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Apr. 19, 2018

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The is likely that of a member of the Thottapilly family.
The Green Room from Google Maps in downtown Point Arena.
The Green Room will continue operations as Green Spirit expands into the California cannabis market.
The children and wife also had high levels of a drug in Benadryl.
Family members identified personal effects that were pulled out of the river. No bodies have been found.
The bodies of the mother and father, as well as one of the children, have been found.
a cannabis plant
Celebrate what grows! And let us know if there's something we missed.
Tragedy compounds as search and rescue teams on assignment in Mendocino sustain major injuries in unrelated crash.
A positive identification may require a DNA test; Sheriff's Office continues to seek information.
The man survived.
Andrew Crowningshield
Crowningshield is alleged to have killed Autumn Smith (AKA Autumn Johnson). The two had previously been in a relationship and shared custody of their three year old son.
Britton has been missing since February 7.
The new hires will be trained for 4 - 6 weeks before the shelter opens.
The "old" Highway 101, now just Main Street, in Willits.
CalTrans will begin work on Willits sidewalks later this month.
The occupants have not been identified, but may have been a family on a road trip.
Another article from our student colleagues at the Ukiah High School journalism program.
Drop off your mail-in ballot in this traffic circle box at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah or at any polling location around the county.
MENDOCINO Co., 3/19/18 -- The list is out for the 2018 primary ballot and here's who's running for what...
Only the bodies of Devonte, 15, and Hannah, 16, remain missing.
The MCSO is working with various agencies to fine the car.
Chinook salmon are making their way through Willits right now.
Things are looking up for salmon anglers on the North Coast.

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Andrew Crowningshield
Crowningshield is alleged to have killed Autumn Smith (AKA Autumn Johnson). The two had previously been in a relationship and shared custody of their three year old son.
The sheriff's office has confirmed the deceased was Jeffery Settler. A BOLO has been issued for Zachary Wuester, Frederick Gaestel, Gary Blank III, Gary Lynn Fitzgerald and Amanda Weist.
Head-on collision on Highway 101 near Laytonville.
UPDATE 4:15pm: CHP staff at the Garberville station confirmed that three people were transported to the hospital in Santa...
PLEASE NOTE: You can check current updates of CHP incidents at their incident report page here. Reports in Mendocino...
The bill would prohibit state and local agencies from cooperating with federal enforcement efforts of people engaging in legal cannabis activity.
The alleged murderer, Zachary Wuester, had been in contact with a federal marshal who urged him to turn himself in. Several other suspects remain at large.
The woman's mother contacted the MCSO to explain that she was safe in the Bay Area. No suspects in the homicide have been apprehended.
The suspect, Zachary Wuester, was arrested Monday night and booked this morning.
More information won't be available until the sun is up.
The fire is growing, and has potential to become much larger.
Four workshops in Willits will help you organize your cannabis business.
Before a packed house, the supervisors hammered out a few more details about the proposed medical cannabis cultivation ordinance. They could make a final decision by March 7.
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In which we attempt to put together a compliance primer of online resources for cannabis cultivators and business people.
Gary "Giggles" Lynn Fitzgerald was arrested November 25 in Ukiah for the murder of Jeff Settler. Photo from MCSO.
MCSO arrests Gary Fitzgerald for murder, the second arrest made in the Jeff Settler homicide that occurred outside Laytonville. Wiest is no longer a suspect and now considered a victim.
The bodies of the mother and father, as well as one of the children, have been found.
We also have an interview with a tribal member about the raid, and information about the sheriff's use of helicopters -- the helicopter rental company charges $950 an hour. The MCSO has confirmed that the DEA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force all participated.
The CalFire Shield
UPDATE 1pm, 10/09/17: For updates on Tuesday, October 10, please see this article. UPDATE 10:40am, 10/09/17: We're providing new updates for...
An alleged armed robbery of a 2015 used Camaro in Ukiah, resulted in a high speed chase which ended north of Willits. There law enforcement shot and killed the suspect after being "confronted."
The Department of Trimmigration
With outdoor harvest season starting up, traveling trimmers are creating tension in town, one man decided to provide some nifty guidelines in a public flyer.
A statement from the Mendocino County Executive Office on medical cannabis cultivation procedures is expected today.
UPDATE 5:15pm: The CHP has released a statement on the incident, stating the driver, Jessi Preyer, was driving a...
Nishan Karassik of Phylos Bioscience (left) collected cannabis genetics from Kat Hart of Sohum Seeds and Chris Larson of Lost Coast Botanicals to add to the Phylos Galaxy-- an online, open-source three dimensional map of the lineage of each known strain. According to The Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake, all of this year's award winners will be added to the Phylos Galaxy.
