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POLICE SHOOTING JKB 7/28/10

  • AS WE REPORTED YESTERDAY, THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING A SUSPECT WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT THE SITE OF A LARGE MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION ON U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAND IN THE BOARDMAN RIDGE AREA OF COVELO EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.

AN 8 MEMBER TEAM THAT INCLUDED SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, U.S. FOREST SERVICE AGENTS AND A K-9 UNIT ENCOUNTERED TWO HISPANIC MEN IN THE GARDEN AT AROUND 6:45 AM. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS LEVELED A RIFLE AT ONE OF THE OFFICERS AND WAS SHOT. BOTH MEN FLED FROM THE SCENE. THE WOUNDED SUSPECT RAN ABOUT 30 FEET BEFORE BEING SUBDUED BY THE K-9 OFFICER. HE DIED A SHORT TIME LATER DESPITE LIFE SAVING EFFORTS BY OFFICERS. THE 2ND SUSPECT ESCAPED. THE SUSPECT WHO WAS KILLED HAD NO IDENTIFICATION ON HIM, BUT WAS DESCRIBED AS A HISPANIC MALE IN HIS 20S. THE NAME OF THE OFFICER INVOLVED, WHO IS A 25 YEAR VETERAN WITH THE SHERIFFS OFFICE, HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. HE HAS BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN INVESTIGATION BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THERE ARE AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF LARGE GROW SITES IN THE AREA.

E-QUAKES AT PILLSBURY JKB 7/28/10

  • THE LAKE PILLSBURY AREA WAS RATTLED BY A SERIES OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES YESTERDAY.

THE FIRST QUAKE STRUCK AT 2:21 PM AND MEASURED 3.1 IN MAGNITUDE. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY 3 AFTER SHOCKS OVER THE NEXT 2 HOURS MEASURING 1.5, 2.5 AND 1.8 IN MAGNITUDE. ALL OF THE QUAKES WERE CENTERED 11 MILES NORTH WEST OF LAKE PILLSBURY.

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED JKB 7/28/10

  • A NEGLECTED TURN SIGNAL LED THE ARREST OF A LOS ANGELES MAN AND THE RECOVERY OF A STOLEN VEHICLE LAST NIGHT.

A MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY ON ROUTINE PATROL ON HIGHWAY 101 NORTH OF WILLITS NOTICED A NEW TOYOTA SUV TRAVELING IN THE FAST LANE WITH ITS TURN SIGNAL ON OVER A LONG DISTANCE AT AROUND 10 PM. A RECORDS CHECK REVEALED THE SUV HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN FROM PASADENA. DEPUTIES CONDUCTED A HIGH RISK VEHICLE STOP AND DETAINED THE DRIVER, WHO INITIALLY GAVE A FALSE NAME AND STATED THAT A FRIEND HAD GIVEN HIM THE KEYS TO THE VEHICLE TO TRAVEL TO THE EUREKA AREA TO VISIT FAMILY. HE WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE COULD NOT PROVIDE THE FRIENDS NAME OR WHERE HE HAD BEEN WHEN HE RECEIVED THE KEYS. HE WAS LATER IDENTIFIED AS 27 YEAR OLD DWAYNE MASON, A PAROLEE OUT OF THE LOS ANGELES AREA. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES AND IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BAIL.

KELSEYVILLE VANDALISM JKB 7/28/10

  • THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING MULTIPLE ACTS OF VANDALISM THAT TARGETED A NUMBER OF DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES IN KELSEYVILLE JULY 18TH.

SEVERAL BUSINESSES AND OTHER PUBLIC LOCATIONS WERE TAGGED WITH SUSPECTED GANG RELATED GRAFFITI IN SILVER SPRAY PAINT. WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING SEVERAL HISPANIC MALES IN THE AREA TAGGING BUILDINGS WITH SPRAY PAINT IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS WAS WEARING ALL WHITE AND ANOTHER WAS SEEN WEARING A BLUE LA DODGERS JACKET. THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY GANG TASK FORCE.

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE JKB 7/28/10

  • A REDWOOD VALLEY COUPLE BOTH ENDED UP IN JAIL AFTER A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

UKIAH POLICE RESPONDED TO THE HOME IN THE 200 BLOCK OF NORTON STREET JUST AFTER 2 AM WHEN A 24 YEAR OLD MALE VICTIM REPORTED THAT HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND, 22 YEAR OLD PEGGY SESSUMS HAD STRUCK HIM IN THE FACE CAUSING INJURY. OFFICERS HAD RESPONDED TO THE SAME HOME 45 MINUTES EARLIER WHEN THE VICTIM CALLED TO REPORT THAT SESSUMS HAD TAKEN HIS CAR WITHOUT PERMISSION. AFTER RETURNING HOME SESSUMS HIT HIM IN THE FACE AFTER LEARNING HE HAD CALLED POLICE. THE VICTIM REPORTEDLY GOT A PISTOL AND FIRED ONE ROUND INTO THE CEILING. HE WAS ARRESTED FOR THE NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM. SESSUMS WAS ARRESTED A SHORT TIME AFTER BEING FOUND AT ANOTHER LOCATION.

