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BLACK FIRE NOW AT 95 PERCENT CONTAINED (LAW) JB 9/17/14

FIRE CREWS HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN THEIR BATTLE AGAINST THE BLACK FIRE.

161 FIRE PERSONNEL REMAIN ON THE FIRE INCIDENT THAT STARTED LAST SATURDAY. THE 5 ENGINES AND 6 FIRE CREWS CONTINUE TO MOP UP AND MONITOR FOR ANY HOT SPOTS. CAL FIRE STATED THAT THEY EXPECT NO FURTHER SPREAD OF THE FIRE THAT BURNED A TOTAL OF 403 ACRES AND 11 TOTAL STRUCTURES. AS OF 8:30 LAST NIGHT, THE BLACK FIRE STANDS AT 95 PERCENT CONTAINED.

GOV BROWN SIGNS NEW GROUNDWATER LAW (GOV) JB 9/17/14

SWEEPING NEW GROUNDWATER PUMPING RULES HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV JERRY BROWN.

SEEKING TO REPLENISH A DELETED WATER TABLE, GOV. JERRY BROWN SIGNED A PACKAGE OF BILLS SOUGHT BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS THAT WILL REGULATE GROUNDWATER PUMPING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN STATE HISTORY. THE NEW LAWS WILL REQUIRE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT ONLY AN AMOUNT OF WATER THAT CAN BE NATURALLY REPLENISHED BE TAKEN FROM WELLS. FARMERS WILL MOST LIKELY BE EVENTUALLY FORCED TO METER THE WATER THAT THEY PUMP. STATE WATER OFFICIALS WILL HAVE THE POWER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO ENFORCE THE LEGISLATION.

BROADBAND VANDALS COULD SEE $10,000 FINE (BB) JB 9/17/14

A NEW BILL SIGNED INTO LAW INCREASES THE PENALTIES FOR VANDALIZING COMMUNICATION OR ELECTRICAL CABLES BY 20 TIMES WHAT THEY ONCE WERE.

ASSEMBLY BILL 1782, DEVELOPED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER WESLEY CHESBRO, WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV. JERRY BROWN TO STIFFEN THE PENALTIES FOR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING BROADBAND COMMUNICATION CABLES AND ELECTRICAL LINES. UNDER THE NEW LAW, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY HAS RISEN FROM $500 TO $10,000. VANDALISM AND THEFT HAS PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM MAKING 911 CALLS AS WELL AS INTERRUPTING BUSINESS, MAKING IT NOT ONLY A COSTLY ISSUE BUT A SAFETY CONCERN AS WELL. THE NEW BILL AIMS TO PREVENT BLACKOUTS AND HOLD THOSE WHO PURPOSELY CREATE THEM RESPONSIBLE.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS CAMPING ORDINANCE (GOV) JB 9/17/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HEAR FROM CITY STAFF MEMBERS TONIGHT AS THEY ADDRESS THE CAMPING ORDINANCE IN THE CITY.

A DISCUSSION ON STRENGTHENING THE CITYS ORDINANCES BANNING PANHANDLING AND CAMPING IS ON THE AGENDA FOR THE COUNCILS MEETING TONIGHT. CITY STAFF MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE POLICE CHIEF AND CITY MANAGER, RECOMMENDED THAT ALL VIOLATIONS OF THE CITYS EXISTING CAMPING AND PANHANDLING ORDINANCES BE CLASSIFIED AS MISDEMEANORS. IF THE CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCES ARE ADOPTED, THE MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES WOULD CARRY A $500 FINE AND/OR UP TO THREE MONTHS IN JAIL.

3 FOOT BUFFER ZONE FOR CYCLISTS SIGN INTO LAW (GOV) JB 9/17/14

A NEW STATE LAW CONCERNING HOW MUCH BUFFER SPACE MOTORISTS MUST GIVE CYCLISTS WHEN PASSING WHEN INTO EFFECT YESTERDAY.

THE THREE FEET FOR SAFETY LAW STATES THAT DRIVERS MUST ALLOW AT LEAST THREE FEET OF SPACE BETWEEN THEIR VEHICLE AND A BICYCLIST WHEN PASSING. WHEN THATS NOT POSSIBLE, DRIVERS MUST SLOW TO A REASONABLE AND PRUDENT SPEED AND PASS ONLY WHEN DOING SO WONT ENDANGER THE CYCLIST. THE FINE FOR VIOLATING THE LAW IS $35, WHICH TURNS INTO $233 WITH COURT AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES ADDED ON. A VIOLATION THAT LEADS TO AN INJURY HAS A BASE FINE OF $220, WHICH WITH FEES TOTALS $959.

MCOE CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE (GOV) JB 9/17/14

ONE OF THE TWO CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF MENDOCINO COUNTY SCHOOLS IS NO LONGER GOING TO CAMPAIGN FOR THE POSITION.

PAUL JOENS-POULTON HAS DECIDED NOT TO ACTIVELY CAMPAIGN IN THE RACE FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT POSITION ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. JOENS-POULTON SAID HE ENJOYED CAMPAIGNING IN THE PRIMARY, BUT HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO IN HIS JOB AT MCOE THAN SPEND HIS TIME RUNNING FOR OFFICE. HE STATED I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE TAKE TIME AWAY FROM MY WORK TO PURSUE A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. AS HIS NAME WILL STILL BE ON THE BALLOT, HE SAID HE WOULD WHOLE-HEARTEDLY TAKE THE POSITION BUT WILL ALSO SUPPORT AND WORK WITH OPPONENT WARREN GALLETTI SHOULD HE WIN.

FEDS RELEASE EMERGENCY WATER IN TWO RIVERS (EVR) JB 9/17/14

FEDERAL OFFICIALS RELEASED EMERGENCY WATER FLOWN INTO TWO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RIVERS TO CONTROL A DEADLY PARASITE FOUND IN FISH.

AFTER SEVERAL FISH ON THE LOWER KLAMATH RIVER WERE CONFIRMED ON MONDAY TO HAVE CONTRACTED THE DEADLY ICH PARASITE, THE U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION RELEASED EMERGENCY WATER FLOWS TO THE TRINITY AND KLAMATH RIVERS TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD. THE ICH PARASITE PREVIOUSLY CAUSED A MASSIVE FISH DIE-OFF IN THE KLAMATH IN 2002. NINE FISH SAMPLED FROM THE LOWER KLAMATH RIVER BY FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES WERE CONFIRMED TO HAVE THE ICH PARASITE, INCLUDING SIX WITH SEVERE INFESTATIONS.

LOCAL OFFICIALS MONITOR CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS (EVR) JB 9/17/14

LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE MONITORING HEALTH-RELATED CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LATE SUMMER CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS ON CLEAR LAKE.

OFFICIALS FROM LAKE COUNTY REPORTED THAT RECENT LAB RESULTS FROM WATER SAMPLES TAKEN FROM SPECIFIC AREAS IN CLEAR LAKE SHOW HIGH LEVELS OF TOXINS IN THE ALGAE BLOOMS OCCURRING IN RECENT WEEKS. THESE TOXINS CAN BE HARMFUL TO PETS AND WILDLIFE, AND CAN POTENTIALLY HARM HUMANS IF INGESTED IN LARGE DOSES. THE COUNTY REPORTED, HOWEVER, THAT RECREATION ON CLEAR LAKE CAN STILL BE SAFELY ENJOYED IF THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN.

BLACK FIRE CONTAINMENT INCREASES TO 80 PERCENT (LAW) JB 9/16/14

FIREFIGHTERS ARE CLOSING IN ON FULL CONTAINMENT OF THE BLACK FIRE BURNING BETWEEN REDWOOD VALLEY AND POTTER VALLEY.

CAL FIRE STATED MONDAY EVENING THAT THE BLACK FIRE IS NOW 80 PERCENT CONTAINED, WITH THE SIZE OF THE FIRE DECREASED SLIGHTLY TO 403 ACRES DUE TO MORE ACCURATE MAPPING. THE FIRE HAS BURNED A TOTAL OF 11 STRUCTURES, SIX OF THEM OUTBUILDINGS, AND HAS RESULTED IN 3 REPORTED INJURIES. THREE CAL FIRE VEHICLES WERE ALSO LOST IN THE BLAZE. FIREFIGHTING RESOURCES HAVE STARTED THE DEMOBILIZATION PROCESS AND ARE BECOMING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT NEW FIRE INCIDENTS OR RETURN TO THEIR HOME UNITS.

