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ARIANA GRANDE & THE WEEKEND-LOVE ME HARDER

CALVIN HARRIS W/JOHN NEWMAN-BLAME

HOZIER-TAKE ME TO CHURCH

NICK JONAS-JEALOUS

SAM SMITH-I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE

TAYLOR SWIFT-BLANK SPACE

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

CHARLI XCX-BREAK THE RULES

CHRIS BROWN W/USHER & RICK ROSS-NEW FLAME

DAVID GUETTA W/SAM SMITH-DANGEROUS

ELLA HENDERSON-GHOST

FALL OUT BOY-CENTURIES

FIFTH HARMONY-SLEDGEHAMMER

IGGY AZALEA W/M0-BEG FOR IT

JESSIE J W/2 CHAINZ-BURNIN’ UP

LILLY WOOD W/ROBIN SCHULZ-PRAYER IN C

MARK RONSON W/BRUNO MARS-UPTOWN FUNK!

MEGHAN TRAINOR-LIPS ARE MOVIN

NICO & VINZ-IN YOUR ARMS

ONE DIRECTION-NIGHT CHANGES

ONE REPUBLIC-I LIVED

SELENA GOMEZ-THE HEART WANTS WHAT IT WANTS

ED SHEERAN-THINKING OUT LOUD

EDEN XO-TOO COOL TO DANCE

I LOVE MAKONNEN W/DRAKE-TUESDAY

MILKY CHANCE-STOLEN DANCE

PITBULL W/NE-YO-TIME OF OUR LIVES

VANCE JOY-RIPTIDE

BEA MILLER-YOUNG BLOOD

HOODIE ALLEN W/ED SHEERAN-ALL ABOUT IT

JAMES NEWTON HOWARD W/JENNIFER LAWRENCE-THE HANGING TREE

PRINCE ROYCE W/SNOOP DOGG-STUCK ON A FEELING

THE SCRIPT-SUPERHEROES

USHER W/JUICY J-I DON’T MIND

POT REGULATIONS TO BE ENFORCED BY WATER BOARD (EVR) JB 12/18/14

THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER BOARD IS MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO REGULATE WATER USE BY LOCAL MARIJUANA GROWERS.

SEEKING TO BETTER ENFORCE WATER REGULATIONS AND CURB ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE, THE STATE WATER BOARD WILL SOON BE REQUIRING A WATER USE SITE PLAN TO BE FILED BY MARIJUANA GROWERS ON THE NORTH COAST. THE SITE PLANS WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE BOARD AND, IF APPROVED, GROWERS WILL BE ISSUED OFFICIAL WATER USE PERMITS. THE UNAUTHORIZED DIVERSION OF WATER FOR CLANDESTINE POT GROWS AND THE DUMPING OF PESTICIDES AND OTHER TOXINS INTO THE WATER SYSTEM CONTINUES TO BE A LARGE PROBLEM THAT THE ISSUANCE OF WATER USE PERMITS HOPES TO ELIMINATE.

WILLITS MURDER SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY (LAW) JB 12/18/14

THE MAN SUSPECTED OF MURDERING A WILLITS WOMAN IN OCTOBER HAS PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES.

IN HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON DECEMBER 11, TERRELL JAMES MARSHALL JR, A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER, ENTERED A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES OF MURDERING 25 YEAR OLD WILLITS RESIDENT, KAYLA CHESSER. THE CHARGES AGAINST MARSHALL INCLUDE A SPECIAL ALLEGATION OF MURDER COMMITTED WHILE ENGAGED IN RAPE WHICH COULD ALLOW THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY, ALTHOUGH THAT DECISION HASNT BEEN DETERMINED YET. A PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR MARSHALL IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 5 IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

LAKE COUNTY CONSIDERS OPTIONS FOR HILL ROAD (GOV/TR) JB 12/18/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS LOOKING AT OPTIONS TO REMEDY THE HILL ROAD LANDSLIDE AREA.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT CONSIDERING THE RECENT RAINS, THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TURNED ATTENTION TOWARD THE LAKESIDE HEIGHTS LANDSLIDE PROBLEM AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY. HILL ROAD, THE PRIMARY ROUTE TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL, HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE THURSDAY. THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SUBMITTED A NOTICE OF INTENT TO THE STATE FOR A HAZARD ELIMINATION GRANT PROGRAM TO INSTALL A SPECIAL RETAINING WALL. IF ACCEPTED, THE GRANT WOULD TOTAL JUST OVER $225,000, WITH A 25 PERCENT COUNTY MATCH PAID FOR BY THE ROADS DEPARTMENT.

UKIAH VALLEY STILL LOW ON WATER (EVR) JB 12/18/14

THE RECENT DELUGE OF RAIN HAS BROUGHT THE UKIAH VALLEY AREA MUCH NEEDED WATER, BUT THE LEVELS ARE STILL SHORT OF NORMAL.

OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THE WATER LEVEL IN LAKE MENDOCINO HAS NEARLY DOUBLED FROM THE RECORDED LOW OF 27,732 ACRE FEET. THE INTRODUCTION OF 20,000 NEW ACRE FEET OF WATER HAS EVEN BROUGHT THE LAKE UP HIGH ENOUGH THAT THE SOUTH BOAT RAMP WAS OPENED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS YESTERDAY. WHILE THE NEW LAKE LEVEL OF 48,186 ACRE FEET IS A HEALTHY START, THE LAKE IS ABOUT 30,000 ACRE FEET SHORT OF NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

WILLITS REACH AIRBASE LAWSUIT BASIS QUESTIONED (LAW) JB 12/18/14

THE BASIS FOR A THREATENED LAWSUIT AGAINST A NEW REACH AIR AMBULANCE BASE AT THE WILLITS AIRPORT IS BEING QUESTIONED.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT THREATENED LEGAL ACTION BY KEEP THE CODE TO DELAY THE NEW AIR AMBULANCE BASE AT THE WILLITS AIRPORT MAY PLACE THE CITY IN A NO-WIN SITUATION. WHILE KEEP THE CODE ALLEGES HOSTING A HELICOPTER BASE AT THE AIRPORT WOULD VIOLATE THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT, PILOTS FAMILIAR WITH FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS SAY RESTRICTING THE USE OF THE AIRPORT BY AIRCRAFT VIOLATES THOSE FAA REGULATIONS. THE CITY OF WILLITS IS CONSIDERED THE WILLITS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT SPONSOR BY THE FAA. UNDER FEDERAL LAW THE CITY IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THE AIRPORT AVAILABLE ON REASONABLE TERMS AND WITHOUT UNJUST DISCRIMINATION. TECHNICALLY, REACH DOES NOT NEED THE CITYS APPROVAL TO LAND OR TAKE OFF FROM THE WILLITS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, OR TO LEASE OR SUBLEASE EXISTING FACILITIES AT THE AIRPORT.

POWER OUTAGE IN UKIAH TUESDAY NIGHT IN UKIAH (PI) JB 12/18/14

A POWER OUTAGE IN UKIAH TUESDAY NIGHT LEFT OVER 1,600 RESIDENTS IN THE DARK.

