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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Breaking News: Bomb scare at courthouse
04/28/2011 11:18:
LAKEPORT — Law enforcement evacuated the Lake County Courthouse this morning after receiving a report of a bomb threat. The County Counsel’s office received an anonymous phone call between 9 and 9:20 a.m. warning, “that there was a bomb in the building and to leave the marijuana people alone. The issue of new county-proposed regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries was scheduled for discussion at 10 a.m. during today’s regular meeting of the Lake County Planning Commission.
Lake County Sheriff’s began clearing the courthouse around 9:20 a.m. The entire building was emptied and a perimeter established shortly thereafter. Officers extended the perimeter to several blocks around the courthouse by 10:45 a.m. Officers did not find any evidence of a bomb during an initial sweep, and the LCSO is working to trace the source of the call.

ID released in Mendocino County jail death

\April 28, 2011 a.
A man who died after an apparent suicide attempt in the Mendocino County jail has been identified as twenty-nine year old Lance Scholfield. The investigation is continuing into the death by hanging. Scholfield, a Mendocino County transient, was found unconscious in his cell last week. He died on Monday.
A corrections officer who found him called for help and began resuscitation efforts. The inmate had a pulse when fire fighters arrived and was flown to St. Helena Hospital. He was arrested April 21 after a confrontation with two Fort Bragg police officers at Bainbridge Park. Scholfield was treated for minor injuries then transported to the Mendocino County jail where he was booked on suspicion of battery, battery against a police officer and obstructing and resisting officers. The was found uncoscious in his cell the next day.

Lake County man arrested on suspicion of child abuse

April 28, 2011 a.
A Lake County man who reportedly whipped his teen-age daughter with a belt after he came home for lunch and found a boy in their house was arrested for suspected child abuse after the girl turned up at school the next day with a bruised leg and arm.
Roderic Ian Hilliard, a county code enforcement officer, was taken into custody for suspicion of willful cruelty to a child. His 17-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.
He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Teen arrested in theft of mom’s car
Police arrested a 17-year-old Philo girl who allegedly stole her mother’s car Tuesday night and injured her mother in the process, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the 7600 block of Highway 128 in Philo. Susan Juster told police her 17-year-old daughter was distraught over a breakup with a boy. She heard her car start in the carport a short time later She confronted the teen, who was in the driver’s seat of the car. Juster tried to open the car door and the teen allegedly drove away, causing Juster to fall and injure her head. Deputies spotted the stolen car on Highway 253 and tried to pull it over. The teen allegedly refused to stop, and was eventually pulled over at the Shell gas station on South State Street and Talmage after a short, slow-speed pursuit. Police arrested the teen without incident.

Redwood Valley firm earns contract for Anton Stadium
: 04/28/2011 12:12:52
The Ukiah City Council last week approved awarding a bid to construct Anton Stadium’s main building for about $500,000. Project and Grant Administrator Guy Mills said three of the four bids for the project were from local companies, and Ferranti Construction of Redwood Valley submitted the lowest. Ferranti’s bid was $503,176. The renovation project for Anton Stadium has been broken into three phases, The first phase includes construction of “the engineered steel building including foundation, seating and installation.” Phase 2 includes parking, entry points and sidewalks, and Phase 3 includes interior finishing of the multi-purpose room, bathroom walls, electrical, windows, fire sprinklers and fixtures.

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INMATE WHO ATTEMPTED SUICIDE DIES OF INJURIES JKB 4/27/11

  • A MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL INMATE WHO WAS INTERRUPTED DURING AN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE, HAS DIED OF HIS INJURIES.

A CORRECTIONS DEPUTY FOUND THE 29 YEAR OLD INMATE IN THE PROCESS OF THE SUICIDE ATTEMPT DURING A CELL CHECK LAST THURSDAY EVENING. HE WAS ABLE TO GIVE CPR AND OBTAIN A PULSE AND ESTABLISH BREATHING BEFORE PARAMEDICS ARRIVED, AND THE INMATE WAS TRANSFERRED TO ST. HELENA HOSPITAL. HE DIED OF INJURIES SUFFERED DURING THE ATTEMPT ON MONDAY. A FORENSIC EXAMINATION IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE TODAY. THE INMATES NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

CHEMICAL EXPLOSION INJURES ONE JKB 4/27/11

  • AN AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEER WAS BADLY BURNED IN A CHEMICAL EXPLOSION THAT FORCED THE EVACUATION OF THE COMPANYS FOUNTAIN GROVE PARKWAY BUILDING IN SANTA ROSA YESTERDAY.