PROSTITUTION ACTIVITY IN UKIAH INVESTIGATED (LAW) JB 9/16/14

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING REPORTED PROSTITUTION ACTIVITY IN UKIAH.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT DETECTIVES HAVE SPENT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME SINCE THE END OF JULY INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF PROSTITUTION IN THE UKIAH AREA. IN THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER, AS A RESULT OF THIS ONGOING INVESTIGATION, UKIAH POLICE DETECTIVES MADE CONTACT WITH AN 18 YEAR OLD FEMALE UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AT A LOCAL MOTEL WHERE SHE HAD AGREED TO MEET A PAYING CLIENT FOR SEX. DETECTIVES ESTABLISHED EVIDENCE THAT SHE WAS ENGAGED IN PROSTITUTION AND HAD BEEN FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS. THE SUSPECTS NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED AT THIS TIME TO KEEP THE INVESTIGATION UNCOMPROMISED AS FURTHER ARRESTS ARE ANTICIPATED.

BOS DISCUSS HILL ROAD JAIL EXPANSION PROJECT (GOV/LAW) JB 9/16/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ON TUESDAY DISCUSSED THE EXPANSION PROJECT FOR THE HILL ROAD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

THE BOARD DISCUSSED AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND NACHT & LEWIS FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE PROPOSED EXPANSION PROJECT. THE CURRENT DESIGN, WITH JAIL HOUSING UNITS HAVING DIRECT ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC, HAS RESULTED IN CONTRABAND ENTERING THE FACILITY. THE EXPANSION PROJECT WOULD ELIMINATE THOSE DESIGN ISSUES BY EXTENDING THE FACILITY, CUTTING OFF THE PUBLIC ACCESS. OTHER CHANGES IN THE $2 MILLION PROJECT WOULD INCLUDE A MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES UNIT, A WOMENS DORM, AND A NEW ENTRY BUILDING AND ADMINISTRATION CENTER.

SIX CALIFORNIAS INITIATIVE FAILS TO QUALIFY FOR VOTE (PI) JB 9/16/14

THE SIX CALIFORNIAS INITIATIVE HAS FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR INCLUSION ON THE 2016 BALLOT.

SILICON VALLEY VENTURE CAPITALIST TIM DRAPER HAS MISSED A KEY STEP IN HIS PLAN TO BREAK UP CALIFORNIA INTO SIX INDEPENDENT STATES. THE SECRETARY OF STATES OFFICE REPORTED THAT DRAPER FAILED TO GATHER ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO QUALIFY HIS INITIATIVE FOR THE NOVEMBER 2016 BALLOT. COUNTY REGISTRARS DID A RANDOM CHECK OF ABOUT 54,000 OF THE MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION PETITION SIGNATURES THAT DRAPERS CAMPAIGN COLLECTED. BASED ON THAT SAMPLING, OFFICIALS ESTIMATED THAT FEWER THAN 753,000 SIGNATURES WOULD BE VALID, FAR LESS THAN THE 807,615 NEEDED TO QUALIFY.

JURY CONVICTS MAN FOR RAMMING, INJURING OFFICER (LAW) JB 9/16/14

A LAKE COUNTY JURY HANDED DOWN CONVICTIONS ON 5 OF 6 CHARGES AGAINST A MAN WHO RAMMED HIS VEHICLE INTO A POLICE OFFICER LAST YEAR.

54-YEAR-OLD DANIEL ALAN YORK WAS STANDING TRIAL FOR LAST YEARS VEHICULAR ATTACK ON A CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICER WHEN HE RAMMED HIS VEHICLE INTO THE OFFICER, PINNING HIM AGAINST ANOTHER VEHICLE. THE JURY RETURNED CONVICTIONS ON 5 OF THE 6 CHARGES AGAINST YORK, INCLUDING ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER WITH SPECIAL ALLEGATIONS FOR CAUSING GREAT BODILY INJURY. THE JURY DEADLOCKED ON THE FIRST AND MOST SERIOUS COUNT OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND THE CHARGE WAS LATER DISMISSED.

SPILLED GRAPES CLOSE HIGHWAY 101 ON WEEKEND (TR/LAW) JB 9/16/14

AN ASTHMA ATTACK CAUSED A TRUCK DRIVER TO LOSE CONTROL OF HIS BIG RIG, SPILLING HIS LOAD OF GRAPES ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR CLOVERDALE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTED THAT 67 YEAR OLD DOUGLAS KELL OF WILLITS WAS HAULING A FULL LOAD OF GRAPES ON SUNDAY WHEN HE BEGAN COUGHING UNCONTROLLABLY. HIS TRUCK DRIFTED ONTO THE RIGHT SHOULDER AND KELLS CORRECTION SHIFTED THE LOAD, CAUSING BOTH TRAILERS TO OVERTURN. THE ENTIRE LOAD OF 24 BINS OF GRAPES SPILLED ACROSS BOTH SOUTHBOUND LANES, CLOSING THE FREEWAY AND CAUSING A HALF-MILE BACKUP. KELL WAS NOT INJURED IN THE CRASH AND THE FREEWAY WAS REOPENED AFTER ABOUT 30 MINUTES.

ANOTHER MASSIVE WILDFIRE BURNING IN NOR CAL. (LAW) JB 9/16/14

A WILDFIRE THAT BROKE OUT IN FAR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ON MONDAY HAS BURNED MULTIPLE STRUCTURES AND FORCED THE EVACUATION OF ABOUT 1,500 AREA RESIDENTS.

THE BOLES FIRE IS MOVING FAST WITH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 40 MPH, SPREADING THE FIRE NEAR THE TOWN OF WEED, ABOUT 50 MILES FROM THE CALIFORNIA-OREGON BORDER. THE FIRE HAS DESTROYED OR DAMAGED OVER 100 STRUCTURES AND MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE ORDERED FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF WEED, CARRICK, AND LAKE SHASTINA. THE FIRE HAS ALSO PROMPTED THE CLOSURE OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 5 AND HIGHWAY 97 IN THE AREA OF WEED. THE BOLES FIRE HAS BURNED 350 ACRES AND STANDS AT ONLY 15 PERCENT CONTAINED.

FORECASTERS PREDICT CHANCE OF RAIN THIS WEEK (EVR) JB 9/16/14

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS FORECASTED THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA THIS WEEK.

AS LAKE LEVELS CONTINUE TO DROP AND WILDFIRES BURN ACROSS THE STATE, FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERAL DAYS OF RAIN LATER THIS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTED THAT A COOLER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING IN MAY BRING IN SHOWERS TO LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. BOTH CLEAR LAKE AND LAKE MENDOCINO HAVE REACHED THEIR LOWEST LEVELS IN YEARS, WITH CLEAR LAKE HITTING A LEVEL NOT SEEN SINCE THE 1977 DROUGHT. THE POSSIBILITY OF RAIN IN THE AREA HAS BEEN LISTED AT 40 PERCENT.

BLACK FIRE STAND S AT 50 PERCENT CONTAINMENT (LAW) JB 9/15/14

A FAST MOVING WILDFIRE ON BLACK BART TRAIL HAS ALREADY DESTROYED 10 STRUCTURES AND OUTBUILDINGS AND THREATENS ANOTHER 10.

THE BLACK FIRE STARTED JUST BEFORE 4:00 PM ON SATURDAY AND MOVED SO QUICKLY, AN EVACUATION ORDER OF THE AREA WENT OUT WITHIN 2 HOURS. FIREFIGHTERS ARE AGGRESSIVELY UTILIZING RESOURCES TO CONSTRUCT CONTAINMENT LINES, EXTINGUISH HOTSPOTS NEAR THE CONTAINMENT BOUNDARIES AND DEFEND STRUCTURES. THE EVACUATION ORDER HAS BEEN CANCELLED HOWEVER BLACK BART TRAIL EAST IS STILL CLOSED. AS OF 6 PM LAST NIGHT, THE FIRE HAD BURNED A TOTAL OF 417 ACRES AND NOW STANDS AT 50 PERCENT CONTAINED. UPDATED DETAILS OF THE FIRE WILL BE REPORTED AS SOON THEY ARE RECEIVED FROM CAL FIRE.

COPS ARREST SANTA ROSA MAN WITH 3 POUNDS OF METH (LAW) JB 9/15/14

A MULTI-AGENCY INVESTIGATION LED TO THE ARREST OF A SANTA ROSA MAN WITH THREE POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ASSISTED THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WITH THE SERVICE OF FEDERAL SEARCH WARRANTS IN MIDDLETOWN, SANTA ROSA, AND PETALUMA LAST WEEK. DEA AGENTS AND THE SHERIFFS NARCOTICS TASK FORCE SERVED A WARRANT AT AN ADDRESS ON MAIN STREET IN MIDDLETOWN AND ARRESTED 34-YEAR-OLD HUGOBERTO QUINTANILLA AT THE SCENE. DURING THE SEARCH, DEPUTIES LOCATED AND SEIZED 3 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE. AFTER QUINTANILLAS INITIAL ARREST, HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO A FEDERAL HOLDING FACILITY IN SAN FRANCISCO.

