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PT ARENA SUSPECT DIES AFTER BEING TASED (LAW) JB 11/28/14

A POINT ARENA ROBBERY SUSPECT DIED AFTER BEING TASED BY A CHP OFFICER.

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL WAS CONTACTED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY TO RESPOND TO THE REPORT OF A ROBBERY IN POINT ARENA. A CHP OFFICER LOCATED THE SUSPECT, 39 YEAR OLD DANIEL CEDAR SAULSBURY, WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY STOLEN A DIAPER BAG AND THROWN ROCKS AT A MALE VICTIM. SAULSBURY ACTIVELY RESISTED ARREST AND, AFTER A FOOT CHASE, THE CHP OFFICER AND ASSISTING DEPUTIES HAD TO TASE THE SUSPECT. SHORTLY AFTER BEING APPREHENDED SAULSBURY SHOWED SIGNS OF MEDICAL DISTRESS AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL ON SCENE RENDERED AID. SAULSBURY WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PRONOUNCED DEAD AFTER LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE INCIDENT IS NOW BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY D.A.S OFFICE.

FORT BRAGG WOMAN HIT BY CAR (LAW) JB 11/28/14

A FORT BRAGG WOMAN WAS INJURED AFTER REPORTEDLY STEPPING INTO TRAFFIC ON THE COAST HIGHWAY.

OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 1 AND 20 WHEN IT WAS REPORTED THAT A WOMAN HAD STEPPED OFF THE MEDIAN AND INTO TRAFFIC. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY FOUND THE 49 YEAR OLD WOMAN, IDENTIFIED AS HEATHER DEWOLF, LYING IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF HIGHWAY 1, JUST SOUTH OF THE 20 INTERSECTION. DUE TO DEWOLFS ALLEGED LEVEL OF INTOXICATION, OFFICERS COULD NOT OBTAIN A STATEMENT FROM HER, BUT WITNESSES STATED THAT THE WOMAN STEPPED OFF THE CONCRETE MEDIAN INTO THE PATH OF A TOYOTA PRIUS DRIVEN BY JAMES STAVELY OF FORT BRAGG. DEWOLF WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

REACH TO DELAY WILLITS START-UP OF OPERATIONS (LAW) JB 11/28/14

THE START UP OF OPERATIONS BY REACH AIR MEDICAL SERVICES IN WILLITS HAS BEEN DELAYED.

REACH AIR MEDICAL SERVICES HAS VOLUNTARILY SUSPENDED THEIR PLANS TO CONDUCT LIMITED, DAYTIME-ONLY AIR MEDICAL SERVICE OPERATIONS FROM THE WILLITS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT WHILE THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS IN BEING COMPLETED FOR THEIR NEW AIR AMBULANCE BASE AT THE AIRPORT. THE DECISION IS A RESULT OF A THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE CITY OF WILLITS IF ANY AIR MEDICAL SERVICE OPERATIONS WERE TO START PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW. REACH HAD PLANNED TO USE THE AIRPORTS EXISTING FACILITIES WHILE THE CITY COMPLETED AN INITIAL STUDY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THE PROJECT.

FORECASTERS PREDICT BIGGEST STORM SINCE 2012 (EVR) JB 11/28/14

WEATHER FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING THE NORTH BAY WILL EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORMS SINCE 2012.

A SERIES OF STORMS IS EXPECTED TO HIT THE NORTH BAY STARTING FRIDAY NIGHT, BRINGING WITH IT THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE THAN A FEW INCHES OF RAIN. AS MUCH AS 5-7 INCHES COULD FALL IN SANTA ROSA BY THE TIME THE LAST STORM PASSES THROUGH LATE NEXT WEEK. RAIN IS PREDICTED EVERY DAY NEXT WEEK FOR THE UKIAH AREA. IF THE FORECASTS ARE ACCURATE, THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORMS TO HIT THE NORTH BAY OVER THE PAST COUPLE DROUGHT-STRICKEN YEARS.

UKIAH TO LOSE POWER POLES ON PERKINS STREET (GOV/PI) JB 11/28/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED MOVING FORWARD WITH A PLAN TO MOVE UTILITY LINES ON PERKINS STREET UNDERGROUND AND OUT OF SIGHT.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT ACCORDING TO THE ELECTRIC UTILITY, THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE MOVING THE ELECTRIC, PHONE AND CABLE LINES OFF OVERHEAD POLES AND INTO UNDERGROUND VAULTS. SINCE THE PROJECT IS A SHARED BENEFIT FOR ALL THE UTILITIES, THEY WILL SHARE THE COSTS AS WELL. THE $495.000 COST FOR THE PROJECT WILL BE SPLIT, WITH THE ELECTRIC UTILITY PAYING JUST OVER $190,000 OF THAT, WITH AT&T AND COMCAST PAYING THE REST. FUNDS FOR THE CITYS PORTION OF THE PROJECT HAVE ALREADY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE 2014/2015 BUDGET.

PRICE OF UKIAH COSTCO ROADWORK EIR RAISES AGAIN (GOV) JB 11/28/14

THE COST OF COMPLETING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE PLANNED COSTCO IN UKIAH HAS GONE UP AGAIN.

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED PAYMENT OF AN ADDITIONAL $16,000 TO COMPLETE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS REQUIRED AT HIGHWAY 101 AND TALMAGE ROAD FOR THE PROPOSED COSTCO STORE. THIS LATEST PRICE INCREASE HAS NEARLY DOUBLED THE FIGURE OF THE ORIGINAL REPORT, FROM $48,331 TO $95,525. THE EXTRA FUNDING IS TO PAY FOR AN ENERGY STUDY, TRAFFIC STUDY, AIR QUALITY AND NOISE RESPONSES AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

COUNTY APPROVES GRANT TO SHERIFFS OFFICE (GOV/LAW) JB 11/28/14

A GRANT APPLICATION REQUEST FROM THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

THE SHERIFFS OFFICE IS APPLYING FOR THE $220,000 ANNUAL GRANT IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEVERAL OTHER DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT. THE PURPOSES OF THE GRANT ARE TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR CRIME PREVENTION AND EDUCATION, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTION AND THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH COURTS AND DEFENSE. THE NEW GRANT WOULD REPLACE THE CURRENT ANTI-DRUG GRANT, WHICH PROVIDES FUNDING TO BOTH THE SHERIFFS AND DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICES.

CAL FIRE ENDS 2014 FIRE SEASON IN LAKE COUNTY (LAW) JB 11/28/14

CAL FIRE HAS ANNOUNCED THE END OF THE 2014 FIRE SEASON FOR LAKE COUNTY.

FOLLOWING THE END OF THE 2014 FIRE SEASON IN MENDOCINO COUNTY LAST WEEK, CAL FIRES SONOMA-LAKE-NAPA UNIT HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL TRANSITION OUT OF THE CURRENT FIRE SEASON. ON DECEMBER 1. THE FIRE SEASON WILL OFFICIALLY END IN SONOMA, LAKE, NAPA, COLUSA AND SOLANO COUNTIES. AS DROUGHT CONDITIONS STILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A HOLD ON CALIFORNIA, CAL FIRE IS MAINTAINING STAFFING LEVELS THAT MEETS THE CURRENT THREAT, AS WELL AS STRATEGICALLY MOVING RESOURCES TO AREAS THAT REMAIN AT A HIGHER THREAT LEVEL. WITH THE TRANSITION ON DECEMBER 1, BURN PERMITS FOR THE STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA ARE NOT REQUIRED UNTIL MAY 1, 2015.

WILLITS FIRE DAMAGE ESTIMATED AT OVER $600K (LAW) JB 11/26/14

THE DAMAGE ESTIMATE TO THREE BUSINESSES INVOLVED IN A SUSPECTED ARSON IN WILLITS HAS TOPPED $600,000.

FIRE OFFICIALS STATED ON MONDAY THAT THE DAMAGE ESTIMATE TO THE BUILDING THAT HOUSED JOHNS PLACE, A DAYCARE CENTER, AND A SMALL MARKET HAS CLIMBED TO MORE THAN $600,000. IN ADDITION TO THE FIRE, SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE TO THE BUSINESSES AND THEIR CONTENTS, THE HEAT FROM THE FIRE CAUSED ABOUT $6,500 IN DAMAGE TO A WILLITS POLICE PATROL CAR. PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS STATED THAT DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING WAS WORSE THAN IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN BECAUSE ARSON SUSPECT LACIE ROSS FORCED FIREFIGHTERS TO RETREAT BY BRANDISHING WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A FAKE GUN.

