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WEATHER IMPACTING ROADS JKB 12/29/10

  • THE WET WEATHER IS IMPACTING ROADS AND TRAVEL THIS MORNING.

ROADS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING INCLUDE HIGHWAY 175 AT HOPLAND AND HIGHWAY 128 NEAR THE NAVARRO RIVER. BOTH OF THOSE CLOSURES OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR AN UNKNOWN DURATION OF TIME.

A LISTENER REPORTED THAT WATER IS ACROSS THE ROADWAY ON SCOTTS VALLEY ROAD.

A MUD DIRT AND ROCK SLIDE THAT IS PARTIALLY BLOCKING THE ROADWAY HAS BEEN REPORTED ON TOMKI ROAD

A LARGE TREE THAT TOPPLED OVER IS BLOCKING SPRUCE GROVE ROAD NEAR THE JERUSALEM GRADE IN LAKE COUNTY. THAT OCCURRED JUST AFTER 5 AM THIS MORNING.

THERE IS A TREE BLOCKING THE ROADWAY ON HIGHWAY 20 AT MM 26 AND A TREE BLOCKING THE ENTIRE ROADWAY ON HIGHWAY 128 AT FLYNN CREEK.

POWER LINES ARE DOWN ACROSS THE ROADWAY ON BRANSCOMB ROAD JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 1.

AN OVERTURNED BIG RIG ON THE WEST ROAD ON RAMP ONTO SOUTHBOUND 101 IN REDWOOD VALLEY HAS CLOSED THE ON RAMP. THAT ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST AFTER 3 AM THIS MORNING. ACCORDING TO THE CHP, THE RAMP WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE TRUCK CAN BE RIGHTED, WHICH THEY ARE ANTICIPATING WILL TAKE UNTIL ABOUT 6:30 OR 7 THIS MORNING.

THERE IS ALSO A LOT OF WATER AND DEBRIS ON THE ROADWAY FROM LAST NIGHTS STORM, ESPECIAL ALLY IN THE OUTLYING AREAS. IF YOU ARE ON YOU WAY INTO WORK THIS MORNING, BE SURE AND GIVE YOU SELF SOME EXTRA TIME TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY.

FALLING TREE KILLS ONE PERSON AT SAFARI WEST JKB 12/29/10

  • ONE PERSON WAS KILLED WHEN A LARGE TREE FELL OVER DURING LAST NIGHTS RAIN STORM AND CRUSHED A TENT AT THE SAFARI WEST WILDLIFE PRESERVE IN SANTA ROSA.

VERY FEW DETAILS, INCLUDING THE NAME OF THE VICTIM AND THEIR RELATION TO THE PRESERVE HAVE BEEN RELEASED. SAFARI WEST, LOCATED NORTHEAST OF SANTA ROSA HOUSES MORE THAN 400 EXOTIC ANIMALS AND HAS 30 TENTS ON ITS GROUNDS THAT VISITORS CAN RENT. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

E-QUAKE JKB 12/29/10

  • THE GEYSERS WERE SHAKEN BY A 3.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE 30TH QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THAT AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 4:12 PM AND WAS CENTERED 3 MILES EAST OF THE STEAM FIELDS AND 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF COBB. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY 10 AFTERSHOCKS, INCLUDING ONES OF 2.9 AND 2.2 IN MAGNITUDE.

MURDER SUSPECT CHARGED IN COLD CASE JKB 12/29/10

  • A LAYTONVILLE MAN SUSPECTED OF MURDER HAS BEEN CHARGED IN THE COLD CASE DEATH OF A SISKIYOU COUNTY WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED IN 2005.