VERIZON REQUESTS PERMIT TO BUILD NEW TOWER (PI/EVR) JB 9/15/14

VERIZON WIRELESS HAS REQUESTED A PERMIT TO BUILD A NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOWER IN FT BRAGG.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET THURSDAY FOR Its REGULAR MEETING AND THE PERMIT REQUEST IS ON THE MEETING AGENDA. THE PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE NEW 170 FOOT TOWER IS JUST SOUTHEAST OF THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 20 AND HIGHWAY 1. THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT STATED THAT A PERMIT FOR A SIMILAR PROJECT WAS APPROVED IN 2008, BUT IT WAS NEVER UTILIZED AND HAS SINCE EXPIRED. VERIZON HOPES THAT THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW TOWER WILL IMPROVE CELL COVERAGE ON THE COAST.

UKIAH UNIFIED LOOKS AT OPTIONS FOR REDWOOD VALLEY (ED) JB 9/15/14

AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PARENTS IN REDWOOD VALLEY ARE URGING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RE-OPEN REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT MET LAST THURSDAY AND SEVERAL REDWOOD VALLEY PARENTS VOICED THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE CURRENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLING SITUATION SINCE THE CLOSURE OF REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY IN 2010. EAGLE PEAK MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS ALREADY FELT THE IMPACT WITH THE ADDITION OF MORE 5TH GRADERS AND IS LOOKING AT ANOTHER INCREASE AS AREA 4TH GRADERS WILL BE SENT THERE NEXT YEAR UNLESS THE REDWOOD VALLEY SCHOOL IS REOPENED. ONE OPTION BEING DISCUSSED IS RE-OPENING THE SCHOOL AS A MAGNET CAMPUS FOCUSING ON ARTS OR SCIENCE EDUCATION.

ABALONE POACHER SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON (LAW/EVR) JB 9/15/14

A PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED ABALONE POACHER IS FACING A LENGTHY STATE PRISON TERM AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO NEW POACHING CHARGES.

41 YEAR OLD DUNG VAN NGUYEN WAS CONVICTED LAST WEEK IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT OF FORGING AN ABALONE REPORT CARD AND TAKING ABALONE FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. NGUYEN IS A REPEAT OFFENDER WITH MULTIPLE CONVICTIONS FOR SIMILAR POACHING CRIMES. THE CONDITIONS OF HIS SENTENCE INCLUDE 32 MONTHS IN STATE PRISON, A $15,000 FINE AND A LIFETIME REVOCATION OF HIS FISHING LICENSE.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME ON PRIMROSE IN BROOKTRAILS (LAW) JB 9/15/14

A FIRE LAST WEDNESDAY MORNING IN BROOKTRAILS DESTROYED A HOME ON PRIMROSE DRIVE.

THE FIRE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 9:30 WEDNESDAY MORNING AND THE BROOKTRAILS FIREFIGHTERS WERE THE FIRST ON THE SCENE, FOLLOWED BY ENGINES FROM LITTLE LAKE FIRE, AND A CAL FIRE HELI-TAC CREW. THE HOMES RESIDENT NOTICED SMOKE POURING OUT FROM UNDER HER DECK AND SHE WAS ABLE TO GATHER HER ANIMALS AND LEAVE THE RESIDENCE WITHOUT INJURY. THE HOME ON PRIMROSE WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL HAS PROBLEMS WITH NEW WELL (GOV) JB 9/15/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL HEARD A VARIETY OF PROBLEMS BEING EXPERIENCED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW WELL.

DURING THE CITY COUNCILS MEETING LAST MONTH, THE COUNCIL HEARD FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND THE CITY MANAGER ABOUT ISSUES WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW HIGH VOLUME WELL, INCLUDING CONTRACTOR COORDINATION PROBLEMS. UNDER CURRENT CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT REQUIREMENTS, THE EMERGENCY NATURE OF THE WELL WOULD ONLY ALLOW IT TO BE USED 15 DAYS PER YEAR. FUNDING FOR THE $2.1 MILLION PROJECT REMAINS STALLED AND THE CITY MANAGER HAS ASKED FOR HELP WITH THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS.

SOLAR PERMIT BILL TO STREAMLINE PERMITTING (GOV/EVR) JB 9/15/14

A NEW BILL ON THE GOVERNORS DESK IS GEARED TO STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR THOSE WANTING TO INSTALL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS.

ASSEMBLY BILL 2188 WOULD REQUIRE ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADOPT A NEW SOLAR ORDINANCE THAT WOULD EXPEDITE THE PERMITTING PROCESS BY PROVIDING A SINGLE, COORDINATED INSPECTION, EVEN IF MULTIPLE INSPECTIONS ARE REQUIRED. THE STREAMLINING OF THE PERMITTING SYSTEM COULD POSSIBLY HAVE SOME EFFECT ON THE COST OF RESIDENTS ATTAINING A SOLAR PERMIT, HOPEFULLY LOWERING THE PERMIT PRICE. A SOLAR PERMIT COSTS $141 IN LAKE COUNTY, WHILE THE SAME PERMIT IN UKIAH CURRENTLY RUNS BETWEEN $300 TO $400.

GANG MEMBER ARREST FOR METH, FIREARM IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 9/12/14

A SEARCH OF A RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS IN UKIAH LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A REPORTED GANG MEMBER ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT ASSISTED THE MENDOCINO MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE IN THE SERVICE OF A WARRANT AT A RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS ON SOUTH STATE STREET ON WEDNESDAY. INSIDE THE RESIDENCE, OFFICERS LOCATED OVER 1.5 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE PACKAGED FOR SALE, A FIREARM, BODY ARMOR, AND GANG RELATED ITEMS. OFFICERS ARRESTED 34 YEAR OLD LUIS GERALDO RODRIGUEZ, A CONVICTED FELON, ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AND HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LARGE GROUP TRASHES AND DAMAGES UKIAH PARK (PI) JB 9/12/14

A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HELD A MUSICAL EVENT IN LOW GAP PARK LEFT THE PARK IN SHAMBLES AND DAMAGED THE MAIN ACCESS BRIDGE TO THE AREA.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO RENTED THE HARRISON GROVE PART OF LOW GAP PARK FOR A CONCERT, COMPLETELY TRASHED THE AREA AND DAMAGED THE BRIDGE BY DRIVING A LARGE TOUR BUS ACROSS IT. THE OVERSIZED BUS KNOCKED OUT BOARDS OUT OF THE RAILING AND THE BRIDGE IS NOW BEING INSPECTED FOR SAFETY REASONS. THE MESS LEFT BEHIND BY THE GROUP WAS DESCRIBED BY A MAINTENANCE WORKER AS THE WORST HE HAD EVER SEEN. THE GROUP IS BEING CHARGED FOR THE DAMAGE TO THE BRIDGE AND THE COST FOR CLEANING UP THE PARK.

FUTURE ROADWORK PROJECTS OUTLINED FOR MENDO (TR) JB 9/12/14

THREE NEW ROADWORK PROJECTS HAVE BEEN OUTLINED FOR COMPLETION IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION HAS OUTLINED THREE FUTURE ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COVERING 83 LANE MILES OF ROADWAY AT A COST OF $22 MILLION. THE FIRST TWO PROJECTS ARE IN THE LAYTONVILLE AREA, WITH 20 LANE MILES OF ROADWAY BEING UPGRADED JUST NORTH OF BRANSCOMB ROAD TO RATTLESNAKE BRIDGE AND FROM THE LONG VALLEY CREEK BRIDGE TO RAMSEY ROAD. THE THIRD PROJECT WILL BE TO REHABILITATE 47 LANE MILES NEAR UKIAH FROM THE RUSSIAN RIVER BRIDGE TO NORTH OF THE ROBINSON CREEK BRIDGE. THE $22 MILLION COST FOR THE PROJECTS IS BEING COVERED BY THE STATES NEWLY ADOPTED ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM.

TRUCKS MOVING DREDGE FILL TO THE COAST TRAIL (PI/TR) JB 9/12/14

A PARADE OF TRUCKS LOADED WITH DREDGE FILL FOR THE COAST TRAIL PROJECT HAS BEEN MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH FT BRAGG.

THE LARGE DOUBLE BOTTOM TRUCKS HAVE BEEN MAKING AN AVERAGE OF 150 TO 160 TRIPS DAILY FROM NOYO HARBOR TO THE COASTAL TRAILS PROJECT SITE. A TOTAL OF 24,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGE FILL IS BEING USED IN THE TRAIL PROJECT TO RESTORE 20 ACRES OF PREVIOUSLY ASPHALT-COVERED LAND. THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF MOVING ALL THE FILL MATERIAL TO THE PROJECT SITE IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN TWO WEEKS.

