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MISSING HUNTERS FOUND JKB 11/30/10

  • A PAIR OF MISSING HUNTERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, AND ANOTHER PAIR IN SONOMA COUNTY WERE BOTH FOUND SAFE AND SOUND AFTER BEING REPORTED MISSING MONDAY.

THE SEARCH EFFORT IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST BEGAN AT DAYBREAK YESTERDAY FOR THE TWO MEN, BOTH OF WHOM WERE IN THEIR 60S. THEY WERE REPORTED MISSING AFTER HEADING TO THE GRIZZLY FLATS AREA IN A TRACKED VEHICLE TO RETRIEVE BELONGINGS FROM ANOTHER VEHICLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. BOTH WERE LOCATED JUST BEFORE 11:30 YESTERDAY MORNING.

IN SONOMA COUNTY, A BAY AREA FATHER AND SON ON A HUNTING TRIP TO A PRIVATE RANCH IN A REMOTE AREA OFF STEWARTS POINT-SKAGGS SPRINGS ROAD DID NOT KNOW THEY HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING BY THE OLDER MANS WIFE. SHE CALLED POLICE AFTER THE PAIR HAD NOT RETURNED BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE WAYWARD FATHER AND SON WERE SPOTTED BY A HELICOPTER CREW AT AROUND 7:20 AM STILL HUNTING. THE WIFE THOUGHT THE TRIP WAS ONLY FOR THE WEEKEND.

MAN RESCUED AFTER INHALING DEADLY TOXINS JKB 11/30/10

  • A CLEARLAKE MAN HAD TO BE AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AFTER INHALING A DEADLY COMBINATION OF TOXINS ON WEDNESDAY.

PARAMEDICS WERE CALLED TO THE HOME ON KONOCTI VIEW ROAD AT AROUND 8:40 PM. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND THE MALE VICTIM SUFFERING FROM EXTREME SHORTNESS OF BREATH AND DETERMINED HE HAD BEEN OVERCOME BY FUMES CREATED WHEN HE MIXED DRANO AND SULFURIC ACID TOGETHER. THE MAN WAS EVACUATED AND A HAZMAT TEAM WAS CALLED IN. THE HOME WAS CLEARED AT AROUND 11:30 PM. NO WORD ON THE VICTIMS CONDITION.

POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING IN NAPA JKB 11/30/10

  • NAPA COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE FATAL SHOOTING OF A REPORTEDLY SUICIDAL MAN BY A SHERIFFS DEPUTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE HOME BY THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF 60 YEAR OLD RICHARD POCCIA, WHO WERE CONCERNED FOR HIS SAFETY. POLICE CONTACTED POCCCIA BY PHONE AND CONVINCED HIM TO COME OUTSIDE. A CONFRONTATION ENSUED SHORTLY AFTER HE EXITED THE HOME AND HE WAS SHOT BY ONE OF THE DEPUTIES. POCCIA DIED BEFORE PARAMEDICS COULD ARRIVE. THE OFFICER WHO FIRED THE FATAL SHOT AND 3 OTHER RESPONDING DEPUTIES HAVE ALL BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN INVESTIGATION.

HEAD ON COLLISION JKB 11/30/10

  • AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A HEAD ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 29 IN KELSEYVILLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, THE DRIVER OF A CAR ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN FROM MAIN STREET ONTO HIGHWAY 29, BUT MISSED AND ENTERED THE INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANE AND COLLIDED WITH AN SUV AT AROUND 3:20 PM. 3 PEOPLE WERE TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. AT LEAST ONE WAS AIRLIFTED FROM THE SCENE TO A HOSPITAL OUT OF THE COUNTY. NO OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT WERE AVAILABLE.

NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY JKB 11/30/10

  • A HEALDSBURG MAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF ASSAULTING 3 POLICE OFFICERS DURING A SHOOTOUT IN 2007, IN AN ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE BY COP, WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY YESTERDAY.

A JURY FOUND THAT 25 YEAR OLD DAVID JAMES STAFFORD WAS SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION AND ADDICTION TO PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS AT THE TIME HE CONFRONTED POLICE WITH A GUN ON DECEMBER 23RD 2007. DURING THE CONFRONTATION, STAFFORD SHOT HIMSELF IN THE CHEST. DOCTORS TESTIFIED THAT THE COMBINATION OF LONG TERM DEPRESSION, DRUGS, AND ALCOHOL PREVENT STAFFORD FROM DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG. A JUDGE WILL NOW DECIDE IF HIS SANITY HAS BEEN RESTORED AFTER BEING TREATED FOR DEPRESSION DURING HIS 3 YEAR INCARCERATION. STAFFORD COULD BE SENT TO A STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL FOR AN EVALUATION FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS, OR RELEASED AFTER ANOTHER HEARING. PRIOR TO YESTERDAYS VERDICT, HE WAS FACING UP TO 45 YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

BUDDER ELLER CENTER CUTS BACK HOURS JKB 11/30/10

  • DUE TO LOOSING $100,000 IN STATE FUNDING THIS YEAR, THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER SHELTER ON FORD STREET IS REDUCING THEIR HOURS OF OPERATION BY 3 HOURS A DAY.

THE SHELTER WILL STILL STAY OPEN NIGHTLY, BUT WILL ONLY OPERATE FROM 7 PM TO 7 AM. THE DAY SHELTER WAS FORCED TO CLOSE NOVEMBER 5TH BECAUSE OF ANOTHER $100,000 LOSS IN FUNDING WHEN THE STATE BUDGET WAS PASSED.

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