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SUSPECT KILLED IDENTIFIED JKB 7/29/10

  • A SUSPECT THAT WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY A MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICER IN A LARGE MARIJUANA GARDEN NEAR COVELO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 24 YEAR OLD ANGEL HERNANDEZ FARIAS.

FARIAS WAS LISTED AS A TRANSIENT. HIS LEGAL RESIDENCY STATUS IS UNKNOWN. FARIAS WAS SHOT AFTER LEVELING A RIFLE AT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AS THEY ENTERED THE GARDEN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. A 2ND SUSPECT ESCAPED. THE OFFICER WHO FIRED THE SHOT HAS BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN INVESTIGATION. AUTHORITIES SEIZED 11,635 PLANTS FROM 3 GARDENS IN THE AREA NEAR BOARDMAN RIDGE. NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED DURING THE INCIDENT.

E-QUAKE AT GEYSERS JKB 7/29/10

  • THE GEYSERS WERE SHAKEN BY A 3.3 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE YESTERDAY, THE 22ND QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THAT AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 3:37 PM AND WAS CENTERED A MILE NORTH-NORTH EAST OF THE STEAM FIELDS. IN OTHER SEISMIC ACTIVITY RECENTLY, AN EARTHQUAKE INITIALLY REPORTED TO BE 3.1 IN MAGNITUDE THAT OCCURRED 11 MILES NORTH WEST OF LAKE PILLSBURY ON TUESDAY WAS UPGRADED BY THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SERVICE YESTERDAY TO A MAGNITUDE OF 3.4.

LABOR AGREEMENT REACHED JKB 7/29/10

  • AFTER MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS, THE COUNTY HAS REACHED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE MENDOCINO COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, WHICH REPRESENTS ABOUT 60 MID LEVEL MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.

THE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT WILL RUN FROM OCTOBER 1ST 2010 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH 2011 AND WILL RESULT IN A 10% WAGE CUT FOR MID MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES. THE ESTIMATED SAVINGS TO THE COUNTYS GENERAL FUND IS $325,000. THE AGREEMENT ALSO ALLOWS THE COUNTY THE ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT A NEW REDUCED BENEFIT RETIREMENT TIER FOR NEW HIRES.

HAND GRENADE FOUND JKB 7/29/10

  • HUMBOLDT COUNTY AUTHORITIES CALLED IN A BOMB SQUAD WHEN A LIVE HAND GRENADE TURNED UP ON SANDY PRAIRIE ROAD IN ALTON YESTERDAY.

A CONCERNED CITIZEN CONTACTED THE SHERIFFS OFFICE AT AROUND NOON TO REPORT FINDING THE GRENADE, WHICH APPEARED TO POSSIBLY BE OF RUSSIAN DESIGN AND ORIGIN.. AFTER CORDONING OFF THE AREA, THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY BOMB SQUAD USED A ROBOT AND A PERCUSSION ACTUATED NEUTRALIZER TO DESTROY THE GRENADE AT THE SCENE. IT IS UNKNOW WHO WAS IN POSSESSION OF THE GRENADE OR HOW IT ENDED UP WHERE IT WAS FOUND, BUT ACCORDING TO POLICE, APPEARED TO BE SOMEWHAT WEATHER WORN AND COULD HAVE BEEN AT ITS LOCATION OF AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

UKIAH MAYOR THOMAS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION 7/29/10

  • UKIAH MAYOR BENJ THOMAS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL RUN FOR A 2ND TERM IN THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER ELECTION.

THOMAS WAS ELECTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL IN 2006. HIS TERM EXPIRES IN JANUARY ALONG WITH FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS PHIL BALDWIN AND MARY ANN LANDIS. LANDIS ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT SHE TOO WILL SEEK ANOTHER TERM IN OFFICE.