MENDOCINO COUNTY PARTICIPATES IN DISASTER PREP (LAW/PI) JB 9/12/14

MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICIALS AND SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN ARE LOOKING TO THE PUBLIC TO BE BETTER PREPARED FOR FUTURE NATURAL DISASTERS OR EMERGENCIES.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH AND BOTH THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AND THE COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IS TAKING PART IN PROGRAM CALLED 30 WAYS, 30 DAYS. THE PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE A DIFFERENT TIP ON DISASTER PREPARATION EACH DAY ON THE SHERIFFS OFFICE SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES. TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLICS PARTICIPATION, AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GAME IS ALSO PART OF THE PROGRAM WITH DAILY WINNERS RECEIVING EMERGENCY PREP KITS. IN THE WAKE OF THE LODGE FIRE AND NAPA EARTHQUAKE, THE SHERIFF WANTS EVERYONE TO REALIZE THAT BEING PREPARED FOR SUCH EMERGENCIES IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

FIRE BREAKS OUT FROM CAR CRASH ON COBB MOUNTAIN (LAW) JB 9/12/14

FIREFIGHTERS WERE WORKING TO CONTAIN A SMALL WILDLAND FIRE ON COBB MOUNTAIN YESTERDAY.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST BEFORE 4:30 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND MAY HAVE BEEN SPARKED BY A VEHICLE CRASH ON FAWN COURT. THE AREA OF THE FIRE IS THICK WITH HEAVY, DRY VEGETATION BUT, LUCKILY, THERE WERE NO AFTERNOON WINDS DRIVING THE BLAZE. FIRE CREWS FROM THE LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AND KELSEYVILLE FIRE RESPONDED TO THE FIRE, WITH A CAL FIRE AIR TANKER ON STANDBY AS A CONTINGENCY. AS OF LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, NEARBY GIFFORD SPRINGS ROAD REMAINED OPEN.

FUNDS RECEIVED FOR COVELO TRANSPORTATION PROJECT (TR) JB 9/12/14

STATE FUNDING HAS BEEN RECEIVED FOR A NEW TRANSPORTATION PROJECT TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN COVELO.

A GRANT FROM THE STATES NEW ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM OF $847,000 HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS TO COMPLETE THE STATE ROUTE 162 CORRIDOR MULTIPURPOSE TRAIL PROJECT. THE TRAIL PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR ALL FORMS OF TRAVEL ON THE CORRIDOR, INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLISTS AND VEHICLES. MULTIPLE TRAILS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE AREA PROVIDING SAFE ACCESS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS TO A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS INCLUDING THE HEALTH CENTER, COMMERCE CENTER AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

INMATES HARVEST GRAPES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY (EMP) JB 9/12/14

A NEW PROGRAM INTRODUCED BY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN EMPLOYS COUNTY JAIL INMATES TO WORK IN LOCAL VINEYARDS.

THE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM ALLOWS LOW-RISK INMATES TO PARTICIPATE IN SEASONAL WORK DURING THE GRAPE HARVESTS. VINEYARD OWNERS SAY THAT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND ENOUGH SEASONAL WORKERS FOR GRAPE HARVESTS. THE NEW PROGRAM IS DESCRIBED BY OFFICIALS AS GOOD FOR EMPLOYERS, GOOD FOR THE INMATES AND GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC BECAUSE IT COULD HELP REHABILITATE LAW BREAKERS AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF REPEAT OFFENDERS. IF THE TRIAL PROGRAM IS SUCCESSFUL, SHERIFF ALLMAN SAID IT WOULD BE EXPANDED IN THE FUTURE.

ARREST IN WILLITS FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS (LAW) JB 9/11/14

A WILLITS MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS AND EVADING POLICE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED MONDAY AFTERNOON TO AN ADDRESS ON BLACKHAWK DRIVE IN WILLITS TO A REPORT OF CRIMINAL THREATS. WHEN DEPUTIES CONTACTED THE MALE VICTIM, THEY WERE TOLD THAT 34-YEAR-OLD JONATHAN YOUNG HAD THREATENED TO KILL THE VICTIM NUMEROUS TIMES EARLIER IN THE DAY. YOUNG WAS OBSERVED DRIVING BY THE RESIDENCE SLOWLY AND HE DISREGARDED DEPUTIES ORDERS TO STOP. AFTER A VEHICLE PURSUIT, YOUNG WAS FINALLY PULLED OVER ON BLACK BART TRAIL. HE WAS ARRESTED AFTER THE FELONY TRAFFIC STOP FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS AND EVADING POLICE.

ARRESTS IN GUALALA FOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION (LAW) JB 9/11/14

A WARRANT SEARCH OF A PROPERTY IN GUALALA LEADS TO MULTIPLE ARRESTS FOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ALONG WITH THE SWAT TEAM SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT TUESDAY AT A PROPERTY ON ROSEMAN CREEK ROAD IN GUALALA. THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP LAST MONTH THAT LED TO THE ARREST OF AN EX-FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM. DEPUTIES DISCOVERED AN OUTDOOR COMMERCIAL GROW SITE AND 94 PLANTS WERE ERADICATED FROM THE LOCATION. 36 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY LEPORE AND 56 YEAR OLD MARK PAUL GEORGE WERE ARRESTED DURING THE SEARCH AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FULLY CONTAINED (EVR/LAW) JB 9/11/14

AFTER BURNING FOR NEARLY A MONTH AND A HALF, THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE HAS BEEN FULLY CONTAINED.

CAL FIRE HAS FINALLY LISTED THE LODGE COMPLEX FIRE AS 100 PERCENT CONTAINED AS OF TUESDAY EVENING. NEARLY 2500 FIREFIGHTERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE BATTLED THE BLAZE THAT BURNED A TOTAL OF 12,536 ACRES. CAL FIRE STATED THAT, EVEN THOUGH THE FIRE IS NOW FULLY CONTAINED, PORTIONS OF THE INTERIOR FIRE ARE EXPECTED TO BURN FOR SOME TIME, WITH SMOKE LIKELY IN THE AREAS OF LAYTONVILLE AND SOUTH LEGGETT.

HAMBURG APPOINTED TO BROADBAND OVERSIGHT BOARD (BB) JB 9/11/14

MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERVISOR DAN HAMBURG HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO REPRESENT THE COUNTY ON A BROADBAND OVERSIGHT BOARD.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT 5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR DAN HAMBURG HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS A COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE ON THE NORTH BAY/NORTH COAST BROADBAND CONSORTIUM OVERSIGHT BOARD. THE NBNCBC IS A JOINT COMMITTEE BETWEEN MENDOCINO, MARIN, NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES WHO HAVE JOINED FORCES BECAUSE SUBSTANDARD BROADBAND ACCESS THREATENS THE ECONOMIC HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THE FORMATION OF THE NBNCBC NOW PROVIDES A BROADBAND CONSORTIUM FOR 390,000 PEOPLE IN THE REGION.

ARREST IN UKIAH FOR CHECK FORGERY, WEAPONS (LAW) JB 9/11/14

A INVESTIGATION INTO A BOGUS CHECK LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A UKIAH MAN ON FORGERY, DRUG, AND WEAPONS CHARGES.

UKIAH POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE WELLS FARGO BANK ON SOUTH STATE STREET LAST WEEK TO INVESTIGATE SOMEONE TRYING TO PASS AN ALTERED CHECK. BANK EMPLOYEES IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AS 41-YEAR-OLD RANDALL LEE GENSHAW AND OFFICERS DETERMINED THE CHECK HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM THE VICTIMS MAILBOX. POLICE LOCATED GENSHAW ON MONDAY AND HE TOLD OFFICERS THAT HED GOTTEN THE ALTERED CHECK FROM A FRIEND AND DIDNT KNOW THE VICTIM. DURING A SEARCH OF THE CONVICTED FELON, OFFICERS DISCOVERED A PISTOL AND METHAMPHETAMINE AND GENSHAW WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES.

REACH LOOKING TO BUILD NEW BASE AT WILLITS AIRPORT (PI) JB 9/11/14

REACH HELICOPTERS MAY SOON BE CALLING THE WILLITS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT HOME.

REACH AIR MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDED A PRESENTATION TO WILLITS CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY ABOUT THEIR PLAN TO ESTABLISH AN OPERATIONS BASE AT THE WILLITS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. THE ORGANIZATION HAS 20 BASES ACROSS CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON, AND TEXAS AND EMPLOYS OVER 500 PEOPLE. THE NEW BASE OF OPERATIONS WILL ALLOW ENHANCED MEDICAL SERVICE TO THE NORTH COAST AND INLAND REGION. THE UNIQUE LOCATION OF THE WILLITS AIRPORT WITHIN THE BROOKTRAILS AREA MAKES IT IDEALLY SUITED TO AVOID LOW VALLEY FOG THAT CAN HAMPER EMERGENCY AIR SUPPORT.

WILLITS WATER RATES TO GO UP 20 PERCENT (PI) JB 9/11/14

RESIDENTS IN WILLITS WILL SOON SEE A RATE INCREASE ON THEIR WATER BILLS.