STASH OF STOLEN BICYCLES FOUND IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 11/26/14

A PROBATION SEARCH LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A UKIAH MAN WITH A STASH OF STOLEN BICYCLES.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON WAUGH LANE TO PERFORM A PROBATION SEARCH AT THE RESIDENCE AND WITNESSED SEVERAL PEOPLE TRYING TO FLEE AS THEY APPROACHED. 31-YEAR-OLD NOEY JOHNSON JR WAS FOUND HIDING UNDER A BED IN THE RESIDENCE AND WAS DETAINED. WHEN OFFICERS ENTERED THE RESIDENCE, THEY FOUND NUMEROUS BICYCLES, MANY IN VARYING STATES OF ASSEMBLY AND SOME OF WHICH HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT JOHNSON HAD BEEN DISMANTLING STOLEN BICYCLES AND HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

UKIAH WINTER SHELTER OPENING DELAYED (PI) JB 11/26/14

THE OPENING OF A WINTER SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS IN UKIAH HAS BEEN DELAYED.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE FORD STREET PROJECT STATED THAT THE EXPECTED TWO-WEEK DELAY IS DUE TO THE SHELTERS BATHROOMS NEEDING TO BE REPAIRED BEFORE THE FACILITY CAN BEGIN HOUSING PEOPLE. THE FUNDING IS IN PLACE TO COMPLETE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS BUT SEVERAL DELAYS AND SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH CONTRACTORS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE LATE OPENING OF THE SHELTER. BARRING ANY OTHER DELAYS, THE SHELTER SHOULD BE OPEN AND IN BUSINESS BY MID DECEMBER.

STATE OF JEFFERSON PRESENTATION NEXT WEEK (GOV) JB 11/26/14

PROPONENTS OF A PLAN TO CREATE A 51ST STATE WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION TO THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEXT WEEK.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE PRESENTATION IS TO FULLY INFORM THE BOARD AS TO THE PURPOSE OF THE JEFFERSON MOVEMENT, TO EXPLAIN TO HOW THE PEOPLE OF LAKE COUNTY WOULD BENEFIT, AND TO ALLOW TIME TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS. THE STATE OF JEFFERSON, AS CURRENTLY ENVISIONED, WOULD INCLUDE 20 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNTIES, INCLUDING LAKE AND MENDOCINO, AS WELL AS SEVERAL NORTHERN OREGON COUNTIES. THE PRESENTATION IS SCHEDULED FOR 9:30 AM, TUESDAY DECEMBER 2 IN THE BOARD CHAMBERS OF THE LAKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

GUALALA REDWOODS PUTS 30,000 ACRES UP FOR SALE (EVR) JB 11/26/14

GUALALA REDWOODS INC HAS PUT ITS 30,000 ACRE PROPERTY UP FOR SALE.

NEARLY 30,000 ACRES OF TIMBERLAND STRADDLING THE BORDERS OF MENDOCINO AND SONOMA COUNTIES AND STRETCHING ACROSS THE MOUTH OF THE GUALALA RIVER HAVE BEEN OFFERED UP FOR SALE, CREATING WHAT CONSERVATIONISTS ARE CALLING A PRIME OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A PROTECTED AREA LARGER THAT THE POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE. GUALALA REDWOODS INC. HAS PUT THE PROPERTY UP SALE, INCLUDING NEARLY 20 MILES OF RIVER FRONTAGE. THE OUTCOME OF ANY SALE WONT BE KNOWN FOR MONTHS HOWEVER, AS OFFERS ON THE PROPERTY ARENT DUE UNTIL EARLY NEXT YEAR.

CLEARLAKE PD INVESTIGATES INDECENT EXPOSURE (LAW) JB 11/26/14

THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING AT LEAST TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS OF INDECENT EXPOSURE IN THE CITY.

DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN GATHERING MORE INFORMATION OF THE TWO INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED AT REDBUD PARK AND AUSTIN PARK THIS MONTH. WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING A MALE SUBJECT EXPOSING HIMSELF IN HIS VEHICLE IN PLAIN VIEW OF OTHERS. HE IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE IN HIS EARLY TO MID 40S, BETWEEN 63 AND 67 INCHES TALL, 280 TO 320 POUNDS AND DRIVING A NEWER WHITE TOYOTA SEDAN. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION OR WHO MAY HAVE WITNESSED THE INCIDENTS IS ASKED TO CALL THE CLEARLAKE POLICE AT 994-8251.

WILDLIFE LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST MENDOCINO (LAW/EVR) JB 11/26/14

A NEW LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST MENDOCINO COUNTY OVER A CONTRACT WITH WILDLIFE SERVICES FEDERAL PREDATOR CONTROL PROGRAM.

A COALITION OF ANIMAL PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION GROUPS AND A LOCAL MENDOCINO RESIDENT FILED A LAWSUIT IN CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT AGAINST MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR VIOLATING THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENT QUALITY ACT. THE LAWSUIT CHALLENGES THE COUNTYS FAILURE TO CONDUCT A LEGALLY REQUIRED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF ITS CONTRACT WITH THE USDAS WILDLIFE SERVICES. THE SUIT CLAIMS THE CONTRACT AUTHORIZES WILDLIFE SERVICES DEPREDATION RIGHTS WITHOUT ASSESSING ECOLOGICAL IMPACT. THE PROGRAMS PREDATOR CONTROL ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE USDAS OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.

CAL FIRE ENCOURAGES HOLIDAY COOKING SAFETY (LAW/PI) JB 11/26/14

WITH THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY AT HAND, CAL FIRE REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS THAT HOME FIRES POSE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

THANKSGIVING IS A TIME OF FOOD, FUN AND FESTIVITIES, BUT THIS TIME OF YEAR IS ALSO A TIME TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS AS THOUSANDS OF HOME FIRES ACROSS THE NATION ARE CAUSED FROM HOLIDAY COOKING. WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY VISITING, ITS IMPORTANT NOT TO GET DISTRACTED AND TO BE AWARE OF ALL RELATED COOKING ACTIVITIES. THE CALIFORNIA STATE FIRE MARSHAL NOTED THAT THE HOLIDAYS BRING INHERENT FIRE DANGER THAT CAN QUICKLY LEAD TO TRAGEDY IF PEOPLE DONT TAKE JUST A FEW EASY STEPS TO PREVENT A FIRE. REMEMBER TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT YOU FRY AND ALWAYS HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER HANDY.

POT LAWYERS REQUEST FOR COUNTY RECORDS DENIED (LAW) JB 11/25/14

THE QUESTION OF EXACTLY WHO WAS CONDUCTING THE MYSTERY POT RAIDS OVER THE SUMMER STILL LINGERS FOR SOME COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS.

AN ATTORNEY REPRESENTING SEVERAL MENDOCINO COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS WHO ALLEGE THEIR MARIJUANA GARDENS WERE ILLEGALLY RAIDED BY AUTHORITIES OVER THE SUMMER FILED A PUBLIC RECORDS ACT FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RAIDS. ATTORNEY JOE ELFORD RECEIVED AN ANSWER EARLIER THIS MONTH FROM COUNTY COUNSEL STATING THAT HIS REQUEST WAS TOO VAGUE FOR A MAJORITY OF THE INFORMATION HE WAS REQUESTING. DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF DOCUMENTS REQUESTED, THE COUNTY COUNSELS OFFICE REJECTED MOST OF THE PRA REQUEST BECAUSE THE INFORMATION REQUESTED CLEARLY OUTWEIGHS ANY DEMONSTRATED NEED FOR IT, MAKING IT EXEMPT.

ROBBERY ATTEMPT AT UKIAH WALGREENS (LAW) JB 11/25/14

AN UNKNOWN SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO ROB THE WALGREENS IN UKIAH LAST WEEK.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO WALGREENS ON EAST PERKINS LAST THURSDAY TO THE REPORT OF A ROBBERY THAT HAD JUST OCCURRED. OFFICERS LEARNED THAT A MALE SUBJECT WEARING A MASK ENTERED THE STORE AND WENT DIRECTLY TO THE CASHIER AND DEMANDED MONEY. AFTER MAKING SEVERAL MORE THREATS, THE SUSPECT FLED WITHOUT OBTAINING ANY MONEY. POLICE WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOCATING THE SUSPECT, WHO IS DESCRIBED AS MALE, 5 FOOT 6 INCHES TALL, APPROXIMATELY 120 POUNDS LAST SEEN WEARING A GREY SWEATSHIRT, BLACK PANTS AND BLACK SHOES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE UPD AT 463-6262.

