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BODY FOUND BELOW ALBION BRIDGE JKB 10/20/10

  • THE BODY OF A MISSING ELK MAN WAS FOUND BELOW THE ALBION BRIDGE MONDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, 63 YEAR OLD LLOYD DEAN PEDERSEN WAS ALLEGEDLY DESPONDENT WHEN HE WAS REPORTED MISSING. THE REPORTING PARTY INDICATED PEDERSEN MIGHT BE IN THE AREA OF THE ALBION BRIDGE. DEPUTIES LOCATED PEDERSENS BODY AT THE WEST END OF THE ALBION RIVER CAMPGROUND BELOW THE BRIDGE AT AROUND 8:30 MONDAY MORNING. THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH JKB 10/20/10

  • A 40 YEAR OLD MENDOCINO WOMAN IDENTIFIED ONLY AS VICKY WAS SEVERELY INJURED WHEN SHE CRASHED INTO A TREE OFF HIGHWAY 1 JUST SOUTH OF NAVARRO RIDGE LAST NIGHT.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT AROUND 8:40 PM. SEVERAL PASSING MOTORISTS STOPPED AND HELPED THE VICTIM GET OUT OF HER CAR AS IT SLOWLY CAUGHT FIRE. AFTER SHE WAS REMOVED, THE VEHICLE BECAME FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. THE VICTIM WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MAJOR INJURIES. THE ACCIDENT SHUT DOWN TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 1 FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS.

E-QUAKE JKB 10/20/10

  • A 3.4 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SHOOK THE GEYSERS AREA YESTERDAY.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 10:51 AM AND WAS CENTERED 4 MILES NORTH OF THE STEAM FIELDS. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A DOZEN AFTERSHOCKS, RANGING FROM 1.2 TO 2.1 IN MAGNITUDE. YESTERDAYS EVENT WAS THE 26TH QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THE GEYSERS SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

ARCATA BUSINESSMAN KILLED IN PLANE CRASH JKB 10/20/10

  • A WELL KNOWN ARCATA BUSINESSMAN AND HIS 7 YEAR OLD SON WERE KILLED IN A PRIVATE PLANE CRASH IN GEORGIA ON SATURDAY.

KEITH NEWCOMER, CO OWNER OF THE ARCATA EXCHANGE FURNITURE STORE, WAS VISITING HIS SON IN GEORGIA. THE TWO WERE IN NEWCOMERS SELF BUILT SINGLE ENGINE PLANE WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED AND CAUGHT FIRE JUST AFTER TAKEOFF FROM GARVEY AIRFIELD IN MONTICELLO. THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE NTSB.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE JKB 10/20/10

  • THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 2ND ELECTION IS MIDNIGHT MONDAY.

VOTERS ONLY HAVE TO RE-REGISTER IF THEY HAVE MOVED SINCE THE LAST ELECTION.

SANTA ROSA GIRL COMES OUT OF COMA JKB 10/20/10

  • A 6 YEAR OLD SANTA ROSA GIRL WHO WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN A CRASH THAT KILLED HER MOTHER AND INJURED 3 OF HER SIBLINGS CAME OUT OF A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA YESTERDAY.

HAILLIE SHIMMEL IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES SHE RECEIVED IN THE OCTOBER 8TH CRASH. HER 18 YEAR OLD BROTHER SEBASTIAN HOLLINGWORTH WAS DRIVING THE FAMILY SUV WHEN HE LOOKED DOWN FOR A MOMENT, VEERED INTO THE ONCOMING LANE OF TRAFFIC, OVERCORRECTED AND THEN LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED. 43 YEAR OLD SHELLIE SHIMMEL DIED AT THE SCENE. HOLLINGWORTH AND TWO OTHER SISTERS AGES 13 AND 16, SUFFERED MINOR TO MODERATE INJURIES IN THE CRASH.

CAMP NUMBERS UP IN MENDOCINO COUNTY JKB 10/20/10

  • PLANT SEIZURES BY THE FEDERAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST MARIJUANA PLANTING OR CAMP SET A RECORD IN MENDOCINO COUNTY THIS YEAR.

STATEWIDE CAMP SEIZURES DROPPED SLIGHTLY FROM 4.4 MILLION PLANTS LAST YEAR TO 4.3 MILLION THIS YEAR. IN MENDOCINO COUNTY HOWEVER, SEIZURE NUMBERS JUMPED FROM 440,689 PLANTS LAST YEAR TO 572,680 PLANTS IN 2010. THOSE FIGURES DO NOT INCLUDE PLANTS SEIZED BY THE COUNTYS MARIJUANA ERADICATION TEAM OUTSIDE OF CAMPS 108 DAY ERADICATION SEASON. TO DATE, COMMET HAS SEIZED JUST OVER 541,000 POT PLANTS, INCLUDING THOSE TAKEN DURING CAMPS CAMPAIGN. LAKE COUNTY WAS THIRD ON CAMPS ERADICATION LIST THIS YEAR WITH 374,958 PLANTS SEIZED.

CRACK FOUND IN SAN MATEO BRIDGE JKB 10/20/10

  • A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND LANE ON THE SAN MATEO BRIDGE WAS CLOSED YESTERDAY, AFTER CREWS FOUND A 10 INCH CRACK IN A STEEL BEAM DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION.

THE AFFECTED BEAM, LOCATED UNDERNEATH THE BRIDGE DECK, IS SUPPOSED TO HELP SUPPORT THE BRIDGE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE CRACK DOES NOT POSE AN IMMEDIATE DANGER BUT NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THOSE REPAIRS ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE THURSDAY MORNING. DRIVERS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THE DUMBARTON OR BAY BRIDGE TO AVOID DELAYS.

BOS VOTE TO KEEP POINT ARENA LIBRARY JKB 10/20/10

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY AT THEIR MEETING YESTERDAY TO KEEP THE POINT ARENA LIBRARY AS PART OF THE COUNTYS LIBRARY SYSTEM.

COUNTY LIBRARIAN MELANIE LIGHTBODY RECOMMENDED CANCELING A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE FRIENDS OF THE COST COMMUNITY LIBRARY, AND TURN OPERATIONS OVER TO THE FRIENDS GROUP. YESTERDAYS VOTE KEPT THE MOU IN PLACE AND AUTHORIZED THE HIRING OF AN EXTRA HELP POSITION THROUGH JUNE OF 30TH OF 2011.

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