A LENGTHY DISCUSSION WAS HELD AT THE LAST WILLITS CITY COUNCIL MEETING ABOUT INCREASING THE CITYS WATER RATES. THE CITY HAS CHOSEN NOT TO INCREASE RATES FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS AND AS A RESULT THE WATER FUND HAS A SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALL. THE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY AGREED THAT RATES NEEDED TO BE RAISED TO OFFSET THE SHORTFALL. A RECOMMENDATION BY STAFF OF A 20 PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD INCREASE WAS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL IN A 3-2 VOTE. THE ALTERATION TO THE RATES WILL BE POSTED IN THE NEXT MAILING OF WATER BILLS AND WILL LIKELY GO INTO EFFECT IN OCTOBER,

UUSD HEARS UPDATE ON UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADES (ED) JB 9/11/14

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HEARD AN UPDATE TO THE ONGOING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO UPGRADE A VARIETY OF BUILDINGS, FACILITIES AND THE TRACK ARE NEARING COMPLETION. THE GYMNASIUM IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION WITH THE FLOORING CURRENTLY BEING INSTALLED AND THE NEW BLEACHERS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE THIS WEEK. THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND HAS BEEN OCCUPIED FOR ABOUT A MONTH. THE FINISHING TOUCHES ARE BEING PUT ON THE NEW TRACK AS THE RUBBERIZED SURFACE INSTALLATION IS COMPLETE AND THE LANE LINES WERE BEING PAINTED EARLIER THIS WEEK.

MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENT POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE (PI) JB 9/10/14

THE FIRST POSITIVE HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS BEEN REPORTED.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY, A MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE WEST NILE VIRUS AND IS NOW RECOVERING. THE RESIDENT WAS APPARENTLY INFLICTED WITHIN MENDOCINO COUNTY AND IS THE FIRST REPORTED HUMAN CASE IN THE COUNTY SINCE 2008. THE HHSA RECOMMENDS WEARING LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND LONG PANTS WHEN OUTDOORS AT PEAK MOSQUITO TIMES AND USING INSECT REPELLENT. CURRENTLY, THERE IS NO VACCINE TO PREVENT INFECTION FROM WEST NILE VIRUS,

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN FT BRAGG LAST WEEK (LAW) JB 9/10/14

AN ELDERLY MAN IS RECOVERING AFTER SHOOTING HIMSELF LAST WEEK IN AN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN FT BRAGG.

FT BRAGG POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE REPORT OF A SINGLE GUNSHOT AT AN ADDRESS ON SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET. OFFICERS WERE ADVISED EN-ROUTE THAT A MALE SUBJECT HAD SHOT HIMSELF AT THE LOCATION. THE ELDERLY MALE SUBJECT WAS FOUND AT THE SCENE SUFFERING FROM A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE ABDOMEN AND HE WAS BEING ASSISTED BY SEVERAL CITIZENS THAT RESPONDED TO HELP HIM AFTER HEARING THE GUNSHOT. HE WAS STABILIZED AT COAST HOSPITAL AND THEN FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR FURTHER TREATMENT.

UKIAH COUNCIL DELAYS CAMPING ORDINANCE TALKS (GOV) JB 9/10/14

A PLANNED DISCUSSION ON STRENGTHENING CAMPING ORDINANCES IN UKIAH HAS BEEN DELAYED BY THE CITY COUNCIL.

THE AGENDA ITEM AT THE COUNCIL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 3 WAS TO DISCUSS THE INCREASE OF STRENGTH TO ORDINANCES BANNING CAMPING AND PANHANDLING WITHIN CITY LIMITS, MAKING VIOLATIONS CRIMINAL MISDEMEANORS INSTEAD OF FINEABLE INFRACTIONS. THE ITEM WAS REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA TO ALLOW MORE CONSULTATION WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS BEFORE THE ITEM WAS CONSIDERED. THE DISCUSSION ON THE ORDINANCES IS NOW PLANNED TO BE HELD AT THE CITY COUNCILS NEXT MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 17.

STUDY OF NEW COURTHOUSE IMPACTS ON TRAFFIC (LAW/TR) JB 9/10/14

A NEW STUDY TO INTO HOW THE PROPOSED NEW MENDOCINO COUNTY COURTHOUSE WILL AFFECT TRAFFIC HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CITY OF UKIAH.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED PAYING GHD, INC. NEARLY $29,000 TO EVALUATE TRAFFIC IMPACTS TO AFFECTED STREETS AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE COURTHOUSE PROJECT. THE LATEST PLAN FOR THE PROJECT WAS DEVELOPED IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR AND INCLUDES A 35,850 SQUARE FOOT COURTHOUSE ON THE APPROXIMATELY 4 ACRE SITE BOUNDED BY EAST PERKINS STREET, LESLIE STREET, THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD. THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN 5 OR 6 YEARS.

MAN WANTED IN SAC THEFT ARRESTED IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 9/10/14

A MAN WHO FLED THE SACRAMENTO AREA DURING HIS PROSECUTION ON MULTIPLE CHARGES WAS ARRESTED IN CLEARLAKE ON TUESDAY.

53-YEAR-OLD JOHN ANTHONY LEWIS WAS ARRESTED IN A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, AND THE U.S. MARSHALLS OFFICE. CLEARLAKE POLICE WERE NOTIFIED THAT LEWIS, WANTED ON A NO-BAIL WARRANT IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY, WAS BELIEVED TO BE IN THE CITYS JURISDICTION. AFTER A LENGTHY SURVEILLANCE WAS CONDUCTED, LEWIS WAS APPREHENDED IN A HIGH RISK TRAFFIC STOP NEAR THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT ON DAM ROAD AND HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

DOG HANGS ITSELF IN UKIAH WAL-MART PARKING LOT (LAW) JB 9/10/14

A DOG WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED LAST MONTH WHEN IT WAS LEFT UNATTENDED ON ITS LEASH IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND HUNG ITSELF ON ITS LEASH.

THE DOG WAS LEFT IN THE BED OF A TOYOTA TACOMA PICKUP TRUCK BY AN UNIDENTIFIED UKIAH MAN IN THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT AS HE WENT ACROSS THE STREET TO HAVE LUNCH. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE DOG HAD ATTEMPTED TO JUMP OUT OF THE TRUCK BED AND WAS HANGING BY ITS LEASH OFF THE SIDE OF THE BED OF THE TRUCK. BY THE TIME WITNESSES COULD FREE THE DOG FROM THE LEASH, IT HAD DIED AND EFFORTS TO REVIVE THE ANIMAL WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. ANIMAL OWNERS ARE REMINDED BY THE UPD THAT LEASHES FOR ANIMALS TETHERED IN TRUCK BEDS SHOULD BE SHORT ENOUGH TO PREVENT THEM FROM JUMPING OUT.

STATE UNVEILS WEBSITE ON LOCAL GOV FINANCES (GOV) JB 9/10/14

THE CALIFORNIA STATE CONTROLLER HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW WEBSITE DETAILING CITY AND COUNTY FINANCIAL DATA.

STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG HAS UNVEILED A NEW OPEN DATA WEB SITE THAT LISTS MORE THAN 13 MILLION FIELDS OF FINANCIAL DATA FOR CITIES AND COUNTIES AS PART OF HIS ONGOING EFFORTS TO PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT. THE SITE MAKES IT EASIER FOR TAXPAYERS TO TRACK REVENUES, EXPENDITURES, LIABILITIES, ASSETS, FUND BALANCES AND EVEN BASIC STATISTICS ABOUT EACH CITY AND COUNTY. THE SITES FINANCIAL INFORMATION CURRENTLY COVERS AN 11 YEAR PERIOD AND WAS PROVIDED BY CALIFORNIAS 58 COUNTIES AND MORE THAN 450 CITIES.

WATER QUALITY TAKES A DIP IN LOW LAKE LEVELS (EVR) JB 9/10/14

WATER QUALITY ISSUES IN CLEAR LAKE ARE BEING WORSENED BY THE LOW LAKE LEVEL.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT CLEAR LAKES LEVEL IS DIPPING BELOW ZERO ON THE RUMSEY GAUGE AND THAT THERE IS A FEAR OF ANOTHER DRY WINTER. WATER DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY THAT DRAW FROM THE LAKE ARE TAKING PREVENTATIVE STEPS AND KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THEIR SYSTEMS AS THEY WORK TO MAINTAIN WATER QUALITY AND KEEP THEIR INTAKE LINES IN OPERATION. WHILE TREATING WATER FOR TASTE AND ODOR IS USUALLY AN IN ISSUE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, THE LOWER LAKE LEVELS THIS YEAR ARE EXACERBATING THOSE QUALITY ISSUES AS LARGER BLOOMS OF ALGAE DIE.