DOLLAR GENERAL LOOKING AT MORE LOCATIONS (ECN) JB 11/25/14

DOLLAR GENERAL IS LOOKING TO EXPAND WITH MORE STORES IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT WITH TWO STORES ALREADY UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE NORTHSHORE, DOLLAR GENERAL IS IN THE PROCESS OF EXPLORING THREE ADDITIONAL RETAIL LOCATIONS IN LAKE COUNTY. DOLLAR GENERAL CORP, A SMALL BOX RETAILER BASED IN TENNESSEE, IS BUILDING ITS FIRST STORES IN LAKE COUNTY IN CLEARLAKE OAKS AND NICE. WHILE THE COMPANY HASNT COMMITTED TO ANY NEW LOCATIONS, THEY ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING AT PROPERTIES IN KELSEYVILLE, MIDDLETOWN AND IN LOCH LOMOND. THE STORE IN NICE IS SET TO OPEN IN FEBRUARY, WITH THE CLEARLAKE OAKS STORE SLATED TO OPEN IN LATE SPRING OF 2015.

CAL FIRE ANNOUNCES THE END OF FIRE SEASON (LAW) JB 11/25/14

CAL FIRES MENDOCINO UNIT HAS OFFICIALLY TRANSITIONED OUT OF THE 2014 FIRE SEASON.

THE MENDOCINO UNIT OF CAL FIRE ANNOUNCED THAT RECENT RAINS AND COOLER TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REGION HAVE LOWERED THE THREAT OF WILDFIRES. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STILL TAKE PRECAUTIONS OUTDOORS IN ORDER TO PREVENT SPARKING A WILDFIRE. LANDOWNERS ARE REMINDED THAT BEFORE BURNING TO ENSURE ITS A PERMISSIVE BURN DAY BY CONTACTING THE MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR MANAGEMENT DISTRICT AND TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY AND ALL REQUIRED BURN PERMITS ARE OBTAINED.

BROOKTRAILS V WILLITS LAWSUIT TOPS $1.25 MIL (LAW/ECN) JB 11/25/14

AN ONGOING LAWSUIT BETWEEN BROOKTRAILS AND WILLITS HAS COST $1.25 MILLION TO DATE.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT THE CITY OF WILLITS AND THE BROOKTRAILS COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT HAVE SPENT ABOUT $1.25 MILLION COMBINED IN AN ONGOING LEGAL BATTLE OVER THE SEWAGE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. THE FOUR-YEAR LONG BATTLE BEGAN WITH BROOKTRAILS SUING WILLITS IN 2010 OVER A $292,000 BILL SENT TO BROOKTRAILS, CONSIDERED TO BE THEIR SHARE OF THE $750,000 WILLITS PAID TO PURCHASE 125 ACRES IN 2003. THE SUIT HAS EVOLVED BEYOND THIS INITIAL FILING TO INCLUDE HOW MUCH BROOKTRAILS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR WILLITS NEW $25 MILLION SEWER PLANT. THE INITIAL SUIT IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD IN SONOMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT IN APRIL 2015.

KELSEYVILLE GARAGE DESTROYED IN FIRE (LAW) JB 11/25/14

A GARAGE IN KELSEYVILLE WAS DESTROYED IN A FIRE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED SHORTLY 12:00 PM ON FRIDAY AT AN ADDRESS ON PHARO PLACE IN KELSEYVILLE. UNITS FROM KELSEYVILLE FIRE, LAKEPORT FIRE AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED TO THE STRUCTURE THAT WAS FULLY INVOLVED. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO CONFINE THE FIRE TO THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE, SPARING A NEARBY HOME FROM ANY DAMAGE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FIRE OFFICIALS.

CHP THANKSGIVING MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD (LAW) JB 11/25/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IS BEGINNING ITS MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.

THE EXTENDED THANKSGIVING WEEKEND IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST TRAVEL PERIODS OF THE YEAR, RAISING THE RISK SERIOUS OR DEADLY TRAFFIC COLLISIONS. THE CHP WANTS TO ENCOURAGE TRAVELERS TO ALWAYS BUCKLE UP, AVOID DRIVING DISTRACTED AND NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. LAST YEAR, DURING THIS TIME, THE CHP ARRESTED MORE THAN 1,200 PEOPLE FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. THANKSGIVING IS A MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD FOR THE CHP. THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY REPORTING PERIOD BEGINS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 AT 6 PM AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, AT MIDNIGHT.

BUTLER STREET IN CLEARLAKE OAKS TO HAVE CLOSURES (TR) JB 11/25/14

THERE IS AN ONGOING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WITH ROAD CLOSURES IN CLEARLAKE OAKS THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

BEGINNING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, AND CONTINUING THROUGH DECEMBER 31, BUTLER STREET IN CLEARLAKE OAKS WILL BE SUBJECT TO CLOSURE. THE ONGOING CLOSURE WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY TO ALLOW FOR LAMON CONSTRUCTION TO PERFORM WORK ON THE SEWER SYSTEM. SIGNS AND DETOURS WILL BE IN PLACE AND DRIVERS IN THE AREA SHOULD PLAN TO USE ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING THE HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION.

PHIL BALDWIN OFFICIALLY LOSES COUNCIL SEAT (GOV) JB 11/24/14

WITH THE FINAL ELECTION RESULTS RELEASED FRIDAY, IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT CURRENT UKIAH MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN HAS LOST HIS BID FOR A FIFTH TERM ON THE COUNCIL.

THREE NEW FACES WILL JOIN THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THIS YEAR AFTER THE ELECTION OFFICE CONFIRMED THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION. JIM O. BROWN, KEVIN DOBLE, AND MAUREEN MO MULHEREN WILL REPLACING COUNCIL MEMBERS BENJ THOMAS, MARY ANN LANDIS AND MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN, WHO FAILED IN HIS RUN FOR A 5TH TERM ON COUNCIL, LOSING A CLOSE RACE TO MULHEREN BY 23 VOTES. THE THREE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE SWORN IN AT THE COUNCILS MEETING ON DECEMBER 3.

CHESSER MURDER COULD CARRY DEATH PENALTY (LAW) JB 11/24/14

THE CHARGES FILED IN THE RAPE AND MURDER OF KAYLA CHESSER COULD BRING THE DEATH PENALTY TO THE SUSPECT.

THE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER SUSPECTED OF RAPING AND MURDERING KAYLA CHESSER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A SERIES OF CRIMES THAT POTENTIALLY CARRY A DEATH SENTENCE PENALTY. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS UNDECIDED AT THIS POINT WHETHER TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST 44 YEAR OLD TERRENCE JAMES MARSHALL, ALTHOUGH A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DAS OFFICE STATED THAT IT IS A POSSIBILITY. THE DEATH PENALTY IS RARELY SOUGHT IN MENDOCINO COUNTY AND IF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DOES CHOOSE TO DO SO, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE MID 90S THAT SUCH AN ACTION WAS TAKEN.

SCHOOL THREAT DISCREDITED BY UKIAH POLICE (LAW) JB 11/24/14

A THREAT POSTED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK RELATED TO A UKIAH SCHOOL WAS DEEMED NOT TO CREDIBLE BY THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UPD CHIEF CHRIS DEWEY STATED THAT SOMEONE POSTED A THREAT ON A SOCIAL MEDIA SITE THAT DECLARED THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE A GUN TO AN UNSPECIFIED SCHOOL IN UKIAH. THE UKIAH POLICE WAS NOTIFIED OF THE POST THURSDAY NIGHT AND OFFICERS TRACKED THE THREAT TO A UKIAH RESIDENT AND OFFICERS CONTACTED THE PERSON. AFTER INVESTIGATING THE MATTER FURTHER, DEWEY SAID OFFICERS DO NOT BELIEVE THE PERSON HAD ANY INTENT OF CAUSING HARM. THE UPD AND THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL NOTE THAT STUDENT SAFETY IS THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITY AND URGED EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS TO REPORT ANY ISSUES THAT MAKE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE OR CONCERNED.

CLEAR LAKE CLEAN UP PLANNED WITH LOW WATER (EVR) JB 11/24/14

WITH LOW WATER LEVELS PRESENT IN CLEAR LAKE, A CLEAN UP OF THE SHORELINE IS PLANNED IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND THE LAKE.

THE BEACHES AROUND CLEAR LAKE ARE INCREASING IN NUMBER AND SIZE DUE TO THE LOW LAKE LEVELS. AS A RESULT, MANY TRASH OBJECTS, SUCH AS OLD AND DISCARDED TIRES, ARE NOW VISIBLE. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXPOSED SHORELINE CONDITIONS, THE LAKE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES HAS SCHEDULED A CLEAR LAKE CLEANUP DAY FOR THREE AREAS OF THE LAKE, INCLUDING SHORELINES IN LUCERNE, THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE, AND CLEARLAKE OAKS. THE SCHEDULED CLEANUP DAY IS PLANNED FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, BETWEEN 8:30 AND NOON AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD CALL 295-0333 TO DETERMINE THE CLOSEST COORDINATION SITE.