TWO PEOPLE RESCUED FROM FIRE JKB 7/29/10

  • A CAL FIRE CREW RETURNING FROM A VEHICLE CRASH IN COVELO SAVED AN ELDERLY WOMAN AND HER INVALID BROTHER WHEN THEY NOTICED AN ADJACENT APARTMENT ON FIRE WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AT AROUND 9:30 AM AT A 3 UNIT COMPLEX ON BIGGAR LANE. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO WAKE THE RESIDENTS AND GET THEM SAFELY OUT OF THE HOUSE. THEY WERE ALSO ABLE TO QUICKLY CONTAIN THE FIRE, WHICH BROKE OUT IN AN APARTMENT THAT WAS VACANT. NO ONE WAS INJURED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT BELIEVED TO BE ELECTRICAL IN NATURE.

4 KILLED IN C-17 CRASH JKB 7/29/10

  • 4 AIRMEN ON BOARD AN AIR FORCE C-17 CARGO PLANE WERE KILLED WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED DURING A TRAINING MISSION NEAR ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE IN ALASKA ON WEDNESDAY.

THE CRASH OCCURRED ABOUT 6:14 PM. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT. A MILITARY BOARD OF OFFICERS IS INVESTIGATING.

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS SOME OF IMMIGRATION LAW JKB 7/29/10

  • FEDERAL U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SUSAN BOLTON BLOCKED SEVERAL OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ASPECTS OF ARIZONAS NEW IMMIGRATION LAW THAT IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE EFFECT TODAY.

IN A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ISSUED YESTERDAY, BOLTON STRUCK DOWN PROVISIONS IN THE LAW THAT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED POLICE TO QUESTION PEOPLES IMMIGRATION STATUS IF THERE WAS REASON TO BELIEVE THEY WERE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. HER RULING ALSO BLOCKS PROVISION OF THE LAW THAT MAKE IT A CRIME FOR PEOPLE TO FAIL TO APPLY FOR OR CARRY ALIEN REGISTRATION PAPERS. ARIZONA GOV. JAN BREWER SAID THE STATE WOULD FILE AN EXPEDITED APPEAL TO THE 9TH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.

BODY OF BASKETBALL STAR FOUND JKB 7/29/10

  • THE BODY OF MISSING NBA BASKETBALL STAR LORENZEN WRIGHT WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA IN SOUTHEAST MEMPHIS YESTERDAY.

WRIGHT WAS LAST SEEN JULY 18TH. HIS FAMILY REPORTED HIM MISSING JULY 22ND. AUTHORITIES ARE TREATING THE INCIDENT AS A HOMICIDE. NO OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE CASE HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

JACKSON DOCTORS WONT BE PROSECUTED JKB 7/29/10

  • NONE OF THE 7 DOCTORS AND 1 NURSE INVESTIGATED BY CALIFORNIA AUTHORITIES WILL FACE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN THE DEATH OF POP STAR MICHAEL JACKSON.

INVESTIGATORS DID NOT FIND SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO FILE CHARGES AGAINST ANY OF THE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS. ONE OF THE DOCTORS WHO USED A FAKE NAME TO PRESCRIBE JACKSON DRUGS SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH COULD BE DISCIPLINED BY THE STATE MEDICAL BOARD. DR. CONRAD MURRAY, WHO WAS JACKSONS PERSONAL PHYSICIAN WHEN HE DIED A YEAR AGO WAS NOT PART OF THE PROBE AND HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER.

FIRE DOWNTOWN JKB 7/29/10

  • A FIRE BROKE OUT IN A SMALL ALCOVE NEXT TO ITS TIME AND OCO TIME ON WEST CHURCH STREET THIS MORNING.

FIREFIGHTERS HAD THE BLAZE KNOCKED DOWN QUICKLY AND SAID THAT NONE OF THE SURROUNDING BUSINESSES SUFFERED ANY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, OTHER THAN SMOKE. THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 8 AM. NO WORD YET ON EXACTLY WHAT BURNED OR THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.

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