SECOND HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN REDWOOD VALLEY (LAW) JB 9/9/14

A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN WAS BEATEN DURING A HOME INVASION ROBBERY OVER THE WEEKEND.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO A HOME ON EAST ROAD EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TO THE REPORT OF A HOME INVASION ROBBERY. THE MALE VICTIM TOLD OFFICERS THAT 4 OR 5 MEN, ONE ARMED WITH A HANDGUN, CONFRONTED HIM IN HIS HOME. HE WAS BEATEN AND HIS HOME RANSACKED FOR AN HOUR AS THE SUSPECTS INTERROGATED HIM AT GUNPOINT AND DEMANDED CASH AND MARIJUANA. SEVERAL FIREARMS AND 3 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE TAKEN IN THE ROBBERY AND THE SUSPECTS LEFT IN AN UNKNOWN VEHICLE. THIS IS THE SECOND HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN REDWOOD VALLEY IN THE PAST MONTH.

RULING GOOD NEWS FOR CALTRANS BYPASS WORK (TR) JB 9/9/14

CALTRANS HAS RECEIVED SOME GOOD NEWS REGARDING THEIR ABILITY TO CONTINUE WORK ON THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT.

A MENDOCINO COUNTY JUDGE ON MONDAY DENIED ENVIRONMENTALISTS REQUEST TO EXTEND A COURT ORDER PREVENTING THE EXCAVATION OF DIRT SLATED FOR USE ON THE WILLITS BYPASS. ITS GOOD NEWS FOR CALTRANS BUT IT MAY NOT SAVE THE AGENCY A YEARLONG, MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR DELAY THAT WAS ANTICIPATED WHEN THE INITIAL, TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER WAS ISSUED ON AUGUST 20. SOIL PLANNED FOR USE IN THE BUILDING OF THREE BRIDGES NEXT YEAR NEEDS TO SETTLE FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS BEFORE CONSTRUCTION COULD BEGIN AND THE WINTER RAINS WOULD INHIBIT THAT SOIL SETTLEMENT.

TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER RULING NOT A DEFEAT (LAW) JB 9/9/14

PLAINTIFFS IN THE MEASURE N ENFORCEMENT CASE SEE THE DENIAL OF A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AS JUST A SETBACK.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT THE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER SOUGHT BY PLAINTIFFS WHO ALLEGE THEIR FOURTH AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED BY LAKE COUNTY AUTHORITIES WAS DENIED BY A FEDERAL COURT ON THURSDAY. HOWEVER, WITH THE CHANCE TO AMEND THEIR CASE IN AN APPEAL FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, THE PLAINTIFFS ARGUE THE RULING IS A SETBACK AND NOT A DEFEAT. THE PLAINTIFFS ATTORNEY STATED THAT BECAUSE THE COURT HAS CLEARED OUT WHAT IT BELIEVES IS THE WEAKNESSES IN THE ARGUMENT, THE PLAINTIFFS WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE A MUCH STRONGER CASE FOR THE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION.

LAKE COUNTY GETS 3-D CRIME SCENE SCANNER (LAW) JB 9/9/14

CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION IN LAKE COUNTY HAS TAKEN A LEAP INTO THE HIGH TECH FUTURE.

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A REQUEST FROM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE TO PURCHASE A FARO TECHNOLOGIES 3-D LASER SCANNING SYSTEM AFTER OBSERVING A DEMONSTRATION OF THE SYSTEM AT WORK. WITH THE NEW SYSTEM, A VIDEO OF A CRIME SCENE CAN BE USED TO PROVIDE RE-ENACTMENTS OF THE CRIME, ALLOWING INVESTIGATORS TO AND JURORS TO SEE THE CRIME FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF EACH WITNESS IN A CASE. INVESTIGATORS CAN USE THE TECHNOLOGY TO INSTANTLY ANALYZE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AND WITNESS ACCOUNTS AT THE SCENE.

TALMAGE MAN BUSTED WITH TRUCKLOAD OF POT (LAW) JB 9/9/14

A TRAFFIC STOP IN WILLITS FOR USING A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING LEADS TO THE ARREST OF THE DRIVER ON DRUG CHARGES.

A MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY WITNESSED 22 YEAR OLD AGUSTIN LUIS MARTINEZ OF TALMAGE DRIVING THROUGH WILLITS TALKING ON HIS CELL PHONE AND SPEEDING. THE DEPUTY STOPPED MARTINEZ AND, AS HE APPROACHED HIS TRUCK HE COULD SMELL MARIJUANA. A SEARCH OF THE TRUCK DISCOVERED 21 POTTED AND BUDDING MARIJUANA PLANTS STANDING 7-8 FEET TALL. MARTINEZ TOLD THE DEPUTY THAT HE HAD BEEN HIRED TO MOVE THE PLANTS. HE WAS ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

VEHICLE PURSUIT IN FT BRAGG ENDS WITH TWO ARRESTS (LAW) JB 9/9/14

A VEHICLE PURSUIT IN FT BRAGG LAST WEEK ENDS WITH DRIVER BEING ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ATTEMPTED TO CONDUCT A TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT STOP OF A SILVER DODGE PICKUP, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 20 BABCOCK LANE ON FRIDAY. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK FAILED TO STOP AND ABRUPTLY TURNED ONTO BOATYARD DRIVE AND ACCELERATED IN AN ATTEMPT TO ELUDE THE DEPUTY. AFTER TURNING ONTO A FRONTAGE ROAD, THE VEHICLE STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AND 20-YEAR-OLD RICHARD OLSTAD FLED ON FOOT, LEAVING TO ADULT FEMALES AND A MINOR CHILD IN THE VEHICLE. OLSTAD WAS LOCATED 20 MINUTES LATER AND ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

LAKE COUNTY BOS TO LOOK FOR MUSSEL FUNDS (GOV/EVR) JB 9/914

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR STATE INVASIVE MUSSEL PREVENTION FUNDS.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL MEET THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS PROJECT APPLICATIONS TO THE STATE FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSEL INFESTATION PREVENTION FEE. A BILL PASSED IN 2012 CREATED A SPECIAL FUND IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO LOCAL AGENCIES FOR THE CREATION OF INVASIVE MUSSEL PREVENTION PROGRAMS. CITY STAFF HAS ADVISED THE BOARD THAT THE STATE WILL BE SOLICITING GRANT APPLICATIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THREE MORE BOAT RAMPS CLOSE ON CLEAR LAKE (EVR) JB 9/9/14

THE HISTORICALLY LOW WATER LEVELS IN CLEAR LAKE HAVE FORCED THE CLOSURE OF THREE MORE PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS.

THE WATER LEVEL IN CLEAR LAKE, NOW THE LOWEST REPORTED IN 37 YEARS, HAS LEFT COUNTY OFFICIALS WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO CLOSE MULTIPLE COUNTY PARK BOAT RAMPS. THE BOAT RAMPS AT KEELING PARK IN NICE, LUCERNE HARBOR IN LUCERNE, AND LAKESIDE PARK IN KELSEYVILLE ARE ALL NOW CLOSED DUE TO THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS TO BOATS. THE CLEARLAKE OAKS BOAT RAMP IS STILL OPEN, BUT MAY ONLY BE SO FOR ANOTHER MONTH AS THE WATER LEVEL CONTINUES TO DROP.

UKIAH MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON SOUTH STATE (LAW) JB 9/8/14

AN ACCIDENT ON SOUTH STATE STREET ON FRIDAY CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A UKIAH MAN.

THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY REPORTED THAT 19 YEAR OLD MANUEL SILVA RODRIGUEZ WAS DRIVING ON SOUTH STATE STREET EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. RODRIGUEZ REAR ENDED AN EMPTY LOGGING TRUCK, TRAPPING HIM INSIDE HIS AUDI SEDAN. FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO USE THE JAWS OF LIFE TO REMOVE RODRIGUEZ FROM HIS VEHICLE AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION PENDING TOXICOLOGY REPORTS.

FIRE BREAKS OUT BEHIND 10,000 BUDDHAS IN TALMAGE (LAW) JB 9/8/14

SEVERAL ACRES OF VEGETATION BURNED WHEN A FIRE BROKE OUT BEHIND THE CITY OF 10,000 BUDDHAS FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

CREWS FROM THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT, CAL FIRE, AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS QUICKLY RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 2:15 PM. EMBERS FROM THE MAIN FIRE AREA JUMPED OVER HALF A MILE ACROSS THE VINEYARD, SPARKING NUMEROUS SPOT FIRES. THERE WERE NO STRUCTURES DAMAGED AND NO INJURIES REPORTED IN THE INCIDENT AND FIRE CREWS HAD THE BLAZE LARGELY UNDER CONTROL BY 3:30 PM. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CONSTRUCTION ON NEW HOWARD HOSPITAL DELAYED (PI) JB 9/8/14

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FRANK R. HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HAS EXPERIENCED A DELAY.