THE POWER OUTAGE AROUND 7:40 TUESDAY NIGHT WAS LOCATED IN THE AREA OF THE PEAR TREE CENTER WITH RESIDENTS FROM OAK MANOR TO CLARA AVENUE GOING DARK FOR NEARLY AN HOUR, WITH THE POWER BEING RESTORED JUST AFTER 8:30. THE CITY OF UKIAH ELECTRIC UTILITY DIRECTOR SAID THE OUTAGE WAS DUE TO A PROBLEM BEING DETECTED BY A PRESSURE SENSOR, AUTOMATICALLY SHUTTING DOWN A POWER TRANSFORMER AS A SAFETY MEASURE. THE TRANSFORMER IS BEING TESTED TO DETERMINE THE EXACT NATURE OF THE PROBLEM.

WALLACE CLARK NAMED MENDOCINO LIBRARY DIRECTOR (PI) JB 12/18/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPOINTED A NEW COUNTY LIBRARY DIRECTOR.

AFTER CONDUCTING A NATIONAL RECRUITMENT AND REVIEW OF 11 POTENTIAL CANDIDATES, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT WALLACE CLARK AS THE MENDOCINO COUNTY LIBRARY DIRECTOR. 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES COMMENDED THE BOARDS ACTION STATING, IN A NATIONAL RECRUITMENT PROCESS, WALLACE CLARK, A LOCAL CANDIDATE, ROSE TO THE TOP. AS PART OF OUR LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE AND SUCCESSION PLANNING, WE WERE HAPPY TO PROMOTE A CURRENT EMPLOYEE TO THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR POSITION.

NO PERMITS FILED FOR PALACE HOTEL ASBESTOS (GOV) JB 12/1714

WORK ON THE PALACE HOTEL REMAINS AT A STANDSTILL AFTER THE BUILDINGS OWNER FAILED TO FILE PERMITS TO BEGIN ASBESTOS REMOVAL.

THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL HAS, ONCE AGAIN, NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH NECESSARY STEPS TO RESUME WORK ON THE BUILDING. PERMITS TO ALLOW BLUEWATER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TO BEGIN THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS FROM THE STRUCTURE WERE NOT FILED AS EXPECTED AND NO CONTACT HAS BEEN MADE BY EITHER THE OWNER OF THE CONTRACTOR TO THE CITY IN WEEKS. THE BUILDINGS CONDITION IS DETERIORATING QUICKLY IN THE HARSH WEATHER WITH WATER DRAINING ONTO UNREINFORCED WALLS AND COLLECTING IN THE BASEMENT. THE CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR WILL GIVE THE CITY COUNCIL AN UPDATE ON THE BUILDING AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT.

MARIJUANA COOKIES SOLD AT POMOLITA SCHOOL (LAW) JB 12/17/14

A STUDENT AT POMOLITA MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BRINGING MARIJUANA COOKIES TO SCHOOL.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO POMOLITA MIDDLE SCHOOL LAST WEEK TO THE REPORT OF A STUDENT SELLING MARIJUANA. THE OFFICERS WERE INFORMED THAT ON THE PREVIOUS FRIDAY, A 12 YEAR OLD STUDENT HAD ALLEGEDLY SOLD MARIJUANA LACED COOKIES TO ANOTHER STUDENT AND HAD OFFERED THE DRUG TO OTHER STUDENTS AS WELL. THE UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF SELLING MARIJUANA.

UKIAH FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CAT FROM CHIMNEY (LAW) JB 12/17/14

A CAT THAT HAD BEEN NAPPING IN A UKIAH CHIMNEY FOR TWO DAYS WAS RESCUED BY FIREFIGHTERS MONDAY MORNING.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT UKIAH VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A HOME AT THE CORNER OF WEST MILL AND MCPEAK STREETS WHEN IT WAS REPORTED THAT A CAT WAS INSIDE THE CHIMNEY. THE CAT HAD CLIMBED THROUGH AN OPEN FLUE AND UP INTO THE CHIMNEY INSERT AND HAD BEEN INSIDE THE CHIMNEY FOR SEVERAL DAYS. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO RESCUE THE CAT BY LIFTING IT OUT WITH A HARNESS AND REUNITED THE ANIMAL WITH ITS CONCERNED OWNER.

PITTMAN MEMORIAL BRIDGE NAMING MOVES TO STATE (GOV) JB 12/17/14

A RESOLUTION TO DEDICATE PART OF THE WILLITS BYPASS TO FALLEN NAVY SEAL JESSE PITTMAN IS HEADED FOR THE STATE.

AFTER RECEIVING A UNANIMOUS VOTE BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN SUPPORT OF THE RENAMING, THE RESOLUTION INTRODUCED BY 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES NOW MOVES TO THE OFFICE OF ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN WOOD. THE NEWLY ELECTED ASSEMBLYMAN IS SAID TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THIS RESOLUTION OF PITTMANS DEDICATION TO BE THE FIRST MEASURE HE ADOPTS. PINCHES EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE ABOUT INTRODUCING THE RESOLUTION, STATING THAT IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE SPONSORING THE DEDICATION PROPOSAL.

COVERED CALIFORNIA EXTENDS SIGN UP DEADLINE (GOV) JB 12/17/14

COVERED CALIFORNIA HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR RESIDENTS TRYING TO OBTAIN INDIVIDUAL MEDICAL COVERAGE BEGINNING NEXT YEAR.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT PEOPLE WHO INITIATED THE COVERED CALIFORNIA APPLICATION PROCESS BY THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE OF DECEMBER 15 WOULD HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 21 TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS AND PICK A HEALTH PLAN. HEALTH COVERAGE WILL STILL BEGIN JANUARY 1 FOR THOSE WHO MEET THE NEW DEADLINE. A SPOKESMAN FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA SAID THE HEALTH CARE EXCHANGE WOULD EXAMINE EACH APPLICATION ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS TO DETERMINE IF PEOPLE QUALIFY FOR THE EXTENSION. IN SOME CASES, THOSE WHO STARTED THE PROCESS WITH A LOCAL INSURANCE BROKER OR ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST, BUT DID NOT COMPLETE IT, MAY QUALIFY FOR THE ADDITIONAL TIME.

UKIAH DUI SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY KICKS OFFICERS (LAW) JB 12/17/14

AFTER RUNNING A RED LIGHT, HITTING A POLE AND FIGHTING WITH OFFICERS, A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR SUSPICION OF DUI.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED MULTIPLE CALLS ABOUT THE DRIVER OF A WHITE PICKUP TRUCK THAT HAD SPED THROUGH A RED LIGHT AT THE CORNER OF WASHINGTON AND SOUTH STATE STREET MONDAY AFTERNOON. ONE WITNESS FOLLOWED THE TRUCK AND SAID THE DRIVER, IDENTIFIED AS 39-YEAR-OLD GARRET ALTO OF UKIAH, HAD STRUCK A POLE IN THE LOT OF A BUSINESS ON WABASH AVENUE. THE WITNESSED WAS ARGUING WITH ALTO WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED AND THE SUSPECT YELLED AT OFFICERS BEFORE ENTERING HIS RESIDENCE ON WABASH. ALTO APPEARED CLEARLY DRUNK AND BELLIGERENT WHEN CONFRONTED BY THE OFFICERS AND HE KICKED AT LEAST ONE OFFICER DURING HIS ARREST. ALTO WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

DOG SUFFERS MARIJUANA OVERDOSE AT DOG SHOW (PI) JB 12/17/14

A CANINE COMPETITOR AT A DOG SHOW IN SONOMA SUFFERED A NEAR FATAL OVERDOSE OF MARIJUANA OVER THE WEEKEND.

