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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.

VEHICLE STOP LEADS TO 9 FIGHTING ROOSTERS, CASH AND 6 ARRESTS (LAW) JH 04/09/14

A VEHICLE STOP FOR A BROKEN TAIL LIGHT RESULTED IN SIX ARRESTS, AND SEIZURE OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH , AS WELL AS NINE FIGHTING ROOSTERS.

ON APRIL 6TH, A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY NOTICED THE BROKEN TAIL LIGHT AND PULLED OVER THE VEHICLE HEADED WEST ON HIGHWAY 20 IN UPPER LAKE. THE DEPUTY NOTICED MARIJUANA ON THE FLOOR AS WELL AS $24,000 IN CASH SPREAD AROUND THE FLOOR. ALL THE OCCUPANTS DENIED OWNERSHIP OF THE CASH. A SEARCH REVEALED ANOTHER $42,000 IN CASH, AND THE FIVE ADULT AND ONE JUVENILE SUSPECTS, FROM MERCED, STOCKTON, CHOWCHILLA, AND LOS ANGELES WERE ALL ARRESTED ON VARIOUS ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES AFTER THE BIRDS AND VARIOUS FIGHTING ACCESSORIES WERE LOCATED IN THE VEHICLE. THE 9 ROOSTERS WERE SEIZED BY ANIMAL CONTROL.

BODY NEAR LAKE HENNESSEY IDENTIFIED AS MISSING SANTA ROSA MAN (LAW) JH 04/09/14

THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND LAST WEEK NEAR LAKE HENNESSEY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A MISSING SANTA ROSA MAN.

43-YEAR-OLD REYNALDO PACHECO WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING HIS SANTA ROSA HOME HEADED FOR NAPA ON MARCH 24TH AROUND 10 AM. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO RETURN BY 3 PM TO PICK UP HIS CHILD FROM SCHOOL, BUT CALLED A FRIEND AT ABOUT 2:40 ASKING THEM TO PICK UP THE CHILD. THAT WAS THE LAST TIME ANYONE HEARD FROM PACHECO. HIS BODY WAS FOUND THURSDAY AFTER AUTHORITIES WERE ALERTED TO ITS LOCATION BY MIGUEL GARCIA, A WANTED MAN WHO DIED AT THE END OF A 19-HOUR STANDOFF WITH AUTHORITIES IN KENWOOD. ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, GARCIA ADMITTED DURING THE STANDOFF, TO MURDERING PACHECO.

SOME PLAINTIFFS IN COSTCO LAWSUITS CLAIM NO KNOWLEDGE OF SUIT (PI) JH 04/09/14

FOUR WOMEN NAMED IN TWO LAWSUITS AGAINST A PROPOSED COSTCO STORE IN UKIAH ARE LOCAL GROCERY WORKERS, AND AT LEAST ONE CLAIMS NO KNOWLEDGE OF HER INVOLVEMENT IN THE SUIT.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, RACHEL LAND AND PATTY HERNANDEZ, WHO BOTH WORK AT FOODMAXX, ARE TWO OF THE NAMED PLAINTIFFS IN THE SUIT FILED BY THE GROUP UKIAH CITIZENS FOR SAFETY FIRST. ALSO NAMED ARE TERRI STOUT AND SANDY McKEE WHO WORK AT THE UKIAH LUCKY STORE. McKEE CLAIMS SHE WAS SHOCKED AND MORTIFIED WHEN SHE SAW HER NAME LISTED AS A PLAINTIFF, AND SAID SHE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE GROUP UKIAH CITIZENS FOR SAFETY FIRST. McKEE SAID SHE DID NOT AGREE TO BE NAMED IN THE LAWSUIT AND WAS NOT OPPOSED TO COSTCO OPENING IN UKIAH. WHEN AN ATTORNEY WHO REPRESENTS THE WOMEN IN THE SUIT WAS ASKED TO RESPOND TO McKEES CLAIM, HE SAID HE COULD NOT SPEAK TO THAT. THE LAWSUIT IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE HEARD IN COURT FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS CANDIDATES FACE OFF IN DEBATE (PI)