45 YEAR OLD ENGINEER PATRICK COLBUS WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AS OF LATE TUESDAY. COLBUS, FROM SANTA ROSA, WORKED IN HIGH TECH MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND COATING. A FALLING OBJECT HURT ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WHEN THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED AT AROUND 10:30 AM. 20 OTHERS COMPLAINED OF RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND UNDERWENT VOLUNTARY DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURES. AGILENT OFFICIALS SAY THEIR CHEMICAL EMERGENCY EXPERTS WERE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION.

BOS AND PUBLIC ATTORNEYS REACH AN AGREEMENT JKB 4/27/11

  • A 12TH HOUR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AVERTED THE POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF A 20% PAY CUT THE SUPES WERE CONSIDERING YESTERDAY.

THE DECISION AFFECTS 32 EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, PUBLIC DEFENDERS, ALTERNATE DEFENDERS AND CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES OFFICES. REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE ATTORNEYS UNION TENTATIVELY AGREED TO ACCEPT A 12 AND A HALF PERCENT PAY CUT YESTERDAY MORNING. THE CUTS WILL BRING THE PUBLIC ATTORNEYS UNION INTO LINE WITH OTHER COUNTY DEPARTMENTS, MOST OF WHICH HAVE ALREADY TAKEN A 10% CUT IN PAY.

3.9 MAGNITUDE QUAKE AT GEYSERS JKB /27/11

  • THE GEYSERS WERE RATTLED BY A 3.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE YESTERDAY MORNING, THE 11TH QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THAT AREA SINCE JANUARY 1ST.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 10:43 AM AND WAS CENTERED 1 MILE NORTH-NORTH WEST OF THE STEAM FIELDS.

NEW CHARGES IN INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE JKB 4/27/11

  • NEW CHARGES ARE FACING A MIDDLETOWN MAN WHO WAS IN COURT YESTERDAY TO SET A DATE FOR SENTENCING IN A INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE.

29 YEAR OLD DANIEL WOOD WAS CONVICTED LAST MONTH OF MISDEMEANOR INDECENT EXPOSURE AND ANNOYING OR MOLESTING A CHILD FOR EXPOSING HIMSELF TO 2 12 YEAR OLD GIRLS IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR. PROSECUTORS NOW SAY NEW EVIDENCE SINCE HIS ARREST HAS RESULTED IN AS MANY AS 15 NEW CHARGES INVOLVING CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14. WOOD WAS ORDERED YESTERDAY TO APPEAR APRIL 29TH FOR SENTENCING AND TO A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION AND ASSIGNMENT ON THE NEW CHARGES.

ANOTHER SMITH TRAVEL EXPENSE FLAP JKB 4/27/11

  • ANOTHER FLAP OVER TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY 4TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR KENDALL SMITH LED TO A HEATED HALF HOUR DEBATE AT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING YESTERDAY.

SMITH AND COUNTY CEO CARMEL ANGELO WERE SEEKING $1500 IN TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT COSTS FOR SMITH TO ATTEND A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES OR NACO CONFERENCE IN PORTLAND OREGON IN JULY. 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN PULLED THE ITEM FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION AND ARGUED THE REIMBURSEMENT SHOULD BE DENIED, NOTING THAT THE BOARD VOTED TO END ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH NACO LAST YEAR, BUT RECONSIDERED ONLY BECAUSE OF A PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM IT OFFERED TO COUNTY RESIDENTS. ANGELO REMINDED THE BOARD THAT THEY HAVE DISMISSED THE COUNTYS STATE AND FEDERAL LOBBYISTS IN ORDER TO CUT COSTS, AND THEREFORE HAD NO REPRESENTATION AT SUCH EVENTS. 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES QUESTIONED THE BENEFIT OF NACO MEMBERSHIP. THE REQUEST WAS DENIED ON A VOTE OF 3 TO 2 WITH SUPERVISORS SMITH AND HAMBURG DISSENTING.