A BORDER COLLIE COMPETING IN A DOG SHOW AT THE SONOMA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HAD TO BE RUSHED TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AFTER SUFFERING MARIJUANA TOXICITY. THE DOG HAD SOMEHOW INGESTED SOME KIND OF MARIJUANA AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, POSSIBLY DISCARDED BY SOMEONE ATTENDING THE EMERALD CUP MARIJUANA FESTIVAL ALSO BEING HELD AT THE FAIRGROUNDS LAST WEEKEND. THE EMERALD CUP PRODUCER HAS STATED THAT HE WOULD PAY FOR THE DOGS VET BILL AND FAIR OFFICIALS ARE NOW CONSIDERING NEW MEASURES TO KEEP THE ANNUAL EVENTS SEPARATED TO AVOID FUTURE INCIDENTS.

FIFTH DAY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES SOUGHT IN MENDO (GOV) JB 12/16/14

A FIVE DAY WORK WEEK FOR SOCIAL SERVICES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY IS BEING REQUESTED BY A SPECIAL ADVOCACY GROUP.

THE COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES, KNOWN AS CASA, HAS ASKED THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO INCREASE THE HOURS OF THE COUNTYS SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FROM FOUR TO FIVE DAYS A WEEK. THE GROUP CONTENDS THE SHORT WEEK OF SOCIAL SERVICES AVAILABILITY HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT TO NEGLECTED AND ABUSED CHILDREN OF THE COURT SYSTEM. COUNTY STAFF ARE RECOMMENDING TO THE BOARD TO DENY THE REQUEST FOR THE LONGER WORK WEEK, SAYING IT IS NOT IN THE INTEREST OF THE DEPARTMENTS EMPLOYEES OR CLIENTS.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVES WASTE CONTRACTS (GOV) JB 12/16/14

TWO WASTE HAULER CONTRACT EXTENSIONS WERE APPROVED BY THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS LAST WEEK.

AT ITS REGULAR MEETING ON TUESDAY, THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED CONTRACT EXTENSIONS WITH FRANCHISE HAULERS SOUTHLAKE REFUSE AND LAKE COUNTY WASTE SOLUTIONS. THE NEW 20-YEAR CONTRACTS, WITH AN OPTION FOR TWO ADDITIONAL FIVE-YEAR EXTENSIONS, INCLUDE A PILOT PROGRAM FOR UNIVERSAL SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY GROWTH AREAS. THE PROGRAM FOCUSES ON SINGLE FAMILY AND MULTI FAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES AND REQUIRES PROPERTY OWNERS, TENANTS, OR MANAGERS, TO SUBSCRIBE TO WEEKLY WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES TO HELP REDUCE ILLEGAL DUMPING AND TO INCREASE REVENUE FROM REFUSE DISPOSAL.

WREATHS BEING MADE TO BENEFIT HUMANE SOCIETY (PI) JB 12/16/14

A GROUP OF ELVES ARE CURRENTLY PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS AT THE REDWOOD VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY FOR INLAND MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE HUMANE SOCIETY, WHICH IS MAINLY RUN BY VOLUNTEERS, HAS SET UP A PROJECT WORKSHOP OF SORTS WHERE THE GROUP CREATES HANDMADE WREATHS, SWAGS AND TABLE DECORATIONS, WITH SALES USED TO BENEFIT THE SOCIETY. BECAUSE OF THE TIRELESS NUMBER OF HOURS BEING DEDICATED TO THE PROJECT, PARTICIPANTS THINK OF THEMSELVES AS CHRISTMAS ELVES. DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THE HUMANE SOCIETY TYPICALLY BRINGS IN BETWEEN $6,000 TO $7,000 FROM THE SALES OF THE WREATHS.

HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY (PI) JB 12/16/14

DESPITE A DISMAL NUMBER OF ENTRANTS, THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS WILL GO ON IN UKIAH.

THE UKIAH MAIN STREET PROGRAM RECENTLY HAD THE DIFFICULT TASK OF DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO PROCEED WITH THE HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS DUE TO A LACK OF PARTICIPANTS. THE RESPONSE TO THE PROGRAMS REPEATED REQUESTS FOR PARADE ENTRANTS HAS BEEN VERY LOW, ONLY YIELDING NINE ENTRIES, NEARLY CANCELING THIS YEARS PARADE. HOWEVER, THANKS TO THE DESIRE BY THOSE NINE ENTRIES, INCLUDING A GROUP OF 20 GIRL SCOUTS WHO WORKED HARD ON CREATING THEIR LIGHTED COSTUMES, THE MAIN STREET PROGRAM MADE THE DECISION TO GO ON WITH THE SHOW. THE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE STARTS AT 5 PM THIS THURSDAY WITH THE PARADE OF LIGHTS STARTING PROMPTLY AT 6:30 ON SCHOOL STREET BETWEEN MILL AND HENRY STREETS.

POINT ARENA MAN DIES IN HOUSE FIRE (LAW) JB 12/16/14

A HOME FIRE IN POINT ARENA ON FRIDAY RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A MENDOCINO COUNTY MAN.

REDWOOD COAST-POINT ARENA FIRE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED BY A NEIGHBOR JUST BEFORE 1:15 AM FRIDAY AT AN ADDRESS ON PINE REEF STREET. THE VICTIMS CAR WAS PARKED OUTSIDE THE HOME, A TRAILER WITH AN ATTACHED WOODEN STRUCTURE, AND THE NEIGHBOR THOUGHT THE VICTIM WAS HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE. ONCE FIREFIGHTERS HAD THE BLAZE KNOCKED DOWN, IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT THE VICTIM HAD DIED INSIDE THE HOME. THE NAME OF THE VICTIM HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET.

SHOTS FIRED AT LUCERNE MOTEL SUNDAY EVENING (LAW) JB 12/16/14

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED SUNDAY EVENING TO SHOTS BEING FIRED AT A LUCERNE MOTEL.

DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE RIVIERA MOTEL ON HIGHWAY 20 IN LUCERNE JUST BEFORE 7 PM SUNDAY EVENING TO A REPORT OF MULTIPLE SUBJECTS ARGUING AND SHOTS BEING FIRED. AS DEPUTIES ARRIVED, THEY WITNESSED 20 YEAR OLD MARCUS RAY GREGORY WITH A HANDGUN AS HE RAN INTO ONE OF THE MOTEL ROOMS. GREGORY ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE FROM A REAR WINDOW BUT WAS APPREHENDED QUICKLY. WITNESSES STATED THAT GREGORY WAS INVOLVED IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE WITH A FEMALE VICTIM AND, AFTER A WITNESS PULLED GREGORY OFF THE VICTIM, THE SUSPECT RETRIEVED A HANDGUN FROM HIS ROOM, THREATENING EVERYONE OUTSIDE, INCLUDING CHILDREN. GREGORY BEGAN FIRING AS PEOPLE RAN FOR COVER AND REPORTS STATE THAT HE FIRED HIS HANDGUN 5-7 TIMES. HE WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER.

