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DAREDEVIL ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES JKB 12/22/10

  • A WELL KNOWN DAREDEVIL PARACHUTIST KNOWN LOCALLY AS TATTOO BUCKAROO HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES FOR THE 2ND TIME.

48 YEAR OLD AVERY BADENHOP OF PETALUMA WAS OUT ON BAIL IN CONNECTION WITH A FEDERAL MARIJUANA SALES AND MONEY LAUNDERING CASE WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY IN POSSESSION OF 20 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA THAT HE WAS DELIVERING TO AN UNDERCOVER FEDERAL DRUG AGENT DURING A DEAL THAT WAS SET UP LAST MONTH. HIS BROTHER, 56 YEAR OLD AULDEN BADENHOP OF COLFAX WAS ALSO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE. THE YOUNGER BADENHOP WAS ARRESTED IN AUGUST OF 2009 DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP WHEN HE WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF ANOTHER 20 POUNDS OF POT. THE PARACHUTIST GAINED NOTORIETY FOR SEVERAL HIGH PROFILE BASE JUMPS IN THE 1990S, INCLUDING ONES FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AND EL CAPITAIN. HE WAS CONVICTED FOR HIS PART IN THE DEATH OF 60 YEAR OLD JAN DAVIS WHO DIED WHEN HER PARACHUTE DIDNT OPEN DURING A PROTEST AGAINST BASE JUMPING IN A NATIONAL PARK THAT BADENHOP HAD ORGANIZED IN OCTOBER OF 1999.

LA FORGE INVESTIGATION GATHERS MOMENTUM JKB 12/22/10

  • POLICE ARE HOPING THE COLD CASE INVESTIGATION INTO THE 2002 MURDER OF LAKEPORT BUSINESS OWNER BARBARA LAFORGE WILL GATHER MOMENTUM, AFTER POLICE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT 55 YEAR OLD LINDA ANN MAFRICE IS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE.

AUTHORITIES MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER MAFRICE WAS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR FAILING TO PAY RESTITUTION IN AN UNRELATED EMBEZZLEMENT CASE FROM 2004. RETIRED HOMICIDE DETECTIVE LOU RICCARDI, WHO WAS HIRED A YEAR AND A HALF AGO TO FOCUS ON THE LAFORGE MURDER SAYS HE IS HOPING THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ATTRACT NEW INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC. A $50,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARRESTED AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER IS BEING OFFERED. AUTHORITIES SAY MAFRICE WAS REPORTEDLY HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH LAFORGES HUSBAND, DAN HAMBLIN PRIOR TO THE MURDER, AND MOVED IN WITH HIM SHORTLY AFTER LAFORGE WAS KILLED. HAMBLIN WAS ALSO NAMED A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE SHORTLY AFTER THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO COURTS IN POINT ARENA, COVELO JKB 12/22/10

  • MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS ANNOUNCED THEY PLAN TO CHANGE THEIR SUPERIOR COURT CALENDAR FOR THE COVELO AND POINT ARENA COURTS BEGINNING IN APRIL OF 2011.

IF INSTITUTED, MATTERS IN COVELO WOULD ONLY BE HEARD ON THE 4TH FRIDAY OF EACH ODD NUMBERED MONTH, AND IN POINT ARENA ON THE 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH ODD NUMBERED MONTH. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE YESTERDAY AS AN INVITATION FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES.

LAKE COUNTY PARKS DENIED GRANTS JKB 12/22/10

  • LAKE COUNTY PARKS GOT TURNED DOWN FOR GRANT FUNDING FROM THE STATE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT IN PART BECAUSE THE RESIDENTS MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY.

LAKE COUNTY RECENTLY APPLIED FOR THE GRANTS TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS TO MOUNT KNOCTI, CLARKS ISLAND, MIDDLETOWN SQUARE, HINMANN, HAMMOND AVENUE, RODMAN SLOUGH AND RIVERA PARKS, BUT GOT WORD THIS WEEK THAT NONE OF THE PROJECTS WOULD BE RECEIVING ANY FUNDING IN THE FIRST ROUND OF GRANT AWARDS. ACCORDING TO LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICES DIRECTOR KIM CLYMIRE, STATE OFFICIALS SAID, THE PER CAPITA INCOME IN LAKE COUNTY WAS HIGHER THAN THE AREAS THAT RECEIVED GRANT FUNDING AND THAT LAKE COUNTY ALREADY HAD ENOUGH PARKS. LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL REAPPLY FOR 2ND ROUND OF GRANT FUNDING WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN MARCH.

UVSD LOOKING FOR BOARD APPLICANTS JKB 12/22/10

  • THE UKIAH VALLEY SANITATION DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS LOOKING TO FILL A VACANCY AFTER ONE OF ITS MEMBERS RESIGNED WHEN HE MOVED OUT OF THE DISTRICT.

THE BOARD AUTHORIZED A CALL FOR APPLICANTS ON DECEMBER 16TH. THOSE INTERESTED IN APPLYING MUST RESIDE WITHIN THE DISTRICT AND BE REGISTERED VOTERS. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 387 NORTH STATE STREET BEFORE NOON ON JANUARY 11TH. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE DISTRICTS WEBSITE AT UKIAHVALLEYSD.COM.

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