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WINTER WEATHER WARNINGS JKB 2/24/11

  • WINTER WEATHER IS ON THE WAY.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR BOTH LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES UNTIL 4 PM FRIDAY. A HARD FREEZE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY THROUGH SATURDAY.

IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES IS EXPECTED FROM MID MORING TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 1500 FEET. HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 3000 FEET. UP TO AN INCH OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE DOWN TO ELEVATIONS AS LOW AS 500 FEET THROUGH FRIDAY, AND MAY BRIEFLY REACH SEA LEVEL AND THE VALLEY FLOORS.

IN LAKE COUNTY 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE AT ELEVATIONS AS LOW AS 1000 FEET, WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS. UP TO AN INCH OF SNOW COULD ALSO FALL AT LAKE LEVEL. WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MILES PER HOUR OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN COULD ALSO LEAD TO WHITE OUT CONDITIONS.

THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IS ADVISING ALL RESIDENTS IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES TO BE PREPARED FOR THE EXTREME WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. TRAVELERS SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. THOSE HEADED INTO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ARE ADVISED TO KEEP EXTRA CLOTHING, BLANKETS, FOOD AND WATER IN THEIR VEHICLES IN CASE THEY BECOME STRANDED. TRAVEL IS EXPECTED TO BE AFFECTED ON ALL MAJOR ROUTES IN BOTH LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES.

THE QUAKE IN WILLITS WAS ACTUALLY TWO QUAKES JKB 2/24/11

  • THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY NOW SAYS THE MODERATE SIZED EARTHQUAKE THAT SHOOK THE LAKE PILLSBURY, WILLITS AREA TUESDAY NIGHT, WAS ACTUALLY TWO QUAKES ABOUT THE SAME SIZE.

THE FIRST QUAKE WHICH STRUCK AT 8:49 PM WAS INITIALLY SIZED AT 4.1 IN MAGNITUDE. IT WAS UPGRADED TO A 4.3 ON WEDNESDAY, AND HAS SINCE BEEN RECORDED AS A 4.4 MAGNITUDE QUAKE. A SECOND QUAKE MEASURING 4.1 IN MAGNITUDE STRUCK 33 SECONDS LATER. THOSE TWO EVENTS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED BY 8 AFTERSHOCKS, INCLUDING ONES OF 2.3 AND 2.7 IN MAGNITUDE. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURIES.

SEWER BACK UP SHUTS DOWN FRANK ZEEK SCHOOL JKB 2/24/11

  • A SEWER BACK UP SHUT DOWN FRANK ZEEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YESTERDAY.

SCHOOL OFFICIALS CLOSED THE SCHOOL AFTER MOST OF THE TOILETS STOPPED WORKING DURING THE MORNING RECESS. THE SCHOOL SENT THE STUDENTS HOME AND CALLED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO INVESTIGATE THE PROBLEM. ACCORDING TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS, WEDNESDAYS ARE SHORT DAYS ANYWAY, SO THE STUDENTS ONLY LOST A COUPLE HOURS DUE TO THE PROBLEM. FRANK ZEEK WILL BE OPEN TODAY, WITH PORTABLE TOILETS STANDING BY IN CASE THE PROBLEM WITH THE SEWAGE SYSTEM IS NOT FIXED, OR OCCURS AGAIN.

UKIAH POST OFFICE SLATED FOR CLOSURE JKB 2/24/11

  • IT IS OFFICIAL. THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT UKIAHS HISTORIC DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE IS SCHEDULED FOR CLOSURE.

POSTAL OFFICIALS PLAN TO MOVE OPERATIONS FROM THE DOWNTOWN OFFICE TO THE POSTAL ANNEX ON ORCHARD AVENUE. ACCORDING TO THE POSTAL SERVICE, THE CURRENT DOWNTOWN LOCATION WOULD NEED MORE THAN $780,000 IN REPAIRS IN ORDER TO REMAIN OPEN. CLOSING THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION AND MOVING OPERATIONS IS EXPECTED TO COST CLOSE TO $360,00, BUT POSTAL OFFICIALS SAY IT WILL SAVE ALMOST $187,000 IN OPERATIONAL COSTS A YEAR. UKIAH CITY OFFICIALS AND A GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY GROUP SAY THEY WILL FIGHT TO KEEP THE FACILITY OPEN. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED CLOSURE IS EXPECTED TO BE HELD WITHIN THE NEXT 60 DAYS.

PLEA DEAL IN FREEWAY DEATH CASE JKB 2/24/11

  • A SANTA ROSA WOMAN PLEADED NO CONTEST TO A SINGLE COUNT OF GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED IN THE DEATH OF A WINDSOR MAN WHO FELL OUT OF THE BACK OF HER PICK UP TRUCK AND DIED DECEMBER 22ND.

IN THE DEAL WITH PROSECUTORS, 33 YEAR OLD RUBI ANN MARTINEZ WILL SERVE 6 YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR THE DEATH OF 21 YEAR OLD ENRIQUE RAMIREZ ALVAREZ. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, IT IS BELIEVED THAT BOTH MARTINEZ AND ALVAREZ HAD BEEN DRINKING WHEN ALVAREZ FELL OUT OF THE BACK OF THE PICK UP ON HIGHWAY 101. AT SOME POINT MARTINEZ BECAME AWARE ALVAREZ WAS MISSING, BUT CONTINUED DRIVING AND DID NOT CALL AUTHORITIES. A PASSING MOTORIST SPOTTED AVLAREZ BODY AT AROUND 1:40 AM AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. MARTINEZ WILL BE OFFICIALLY SENTENCED MARCH 17TH.

ACCUSED PRIEST TO FIGHT EXTRADITION JKB 2/24/11

  • 75 YEAR OLD FORMER SANTA ROSA DIOCESE PRIEST PATRICK MCCABE, WHO IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING BOYS IN ALAMEDA AND HUMBOLDT COUNTY, SAYS HE WILL FIGHT EXTRADITION TO HIS NATIVE IRELAND, WHERE IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING AT LEAST 6 OTHER CHILDREN.

MCABES ATTORNEY SAYS THEY WILL FILE PAPERS BY FRIDAY TO APPEAL THE EXTRADITION ORDER ON THE GROUNDS THAT HE WOULD BE TRIED FOR CRIMES THAT ARE NOT PUNISHABLE IN THE U.S UNDER INTERNATIONAL TREATY. WHILE CHILD MOLESTATION IS A CRIME IN BOTH IRELAND AND THE U.S., THE U.S. SURPEME COURT RULED THAT CRIMES COMMITTED PRIOR TO 1988 CANNOT BE PROSECUTED HERE. MCCABE IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING THE BOYS IN IRELAND BETWEEN 1973 AND 1981.

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