CLEARLAKE LEVEL UP, BOAT RAMPS REOPEN (EVR) JB 12/16/14

THANKS TO THE RECENT STORMS, THE WATER LEVEL IN CLEAR LAKE IS ON THE RISE AND SEVERAL BOAT RAMPS HAVE REOPENED.

THE WATER LEVEL IN CLEAR LAKE HAS RISEN BY MORE THAN A FOOT ON THE RUMSEY GAUGE IN THE LAST WEEK AND PREDICTIONS ARE THAT THE LAKE WILL HIT THE TWO FOOT MARK EARLY THIS WEEK. STREAMS FLOWING INTO THE LAKE WERE REPORTED TO BE RUNNING FROM BANK TO BANK. THE BOAT RAMPS AT LAKESIDE COUNTY PARK AND AT CLEAR LAKE STATE PARK HAVE BOTH REOPENED AND BOATERS ARE BEING URGED TO USE CAUTION DUE TO DEBRIS BEING WASHED INTO THE LAKE INCLUDING TREES, LOGS, BARRELS, AND DOCK PARTS.

REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WONT OPEN (ED) JB 12/15/14

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS DECIDED NOT TO RE-OPEN THE REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTED UNANIMOUSLY THURSDAY NOT TO RE-OPEN THE SCHOOL AFTER LEARNING THAT THE ESTIMATED COST TO DO SO WOULD BE BETWEEN $1.5 AND $2.6 MILLION DOLLARS. K THROUGH 4TH GRADE STUDENTS WILL STAY AT CALPELLA ELEMENTARY AND GRADES 5 THROUGH 8 WILL ATTEND EAGLE PEAK. THE BOARD HAS APPROVED THE HIRING OF A CONSULTANT TO FURTHER EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING A MAGNET SCHOOL FOR ARTS AND SCIENCES, POSSIBLY AT THE REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY LOCATION.

CAR HITS BEDROOM IN REDWOOD VALLEY. (LAW) JB 12/15/14

A CAR SIDESWIPED A HOUSE FRIDAY IN REDWOOD VALLEY, HITTING THE WALL OF A BEDROOM WHERE A WOMAN AND HER CHILD WERE RESTING.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND 1:30 PM ON FRIDAY WHEN THE DRIVER OF A TOYOTA COROLLA HEADED WESTBOUND ON ROAD I LEFT THE ROADWAY NEAR MADRONE LANE AND STRUCK A POWER POLE. THE CAR THEN KNOCKED DOWN A FEW FEET OF FENCE AND AT LEAST ONE TREE BEFORE STRIKING THE CORNER OF THE HOUSE AND STOPPING. THE WOMAN AND HER CHILD IN THE HOME WERE SHAKEN, BUT NEITHER WERE INJURED FROM THE CRASH. THE CAUSE OF THE COLLISION IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY CHP, BUT ALCOHOL IS NOT SUSPECTED.

LAKE MENDOCINO GAINING WATER (EVR) JB 12/15/14

THE WATER LEVEL IN LAKE MENDOCINO HAS RISEN STEADILY SINCE LAST THURSDAYS DOWNPOUR.

ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE CALIFORNIA DATA EXCHANGE CENTER, LAKE MENDOCINO HAS GAINED MORE THAN 10,000 ACRE-FEET OF MUCH-NEEDED WATER IN THE LAST 5 DAYS. AS OF 3 AM THIS MORNING, THE LAKE LEVEL WAS MEASURED AT 45,573 ACRE FEET COMPARED TO THURSDAY MORNINGS LEVEL OF 33,950 ACRE-FEET. A SINGLE ACRE-FOOT CONTAINS 325,851 GALLONS OF WATER. AFTER MONTHS OF THE WATER LINE BEING OVER 100 YARDS AWAY FROM THE SOUTH BOAT RAMP, THE LAKE LEVEL REACHED THE RAMP OVER THE WEEKEND.

WILLITS BYPASS POSSIBLY NAMED TO HONOR NAVY SEAL (TR) JB 12/15/14

A SECTION OF THE WILLITS BYPASS MAY POSSIBLY BE RENAMED TO HONOR FALLEN NAVY SEAL, JESSE PITTMAN.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HEAR A RESOLUTION AT TUESDAYS MEETING INTRODUCED BY 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES THAT WOULD ADOPT A SECTION OF THE WILLITS BYPASS AS A MEMORIAL BRIDGE TO HONOR LOCAL HERO AND FALLEN NAVY SEAL, JESSE PITTMAN. IN 2011, 27-YEAR-OLD PITTMAN WAS ONE OF 31 MILITARY PERSONNEL KILLED IN A HELICOPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS LETTERS OF SUPPORT AND SIGNATURES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH JESSE PITTMAN MEMORIAL BRIDGE.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND ON NOYO BEACH (LAW) JB 12/15/14

THE REMAINS OF A DEAD BODY WERE FOUND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING NEAR THE SURF ON NOYO BEACH IN FORT BRAGG.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE REMAINS OF AN ADULT MALE, ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN 510 AND 6 AND WEIGHING 130 TO 160 POUNDS, APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN IN THE WATER FOR SOME TIME. THE DEAD MAN WAS WEARING BLUE SWEATPANTS, GRAY SOCKS, AND BROWN HIKING BOOTS, WITH A TATTOO OF WHAT APPEARED TO BE THE LETTER S ON THE BACK OF HIS LEFT HAND. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT COULD ASSIST IN IDENTIFYING THE MAN SHOULD CONTACT THE SHERIFFS TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE IN UPPER LAKE. (LAW) JB 12/15/14

A LUCERNE PEDESTRIAN SUFFERED MAJOR HEAD TRAUMA AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN UPPER LAKE.

CHP OFFICERS AND NORTHSHORE FIRE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 6 PM SATURDAY ON HIGHWAY 20 EAST OF MAIN STREET. THE 50 YEAR OLD LUCERNE MAN WAS CROSSING HIGHWAY 20 ON FOOT WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A TOYOTA RAV4 AT 40-45 MILES AN HOUR, DRIVEN BY 66 YEAR OLD ARTHUR TAKAO. THE INJURED LUCERNE MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL, THEN FLOWN BY REACH AIR AMBULANCE TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL FOR TREATMENT. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT CHP HAS STATED THAT THE DRIVER WAS NOT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL.

BUTANE EXPLOSION DAMAGES WILLITS MOTEL ROOM (LAW) JB 12/15/14

A ROOM IN A WILLITS MOTEL WAS DAMAGED AFTER A BUTANE EXPLOSION LAST WEEK.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS AND THE LITTLE LAKE FIRE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE PINE CONE MOTEL ON SOUTH MAIN STREET IN WILLITS WEDNESDAY EVENING TO THE REPORT OF THE EXPLOSION. A RELEASE OF BUTANE FROM REPORTEDLY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY INSIDE ONE OF THE ROOMS IGNITED AND THE CONCUSSIVE EXPLOSION ACTUALLY LIFTED THE CEILING OF THE ROOM. THE EVENT WAS QUALIFIED AS A MINOR EXPLOSION THAT DID NOT CAUSE ANY SIGNIFICANT FIRE BUT RESULTED IN A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF SMOKE. ONE UNNAMED SUSPECT WAS QUESTIONED AT THE SCENE BY WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS.

