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SHOOTING REPORTED IN LUCERNE (LAW) JH 04/23/14

SEVERAL GUN SHOTS WERE REPORTED AT A RESIDENCE IN LUCERNE LAST NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS, AUTHORITIES RECEIVED THE REPORT JUST AFTER 10:40 PM, THAT SEVERAL ROUNDS WERE FIRED FROM A HANDGUN AT A 12TH AVENUE RESIDENCE AND ONE PERSON HAD BEEN SHOT. THE VICTIM, Whose NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, WAS FLOWN TO AN OUT OF COUNTY TRAUMA CENTER. RADIO REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE ADULT, BETWEEN 40 AND 50 YEARS OLD. HE MAY BE BALD OR HAVE SHORT HAIR, AND WAS WEARING A BLACK JACKET AND DARK JEANS.

MAN JUMPS OFF BRIDGE IN BENBOW (LAW) JH 04/23/14

A MAN JUMPED OFF THE US HIGHWAY 101 BRIDGE NEAR BENBOW INTO THE EEL RIVER YESTERDAY.

THE TIMES-STANDARD REPORTS, AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AROUND 2 PM, AND THE MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. THE STATUS OF HIS CONDITION WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE.

LAKE COUNTY BOS VOTE TO CLOSE COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER (GOV) JH 04/23/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED TO CLOSE THE COUNTYS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER IN LUCERNE, AND SHIFT MARKETING RESOURCES IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

ACCORDING TO COUNTY OFFICIALS, THERE HAVE BEEN A DECREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE UTILIZING THE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER. MANY BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSE IT HAS BECOME IRRELEVANT DUE TO ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY. MOST PEOPLE GET THE TRAVEL INFORMATION FROM ELECTRONIC DEVICES THESE DAYS. THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO CLOSE THE CENTER NO SOONER THAN SEPTEMBER 6TH, THE END OF THE CURRENT TOURISM SEASON.

BROADBAND ALLIANCE SOLICITS FCC TO CHANGE RESTRICTIONS ON MUNICIPAL NETWORKS (BB) JH 04/23/14

THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY AND ACCESS SONOMA BROADBAND ARE SENDING A LETTER TO THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO REQUEST THAT STATE EASE RESTRICTIONS ON MUNICIPAL BROADBAND NETWORKS.

WITH SUPPORT FROM FIVE OTHER NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE IS ENDORSING THE FCC MOVE TO CONSIDER OVERRULING STATE LAWS THAT RESTRICT THE ABILITY OF CITIES AND TOWNS IN BUILDING THEIR OWN BROADBAND NETWORKS. CURRENTLY, CORPORATE PROVIDERS, LIKE AT&T AND COMCAST, ARE IN CONTROL AND ONLY EXPAND THEIR NETWORKS WHERE THEY SEE LARGE PROFITS POSSIBLE. RURAL COUNTIES ARE BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY AND NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THIS BEHAVIOR, WHICH JUST EXACERBATES THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. LEARN MORE AT THE ALLIANCE MEETING THIS FRIDAY FROM 10 TO 11:30 AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ON SOUTH OAK STREET IN UKIAH.

7 LOCAL DEFENDANTS IN A FEDERAL CASE OF DRUG TRAFFICKING HAVE REACHED PLEA DEALS (LAW) JH 04/23/14

SEVEN MENDOCINO COUNTY DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF SUPPLYING MARIJUANA AND COCAINE TO A KANSAS DRUG RING, HAVE REACHED PLEA DEALS WITH THE US ATTORNEYS OFFICE.

THE TRIAL IS NOW UNDERWAY IN KANSAS FOR THE REMAINING THREE DEFENDANTS ACCUSED OF RUNNING THE ALLEGED $17 MILLION DRUG RING. THE SEVEN LOCALS INVOLVED, JOHN McMILLAN AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ERIN KELLER, RICHARD SMITH, HENRY HANK McCUSKER, JEFFREY WALL, AND JAMES AND SARAH SODERLING, ALL FACE SIZABLE PRISON TERMS ONCE THE TRIAL FOR THE OTHER THREE DEFENDANTS IS CONCLUDED..

ROAD CLOSURE IN LAKEPORT (TR) JH 04/23/14

THE CITY OF LAKEPORT HAS ANNOUNCED A STREET CLOSURE THAT WILL AFFECT TRAFFIC TODAY AS THE ROAD IS REPAVED.

NORTH BRUSH STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM 3RD STREET TO 5TH STREET AND FROM NORTH TUNIS STREET TO NORTH HIGH STREET TODAY. THE STREETS WILL REOPEN WHEN THE PAVING IS COMPLETE.

ASPCA HELPS PET OWNERS PREPARE FOR NATURAL DISASTERS (PI)

JH 04/23/14

THE ASPCA HAS PARTNERED WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES AND THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ANIMAL CARE SERVICES TO PROVIDE A FREE WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL PET OWNERS AND COMMUNITY PLANNERS ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND HOW TO ENSURE PETS SAFETY WHEN A DISASTER STRIKES.

THE WORKSHOP PROVIDES RESOURCES AND TIPS THAT WILL HELP SAVE MORE LIVES AND KEEP PETS AND OWNERS TOGETHER DURING NATURAL DISASTERS. MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE FREE WORKSHOP THIS EVENING FROM 5:30 TO 7 PM AT ANIMAL CARE SERVICES ON PLANT ROAD IN UKIAH.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/23/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS THAT ARE CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 175 FROM SANTA ROSA AVENUE TO THE DRY CREEK BRIDGE TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 8 AM TO 3 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO THREE ARRESTS AND LARGE AMOUNT OF METHAMPHETAMINE (LAW) JH 04/22/14

A TRAFFIC STOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON LED TO THREE ARRESTS AND THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF METHAMPHETAMINE EVER SEIZED IN LAKE COUNTY IN A SINGLE BUST.

A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY SAW A VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN ERRATICALLY AND HOLDING UP TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR BUTTS CANYON ROAD. AFTER PULLING THE VEHICLE OVER, THE DRIVER, 24-YEAR-OLD ROSA ELVIA CARRILLO-SALAS OF SANTA ROSA, TOLD THE DEPUTY SHE DID NOT HAVE A LICENSE, NOR DID EITHER OF HER TWO PASSENGERS, 24 YEAR OLD ARTEMIO RIVERA SANDOVAL AND 22 YEAR OLD PEDRO INFANTE-CAMERENA, BOTH OF SANTA ROSA. ALL THREE WERE DETAINED AND A K-9 OFFICER ALERTED ON THE VEHICLE. A SEARCH REVEALED OVER 7 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, AND ALL THREE SUSPECTS WERE BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

ASSAULT IN ALEX THOMAS PLAZA (LAW) JH 04/22/14

POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF ASSAULT IN THE ALEX THOMAS PLAZA IN UKIAH ON SATURDAY.

OFFICERS LOCATED A 54-YEAR-OLD MALE VICTIM UNCONSCIOUS AND LYING ON HIS BACK AND WAS BLEEDING FROM THE MOUTH, NOSE AND EAR. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE VICTIM WAS PASSED OUT ON THE GRASS BEFORE GETTING UP AND STUMBLING AROUND THE PLAZA. THE VICTIM THEN BEGAN TO SPEAK TO 28-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY EUGENE GONZALES, WHEN FOR UNKNOWN REASON GONZALES PUNCHED THE VICTIM IN THE HEAD. THE VICTIM FELL BACKWARDS POSSIBLY STRIKING HIS HEAD ON THE CONCRETE. GONZALES WAS THEN SEEN HITTING THE UNCONSCIOUS MAN A SECOND TIME. UPON LEARNING THAT AUTHORITIES HAD BEEN CALLED, GONZALES FLED, AND WAS LATER LOCATED AND ARRESTED AT THE BUDDY ELLER SHELTER ON BRUSH STREET. GONZALES ADMITTED TO PUNCHING THE VICTIM AND WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

EARTHQUAKES SHAKE UP COBB AREA (EVR) JH 04/22/14

TWO MODERATE SIZED EARTHQUAKES SHOOK UP THE COBB AREA EARLY THIS MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, TWO QUAKES WERE JUST SECONDS APART, BOTH OCCURRING JUST 6 MILES WEST OF COBB AT 3:47 AM THIS MORNING. THE FIRST QUAKE WAS AT A DEPTH OF 1.5 MILES AND REGISTERED A 3.2 MAGNITUDE. THE SECOND QUAKE WAS AT A DEPTH OF 1.4 MILES, AND ALSO REGISTERED A 3.2 MAGNITUDE. THE QUAKES FOLLOWED A 2.9 MAGNITUDE TEMBLOR JUST ONE MINUTE BEFORE, AND A 2.8 MAGNITUDE IN THE SAME AREA THE AFTERNOON BEFORE. SHAKE REPORTS CAME IN FROM AROUND THE REGION, BUT NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.