ABSHIRE BOOKED IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL (LAW) JB 11/24/14

THE REDWOOD VALLEY MAN WHO WAS SHOT BY A CHP OFFICER AFTER BRANDISHING A RIFLE WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL THURSDAY.

35 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY ABSHIRE WAS BEING TREATED AN AT OUT OF AREA HOSPITAL AFTER THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED ON NOVEMBER 15. ABSHIRE HAD THREATENED AND SHOT TOWARDS BYSTANDERS IN THE AREA OF ROAD D AND WEBB RANCH ROAD, THEN FLED INTO THE WOODS WITH HIS RIFLE, PURSUED BY DEPUTIES AND CHP OFFICERS, EVENTUALLY BEING SHOT BY A CHP OFFICER AND APPREHENDED. ABSHIRE IS BEING HELD ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING SUSPICION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $352,500.

BICYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH NEAR MIDDLETOWN (LAW) JB 11/24/14

A CRASH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A BICYCLIST NEAR MIDDLETOWN.

THE 62 YEAR OLD ST HELENA MAN, WHOS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, WAS STRUCK ON HIGHWAY 29 SOUTH OF CENTRAL PARK ROAD JUST BEFORE 10:15 SATURDAY NIGHT. FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, THE CYCLIST WHO WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND, ALLOWED HIS BIKE TO VEER INTO NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WHERE HE WAS STRUCK BY A 1998 CHEVROLET BLAZER AT 50 MPH. AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH, THE MAN WAS THROWN FROM HIS BIKE AND HE LANDED IN THE SOUTH BOUND LANES. THE CYCLIST WAS STRUCK BY A SECOND VEHICLE, A 2006 VOLVO, AS HE WAS LYING IN THE ROADWAY. ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE MAN DIED OF HIS INJURIES AT THE SCENE AND THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE TANK BLAZE NEAR LAKEPORT (LAW) JB 11/24/14

FIREFIGHTERS FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES BATTLED A GASOLINE STORAGE TANK BLAZE OUTSIDE THE CITY OF LAKEPORT YESTERDAY.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED SHORTLY BEFORE 9 AM SUNDAY AT WESTGATE PETROLEUM ON HIGHLAND SPRINGS ROAD. WHEN UNITS FROM LAKEPORT FIRE ARRIVED ON SCENE, THEY FOUND ONE OF THE STORAGE TANKS BURNING, WITH SEVERAL OTHERS THREATENED. EVERY TRUCK IN THE COUNTY WITH CLASS B SUPPRESSION FOAM WAS REQUESTED, INCLUDING UNITS FROM NORTHSHORE FIRE, KELSEYVILLE FIRE AND CAL FIRE RESPONDING. CALTRANS HAD CLOSED HIGHWAY 29 AT HIGHWAY 175 HOPLAND BEFORE FIRE UNITS WERE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL AND KNOCK DOWN THE FIRE. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FORT BRAGG FINAL ELECTION RESULTS RELEASED (GOV) JB 11/24/14

THE FINAL RESULTS FROM THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION RACES IN FORT BRAGG HAVE BEEN RELEASED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE.

WILLIAM ROHR, PETER GLUSKER, AND KITTY BRUNING WERE ELECTED TO THE MENDOCINO COAST HEALTH CARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, BEATING OUT CANDIDATE MICHAEL CARROLL AND LONG-TIME BOARD MEMBER JOHN KERMAN. IN A CLOSE RACE FOR SEATS ON THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL, LINDY PETERS AND MICHAEL CIMOLINO WON COUNCIL SEATS AND INCUMBENT DAVE TURNER SUCCESSFULLY HELD ONTO HIS SEAT. THE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE SWORN IN ON DECEMBER 8, WITH THE CURRENT COUNCIL RETAINING FULL CONTROL OF THE COUNCIL DECISIONS UNTIL THEN.

CALVIN HARRIS W/JOHN NEWMAN-BLAME

ED SHEERAN-DON’T

JASON DERULO-TRUMPETS

MAROON 5-ANIMALS

MR PROBZ-WAVES

NICK JONAS-JEALOUS

ALESSO W/TOVE LO-HEROES (WE COULD BE)

ARIANA GRANDE & THE WEEKEND-LOVE ME HARDER

DAVID GUETTA W/SAM SMITH-DANGEROUS

FALL OUT BOY-CENTURIES

FERGIE-L.A. LOVE (LA LA)

GWEN STEFANI-BABY DON’T LIE

HOZIER-TAKE ME TO CHURCH

IGGY AZALEA W/M0-BEG FOR IT

MEGHAN TRAINOR-LIPS ARE MOVIN

NICO & VINZ-IN YOUR ARMS

ONE DIRECTION-STEAL MY GIRL

SAM SMITH-I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE

TAYLOR SWIFT-BLANK SPACE

BEBE REXHA-I CAN’T STOP DRINKING ABOUT YOU

CHARLI XCX-BREAK THE RULES

CHRIS BROWN W/USHER & RICK ROSS-NEW FLAME

ELLA HENDERSON-GHOST

JESSIE J W/2 CHAINZ-BURNIN’ UP

MARK RONSON W/BRUNO MARS-UPTOWN FUNK!

SELENA GOMEZ-THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS

EDEN XO-TOO COOL TO DANCE

FIFTH HARMONY-SLEDGEHAMMER

LILLY WOOD W/ROBIN SCHULZ-PRAYER IN C

MILKY CHANCE-STOLEN DANCE

ONE REPUBLIC-I LIVED

TREY SONGZ W/NICKI MINAJ-TOUCHIN, LOVIN

VANCE JOY-RIPTIDE

WATER BOARD REPORT SHOWS POLLUTION TRENDS (EVR/GOV) JB 11/21/14

A NEW REPORT BY THE STATE WATER BOARD SHOWS TRENDS IN CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICITY IN WATERSHEDS.

DETECTIONS AND CONCENTRATIONS OF PESTICIDES ARE INCREASING IN CALIFORNIA STREAM SEDIMENTS, ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT BY THE STREAM POLLUTION TRENDS MONITORING PROGRAM OF THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD. THE STREAM POLLUTION TRENDS MONITORING PROGRAM IS AIMED AT UNDERSTANDING LONG TERM TRENDS OF WATERSHED CONTAMINATION AND ASSOCIATED TOXICITY. THE PROGRAM INVESTIGATES THE IMPACT OF LAND USE ON WATER QUALITY AND EVALUATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE STREAM HEALTH.

NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2015 (EMP/GOV) JB 11/21/14

THE CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS RELEASED A LIST OF NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS THAT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON BUSINESSES IN THE STATE.

SOME OF THE NEW LAWS, SUCH AS MANDATORY PAID SICK LEAVE, MAKE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO CALIFORNIAS LEGAL LANDSCAPE. OTHER NEW LAWS MAKE CHANGES TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF EXISTING LAW OR MAY ONLY AFFECT EMPLOYERS IN SPECIFIED INDUSTRIES, SUCH AS FARMING. THE BIGGEST NEWS IS AB1522, THE HEALTHY WORKPLACES, HEALTHY FAMILIES ACT, WHICH REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE TO ANY EMPLOYEE WHO WORKED IN CALIFORNIA FOR 30 DAYS AT AN ACCRUAL RATE OF ONE HOUR FOR EVERY 30 HOURS WORKED. THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF AB1522 IS JULY 1. 2015.

UKIAH POLICE DEPT GETS TWO NEW CARS (LAW) JB 11/21/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WEDNESDAY APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF TWO NEW PATROL VEHICLES FOR THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THE REQUEST WAS PART OF THE CONSENT CALENDAR FOR THE BOARDS MEETING ON NOVEMBER 19 AND THE COUNCIL ACCEPTED THE BID OF $81,156 FROM UKIAH FORD, WHICH WAS THE LOWEST OF SIX BIDS. THE TWO NEW CARS ARE REPLACING 2005 AND 2007 FORD CROWN VICTORIA PURSUIT INTERCEPTORS THAT EACH HAVE NEARLY 100,000 MILES ON THEM. THE NEW CARS ARE FORD CROWN POLICE INTERCEPTORS THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND A 75 MPH REAR CRASH, USE KEVLAR-LINED FUEL TANKS, BULLET-PROOF DOORS, AND HARDENED WINDOWS TO PROTECT ITS OCCUPANTS.