WINE AUCTION RAISES $96,500 FOR LAKE COUNTY (ED) JB 12/15/14

23 EDUCATIONAL AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WERE THE RECIPIENTS OF OVER $96,000 RAISED FROM THIS YEARS LAKE COUNTY WINE AUCTION.

THE WINE ALLIANCE, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION OF WINERIES AND WINE RELATED BUSINESSES AND SUPPORTERS ORGANIZED THE ANNUAL LAKE COUNTY WINE AUCTION. FIVE HIGH SCHOOLS, FIVE YOUTH-ORIENTED PROGRAMS AND 13 OTHER NONPROFIT GROUPS WERE PRESENTED WITH $96,500 RAISED AT THE 15TH ANNUAL EVENT, HELD IN SEPTEMBER. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 2000, THE WINE ALLIANCE HAS RAISED NEARLY $1.2 MILLION TO FOSTER THE ARTS, BENEFIT HEALTH SERVICES AND OTHERWISE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES OF LAKE COUNTY.

ARIANA GRANDE & THE WEEKEND-LOVE ME HARDER

CALVIN HARRIS W/JOHN NEWMAN-BLAME

MAROON 5-ANIMALS

NICK JONAS-JEALOUS

SAM SMITH-I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE

TAYLOR SWIFT-BLANK SPACE

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

CHARLI XCX-BREAK THE RULES

CHRIS BROWN W/USHER & RICK ROSS-NEW FLAME

DAVID GUETTA W/SAM SMITH-DANGEROUS

ELLA HENDERSON-GHOST

FALL OUT BOY-CENTURIES

HOZIER-TAKE ME TO CHURCH

IGGY AZALEA W/M0-BEG FOR IT

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FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR NAVARRO RIVER (PI) JB 12/12/14

THE FLOOD WARNING IS STILL IN EFFECT ON THE NAVARRO RIVER FOLLOWING THE RECENT STORM.

AS OF 7:15PM THURSDAY, THE NAVARRO RIVER STAGE WAS MEASURED AT 28.9 FEET. FLOOD STAGE FOR THE NAVARRO RIVER IS 23 FEET. THE WATER WILL FLOW OVER THE BANKS APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE FROM HIGHWAY 128 AND BEGIN TO FLOOD PROPERTY IN THE AREA, INCLUDING SEVERAL HOMES, IF THE WATER HITS THE 30-FOOT MARK. DRIVERS IN ALL AREAS ARE REMINDED NOT TO ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. THE FLOOD WARNING FOR THE NAVARRO RIVER IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON TODAY.

UUSD STANDS BY DECISION TO STAY OPEN (ED) JB 12/12/14

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STANDING BY ITS DECISION TO KEEP CAMPUSES OPEN DURING YESTERDAYS STORM.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT DESPITE THE WINTER STORM ROLLING INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY, THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SAID THE CONDITIONS WERE SAFE ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR CLASSES TO REMAIN IN SESSION. MANY OTHER SCHOOLS IN SURROUNDING AREAS ANNOUNCED CLOSURES AS EARLY AS WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE SUPERINTENDENT STATED THAT BECAUSE THERE WAS STILL POWER AND NO IMMEDIATE FLOOD RISK, THE SCHOOLS WERE DEEMED SUITABLE TO STAY OPEN. HAD THE PERKINS AND TALMAGE BRIDGES NOT BEEN CLOSED BY THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES, THE SCHOOL WOULD HAVE REMAINED OPEN, PROVIDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE CHILDREN.

DRUNK JUVENILES ARRESTED IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 12/12/14

SEVERAL UKIAH JUVENILES WERE ARRESTED THIS WEEK FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN AREA ON NORTH ORCHARD AVENUE NEAR MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY TO THE REPORT OF A LOUD DISTURBANCE. OFFICERS FOUND FOUR JUVENILES AS YOUNG AS 14 YEARS OLD INVOLVED IN A MUTUAL STRUGGLE AND WERE ALL INTOXICATED. A SHORT TIME LATER, A 13 YEAR OLD MALE JUVENILE CALLED THE POLICE WANTING A RIDE HOME FROM AN AREA NEAR KOHLS. THE BOY WAS FOUND TO BE VERY INTOXICATED AND OFFICERS DETERMINED HE WAS INVOLVED WITH THE OTHER 4 SUBJECTS. THE BOY BECAME EXTREMELY BELLIGERENT, EVEN TRYING TO SPIT ON OFFICERS. ALL FIVE SUBJECTS WERE ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION.

FORT BRAGG LIFTS STAGE 1 WATER EMERGENCY (EVR) JB 12/12/14

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS LIFTED THE DECLARATION OF A STAGE 1 WATER EMERGENCY.

IN MID-SEPTEMBER, THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG DECLARED A STAGE 1 WATER EMERGENCY AND INSTITUTED MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES. GIVEN THE SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF RAINFALL OVER THE PAST MONTH, THESE CONSERVATION MEASURES ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY TO HELP THE CITY MAINTAIN A MARGIN OF SAFETY BETWEEN ITS RAW WATER SUPPLY AND THE DAILY WATER DEMAND. WHILE THE DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA IS NOT OVER, THE STEADY STREAM OF STORMS THIS FALL HAS HELPED REPLENISH GROUNDWATER AND FLOWS INTO LOCAL RIVERS AND STREAMS.

FLOODING CLOSES COUNTY HIGHWAYS, DAMAGE LOW (EVR) JB 12/12/14

THE DAMAGE REPORT FROM THE RECENT STORMS IS OPTIMISTIC WITH ONLY A FEW INCIDENTS REPORTED.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES EXPERIENCED SOME FLOODING, ROCK SLIDES AND DOWNED TREES IN THE MIDST OF THURSDAYS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED STORM, BUT OVERALL THE DAMAGE WAS MUCH LESS THAN EXPECTED. THERE WERE SEVERAL MUD AND ROCK SLIDES ON HIGHWAY 20 IN LAKE COUNTY BUT ONLY ONE, JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 53, WAS CONSIDERED SIGNIFICANT. POWER OUTAGES LEFT AN ESTIMATED 3,500 MENDOCINO COUNTY HOMES, MOSTLY ON THE COAST, IN THE DARK. ABOUT 1,000 HOMES IN LAKE COUNTY WERE WITHOUT POWER AT LEAST PART OF THE DAY.

JUVENILE CAR THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 12/12/14

A 16 YEAR OLD JUVENILE WANTED FOR CAR THEFT WAS APPREHENDED IN UKIAH THIS WEEK.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO VINEWOOD PARK SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR GROUP OF THREE SUBJECTS, ONE WHO BRANDISHED A KNIFE. AS OFFICERS APPROACHED, THE THREE SUBJECTS TRIED TO FLEE. ONE OF THE SUBJECTS SLIPPED AND FELL, AND THE OTHER TWO STOPPED AND ALL THREE WERE ARRESTED FOR RESISTING ARREST. ONE OF THE SUBJECTS WAS IDENTIFIED AS A 16 YEAR OLD JUVENILE WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A STOLEN VEHICLE AND PURSUIT IN OCTOBER AND HAD A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST. THE JUVENILE WAS BOOKED INTO JUVENILE HALL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING STOLEN VEHICLE AND WEAPONS POSSESSION.