JH 04/09/14

A DEBATE BETWEEN THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF CANDIDATES BROUGHT CHEERS, APPLAUSE, LAUGHS, AND GASPS AS THE CANDIDATES BECAME CONFRONTATION SEVERAL TIMES DURING TUESDAY NIGHTS EVENT.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTS, INCUMBENT SHERIFF FRANK RIVERO AND CANDIDATES BRIAN MARTIN AND BOB CHALK DEBATED FOR MORE THAT TWO HOURS DURING THE EVENT HELD BY THE LAKE COUNTY PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION. NEARLY 200 PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR THE DEBATE THAT INCLUDED QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS CANDIDATES ADDRESSING ISSUES THAT THE DEPARTMENT FACE EACH DAY. AMONG THE MOST NOTICEABLE REACTIONS FROM THE CROWD, WAS A COLLECTIVE GASP WHEN RIVERO CONGRATULATED THE OTHER CANDIDATES ON THEIR VOLUNTEER WORK, AND WENT ON TO SAY HE DIDNT HAVE TIME FOR THAT, BECAUSE HE SPENT HIS TIME OFF WITH HIS FAMILY.

TALL SHIP DOCKED IN NOYO HARBOR FOR VISIT (PI) JH 04/09/14

THE TALL SAILING SHIP, HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN, THAT LEFT SAN FRANCISCO MONDAY MORNING REACHED NOYO HARBOR YESTERDAY FOR A FIVE DAY VISIT.

ACCORDING TO THE SHIPS WEB SITE, THE HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN IS A REPLICA OF A TYPICAL EUROPEAN MERCHANT TRADER POPULAR DURING THE LATE 19TH CENTURY. WHILE IN PORT THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH, WALK ON TOURS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WILL BE OFFERED.

THE SHIP IS DOCKED AT SILVERS AT THE WARF ON NORTH HARBOR DRIVE. THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS TO SEE A LARGE SAILING VESSEL UP CLOSE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAINS WEB SITE AT WWW.HISTORICALSEAPORT.ORG.

FREE HIV TESTING AVAILABLE IN CLEARLAKE (PI) JH 04/09/14

FREE OF CHARGE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING IS AVAILABLE IN CLEARLAKE TODAY.

COMMUNITY CARE, A NON-PROFIT AGENCY, WILL PROVIDE THE FREE TESTING, AS WELL AS OFFERING THOSE INTERESTED IN THE TEST AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH A TEST COUNSELOR BEFORE AND AFTER. THE ORAL SWAB TEST WILL PROVIDE RESULTS IN 20 MINUTES. ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR, MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US ARE LIVING WITH HIV AND ALMOST ONE IN SIX ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR INFECTION. TESTING IS TODAY FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM AT THE BRIDGE PEER SUPPORT CENTER ON BURNS VALLEY ROAD.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/09/14

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

PAVEMENT STUDIES WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY ON HIGHWAY 1 JUST NORTH OF HAPPY LANE. WORK WILL BE DONE BETWEEN 8:30 AM AND 3 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

CLEARLAKE MAN ARRESTED AND DOG SHOT DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT (LAW) JH 04/08/14

A CLEARLAKE MAN WAS ARRESTED AND HIS DOG SHOT WHEN POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUNDAY.

POLICE ARRIVED AT THE 12TH STREET RESIDENCE JUST BEFORE 10:30 SUNDAY NIGHT, AND HEARD A MAN YELLING THAT HE WAS GOING TO STAB SOMEONE. AS AN OFFICER ENTERED THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR, A PIT BULL BECAME AGGRESSIVE AND ATTEMPTED TO ATTACK THE OFFICER, WHO THEN SHOT THE DOG ONCE TO PROTECT HIMSELF AND ALLOW HIM TO RENDER AID TO THE VICTIM BEING ASSAULTED BY THE SUSPECT, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 57 YEAR OLD JAMES ALLEN NELSON. THE DOG DIED OF ITS WOUND AND NELSON WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