RAIN NOT ENOUGH TO BRING UP AVERAGES (EVR) JB 11/21/14

THE RECENT RAINS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO RAISE THE NEEDED AVERAGES IN THE COUNTY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EUREKA STATED THAT THE RECENT RAINS THAT HAVE COVERED MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS SHOULD END BY EARLY NEXT WEEK FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER WARM DRY SPELL. OVER THE LAST WEEK, UKIAH RECEIVED 1.14 INCHES OF RAIN AND WILLITS REPORTED 1.36 INCHES. POTTER VALLEY TOPPED THE COUNTY, RECEIVING NEARLY 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL. WHILE THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN IS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE MONTH-TO-DATE NUMBERS SHOW THE UKIAH AREA STILL AT LEAST AN INCH BELOW NORMAL.

UKIAH ANIMAL SHELTER UNDER CAT QUARANTINE (PI) JB 11/21/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER IS TEMPORARILY NOT ACCEPTING CATS AFTER AT LEAST ONE KITTEN BROUGHT IN DIED OF THE FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA VIRUS LAST WEEK.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE SHELTERS DIRECTOR IDENTIFIED IT AND TOOK IMMEDIATE STEPS TO ISOLATE THE AFFECTED KITTENS. A SIGN ON THE SHELTERS DOOR WEDNESDAY ALERTED VISITORS THAT THE SHELTER COULD NOT ACCEPT CATS AND IT WAS UNDERGOING A MAJOR CLEANING. THE SHELTER WILL BE A COMPLETING A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE, WHICH WILL BE UP ON NOVEMBER 29. UNTIL THE QUARANTINE IS LIFTED, PEOPLE WHO FIND STRAYS OR LOST PETS ARE ASKED NOT TO BRING THEM TO THE SHELTER UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

CHP GETS GRANT TO HELP CURB IMPAIRED DRIVING (LAW) JB 11/21/14

A NEW FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP CURB IMPAIRED DRIVING IN THE STATE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL.

CHP OFFICIALS CONFIRMED THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A FEDERAL REDUCING IMPAIRED DRIVING GRANT, WHICH WILL FUND 150 SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS, 75 DUI TASK FORCE OPERATIONS, 100 SAFETY PRESENTATIONS AND PROACTIVE DUI ENFORCEMENT PATROLS THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2015. MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND 23,000 OTHERS SUFFER INJURIES EVERY YEAR IN CALIFORNIA IN ALCOHOL-INVOLVED COLLISIONS. THROUGH THIS NEW FEDERAL GRANT, THE CHP WILL CONTINUE WORKING TO SAVE LIVES BY ENCOURAGING MOTORISTS TO MAKE SAFE, RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS.

FORT BRAGG HIRES NON-LOCAL CITY ATTORNEY (GOV) JB 11/21/14

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS HIRED AN OUT-OF-AREA LAWYER AS THE NEW CITY ATTORNEY.

THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL HAS APPOINTED SAMANTHA ZUTLER, WHO WORKS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO BASED LAWFIRM OF BURKE, WILLIAMS, AND SORENSON, AS CITY ATTORNEY, DISTRICT GENERAL COUNSEL AND AGENCY GENERAL COUNSEL. MANY RESIDENTS IN THE CITY WERE UNHAPPY WITH THE COUNCILS DECISION, HOPING THE COUNCIL WOULD APPOINT A LOCAL ATTORNEY TO THE POSITION. THE COUNCIL EXPLAINED THAT THEIR DECISION WAS BASED ON THE COST OF SERVICES, THE PREPARATION OF THE LEGAL TEAMS BEING INTERVIEWED AND THE PROTECTION OF THE INTERESTS OF THE CITY. THE THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE NEW LEGAL TEAM WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL NOVEMBER 11, 2017.

LAKE BOS APPROVE EQUIPMENT FOR WARDENS (GOV/LAW) JB 11/21/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT FORE COUNTYS FISH AND WILDLIFE WARDENS.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE LAKE COUNTY FISH AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT REQUESTED THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT ON TUESDAY. A TOTAL OF $2,000 FOR SAFETY VEST INSERTS WAS REQUESTED BY THE COMMITTEE, WITH THE VESTS BEING PURCHASED BY THE INDIVIDUAL WARDENS. UP TO FOUR WARDENS WOULD BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE NEW INSERTS, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST GUNSHOT WOUNDS. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE PURCHASE WITH A 4-0 VOTE.

PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES FORD ST HOUSES (GOV) JB 11/20/14

A PLAN TO ADD FOUR MORE HOMES ON FORD STREET HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION.

THE MEMBERS OF THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WERE DEFINITELY DIVIDED ON THEIR OPINIONS OF THE PROPOSED HOUSING PROJECT TO BUILD FOUR NEW HOMES IN THE 100 BLOCK OF FORD STREET. COMMISSIONER LINDA SANDERS SAW NO BENEFITS IN THE PROJECT TO THE COMMUNITY, ONLY TO THE DEVELOPER AND THE CITY. COMMISSIONER JUDY PRUDEN WAS CONCERNED ABOUT ADDING MORE PEOPLE TO AN ALREADY CROWDED NEIGHBORHOOD, ALTHOUGH SHE DID STATE THAT THE DESIGN OF THE HOUSES IS ATTRACTIVE AND FITS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE PROJECT WITH A 3-2 VOTE AND IT WILL NOW GO BEFORE THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL FOR FINAL APPROVAL.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FIRING GUN DURING TRAFFIC STOP (LAW) JB 11/20/14

A MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER FIRING A SHOTGUN DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN WILLITS.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO TAYLORS TAVERN MONDAY EVENING TO A REPORT OF A MAN SITTING IN A PICKUP TRUCK WITH A SHOTGUN TO HIS HEAD. AS DEPUTIES WERE EN ROUTE, THE MAN LEFT IN HIS TRUCK AND HEADED NORTH ON HIGHWAY 101 TOWARDS WILLITS. A CHP OFFICER SPOTTED THE VEHICLE AND AS HE PULLED UP NEXT TO IT, THE OFFICER HEARD WHAT THOUGHT WAS A GUNSHOT AND OBSERVED THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW EXPLODE OUTWARD. THE SUSPECT WAS FINALLY STOPPED AT BROWNS CORNER IN WILLITS AND THE SUSPECT, 34 YEAR OLD KEVIN BOBBY NORTON OF WILLITS, WAS OBSERVED BLEEDING FROM HIS FACE AND CHEEK. NORTON ADMITTED HE INTENTIONALLY FIRED A SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN AT HIMSELF DURING THE PURSUIT. A 9MM HANDGUN WAS ALSO FOUND IN HIS TRUCK AND NORTON WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AFTER BEING TREATED AT HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR MINOR INJURIES.

MCKINLEYVILLE MOM IN COURT WEDNESDAY (LAW) JB 11/20/14

THE MCKINLEYVILLE MOTHER CHARGED WITH THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF HER TWO CHILDREN HAD HER FIRST DAY IN COURT ON WEDNESDAY.

35-YEAR-OLD ATHENA RENEE DOYLE, WHO IS ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO MURDER HER TWO CHILDREN WHEN SHE DROVE HER VEHICLE OF A CLIFF IN OCTOBER, HAS REPORTEDLY WAIVED HER RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN THE CASE. A PUBLIC DEFENDER WAS APPOINTED TO REPRESENT DOYLE AS SHE FACES ARRAIGNMENT ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES ON DECEMBER 4 IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. SHE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON $500,000 BAIL.

ELECTION RESULTS EXPECTED BY THANKSGIVING DAY (GOV) JB 11/20/14

THE RESULTS FROM THE RECENT ELECTION IN MENDOCINO COUNTY ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED BY THANKSGIVING DAY.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER STATED ON WEDNESDAY THAT HER DEPARTMENT IS CONTINUING TO WORK TOWARD AN OFFICIAL COUNT, BUT DID NOT SAY HOW MANY BALLOTS REMAINED TO BE COUNTED. THE ONGOING PROCESS ALSO INCLUDES BALANCING POLLING PLACE INVENTORIES, AUTHENTICATING PROVISIONAL BALLOTS, AND CHECKING MAIL-IN BALLOTS FOR DAMAGE. THE COUNTY CLERK CONFIRMED THAT BALANCING HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THAT PROVISIONAL BALLOTS THAT HAVE BEEN AUTHENTICATED ARE READY TO BE COUNTED.

