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CARNIVAL WORKERS LEG SEVERED AT FAIR JKB 6/24/10

  • A CARNIVAL WORKERS LEG WAS SEVERED WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A CHILDRENS ROLLER COASTER AT THE SONOMA MARIN FAIR YESTERDAY.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ABOUT 90 MINUTES AFTER THE FAIR HAD OPENED. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE WORKER, WHO WAS NOT THE RIDE OPERATOR, STEPPED ONTO THE TRACKS OF THE WACKY WORM ROLLER COASTER WITH HIS BACK TO THE MOVING RIDE JUST PRIOR TO BEING STRUCK AT AROUND 2:15 PM. HIS LEG WAS SEVERED JUST BELOW THE KNEE. HE AND HIS LEG WERE TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. NO WORD YET ON HIS CONDITION. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. NO CHILDREN WHO WERE ON THE RIDE AT THE TIME WERE INJURED. CAL OSHA IS INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT.

MAN GIVING CONDOMS TO CHILDREN ARRESTED JKB 6/24/10

  • A UKIAH MAN WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY HANDING OUT CONDOMS TO CHILDREN, SOME AS YOUNG AS 8 YEARS OLD, WAS ARRESTED ON SUNDAY.

ACCORDING TO POLICE, 21 YEAR OLD ROCKY ALAN COVEY WAS ON LAWS AVENUE IN CONVERSATION WITH A GROUP OF CHILDREN AND WAS SOLICITING THEM WITH CONDOMS. AN 18 YEAR OLD WHO WITNESSED THE EVENT CALLED 911. COVEY WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON SUSPICION OF ANNOYING OR MOLESTING CHILDREN. HIS BAIL WAS SET AT $5000.

UUSD APPROVES BUDGET JKB 6/24/10

  • THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS APPROVED A BUDGET THAT INCLUDES GENERAL FUND REDUCTIONS IN EXCESS OF $3.1 MILLION DOLLARS, PUTS A FREEZE ON SPENDING AND ALLOWS FOR ANOTHER $5.7 MILLION DOLLARS IN REDUCTIONS IN FUTURE BUDGETS SHOULD THE FISCAL CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE..

THE NEWLY APPROVED BUDGET AND ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS COULD IMPACT THE DISTRICTS BUDGETS THROUGH THE 2012, 2013 SCHOOL YEAR. THE WORST CASE SCENARIO MEASURES ARE NECESSARY DUE TO THE ONGOING FINANCIAL CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA AND THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THE STATE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE EVEN LESS FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WILL NOW REVIEW THE PROPOSED BUDGET BEFORE THE FINAL APPROVAL.

SANTA ROSA DOOLITTLE RAIDER DIES JKB 6/24/10

  • A SANTA ROSA MAN WHO WAS ONE OF THE AIRMEN THAT TOOK PART IN THE FAMOUS DOOLITTLE RAIDS 4 MONTHS AFTER THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR DURING WORLD WAR TWO HAS DIED.

FRANK KAPPELER WAS A NAVIGATOR AND ONE OF THE 79 AVIATORS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO FLY WITH LT. COL. JAMES JIMMY DOOLITTLE IN THE B-25 BOMBING RAIDS THAT TOOK OFF FROM AIR CRAFT CARRIERS TO MAKE STRIKES ON MAINLAND JAPAN IN APRIL 1942 IN RETALIATION FOR THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK. THE RAIDERS WERE THEN FORCED TO DITCH THEIR PLANES AND BAIL OUT OVER CHINA BECAUSE OF EXHAUSTED FUEL SUPPLIES. KAPPELER SERVED THE REST OF THE WAR IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER COMPLETING 53 COMBAT MISSIONS. HE RETIRED FROM THE AIR FORCE IN 1966 AS A LIEUTENANT COLONEL. KAPPELERS DEATH MEANS THAT JUST 7 SURVIVORS OF THE RAID ARE LEFT. HE WAS 96.

TRAIN KILLS 12, INJURES SEVERAL OTHERS IN SPAIN JKB 6/24/10

  • AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND SEVERAL OTHERS WERE INJURED WHEN THEY WERE STRUCK AND RUN OVER BY A TRAIN IN A TOWN SOUTH OF BARCELONA SPAIN.

AUTHORITIES SAY IT HAS BEEN HARD TO IDENTIFY EXACTLY HOW MANY WERE KILLED AND INJURED DUE TO EXTENSIVE MUTILATION OF THE BODIES. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WEDNESDAY BETWEEN 11:30 PM AND MIDNIGHT AS A GROUP OF ABOUT 30 PEOPLE TRIED CROSS THE TRACKS AFTER GETTING OFF ANOTHER TRAIN. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, REMODELING OF THE TRAIN STATION LAST OCTOBER RESULTED IN THE CLOSURE OF AN ELEVATED CROSS WALK OVER THE TRACKS, BUT IT WAS REPLACED BY AN UNDERGROUND PASSAGEWAY BENEATH THE TRACKS WHICH WAS OPEN AND IN USE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. IT IS UNCLEAR WHY THE GROUP CHOSE NOT TO USE THE PASSAGEWAY.

OBAMA FIRES MC CHRYSTAL JKB 6/24/10

  • AFTER A 30 MINUTE MEETING YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT BRACK OBAMA RELIEVED GENERAL STANLEY MC CHRYSTAL OF HIS COMMAND OF U.S. AND ALLIED FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN AND NOMINATED GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS TO REPLACE HIM.

THE DISMISSAL CAME A DAY AFTER MC CHRYSTALS DISPARAGING REMARKS IN A ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE ARTICLE, ABOUT CIVILIAN LEADERSHIP, INCLUDING VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, WERE REVEALED. THE MAGAZINE IS DUE TO HIT NEWSSTANDS TOMORROW. IN ACCEPTING MC CHRYSTALS RESIGNATION, OBAMA SAID GENERAL MC CRYSTALS REMARKS UNDERMINED THE CIVILIAN CONTROL OF THE MILITARY AND DID NOT MEET THE STANDARD THAT SHOULD BE SET BY A COMMANDING GENERAL.

MOTHER CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT JKB 6/24/10

  • A PETALUMA MOTHER WHOSE 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WAS FOUND WANDERING ON A CITY STREET LATE MONDAY NIGHT, HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

23 YEAR OLD ANA RENDON WAS ARRESTED AFTER HER DAUGHTER WAS FOUND BY PETALUMA RESIDENTS BAREFOOT AND CRYING ON A SIDEWALK AT AROUND 10 PM MORE THAN A MILE FROM HER HOME. ACCORDING TO POLICE, RENDON HAD BEEN DRINKING SUNDAY EVENING AND WAS UNAWARE THAT HER DAUGHTER WAS MISSING FOR AT LEAST 11 HOURS. SHE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON $25,000 BAIL AND AN ADDITIONAL IMMIGRATION HOLD. THE CHILD HAS BEEN PLACED IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY.

COAST ANIMAL SHELTER STATUS JKB 6/24/10

  • AS WE REPORTED EARLIER THIS MONTH THE ANIMAL SHELTER IN FORT BRAGG IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE AT THE END OF JULY DUE TO THE COUNTYS $11.6 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT.

HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED YESTERDAY, THE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG ARE EXPLORING OTHER MODELS OF NON COUNTY OPERATION FOR THE EXISTING FACILITY ON SUMMERS LANE, WHICH RECENTLY WENT THROUGH A SERIES OF UPGRADES. AS OF JULY 31ST. ALL ANIMAL CARE SERVICES FOR THE COUNTY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHELTER IN UKIAH. ANIMAL CONTROL FIELD SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED THROUGH THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

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