GOVERNOR BROWN HALTS NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL JKB 4/27/11

  • GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN ISSUED A SWEEPING EXECUTIVE ORDER YESTERDAY TO HALT ALL STATE EMPLOYEE TRAVEL THAT IS NOT DEEMED MISSION CRITICAL, IN ORDER TO FURTHER CUT SPENDING IN STATE GOVERNMENT.

THE LATEST EXECUTIVE ORDER COMES A WEEK AFTER HE ORDERED STATE AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENT TO RECOVER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN UNCOLLECTED SALARY AND TRAVEL ADVANCES. UNDER YESTERDAYS ORDER, NO TRAVEL IS PERMITTED IN OR OUR OT STATE UNLESS IT IS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL OR HAS NO COST TO THE STATE. SINCE TAKING OFFICE GOVERNOR BROWN HAS BEEN ABLE TO CUT SPENDING IN HIS OWN OFFICE BY ABOUT 25%.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE JKB 4/27/11

  • A GUALALA MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING HIS GIRLFRIEND AT A HOME ON OLD STAGE ROAD SUNDAY EVENING.

ACCORDING TO THE FEMALE VICTIM, SHE AND 25 YEAR OLD AXCEL BERNAL GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT AT AROUND 8 PM. DURING THE ALTERCATION, BERNAL ALLEGEDLY STRUCK HER WITH HIS HANDS AND HELD HER AGAINST HER WILL WHEN SHE TRIED TO LEAVE. HE THEN BEGAN WHIPPING HER WITH A BELT UNTIL HE WAS INTERRUPTED BY A WITNESS YELLING AT HIM. HE YELLED THREATS TO THE WITNESS AND THEN FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT. DEPUTIES EVENTUALLY FOUND BERNAL HIDING IN AN OUTBUILDING OF A NEARBY HOME AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES INCLUDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING, AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT. HE IS BEING HELD ON $100,000 BAIL, PLUS AND IMMIGRATION HOLD.

AVRIL LAVIGNE-WHAT THE HELL

BLACK EYED PEAS-JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

JENNIFER LOPEZ W/PITBULL-ON THE FLOOR

KATY PERRY W/KANYE WEST-E.T.

KESHA-BLOW

RIHANNA-S & M

ADELE-ROLLING IN THE DEEP

BRITNEY SPEARS-TILL THE WORLD ENDS

BRUNO MARS-THE LAZY SONG

DR. DRE W/EMINEM-I NEED A DOCTOR

JEREMIH W/50 CENT-DOWN ON ME

JESSIE J. W/B.O.B.-PRICE TAG

LADY GAGA-JUDAS

LUPE FIASCO-THE SHOW GOES ON

MIKE POSNER W/LIL WAYNE-BOW CHICKA WOW WOW

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE-SING

NEW BOYZ W/THE CATARACS & DEV-BACKSEAT

NICKI MINAJ W/DRAKE-MOMENT 4 LIFE

THE SCRIPT-FOR THE FIRST TIME

TINIE TEMPAH W/ERIC TURNER-WRITTEN IN THE STARS

30 SECONDS TO MARS-CLOSER TO THE EDGE

BIG TIME RUSH-BOYFRIEND

HOT CHELLE RAE-TONIGHT TONIGHT

LMFAO-PARTY ROCK ANTHEM

PITBULL W/NE-YO, AFROJACK AND NAYER-GIVE ME EVERYTHING

SELENA GOMEZ AND THE SCENE-WHO SAYS

KANYE WEST-ALL OF THE LIGHTS

MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE-HELLO

ONE REPUBLIC-GOOD LIFE

THE READY SET-YOUNG FOREVER

SHONTELLE-HELLO TO GOODBYE

WIZ KHALIFA-ROLL UP

LAYTONVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN ALAMEDA MURDER JKB 4/26/11

  • A LAYTONVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A ROBBERY AND MURDER THAT TOOK PLACE IN ALAMEDA LAST WEEK.

22 YEAR OLD RICHARD EZELL IS ONE OF 3 SUSPECTS CHARGED IN THE CASE. THE OTHER SUSPECTS, A 22 YEAR OLD FROM ALAMEDA, AND A 26 YEAR OLD FROM HERCULES WERE ALSO TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND CHARGED IN THE MURDER THAT TOOK PLACE LAST WEDNESDAY. POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE OTHER SUSPECTS, THE VICTIM, OR DETAILS ABOUT THE KILLING. EZELL IS BEING HELD AT THE ALAMEDA COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BAIL.