COURT UNPERSUADED BY COUNTY OFFICIALS IN CASE (LAW) JB 11/20/14

THE FEDERAL JUDGE IN THE MEASURE N CASE WAS UNPERSUADED BY LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS ARGUMENTS IN THE CASE.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT IN THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS ALLEGEDLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL RAIDS OF MARIJUANA GROWERS PROPERTY, JUDGE THELTON HENDERSON HAS ONCE AGAIN FOUND THE ARGUMENTS BY THE DEFENDANTS LACKING. THE COURT SIDED WITH THE PLAINTIFFS IN GRANTING A MOTION TO AMEND THEIR COMPLAINT. THE COURT FOUND THE DEFENDANTS ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFFS MOTION WERE UNSUBSTANTIAL, AS THEY MERELY INCORPORATED ARGUMENTS FROM A PRIOR MOTION, SOME OF WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN REJECTED BY THE COURT.

MOST WANTED MAN APPREHENDED IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 11/20/14

A CALL TO A POLICE TIP LINE LED TO THE ARREST OF ONE OF SANTA ROSAS MOST WANTED IN CLEARLAKE.

34 YEAR OLD JEROME COLEMAN JR WAS APPREHENDED TUESDAY NIGHT BY CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICERS AFTER A CALLER ON THE TIP LINE TOLD POLICE HE WAS HIDING FROM THE LAW IN A HOME ON CRANDALL DRIVE IN CLEARLAKE. COLEMAN IS CONSIDERED AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE KUMI STREET GANG AND WAS WANTED ON A FELONY PAROLE WARRANT. THE KUMI STREET GANG HAS CLOSE ALLEGIANCE TO PRISON GANGS WITH A STRONG NETWORK THROUGHOUT RICHMOND, OAKLAND AND SAN FRANCISCO. COLEMAN IS THE SEVENTH PERSON ON SANTA ROSAS MOST WANTED LIST TO BE APPREHENDED SINCE MAY.

AUTHORITIES RELEASE NAME OF HWY 29 VICTIM (LAW) JB 11/20/14

NAPA COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE WOMAN WHO DIED IN THE HIT AND RUN CRASH ON HIGHWAY 29.

THE NAPA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IDENTIFIED THE WOMAN AS 57-YEAR-OLD MARIA BEJAR OF ROHNERT PARK. LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS FOUND BEJAR SUNDAY MORNING LYING IN THE ROADWAY ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR OLD LAWLY TOLL ROAD, SUFFERING FROM MAJOR INJURIES. SHERIFFS INVESTIGATORS AND THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE HIT AND RUN AND ARE WANTING TO SPEAK TO ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE TRAVELED THAT STRETCH OF HIGHWAY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING OR WHO MAY HAVE SEEN BEJAR ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

NEW POSTMASTER NAMED IN LAKEPORT (GOV) JB 11/2014

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE HAS NAMED A NEW POSTMASTER FOR THE CITY OF LAKEPORT.

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE HAS NAMED MARIA LANE AS THE NEW POSTMASTER FOR LAKEPORT, MAKING HER THE FIRST FEMALE POSTMASTER FOR THE CITY IN 100 YEARS. THE PREVIOUS FEMALE POSTMASTER FOR THE CITY OF LAKEPORT WAS MYRTLE HAYCOCK IN 1914. LANE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 5,807 DELIVERIES IN THE CITY AND, WITH 17 EMPLOYEES, SHE SERVES 10 CARRIER ROUTES AND 1,234 POST OFFICE BOXES. LANE, WHO WAS MOST RECENTLY POSTMASTER OF UPPER LAKE, WILL BE SWORN IN AT A CEREMONY BEGINNING AT 4 PM TOMORROW AT THE LAKEPORT POST OFFICE ON 11TH STREET.

DIVERSION ORDER LIFTED ON UPPER RUSSIAN (EVR/ECN) JB 11/19/14

THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD HAVE LIFTED THE NEARLY HALF-YEAR LONG STOPPAGE OF CERTAIN WATER DIVERSIONS ON THE UPPER RUSSIAN RIVER.

A COLLECTIVE SIGH OF RELIEF WAS HEARD AMONG SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTY GRAPE GROWERS AND OTHERS NORTH OF HEALDSBURG WHO UTILIZE THE RIVER FOR CROP IRRIGATION AND OTHER USES. 652 STATE PERMIT HOLDERS WERE NOTIFIED OVER THE WEEKEND THAT THEY MAY ONCE AGAIN PUMP FROM THE RIVER. OF MOST IMPORTANCE, THOSE WITH PERMITS ALLOWING WATER STORAGE DURING THE WINTER CAN BEGIN REFILLING RESERVOIRS IN PREPARATION FOR ANOTHER DRY YEAR IN 2015.

CHESSER MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED (LAW) JB 11/19/14

A MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF KAYLA CHESSER HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY AUTHORITIES.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE CONFIRMED THAT A FELONY ARREST WARRANT WAS ISSUED ON MONDAY FOR 44-YEAR-OLD TERRENCE JAMES MARSHALL. MARSHALL HAD FLED THE HOME WHERE 25-YEAR-OLD KAYLA CHESSER HAD BEEN FOUND DEAD ON NOVEMBER 1. MARSHALL THEN DROVE HIS TRUCK OFF A CLIFF ON HIGHWAY 162, SUSTAINING SIGNIFICANT INJURIES. A FORENSIC AUTOPSY OF KAYLA CHESSER SHOWED THAT SHE DIED FROM STRANGULATION AND SIGNS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WERE ALSO NOTED ON HER BODY. MARSHALL WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY AS HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ON CHARGES OF MURDER, RAPE, AND SODOMY AND IS SET TO BE BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON A NO BAIL STATUS.

WILLITS ARSON SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY (LAW) JB 11/19/14

THE SUSPECT IN WILLITS ARSON CASE INVOLVING JOHNS PLACE HAS ENTERED NOT GUILTY PLEAS IN THE CASE.

31 YEAR OLD LACIE MARIE ROSS WAS ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY MORNING IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT FOR HER INVOLVEMENT IN THE ARSON OF JOHNS PLACE IN WILLITS. ROSS ENTERED NOT GUILTY PLEAS TO THE CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. SHE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON $125,000 BAIL. PUBLIC DEFENDER LINDA THOMPSON WAS APPOINTED AS ROSS LEGAL COUNCIL AND A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR 1:30 PM ON DECEMBER 3 IN SUPERIOR COURT.

UKIAH COUNCIL TO VOTE ON PALACE HOTEL AGAIN (GOV) JB 11/19/18

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE, ONCE AGAIN, ON THE FATE OF THE PALACE HOTEL.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT DURING WHAT WILL BE AT LEAST TWO OF ITS MEMBERS LAST FULL MEETINGS AS COUNCILMEMBERS, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT WILL AGAIN VOTE ON WHETHER THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL CAN KEEP WORKING ON THE BUILDING WITHOUT INTERVENTION. ACCORDING TO THE STAFF REPORT FOR TONIGHTS MEETING, THE ONLY TASK THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON A LIST OF SEVERAL GIVEN TO THE HOTEL OWNER IS HAVING THE WORK PLAN APPROVED. THE CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR SAID WHILE HIS STAFF HAS NOT SEEN PROOF OF A CONTRACT WITH THE CONTRACTOR, THE COMPANY SAYS IT HAS BEEN HIRED AND PLANS TO BEGIN WORK NEXT MONTH, NOT STARTING UNTIL THEY ARE SURE THEY WILL BE PAID.

BROADBAND OUTAGE COST $215,000 IN ECONOMIC LOSS (BB) JB 11/19/14

THE BROADBAND COMMUNICATION OUTAGE ON THE MENDOCINO COAST IN AUGUST WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER $215,000 IN ECONOMIC LOSSES.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS RELEASED ITS FINDINGS FROM AN ONLINE SURVEY GAUGING THE IMPACT ON MENDOCINO COUNTY FROM THE AUGUST INCIDENT THAT LEFT MUCH OF THE COAST WITHOUT PHONE AND INTERNET SERVICE ALMOST TWO DAYS. SURVEY RESPONSES ESTIMATE ECONOMIC LOSSES FROM THE OUTAGE TO BE $215,622, ALTHOUGH ACTUAL LOSSES ARE ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE MILLIONS. 95 PERCENT OF THOSE TAKING THE SURVEY SAY THEY WERE AFFECTED BY THE OUTAGE, INCLUDING NOT BEING ABLE TO ACCESS 911 SERVICES AND ROUTINE SERVICES LIKE OBTAINING CASH FROM ATMS AND BANKS.

ANIMAL CONTROL SEEKS OWNER OF INJURED HORSE (PI) JB 11/19/14

AUTHORITIES IN LAKE COUNTY ARE SEEING THE OWNER OF AN INJURED HORSE FOUND NEAR LAKE PILLSBURY.

LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN IDENTIFYING A WOUNDED MARE THAT WAS APPARENTLY DUMPED IN THE AREA OF LAKE PILLSBURY OVER THE WEEKEND. THE HORSE IS SUFFERING FROM SWELLING ON ITS RIGHT REAR LEG DUE TO AN OLD INJURY AND AUTHORITIES SUSPECT THE INJURY TO BE THE REASON THE HORSE WAS ABANDONED BY ITS OWNER. A GREEN TRAILER WAS SEEN ENTERING AND THEN LEAVING THE AREA AND THE HORSE WAS FOUND A SHORT TIME LATER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE MARE IS ASKED TO CALL THE LCACC AT 263-0278.

THURSDAY DRILL WILL FOCUS ON EBOLA (PI) JB 11/19/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY WILL PARTICIPATE IN A STATE-WIDE MEDICAL HEALTH EXERCISE FOCUSED ON EBOLA TOMORROW.

THE NOVEMBER 20 LIVE EXERCISE WILL DRILL LOCAL HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES ON HOW TO HANDLE A SUSPECTED EBOLA PATIENT WHO ARRIVES AT THEIR DOOR. IT WILL NOT ONLY EXERCISE THEIR INTERNAL PROCEDURES FOR SUCH AN EVENT, BUT IT WILL GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE THE ESTABLISHED COMMUNICATIONS PLAN BETWEEN THEIR FACILITY AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS CENTER THAT OPENS WHEN THERE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR DISASTER DECLARED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER. PARTICIPATION FROM MANY COUNTY HEALTH FACILITIES WILL OCCUR COUNTYWIDE DURING THE DRILL.

CHP SECURES GRANT TO PROMOTE SEAT BELT SAFETY (LAW) JB 11/19/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL HAS SECURED A GRANT FOR A PROGRAM TO PROMOTE SEAT BELT SAFETY.

IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES AND HELP ENCOURAGE VEHICLE OCCUPANT SAFETY, THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IS IMPLEMENTING A YEARLONG CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE SEAT BELT AND CHILD SEAT USAGE. THE CHPS GOAL WITH THE PROGRAM IS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF UNRESTRAINED PASSENGERS, OF ALL AGES, KILLED OR INJURED IN TRAFFIC COLLISIONS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA BY HOSTING EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, CLASSES AND CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS. FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY A GRANT FROM THE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY THROUGH THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION.

BAN ON E-CIGS ANNOUNCED BY MCHC (EVR) JB 11/18/14

THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF E-CIGS AND VAPING ARE STILL A HOT TOPIC OF CONVERSATION FOR PROPONENTS AND DEBATERS OF THE PRODUCTS.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH CLINIC ANNOUNCED RECENTLY THAT A BAN ON THE USE OF E-CIGS AND OTHER VAPING PRODUCTS WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED AT ALL THREE OF ITS LOCAL HEALTH CENTERS. PROPONENTS OF THE ELECTRONIC ALTERNATIVES STATE THAT THEY CAN BE USED TO HELP CIGARETTE SMOKERS REDUCE THEIR RISK OF TOBACCO-RELATED ILLNESSES, SUCH AS CANCER. THE POSITION OF THE MCHC IS THAT RECENT MEDICAL STUDIES LACK THE EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT E-CIGS AND VAPING IS SAFE, OR THAT THEY ARE, IN FACT, AN EFFECTIVE METHOD OF SMOKING CESSATION.

MAN SHOT IN HOME-INVASION ROBBERY IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 11/18/14

AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A HOME-INVASION ROBBERY IN THE WILLITS AREA THAT LEFT ONE MAN SHOT.

DEPUTIES LEARNED ABOUT THE ROBBERY AFTER THEY WERE DISPATCHED AROUND 8 AM SUNDAY TO HOARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AFTER A PATIENT WAS ADMITTED WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND. THE MAN, WHO WAS NOT IDENTIFIED, WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL BY TWO OTHER VICTIMS WHO WERE ATTACKED DURING THE ROBBERY AND SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. DEPUTIES SAID TWO SUSPECTS, ONE OF WHOM WAS ARMED, ENTERED A HOME ON HIGHWAY 162, DEMANDING MONEY. THE SUSPECTS TOOK CASH, PROCESSED MARIJUANA AND PRECIOUS METALS BEFORE FLEEING THE HOUSE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFFS TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

PROPOSITION 47 RELEASES, RESENTENCINGS BEGIN (LAW) JB 11/18/14

AS A RESULT OF PROPOSITION 47, INMATE RELEASES AND RESENTENCING HEARINGS HAVE BEGUN IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT IN THE WAKE OF THE NOVEMBER 4 PASSAGE OF A VOTER INITIATIVE TO REDUCE SOME FELONY CRIMES TO MISDEMEANORS, HEARINGS HELD LAST WEEK IN LAKE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT LED TO A NUMBER OF INMATE RELEASES AS WELL AS SENTENCE REDUCTIONS. THE FIRST PROPOSITION 47-RELATED HEARINGS WERE HELD LAST THURSDAY WITH A TOTAL OF 85 CASES, INVOLVING BETWEEN 40-50 DEFENDANTS HEARD THAT DAY. BY NOON, 17 PEOPLE HAD BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL, WITH ABOUT 10 MORE RELEASED LATER IN THE DAY. ANOTHER 20-30 INDIVIDUALS HAD CHARGES OR SENTENCES REDUCED AS A RESULT OF THOSE HEARINGS.

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AMBER ALERT ACTIVATION (LAW) JB 11/18/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL HAS ACTIVATED THE AMBER ALERT SYSTEM FOR A MISSING SAN ANDREAS BOY.

ON NOVEMBER 17 AT 10 AM, SERGIO VASQUEZ WAS ABDUCTED FROM THE CITY OF SAN ANDREAS IN CALAVERAS COUNTY. SERGIO IS A 14 YEAR OLD, HISPANIC MALE, 5 10 TALL, 170 POUNDS WITH BROWN EYES AND BROWN HAIR. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A DARK JACKET, BLACK T-SHIRT, DARK BLUE PANTS, BLACK SNOW BOOTS AND WEARING A GREEN BACKPACK. THE SUSPECTS ARE TWO UNKNOWN MALES DRIVING A WHITE VAN WITH AN UNKNOWN LICENSE PLATE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS URGED TO CALL THE CALAVERAS COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT AT 209-754-6030.

NEW VERIZON TOWER PERMIT REQUESTED (GOV/PI) JB 11/18/14

A VERIZON WIRELESS REQUEST TO CONSTRUCT A NEW WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITY ON ORR SPRINGS ROAD NORTH OF UKIAH IS ON THE PLANNING COMMISSIONS AGENDA FOR THURSDAY.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE PERMIT REQUEST WAS MADE BY VERIZON BACK IN JANUARY AND, ACCORDING TO THE MEETING AGENDA, THE COMMISSION COULD APPROVE THE REQUEST ON THURSDAY. THE PROPOSED UKIAH TOWER WOULD BE AN 80-FOOT TALL MONOPINE STRUCTURE, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO RESEMBLE A PINE TREE TO BLEND IN WITH THE SURROUNDING AREA. ADDITIONALLY, THE STRUCTURE WOULD INCLUDE NINE PANEL ANTENNAS AND GROUND-BASED EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING A DIESEL GENERATOR, FUEL STORAGE TANKS AND A 195 SQUARE FOOT EQUIPMENT SHELTER. A VERIZON PERMIT FOR A 170-FOOT TOWER IN FORT BRAGG WAS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 18.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN MIDDLETOWN (LAW) JB 11/18/14

A FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT DESTROYED A HOME IN MIDDLETOWN.

SOUTH LAKE COUNTY FIRE AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE, THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST AFTER 9:15 SUNDAY EVENING AT A HOME LOCATED ON RANCHERIA ROAD ON THE MIDDLETOWN RANCHERIA. BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED ON SCENE, THE 1,000 SQUARE FOOT RESIDENCE WAS COMPLETELY INVOLVED. THE OCCUPANT OF THE RESIDENCE, WHO INSIDE THE HOME WHEN THE FIRE FIRST BROKE OUT, WAS ABLE TO GET OUT SAFELY AND WAS CLEARED FOR RELEASE BY EMS ON SCENE. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

HIGHWAY 29 FATALITY INVESTIGATED AS HOMICIDE (LAW) JB 11/18/14

THE NAPA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING A FATAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 29 AS A POSSIBLE HOMICIDE.

