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MAN DIES AFTER BOAT ACCIDENT JKB 9/6/10

  • A WELL KNOWN LAKE COUNTY REAL ESTATE BROKER DIED AFTER HIS BOAT RAN AGROUND AT FULL SPEED AND COLLIDED WITH A DOCK FULL OF PEOPLE SATURDAY EVENING.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 8 PM AT THE LUCKY FOUR TRAILER RESORT IN LAKEPORT. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, 54 YEAR OLD BRYON WHIPPLE APPROACHED THE SHORELINE AT FULL THROTTLE, ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MILES AN HOUR. A GROUP OF ABOUT 40 PEOPLE HAVING A PARTY SCATTERED AS WHIPPLES BOAT RAN AGROUND AND CRASHED INTO THE FIXED DOCK. NO ONE ON SHORE OR THE DOCK WAS INJURED. SOME WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING WHIPPLES HEAD DOWN, LEADING TO SPECULATION THAT HE MAY HAVE SUFFERED A MEDICAL EVENT JUST PRIOR TO THE CRASH. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED TO DETERMINE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MAN ATTEMPTS MURDER SUICIDE BY ARSON JKB 9/6/10

  • AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO ATTEMPTED A MURDER SUICIDE BY ARSON AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM JAIL ON SATURDAY.

ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE MAN, WHOS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, RETURNED TO HIS HOME ON MOUNTAIN HOUSE ROAD IN HOPLAND AND WAITED FOR HIS WIFE TO GET HOME. WHEN SHE ARRIVED HE STATED THEY WERE GOING TO DIE TOGETHER AND SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE. NEIGHBORS SEEING THE FLAMES, RESCUED THE WOMAN AND FORCED THE MAN OUT OF THE HOUSE. HE THEN GOT INTO HIS PICKUP AND FLED THE SCENE. THE BLAZE WAS BROUGHT QUICKLY UNDER CONTROL BY HOPLAND VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WHO WERE HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL FUND RAISING BARBECUE AT THE SAME TIME. NO OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE INCIDENT HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

CAR VS BICYCLE JKB 9/6/10

  • A UKIAH MAN RIDING A BICYCLE WAS SEVERELY INJURED WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A CAR ON MILL CREEK ROAD FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, 39 YEAR OLD TODD BUFFORD WAS RIDING ON THE SHOULDER EASTBOUND WHEN HE WAS HIT FROM BEHIND 59 YEAR OLD IVAN RAUCH AT AROUND 12:40 PM. BUFFORD WAS THROWN ON TOP OF THE VEHICLE AND THEN ONTO THE ROADWAY. HE WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MAJOR INJURIES. RAUCH, WHO WAS NOT INJURED, WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR FELONY DUI.

FORT BRAGG POLICE CHIEF PUTHUFF RESIGNS JKB 9/6/10

  • FORT BRAGG POLICE CHIEF MARK PUTHUFF HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL BE LEAVING THE DEPARTMENT EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 15TH.

PUTHUFF JOINED THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 2006 AND ACCORDING TO CITY MANAGER LINDA RUFFING, HELPED BRING THE DEPARTMENT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY WITH INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT HAVE REDUCED OVERALL CRIME, ADDRESSED GROWING PROBLEMS WITH GANGS, METHAMPHETAMINE AND YOUTH CRIME. PUTHUFF SAID HE IS STEPPING DOWN TO PURSUE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, BUT DID NOT INDICATE WHERE.

NAKED MAN JUMPS OFF CLIFF, SURVIVES JKB 9/6/10

  • A NAKED MAN SURVIVED AFTER PLUNGING MORE THAN 100 FEET DOWN A CLIFF FACE WHEN HE JUMPED FROM A ROCK AT GOAT ROCK STATE PARK BEACH JENNER THURSDAY EVENING.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE MAN, WHOS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, STATED THAT HE HAD BEEN DRINKING AND HAD TAKEN LSD PRIOR TO THE JUMP SHORTLY BEFORE 8 PM. THE VICTIM SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES INCLUDING SEVERAL COMPOUND FRACTURES. HE WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT,

MAN TURNS DOWN PLEA DEAL IN SEX CASE JKB 9/6/10

  • A CLEARLAKE MAN CHARGED WITH 2 COUNTS OF LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD YOUNGER THAN 14 AND 2 COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL INTERCOURS WITH A MINOR IN 2004, TURNED DOWN A PLEA DEAL ON FRIDAY AND WILL GO TO TRIAL.