Emerald Cup wins embolden boutique cannabis farmers to continue down uncertain road to cannabis compliance - a special report from Kerry Reynolds.
UPDATE: 1:25pm The search for the suspects has ended. No victim or suspect has been found. No one has come...
Law enforcement will be checking to make sure that people driving on the road are locals -- requesting proof such as ID, a mailed bill with an address, or a work order. Be advised.
Members of the public talk with BLM staff
The Bureau of Land Management sent a small contingent of experts to Willits on Tuesday to answer questions and gather comments to incorporate into its new management plan.
Sixteen gas pumps and a 141,138 square-foot store are coming soon to Ukiah’s south side.
According to the scanner deputies and CHP officers have been dispatched. We'll be updating.
MCSO is seeking Kelley Coan, shown in a photograph from 2007. She is described as a white female adult, 5'06" tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, and is 39 years old.
MCSO is seeking Kelly Coan in the murder of Jamie Shipman, as well as Shipman's vehicle.
CalFire and local departments continue to make progress on the fire.
A series of 9.31 inspection gave a jolt of surprise to some prominent growers last week.
MENDOCINO Co., Nov. 28 -- The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office has released a statement on the arrest of Gary Fitzgerald,...
Jesse Cole Wells
Jesse Cole Wells, a suspect in the killing of Laytonville resident Jeffrey Settler, was arrested today by South Lake Tahoe police, with assistance from the Mendo sheriffs
A positive identification may require a DNA test; Sheriff's Office continues to seek information.
Yesterday's activity north of Laytonville appears to have been in response to calls about armed men robbing 20lbs of weed. Law enforcement is now searching for, and asking for tips that could lead to the capture of the four cannabis burglars.
If you're going swimming with kids and pets, caution is advised.
At a hearing this morning Woodhouse was ruled legally unable to care for himself, and placed in a conservatorship; his wife will act as conservator.
Suspect Abdirahman Mohamed, taken into custody today. Photo courtesy of Kym Kemp.
Mohamed is the third suspect arrested in Settler's homicide; other suspects remain at large.
Open casting call announcement for the HBO movie filming in Redwood Valley.
You can get paid to be one of the Mendocino faces on screen.
The death is currently suspected to be accidental, though the MCSO await the results of an autopsy.
One person died, and three suffered major injuries, in the single car accident.
The deceased was charged with attempted homicide after threatening his estranged wife and forcing his way into a residence.
Nine people were injured earlier this evening in a head-on collision near Point Arena. Mendocino Sports Plus, a Facebook based Mendo coast...
In which the columnist advocates against dinners on freeways, and other kinds of fast food.
Ukiah City Council to hold a hearing to consider commission’s recommendations on June 7.
Drop off your mail-in ballot in this traffic circle box at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah or at any polling location around the county.
Measure AG is still too close to call, as are several council races across the county.
The vehicle chase appears to have started in Ukiah and wound up in Willits, the suspect is now in custody. He fire shots out the window, but police did not return fire.
Currently it is confirmed that eight people have died, but that number will likely rise. The dead include a 14 year old boy, and an elderly married couple.
The identity of the deceased is unknown.
National Weather Service expects thunder, hail, high winds, and up to five inches of rain today.
Cannabis in a light dep greenhouse.
COMMET, a special team that targets trespass grows, many of them identified by a DEA-sponsored aerial cannabis observation school, got the county’s blessing to apply for federal funding.
Photo from the Lake Co. Sheriff's Office
The County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team and the California National Guard Drug Task Force assisted Lake County Sheriff's in the execution of two warrants.
Dawn Elika Center was the woman shot and killed by law enforcement, after yesterday's high-speed chase.
The man was shot in the head, it is unclear if he is alive or dead. No information on the shooter is currently available.
Khadija Britton missing
The Covelo woman is believed to have been abducted by Negie Fallis, 27, of Covelo.
It's the second grey wolf pack found in California since the 1920s; biologists will be tracking the female.
Location of the collision.
Responders are at the scene now.
The Fort Bragg City Council race is a competitive one this year, with five local men vying for two empty seats. The Mendo Voice spoke with the candidates.
The shelter accepts people between the hours of 5pm and 7pm at Plowshares in Ukiah.
The downed powerlines have been de-energized, and the fire's "forward progress" stopped.
Willits High School, taken by Adrian Fernandez Baumann
We talked to Superintendent Westerburg about the incident, and he assured us that students are safe, and there was no danger.