DETECTIVES SEIZE STASH OF MARIJUANA (LAW) JB 12/12/14

NARCOTICS DETECTIVES CONDUCTING A FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATION IN MIDDLETOWN SEIZED 354 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA.

LAKE COUNTY NARCOTICS DETECTIVES WERE WORKING ON A CONTINUED INVESTIGATION INTO A LARGE SCALE MARIJUANA OPERATION ON JERUSALEM GRADE IN MIDDLETOWN. EARLIER IN JULY, MORE THAN 17,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE DISCOVERED AT THE LOCATION. DETECTIVES OBSERVED EVIDENCE THAT CULTIVATION AND PROCESSING WAS STILL BEING CONDUCTED ON THE PROPERTY AND, AFTER SECURING A SEARCH WARRANT, DETECTIVES DISCOVERED 354 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA AND A RIFLE. THIS INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND DETECTIVES ARE FOLLOWING UP ON ALL LEADS.

AGENCY PARTNERSHIP PILOT PROGRAM NOW IN PLACE (LAW) JB 12/12/14

A NEW MULTI-AGENCY PARTNERSHIP TO PROTECT AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE FROM MARIJUANA GROWS IS NOW IN PLACE.

THE REDWOOD TIMES REPORTED THAT THE WATERSHED ENFORCEMENT TEAM, A PILOT PROJECT, HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER AS JOINT PROGRAM OF THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AND THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD TO PARTICIPATE IN REGULATING THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY AND TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC TRUST. THE WATERSHED ENFORCEMENT TEAM HAS BEEN GRANTED ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE FINES FOR VIOLATION OF CDFW CODES DEALING WITH WATER DIVERSION AND POLLUTION WITHOUT HAVING TO INVOLVE THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. THE PROGRAM GIVES THE CDFW THE ABILITY TO PROTECT WATER RIGHTS AND WATER QUALITY LAWS AS SET FORTH IN THE STATE WATER CODES.

ARMED ROBBERY AT VINTAGE STORE IN FT BRAGG (LAW) JB 12/11/14

FORT BRAGG POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO SUSPECTS WHO ROBBED THE MENDOCINO VINTAGE STORE AT GUNPOINT YESTERDAY.

FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE MENDOCINO VINTAGE STORE ON N. FRANKLIN STREET JUST BEFORE 2 PM YESTERDAY TO THE REPORT OF A ROBBERY THAT HAD JUST OCCURRED. OFFICERS WERE INFORMED THAT A MALE AND FEMALE SUSPECT HAD ENTERED THE STORE AND ROBBED THE OWNER AT GUNPOINT, THEN FLED THE BUSINESS. THE MALE IS DESCRIBED AS HISPANIC, 510, AROUND 200 POUNDS, WEARING A BLUE BEANIE, LIGHT BLUE SWEATSHIRT, AND BLUE JEANS. THE FEMALE IS DESCRIBED AS HISPANIC IN HER MID-20S, LONG DARK HAIR, THIN BUILD, WEARING A BLACK COAT AND DARK COLORED PANTS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL OFFICER ONEAL AT 961-2800, X.167.

STATE APPROVES $64 MILLION FOR WILLITS BYPASS (GOV/TR) JB 12/11/14

THE STATE HAS APPROVED A $64 MILLION EXPENDITURE TO COMPLETE THE WILLITS BYPASS.

THE CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVED A $64 MILLION CALTRANS REQUEST TO COMPLETE THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS. THE PROJECT, ALREADY TWO YEARS BEHIND, IS 50 PERCENT COMPLETE. THE TWO-LANE HIGHWAY IS NOW SLATED TO OPEN IN 2017. A SECOND PHASE OF THE PROJECT TO WIDEN THE ROUTE TO FOUR LANES EACH WAY REMAINS UNFUNDED.

FORT BRAGG COUNCIL TURNS DOWN MAIN ST MONEY (GOV) JB 12/11/14

THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL HAS TURNED DOWN STATE FUNDING FOR AN OVERHAUL OF MAIN STREET.

THE FORT BRAGG ADVOCATE REPORTED THAT BOWING TO PUBLIC PRESSURE, FORT BRAGG HAS TAKEN THE UNUSUAL STEP OF SAYING NO TO $2.6 MILLION IN STATE ROAD FUNDS AIMED AT BEAUTIFYING THE COASTAL CITYS MAIN STREET, CANCELING A PLAN THAT HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR 12 YEARS AND ALREADY HAS COST THE CITY SOME $300,000 IN PLANNING-RELATED COSTS. LOCAL BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OBJECTED TO PLAN, WORRIED THAT DISRUPTIVE WORK COULD IRREPARABLY HARM BUSINESSES ON MAIN STREET. THE FUNDING SLATED FOR THE PROJECT EVENTUALLY WILL RETURN TO MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR OTHER PROJECTS.

BALTIMORE MAN GETS 15 YEARS FOR DRUG CRIMES (LAW) JB 12/11/14

A BALTIMORE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MAJOR MARIJUANA RELATED CRIMES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

33 YEAR JOSEPH GUADAGNOLI RECEIVED A 15 YEAR SENTENCE, TO BE FOLLOWED BY 5 YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE FOR CHARGES INCLUDING INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE BETWEEN 1,000 TO 4,000 KILOGRAMS OF MARIJUANA. AFTER FLEEING MARYLAND WHERE HE FACED SIMILAR CHARGES, GUADAGNOLI AND HIS PARTNER CAME TO MENDOCINO IN 2010 WHERE THEY OBTAINED CALIFORNIA DRIVERS LICENSES AND FALSE NAMES TO HIDE THEIR IDENTITIES. HE WAS ARRESTED IN 2012 ON A PROPERTY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY HE WAS USING TO CULTIVATE MARIJUANA AND, AS PART OF HIS SENTENCING, HE MUST PAY A $2.4 MILLION JUDGMENT, THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY INVOLVED IN THE MARIJUANA CONSPIRACY.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVES NEW WEED MANAGEMENT (GOV) JB 12/11/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPROVED A DROUGHT SECTION TO THE WEED MANAGEMENT PLAN.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT AN ADDITIONAL SECTION IN THE LAKE COUNTY WEED MANAGEMENT PLAN ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF INVASIVE WEEDS ON NATIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS DURING THE DROUGHT WAS APPROVED BY THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT TUESDAYS REGULAR MEETING. USED AS A MEANS TO BATTLE INVASIVE WEED POPULATIONS, THE PLAN USES ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES TO SURVEY AND ERADICATE INVASIVE WEEDS, AS WELL AS MONITOR CONTROL ACTIVITIES. BY ADDING THE DROUGHT SECTION TO THE PLAN, FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTROLLING INVASIVE SPECIES MAY BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE

POWER OUTAGES, SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATES (PI) JB 12/11/14

HERE IS THE LATEST ON THE SCHOOLS IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY AND THE CURRENT POWER OUTAGE IN UKIAH.