AUTHORITIES SEEK MAN FOR QUESTIONING IN SOUTH HUMBOLDT HOMICIDE (LAW) JH 04/21/14

THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF IS LOOKING FOR A MAN WANTED FOR HOMICIDE, AUTO THEFT AND ARSON IN SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY.

33-YEAR-OLD BENJAMIN JASPER CARTER IS BELIEVED TO HAVE FATALLY SHOT 36 YEAR OLD ZACKERY JACOB CHAPMAN BEFORE LIGHTING HIS TRAILER ON FIRE TO CONCEAL THE HOMICIDE. 41-YEAR-OLD MELINDA ELAINE CARTER IS UN CUSTODY AS AN ACCESSORY TO THE CRIMES. BENJAMIN CARTER IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, 6 FEET, THREE INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 180 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR AND BLUE EYES. CARTERS HEAD MAY BE SHAVED BALD AND HE MAY HAVE A GOATEE AND MUSTACHE. CARTER HAS MULTIPLE TATTOOS ON HIS CHEST, BACK, ARMS, LEGS, AND NECK. HE IS KNOWN TO DRIVE A BLACK GMC TRUCK WITH CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE NUMBER 6R68046. THE TRUCK HAS FRONT END DAMAGE, AND A BLUE TAILGATE WITH A RAIDERS DESIGN ON IT. CARTER IS BELIEVED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS WITH A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN AND A RIFLE SIMILAR TO AN AR-15. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS CASE IS URGED TO CONTACT THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE CRIME TIP HOTLINE AT 268-2539.

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHES (ED) JH 04/22/14

LAKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND RECENT GRADUATES THAT ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN FFA OR 4-H HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH TO APPLY FOR THE PAUL ALEXANDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE $500 SCHOLARSHIP IS APRIL 30TH. THE REQUIREMENTS, APPLICATION AND INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE 2014 LAKE COUNTY FAIR PREMIUM BOOK, OR AT THE 4-H COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE ON LAKEPORT BOULEVARD.

BODY FOUND IN FIELD IN HEALDSBURG (LAW) JH 04/22/14

THE BODY OF A MAN BELIEVED TO BE A TRANSIENT WAS FOUND NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS IN HEALDSBURG MONDAY NIGHT.

THE WHITE MALE WITH IDENTIFICATION FROM ARIZONA, WAS FOUND BY OTHER TRANSIENTS IN A FIELD WITH SEVERAL EMPTY LIQUOR BOTTLES NEARBY. HIS IDENTITY HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, PENDING NOTIFICATION OF RELATIVES. AUTHORITIES DO NOT BELIEVE FOUL PLAY WAS INVOLVED.

DEA NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE EVENT (LAW) JH 04/22/14

A DEA NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE EVENT WILL BE HELD APRIL 26TH IN FORT BRAGG.

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION IS GIVING THE PUBLIC ITS EIGHTH OPPORTUNITY IN FOUR YEARS TO PREVENT PILL ABUSE AND THEFT BY RIDDING THEIR HOMES OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS, EXPIRED, UNUSED, AND UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS. DURING THE EVENT FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM THIS SATURDAY. PARTICIPANTS MAY DISPOSE OF MEDICATION, AS WELL AS SHARPS OR SYRINGES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/22/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

SPILL CLEANUP WILL TAKE PLACE ON HIGHWAY 20 JUST EAST OF BLUE LAKES ROAD BEGINNING TODAY. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM WEEKDAYS.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL ALSO BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 20 TODAY, NEAR THE BRODDUS CREEK BRIDGE. WORKING HOURS ARE 8:30 AM TO 3 PM.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5- MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED

ALSO, UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 222, OR TALMAGE ROAD, AT HASTINGS FRONTAGE ROAD TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 9 AM TO 9:30 AM. INTERMITTENT FULL ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 10-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

WILLITS MAN KILLS SELF AFTER KIDNAPPING EX-GIRLFRIEND (LAW)

JH 04/21/14

A WILLITS MAN KILLED HIMSELF AFTER KIDNAPPING AND ATTEMPTING TO SEXUALLY ASSAULT HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND ON FRIDAY.

27-YEAR-OLD DAMEON ZIEGLER PULLED A SHOTGUN ON THE 28 YEAR OLD FEMALE AT A BUSINESS IN WILLITS AND FORCED HER TO GIVE HIM A RIDE TO THE LITTLE DARBY RECREATION AREA. ONCE THERE, ZIEGLER FORCED HER TO WALK DOWN A TRAIL WHILE TELLING HER HE WAS GOING TO SEXUALLY ASSAULT HER THEN KILL HER AND HIMSELF. HOWEVER, THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE DURING A STRUGGLE AS ZIEGLER WAS TRYING TO UNDRESS HER. SHE NOTIFIED AUTHORITIES WHO ARRIVED AND BEGAN SEARCHING FOR ZIEGLER. A POLICE K-9 OFFICER LOCATED ZIEGLER, AND WHEN HE WAS ORDERED TO SURRENDER, HE TURNED HIS SHOTGUN ON HIMSELF AND FIRED ONE SHOT. ZIEGLER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

MAN DRIVES OFF ROAD, LANDS IN VICHY SPRINGS CREEK (LAW)

JH 04/21/14

A MAN DROVE HIS SUV OFF OF VICHY SPRINGS ROAD SATURDAY, CRASHING DOWN 40 FOOT EMBANKMENT INTO CREEK.

THE UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER WAS HEADED EAST ON VICHY SPRINGS ROAD, WHEN HE FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE IN THE ROAD AND DROVE THROUGH A FENCE, CRASHING DOWN A NEARLY VERTICAL 40 FOOT DROP TO VICHY SPRINGS CREEK. THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, AND THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

DRIVER IN FATAL HIGHWAY 101 CRASH MAY HAVE BEEN TUNING RADIO(LAW) JH 04/21/14

ACCORDING TO NEWLY RELEASED INFORMATION FROM AUTHORITIES, THE DRIVER IN A FATAL HIGHWAY 101 CRASH LAST WEEK, MAY HAVE BEEN TUNING THE RADIO AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION.

22 YEAR OLD EMMANUEL BARAJAS OF SANTA ROSA WAS DRIVING NORTHBOUND, SOUTH OF BURKE HILL ROAD, WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND CROSSED OVER THE CENTER MEDIAN AND INTO THE SOUTHBOUND LANES WHERE HE COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE. THE COLLISION RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF THE DRIVER, 26 YEAR OLD JONATHAN ARROYO OF VAIL ARIZONA, AND HIS THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. ARROYOS WIFE, 27-YEAR-OLD KRISTIN AND THEIR 1 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SUFFERED MINOR TO MODERATE INJURIES. THE COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, AND IT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED YET WHETHER DRUGS OR ALCOHOL PLAYED A ROLE IN THE ACCIDENT.

AUTHORITIES SEEK MAN FOR QUESTIONING IN SOUTH HUMBOLDT HOMICIDE (LAW) JH 04/21/14

THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF IS LOOKING FOR A MAN WANTED FOR QUESTIONING RELATED TO A POSSIBLE HOMICIDE WITH A FIREARM IN SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY.

33-YEAR-OLD BENJAMIN JASPER CARTER IS SOUGHT IN THIS INVESTIGATION. CARTER IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, 6 FEET, THREE INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 180 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR AND BLUE EYES. CARTERS HEAD MAY BE SHAVED BALD AND HE MAY HAVE A GOATEE AND MUSTACHE. CARTER HAS MULTIPLE TATTOOS ON HIS CHEST, BACK, ARMS, LEGS, AND NECK. HE IS KNOWN TO DRIVE A BLACK GMC TRUCK WITH CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE NUMBER 6R68046. THE TRUCK HAS FRONT END DAMAGE, AND A BLUE TAILGATE WITH A RAIDERS DESIGN ON IT. CARTER IS BELIEVED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS CASE IS URGED TO CONTACT THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE CRIME TIP HOTLINE AT 268-2539.

