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PILOT KILLED IDENTIFIED JKB 6/21/10

  • TWO MEN WHO WERE KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH NEAR THE TRUCKEE LAKE TAHOE AIRPORT LAST WEEK WERE IDENTIFIED AS 66 YEAR OLD PILOT RAYMOND ROTGE OF BENNETT VALLEY AND 71 YEAR OLD PASSENGER MACK JOHNSTON OF CHEWELAH WASHINGTON.

BOTH MEN DIED WHEN ROTGES SINGLE ENGINE TWO SEAT EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT 500 YARDS SOUTH OF THE RUNWAY AT 2:15 PM THURSDAY. ROTGE WAS DESCRIBED AS A RETIRED COMMERCIAL PILOT, A SEASONED FLIER AND AN EXPERT IN THE HANDLING OF HIS EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT. THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

THREE BOYS ARRESTED FOR BREAK IN AT UKIAH HIGH JKB 6/21/10

  • THREE YOUNG BOYS WERE ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO THE UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL LAST WEEK.

OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE SCHOOL AT AROUND 11:10 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER A BURGLAR ALARM HAD BEEN ACTIVATED, BUT THE SUSPECTS HAD FLED THE AREA. OFFICERS LOCATED A 13 YEAR OLD BOY RIDING A BICYCLE ON DESPINA DRIVE WHO REPORTEDLY ADMITTED HE AND SOME FRIENDS HAD BEEN PLAYING THE GAME FUGITIVE AND HAD BROKEN INTO THE LITTLE THEATER BY KICKING HOLES IN THE WALL. THE BOY WAS FOUND TO BE ON PROBATION AND ARRESTED. TWO OTHER SUSPECTS, A 12 YEAR OLD BOY AND A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WERE IDENTIFIED AND LOCATED A SHORT TIME LATER. ALL THREE WERE BOOKED INTO JUVENILE HALL.

UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES IMPROVE JKB 6/21/10

  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ACROSS THE STATE ARE IMPROVING AS MORE COUNTIES ARE REPORTING A DECREASE IN JOBLESSNESS.

LAKE COUNTYS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED ONE AND A HALF PERCENTAGE POINTS. FROM 18.6% IN APRIL TO 17.1% IN MAY. MENDOCINO COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS RECORDED AT 10.8%. STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT TOTALED 12.4% IN MAY, DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM 12.5% IN APRIL.

FISH AND GAME YOUNG ANIMAL WARNING JKB 6/21/10

  • THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME IS URGING PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS NOT TO HANDLE YOUNG WILD ANIMALS THEY MAY ENCOUNTER.

HIKERS OFTEN SPOT YOUNG WILD ANIMALS AND THINK THEY ARE ORPHANED OR NEED HELP. IN MOST CASES, OFFICIALS REPORT IT IS NEITHER, AND THE ANIMALS SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE. IN 2008 MORE THAN 500 FAWNS WERE TURNED INTO THE CALIFORNIA REHABILITATION FACILITIES BY CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. MOST OF THE FAWNS WERE HEALTHY AND DID NOT NEED TO BE RESCUED. ONCE A WILD ANIMAL BABY IS REMOVED FROM ITS MOTHER, IT CAN LOSE THE ABILITY TO SURVIVE IN THE WILD. MANY ANIMALS CAN ALSO TRANSMIT DISEASE TO HUMANS WANTING TO CARE FOR THEM. IF YOU DO ENCOUNTER A WILD BABY ANIMAL THAT YOU BELIEVE TO BE ORPHANED, THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS TO LEAVE IT ALONE AND CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME.

GRAND JURY REPORT ON EVIDENCE ROOM =- JKB 6/21/10

  • ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY GRAND JURY, THE MAIN EVIDENCE STORAGE ROOM IS PACKED TO CAPACITY AND OVER RUN WITH EVIDENCE THAT COULD BE RELEASED OR DESTROYED.

THE JURY FOUND THE 5000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY OVER CROWDED WITH EVIDENCE FROM CLOSED AND ADJUDICATED CASES. IT BLAMED THE CONDITION ON POOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE AND EVIDENCE ROOM STAFF AND RECOMMENDED THE ROUTINE USE OF ONE OF TWO EXISTING FORMS THAT AUTHORIZES THE RELEASE OR DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE AFTER IT IS NO LONGER NEEDED. THE GRAND JURY ALSO RECOMMENDED ADDING ANOTHER EVIDENCE TECHNICIAN AND RECRUITING A STUDENT OR VOLUNTEER AS A PART TIME AIDE TO THE EVIDENCE ROOM DEPARTMENT, THAT IS CURRENTLY STAFFED WITH ONLY ONE FULL TIME AND ONE PART TIME EMPLOYEE.