MENDOCINO COUNTY BAG BAN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE RESTAURANTS (GOV/EVR) JH 04/08/14

RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKE-OUT FOOD WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO OFFER PLASTIC BAGS TO THEIR CUSTOMERS IN THE FALL.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, WHEN THE COUNCIL FIRST VOTED ON A POTENTIAL BAG BAN FOR LOCAL GROCERY STORES AND RETAIL BUSINESSES, IT DECIDED TO EXCLUDE RESTAURANTS DUE TO LAWSUITS THAT HAD BEEN FILED AGAINST OTHER CITIES THAT ADOPTED SUCH BANS. HOWEVER, AFTER THE CALIFORNIA APPELLATE COURT RECENTLY FOUND THAT STATE LAW DOES NOT TRUMP LOCAL REGULATIONS OF THE TAKE-OUT BAGS, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ALTERED THE BAG ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE RESTAURANTS. THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ALSO VOTED TO ADOPT THE REVISED ORDINANCE AT LAST WEEKS MEETING. THE COUNTY WIDE ORDINANCE WILL TAKE EFFECT AUGUST 24TH, AND THE CITY WIDE ORDINANCE IN UKIAH WILL TAKE EFFECT ON OCTOBER 30TH. HOWEVER, UNLIKE OTHER BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY THE BAG BAN, RESTAURANTS DO NOT HAVE TO CHARGE CUSTOMERS FOR THE BAGS THEY GIVE OUT.

COASTAL RESIDENTS VOTE ON TAX FOR GUALALA URGENT CARE CENTER (ECN/PI) JH 04/08/14

IT IS AN ELECTION DAY ON THE COAST TODAY, AS COASTAL RESIDENTS WILL GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON WHETHER THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY MORE EACH YEAR TO MAINTAIN ACCESS TO AN URGENT CARE CENTER AND POSSIBLE EXTEND ITS HOURS.

VOTERS ALONG A 60-MILE STRETCH OF COASTLINE STRADDLING SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES ARE CONSIDERING A TAX MEASURE THAT WOULD INCREASE THE COST FOR URGENT CARE IN REMOTE AREAS LIKE SEA RANCH, POINT ARENA, AND GUALALA. MEASURE J NEEDS APPROVAL FROM TWO-THIRDS OF THE VOTERS TO PASS, AND WOULD REQUIRE RESIDENTS IN THE COAST LIFE SUPPORT DISTRICT TO PAY $148 ANNUALLY, UP FROM ONLY $36, TO MAINTAIN THE GUALALA URGENT CARE CLINICS 10 HOUR DAYS, AND EXTEND ITS HOURS INTO THE WEEKEND.

HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN COMING TO NOYO (PI) JH 04/08/14

A TALL SAILING SHIP LEFT SAN FRANCISCO MONDAY MORNING AND IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN NOYO HARBOR THIS WEEK, POSSIBLY TOMORROW.

ACCORDING TO THE ADVOCATE NEWS, THE HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN WILL BE DOCKED AT SILVERS AT THE WARF ON NORTH HARBOR DRIVE. THE SHIP WILL OFFER TOURS AND WILL ALSO TAKE TWO TWO-HOUR SAILINGS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THAT LOCALS CAN SIGN UP FOR. THE HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN IS A REPLICA OF A TYPICAL EUROPEAN MERCHANT TRADER POPULAR DURING THE LATE 19TH CENTURY.

LC FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE (AG/ED) JH 04/08/14

THE LAKE COUNTY FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE HAS ANNOUNCED IT IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THEIR 2014 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.

THE PROGRAM WAS ORGANIZED TO GIVE FINANCIAL AID TO LAKE COUNTY STUDENTS WHO SHOW A DESIRE TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED ANNUALLY AND ARE BASED UPON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, CAREER GOALS, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, DETERMINATION, LEADERSHIP SKILLS, AND A COMMITMENT TO STUDY AGRICULTURE. APPLICATION PACKETS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE FARM BUREAU ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30TH TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE FARM BUREAU WEBSITE WWW.LAKECOFB.COM, OR BY CONTACTING YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR.

FREE HIV TESTING AVAILABLE IN CLEARLAKE (PI) JH 04/08/14

FREE OF CHARGE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING WILL BE AVAILABLE IN CLEARLAKE TOMORROW.

COMMUNITY CARE, A NON-PROFIT AGENCY, WILL PROVIDE THE FREE TESTING, AS WELL AS OFFERING THOSE INTERESTED IN THE TEST AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH A TEST COUNSELOR BEFORE AND AFTER. THE ORAL SWAB TEST WILL PROVIDE RESULTS IN 20 MINUTES. ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR, MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US ARE LIVING WITH HIV AND ALMOST ONE IN SIX ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR INFECTION. TESTING IS TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 15TH FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM AT THE BRIDGE PEER SUPPORT CENTER ON BURNS VALLEY ROAD.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/08/14

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR HAPPY LANE TODAY. THE WORK WILL BE DONE BETWEEN 8 AM AND 3 PM. ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN UKIAH STABBING (LAW) JH 04/07/14

AUTHORITIES WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT IN A UKIAH STABBING THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK.