At a standard procedural hearing to weigh whether enough evidence exists to proceed, three defendants pled down to robbery, in exchange for testimony.
On Sunday a panel of industry leaders discussed the impacts of legalization under Prop. 64, at the Mateel.
Frederick Gaestel is the fifth suspect arrested in the homicide of Jeffrey Settler.
UPDATE: Little Lake Fire responded to the accident and took one patient with moderate to major injuries to Howard Hospital....
Local support for Standing Rock isn't limited to adults. Check out this video from the Round Valley schools.
Allman presents to supervisors, BHAB members, and HHSA staff at a Jan. 23 joint meeting in Ukiah.
Sheriff Allman plans to send out deputies on mental health crisis calls only when the threat of violence is present.
Cannabis in a light dep greenhouse.
Without making any formal announcement, and without notifying all of the county supervisors, the sheriff’s office sent a letter sometime last week that appears to suspend substantial portions of the most recent set of rules for cannabis cultivation.
A memorial will be held for Jude Nagle at Harwood Hall in Laytonville, Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.
No MCSO vehicles have been spotted.
A photo of some of Dow's searchers, who included agency representatives from five different counties, from Sheriff Tom Allman's Facebook page.
58 year old Mary Ann Dow was located around 1:30pm this afternoon.
The gate at the 128 was stil closed late in the evening November 14.
CalTrans, CHP, Motorist Reports: UPDATE: NOVEMBER 19 As of 8:45pm, Caltrans has announced that Route 128 is now open. The waters...
The chase began because the suspect's car was believed to be involved in multiple burglaries. Speeds of over 100mph were reached, the Willits PD deployed a spike strip, the suspect fired on police, police did NOT return fire, and the chase was ended on foot.
Board of Supervisors
Tuesday’s BoS meeting includes a workshop on cannabis business regs.
Ann Horton's Oak Ridge Spring - Mendocino Quilt Artists at the Corner Gallery.
So much local art to check out on June 2 — plus a raffle!
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
The Mendo Voice sat down with Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse to talk about his recent absence, and where he plans to go from here.
UPDATED 9:50pm 8/31/17 -- The Rock Fire near Laytonville has been contained at ten acres, according to a 9pm...
Woodhouse was arrested at his home on Friday night, on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery and resisting arrest. His arrest included a struggle during which he was tasered and had to be subdued.
A family of snowmen under the stars on Highway 20 just west of Highway 101 in Willits.
Highway 1: as of 11:30pm the road has now re-opened with one lane, with traffic controls. As of 11pm, there...
Jesse Edward Slotte from his MCSO booking log photo.
A man threatened to kill his ex, and dragged her while she hung out of a car.
Tragedy compounds as search and rescue teams on assignment in Mendocino sustain major injuries in unrelated crash.
A late night boating accident on Lake Mendocino claimed one life this weekend. It's unclear if alcohol or excessive speed were a factor.
The victim was described as a transient, semi-local. The suspect claimed self-defense, be has been booked and detectives believe the shooting may not have met the criteria for self-defense.
Supervisor Woodhouse's official portrait from the County's website.
Woodhouse also sent word that he would be taking a leave until Nov. 3.
The details of her death are unclear, and she had been missing for several days. A vigil will be held today at 6pm, at the Willits city park.
Butane cans after an illegal cannabis grow, provided by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The state's proposed budget includes $1.5 for Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties.
A somber announcement today as the names of five additional people who died in the fire were announced, most were elderly. However, there are no people reported missing.
Several hundred customers in communities around the county are out of power. Emergency phones are available at several locations.
A BHAB finance meeting in Ukiah on Nov. 29 and a MHSA meeting on Nov. 30 in Covelo.
Visitors could check out the winners in the 215 area after the Golden Tarp awards event.
Here's our report on this year's light dep cannabis winners from The Golden Tarp Awards, now in its third year at the Mateel.
A Caltrans photo of the slide north of Leggett, which also took out the fence.
The slide is 6 miles north of Leggett and will be re-evaluated at daylight.
A press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: DATE:  "October 10, 2016" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Incident Number: 2016-31092 Crime/Incident: 459/460(a) PC (First Degree Residential...
Photo of the Highway 1 slide from Caltrans' Facebook on the morning of Feb. 4.
Caltrans is unsure when the road will be cleared.
In a press release the sheriff's office announced that they would resume selling zip-ties. The release made no mention of the what the plant limit is.
The attorney in the case against AI, the voter-approved initiative taxing medical cannabis cultivators, declared that he will take the case to the court of appeals.