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CHP OFFICER KILLED IN CRASH JKB 2/16/11

  • A CHP OFFICER WAS KILLED IN A HEAD ON COLLISION NEAR PIERCY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE GARBERVILLE AREA CHP OFFICE, 24 YEAR OLD PATROL OFFICER THOMAS ADAMS WAS DRIVING HIS PATROL CAR NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 101 JUST SOUTH OF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY LINE WHEN FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, HE CROSSED OVER THE PAVED DIVIDING SECTION AND INTO THE ONCOMING LANE OF TRAFFIC AT 2:15 PM. HE COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH A FULL SIZED PICK UP TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 39 YEAR OLD JEFF KIDD OF PERRIS CALIFORNIA. OFFICER ADAMS SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES AND DIED AT THE SCENE. KIDD AND A 31 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER IN HIS TRUCK SUSTAINED ONLY MINOR INJURIES. THEY WERE TAKEN TO JEROLD PHELPS HOSPITAL, TREATED AND RELEASED. THE ROADWAY WAS CLOSED AS OFFICERS CONDUCTED THEIR INVESTIGATION AND TRAFFIC WAS DETOURED ONTO HIGHWAY 271 THROUGH PIERCY. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

FIRE DESTROYS UKIAH HOME JKB 2/16/11

  • A FIRE DESTROYED A HOME AND THREATENED TWO OTHERS ON SOUTH DORA STREET JUST SOUTH OF THOMPSON AVENUE LATE YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE FIRE WAS REPORTED AT 11:47 AM AND THE FIRST ENGINE ARRIVED JUST 4 MINUTES LATER. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATED THAT THERE WERE POSSIBLY PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE THE HOME, BUT FIREFIGHTERS WERE TOLD THAT ALL RESIDENTS AND PETS HAD BEEN ABLE TO ESCAPE PRIOR TO THEIR ARRIVAL. DESPITE THE QUICK RESPONSE TIME THE HOME WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN FLAMES AND HAD BEGUN TO DAMAGE A NEIGHBORING HOUSE. QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS KEPT THE ADJACENT HOME FROM SUFFERING TOO MUCH DAMAGE AND FROM SPREADING TO OTHER NEARBY STRUCTURES. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, THE FIRE APPEARS TO HAVE STARTED OUTSIDE THE HOME. THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT IS NOT BELIEVED TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

3.0 QUAKE AT GEYSERS JKB 2/16/11

  • THE GEYSERS WERE SHAKEN BY A 3.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THE 3RD QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THE AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 3:38 PM AND WAS CENTERED 2 MILES NORTH OF THE STEAM FIELDS.

SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT LAYOFFS DELAYED FOR NOW JKB 2/16/11

  • A PROPOSAL TO LAYOFF ANOTHER 6 POSITIONS IN THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT HAS COME TO AN END FOR NOW AT LEAST.

THE DECISION TO STAY THE LAYOFFS PROPOSED BY COUNTY CEO CARMEL ANGELO WAS MADE AFTER IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE ACTION COULD LEAD TO AN EXPENSIVE LEGAL BATTLE, OFFSETTING ANY POSSIBLE SAVINGS. SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN, WHO EARLIER SAID THAT HE HAD RETAINED OUTSIDE LEGAL COUNCIL TOLD SUPERVISORS YESTERDAY THAT HE WOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY MORE LAYOFFS IN HIS DEPARTMENT. ALLMAN SAID EARLIER IN THE WEEK THAT HE BELIEVED ADDITIONAL LAYOFFS WOULD COMPROMISE PUBLIC SAFETY. COUNTY COUNSEL JEANINE NADEL TOLD SUPERVISORS THAT WHETHER THE COUNTY WON OR LOST ANY LITIGATED OUTCOME, IT WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR BOTH THE PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE COSTS.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATS JKB 2/16/11

  • A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO KILL HIS MOTHER AND BURN DOWN HER HOUSE YESTERDAY.

THE VICTIM CALLED POLICE AT AROUND 6:30 PM AND TOLD DEPUTIES THAT SHE HAD FOUND A THREATENING NOTE FROM HER SON ON HER FRONT PORCH STEP THAT STATED HE WAS GOING TO BURN DOWN HER HOUSE. DEPUTIES CONTACTED 26 YEAR OLD ROBERT RODRICK, WHO LIVED IN A CAMP TRAILER ON THE SAME PROPERTY AND FOUND HIM TO BE INCOHERENT AND RAMBLING ABOUT HIS MOTHER. AT ONE POINT DURING THE INTERVIEW, RODRICK STATED HE WAS GOING TO KILL HIS MOTHER. THE DEPUTIES INFORMED RODRICK THAT HE WAS BEING PLACED UNDER ARREST FOR CRIMINAL THREATS AND ATTEMPTED TO HANDCUFF HIM, BUT HE PULLED AWAY AND ATTEMPTED TO RUN INSIDE HIS TRAILER. HE WAS SUBDUED AFTER A BRIEF STRUGGLE AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR THE THREATS AND RESISTING ARREST. HIS BAIL WAS SET AT $30,000.

GOVERNOR BROWN ORDERS HIRING FREEZE JKB 2/16/11

  • GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN HAS ORDERED A STATEWIDE GOVERNMENTAL HIRING FREEZE TO HELP CURB THE STATES $25 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT.

THE HIRING FREEZE APPLIES TO VACANT, SEASONAL, FULL AND PART TIME POSITIONS. IT ALSO PROHIBITS THE HIRING OF OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS TO CIRCUMVENT THE HIRING FREEZE ORDER, THE CONVERSION OF PART TIME POSITIONS INTO FULL TIME POSITIONS OR THE TRANSFERRING OF EMPLOYEES BETWEEN AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENT. THE MOVE IS PART OF THE GOVERNORS EFFORT TO SAVE MONEY THIS FISCAL YEAR AND CUT $363 MILLION DOLLARS IN OPERATION COSTS NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT JKB 2/16/11

  • THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS NEW PROCEDURES FOR PICKING A MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR AT THEIR MEETING TONIGHT.

THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER ADOPTING A RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE TO CLARIFY THE SENIORITY ROTATION, BASED ON A RECENT SURVEY OF OTHER CALIFORNIA CITIES GUIDELINES. THE ACTION STEMS PARTLY FROM COUNCIL MEMBER DOUG CRANE BEING PASSED OVER FOR THE MAYORS POSITION WHEN THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTED MAYOR MARI RODIN AND VICE MAYOR MARY ANN LANDIS IN DECEMBER. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO HEAR AN UPDATE ON THE RULE COMPLIANCE OR LACK THEREOF AT THE NEWLY BUILT CITY OWNED SKATE PARK. ACCORDING TO A REPORT, OFFICIALS HAVE SEEN A DROP IN THE USE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND CLOSED THE PARK FOR HALF A DAY EARLIER THIS MONTH BECAUSE USERS WERE IGNORING THE POSTED RULES.

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