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WOMAN KILLED BY TREE IDENTIFIED JKB 12/30/10

  • A WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED WHEN A LARGE OAK TREE TOPPLED OVER AT THE SAFARI WEST WILD LIFE PRESERVE NEAR SANTA ROSA, CRUSHING A WOOD FRAMED TENT, HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 70 YEAR OLD GAYLE FALGOUST OF MADISON ALABAMA.

FALGOUST WAS PART OF AN EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL GROUP OF 10 ADULTS AND 11 CHILDREN THAT ARRIVED AT THE PRESERVE MONDAY NIGHT. SHE WAS READING TO HER 7 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER WHEN THE TREE CRUSHED THE TENT DURING STORMY WEATHER JUST BEFORE 9 PM TUESDAY NIGHT. THE CHILD WAS UNINJURED. OFFICIALS SAY THE TREE, WHICH WAS CLOSE TO 100 FEET TALL, SNAPPED OFF AT GROUND LEVEL.

SHOOTING NEAR HOSPITAL JKB 12/30/10

  • THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER WAS LOCKED DOWN TUESDAY NIGHT AFTER AN 18 YEAR OLD UKIAH MAN WALKED INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AND REPORTED THAT HE HAD JUST BEEN SHOT OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL.

THE VICTIM CLAIMED THAT HE WAS WALKING IN THE AREA AND MET UP WITH A FRIEND WHO WAS CARRYING A SHOTGUN. HE STATED THAT WHILE LOOKING AT THE GUN IT ACCIDENTALLY WENT OFF AND HE WAS HIT. RESPONDING POLICE CHECKING OUT THE STORY DISCOVERED AN UNREPORTED HOME INVASION ROBBERY THAT HAD OCCURRED ON LESLIE STREET AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS THE REPORTED SHOOTING. THE OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME, WHICH CONTAINED IN INDOOR MARIJUANA GROW, REPORTED THAT 3 ARMED MEN, ONE OF WHICH WAS CARRYING A SHOTGUN, ENTERED THE HOME AND DEMANDED MONEY. ALL 3 FLED THE SCENE AND THE VICTIMS WERE NOT INJURED. THE LOCKDOWN WAS LIFTED AT THE HOSPITAL AND THE SHOOTING VICTIM WAS TREATED FOR A NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUND TO HIS HAND. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE ROBBERY AND ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING ARE RELATED BUT SO FAR HAVE MADE NO ARRESTS IN THE CASE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT EITHER OF THESE INCIDENTS IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT WEEKEND JKB 12/30/10

  • THE NEW YEAR IS UPON US AND THAT MEANS IT IS ANOTHER CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT WEEKEND.

EVERY AVAILABLE OFFICER WILL BE OUT ON THE ROAD LOOKING FOR THE UNSAFE, UNBELTED AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVER BEGINNING AT 6 PM FRIDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH MIDNIGHT SUNDAY.

LAST WEEKS MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT WEEKEND FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY NETTED 658 DUI ARRESTS STATEWIDE, DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM THE 1,104 ARRESTS LAST YEAR. TRAFFIC DEATHS WERE ALSO WAY DOWN THIS YEAR. 4 PEOPLE WERE KILLED ON CALIFORNIA ROADWAYS IN CHP JURISDICTION LAST WEEKEND COMPARED TO 22 A YEAR AGO.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE STATION, WE HOPE YOU AND YOURS HAVE A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING JUSTIFIED JKB 12/30/10

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE OFFICER INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTING OF AN ARMED MAN DURING A RAID ON A MARIJUANA GARDEN IN COVELO LAST JULY WAS JUSTIFIED.

23 YEAR OLD ANGEL HERNANDEZ-FARIAS WAS SHOT BY A MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY AFTER LEVELING A RIFLE AT A U.S. FOREST SERVICE OFFICER DURING THE RAID JULY 27TH. THE INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE WAS JUSTIFIED WHEN THE DEPUTY SHOT THE SUSPECT IN DEFENSE OF ANOTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. THE DEPUTY FIRED TWICE, STRIKING HERNANDEZ-FARIAS ONCE. THE SUSPECT FLED INTO THE WOODS AND WAS LATER LOCATED LYING FACE DOWN IN A DRY CREEK BED. HE DID NOT RESPOND TO CPR AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AGENTS ERADICATED MORE THAN 14,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM 3 SITES IN THE AREA. THE INCIDENT WAS ONE OF TWO OFFICER INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTINGS OF ARMED SUSPECTS DURING MARIJUANA RAIDS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY THIS YEAR. BOTH WERE FOUND TO BE JUSTIFIED.

DAM RELEASES REDUCED JKB 12/30/10

  • THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS GREATLY REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF WATER BEING RELEASED FROM LAKE MENDOCINO INTO THE RUSSIAN RIVER TO PREVENT POTENTIAL FLOODING DOWNSTREAM.

THE RECENT HEAVY RAINS PROMPTED ENGINEERS ON TUESDAY TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER BERING RELEASED FROM 1000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND DOWN TO 150 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. AUTHORITIES SAY THE LAKE WAS TAKING IN AN ESTIMATED 1400 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND AS OF WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE LAKE LEVEL AS OF YESTERDAY WAS 746 FEET, 8 FEET ABOVE WHERE THE ELEVATION SHOULD BE THIS TIME OF YEAR. OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL INCREASE THE WATER RELEASES AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

CANDY WARNING JKB 12/30/10

  • THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS WARNING CONSUMERS TO NOT EAT BAVAN BRAND SUGAR REORI CANDY IMPORTED FROM INDIA AFTER TESTS FOUND UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF LEAD IN THE TREATS.

BAVAN BRAND SUGAR REORI CANDY IS SOLD IN 14 OUNCE, CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS WITH LIGHT BROWN, FLAT OR OVAL CADNY VISIBLE THROUGH THE PACKAGE. RECENT CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF THE CANDY SHOWED IT CONTAINED .26 PARTS PER MILLION OF LEAD. CONTAMINATION LEVEL IS CONSIDERED ANYTHING IN EXCESS OF .10 PARTS PER MILLION. CONSUMERS IN POSSESSION OF THIS CANDY SHOULD DISCARD IT IMMEDIATELY.

JACKPOT WINNER AT TWIN PINES CASINO JKB 12/30/10

  • A SAN LEANDRO MAN HIT IT BIG AT THE TWINE PINE CASINO IN MIDDLETOWN ON TUESDAY.

RETIRED FIREFIGHTER DALE VALENTINE, WHO ALSO OWNS A VACATION HOME IN LAKE COUNTY, HIT THE TOP PAYOUT ON THE STATEWIDE MEGABUCK SLOT MACHINE FOR A JACKPOT OF $8,430,301.44. ACCORDING TO TWIN PINE MANAGEMENT, VALENTINE HAS BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER OF THE CASINO FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS.

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