6 YEAR OLD HIT BY POLICE CAR ON CALL JKB 4/26/11

  • A 6 YEAR OLD SANTA ROSA BOY WAS INJURED WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A POLICE OFFICER HEADING TO AN EMERGENCY CALL WHILE WALKING IN A CROSSWALK OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE CRASH OCCURRED AT 11:10 PM SATURDAY AS THE BOY WAS CROSSING WEST AVENUE AT SEBASTOPOL ROAD WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ACCORDING TO THE CHP, THE OFFICER WAS RESPONDING TO A REPORT OF A FIGHT AND WAS DRIVING WEST ON SEBASTOPOL ROAD WHEN HE TURNED LEFT ON TO WEST ROAD AND HIT THE BOY, STRIKING HIM WITH THE BUMPER AND KNOCKING HIM TO THE GROUND. THE BOY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE CHP.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT JKB 4/26/11

  • A STOCKTON MAN WAS SEVERELY INJURED WHEN THE MOTORCYCLE HE WAS RIDING WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND BY A PICK UP TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 20 SUNDAY NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, 56 YEAR OLD DAVID COSTA WAS RIDING EASTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 20 NEAR HOWARD AVENUE WHEN HE WAS REAR-ENDED BY 22 YEAR OLD BRUCE SCOTT OF LUCERNE JUST BEFORE 9 PM. COSTA WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF MAJOR INJURIES. NO WORD YET ON HIS CONDITION. SCOTT WAS NOT CITED FOR THE CRASH.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER MAKING THREATS JKB 4/26/11

  • A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY EVENING AFTER THREATENING TO KILL ANOTHER MAN WITH A KNIFE FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING HIS CIGARETTES.

THE 60 YEAR OLD MALE VICTIM TOLD POLICE THAT 39 YEAR OLD PAUL SMITH THREATENED TO SLIT HIS THROAT OVER THE ALLEGED THEFT AT AROUND 6 PM NEAR THE 1000 BLOCK OF EAST GOBBI STREET. BASED ON THE VICTIMS STATEMENT AND TWO WITNESSES, SMITH WAS LOCATED AND ARRESTED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS. HE IS BEING HELD ON $15,000 BAIL.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON JKB 4/26/11

  • A 62 YEAR OLD UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO STAB A WOMAN DURING A FIGHT INVOLVING SEVERAL SUBJECTS LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

POLICE WERE CALLED TO A MOTORCYCLE SHOP IN THE 3200 BLOCK OF NORTH STATE STREET AT AROUND 4 PM, WHEN SEVERAL PEOPLE BEGAN FIGHTING. WITNESSES STATED THAT DURING THE ALTERCATION, JAMES MONK DRIED TO STAB THE 51 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM WITH A POCKET KNIFE. MONK WAS LOCATED THE NEXT DAY AND ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR ASSAULT WITH AND DEADLY WEAPON AND IS BEING HELD ON $30,000 BAIL.

DRIVING FATALITY SENTENCE JKB 4/26/11

  • A LUCERNE MAN WITH TWO PRIOR DUI CONVICTIONS, AND AN OUT OF STATE ROBBERY CONVICTION, WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO 20 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR AN ALCOHOL FUELED CRASH THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF AN ELDERLY NICE MAN.

ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS, 57 YEAR OLD BARTON FARRIS HAD CONSUMED A HALF GALLON OF VODKA SINCE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE CRASH ON SEPTEMBER 15TH OF 2009. HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS MORE THAN 2 AND A HALF TIME THE LEGAL LIMIT, WHEN HE IGNORED THE WARNING OF FRIENDS AND INSISTED ON DRIVING TO DUI OFFENDERS CLASS THAT HAD BEEN ORDERED FOR A PREVIOUS CONVICTION. FARRIS CROSSED THE CENTERLINE AND SIDESWIPED ANOTHER CAR BEFORE COLLIDING WITH 84 YEAR OLD JACK GREEN HEAD ON. GREEN DIED OF HIS INJURIES SEVERAL WEEKS LATER.

BOS TO DECIDE PAY CUTS TODAY JKB 4/26/11

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER ADOPTING A 20% PAY CUT FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, PUBLIC DEFENDERS, ALTERNATE DEFENDERS AND CHILD SUPPORT OFFICES AT THEIR MEETING TODAY.

NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE PUBLIC ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION UNION THAT HAD BEEN GOING ON SINCE LAST YEAR WHEN THE UNIONS LABOR CONTRACT EXPIRED LAST APRIL, HAVE BROKEN DOWN IN RECENT MONTHS, AND AN IMPASSE WAS DECLARED IN DECEMBER. A MEDIATION IN MARCH ALSO FAILED TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES AND THE COUNTY SENT ITS LAST, BEST AND FINAL OFFER TO THE UNION APRIL 5TH. SO FAR, THE UNION HAS NOT RESPONDED TO THAT OFFER. THE BOARD WILL DECIDE TO DAY WHETHER TO IMPOSE THE OFFER. THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER CHANGING THE HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES AND EARLY RETIREES TO INCLUDE INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND LOWER COSTS. BOTH OF THOSE ISSUES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD LATE THIS MORNING.

WINE MAKER DEATH INVESTIGATION JKB 4/25/11

  • CAL-OSHA OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF AN ASSISTANT WINEMAKER AT THE ANCIEN WINERY IN NAPA LAST WEEK.

ACCORDING TO POLICE, 43 YEAR OLD CELLAR MANAGER GUSTAVO MURO DIED WHILE APPARENTLY TRANSFERRING WINE FROM A 6 FOOT TANK INTO A LARGER 1500 GALLON TANK WEDNESDAY EVENING. ACCORDING TO AN INITIAL INVESTIGATION, MURO DID NOT DROWN. AN AUTOPSY WAS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING POLICE JKB 4/25/11

  • TWO FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICERS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY A SUSPECT FRIDAY.

THE OFFICERS WERE CONDUCTING A SECURITY CHECK AT BAINBRIDGE PARK AT AROUND 9:20 AM WHEN THEY ENCOUNTERED 29 YEAR OLD LANCE SCHOLFIELD OF FORT BRAGG. SCHOLFIELD ALLEGEDLY HIT THE OFFICERS WITH HIS FISTS AND HEAD. THE OFFICERS WERE TREATED AT MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. SCHOLFIELD WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AND THEN TRANSPORTED TO THE COUNTY JAIL WHERE HE WAS BOOKED ON CHARGES OF BATTERY, BATTERY AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER AND OBSTRUCTING AND RESISTING OFFICERS.

MISSING MAN FOUND JKB 4/25/11

  • AN ELDERLY HEALDSBURG MAN WHO SUFFERS FROM DEMENTIA, SPARKED A 5 HOUR SEARCH EFFORT AFTER HE WANDERED AWAY FROM A RELATIVES HOME ON FRIDAY.

THE FAMILY OF 84 YEAR OLD DELBERT PEARL CALLED POLICE AT AROUND 7:30 PM WHEN THEY NOTICED HE WAS MISSING FROM THEIR HOME ON BILLINGTON LANE. PEAL WAS FOUND JUST BEFORE 1 AM ABOUT A HALF MILE AWAY, WHEN RESIDENTS AT A HOME ON GABRIELLE DRIVE WOKE UP TO FIND A MAN THEY DID NOT KNOW, LATER IDENTIFIED AS PEARL, WATCHING TV IN THE LIVING ROOM. PEARL WAS DISORIENTED BUT UNINJURED AND SOON REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY.

E-QUAKE AT GEYSERS JKB 4/25/11

  • THE GEYSERS WERE RATTLED BY A 3.4 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE ON SATURDAY, THE 10TH QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THAT AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 12:42 PM AND WAS CENTERED 2 MILES NORTH-NORTH EAST OF THE STEAM FIELDS. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY A DOZEN AFTERSHOCKS, INCLUDING 3 MEASURING 2.2, 2.2, AND 2.3 IN MAGNITUDE.

OPIUM INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARRESTS JKB 4/25/11

  • AN INVESTIGATION INTO A SHIPMENT OF SHOVELS LOADED WITH OPIUM HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF 4 PEOPLE IN CRESCENT CITY, INCLUDING ONE MAN ACCUSED OF HAVING AN ARRANGED RELATIONSHIP WITH AN UNDERAGE GIRL.

AGENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTERCEPTED THE SHOVELS LAST WEEK, WHICH WERE FOUND TO CONTAIN ALMOST 3 POUNDS OF OPIUM. THAT LED TO DEL NORTE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT ON THE HOME THE SHOVELS WERE EN-ROUTE TO. THERE POLICE FOUND 127 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA, 102 MARIJUANA PLANTS, 16 GUNS, MORE THAN $32,000 IN CASH AND SEVERAL WELFARE CHECKS. 4 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED, INCLUDING ONE MAN SUSPECTED OF CHILD MOLESTATION OF HIS ALLEGED ARRANGED RELATIONSHIP WITH A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL. AUTHORITIES SAY MORE ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.

SUICIDE ATTEMPT AT JAIL JKB 4/25/11

  • QUICK ACTION BY MENDOCINO COUNTY CORRECTIONS OFFICERS SAVED THE LIFE OF A JAIL INMATE WHO TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE THURSDAY NIGHT.

A CORRECTIONS DEPUTY DOING CELL CHECKS CAUGHT THE 29 YEAR OLD MALE INMATE IN THE PROCESS OF A SUICIDE ATTEMPT AT AROUND 9:21 PM. HE FOUND THAT THE INMATE HAD NO PULSE AND WAS NOT BREATHING AND BEGAN LIFE SAVING EFFORTS IMMEDIATELY. THE INMATE DID HAVE A PULSE AND WAS BREATHING AGAIN BY THE TIME PARAMEDICS ARRIVED MOMENTS LATER. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, BEFORE BEING AIRLIFTED TO ST. HELENA HOSPITAL. THE INMATES NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

PRISON SENTENCE FOR HIT & RUN DEATH JKB 4/25/11

  • A KELSEYVILLE MAN CONVICTED IN THE HIT AND RUN DEATH OF A WELL KNOWN LAKE COUNTY RESTAURATEUR WAS SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS IN STATE PRISON ON FRIDAY.

31 YEAR OLD JAMES NIGHTINGALE WAS SENTENCED TO THE UPPER TERM, IN PART BECAUSE OF PAST DRIVING OFFENSES, INCLUDING DUI AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. Nightingale PLEADED NO CONTEST TO felony hit-and-run resulting in death or great bodily injury, misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and driving on a suspended license in connection with THE ACCIDENT on Sept. 24, 2010, in which he hit 57-year-old Zino Mezoui WHILE HE WAS RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE at the intersection of Siegler Canyon Road and Highway 29.

gun threats jkb 4/25/11

  • a boonville man was arrested after threatening two other men with a loaded shotgun friday evening.

according to witnesses, 39 year old carlos sanchez had been drinking alcohol for most of the day and was angry for unknown reasons. at one point, he retrieved a loaded 12 gauge shot gun from his mini van and pointed at two men, ages 21 and 30, and threatened to shoot them. deputies were called to the scene just after 7:30 pm. sanchez placed the shotgun back into his mini van before deputies arrived. he was arrested without incident and booked into the county jail for assault with a deadly weapon. he is being held on $30,000 bail.

AVRIL LAVIGNE-WHAT THE HELL

BLACK EYED PEAS-JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH

DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY-COMING HOME

KATY PERRY W/KANYE WEST-E.T.