COUNTY SALES TAX MEASURE ADVANCES JKB 7/28/10

  • A PROPOSAL TO PLACE A COUNTY WIDE HALF CENT SALES TAX MEASURE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS YESTERDAY.

THE PROPOSAL WOULD INCREASE THE COUNTYS SALES TAX TO 8.75% AND WOULD BUMP THE SALES TAX OF WILLITS, UKIAH, FORT BRAGG AND POINT ARENA TO 9.25%. 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN PROPOSED A TAX SHARING AGREEMENT, OR 50% TAX REVENUE SPLIT WITH THE 4 CITIES AS A WAY TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR THE MEASURE. THE MEASURE WILL UNDERGO A 2ND READING ON AUGUST 4TH WHERE THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER ADDING MCCOWENS PROPOSAL. THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE SALES TAX INCREASE WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT GENERAL COUNTY SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS.

HIT AND RUN IN FORT BRAGG JKB 7/28/10

  • THE DRIVER OF A MINI VAN WHO INTENTIONALLY RAN INTO SEVERAL PARKED VEHICLES IN A PARKING LOT ON CHESTNUT STREET IN FORT BRAGG MONDAY EVENING, ASKED TO BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR A PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION.

POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE LOCATION JUST AFTER 7 PM WHERE THEY FOUND THE DRIVER STILL BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE VEHICLE AFTER IT BECAME DISABLED FROM DAMAGE. THE DRIVER, WHOS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, WAS DETAINED FOR A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION. NO ONE WAS INJURED DURING THE INCIDENT.

2ND OIL SPILL IN GULF OF MEXICO JKB 7/28/10

  • THERE HAS BEEN A 2ND OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.

A TOWING VESSEL STRUCK AN OIL WELL IN THE BARATARIA WATERWAY OFF THE SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA COAST ON TUESDAY. THE WELL, CALLED C-117, IS DESCRIBED AS AN ORPHANED WELL. IT HAD BEEN OWNED BY THE CEDYCO CORPORATION OF HUSTON BUT WAS DECLARED ABANDONED BY THE STATE IN NOVEMBER OF 2008. THE TUG VESSEL WAS PUSHING A DREDGE BARGHE WHEN IT HIT THE WELLHEAD, CAUSING A 100 FOOT SPRAY OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS TO BE RELEASED INTO THE BAY. NO SPECIFIC FLOW RATE FOR THE WELL HAS BEEN DETERMINED YET AS IT WAS CONSIDERED TOO DANGEROUS YESTERDAY TO GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO ESTIMATE HOW MUCH WAS LEAKING OUT.

PASSENGER PLANE CRASH KILLS 152 JKB 7/28/10

  • A PAKISTANI PASSENGER PLANE WENT DOWN IN BAD WEATHER IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CAPITAL ISLAMABAD WEDNESDAY MORNING, KILLING ALL 152 ABOARD.

THE AIRBUS 321 WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND IN HEAVY RAIN WHEN IT CRASHED INTO A HILLSIDE. ALL 146 PASSENGERS AND 6 CREW MEMBERS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE PERISHED IN THE CRASH. OFFICIALS DO NOT KNOW IF WEATHER PLAYED A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

NASCAR OWNER JACK ROUSH INJURED IN PLANE CRASH JKB 7/28/10

  • NASCAR TEAM OWNER JACK ROUSH WAS INJURED TUESDAY EVENING IN A PRIVATE JET ACCIDENT AT WITTMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT IN OSHKOSH WISCONSIN.

THE FUSELAGE OF BEECHDRAFT PREMIER JET, REGISTERED TO ROUSH FENWAY RACING LLC, SNAPPED WHILE LANDING AT AROUND 6:15 PM. ROUSH AND ANOTHER OCCUPANT WALKED AWAY FROM THE CRASH. BOTH MEN WERE TRANSPORTED TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. ROUSH WAS REPORTED TO BE IN SERIOUS BUT STABLE CONDITION WITH NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

FORMER NBA PLAYER MISSING JKB 7/28/10

  • POLICE IN TENNESSEE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF FORMER NBA PLAYER LORENZEN WRIGHT, AND SAY THERE IS A HIGH LEVEL OF CONCERN IN THE SEARCH TO FIND HIM.

THE 34 YEAR OLD WRIGHT WAS SEEN WHEN HE VISTIED HIS EX-WIFE AND THEIR CHILDREN IN COLLIERVILLE TENNESSEE JULY 18TH. WRIGHTS MOTHER REPORTED HIM MISSING 4 DAYS LATER. POLICE CAUTIONED THAT THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT WRIGHT WAS THE VICTIM OF A CRIME. WRIGHT PLAYED 13 SEASONS IN THE NBA AS A FORWARD CENTER FOR SEVERAL TEAMS INCLUDING THE L.A. CLIPPERS, ATLANTA HAWKS, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES, SACRAMENTO KINGS AND CLEVELAND CAVALIERS. HE RETIRED IN 2009.

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