that caused economic injury from wildfires and high winds. Eligible private nonprofits of any size can apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million for working capital needs caused by the disasters in Lake and Shasta Counties.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disastercustomerservice for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Camp Fire survivors have five temporary community housing sites being put up. The state reports the one to three bedroom mobile housing units include a kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas, and Travel Trailer options are also at the community sites and mobile home parks. They can be custom tailored with ramps and other amenities for handicap accessibility too. 83 million dollars from FEMA for financial aid has been provided as of last Thursday to about 7,900 households and renters who qualified for assistance. There have also been nearly $400 million worth of loans from the Small Business Administration approved for businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

Could be a massive court case as several California cities are suing regulators to get a rule overturned that allows deliveries of legal marijuana. Delivery began in January, but the League of California Cities and police chiefs across the state said unrestricted home deliveries meant there would be an unchecked market and no local control. Some of the municipalities now suing say it damages marijuana businesses and a promise to voters in 2016. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control allowing for the deliveries, has not commented on the lawsuit, filed last week in Fresno County Superior Court, asking for the rule to be invalidated.

A new way to see when people evacuate their homes during disasters, to see where they go. Chapman University analyzing evacuation and recovery patterns which could reportedly help inform emergency response efforts. Facebook can help as there are nearly 2.5 billion active users a month. Researchers say many disaster victims log on to the social media platform during an evacuation. Facebook’s disasters map initiative can estimate how many people live in certain areas, and see movements in various neighborhoods, like where people mark themselves as “safe” during a crisis. During the Mendocino Complex Fire Facebook could pinpoint where as many as 10,000 people were at. Researchers say there was no pattern of where people fled though, until after evacuations were lifted. NASA funded this research.

It’s rattlesnake season. Warmer temperatures bringing out many kinds of snakes. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says most snakes are harmless but the venomous rattlesnake should be left alone. The agency says snakes are actually needed in our ecosystem and a bite from a rattlesnake is actually rare. They like to be alone, and aren’t naturally aggressive. They say the bites usually happen if a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed up against. They can cause serious injury and death.

Additional resources can be found on the Living with Rattlesnakes Web page.

A couple of men connected to a court case with a Lake County Supervisor in court with a ruling against them. Robert and Jan Sanders accused of an attack against District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown who was working in his capacity as a bail bondsman back in 2012. The judge ruled Brown acted in self defense and was not responsible for harm to Robert Sanders. The plaintiffs will get nothing in the case which is binding and each of the parties will pay their own court fees. There had been an altercation back then to serve civil paperwork and an eviction notice at a house in Clearlake where police ended up responding after a reported assault by Brown against Sanders who tried to escort him off his property.

A couple hundred people may have been exposed to Measles at UC Davis Medical Center in the state Capitol. The medical center sending a letter to the 200 saying “in an abundance of caution” they’re warning of possible exposure to the virus for those who visited the emergency department in mid-March. The letters went out last week after a young girl was treated at the hospital for a rash, later found to be the measles. She was there March 17th, then the UCD Children’s Hospital’s chief of pediatric infectious diseases put out a statement saying it usually takes a week to two for the infection to show symptoms, and that it’s highly contagious, and can stay airborne up two hours after an infected person leaves an area. The hospital says there was only one person they were aware of who may have been exposed, but so far they show no symptoms of the virus.

Cal Fire’s making residential burn permits available online. The permits first became available today and they’re free for anyone in the state responsibility area of Mendocino County. They’re not actually required for door yard burning in the County, but the online application is an easy way to get a permit if the requirement happens again. You will have to watch a mandatory video though which features burning requirements and safety tips. You just have to fill out the application, then you can print the permit yourself. The permits are valid for the calendar year they’re issued in and have to be renewed each year. You call also call your local Cal Fire office for any requirements or burning restrictions that may apply to your area. Applicants will access the website at

The Kozlowski Farm property in Forestville may be sold soon since the family got permission to have a winery on the land. The Press Democrat reports the family has five possible buyers interested in their 21-acre farm along Highway 116. The newspaper reports it’s on the market at nearly $9 million. It features 15 acres for pinot noir grapes. Now that the Zoning Dept. okay’d the winery permit, it’s expected to move fast with the potential of 35,000 annual wine case production. There could also be a tasting room. The family’s also separately got its pie and specialty foods business on the market too.