THE VICTIM, WHO REPORTED BEING ROBBED AND STABBED TWICE IN THE AREA OF LAWS AVENUE AND SOUTH STATE STREET ON APRIL 1ST, WAS ABLE TO GIVE VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT HIS ATTACKER. HOWEVER, AN INVESTIGATION LED AUTHORITIES TO BELIEVE THAT 25 YEAR OLD MICHAEL FRANCE WAS RESPONSIBLE. DETECTIVES THEN LEARNED THAT FRANCE WAS ARRESTED ON APRIL 2ND IN WILLITS AND HAD THREE KNIVES IN HIS POSSESSION, ONE MATCHING THE DESCRIPTION FROM THE UKIAH STABBING. DETECTIVES PREPARED A PHOTO LINEUP AND THE VICTIM POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED FRANCE AS THE ATTACKER. FRANCE WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE SEEKS ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING STOLEN PROPERTY (LAW) JH 04/07/14

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING SOME RECOVERED STOLEN PROPERTY.

THE ITEMS RECOVERED ARE DISHES THAT APPEAR TO BE COLLECTABLE AND POSSIBLY ANTIQUES. THERE IS ALSO SOME MENS JEWELRY, INCLUDING CUFF LINKS AND TIE BARS. PHOTOS OF THE ITEMS ARE POSTED ON THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS WEB SITE UNDER THE NIXLE ALERTS. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION AS TO WHO OWNS THE PROPERTY, PLEASE CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AT 263 2690.

NCO PLANS NEW COMMUNITY GARDENS (PI) JH 04/07/14

NORTH COAST OPPORTUNITIES IS BUILDING ANOTHER COMMUNITY GARDEN, THIS TIME AT VINEWOOD PARK IN UKIAH.

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WAS ASKED TO APPROVE A CONTRACT BETWEEN NCO AND THE CITY AT ITS LAST MEETING. NCO HAS A NETWORK OF COMMUNITY GARDENS, WHICH NOT ONLY OFFER GARDENING OPPORTUNITIES TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT OTHERWISE HAVE THEM, BUT THE ACTIVITY IN THE PARKS ALSO HELPS MAINTAIN A MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AT THE LOCATIONS. VINEWOOD PARK ON ELM STREET, WILL HAVE A GARDEN BUILT IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER, WHERE THERE IS CURRENTLY IVY AND GRASSY AREAS THAT GET LITTLE USE. THE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED LEASING THE SPACE TO NCO FOR FIVE YEARS FOR THE GARDEN PROJECT.

KONOCTI HARBOR RESORT STILL IN ESCROW (PI) JH 04/07/14

THE EFFORT TO FINALIZE THE PURCHASE OF KONOCTI HARBOR RESORT AND SPA IS STILL UNDER WAY, WITH THE SALE CONTINGENCY PERIOD EXTENDED.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTS, RESORT EQUITIES, THE FIRM THAT SEEKS TO PURCHASE KONOCTI HARBOR, SIGNED A PURCHASE AGREEMENT IN AUGUST AND HAD HOPED TO CLOSE ESCROW IN THE FIRST HALF OF MARCH. HOWEVER, ESCROW HAS NOT CLOSED YET ON THE RESORT THAT HAS BEEN SHUTTERED SINCE 2009. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS FROM RESORT EQUITIES, THE PURCHASE EFFORT IN STILL UNDER WAY AND IS MOVING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. THE CONTINGENCY PERIOD HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF MAY, AND RENOVATIONS AND CONSTRUCTION ARE PLANED TO START THIS SUMMER.