DEEP WATER DRILLING BAN OPPOSED JKB 6/21/10

  • A FEDERAL JUDGE IS HEARING ARGUMENTS TODAY FROM COMPANIES SEEKING AN END TO A TEMPORARY BAN ON DEEPWATER OIL DRILLING.

THE 6 MONTH BAN, INSTITUTED BY THE GOVERNMENT LAST MONT, HALTS ALL DRILLING IN WATER MORE THAN 500 FEET DEEP AND PREVENTS NEW PERMITS FROM BEING ISSUED. COMPANIES THAT MAKE THEIR LIVING OFF THE DEEP WATER WELLS ARE SUING, SAYING THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO EVIDENCE THAT EXISTING OPERATIONS POSE A THREAT. GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES SAY THE BAN IS NECESSARY TO ASSESS THE SAFETY AND REGULATION ISSUES AND REDUCE THE RISK OF ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER. AS OF LAST WEEK GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY AS MUCH AS 60,000 BARRELS OR 2.5 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL HAVE BEEN SPILLED INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO SINCE AN EXPLOSION ABOARD THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DRILLING RIG APRILS 20TH.

FIRE IN CHICAGO SUBWAY JKB 6/21/10

  • A FIRE AT CHICAGOS CLARK STREET STATION SUBWAY LEFT AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE WITH SMOKE RELATED INJURIES YESTERDAY.

RAILROAD TIES IN A TUNNEL CAUGHT FIRE AFTER APPARENTLY BEING IGNITED BY SPARKS FROM PASSING TRAINS. 5 PEOPLE WERE LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION, 4 OTHERS WERE IN STABLE CONDITION AND 3 WERE LISTED IN GOOD CONDITION.

VAN DER SLOOT SAYS HE WAS TRICKED JKB 6/21/10

  • ACCUSED KILLER JORAN VAN DER SLOOT SAYS HE WAS TRICKED INTO SIGNING A CONFESSION TO THE MURDER OF 21 YEAR OLD PERUVIAN STUDENT STEPHANY RAMIREZ LAST WEEK.

HE CLAIMS PERUVIAN AUTHORITIES TOLD HIM THAT IF HE SIGNED THE PAPERS, HE WOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NETHERLANDS, AND DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS CONTAINED IN THE DOCUMENT HE SIGNED. VAN DER SLOOT WAS ARRESTED TWICE AS A PRIME SUSPECT IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALABAMA TEENAGER NATALEE HOLLOWAY IN ARUBA IN 2005. HE WAS NEVER CHARGED BECAUSE OF LACK OF EVIDENCE. VAN DER SLOOTS ATTORNEY SAYS THE CONFESSION SHOULD BE THROWN OUT BECAUSE HE WAS NOT PROPERLY REPRESENTED DURINT THE INTERROGATION. PERUVIAN AUTHORITIES SAY THE CONFESSION WAS ACQUIRED LEGALLY. ACCORDING TO THE SIGNED CONFESSION, VA DER SLOOT TOLD AUTHORITIES HE ATTACKED FLORES ON MAY 30TH AFTER SHE READ AN E-MAIL ON HIS COMPUTER CONNECTED WITH THE HOLLOWAY CASE.

BUS SET ON FIRE, KILLS 11 JKB 6/21/10

  • AT LEAST 11 PASSENGERS WERE KILLED AND 8 OTHERS INJURED WHEN SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS SET FIRE TO A MASS TRANSIT BUS IN SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR SUNDAY NIGHT.

WITNESSES SAID PEOPLE ON MOTORCYCLES INTERCEPTED THE BUS, DOUSED IT WITH GASOLINE, LIT IT ON FIRE AND BARRICADED THE DOORS SHUT WITH PEOPLE INSIDE. TEN MINUTES LATER, A 2ND BUS WAS ATTACKED WITH GUNFIRE SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY. AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL AND THE BUS DRIVER WERE KILLED. INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT THE BUSSES WERE TARGETED AS REPRISALS AGAINST THE DRIVERS WHO HAD NOT PAID GANG IMPOSED PROTECTION MONEY.

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