A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY ADVENTIST HEALTH DIDNT GO INTO DETAILS AS TO THE CAUSE OF THE DELAY BUT STATED THAT NEW ANTICIPATED OPENING DATE IS SCHEDULED FOR SPRING OF 2015. THE RELEASE STATED, WHEN YOU COMBINE THE COMPLEXITY OF THE BUILDING, WITH THE RIGOROUS INSPECTION PROCESS AND OVERSIGHT FROM STATE INSPECTORS FOR HOSPITALS, SCHEDULES CAN BE DELAYED. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAUSE AND TIMING OF THE DELAY WILL RELEASED AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW DISPENSARY BAN (GOV) JB 9/8/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL WILL ONCE AGAIN DISCUSS THE CURRENT BAN ON MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES WITHIN CITY LIMITS.

THE COUNCIL WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW A DISPENSARY TO DO BUSINESS IN THE CITY. THE CURRENT BAN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN WILLITS HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2006 BUT MAYOR HOLLY MADRIGAL THINKS ITS A GOOD TIME TO SEE WHERE THE COUNCIL CURRENTLY STANDS ON THE ISSUE. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE APPROACHED THE MAYOR RECENTLY WITH IDEA OF REPEALING THE BAN, PROMPTING HER TO BRING THE ISSUE TO THE COUNCIL.

BODY FOUND IN GOLF COURSE POND IDENTIFIED (LAW) JB 9/8/14

THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND IN A POND ON THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE GOLF COURSE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A WANTED CRIMINAL.

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS REPORTED THAT BODY DISCOVERED IN THE GOLF COURSE POND ON AUGUST 4 IS 46-YEAR-OLD BILLY VASSILIOU OF MARTINEZ. VASSILIOU WAS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BURGLARY OF AN ATM AT MULLIGANS BAR IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE ON THE SAME NIGHT. THE CAUSE OF VASSILIOUS DEATH HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY A PATHOLOGIST AS DROWNING AND TOXICOLOGY REPORTS SHOW THAT HE ALSO HAD METHAMPHETAMINE IN HIS SYSTEM.

CAR CATCHES FIRE AT UKIAH GAS STATION (LAW) JB 9/8/14

A VEHICLE BURST INTO FLAMES FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS THE DRIVER WAS PULLING INTO A UKIAH GAS STATION.

THE UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER TOLD FIREFIGHTERS THAT SHE HAD JUST PULLED UP NEXT TO A PUMP AT THE UKIAH LIQUOR AND FOOD STORE BEHIND BE-BOPS DINER ON WASHINGTON AVENUE. SMOKE BEGAN BILLOWING OUT OF HER BUICK CENTURY BEFORE IT BURST INTO FLAMES. THE DRIVER AND TWO OTHER WOMEN SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED THE BURNING CAR AWAY FROM THE GAS PUMP AND RESPONDING FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY PUT OUT THE FIRE BEFORE IT COULD SPREAD TO NEARBY VEHICLES.

SHERIFF ALLMAN REQUESTS TIPS ON POT VIGILANTES (LAW) JB 9/8/14

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN IS REQUESTING TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC ABOUT POSSIBLE MARIJUANA VIGILANTES.

SHERIFF ALLMAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE RUMORS ASSOCIATED WITH POT RAIDS IN HE COUNTY BEING CONDUCTED BY UNAUTHORIZED PRIVATEERS. HE STATED THAT NO PIRATE OR PRIVATE SECURITY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY HIM FOR POT RAIDS AND HE URGES THE PUBLIC TO CALL THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE WITH ANY INFORMATION. ANY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF UNAUTHORIZED RAIDS, ESPECIALLY OF HELICOPTERS WITH TAIL NUMBERS BEING USED IN THE RAIDS, SHOULD BE EMAILED TO SHERIFF@MENDOCINOSHERIFF.COM

JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST TEMP CLOSURE (PI) JB 9/8/14

A TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ACCESS TO THE JACKSON STATE DEMONSTRATION HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED BY CAL FIRE.

EFFECTIVE TODAY, ACCESS TO JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST NORTH FROM SIMPSON LANE AND ADJACENT PRIVATE PARCELS CONTINUING NORTH FOR HALF A MILE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL PUBLIC ACCESS. THIS AREA CLOSURE PROHIBITS THE USE OF ALL PUBLIC ACCESS INCLUDING BICYCLISTS, EQUESTRIANS, AND HIKERS. THIS IS A TEMPORARY AREA CLOSURE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE A ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS CONDUCTED ON FOREST ROAD 450. THE AREA IS EXPECTED TO BE REOPENED FOR PUBLIC USE IN TWO WEEKS ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19.

JUDGE DENIES RESTRAINING ORDER IN MEASURE N CASE (LAW) JB 9/5/14

A JUDGE HAS DENIED THE REQUEST FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER FILED OVER MEASURE N ENFORCEMENT.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DENIED THE REQUEST FOR A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER FILED AGAINST THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE REGARDING SEARCHES AND MARIJUANA ERADICATIONS CARRIED OUT UNDER MEASURE N. THE RULING BY U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE THELTON HENDERSON STATED THAT THE PLAINTIFFS CLAIMS DID NOT MEET THE LEGAL STANDARDS REQUIRED TO GRANT THE ORDER. THE JUDGE DID LEAVE THE POSSIBILITY OPEN FOR THE PLAINTIFFS TO MOVE FORWARD ON A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION.

DUI DRIVER SPARKED SARATOGA FIRE ON HIGHWAY 20 (LAW) JB 9/5/14

THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE THAT CRASHED ON HIGHWAY 20 AND IGNITED THE SARATOGA FIRE IS SUSPECTED OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, THE 87-ACRE FIRE THAT CLOSED HIGHWAY 20 NEAR SCOTTS VALLEY ROAD WAS REPORTEDLY CAUSED BY AN ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER. 52-YEAR-OLD SHELLIE BOULAIS CRASHED HER VEHICLE INTO A DITCH, SPARKING VEGETATION FIRES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HIGHWAY. THE FIRE DESTROYED ONE STRUCTURE AND THREATENED OTHERS BEFORE IT WAS CONTAINED BY FIREFIGHTERS. BOULAIS WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DUI AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

WEST NILE VIRUS AT HIGHEST LEVEL EVER (EVR) JB 9/5/14

THE WEST NILE VIRUS IS AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL EVER IN MOSQUITOES, WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN HUMAN CASES.

ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THE PROPORTION OF MOSQUITOES INFECTED WITH WEST NILE VIRUS IS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER DETECTED IN CALIFORNIA. 52 NEW HUMAN CASES OF THE VIRUS WERE REPORTED TO THE CDPH JUST LAST WEEK, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 181 SO FAR THIS YEAR, AS COMPARED TO THE 101 CASES REPORTED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS WANT TO REMIND CALIFORNIANS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST MOSQUITO BITES AND THE POSSIBILITY OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL GRANTS MORE TIME FOR HOTEL (GOV) JB 9/5/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL HAS, ONCE AGAIN, GRANTED MORE TIME TO THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL TO COMPLETE REQUIRED TASKS FOR RENOVATION.

THE COUNCIL VOTED 3-2 ON WEDNESDAY TO GIVE ELADIA LAINES, THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL BUILDING, AT LEAST ANOTHER MONTH TO SHOW PROGRESS ON COMPLETING SEVERAL TASKS TOWARDS RESTORING THE BUILDING. SEVERAL RESIDENTS SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE EXTENSION OF TIME GIVEN, WITH ONE RESIDENT ASKING WHY LAINES WAS BEING ALLOWED TO HOLD THE CITY HOSTAGE. MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN RESPONDED TO THE ACCUSATION EXPRESSED BY SOME IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THE COUNCIL WAS NOT TAKING SUFFICIENT ACTION AS HOGWASH.

LUCERNE MAN ARRESTED IN HUMBOLDT DOUBLE MURDER (LAW) JB 9/5/14

A LUCERNE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS STATED THAT HE HAD SHOT AND KILLED TWO EUREKA RESIDENTS.

ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, 29 YEAR OLD JASON MICHAEL ARREAGA FATALLY SHOT TWO PEOPLE DURING AN ARGUMENT ON WEDNESDAY IN FIELDBROOK. THE VICTIMS, 37 YEAR OLD WAYNE HAMMERS, JR AND 37 YEAR OLD ANGEL ROBIN TULLY BOTH DIED FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS THEY SUSTAINED DURING THE INCIDENT AND ARREAGA FLED THE SCENE AND WAS SPOTTED DRIVING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 101 THROUGH EUREKA. ARREAGA WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE MURDER CHARGES WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $1 MILLION.

UKIAH MAN TASED, ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAR (LAW) JB 9/5/14

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING A STOLEN RENTAL CAR AND VIOLATING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDER.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON EL RIO STREET LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING TO A REPORT OF A MAN VIOLATING A PROTECTION ORDER AND FOUND 56 YEAR OLD BRETT HARLAN AT THE SCENE. HARLAN DROVE AWAY AFTER BEING ORDERED TO STOP BY POLICE AND, DURING THE PURSUIT, BACKED INTO ONE OF THE POLICE CARS, NEARLY STRIKING AN OFFICER. HARLAN HAD TO BE TASED BY POLICE AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. A SEARCH FOUND THAT THE CAR HE WAS DRIVING HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN FROM ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR AND POLICE LOCATED METHAMPHETAMINE INSIDE THE CAR.