NCRWB REACHES AGREEMENT OVER SEDIMENT DISCHARGE (LAW/EVR)

JH 04/21/14

THE NORTH COAST REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD HAS APPROVED A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH A MENDOCINO COUNTY PROPERTY OWNER OVER SEDIMENT DISCHARGES INTO THE EEL RIVER AND OUTLET CREEK.

PROPERTY OWNER JOUNG MIN YI, ALSO KNOWN AS SCOTT YI, HAS BEEN FINED OVER $56,000 FOR THE SEDIMENT DISCHARGES FROM ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES ON HIS HIGHWAY 101 PROPERTY JUST NORTH OF WILLITS. IN ADDITION TO THE FINANCIAL PENALTY, THE WATER BOARD ISSUED A CLEANUP AND ABATEMENT ORDER REQUIRING THE RESTORATION AND MONITORING OF THE SITE TO TREAT SUBSTANTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE WATER CODE.

REDWOOD VALLEY TO SHUT OFF WATER FOR GROWERS (AG/EVR)

JH 04/21/14

THE REDWOOD VALLEY COUNTY WATER DISTRICT VOTED LAST WEEK TO SHUT OFF THE VALVES THAT SUPPLY IRRIGATION WATER TO THE VALLEYS FARMERS.

THE WATER DISTRICT CURRENTLY SERVES APPROXIMATELY 5,000 RESIDENTS, WHO ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED TO 50 GALLONS A DAY PER PERSON. IN AN EFFORT TO MAINTAIN THE WATER SUPPLY FOR THE RESIDENTIAL USERS, THE DISTRICT VOTED THURSDAY NIGHT TO CUT AGRICULTURAL WATER SUPPLIES TO MORE THAN 2,000 ACRES OF VINEYARDS AND OTHER CROPS, LEAVING NEARLY 200 FARMERS WITHOUT THEIR PRIMARY SOURCE OF WATER. THIS MOVE, WHICH WILL LIKELY DECIMATE THE REDWOOD VALLEY WINE INDUSTRY, IS A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT LIES AHEAD STATEWIDE AS CALIFORNIAS DROUGHT CONTINUES.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/21/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BEGIN TODAY ON HIGHWAY 175 JUST EAST OF PUTAH CREEK BRIDGE. THE WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM WEEKDAYS. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5- MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

FATHER AND DAUGHTER DIE IN HIGHWAY 101 CRASH (LAW) JH 04/18/14

A FATHER AND HIS THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WERE KILLED, AND TWO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS INJURED YESTERDAY IN A HEAD-ON CRASH ON HIGHWAY 101.

22 YEAR OLD EMMANUEL BARAJAS OF SANTA ROSA WAS DRIVING NORTHBOUND, SOUTH OF BURKE HILL ROAD, WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND CROSSED OVER THE CENTER MEDIAN AND INTO THE SOUTHBOUND LANES, DIRECTLY INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING CAR. THE TWO COLLIDED, RESULTING IN FATAL INJURIES FOR THE DRIVER, 26 YEAR OLD JOHNATHON ARROYO OF VAIL ARIZONA, AND HIS THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. ARROYOS WIFE, 27 YEAR OLD KRISTIN AND THEIR 1 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER SUFFERED MINOR TO MODERATE INJURIES.

MISSING BOATER LOCATED AFTER 11 HOURS ON OVERTURNED BOAT (LAW) JH 04/18/14

A MAN REPORTED MISSING ON HIS BOAT IN CLEAR LAKE WAS LOCATED AFTER SPENDING 11 HOURS ON HIS OVERTURNED VESSEL.

THE BOATER WAS REPORTED MISSING JUST BEFORE 1 AM ON APRIL 16, AFTER TAKING HIS 16 FOOT HOBIE CAT TYPE SAILBOAT OUT AT ABOUT 4 PM THE PRIOR DAY. MARINE PATROL DEPUTIES SEARCHED AND CALLED IN A REACH HELICOPTER TO ASSIST. AT ABOUT 3:30 AM THE MARINE PATROL DETECTED SOMETHING ON RADAR, AND THE HELICOPTER CONFIRMED AN OBJECT ABOUT TWO MILES OF SHORE FROM LAKEPORT. IT WAS THE MISSING BOATER, WHO SAID HIS BOAT OVERTURNED AT ABOUT 4:30 DUE TO A HEAVY GUST OF WIND. THE MAN WAS UNINJURED.

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 101 SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL (LAW)

JH 04/18/14

A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 101 YESTERDAY MORNING SENT ONE MAN TO THE HOSPITAL.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 7:40 AM IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 101 JUST SOUTH ON THE NORTH STATE STREET FREEWAY ONRAMP. ONE OF THE VEHICLES ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES AND CAME TO REST IN THE FIELD WEST OF THE HIGHWAY. THE OTHER VEHICLE ENDED UP IN A DITCH. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE THAT ROLLED, WHOS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, WAS TRAPPED IN THE VEHICLE AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED BY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL BEFORE BEING FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THE SECOND DRIVER DECLINED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CONSTRUCTION FORCES UKIAH HIGH TO MOVE GRADUATION (ED)

JH 04/18/14

NEW CONSTRUCTION BEGAN THIS MONTH ON A NEEDED NEW TRACK FOR UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL, HOWEVER, THE PROJECT WILL NOT BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR GRADUATION, FORCING THE SCHOOL TO MOVE THE CEREMONY.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAS OFFERED TO HOST THE EVENT, AND WILL EVEN WAIVE THE FEES FOR USE OF ITS FACILITIES. UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH AT 9 AM AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE.

24 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES TO RECEIVE FOOD BANK ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE DUE TO DROUGHT (GOV) JH 04/18/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT 24 DROUGHT AFFECTED COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING LAKE COUNTY, WILL RECEIVE SHIPMENTS OF FOOD ASSISTANCE.

SHIPMENTS WILL BE SENT TO COUNTIES IN WHICH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGHER THAN THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE AND WHICH HAVE A HIGHER SHARE OF AGRICULTURAL WORKERS THAN THE STATE AS A WHOLE. BEGINNING NEXT MONTH, LOCAL FOOD BANKS IN LAKE COUNTY, AND THE OTHER 23 COUNTIES, WILL BEGIN RECEIVING PREPACKAGED BOXES OF NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED, NONPERISHABLE FOOD, DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ENOUGH FOOD FOR A HOUSEHOLD OF FOUR PEOPLE FOR ABOUT FIVE DAYS.

CAL TRANS PREPARES TO MOVE HIGHWAY 1 AT GLEASON BEACH (TR)

JH 04/18/14

SPURRED BY THE RAPID RETREATING COASTLINE NORTH OF BODEGA BAY, CAL TRANS IS LAYING PLANS TO RECONSTRUCT A NEARLY MILE LONG STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 1, MOVING THE ROADWAY SAFELY INLAND AND RAISING IT BEYOND REACH OF THE RISING SEA.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTS, ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE ESTIMATED $20 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS JUST BEGINNING, SO WORK IS NOT EXPECTED TO BEGIN UNTIL 2017. CAL TRANS IS NONETHELESS IN A RACE WITH NATURAL FORCES THAT HAVE CHIPPED AWAY AT THE CLIFFS NEAR GLEASON BEACH SUFFICIENTLY TO DESTROY OR UNDERCUT 10 BLUFF-TOP HOMES AND COME WITHIN A FEW FEET OF THE FOG LINE AT THE EDGE OF THE HIGHWAY.

BROADBAND ALLIANCE MEETING AND SURVEY FOR CPUC (BB)

JH 04/18/14

IF YOURE FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR INTERNET ACCESS, THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM TODAY FOR A MEETING AND TO TAKE A SURVEY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND SERVICE AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER HELP THE CPUC EFFECTIVELY GUIDE BROADBAND SUBSIDIES TO AREAS OF GREATEST NEED WHEN GRANTS ARE REVIEWED FOR BROADBAND EXPANSION, YOUR INPUT ON THE SPEED AND QUALITY OF BROADBAND AT YOUR HOME OR OFFICE IS NEEDED. TAKE THE SURVEY AT WWW.MENDOCINOBROADBAND.ORG. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS, PAPER COPIES OF THE SURVEY ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL COUNTY LIBRARIES. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE SURVEY ON AN ANDROID MOBILE APP CALLED CALSPEED. THE SURVEY IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH. GET MORE INFORMATION AT THE ALLIANCES MEETING TODAY FROM 10 TO 11:30 AM AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY AT 204 SOUTH OAK STREET IN UKIAH.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/18/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR THE HOPLAND CAL FIRE STATION TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM. INTERMITTENT FULL ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE IN EFFECT. MOTORISTS SHOULD ANTICIPATE 10-MINUTE DELAYS.