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS REPORTED THAT ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN TODAY. THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL BUS SERVICE TO HOPLAND DUE TO THE CURRENT CONDITIONS. LCOE, KELSEYVILLE, BOTH UPPER LAKE, MIDDLETOWN, KONOCTI AND LAKEPORT SCHOOLS ARE ALL CLOSED. HOWEVER, THE SCHOOL IN LUCERNE IS OPEN TODAY. THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS REPORTED A POWER OUTAGE AFFECTING THE NORTH END OF UKIAH. CITY CREWS ARE ON SCENE HOWEVER NO TIME FRAME HAS BEEN GIVEN AS TO WHEN THE POWER WILL BE RESTORED.

SLIDE ON 101 NEAR WILLITS BYPASS (TR/EVR) JB 12/11/14

A SLIDE HAS BEEN REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR THE WILLITS BYPASS.

LAST NIGHT A ROCK COVERED SLOPE ABOVE THE LONG-TERM DETOUR ALONG HIGHWAY 101 AT THE SOUTH INTERCHANGE BEGAN TO FAIL. CALTRANS ENGINEERS AND GEOLOGISTS ARE WORKING TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE SLOPE FAILURE, HOW IT IS BEING AFFECTED BY THE CURRENT STORM, AND WHEN LANES WHEN LIKELY NEED TO BE CLOSED. CONTRACTOR CREWS ARE WORKING TO REOPEN AT LEAST ONE LANE OF THE OLD HIGHWAY 101 ROADWAY SO IT CAN BE USED TO HELP KEEP TRAFFIC FLOWING. THE TIMING OF THE REPAIRS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL IS NOT YET KNOWN.

STORM FORECAST FOR LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES (EVR) JB 12/10/14

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A NOTICE DETAILING THE EFFECTS OF THE INCOMING STORM.

HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. ALL MAIN RIVER STEMS WILL EXPERIENCE MODERATE TO SHARP RISES BY THURSDAY MORNING AND RISES ON SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS ARE EXPECTED WITH POSSIBLE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS. THE NAVARRO RIVER AT NAVARRO IS EXPECTED TO REACH FLOOD STAGE AS EARLY AS THURSDAY MORNING. THE RUSSIAN RIVER AT HOPLAND AND THE EEL RIVER AT FERNBRIDGE MAY REACH FLOOD STAGE THURSDAY MORNING AS WELL. RIDGE TOP SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20-40 MILES PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED WITH POSSIBLE GUSTS UP TO 60 MILES PER HOUR AND LIGHTER WINDS ARE EXPECTED IN THE VALLEY AREAS OF INTERIOR MENDOCINO COUNTY.

FORMER LIEUTENANT CLAIMS ABUSE BY CO-WORKERS (LAW) JB 12/10/14

A CLAIM HAS BEEN MADE AGAINST SEVERAL MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL OFFICIALS THAT THEY HUMILIATED A FORMER CO-WORKER.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT A FORMER MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS CORRECTIONS LIEUTENANT HAS FILED A CLAIM AGAINST THE COUNTY JAIL AND SEVERAL CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS CONTENDING SHE LOST WAGES AND SUFFERED MENTAL ANGUISH AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY DOWNLOADED HER PHOTO INTO THE JAIL COMPUTER THEN USED IT TO VICTIMIZE AND DEGRADE HER WITH SEXUAL INNUENDOS. LAURA DALE, WHO RETIRED FROM THE JAIL IN 2010, FILED THE CLAIM LAST MONTH SEEKING LOST WAGES AS WELL AS UNSPECIFIED PUNITIVE DAMAGES FOR THE JAIL STAFFS ALLEGED MALICIOUS ACTIONS.

IMPAIRED MAN DRIVES TO UKIAH POLICE STATION (LAW) JB 12/10/14

A UKIAH MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE DROVE INTO THE PARKING LOT OF THE UKIAH POLICE STATION.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE BACK PARKING LOT OF THE POLICE STATION FOR AN UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLE THAT HAD DRIVEN ONTO THE LOT. OFFICERS CONTACTED THE DRIVER, 52-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL ALAN WILES, AND FOUND HE WAS ON PAROLE. WILES ADMITTED TO RECENTLY INJECTING METH AND STATED THAT HE WAS BEING CHASED BY INDIANS AND DROVE TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WILES WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATION OF PAROLE AND BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVES NO PARKING ZONE (GOV/TR) JB 12/10/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A NO-PARKING ZONE IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE.

THE REQUEST FOR A NO-PARKING ZONE ON A STRETCH OF HARTMANN ROAD IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE WAS BROUGHT TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BY THE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OVER SAFETY CONCERNS ABOUT PARKED CARS CREATING NARROWED LANES OF TRAFFIC. THE DANGERS TO DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS INCREASE WHEN DELIVERY TRUCKS PARK ON THE STREET, CREATING OBSTRUCTED VIEWS AND BLIND SPOTS. THE NO-PARKING ZONE IS ON THE WEST SIDE OF HARTMANN ROAD NORTH OF COYOTE VALLEY ROAD AND WILL TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 8.

TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN LAKEPORT ARMED ROBBERY (LAW) JB 12/10/14

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS REQUESTING THE PUBLICS HELP IN IDENTIFYING TWO SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY MONDAY MORNING.

LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON 11TH STREET TO THE REPORT OF A ROBBERY. A 27 YEAR OLD VICTIM STATED THAT TWO WHITE MALE SUBJECTS APPROACHED HIM IN THE PARKING LOT OF CVS EARLIER THAT MORNING. ONE SUBJECT, SAID TO BE IN HIS 30S AND DESCRIBED AS TALL, HEAVY SET AND WEARING A BLACK HOODIE, GRABBED THE VICTIM AND HELD A KNIFE TO HIS THROAT. THE SECOND SUBJECT, SAID TO BE 20-25 YEARS OLD, SMALLER THAN THE FIRST SUBJECT AND WITH A THIN SCAR ACROSS HIS RIGHT EYEBROW, PAT SEARCHED THE VICTIM, TAKING $300 FROM HIS WALLET. BOTH SUBJECTS LEFT THE SCENE IN A 1990S RED HONDA AND FLED WESTBOUND ON 11TH STREET. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE TWO MEN IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 263-5491.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES (LAW) JB 12/10/14

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN LAKE COUNTY ARE INVESTIGATING A SERIES OF RECENT COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, FIVE BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN BURGLARIZED SINCE DECEMBER 4. THE LUCERNE SUBWAY, COUNTY CARPETS AND DOUBLE DS COFFEE IN UPPER LAKE, THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT SHOP IN LOWER LAKE, AND A STORAGE UNIT AT BIG VALLEY STORAGE HAVE ALL REPORTED SMASH AND GRAB STYLE BURGLARIES IN THE LAST 5 DAYS. THE LUCERNE SUBWAY ROBBERY LOOKS SIMILAR TO SIMILAR INCIDENTS REPORTED AT SUBWAY STORES IN HOPLAND AND CALISTOGA, LEADING DEPUTIES TO BELIEVE THE BURGLARIES ARE CONNECTED.