The findings are in after a public Coroner’s Inquest into the death of a family of 8 who went over a cliff near Westport last year. Sheriff Tom Allman ordering the inquest, the first of its kind in decades, into the Hart Family, Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their six children ages ranged from 12-19 years old. The finding in the March 26, 2018 crash was that the couple killed themselves and murdered their six children, the official deaths noted as suicide for the two mom’s and at the hands of another person, other than by accident, or homicide, for Markis, Hannah, Jeremiah, Abigail, Ciera and Devonte, who’s body was never found. The Coroner’s Inquest was two days this week in Willits.

A woman in Fort Bragg busted on several charges in connection to a check forgery case at Harvest at Mendosa’s in Mendocino. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports deputies got a call to the market for a more than $350.00 ripoff because of a phony check passed at the business. They say Frankie Lemus-Cortez was the suspect in the case and that she was on active Mendocino County Probation. They say they had to force entry into her home, then arrested her for Forgery – Check Fraud, Resisting Arrest and Violation of Probation. She’s booked into the Mendocino County Jail and held on $20,000.00 bail

Gang violence rocks Fort Bragg. Police say over the last two weeks there’s been four separate shootings around the city, no injuries, but citizens concerned about local gangs. Police report there was a lot of gang graffiti last weekend so police are working with sheriff’s deputies to get to the bottom of it. The shots fired at homes and cars and graffiti on homes and fences. The police chief also says there was a fight last weekend that may be related to gangs too, and that previous conflicts have occurred between two gang-affiliated groups cops have been following for some time. Some of the incidents caught on local video surveillance. The Advocate Newspaper reports there was a Coalition for Gang Awareness and Prevention meeting at the police department last week. They’ll follow that up with a community forum at Town Hall, tentatively set for Thursday, April 25th, then another meeting for parents that may be concerned, but that would be more private.

Across the state, several thousand legal cannabis growers could be protected by a new bill by state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood. Both the Mendocino and Humboldt county boards of supervisors support the measure that could help as many as 7,000 temporary cannabis cultivation permit holders or those seeking the temporary licenses and help spur business instead of deterring what the two legislators refer to as “good actors” from going underground or back into the black market. New temporary licenses were put on hold at the end of last year and some given out expire this summer. About 5,000 others will expire at some point before that, many are small family farms. And apparently the state’s sending letters telling all of those permit holders to cease business immediately.

After the deadly 2017 wildfires that killed more than 40 people across Northern Calif, a group of former caregivers and maintenance workers are suing a couple of senior care homes in Sonoma County. The homes in Santa Rosa, their umbrella company, Oakmont Senior Living. The former employees are suing saying they were publicly blamed for abandoning elderly residents and further say the company’s been trying to keep them quiet as the state investigated the evacuations. Along with the former employees, two former residents are joining the suit saying Oakmont failed to give them adequate care during and after the fires. The residents claim they were abandoned by managers and staffers and had to evacuate somehow on their own. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court.

A local tourism marketing agency working with Mendocino County having a big celebration as part of Friday Art Walk. Visit Mendocino County has its Grand Opening celebration in their new office tonight from 5 to 8 at 105 W. Clay St. They’re moving from Fort Bragg to have their offices in the county seat so they’re closer to county government, with whom they do a lot of work. Plus the county helps pay for some of the work of the nonprofit. They will also keep a small office in their Fort Bragg location, now sharing office space in the old location. The nonprofit also has a new website and is launching a digital marketing campaign.

There’s a new CEO at PG&E. As the company pulls itself out of bankruptcy protection, the former CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, William Johnson takes over. There are also 10 new directors on the company’s board of directors and seven board members have left. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January with $51.6 billion in debt because of massive claims against the utility related to a number of wildfire-related claims after fatal wildfires across Northern Calif. in 2017 and Butte County in 2018. PG&E is blamed for at least 17 wildfires from the October 2017 firestorm and is accused of starting the Camp Fire last year. The company also found criminally responsible for the San Bruno explosion in 2010 that killed eight people.

Active shooter drills in Lake and Mendocino Counties. The drill trainings coordinated by the Lakeport Police Department along with the FBI. Agents teaching two 16-hour Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Trainings at Clear Lake High School. The high school currently closed for spring break. Those involved trained to respond with a group or alone in the case there’s an active shooter call. 55 officers attended the training from 12 local and state agencies including Lakeport Police, Clearlake Police, Ukiah Police, Willits Police, Cal Fire of Lake and Mendocino Counties and many other agencies.