52 YEAR OLD PHILIP WILLIAM FRASE WAS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF 56 YEAR OLD PATRICIA JOSEPH. HER BODY WAS FOUND FLOATING IN THE KLAMATH RIVER IN JULY OF 2005. DETECTIVES SAY FRASE AND JOSEPH WERE BUSINESS ASSOCIATES IN A MARIJUANA CULTIVATION OPERATION THAT WAS RAIDED SHORTLY AFTER JOSEPH WAS FOUND. ALTHOUGH A SUSPECT IN HER MURDER AT THE TIME, HE WAS NEVER CHARGED. AUTHORITIES FORMALLY FILED CHARGES IN THAT CASE AGAINST FRASE DECEBER 9TH. FRASE HAS BEEN IN JAIL SINCE HE WAS ARRESTED ON FEBRUARY 2ND WHEN THE BODY OF 49 YEAR OLD STEVEN SCHMIDT WAS FOUND ON HIS BELL SPRINGS ROAD PROPERTY. HE HAD BEEN BLUDGEONED TO DEATH, TIED TO A TREE AND HASTILY BURIED WITH TREE BRANCHES. ACCORDING TO POLICE THE TWO MEN HAD ALSO BEEN INVOLVED IN A MARIJUANA OPERATION TOGETHER AND IT IS SUSPECTED THAT FRASE KILLED SCHMIDT IN A DISPUTE OVER A POUND OF MARIJUANA.

CHRISTMAS DAY FIRE DESTROYS HOME JKB 12/29/10

  • A FORT BRAGG COUPLE WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE JUST IN TIME WHEN AN EARLY MORNING FIRE DESTROYED THEIR HOME ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

THE FIRE WAS REPORTED AT AROUND 1:30 AM. THE STRUCTURE WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. A 50YEAR OLD WOMAN AND HER 64 YEAR OLD DISABLED HUSBAND WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE WITHOUT INJURY. FIRE INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BLAZE WAS SPARKED WHEN BLANKETS FROM THE BED LANDED ON OR NEAR A PROPANE HEATER AS THE COUPLE SLEPT. THEY WERE ALERTED TO THE FIRE BY A SMOKE ALARM. THE HOME WAS CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS.

POT BUST JKB 1229/10

  • A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN WHO WAS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A MARIJUANA RAID IN HOPLAND THAT OCCURRED IN NOVEMBER WAS ARRESTED ON MONDAY.

24 YEAR OLD EFREN TURNER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER AN AGENT WITH THE MENDOCINO MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE SPOTTED HIM DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR THE WILLITS GRADE. TURNER IS BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A GROWING OPERATION THAT WAS BUSTED ON HIGHWAY 175 IN HOPLAND NOVEMBER 15TH. THERE POLICE FOUND 89 PLANTS GROWING INDOORS, 247 PLANTS GROWING OUTDOOR, MORE THAN 31 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA, 214 POUNDS OF PARTIALLY PROCESSED MARIJUANA AND $1000 IN CASH. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL WITH BAIL SET AT $25,000.

WITNESS REFUSES TO TESTIFY JKB 12/29/10

  • A KELSEYVILLE MAN WAS CHARGED WITH CONTEMPT OF COURT YESTERDAY AFTER REFUSING TO TESTIFY IN A PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR HIS COUSIN WHO IS ACCUSED OF A SANTA ROSA GANG KILLING.

19 YEAR OLD MARCO MEZA HAD PREVIOUSLY TOLD POLICE THAT 22 YEAR OLD FERNANDO MENDOZA POINTED TO A NEWSPAPER HEADLINE THE DAY AFTER THE MURDER OF 18 YEAR OLD LUIS SUAREZ, AND ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD DONE IT. MEZA WAS OFFERED IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION TO REPEAT HIS STORY IN COURT, BUT, ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, HE REFUSED, POSSIBLY OUT OF FEAR OF RETALIATION FROM GANG MEMBERS. MENDOZA IS BELIEVED TO BE THE PERSON WHO SHOT SUAREZ NEAR GRAND AVENUE IN SANTA ROSA APRIL 6TH. MEZA INITIALLY TOOK CREDIT FOR THE CRIME, BUT HE LATER RECANTED AND SAID MENDOZA DID IT. GANG EXPERTS TESTIFIED MONDAY THAT MENDOZA GOT SEVERAL NEW TATTOOS LINKING HIM TO THE MURDER.

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