THE NAPA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, ALONG WITH CHP AND EMS RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A WOMAN LYING IN THE ROADWAY OF HIGHWAY 29 NEAR OLD LAWLEY TOLL ROAD BEFORE 5 AM SUNDAY MORNING. THE UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, BELIEVED TO BE IN HER MID TO LATE 50S HAD SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES AND SUCCUMBED TO HER INJURIES WHILE EN ROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL. BECAUSE OF THE REMOTE NATURE OF HER LOCATION AND NO ASSOCIATED VEHICLE PRESENT, THE COUNTYS HOMICIDE TASK FORCE IS WORKING WITH CHP TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO THE VICTIM AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE.

WOMAN LOCATED AFTER GOING MISSING SUNDAY (LAW) JB 11/18/14

SEARCHERS SUCCESSFULLY FOUND A WOMAN WHO WAS REPORTED TO HAVE GONE MISSING WHILE HIKING IN THE BOGGS MOUNTAIN AREA.

THE CALL THAT THE 72 YEAR OLD WOMAN HAD GONE MISSING WAS FIRST REPORTED TO CAL FIRE AROUND 7:30 PM SUNDAY EVENING. PERSONNEL FROM THE BOGGS MOUNTAIN HELITACK BASE AND THE KELSEY-COBB AND MIDDLETOWN STATIONS INITIALLY RESPONDED WITH A SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM FROM THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE EVENTUALLY TAKING THE LEAD IN THE SEARCH. THE SHERIFFS SEARCH TEAM FOUND THE WOMAN SAFE AND IN GOOD CONDITION AROUND 11:30 PM AND SHE WAS HELPED BY SEARCHERS BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN REDWOOD VALLEY (LAW) JB 11/17/14

A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN ARMED WITH A RIFLE WAS SHOT AFTER EVADING POLICE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND CHP OFFICERS RESPONDED ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON TO THE REPORT OF AN ARMED MAN THREATENING PEOPLE IN THE AREA OF ROAD D AND WEBB RANCH ROAD IN REDWOOD VALLEY. THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 35-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY ABSHIRE AND AFTER LOCATING HIM AT HIS RESIDENCE, DEPUTIES WITNESSED ABSHIRE FLEE INTO THE WOODS ARMED WITH A RIFLE. DEPUTIES AND CHP OFFICERS, ASSISTED BY SWAT AND K9 PERSONNEL, BEGAN A SEARCH OF THE SURROUNDING AREA. A CHP OFFICER LOCATED ABSHIRE ARMED WITH HIS RIFLE AND THE OFFICER SHOT AND WOUNDED THE SUSPECT. ABSHIRE IS CURRENTLY BEING TREATED AT AN OUT OF AREA HOSPITAL FOR HIS INJURIES.

WILLITS DRAGGING SUSPECT SENTENCED (LAW) JB 11/17/14

A WILLITS MAN CONVICTED IN THE DRAGGING DEATH OF HIS GRANDFATHER WAS SENTENCED ON FRIDAY.

25-YEAR-OLD KENNETH WILKINSON WAS SENTENCED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE 2012 KILLING OF HIS 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER. WILKINSON PLEADED TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN APRIL, RATHER THAN FACE A SPECIAL ALLEGATION OF TORTURE FOR DRAGGING HIS GRANDFATHER BEHIND HIS TRUCK FOR SIX MILES. IN OCTOBER, HIS REQUEST TO WITHDRAW HIS GUILTY PLEA WAS DENIED. WILKINSON, WHO HAS BEEN IN JAIL SINCE 2012, WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR HIS FIRST PAROLE HEARING IN 23 YEARS.

VICTIMS OF WILLITS CRASH IDENTIFIED. (LAW) JB 11/17/14

THE THREE PEOPLE KILLED IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURSDAY ON HIGHWAY 101 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY AUTHORITIES.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICES HAS IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER OF THE WHITE TOYOTA CAMRY AS 62 YEAR OLD JOHN WITTER OF SEBASTOPOL AND THE OCCUPANTS OF THE SILVER TOYOTA PRIUS AS 75 YEAR OLD CARMEN TRIBBLE AND 89 YEAR OLD JAMES TRIBBLE, BOTH OF OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON. WITTER WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 101 WHEN, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, HIS CAR CROSSED OVER THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINE AND COLLIDED WITH THE NORTHBOUND PRIUS JUST SOUTH OF HOLLANDS LANE, THE CAUSE OF THE COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

PLAN FOR R/C RACETRACK IN UKIAH WITHDRAWN (PI) JB 11/17/14

THE PLANS FOR A RACETRACK FOR RADIO CONTROLLED CARS IN UKIAH HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN BY THE APPLICANT.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT HOURS BEFORE THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WAS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON GRANTING A PERMIT TO JOHN LABERDIE TO OPERATE A RACETRACK FOR RADIO-CONTROLLED CARS NEAR TACO BELL ON NORTH STATE STREET, HE PULLED HIS APPLICATION. AFTER PUTTING IN MORE THAN $20,000 FOR EQUIPMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRACK AND PAYING $1,000 FOR THE PERMIT APPLICATION, LABERDIE WAS INFORMED BY THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY THAT HIS LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE PROPERTY WOULD NOT BE APPROVED. THE PROPERTY OWNER COULD NOT GIVE DETAILS AS TO WHY THE LEASE AGREEMENT WAS NOT APPROVED.

JOHNS PLACE BURNED TO THE GROUND BY ARSON (LAW) JB 11/17/14

AFTER SERVING CUSTOMERS FOR DECADES, JOHNS PLACE IN WILLITS WAS BURNED TO THE GROUND BY A SUSPECTED ARSONIST ON FRIDAY.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT JOHNS PLACE, A BAR THAT HAD STOOD ON EAST COMMERCIAL STREET FOR DECADES, BURNED TO THE GROUND EARLY FRIDAY MORNING IN A FIRE ALLEGEDLY SET BY A TENANT WHO LIVED ABOVE THE BAR AND WAS NOTORIOUS FOR HER RUN-INS WITH BAR STAFF AND HER LANDLORD, AMONG OTHERS. FIRE FIGHTERS WERE DELAYED IN PUTTING OUT THE FIRE BECAUSE THE ALLEGED ARSONIST, 31 YEAR OLD LACY ROSS, HAD BARRICADED HERSELF IN THE BAR AND ENGAGED POLICE IN A STAND-OFF, REPORTEDLY POINTING A HANDGUN AT HER OWN HEAD AND THREATENING OTHERS. THE FIRE FIGHTERS WERE FORCED TO REMAIN AT THE BACK OF THE STRUCTURE PERFORMING DEFENSIVE ACTIONS WHILE THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT DEALT WITH THE POSSIBLE SHOOTER IN FRONT. THE NEIGHBORING KWIK STOP MARKET AND THE IMAGINATION STATION PRESCHOOL, BOTH NEXT TO JOHNS PLACE, WERE ALSO SEVERELY DAMAGED IN THE FIRE. ROSS, WHO REPORTEDLY SUSTAINED INJURIES DURING THE INCIDENT, WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND ARSON.

CDC ESTIMATES HIGH SCHOOL TOBACCO USE (ED/PI) JB 11/17/14

IN A NEW REPORT, THE CDC ESTIMATES THAT 23 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAID THURSDAY THAT ABOUT 23 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CURRENTLY USE A TOBACCO PRODUCT, AND MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF THOSE USING TOBACCO ARE USING COMBUSTIBLE PRODUCTS SUCH AS CIGARETTES, CIGARS, HOOKAHS, AND PIPES. NEARLY HALF OF ALL THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND 18 PERCENT OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SURVEYED STATED THAT THEY HAD USED A TOBACCO PRODUCT AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFETIME. MOST YOUTH WHO USE TOBACCO BELIEVE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO QUIT, BUT ABOUT 3 OUT OF 4 HIGH SCHOOL SMOKERS CONTINUE TO SMOKE AS ADULTS.

UKIAH BURGER KING TO GET A FACELIFT (GOV/ENC) JB 11/17/14

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION HAS APPROVED A PERMIT FOR A PROPOSED RENOVATION PROJECT OF THE BURGER KING RESTAURANT ON EAST PERKINS STREET.

THE PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE PLANNED RENOVATION AFTER A LENGTHY AND CONSIDERABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT TREES AND OTHER LANDSCAPING PLANS. BURGER KING IS WANTING TO RETAIN THE EXISTING LANDSCAPING AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES AS PART OF THE PROJECT. THE COMMISSION NOTED THAT THE NEW DESIGN OF THE BUILDING WAS NOT A GREAT LOOK FOR UKIAH, BUT THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE THE PERMIT TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING FAƇADE, INCLUDING NEW METAL WINDOW AWNINGS AND A NEW 68 SQUARE FOOT PRE-PAY WINDOW. AND NEW WOOD FENCING AND SIGNAGE.

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