KESHA-BLOW

RIHANNA-S & M

ADELE-ROLLING IN THE DEEP

BRITNEY SPEARS-TILL THE WORLD ENDS

BRUNO MARS-THE LAZY SONG

DR. DRE W/EMINEM-I NEED A DOCTOR

JENNIFER LOPEZ W/PITBULL-ON THE FLOOR

JEREMIH W/50 CENT-DOWN ON ME

JESSIE J. W/B.O.B.-PRICE TAG

KERI HILSON-PRETTY GIRL ROCK

MIKE POSNER W/LIL WAYNE-BOW CHICKA WOW WOW

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE-SING

NEW BOYZ W/THE CATARACS & DEV-BACKSEAT

NICKI MINAJ W/DRAKE-MOMENT 4 LIFE

THE SCRIPT-FOR THE FIRST TIME

TINIE TEMPAH W/ERIC TURNER-WRITTEN IN THE STARS

30 SECONDS TO MARS-CLOSER TO THE EDGE

BIG TIME RUSH-BOYFRIEND

HOT CHELLE RAE-TONIGHT TONIGHT

JAY SEAN-HIT THE LIGHTS

LUPE FIASCO-THE SHOW GOES ON

SELENA GOMEZ AND THE SCENE-WHO SAYS

KANYE WEST-ALL OF THE LIGHTS

LMFAO-PARTY ROCK ANTHEM

MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE-HELLO

PITBULL W/NE-YO, AFROJACK AND NAYER-GIVE ME EVERYTHING

THE READY SET-YOUNG FOREVER

SHONTELLE-HELLO TO GOODBYE

WIZ KHALIFA-ROLL UP

ATTEMPTED MURDER UPDATE JKB 4/15/11

  • AUTHORITIES ARE CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR A COVELO COUPLE WHO FLED THE SCENE AFTER ANOTHER MAN WAS SHOT WHILE TRYING TO BREAK UP AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN THE PAIR.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, 27 YEAR OLD JOSE HERNANDEZ WAS WITH THE WOMAN AT A HOME ON LEDGER LANE WHEN A VERBAL DISPUTE BROKE OUT BETWEEN HER AND 41 YEAR OLD RUBEN REYES SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT THURSDAY MORNING. HERNANDEZ TRIED TO INTERVENE WHEN THE ARGUMENT ESCALATED AND WAS SHOT IN THE LEG WITH A SHOTGUN BY REYES. REYES AND THE WOMAN LEFT THE HOME BEFORE AUTHORITIES ARRIVED. HERNANDEZ WAS AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL OUT OF THE COUNTY FOR TREATMENT. REYES IS BEING SOUGHT FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT OR WHO KNOWS THE WHEREABOUTS OF REYES IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

INMATE DIES IN SONOMA COUNTY JAIL JKB 4/15/11

  • AN INMATE AT THE SONOMA COUNTY JAIL DIED AFTER BEING FOUND IN MEDICAL DISTRESS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

INMATES IN A JAIL DORMITORY CALLED FOR HELP AT 6:45 AM FOR 59 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JACKSON. JACKSON WAS BEING TREATED FOR A PREVIOUSLY DIAGNOSED MEDICAL CONDITION, BUT AUTHORITIES DID NOT RELEASE WHAT HE WAS BEING TREATED FOR. MEDICAL STAFF AT THE JAIL BEGAN CPR IMMEDIATELY AND CONTINUED UNTIL PARAMEDICS ARRIVED. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AFTER BEING TAKEN TO KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL CENTER. THE CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.

CAUSE OF DEATH OF NAPA PATIENT RELEASED JKB 4/15/11

  • AN AUTOPSY HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE DEATH OF A NAPA STATE HOSPITAL PATIENT INMATE WHO DIED WHILE BEING RESTRAINED BY STAFF ON MONDAY, WAS DUE IN PART TO AN ENLARGED HEART AND CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE.

47 YEAR OLD WILLIAM ROEBLING WAS BEING RESTRAINED BY SEVERAL STAFF MEMBERS AFTER HE ATTACKED ANOTHER PATIENT. DURING THE ALTERCATION ROEBLING SUDDENLY STOPPED BREATHING AND STAFF BEGAN LIFE SAVING PROCEDURES. ROEBLING WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE A SHORT TIME LATER.

IN OTHER NAPA STATE HOSPITAL RELATED NEWS, CALIFORNIA OSHA REGULATORS FINED THE HOSPITAL MORE THAN $100,000 FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS THAT CAME TO LIGHT DURING THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SLAYING OF 54 YEAR OLD PSYCHIATRIC NURSE DONNA GROSS LAST OCTOBER. GROSS WAS STRANGLED IN A HOSPITAL COURT YARD BY 37 YEAR OLD PATIENT INMATE JESS MASSEY DURING A MEAL BREAK. OSHA OFFICIALS CITED 6 SAFETY VIOLATIONS THAT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO HER DEATH IN ASSESSING THE FINES.