CAL TRANS WILL PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON HIGHWAY 128 FROM ANDERSON WAY TO CON CREEK TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE 8 AM TO 4 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 10 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

CHP SEEKS ASSISTANCE IN FATAL I-5 CRASH (LAW) JH 04/17/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IS SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN THE FATAL I-5 CRASH LAST WEEK.

AS THE LEAD INVESTIGATING AGENCY, THE CHP IS SEEKING WITNESSES AND INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE MULTI VEHICLE TRAFFIC COLLISION THAT OCCURRED LAST THURSDAY, APRIL 10 BETWEEN A FED EX TRUCK, A SMALL CAR AND A CHARTERED BUS ON INTERSTATE 5 NEAR ORLAND. TRAGICALLY, THE COLLISION RESULTED IN 10 FATALITIES, INCLUDING FIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION, INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEO OF THE COLLISION, IS ASKED TO CONTACT OFFICER LACEY HEITMAN AT 530-225-2715. OFFICER HEITMAN MAY ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA E-MAIL AT LHEITMAN.

HOME DAMAGED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT FIRE (LAW) JH 04/17/14

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDING TO A RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN LAKEPORT WEDNESDAY NIGHT, WERE ABLE TO SAVE MOST OF THE HOME.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS, THE FIRE AT THE HIGHLAND SPRINGS ROAD HOME WAS REPORTED SHORTLY AFTER 10 PM. THE FIVE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HOME WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE SAFELY. FIREFIGHTERS AT THE SCENE REPORTED THAT THE BLAZE WAS KNOCKED DOWN QUICKLY AND CONTAINED TO THE MASTER BEDROOM. RED CROSS WAS REQUESTED TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DISPLACED RESIDENTS.

CLEARLAKE POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS DEATH (LAW) JH 04/17/14

CLEARLAKE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SUSPICIOUS DEATH AND NEED ASSISTANCE FROM THE PUBLIC.

DURING AN INVESTIGATION WEDNESDAY, A DETECTIVE FOUND THE FRONT DOOR OF THE LADDELL AVENUE HOME HAD BEEN FORCED OPEN. THE DETECTIVE THEM FOUND A BODY IN THE HOME. ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DEATH APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS, AND AN INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING TO IDENTIFY THE DECEASED AND DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CASE IS URGED TO CONTACT THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

CAL FIRE CONDUCTING DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS (LAW)

JH 04/17/14

CAL FIRE MENDOCINO UNIT PERSONNEL HAVE BEGUN CONDUCTING DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS WITHIN THE STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREAS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THESE INSPECTIONS ARE FOCUSING ON EDUCATION AND ENSURING LANDOWNERS HAVE CREATED AND ARE MAINTAINING DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND THEIR HOMES AND STRUCTURES. COMPLIANCE WITH THIS LAW WILL AID IN THE PREVENTION OR MINIMIZATION OF LARGE AND DAMAGING WILDLAND FIRES, DECREASE THE RISK OF PROPERTY LOSS, AND PROVIDE INCREASED CITIZEN AND FIREFIGHTER SAFETY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PREPARING FOR WILDFIRES AND DEFENSIBLE SPACE, VISIT WWW.READYFORWILDFIRE.ORG.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL GIVES OWNER OF PALACE HOTEL ONE MORE CHANCE TO SHOW PROGRESS (GOV) JH 04/17/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THREATENED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE PALACE HOTEL RENOVATIONS FROM THE OWNER AND SEEK A RECEIVERSHIP TO FINISH THE PROJECT.

A RECEIVER WOULD HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE PROPERTY AND ENTER INTO CONTRACTS, BORROW FUNDS AND HAS ALL THE POWER OF THE OWNER. THE ACTUAL OWNER, ELADIA LAINES, WOULD NOT CHANGE, AND IN THE END, SHE WOULD LIKELY END UP WITH A REHABILITATED BUILDING WITH A POTENTIAL TO GENERATE REVENUE. THE CITY COUNCIL, IN A 3 TO 2 VOTE, CHOSE TO GIVE LAINES ONE MORE CHANCE TO SHOW PROGRESS ON THE REHABILITATION OF THE DILAPIDATED HOTEL. THE COUNCIL WILL RE-EVALUATE PROGRESS ON THE BUILDING AT THEIR FIRST MEETING IN JUNE, AND POSSIBLY RECONSIDER A RECEIVERSHIP AT THAT TIME.

CLEARLAKE MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT (LAW) JH 04/17/14

A CLEARLAKE MEN LED AUTHORITIES ON A PURSUIT BEFORE BEING ARRESTED FOR DRUG CHARGES.

CLEARLAKE POLICE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A TRAFFIC STOP FOR A VIOLATION, ON OLD HIGHWAY 53 NEAR LAKEVIEW AVENUE. THE DRIVE, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 60-YEAR-OLD DAVID LEE McCARNEY, FLED BEFORE EVENTUALLY STOPPING NEAR BALLPARK AVENUE. McCARNEY WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, AND A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE LOCATED METHAMPHETAMINE, PARAPHERNALIA, AND VARIOUS ITEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SALES OF METH. McCARNEY WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

CLEARLAKE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CAR THEFT (LAW) JH 04/17/14

A CLEARLAKE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY FOR STEALING A CAR EARLIER THAT DAY.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE VEHICLE WAS REPORTED STOLEN AROUND 1 PM. WITHIN AN HOUR, THERE WERE REPORTS OF A SIMILAR VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN RECKLESSLY AROUND TOWN, AND POLICE LOCATED THE CAR PARKED AT COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE AND ARROWHEAD ROAD. THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE, INCLUDING 20-YEAR-OLD JENEA ARMSTEAD AND TWO JUVENILES. ARMSTEAD ADMITTED TO STEALING THE VEHICLE AND WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL. THE JUVENILES WERE CITED AND RELEASED TO PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.

ROAD CLOSURE IN LAKEPORT (TR) JH 04/17/14

THE LAKEPORT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS HAS ANNOUNCED A ROAD CLOSURE TODAY DUE TO A WATER LEAK.

THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF FORBES STREET, BETWEEN 7TH STREET AND 9TH STREET WILL BE CLOSED FOR AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF TIME AS THE LEAK IS FIXED.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF REPORTED FRAUD SCHEME (LAW)

JH 04/16/14

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS ISSUED AN ADVISORY TO THE COMMUNITY AFTER RECEIVING A REPORT OF A FRAUD SCHEME THAT APPEARS TO TARGET ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS.

THE SCHEME INVOLVES A PHONE CALL PLACED TO AN ELDERLY VICTIM INFORMING THEM THAT A RELATIVE, OFTEN A GRANDCHILD, HAS BEEN ARRESTED OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. THE SUSPECT THEN ASKS THE VICTIM TO SEND MONEY SO THE RELATIVE CAN BE RELEASED FROM JAIL. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, LOCAL RESIDENTS HAVE LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO SUCH SCHEMES. THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS ADVISING ALL TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, AND ALWAYS CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZE ANY UNSOLICITED REQUEST OF ANY KIND BEFORE ACTING ON IT. PHONE CALLS FROM SUPPOSED RELATIVES OR ON BEHALF OF RELATIVES ASKING FOR MONEY SHOULD ALWAYS BE VERIFIED BY CONTACTING RELATIVES, OR THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE BEFORE SENDING MONEY.

MAN RESCUED FROM OVERTURNED BOAT IN CLEAR LAKE (LAW)

JH 04/16/14

A MAN WAS RESCUED FROM CLEAR LAKE EARLY THIS MORNING AFTER HIS CATAMARAN OVERTURNED.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTS, THE WATER RESCUE BEGAN AROUND 3:30 THIS MORNING WHEN THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS MARINE PATROL REQUESTED A REACH HELICOPTER TO ASSIST WITH THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING MAN. JUST MINUTES AFTER THE SEARCH BEGAN, THE HELICOPTER CREW REPORTED SEEING A WHITE SPOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE. THE MARINE PATROL LOCATED THE OBJECT, WHICH WAS THE UPSIDE DOWN CATAMARAN WITH THE MAN ON TOP OF IT. THE MAN WAS RESCUED, AND THE BOAT WAS LEFT TO BE RECOVERED LATER TODAY.