DROUGHT LIKELY CAUSED NATURAL EVENTS (EVR) JB 12/10/14

A NEW REPORT SHOWS THAT THE CURRENT DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA IS CAUSED BY NATURAL EVENTS AND NOT BY HUMAN-CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT A NEW REPORT SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SUGGESTS NATURAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC PATTERNS ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF THE ONGOING CALIFORNIA DROUGHT. NOAA SAID A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE OFF THE WEST COAST HAS PREVAILED FOR THREE WINTERS, BLOCKING IMPORTANT WET SEASON STORMS, WITH OCEAN SURFACE TEMPERATURES MAKING SUCH A RIDGE MUCH MORE LIKELY. BASED ON EARLIER STUDIES, THE NEW REPORT FOUND NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE LINKING HUMAN-RELATED CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT.

BIG STORM HEADED TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (EVR) JB 12/9/14

COUNTIES ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING LAKE AND MENDOCINO, ARE BEING URGED TO PREPARE FOR A VIOLENT STORM THIS WEEK.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT OF A MAJOR STORM SET TO ARRIVE WEDNESDAY NIGHT, BRINGING WITH IT HEAVY RAIN AND HIGH WINDS. THE THREAT LEVEL IS SEVERE, WITH AS MUCH AS 10 INCHES OF RAIN BEING FORECAST IN THE MOUNTAINS AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 60 MILES PER HOUR. THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO BE OF THE MAGNITUDE THAT HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLY ONCE EVERY SEVERAL YEARS. THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY RAIN AND HIGH WINDS COULD LEAD TO DOWNED TREES, POWER OUTAGES, STREAM FLOODING AND 1-2 OF SNOW IN HIGH MOUNTAIN AREAS.

VANDALS STRIKE DECORATIONS AT UKIAH HOME (LAW) JB 12/9/14

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN FRONT OF A UKIAH HOME HAVE BEEN VANDALIZED TWICE IN THE LAST WEEK.

THE OWNERS OF A HOME ON WEST PERKINS STREET HAVE SEEN THEIR EXTRAVAGANT DISPLAY OF OUTSIDE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS DAMAGED TWICE BY VANDALS RECENTLY. A FEW OF THE DAMAGED AND MISSING DECORATIONS RECOVERED NEAR MILL AND SPRING STREETS AND ON PARK AVENUE. EVEN AFTER ADDING A 3-FOOT FENCE AROUND THEIR YARD, THE CONTINUED VANDALISM HAS PROMPTED THE HOME OWNERS TO REMOVE THE BULK OF THE LAWN DECORATIONS FURTHEST FROM THE HOUSE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE VANDALISM IS ASKED TO CALL THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

BERKELEY PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT AGAIN (LAW) JB 12/9/14

A SECOND NIGHT OF DEMONSTRATIONS IN BERKELEY OVER THE WEEKEND TURNED VIOLENT AND CHAOTIC.

RAUCOUS DEMONSTRATIONS HIT BERKELEYS STREETS FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT SUNDAY AS PROTESTERS, ANGERED BY POLICE KILLINGS IN MISSOURI AND NEW YORK, CLASHED WITH OFFICERS, VANDALIZED BUSINESSES AND EVEN FOUGHT WITH EACH OTHER. AFTER STARTING PEACEFULLY ON THE UC BERKELEY CAMPUS, PROTESTERS MADE THEIR WAY ONTO A FREEWAY AND BLOCKED TRAFFIC. CHP OFFICERS WERE FORCED TO USE TEAR GAS AFTER BEING TARGETED BY ROCKS, BOTTLES AND EXPLOSIVES THROWN BY PROTESTERS. THE PROTEST FINALLY ENDED WHEN OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO REMOVE THE PROTESTERS FROM THE ROADWAY.

JOHN PINCHES TO BE HONORED AT TUESDAY MEETING (GOV) JB 12/9/14

3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT A MEETING TODAY FOR HIS LONG SERVICE TO THE COUNTY.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HONOR 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR AND BOARD CHAIRMAN JOHN PINCHES TODAY WITH A SPECIAL RESOLUTION PRECEDING HIS RETIREMENT. PINCHES HAS SERVED AS MENDOCINO COUNTYS 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR FOR 12 YEARS AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD FOR 3 TERMS. AS A MEMBER OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT COUNTY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES, PINCHES HAS WORKED WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH BOARD AND THE POLICY COUNCIL ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH, TO NAME A FEW. PINCHES LAST BOARD MEETING WILL BE ON DECEMBER 16.

ONE INJURED IN UKIAH STABBING (LAW) JB 12/9/14

AN INJURED MAN WALKED INTO A UKIAH BAR EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD BEEN STABBED.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE FOREST CLUB ON STATE STREET JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT TO THE REPORT OF A STABBING. REPORTS STATE THAT THE 27 YEAR OLD VICTIM HAD BEEN STABBED IN THE UPPER BODY AND THAT HE HAD WALKED INTO THE FOREST TO SUMMON HELP. IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE STABBING OCCURRED AT WAS RELATED IN ANY WAY TO THE BAR. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, THEN TRANSFERRED TO AN OUT OF AREA HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES DESCRIBED AS SIGNIFICANT.

DRUG BUST AT STORAGE UNIT IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 12/9/14

A WARRANT SEARCH IN UKIAH LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A CONVICTED FELON ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS ALONG WITH SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND THE MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE SERVED MULTIPLE WARRANTS ON THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 3RD, INCLUDING ONE AT A STORAGE UNIT ON NORTH STATE STREET. INSIDE THE UNIT, OFFICERS LOCATED OVER 10 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE, OVER 9 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, DRUG PACKAGING MATERIALS AND TWO FIREARMS. THE OWNER OF THE UNIT, 47 YEAR OLD AURELIO ACOSTA, A CONVICTED FELON, WAS ARRESTED LATER THAT AFTERNOON AT A HOME ON EUNICE COURT AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVE SODA BAY DESIGN (GOV) JB 12/9/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A WATER SYSTEM DESIGN AGREEMENT FOR THE SODA BAY AREA.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS AND WATER WORKS ENGINEERS FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN SERVICES AT COUNTY SERVICE AREA 20 WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE BOARD THIS WEEK. A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS WAS SENT TO 8 ENGINEERING FIRMS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, WITH WATER WORKS ENGINEERS THE ONLY FIRM TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED PROPOSAL WITHIN THE 45 DAY TIME LIMIT. THE AGREEMENT INCLUDES A GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION, HYDROLOGICAL REPORT AND PERMIT PROCUREMENT FOR THE WATER SYSTEM THAT SERVES SODA BAY, LAKEWOOD PARK, AND RIVIERA HEIGHTS.

BOARD OF RETIREMENT APPOINTS NEW ADMINISTRATOR (GOV) JB 12/9/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF RETIREMENT HAS APPOINTED A NEW ADMINISTRATOR TO TAKE THE HELM OF THE BOARD.

THE BOARD OF RETIREMENT CONTRACTED WITH ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING TO CONDUCT A SEARCH FOR ITS NEW RETIREMENT ADMINISTRATOR. JAMES WILBANKS WAS RECOMMENDED TO THE BOARD OF RETIREMENT BY THE SEARCH FIRM AFTER INTERVIEWS AND IN-DEPTH RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED THAT INCLUDED MANY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. WILBANKS WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE BOARD AFTER CONDUCTING ITS OWN EXTENSIVE INTERVIEWS. WILBANKS WILL ASSUME THE POSITION OF RETIREMENT ADMINISTRATOR ON JANUARY 5, 2015.

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