LAKE COUNTY BOARD APPROVE $184 MILLION BUDGET (GOV) JB 9/5/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE COUNTYS FINAL RECOMMENDED 2014-15 BUDGET.

AFTER A MARATHON BUDGET HEARING SESSION THAT LASTED SEVEN AND A HALF HOURS ON WEDNESDAY, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE $184 MILLION BUDGET. THE NEW BUDGET IS OVER $3 MILLION LESS THAN THE $188 MILLION TOTAL BUDGET FROM LAST YEAR. EVEN WITH THE DECREASE IN SPENDING, 28 MORE FULL-TIME POSITIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE NEW BUDGET, WITH SEVERAL NEW JOB POSITIONS IN THE PROBATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS.

MISSING DISABLED WOMAN FOUND BY K-9 ON HWY 101 (LAW) JB 9/5/14

A NEW MENDOCINO COUNTY K-9 DEPUTY SUCCESSFULLY LOCATED A MISSING WOMAN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, THE WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND HAD PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 101 SOUTH OF UKIAH TO REST. THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED WOMAN WANDERED AWAY FROM THE CAR AND DISAPPEARED AND THE MAN CALLED 911. OFFICERS SEARCHED UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR 30 MINUTES BEFORE NEW K-9 DEPUTY DOC WAS DEPLOYED. DOC IMMEDIATELY PICKED UP HER TRACK AND LOCATED THE WOMAN OVER HALF A MILE AWAY NEAR A VINEYARD. THANKS TO DOC AND HIS HANDLER, SHE WAS REUNITED WITH HUSBAND SAFE AND UNHARMED.

WILDFIRE ON HIGHWAY 20 CAUSED BY ACCIDENT (LAW/EVR) JB 9/4/14

AN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 20 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON SPARKED A WILDFIRE THAT HAS NOW BURNED 100 ACRES.

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTED THAT A VEHICLE CRASHED INTO A DITCH AND CAUGHT FIRE SHORTLY BEFORE 4 PM ON HIGHWAY 2O NEAR SCOTTS VALLEY ROAD. THE CRASH, WHICH RESULTED IN MINOR INJURIES, SPARKED VEGETATION FIRES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROADWAY. DRIVEN BY THE WIND, THE FIRE QUICKLY SPREAD AS FIREFIGHTERS FROM NORTHSHORE FIRE, LAKEPORT FIRE, MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE. DUBBED THE SARATOGA FIRE, THE BLAZE HAS BURNED 100 ACRES AND IS CURRENTLY 30 PERCENT CONTAINED. THERE IS CURRENTLY ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL ON HIGHWAY 20 AT SCOTTS VALLEY ROAD.

PLASTIC BAG BAN TAKES EFFECT IN MENDOCINO COUNTY (EVR) JB 9/4/14

THE BAN ON PLASTIC TAKE-OUT BAGS USED BY RESTAURANTS HAS TAKEN EFFECT IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY NOTIFIED 110 RESTAURANTS IN THE UNINCORPORATED PART OF THE COUNTY OF THE BAN STARTING ON AUGUST 24. THE PURPOSE OF THE BAN IS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT FROM PLASTIC BAG LITTER. THE BAGS ALSO ARE PROBLEM FOR TRASH COLLECTORS BECAUSE THEY JAM RECYCLING PROCESSING MACHINERY. IF A RESTAURANT CONTINUES TO USE THE SINGLE USE BAGS, THE ESTABLISHMENT CAN BE FINED UP TO $500 FOR EACH VIOLATION.

SONOMA TO SEND INMATES TO MARIN, MENDOCINO (LAW) JB 9/4/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL MAY SOON BE SEEING INMATES TRANSPLANTED FROM SONOMA COUNTY DUE TO OVERCROWDING.

AN INFLUX OF STATE PRISONERS COUPLED WITH A SHORTAGE OF CORRECTIONAL DEPUTIES COULD SOON PROMPT SONOMA COUNTY OFFICIALS TO START SHIPPING JAIL INMATES TO MARIN AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES. BOTH MARIN AND MENDOCINO COUNTY EACH HAVE AGREED TO ACCEPT UP TO 15 INMATES FROM SONOMA FOR $100 A DAY PER INMATE IN AN ARRANGEMENT THAT COULD GENERATE $547.000 A YEAR FOR EACH COUNTY. THE OVERCROWDING IN SONOMA IS ALSO DUE, IN PART, TO THE STATES INMATE REALIGNMENT PROGRAM, STARTED IN 2011.

CVS STOPS SELLING ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS (PI) JB 9/4/14

CVS HAS CHANGED ITS NAME AND ITS POLICY ON THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

AS CVS SHARPENS ITS FOCUS ON CUSTOMER HEALTH, THE NATIONS SECOND-LARGEST DRUGSTORE CHAIN WILL TWEAK ITS CORPORATE NAME AND STOP THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, CVS CAREMARK WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS CVS HEALTH, ALTHOUGH THE SIGNS ON ITS NEARLY 7,700 STORES WONT CHANGE. THE BIGGEST CHANGE WILL SEEN ON THE SHELVES THAT USED TO BE FILLED WITH CIGARETTES AND CIGARS AS THEY NOW WILL BE STOCKED WITH NICOTINE GUM AND SIGNS URGING VISITORS TO KICK THE HABIT,

POTTER VALLEY HOME GOES UP IN FLAMES (LAW) JB 9/4/14

A POTTER VALLEY HOME THAT WAS ONCE A DAIRY BARN WAS DESTROYED IN A FIRE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

A ONE-TIME DAIRY BARN THAT HAD BEEN CONVERTED INTO A HOME ON OLD WAGON ROAD IN POTTER VALLEY WAS A TOTAL LOSS AFTER THE FIRE THAT STARTED JUST BEFORE NOON YESTERDAY. ACCORDING TO THE POTTER VALLEY DEPARTMENT, THE FIRE STARTED IN THE AREA OF AN ELECTRIC STOVE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE WAS REPORTEDLY VACANT AT THE TIME AND FIRE WAS CONTAINED TO JUST THE ONE STRUCTURE. ALONG WITH THE POTTER VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT, CAL FIRE AND THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ASSISTED ON THE SCENE.

TWO INJURED IN CRASH ON NORTH STATE STREET (LAW) JB 9/4/14

A VEHICLE CRASH ON NORTH STATE STREET YESTERDAY AFTERNOON RESULTED IN MULTIPLE INJURIES.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY, A GREEN BUICK SEDAN HEADED SOUTHBOUND ON NORTH STATE STREET WENT OFF THE ROAD AND STRUCK A POWER POLE IN FRONT OF THE TWIN PINES MOBILE HOME PARK. THE CAR CAME TO REST IN THE LANDSCAPING OF A NEARBY BUSINESS. THE OCCUPANTS, AN ADULT AND A CHILD, WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER WITH MINOR INJURIES AND THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

PRELIMINARY REPORT RELEASED ON INTERNET OUTAGE (BB) JB 9/4/14

A PRELIMINARY REPORT HAS BEEN RELEASED ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF LAST MONTHS INTERNET AND PHONE OUTAGE ON THE COAST.

THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY RELEASED Its PRELIMINARY REPORT REGARDING THE OUTAGE AFTER RECEIVING MORE THAN 700 RESPONSES TO A PUBLIC SURVEY REGARDING THE ISSUE. THE REPORT SHOWS THAT 273 RESIDENTS IN THE AREA LOST THE ABILITY TO CALL 911, INCLUDING THREE POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND 39 DISABLED OR ELDERLY RESIDENTS. INITIAL SURVEY RESPONSES REVEALED ECONOMIC LOSSES FROM THE OUTAGE AT $216,000.

COUNCIL CANDIDATES ATTEND MOCK COUNCIL MEETING (GOV) JB 9/4/14

THE CANDIDATES VYING FOR A SEAT ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ARE SLATED TO PARTICIPATE IN A MOCK CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

THE AGRICULTURE AND BUSINESS COALITION ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS HOSTING A UNIQUE CANDIDATES FORUM TO BE ATTENDED BY ALL EIGHT CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL. UNLIKE A TRADITIONAL Q&A FORUM, THE CANDIDATES WILL BE ASKED TO TAKE HYPOTHETICAL VOTES ON KEY LOCAL ISSUES, SUCH AS TRANSIENTS, PUBLIC SAFETY, SMART GROWTH, TAX SHARING, AND THE CITYS PERMITTING PROCESS. THE FORUM WILL BE MODERATED BY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN AND WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 6-8 PM TONIGHT AT THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

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