TSA FINDS KNIFE IN ENCHILADAS AT SONOMA COUNTY AIRPORT (LAW)

JH 04/16/14

THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OR TSA, FOUND AN 8.5 INCH KNIFE IN AN ENCHILADA CARRIED BY A PASSENGER TRYING TO BOARD AN ALASKA AIR FLIGHT AT THE SONOMA COUNTY AIRPORT ON MONDAY.

THE KNIFE WAS ROLLED INSIDE A TRAY OF ENCHILADAS IN A PASSENGERS CARRY-ON BAG, AND WAS DISCOVERED AS THE BAG PASSED THROUGH THE X-RAY MACHINE. THE WOMAN TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT SHE ROLLED THE ENCHILADAS HERSELF, AND DIDNT KNOW HOW THE KNIFE WOUND UP IN THERE. BECAUSE THE KNIFE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE ARTFULLY CONCEALED WITHIN THE FOOD, TSA PROTOCOL REQUIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE NOTIFIED. AUTHORITIES CLEARED THE WOMAN TO BOARD THE PLANE, AND THE TSA WILL REVIEW THE CASE AND COULD ISSUE A CIVIL PENALTY.

LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL ASKED TO CREATE SENIOR MOBILE HOME PARK RENT CONTROL LAW (GOV) JH 04/16/14

THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL WAS ASKED AT THIS WEEKS MEETING TO CONSIDER CREATING A SENIOR RENT CONTROL LAW IN THE CITY.

SAVE OUR SENIORS COMMITTEE GATHERED SIGNATURES LAST YEAR AND QUALIFIED TWO SENIOR MOBILE HOME RENT CONTROL INITIATIVES ON LOCAL BALLOTS. HOWEVER, A COALITION OF MOBILE HOME PARK OWNERS SUED THE CITY AND COUNTY OVER THE INITIATIVES AND GOT THEM REMOVED FROM THE BALLOT BECAUSE THEY WERE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. A REPRESENTATIVE FOR SAVE OUR SENIORS TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT SIMILAR LAWS ARE WORKING ALL OVER THE STATE, INCLUDING IN SANTA ROSA AND UKIAH. THE COUNCIL WAS ASKED TO CONSIDER CREATING A LAW SIMILAR TO THAT IN SANTA ROSA. THE COUNCIL INDICATED THAT THEY COULD DIRECT STAFF AT A LATER DATE TO MEET WITH THE GROUPS REPRESENTATIVE AND DISCUSS A POSSIBLE ORDINANCE.

DRAKES BAY OYSTER CO STILL FIGHTING TO STAY OPEN (PI)

JH 04/16/14

THE DRAKES BAY OYSTER COMPANY HAS PETITIONED THE US SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW THE JUDGMENT OF THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT AS IT CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL.

THE FAMILY OWNED FARM HAS BEEN BATTLING TO GOVERNMENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AFTER THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR DENIED THE RENEWAL OF THE COMPANYS PERMIT TO CONTINUE OPERATING IN THE POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE. BECAUSE THE COMPANY HAS SHOWN THAT THERE IS A REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT THE SUPREME COURT WILL TAKE THE CASE AND A SIGNIFICANT POSSIBILITY THAT THE OYSTER FARM WILL WIN, THE COURT OF APPEALS HAS ALLOWED DRAKES BAY TO REMAIN OPEN WHILE IT TAKES ITS CASE TO THE SUPREME COURT.

WILLITS ONLINE RECEIVES GRANT TO BRING BROADBAND TO BOONVILLE AND WESTPORT (BB) JH 04/16/14

WILLITS ONLINE RECENTLY RECEIVED TWO GRANTS FROM THE STATE TO BRING BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TO WESTPORT, AND IMPROVE SERVICE IN BOONVILLE.

TWO GRANTS FROM THE CALIFORNIA ADVANCED SERVICES FUND TOTALING OVER $200,000 WILL COVER OVER HALF THE COST OF EXTENDING BROADBAND SERVICE TO THESE TWO COMMUNITIES. WILLITS ONLINE HAS ALREADY BEGUN THE PROJECT FOR BOONVILLE, AND ESTIMATES THAT 80 TO 100 PERCENT OF THE JOB WILL BE COMPLETE BY NOVEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

SONOMA COUNTY OFFERING HOMELESS PARKING PROGRAM (GOV)

JH 04/16/14

SONOMA COUNTY IS TWEAKING A NOVEL PROGRAM, LAUNCHED AMID LAST WINTERS FREEZING WEATHER, THAT ALLOWS HOMELESS PEOPLE TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN THEIR CARS AT THE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THE SAFE PARKING PROGRAM, WHICH STARTED FEBRUARY 3RD AND SERVED 130 VEHICLES THROUGH TUESDAY, PROVED COSTLY FOR THE COUNTY AND FOR THE HOMELESS, WHOSE AVERAGE MONTHLY INCOME PER VEHICLE WAS $912. THE VENTURE WAS ALSO CONTROVERSIAL AMONG RESIDENTS NEAR THE FAIRGROUNDS. A NEW CONCEPT, PROVIDING PARKING AT SCATTERED SITES AROUND THE COUNTY, INCLUDING CHURCH PARKING LOTS, ADDRESSES BOTH ISSUES AND WAS APPROVED TUESDAY BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS AWARDED (PI) JH 04/16/14

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS AWARDED OVER $100,000 TO LOCAL GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT GRANT PROGRAM.

THE GRANTS WILL PROVIDE FUNDING FOR A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS INCLUDING HOUSING, AMBULANCE SERVICE, AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, FAMILY RESOURCES, ARTS, EDUCATION AND MORE. FOR INFORMATION ON THE GRANT PROGRAM, OR TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUND, VISIT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS WEB SITE AT WWW.COMMUNITYFOUND.ORG.

WILLITS MAN ADMITS MURDER, AVOIDS TRIAL (LAW) JH 04/15/14

A WILLITS MANS LAST MINUTE PLEA MONDAY MORNING TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER AVERTED A JURY TRIAL WHICH WAS SET TO BEGIN TODAY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

24 YEAR OLD KENNETH LEE WILKINSON ADMITTED KILLING HIS 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR, BY DRAGGING THE MAN BEHIND A PICKUP TRUCK FOR APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES. IN RETURN FOR WILKINSONS ADMISSION TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE DROPPED THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE OF TORTURE CHARGE IN THE CASE. HAD WILKINSON BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. UNDER THE PLEA AGREEMENT, WILKINSON FACES 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN STATE PRISON. HE IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING ON MAY 9TH.

REPORT OF CAR FLIPPING OFF NOYO BRIDGE (LAW) JH 04/15/14

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO A REPORTED TRAFFIC COLLISION DESCRIBED AS A VEHICLE FLIPPING FROM THE WEST SIDE OF THE NOYO BRIDGE INTO THE PARKING LOT BELOW.

OFFICERS CHECKED THE AREA AND DISCOVERED AN OLDER FORD BRONCO LYING ON ITS SIDE IN THE NOYO JETTY PARKING LOT. OFFICERS QUICKLY DETERMINED THE VEHICLE HAD NOT FALLEN FROM THE BRIDGE, BUT THE DRIVER, 26 YEAR OLD COREY GIACCANI-BOND, HAD LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND ROLLED IT ONTO ITS SIDE. GIACCANI-BOND WAS EVALUATED AND ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS RELEASE PLANS TO EXPAND NORTH COAST SANCTUARIES (GOV/EVR) JH 04/15/14

PERMANENT PROTECTION FROM OIL DRILLING OFF THE SONOMA AND SOUTHERN MENDOCINO COAST APPEARS IMMINENT, ANTI-DRILLING ADVOCATES AND LOCAL OFFICIALS SAID MONDAY, AS THE FEDERAL AGENCY UNVEILED A PLAN TO EXPAND TWO PROTECTED AREAS ALONG THE SCENIC SHORELINE.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTS, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION RELEASED A PLAN TO MORE THAN DOUBLE THE SIZE OF TWO MARINE SANCTUARIES, EXTENDING THEIR NORTHERN BOUNDARY FROM BODEGA BAY MORE THAN 60 MILES TO JUST NORTH OF POINT ARENA. OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION WOULD BE PROHIBITED THROUGHOUT THE EXPANDED SANCTUARIES. THE SANCTUARY EXPANSION IS STILL NOT A DONE DEAL, AND WILL PROBABLY NOT BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL WINTER OR SPRING OF 2015.