PV OFFICIALS URGING CHANGES TO LAKE PILLSBURY RULES (GOV/EVR)

JH 04/07/14

IF THE RULES GOVERNING THE FLOW OF WATER LEAVING LAKE PILLSBURY WERE CHANGED, OFFICIALS SAY THAT LAKE MENDOCINO WOULD HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY MORE WATER STORED IN IT.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, ACCORDING TO POTTER VALLEY IRRIGATION DISTRICT OFFICIALS, LAKE PILLSBURY IS ONLY RELEASING ABOUT 45 CUBIC FEET OF WATER PER SECOND INTO THE POTTER VALLEY PROJECT, INSTEAD OF THE 250 TO 270 CUBIC FEET THE TUNNEL CAN HANDLE. INSTEAD, OPERATING RULES DICTATED BY THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE AND THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, HAVE OVER 1,000 CUBIC FEET OF WATER PER SECOND GOING TO THE EEL RIVER, WHICH IS 844 CUBIC FEET MORE THAN THE MINIMUM FLOWS. IT ALL TIES TO THE TARGET STORAGE CURVE THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO MEET, AS THE CURVES MAXIMUM EXCEEDS THE CAPACITY OF LAKE PILLSBURY. THE RULES NEED TO BE UPDATED AND CHANGED SO WATER RELEASES ARE DETERMINED BY THE ACTUAL CAPACITY OF OUR RESERVOIRS.

CAL TRANS TO RESTRIPE HIGHWAY 101 IN WILLITS (TR) JH 04/07/14

CAL TRANS RESTRIPING OF HIGHWAY 101 AT THE BOTTLENECK IN WILLITS IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH OR IN EARLY MAY.

CAL TRANS WILL REPAVE AND RESTRIPE THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 101 FROM HAZEL STREET TO HIGHWAY 20. ACCORDING TO THE WILLITS NEWS, THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE DONE AT NIGHT, FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM, TO MINIMIZE TRAFFIC IMPACT. DURING THE WORKING HOURS, THE NORTHBOUND LANES WILL BE CLOSED, HOWEVER, THE WORK CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL NIGHT TIME TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE 50 DEGREES. THE FINISHED PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN A 10 PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN TRAFFIC FLOW, ACCORDING TO CAL TRANS STUDIES.

LAKE COUNTY CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK (GOV/PI)

JH 04/07/14

LAKE COUNTYS HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED ITS CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK APRIL 7TH THROUGH 13TH.

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK IS PART OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE ROLE OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN COMMUNITIES. SINCE 1995, COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE CELEBRATED EACH APRIL TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE NEED TO PROMOTE HEALTH, PREVENT ILLNESS AND EDUCATE ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TO IMPROVE HEALTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS, VISIT http://health.lakecountyca.gov/

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/07/14

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

BRIDGE REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 162 AT THE RODEO CREEK BRIDGE BEGINNING TODAY. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM WEEKDAYS. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

LAKEPORT POLICE LOOKING FOR ASSAULT SUSPECT (LAW) JH 04/04/14

LAKEPORT POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A FELONY ASSAULT SUSPECT FROM A THURSDAY ATTACK IN LIBRARY PARK.

AT APPROXIMATELY 3:45 YESTERDAY, A MALE SUSPECT ASSAULTED A MALE VICTIM, KNOCKING HIM UNCONSCIOUS. THE SUSPECT FLED ON FOOT BEFORE SWIMMING ACROSS DUTCH HARBOR AND WAS LAST SEEN RUNNING NEAR RENEES CAFÉ AT ABOUT 4 PM. THE SUSPECT IS REPORTED TO BE IN HIS EARLY 20S WITH SHORT DARK HAIR, WEARING A PURPLE BALL CAP WITH A FLAT BILL, BLUE SHORTS, NO SHIRT AND NO SHOES, AND HAVING LARGE GREEN EAR RINGS IN EACH EAR. WITNESSES ADVISED THE SUSPECT APPEARED TO BE TRYING TO LOCATE SOMEONE TO GIVE HIM A RIDE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENT OR SUSPECTS LOCATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKEPORT POLICE.

. LAW ENFORCEMENT ANNOUNCES CRACK DOWN ON CELL USE BEHIND THE WHEEL (LAW) JH 04/04/14

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES AND ACROSS CALIFORNIA ARE CRACKING DOWN THIS MONTH ON HANDHELD CELL PHONE USE BEHIND THE WHEEL, AS PART OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH.

CHP AND MORE THAN 200 LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THE STATE HAVE INDICATED THAT OFFICERS WILL BE ON ALERT FOR PEOPLE TEXTING OR TALKING ON CELL PHONES DURING APRIL. THE INCREASED ENFORCEMENT AIMS TO PERSUADE DRIVERS TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IMPACTED BY THIS DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR. AUTHORITIES WILL ENFORCE A ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY FOR VIOLATORS.

