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HOME OF DROWNED TEEN BURGLARIZED JKB 2/28/11

  • THE HOME OF A TEEN THAT DROWNED WHILE RAFTING ON A RAIN SWOLLEN CREEK NEAR WALNUT CREEK LAST WEEKEND, WAS BURGLARIZED WHILE HIS FAMILY WAS AT HIS BURIAL SERVICE ON THURSDAY.

THE FAMILY OF 16 YEAR OLD MATTHEW MILLER TOLD POLICE THEY RETURNED HOME FROM THE SERVICE TO FIND THE FRONT DOOR HAD BEEN FORCED OPEN AND ITEMS MISSING. THE BURGLARY OCCURRED SOMETIME BETWEEN 10 AM AND 12:30 PM. MILLER AND 17 YEAR OLD GAVIN POWELL BOTH DROWNED AFTER THEIR TWO PERSON RAFT OVERTURNED IN A FLOOD CONTROL CHANNEL FEBRUARY 19TH.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT ARREST JKB 2/28/11

  • A FORT BRAGG MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK AFTER CHOKING HIS GIRLFRIEND INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE.

THE 48 YEAR OLD VICTIM TOLD POLICE THAT 54 MARK ALLEN NUEGEBAUER HAD COME UP BEHIND HER, PUT HER IN A CHOKE HOLD AND PULLED HER TO THE FLOOR, CUTTING OFF HER AIR SUPPLY UNTIL SHE PASSED OUT. SHE ALSO STATED THAT NUEGEBAUER TOLD HER THAT THE NEXT TIME HE WOULD FINISH HER OFF AND BURY HER ON THE PROPERTY. WEDNESDAYS ASSAULT ALLEGEDLY FOLLOWED TWO OTHER INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED ON VALENTINES DAY AND SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. NEUGEBAUER WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR SPOUSAL ABUSE AND MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS WITH BAIL SET AT $25,000.

HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CRASH JKB 2/28/11

  • A HIGH SPEED CHASE INVOLVING A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY BURGLARIZED A CLOVERDALE HOME ENDED WHEN THE SUSPECT CRASHED HIS CAR NEAR WINDSOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

24 YEAR OLD JOSEPH REXFORD OF WINDSOR ALLEGEDLY SMASHED A SLIDING GLASS DOOR AT A HOME ON THERESA DRIVE JUST BEFORE 1 PM AND FLED WITH SEVERAL ITEMS, INCLUDING A GUN. WINDSOR POLICE SPOTTED HIS CAR HEADING SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR DRY CREEK, AND ATTEMPTED TO PULL HIM OVER. REXFORD REFUSED TO STOP AND LED POLICE ON A CHASE ON EASTSIDE ROAD IN HEALDSBURG AND ONTO SEVERAL RURAL ROADS WEST OF THE AIRPORT AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 100 MILES AN HOUR. HE EVENTUALLY RETURNED TO HIGHWAY 101 BEFORE LOOSING CONTROL AND CRASHING DOWN A GRASSY EMBANKMENT OFF THE SHILOH ROAD ONRAMP. HE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS BOOKED INTO THE SONOMA COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. HIS BAIL WAS SET AT $150,000.

PEIDMONT FIRE INVESTIGATION COMPLETE JKB 2/28/11

  • FIRE INVESTIGATORS SAY A MASSIVE BLAZE THAT DESTROYED THE PIEDMONT LUMBER AND MILLWORK COMPANY YARD IN WALNUT CREEK LAST YEAR AND WAS INITIALLY THOUGHT TO BE SUSPICIOUS, WAS NOT DUE TO ARSON.

THE TIMING OF THE BLAZE FUELED SUSPICION ABOUT THE FIRE AS THE COMPANY WAS FACING FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, AND ANOTHER ARSON FIRE HAD OCCURRED AT ANOTHER PEIDMONT OWNED LUMBER YARD IN PITTSBURG JUST MONTHS BEFORE. THE BLAZE CAUSED MORE THAN $6 MILLION IN DAMAGE AND THE COMPANY PUT THE PROPERTY UP FOR SALE. AN INVESTIGATION FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY SURROUNDING THE MARCH 13TH INCIDENT. OFFICIALS SAY THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE FIRE MAY NEVER BE KNOWN.

VFW COMMANDER RESIGNS JKB 2/28/11

  • THE COMMANDER OF THE LAKEPORT VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST HAS RESIGNED AMID ACCUSATIONS THAT HE FALSIFIED HIS MILITARY CAREER.

ACCORDING TO A GROUP DEDICATED TO UNCOVERING WHAT THEY CALL STOLEN VALOR, 57 YEAR OLD ROBERT DEPPE HAS PLAGIARIZED AND OR MODIFIED OTHER PEOPLES WAR STORIES, INCLUDING THE AWARDING OF A PURPLE HEART AND SILVER AND BRONZE STARS FOR HEROISM IN VIETNAM, AND CLAIMED THEM AS HIS OWN. ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS AT POW NETWORK, THEY CANNOT FIND ANY RECORD OF DEPPE EVER SERVING IN THE MILITARY. DEPPE, WHO HAS BEEN THE VFW COMMANDER FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS, WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS MONTH ON SUSPICION OF STEALING MONEY FROM A FAMILY MEMBER AND REPLACING $100 BILLS HE ALLEGEDLY TOOK WITH PLAY MONEY. HIS LETTER OF RESIGNATION STATED ONLY THAT HE WAS STEPPING DOWN FOR PERSONAL REASONS, AND WAS SUBMITTED TWO DAYS AFTER THE VFW POST ASKED HIM FOR AUTHORIZATION TO ACCESS HIS MILITARY RECORDS.

NEW POLICE CHIEF FOR FORT BRAGG JKB 2/28/11

  • AFTER A NATIONWIDE SEARCH, THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS CHOSEN A NEW POLICE CHIEF, AND IT TURNS OUT, THEY DIDNT HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO FIND ONE.

SCOTT MAYBERRY, A FORMER FORT BRAGG HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, WAS CHOSEN OUT OF A FILED OF 34 APPLICANTS FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTY. MAYBERRY SERVED 5 YEARS WITH THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT, 5 YEARS WITH THE PETALUMA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND 17 YEARS WITH THE REDDING POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY A CAPTAIN. MAYBERRY MUST STILL COMPLETE THE REQUIRED BACKGROUND CHECK, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS. IF ALL GOES WELL HE WILL BECOME THE CHIEF OF THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT IN MID APRIL.

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