LAKE COUNTY DA: OFFICERS JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING (LAW) JH 04/15/14

THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS DETERMINED THAT TWO CHP OFFICERS WERE JUSTIFIED WHEN THEY EXCHANGED GUN FIRE WITH A SUSPECT FLEEING IN A VEHICLE.

THE INCIDENT BEGAN WHEN THE CHP OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER A VEHICLE TO DETERMINE IF THE DRIVER, 40 YEAR OLD WILLIAM STEELE, WAS IMPAIRED. THE VEHICLE PULLED OVER, THEN SPED AWAY WHILE SHOOTING AT THE OFFICERS. THE VEHICLE THEN STOPPED A SECOND TIME, MADE A U-TURN AND STEELE CONTINUED SHOOTING. AN INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT STEELE STOPPED TO LET A PASSENGER OUT OF THE VEHICLE. WHILE DOING SO, A SECOND PASSENGER, JEREMY JOHN, TRIED TO JUMP OUT, BUT FELL AND HIT HIS HEAD ON THE PAVEMENT. THE CHASE ENDED AS THE CHP OFFICERS STOPPED TO RENDER AID TO JOHN, WHO LATER DIED FROM HIS INJURIES. STEELE WAS LATER ARRESTED AND IS BEING CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF JEREMY JOHN. THE DA DETERMINED THAT THE TWO OFFICERS WERE JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING AT THE VEHICLE AND SUSPECTS IN THE VEHICLE, AND WERE ACTING IN SELF DEFENSE.

CLEARLAKE RESIDENTS DISCUSS TAX MEASURE DURING TOWN HALL MEETING (GOV) JH 04/15/14

CLEARLAKE RESIDENTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DISCUSSED A POSSIBLE SALES TAX MEASURE FOR THE NOVEMBER BALLOT AT A WEEKEND TOWN HALL MEETING.

CITY OFFICIALS WERE SEEKING INPUT ON A POSSIBLE TAX MEASURE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT, ROAD MAINTENANCE AND MORE. THE MAJORITY OF ATTENDEES AGREED THAT THEY WOULD SUPPORT A ONE-HALF PERCENT TO ONE PERCENT SALES TAX WITH FUNDS FOCUSED ON CODE ENFORCEMENT INCLUDING ANIMAL CONTROL. CITY STAFF WILL CONSIDER INFORMATION GATHERED WHILE DEVELOPING A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE CITY COUNCIL.

DISTRACTED DRIVER CAUSES CHAIN REACTION CRASH AT HOPLAND BRIDGE (LAW) JH 04/15/14

A TRUCK DRIVER WHO FAILED TO STOP FOR A ROAD MAINTENANCE PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 101, CAUSED A CHAIN REACTION CRASH INVOLVING FIVE VEHICLES YESTERDAY.

A YOKAYO BIOFUELS TRUCK WITH A FULL LOAD OF KITCHEN OIL HEADED NORTHBOUND ON 101, FAILED TO STOP FOR WORK BEING DONE AT THE GREEN BRIDGE SOUTH OF HOPLAND. THE TRUCK SLAMMED INTO A STOPPED VEHICLE, PUSHING IT INTO THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF IT, AND SO ON, UNTIL FIVE VEHICLES SUSTAINED DAMAGE. ONLY THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE HIT BY THE SEMI WAS INJURED, AND WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THE COLLISION CAUSED TRAFFIC DELAYS FOR SEVERAL HOURS, AS HIGHWAY 101 WAS RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE DURING THE CLEAN UP OF THE COLLISION.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/1514

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS THAT ARE CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 271 FROM 2.5 MILES NORTH OF CUMMINGS TO JUST SOUTH OF MARION LANE TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN THREE LAKE COUNTY BIRDS (PI) JH 04/14/14

IN WHAT IS THE EARLIEST IN THE YEAR THAT WEST NILE VIRUS HAS BEEN FOUND IN LAKE COUNTY, THREE BIRDS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE THIS YEAR.

A RED TAIL HAWK FOUND NEAR KELSEYVILLE, A BALD EAGLE FOUND IN THE SOUTH COW MOUNTAIN OHV AREA, AND A CROW IN CLEARLAKE OAKS HAVE ALL DIED OF WEST NILE VIRUS. THESE ARE THE FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTIONS THIS YEAR, AND IT IS NOT KNOW HOW OR WHERE THE BIRDS BECAME INFECTED. A SUSPECTED SOURCE IS FROM THE BIRDS POSSIBLY CONSUMING OTHER INFECTED BIRDS OR CARCASSES. THIS SHOULD BE A REMINDER TO REMOVE ANY AND ALL STANDING WATER AT YOUR RESIDENCE, AS MOSQUITOES ARE THE PRIMARY CARRIERS OF WEST NILE VIRUS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WEST NILE VIRUS, VISIT WWW.WESTNILE.CA.GOV.

DEA NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE EVENT (LAW) JH 04/14/14

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, AND THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HOSTING A COLLECTION.

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION IS GIVING THE PUBLIC ITS EIGHTH OPPORTUNITY IN FOUR YEARS TO PREVENT PILL ABUSE AND THEFT BY RIDDING THEIR HOMES OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS, EXPIRED, UNUSED, AND UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS. DURING THE EVENT FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM, PARTICIPANTS MAY DISPOSE OF MEDICATION, AS WELL AS SHARPS OR SYRINGES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PROTEST REOPENING OF PETALUMA SLAUGHTERHOUSE (PI) JH 04/14/14

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PROTESTED THE REOPENING OF A PETALUMA SLAUGHTERHOUSE THAT IS AT THE CENTER OF AN INTERNATIONAL MEAT RECALL

THE RANCHO FEEDING CORP SLAUGHTERHOUSE CLOSED IN EARLY FEBRUARY AFTER 8.7 MILLION POUNDS OF BEEF PROCESSED AT THE FACILITY WAS RECALLED. MARIN SUN FARMS PURCHASED THE PLANT IN LATE FEBRUARY AND REOPENED IT LAST MONDAY AMID PROTEST. THOUGHT MARIN SUN FARMS HAS PROMISED A NEW ERA OF TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS AT THE FACILITY, ACTIVISTS SAY THERE IS NO WAY TO HUMANELY KILL CATTLE.

CITY OF UKIAH ATTEMPTS TO TAKE CONTROL OF PALACE HOTEL (GOV)

JH 04/14/14

DEEMING THE PROGRESS MADE ON THE REHABILITATION OF THE PALACE HOTEL IN UKIAH TO BE TOO SLOW, THE CITY STAFF IS REQUESTING THAT THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVE LETTING SOMEONE TAKE THE REINS FROM OWNER ELADIA LAINES.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS,, THE FIRST STEP IS TO BRING THE PLAN BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK. IF THEY APPROVE MOVING FORWARD, A PETITION WILL BE FILED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT REQUESTING A RECEIVER BE HIRED. A RECEIVER HAS THE RIGHT TO RAISE FUNDS AND REHABILITATE THE BUILDING, BUT DOES NOT OWN IT, AND WILL NOT GET PAID FOR THEIR WORK UNLESS THE REHABILITATED BUILDING GENERATES ENOUGH REVENUE TO PAY ALL OF THE CONTRACTORS AND ALL OF THE DEBTS. ACCORDING TO CITY OFFICIALS, NO PUBLIC FUNDS WILL BE USED. THE COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THIS OPTION AT WEDNESDAYS MEETING, WHICH BEGINS AT 6 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

MEDIA LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CHP AND CAL TRANS (PI) JH 04/14/14