24 YEAR OLD MANUEL VEGA GARCIA HAD BEEN WANTED ON A WARRANT SINCE 2006, BUT WASNT ARRESTED UNTIL MARCH 31ST OF THIS YEAR. HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES ON APRIL 2ND. IF CONVICTED OF ALL CHARGES HE COULD FACE A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 10 YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER FOOT CHASE JKB 9/6/10

  • TWO UKIAH MEN WERE ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE OFFICERS ON A VEHICLE CHASE AND FOOT PURSUIT.

THE INCIDENT BEGAN WHEN 20 YEAR OLD LARRY WOLFE REFUSED TO PULL OVER DURING A TRAFFIC STOP BY UKIAH POLICE LAST TUESDAY AT AROUND 11:30 AM. WOLFE LED POLICE ON A SHORT VEHICLE CHASE UNTIL HE AND 20 YEAR OLD JORDAN BRIGHT BOLTED FROM THE CAR AND RAN BEHIND THE LAWS AVENUE CLINIC AFTER STOPPING NEAR TEDFORD AND LAUREL AVENUES. WOLFE WAS FOUND HIDING BEHIND A HOME ON CANYON DRIVE AND BRIGHT WAS LOCATED HIDING IN A TREE FARTHER UP THE HILL. BOTH WERE BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES. BRIGHT WAS ALSO WANTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS.

MAN ESCAPES DURING PURSUIT JKB 9/6/10

  • CLEARLAKE POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR A MAN WHO ESCAPED AFTER A VEHICLE AND FOOT PURSUIT FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

37 YEAR OLD NIGEL POWERS, A FUGITIVE WANTED ON A FELONY WARRANT, DROVE AWAY AFTER LETTING TWO PASSENGERS GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AS AN OFFICER APPROACHED DURING A TRAFFIC STOP AT AROUND 12:45 PM. HE LED POLICE ON A CHASE FOR APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE BEFORE CRASHING IN A FIELD NEAR BURNS VALLEY. HE THEN RAN FROM THE VEHICLE AND WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

PLANE CRASH JKB 9/6/10

  • 3 PEOPLE DIED WHEN THEIR SMALL PLANE CRASHED IN A LAGOON OFF SAN FRANCISCO BAY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

THE TWIN ENGINE BEECHCRAFT QUEEN AIR PLUMMETED INTO THE WATER AT AROUND NOON SHORTLY AFTER TAKING OFF FROM SAN CARLOS AIRPORT. THE DEAD HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 47 YEAR OLD ADELINA URBINA-SUAREZ OF DALY CITY, 73 YEAR OLD WILLIAM HEINICKE OF SAN FRANCISCO, AND 92 YEAR OLD ROBERT BORRMANN, THE FOUNDER OF PALO ALTO BASED R.E. BORRMANN STEEL COMPANY. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CRASH IS CONTINUING.

7.1 EARTHQUAKE IN NEW ZEALAND JKB 9/6/10

  • A 7.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK THE SOUTHERN ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CAUSING WIDESPREAD DAMAGE.

THE QUAKE WAS CENTERED 19 MILES WEST OF CHRISTCHURCH AND STRUCK AT 4:35 AM LOCAL TIME. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY MORE THAN A DOZEN AFTERSHOCKS, RANGING IN SIZE FROM 3.9 TO 5.3 IN MAGNITUDE. DAMAGE ESTIMATES HAVE ALREADY SURPASSED THE $1 BILLION DOLLAR MARK. MIRACULOUSLY THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY ABOUT A HUNDRED OR SO INJURIES REPORTED FROM THE QUAKE AND NO DEATHS.

PEACE CORP WORKER KILLED IN AFRICA JKB 9/6/10

  • AN AMERICAN PEACE CORPS WORKER DIED AFTER BEING SHOT OUTSIDE HIS HOTEL IN LESOTHO SOUTH AFRICA ON FRIDAY.

24 YEAR OLD PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER THOMAS MORESCO AND A FEMALE COMPANION WERE ATTENDING A FUNCTION AT THE MASERU SUN CABANAS RESORT WHEN THEY WERE ACCOSTED BY AN ARMED MAN WAITING OUTSIDE THEIR HOTEL. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE MOTIVE WAS ROBBERY.

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