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WINTER STORMS ON THE WAY JKB 3/23/11

· TWO WINTER STORMS WILL DESCEND ON THE NORTH COAST TODAY, BRINGING WITH IT A LOT OF RAIN, WIND, AND SNOW AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3000 FEET. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS FROM THE FIRST STORM TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY IS EXPECTED TO BRING 6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW TO ELEVATIONS ABOVE THE 3000 FOOT MARK, WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS EXPECTED WHEN THE 2ND STORM ARRIVES ON THURSDAY.

IN LAKE COUNTY A HIGH WIND WATCH WILL GO INTO EFFECT THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. WINDS SIMILAR TO LAST WEEKEND ARE EXPECTED, WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 65 MILES AN HOUR POSSIBLE BY THURSDAY EVENING.

A FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR CLEARLAKE AT LAKEPORT THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT AT 7 PM THURSDAY EVENING. AS OF THIS MORNING THE LAKE HAD REACHED 8.6 ON THE RUMSEY SCALE AND MINOR FLOODING OF SOME LAKESIDE RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED. FLOOD STAGE OF 9.0 RUMSEY IS EXPECTED TO BE REACHED BY FRIDAY, WHICH WILL LEAD TO LOW LYING STRUCTURES AND SOME MAIN ROADS AROUND THE LAKE BEING THREATENED BY HIGH WATER LEVELS.

AUTHORITIES ARE ADVISING RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR THE INCLEMENT WEATHER AND TO AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY TRAVEL. MOTORISTS HEADED INTO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ARE ADVISED TO CARRY A FLASHLIGHT, EXTRA FOOD, WATER, AND EXTRA CLOTHING IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, AND TO BE PREPARED FOR EXTREME WINTER WEATHER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

WOMAN CONVICTED AND DEPORTED JKB 3/23/11

  • AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WHO STOLE A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WOMANS IDENTITY AND FILED FALSE TAX RETURNS, WAS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON AND THEN DEPORTED.

ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS, 29 YEAR OLD ANGELES VASQUEZ ILLEGALLY OBTAINED THE DRIVERS LICENSE AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OF HER VICTIM AND THEN FILED BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE INCOME TAX RETURNS, CLAMING TOW CHILDREN WHO NOT HERS AS DEPENDENTS. VASQUEZ WAS ARRESTED FEBRUARY 4TH AND PLEADED GUILTY TO 2 COUNTS OF PERJURY 2 WEEKS LATER. SHE WAS SENTENCED TO A 5 YEAR SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE AND THEN DEPORTED TO MEXICO. UNDER THE AGREEMENT, VASQUEZ WILL IMMEDIATELY BE SENT TO PRISON TO SERVE THE ENTIRE SENTENCE IF SHE IS CAUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS.

INJURY ACCIDENT JKB 3/23/11

  • A WOMAN WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN A TWO CAR COLLISION AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAKEVIEW AND HIGHWAY 20 IN NICE LATE TUESDAY EVENING.

VERY FEW DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT HAVE BEEN RELEASED. ACCORDING TO THE CHP, A WOMAN DRIVING A SMALL SPORTS CAR COLLIDED WITH A 4 WHEEL DRIVE PICKUP AT AROUND 11 PM. THE WOMAN WAS REPORTEDLY NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT AND SUFFERED A MAJOR HEAD INJURY. THE DRIVER OF THE PICK UP WAS NOT INJURED, BUT WITNESSES SAID THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE OTHER INJURED PERSON AT THE SCENE, BUT IT WAS UNCLEAR WHICH VEHICLE THEY HAD COME FROM. THE INJURED WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL WITH MAJOR INJURIES. AN INITIAL INVESTIGATION INDICATED THAT ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

WEAPONS AND DRUG ARREST JKB 3/23/11

  • A CLEARLAKE MAN WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES AFTER POLICE SERVED A PROBATION SEARCH WARRANT ON HIS HOME SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

DURING A SEARCH, POLICE FOUND APPROXIMATELY 2 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA, A LARGE QUANTITY OF ECSTASY, A LARGE QUANTITY OF MORPHINE SULFATE, COCAINE, NUMEROUS TYPES OF PACKAGING MATERIAL, A DIGITAL SCALE, A SEMI AUTOMATIC HANDGUN AND A LOADED SAWED OFF 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN. 38 YEAR OLD BRANDON THOMAS, WAS BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES. HE IS BEING HELD ON $100,000 BAIL.

WATER DUMPED FROM BROOKTRAILS DAM JKB 3/23/11

  • NEARLY 33 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WAS UNEXPECTEDLY PURGED FROM THE LAKE EMILY RESERVOIR IN THE BROOKTRIALS TOWNSHIP OF WILLITS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

ENGINEERS SAY A COMPUTER MALFUNCTION IN THE AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEM CONTROLLING AN INFLATABLE GATE ALLOWED 102 ACRE-FEET OF WATER TO BE RELEASED. A DOWNSTREAM INSPECTION DETERMINED THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE FROM THE SURGE OF WATER, ALTHOUGH THE CLOVER ROAD BRIDGE OVER WILLITS CREEK WAS TEMPORARILY UNDERWATER AS NEARLY 70,000 GALLONS OF MINUTE WAS DUMPED INTO THE CREEK. OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NO CURRENT DANGER FROM THE CONTROL SYSTEM FAILURE. THE WATER LEVEL WILL NOT BE RAISED AGAIN UNTIL ENGINEERS MAKE SURE THERE WILL BE NO REPEAT OF THE INCIDENT IN THE FUTURE.

BOARD ADOPTS RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTION RATES JKB 3/23/11

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTED A RECOMMENDED CONTRIBUTION RATE FOR ITS EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY.

THE COUNTY WILL NOW PAY A RATE OF 19.08% OF ITS PAYROLL INTO THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM, WHILE EMPLOYEES WILL CONTRIBUTE AT A RATE OF 9.69%. THE NEW RATE INCREASES THE COUNTYS ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION BY MORE THAN $4 MILLION, FOR A TOTAL CONTRIBUTION OF $13.2 MILLION DOLLARS. THE RATES WERE RECOMMENDED BY BUCK CONSULTANTS, WHO WERE FIRED BY SUPERVISORS AS THE COUNTYS ACTUARY LAST WEEK AFTER AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT FOUND THAT THE FIRM MADE CRITICAL MISTAKES IN ITS ACTUARIAL ASSUMPTIONS THAT PUT THE COUNTY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BEHIND IN THEIR RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS.

RADIATION MONITORING JKB 3/23/11

  • RADIATION MONITORS CONTINUE TO CONFIRM THAT NO DANGEROUS LEVELS OF RADIATION HAVE REACHED THE U.S. FROM JAPANS CRIPPLED NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.

ANALYSIS OF 4 WEST COAST RADNET AIR MONITORING FILTERS HAVE SHOWED TRACE AMOUNTS OF RADIOACTIVE IODINE, CESIUM, AND TELLURIUM IN THE ATMOSPHERE CONSISTENT WITH THE JAPANESE NUCLEAR INCIDENT, BUT AT CONCENTRATIONS MILLIONS OF TIMES BELOW LEVELS OF CONCERN. ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS, AMERICANS RECEIVE DOSES OF RADIATION FROM NATURAL SOURCES LIKE ROCKS, BRICKS, AD THE SUN THAT ARE ABOUT 100,000 TIMES HIGHER THAN WHAT HAS BEEN DETECTED COMING FROM JAPANS DAMAGED NUCLEAR REACTORS.

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