WILLITS NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER STEVE EBERHARD FILED A LAWSUIT IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT RECENTLY AGAINST CAL TRANS AND THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL EMPLOYEES AND THEIR AGENCIES FOR ALLEGED HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND UNLAWFUL ARREST WHILE CARRYING OUT NEWS GATHERING ACTIVITIES INVOLVING THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTS, EBERHARD WAS ARRESTED ON JULY 23RD WHILE AT THE BYPASS CONSTRUCTION ZONE TO DOCUMENT TWO PROTESTERS THAT HAD CHAINED THEMSELVES TO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. EBERHARD HAD APPROACHED CHP TO IDENTIFY HIMSELF, AND THEY ARRESTED HIM. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOUND INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO CHARGE EBERHARD WITH ANY CRIME AND REFUSED TO PROSECUTE. EBERHARDS LEGAL COMPLAINT CHRONICLES A SERIES OF EFFORTS BY CAL TRANS AND CHP OFFICERS TO ALLEGEDLY HARASS, INTIMIDATE, THREATEN AND RESTRICT COVERAGE OF THE BYPASS CONSTRUCTION PROTESTS.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/14/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS THAT ARE CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

BRIDGE REPAIRS WILL CONTINUE ON HIGHWAY 20 AT THE RUSSIAN RIVER OVERHEAD AND THE EAST FORK RUSSIAN RIVER BRIDGE. WORK WILL BE ONGOING AT NIGHT FROM 7 PM TO 7 AM WEEKDAYS.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 271 FROM 2.5 MILES NORTH OF CUMMINGS TO JUST SOUTH MARION LANE. WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM TODAY AND TOMORROW.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

UKIAH POLICE ARRESTED THREE SUSPECTS CONNECTED TO TWO BURGLARIES (LAW) JH 04/11/14

UKIAH POLICE ARRESTED THREE SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH TWO MARCH BURGLARIES.

TWO DIFFERENT UKIAH RESIDENCES WERE BURGLARIZED ON MARCH 21 AND 31. AT THE SCENE OF THE SECOND BURGLARY, A PHOTO WAS FOUND, BELIEVED TO BE THE SUSPECT, AND IDENTIFIED AS 27 YEAR OLD ILIJAH ROY NELSON OF UKIAH. AUTHORITIES ALSO DEVELOPED INFORMATION THAT THREE OTHER SUSPECTS HAD PAWNED SOME OF THE STOLEN ITEMS, INCLUDING JEWELRY. TWO OF THE SUSPECTS WERE IDENTIFIED AS 33-YEAR-OLD IGNACIO LARA AND 47 YEAR OLD FLORINDA GARCIA. AS OFFICERS HEADED TO ARREST LARA AND GARCIA ON APRIL 8TH, THEY SPOTTED NELSON, WEARING SOME OF THE STOLEN JEWELRY, AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. ON APRIL 9TH, LARA AND GARCIA WERE ARRESTED, AND A FOURTH SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND IS BEING SOUGHT FOR QUESTIONING.

TWO SANTA ROSA MEN ARRESTED IN LOWER LAKE MARIJUANA GREENHOUSE (LAW) JH 04/11/14

TWO SANTA ROSA MEN WERE ARRESTED WEDNESDAY WHILE TENDING TO AN ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW ON A VACANT PIECE OF LAND IN LOWER LAKE.

AUTHORITIES SEIZED 275 GROWING POT PLANTS AND A SHOTGUN WITH SEVERAL SHELLS. 23-YEAR-OLD ANTONIO HERNANDEZ-LEMUS AND 50 YEAR OLD SYLVIANO FUENTES WERE BOTH TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THOUGH BOTH MEN CLAIM THEY WERE JUST HELPING WORK THE SITE AND DID NOT OWN IT, THEY WERE BOTH BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL DOWNGRADES WATER EMERGENCY (GOV/EVR)

JH 04/11/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL, AT THIS WEEKS MEETING, DOWNGRADED THE CITYS WATER EMERGENCY.

AFTER RECEIVING AN UPDATE ON THE CITYS WATER SUPPLY AND EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY PROJECT, THE COUNCIL ADOPTED A RESOLUTION TO FURTHER REDUCE WATER RESTRICTIONS FROM A STAGE 2 EMERGENCY TO STAGE ONE. A STAGE ONE EMERGENCY REQUESTS VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE OF WHAT WERE MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS UNDER A PHASE TWO EMERGENCY.

EEL RIVER FLOWS AT SEASONAL NORMS, YET DROUGHT CONTINUES (EVR)

JH 04/11/14

SINCE FEBRUARY 8TH, THE EEL RIVER FLOWS AT LEGGETT AND MIRANDA HAVE BEEN NEAR NORMAL FOR THE SEASON, THANKS TO FEBRUARY AND MARCH RAINS GIVING A MUCH NEEDED BOOST TO WATER FLOWS IN THE SOUTH FORK OF THE RIVER.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTS, IN JANUARY, SOUTH FORK FLOWS WERE AT THE LOWEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED IN THE 74 YEARS DATA HAS BEEN KEPT. HOWEVER, DESPITE THIS IMPROVEMENT, LAKE, MENDOCINO, SONOMA, AND HUMBOLDT COUNTIES ALL REMAIN IN AN EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITION. ABOUT 69 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS AT THIS LEVEL OF DISTRESS, WHILE NEARLY 100 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS AT SOME LEVEL OF DROUGHT. THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IS EXPECTING TO BEGIN AWARDING WATER PROJECT FUNDS IN THE EARLY FALL, FOR PROJECTS AIMED AT PROVIDING IMMEDIATE REGIONAL DROUGHT PREPAREDNESS.

BROADBAND ALLIANCE NEEDS YOUR INPUT (BB) JH 04/11/14

IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE YOU LOSE CELLULAR SERVICE WHEN THE POWER IS OUT, THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU.

DURING WINDSTORMS LAST YEAR, PORTIONS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY LOST POWER, WHICH ALSO KNOCKED OUT CELLULAR TOWERS AND ALL SERVICE, INCLUDING ACCESS TO 911. AS CELLULAR IS BECOMING THE PRIMARY, AND ONLY MEANS OF COMMUNICATION FOR MANY RURAL FAMILIES, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE OPERATE DURING POWER OUTAGES AND OTHER TIMES WHEN IT IS NEEDED MOST. IF POWER OUTAGES AFFECT YOUR WIRELESS SERVICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY, AS THEY ARE WORKING TO HELP REMEDY THIS SITUATION. VISIT THE ALLIANCE WEB SITE AT WWW.MENDOCINOBROADBAND.ORG.

SIX HUMBOLDT COUNTY WATERWAYS UNDER ATTACK (PI/EVR)

JH 04/11/14

SIX HUMBOLDT COUNTY WATERWAYS ARE UNDER ATTACK, AFTER FECAL BACTERIA WAS DETECTED AT MORE THAN 600 TIMES A HEALTHY LEVEL.

THE TIMES-STANDARD REPORTS, THE NORTH COAST REGIONAL WATER BOARD RECOMMENDED THAT THE SIX WATERWAYS BE ADDED TO THE STATES LIST OF IMPAIRED WATERWAYS. THE NEXT TASK IS TO DETERMINE THE ORIGINATING SOURCE OF THE MICROBES. THE WATERWAYS AFFECTED ARE THE LITTLE RIVER, WIDOW WHITE CREEK, MARTIN SLOUGH, ELK RIVER, JOLLY GIANT CREEK AND CAMPBELL CREEK. IF APPROVED BY REGIONAL AND STATE WATER BOARDS, THESE WATERWAYS WILL BE INCLUDED IN CALIFORNIAS INTEGRATED REPORT, WHICH WILL OPEN THEM UP TO A POLLUTION MITIGATION PROGRAM.

CHANGE OF VENUE DENIED FOR WILKINSON TRIAL (LAW) JH 04/11/14

A MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DENIED A CHANGE OF VENUE REQUEST THIS WEEK, FOR THE WILLITS MAN ACCUSED OF TORTURING AND KILLING HIS GRANDFATHER LAST MARCH.

24-YEAR-OLD KENNETH WILKINSON WILL BE TRIED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY STARTING NEXT WEEK. HE IS CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF HIS 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER WITH A SPECIAL ALLEGATION THAT HE TORTURED THE MAN BY DRAGGING HIM BEHIND A PICK-UP TRUCK FOR NEARLY 6 MILES. IF CONVICTED, WILKINSON COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

ROAD WORK CONTINUES (TR) JH 04/11/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES THAT ARE CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS CURRENTLY.