ATTORNEY SEEKS CHANGE OF VENUE FOR WILKINSON MURDER TRIAL (LAW) JH 04/04/14

THE PUBLIC DEFENDER TASKED WITH REPRESENTING THE WILLITS MAN WHO IS ACCUSED OF TORTURING AND KILLING HIS GRANDFATHER LAST MARCH, HAS REQUESTED A CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THE CASE.

24 YEAR OLD KENNETH WILKINSON COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE IF HE IS CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS GRANDFATHER AND A SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE THAT HE TORTURED THE MAN BY DRAGGING HIM BEHIND HIS TRUCK FOR NEARLY SIX MILES. WILKINSONS ATTORNEY BELIEVES IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO FIND AN UNBIASED JURY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

COASTAL RESIDENTS VOTE ON TAX FOR GUALALA URGENT CARE CENTER (ECN/PI) JH 04/04/14

COASTAL RESIDENTS WILL GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON WHETHER THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY MORE EACH YEAR TO MAINTAIN ACCESS TO AN URGENT CARE CENTER AND POSSIBLE EXTEND ITS HOURS.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTS, THE GUALALA URGENT CARE CLINIC IS OPERATING AT A DEFICIT OF $430,000 THIS YEAR, NOT QUITE HALF OF WHICH IS OFFSET BY A SPECIAL TAX THAT HAS MOST DISTRICT RESIDENTS PAYING $36 A YEAR TOWARDS URGENT CARE. MEASURE J WOULD REPEAL THAT TAX AND REPLACE IT WITH A NEW RATE OF $148 ANNUALLY TO MAINTAIN THE CLINIC BEING OPEN 10 HOURS A DAY ON WEEKDAYS, AND EXTEND SERVICE INTO WEEKENDS AS WELL. CRITICS ARGUE THAT IT IS UNFAIR TO FORCE THE SAME FINANCIAL BURDEN ON VOTERS AT THE EDGES OF THE DISTRICT, WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN FORT BRAGG, UKIAH OR SANTA ROSA, RATHER THAN USE THE GUALALA CLINIC.

STOP OF STOLEN VEHICLE RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST (LAW) JH 04/04/14

TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER UKIAH POLICE PULLED THEM OVER DUE TO THE CAR THEY WERE IN BEING REPORTED STOLEN OUT OF LAKE COUNTY.

26-YEAR-OLD KAMARA MARIE PAGE, WHO WAS DRIVING, AND 31 YEAR OLD JUSTIN ELLIS KING AND 28 YEAR OLD KRISTIN NATASHA SCHMITH, ALL OF UKIAH, WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER POLICE RECOGNIZED THE STOLEN VEHICLE. DURING A SEARCH OF THE THREE SUSPECTS, BOTH KING AND SCHMITH WERE FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION METHAMPHETAMINE. BOTH WERE BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL, WHILE PAGE WAS ARRESTED AND RELEASED FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND VIOLATION OF HER PROBATION. CHP IS INVESTIGATING THE VEHICLE THEFT.

NEW TRAIL BEHIND OAK MANOR SCHOOL (PI) JH 04/04/14

A NEW TRAIL ALONG GIBSON CREEK IN UKIAH IS NOW OPEN AND IN USE.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, THE TRAIL, THAT RUNS FROM OAK MANOR PARK ALONG THE CREEK AND BEHIND OAK MANOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEFORE CONNECTING WITH AN EXISTING TRAIL THAT HEADS OVER THE CREEK TO THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER HIGHWAY 101, HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. ACCORDING TO CITY OFFICIALS, IN 2000, THE CAL TRANS AWARDED THE CITY ABOUT $250,000 TO BUILD THE PATH. IF THE TRAIL HAD NOT BEEN BUILT SOON, THE CITY WOULD HAVE LOST THAT MONEY.

HOBERGS RESORT IN LAKE COUNTY HAS BEEN PURCHASED (PI)

JH 04/04/14

A GROUP OF INVESTORS, CALLED LAKE COUNTY PARTNERS, ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT IT HAS PURCHASED THE HISTORIC HOBERGS RESORT ON COBB MOUNTAIN.