VEGETATION REMOVAL IN PREPARATION FOR CULVERT REHABILITATION WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 128 NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH HIGHWAY 1. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM WEEKDAYS. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN BURGLARY OF WIDOWS HOME (LAW)

JH 04/10/14

THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO A FEBRUARY BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED AS A MAN WAS DYING IN THE HOSPITAL, HAS RESULTED IN TWO ARRESTS.

A HOME ON BIG BEAR ROAD IN LOWER LAKE WAS BURGLARIZED ON FEBRUARY 16, WHILE THE HOMEOWNER AND VICTIM HAD BEEN AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL WITH HER HUSBAND, WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE TIME OF THE BURGLARY. DURING THE SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION, DETECTIVES WERE ABLE TO RECOVER A RING AND A BRACELET BELONGING TO THE VICTIM. THEY WERE ALSO ABLE TO IDENTIFY TWO SUSPECTS, 50-YEAR-OLD PATRICK WILLIAM MULLEN AND 26 YEAR OLD RANDY HOPPER, BOTH OF LOWER LAKE. ON APRIL 8TH, BOTH MULLEN AND HOPPER WERE BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL TRYING TO RECOVER STOLEN PROPERTY FROM THIS BURGLARY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CASE IS URGED TO CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE.

LOPEZ MEMORIAL PARK IN THE WORKS IN SANTA ROSA (PI) JH 04/10/14

SONOMA COUNTYS EFFORT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR A FOUR-ACRE PARK AT THE SITE WHERE ANDY LOPEZ WAS KILLED HINGES ON TWO GRANT APPLICATIONS AND POSSIBLY UP TO $750,000 IN COMMUNITY DONATIONS.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTS, THE PROPOSED PARK WOULD BE BUILT ON 4.22 ACRES OF UNDEVELOPED LAND AT THE CORNER OF MOORLAND AND WEST ROBLES AVENUES, INCLUDING THE SPOT WHERE 13 YEAR OLD LOPEZ WAS FATALLY SHOT BY A SHERIFFS DEPUTY IN OCTOBER.

THE SONOMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY AT TUESDAYS MEETING TO APPLY FOR A $1.125 MILLION MATCHING GRANT FROM THE AGRICULTURAL PRESERVATION AND OPEN SPACE DISTRICT. TO COME UP WITH PART OF THE REQUIRED MATCH, SONOMA COUNTY REGIONAL PARKS HAS APPLIED FOR A $471,000 GRANT FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, THE COUNTY HOPES TO HAVE THE PARK COMPLETED IN 2017.

WILLITS TEEN TRIES TO STAB FATHER DURING FAMILY DISPUTE (LAW)

JH 04/10/14

A WILLITS TEENAGER TRIED TO STAB HIS FATHER DURING A FAMILY DISPUTE THIS WEEK.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, A FAMILY DISTURBANCE STARTED A PHYSICAL FIGHT BETWEEN 19 YEAR OLD CODY LEWIS AND HIS FATHER, 44 YEAR OLD SCOTT LEWIS. DURING THE ALTERCATION, CODY TOOK TWO FOLDING KNIVES FROM HIS POCKETS, OPENED THE KNIVES, AND LUNGED AT HIS FATHER WHILE THREATENING TO KILL HIM. CODY LEWIS WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AND THREATS TO COMMIT GREAT BODILY INJURY UPON ANOTHER.

WHS RECEIVES NEGATIVE ACCREDITATION REVIEW (ED) JH 04/10/14

WILLITS HIGH SCHOOL IS IN JEOPARDY OF LOSING ACCREDITATION, UNLESS THE DISTRICT FILES A NEW REPORT REQUIRED TO MEET ACCREDITATION STANDARDS.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTS, THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES SENT A TEAM TO WILLITS HIGH SCHOOL LAST THURSDAY, AS PART OF A ROUTINE MID-CYCLE REVIEW OF THE SCHOOLS ACCREDITATION. ACCREDITATION IS DESIGNED TO CERTIFY TO THE PUBLIC THAT A SCHOOL IS A COMPETENT AND TRUSTWORTHY INSTITUTION OF LEARNING AND VALIDATES THE INTEGRITY OF A SCHOOLS PROGRAMS AND THE STUDENTS TRANSCRIPTS. LAST WEEKS INSPECTION RESULTED IN A NEGATIVE REVIEW, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS GIVEN TWO OPTIONS, LOSE ACCREDITATION OR FILE A NEW REPORT. ACCORDING TO DISTRICT OFFICIALS, THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING ON THE NEW REPORT.

CARJACKING IN COVELO (LAW) JH 04/10/14

TWO OF THREE SUSPECTS IN A BROWN FORD TRUCK WERE ARRESTED AFTER CARJACKING ANOTHER TRUCK LAST WEEK.

AUTHORITIES RECEIVED THE REPORT OF THE CARJACKING ON APRIL 3RD ON HIGHWAY 162. THE VICTIMS, 30 YEAR OLD MICHAEL GUNTER AND 31 YEAR OLD RICHEAN WATCHMAN HAD JUST GOTTEN INTO THEIR LIFTED RED PICKUP AND BEGAN TO PULL OUT, WHEN A BROWN FORD TRUCK CUT THEM OFF. TWO SUSPECTS, 31-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER BAYARD II AND 30 YEAR OLD LORI SCHWARM EXITED THE TRUCK. SCHWARM PULLED A HANDGUN AND THE TWO TOOK THE RED TRUCK HEADING EASTBOUND ON THE HIGHWAY. A THIRD SUSPECT DROVE OFF IN THE BROWN TRUCK. BAYARD AND SCHWARM WERE LOCATED IN THE STOLEN VEHICLE ON HOWARD STREET IN COVELO AND BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. THE THIRD SUSPECT HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED AND IS STILL OUTSTANDING.

MCOE RECEIVES SUSTAINABLE GARDEN GRANT (ED) JH 04/10/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION YOUTH GARDEN PROJECT HAS BEEN AWARDED A SUSTAINABLE GARDEN GRANT.

THE $500 GRANT WAS AWARDED BY THE WESTERN GROWERS FOUNDATION. THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE NEW TOOLS, POTTING SOIL SUPPLIES, AND TO TAKE THE STUDENTS ON A TEAM-BUILDING FIELD TRIP TO THE SOLAR LIVING INSTITUTE IN HOPLAND. THE YOUTH GARDEN WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE CALIFORNIA GARDENS FOR LEARNING BOOK, AN IRRIGATION KIT, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SEEDS AND MORE.

HOUSE GUEST BECOMES LOST, NEEDS SEARCH AND RESCUE (LAW)

JH 04/10/14

A SACRAMENTO WOMAN VISITING A FRIEND IN THE SPY ROCK AREA BECAME LOST WHILE ON A WALK, AND SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS WERE DEPLOYED.

THE HOUSEGUEST, 66 YEAR OLD KATHY MORGAN LEFT THE SPY ROCK CABIN AROUND 1:30 PM ON APRIL 5TH WITH NOTHING MORE THAN A CAMERA, AND SHE WAS REPORTED MISSING AT 8 PM AFTER SHE DIDNT RETURN. AREA RESIDENTS AND AUTHORITIES SEARCHED, BUT DUE TO THE RUGGED TERRAIN, THE SEARCH WAS CALLED OFF DUE TO DARKNESS. THE FOLLOWING MORNING, SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ARRIVED AND MORGAN WAS LOCATED 300 FEET DOWN A STEEP, WOODED RAVINE, SUFFERING FROM MINOR INJURIES, DEHYDRATION AND EXPOSURE. A FULL RECOVERY IS EXPECTED.

TOWN HALL ON MEASURE K TONIGHT (GOV) JH 04/10/14

THERE WILL BE A TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT IN BROOKTRAILS ON MEASURE K, THE BROOKTRAILS FIRE TAX.

THE FRIENDS OF THE BROOKTRAILS FIREFIGHTERS AND THE BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP WILL BE HOSTING THE TOWN HALL AT THE BROOKTRAILS COMMUNITY CENTER. THIS WILL BE A QUESTION AND ANSWER MEETING THAT WILL EXPLAIN THE NEED FOR MEASURE K. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED TO START AT 7 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE BROOKTRAILS FIRE DEPARTMENT AT 459-4441.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/10/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS THAT ARE CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

PAVEMENT STUDIES WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 20 NEAR BROADDUS CREEK BRIDGE TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE FROM 8:30 AM TO 3 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5- MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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