THE INVESTMENT GROUP IS APPLYING FOR A COUNTY USE PERMIT AND PLANS TO INVEST $7.5 MILLION TO RENOVATE AND GET THE RESORT UP AND RUNNING AGAIN. HOBERGS RESORT WAS FOUNDED IN 1885 AND AT ITS PEAK IN THE 1950, WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED RESORTS IN CALIFORNIA HOSTING OVER 1,000 GUESTS A NIGHT.

FREE HIV TESTING AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK IN CLEARLAKE (PI)

JH 04/04/14

FREE OF CHARGE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING WILL BE AVAILABLE IN CLEARLAKE NEXT WEEK.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTS, COMMUNITY CARE, A NON-PROFIT AGENCY, WILL PROVIDE THE FREE TESTING, AS WELL AS OFFERING THOSE INTERESTED IN THE TEST AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH A TEST COUNSELOR BEFORE AND AFTER. THE ORAL SWAB TEST WILL PROVIDE RESULTS IN 20 MINUTES. ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR, MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US ARE LIVING WITH HIV AND ALMOST ONE IN SIX ARE UNAWARE OF THEIR INFECTION. TESTING WILL BE ON TUESDAY, APRIL 15TH FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM AT THE BRIDGE PEER SUPPORT CENTER ON BURNS VALLEY ROAD.

CAL FIRE BEGINS DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS (LAW) JH 04/04/14

CAL FIRE INSPECTORS HAVE BEGUN CONDUCTING DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE 31 MILLION ACRES OF STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA IN CALIFORNIA.

ACCORDING TO CAL FIRE OFFICIALS, CREATING AND MAINTAINING DEFENSIBLE SPACE IS CRITICAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF HOMES, NOT TO MENTION IT IS ALSO THE LAW. THE INSPECTIONS ARE FUNDED BY THE SRA FIRE PREVENTION FEE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PREPARING FOR WILDFIRES AND DEFENSIBLE SPACE, VISIT WWW.READYFORWILDFIRE.ORG.

AUTHORITIES SEEK IDENTITY OF SUSPECT IN STABBING/ROBBERY (LAW)

JH 04/03/14

AUTHORITIES ARE SEEKING THE IDENTITY OF A SUSPECT IN A TUESDAY MORNING ROBBERY AND STABBING IN SOUTH UKIAH.

THE 23 YEAR OLD VICTIM CALLED 911 FROM THE PAY PHONE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE UKIAH AIRPORT, AND TOLD POLICE HE HAD BEEN STABBED. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE HE TOLD SHERIFFS DEPUTIES THAT HE WAS WALKING IN THE AREA OF LAWS AVENUE AND SOUTH STATE STREET WHEN HE WAS CONFRONTED BY ANOTHER MAN WHO HIT HIM IN THE HEAD KNOCKING HIM TO THE GROUND. THE SUSPECT TOOK A SWEATSHIRT WITH TWO ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND STABBED THE VICTIM TWICE IN THE UPPER BODY. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS BEING A LIGHT SKINNED HISPANIC OR WHITE MALE, HAVING A SMALL TATTOO NEAR THE RIGHT EYE AND WEARING A BLACK HOODED SWEATSHIRT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP-LINE AT 234-2100.

TEMPORARY AGREEMENT REACHED TO MERGE FIRE DEPARTMENTS (LAW)

JH 04/03/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A TEMPORARY WORKING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DISTRICT AND THE UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THE TEMPORARY AGREEMENT WILL OFFICIALLY MERGE THE DEPARTMENTS FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS, THOUGH THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR OVER A YEAR NOW. THE AGREEMENT WILL INCREASE THE FIRE SERVICE BUDGET BY ABOUT $200,000 TO $250,000 PER YEAR, AND THE CITY MANAGER STATED THAT SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIND $440,000 DOLLARS, ALMOST ENOUGH TO COVER THESE FIRST TWO YEARS. HOWEVER, MOVING BEYOND THE TEMPORARY AGREEMENT WILL BE DIFFICULT WITHOUT IDENTIFYING A LONG TERM FUNDING SOURCE. THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE THE TEMPORARY AGREEMENT, AND THE FIRE DISTRICTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON IT TODAY.

EARTHQUAKE NEAR UPPER LAKE (EVR) JH 04/03/14

A MODERATE SIZED EARTHQUAKE SHOOK THE UPPER LAKE AREA YESTERDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 9:27 AM JUST 10 MILES NORTH EAST OF UPPER LAKE AT A DEPTH OF 4.7 MILES. THE TEMBLOR REGISTERED A 3.3 MAGNITUDE. SEVERAL SHAKE REPORTS CAME IN FROM AROUND THE REGION, BUT NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.

KNOWN FELON WITH WARRANT ARRESTED WHILE OUT ON BAIL (LAW)

JH 04/03/14

A COVELO MAN WHO IS A KNOWN FELON WITH AN ACTIVE WARRANT, WAS ARRESTED WITH A LOADED FIREARM AND METHAMPHETAMINE WHILE OUT ON BAIL.

A SHERIFFS DEPUTY PARKED ON SOUTH AIRPORT ROAD IN COVELO OBSERVED 27 YEAR OLD LUIS OLIVER DRIVE BY, WHILE YELLING SOMETHING AT THE DEPUTY AND STOPPING HIS VEHICLE. THE DEPUTY, AWARE THAT OLIVER WAS ON FELONY PROBATION WITH AN ACTIVE FELONY WARRANT AND CURRENTLY OUT ON BAIL FROM A PREVIOUS FELONY ARREST, APPROACHED THE VEHICLE AND SAW OLIVER ATTEMPTING TO HIDE SOMETHING. WHEN CONFRONTED, OLIVER ADMITTED HE HAD A GUN AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. A SEARCH REVEALED SEVERAL SMALL BAGS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, NON-PRESCRIBED PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, AND A LOADED RUGER MINI 14 .223 CALIBER RIFLE. OLIVER WAS BOOKED AND HELD ON A NO BAIL STATUS.

LAKE COUNTY BOS SERIOUSLY CONSIDER JOINING THE MOVEMENT TO CREATE THE STATE OF JEFFERSON (GOV) JH 04/03/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THIS WEEK HELD AN INITIAL DISCUSSION ABOUT JOINING THE MOVEMENT TO CREATE THE STATE OF JEFFERSON.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTS, THE BOARD TOOK NO ACTION, BUT APPEARED TO BE OPEN TO THE REQUEST FROM THE JEFFERSON FORMATION COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. BOARD MEMBERS VOICED THEIR FRUSTRATION WITH THE COUNTYS CURRENT STATE LEGISLATORS, AND INDICATED THEY ARE OPEN TO CONSIDERING THE CHANGE.

WATER BOARD PROPOSES CAL TRANS DOWNSIZE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT (GOV/TR) JH 04/03/14

THE NORTH COAST REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD HAS FORMALLY PUT THEIR PROPOSAL TO DOWNSIZE THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS ON THE TABLE FOR CONSIDERATION BY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

THE WATER BOARD RECENTLY NOTIFIED CAL TRANS THAT THEY CAN NOT MOVE ANY MORE FILL DIRT TO THE PROJECT UNTIL THEY GET APPROVAL FOR A MITIGATION AND MONITORING PLAN. THE BOARD GAVE CAL TRANS THREE OPTIONS, SPEED UP THE MITIGATION PLAN, REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE PROJECT, OR PROVIDE ADDITIONAL MITIGATION. ACCORDING TO CAL TRANS OFFICIALS, THE AGENCY IS NOT CONSIDERING SCALING BACK, AND HAS ALREADY BEGUN ADDITIONAL MITIGATION, INCLUDING ENHANCING AN ADDITIONAL 25 ACRES OF WETLAND, AS WELL AS REMOVING ANOTHER FISH BARRIER FROM RYAN CREEK.

BROADBAND ALLIANCE MEETING AND SURVEY FOR CPUC (BB)

JH 04/03/14

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

THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, OR CPUC, IS SEEKING INPUT FROM RESIDENTS ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY AND SPEED OF BROADBAND SERVICE AVAILABLE TO YOU, IF ANY AT ALL. THE INFORMATION WILL BETTER HELP THE CPUC EFFECTIVELY GUIDE BROADBAND SUBSIDIES TO AREAS OF GREATEST NEED WHEN GRANTS ARE REVIEWED FOR BROADBAND EXPANSION. 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 TOMORROW MORNING FROM 10 TO 11:30 AM AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY AT 204 SOUTH OAK STREET IN UKIAH.

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