UNATTENDED TODDLER LEADS TO POT BUST JKB 4/15/11

  • A 2 YEAR OLD CHILD FOUND RUNNING LOOSE ON WEST GOBBIE STREET LEAD TO THE DISCOVERY OF A MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION LATE LAST MONTH.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT, A MEMBER OF THE MENDOCINO MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE SPOTTED THE CHILD RUNNING IN THE ROAD AT AROUND NOON ON MARCH 29TH, SNARLING TRAFFIC. WHEN UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED, THEY LOCATED THE CHILDS PARENTS AT A NEARBY HOME AND DISCOVERED THE CHILD HAD BEEN LEFT UNSUPERVISED. WHILE CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION THEY DISCOVERED THAT SEVERAL ROOMS OF THE HOME WERE BEING USED TO GROW MARIJUANA. A SEARCH WARRANT SERVED THE FOLLOWING DAY UNCOVERED 220 PLANTS AND 22 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA ON THE PREMISES. POLICE ALSO DISCOVERED THAT ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO THE HOME HAD BEEN ALTERED, ALLOWING FOR UN-METERED POWER CONSUMPTION. 31 YEAR OLD OSCAR NOEL LEON FELIX WAS IDENTIFIED AS A SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OPERATION. IT IS BELIEVED THAT HE HAS FLED TO MEXICO AND A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST IS EXPECTED TO BE ISSUED SOON.

THEFT ARRESTS JKB 4/15/11

  • A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP LED TO THE ARREST OF TWO LAKE COUNTY MEN IN CONNECTION WITH A BURGLARY THAT OCCURRED IN MIDDLETOWN ON WEDNESDAY.

28 YEA ROLD MICHAEL GAMA OF NICE WAS FOUND TO BE DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND DETAINED. A SEARCH OF HIS CAR TURNED UP NUMEROUS STOLEN ITEMS, INCLUDING AN AUTO CLUB CARD BELONGING TO THE VICTIM IN MIDDLETOWN. THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE ITEMS POLICE FOUND IN THE TRUNK AS BEING HIS. GAMA AND A PASSENGER IN HIS CAR, 34 YEAR OLD JOSEPH KIMPER OF LUCERNE WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES. POLICE ARE WORKING TO RECOVER MORE STOLEN ITEMS, INCLUDING THE VICTIMS BLUE 1995 GMC SUBURBAN.

TALMAGE BRIDGE UPDATE JKB 4/15/11

  • ONE LANE OF THE NEW BRIDGE ON TALMAGE ROAD OVER THE RUSSIAN RIVER IS FINISHED, AND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO THAT LANE BEGINNING TUESDAY APRIL 19TH.

ONE WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN EFFECT 24/7 UNTIL THE BRIDGE IS COMPLETED LATER THIS FALL. THE $5.4 MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT WAS FULLY FUNDED BY THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009, AND IS CURRENTLY ON TIME AND ON BUDGET.

PROPOSED SALMON SEASON JKB 4/15/11

  • NORTH COAST SALMON FISHERMEN COULD BE LOOKING AT THEIR MOST PRODUCTIVE SEASON IN YEARS AS FEDERAL FISHERIES REGULATORS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SEASON OFF THE COASTS OF WASHINGTON OREGON AND CALIFORNIA RUN FROM MAY INTO SEPTEMBER.

THE PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL MADE THE RECOMMENDATION ON WEDNESDAY, AFTER FEDERAL BIOLOGISTS PREDICTED A HEALTHY CHINOOK SALMON RUN FOR THIS FALL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007.

STRONG E-QUAKES EAST OF CALIFORNIA BORDER JKB 4/14/11

  • A SERIES OF MODERATELY STRONG EARTHQUAKES RATTLED AN AREA JUST EAST OF THE CALIFORNIA NEVADA BORDER YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

THE AREA, 12 MILES SOUTH-SOUTH WEST OF HAWTHORNE NEVADA AND 145 MILES EAST OF SACRAMENTO, WAS STRUCK BY QUAKES MEASURING 4.4, 3.6, 4.2, AND 3.1 IN MAGNITUDE. ALL THE QUAKES OCCURRED IN LESS THAN AN HOUR BEGINNING AT 3:10 PM. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURIES.

THEFT ARREST JKB 4/14/11

  • A PAROLEE FROM HUMBOLDT COUNTY WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY STEALING MORE THAN $1400 WORTH OF TOOLS, BUILDING EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ITEMS FROM MATSONS BUILDING SUPPLY IN FORT BRAGG MONDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO POLICE, MATSON EMPLOYEES TRIED TO STOP 40 YEAR OLD DAVID MARK DRESSEL AS HE DROVE AWAY FROM THE BUSINESS AT AROUND 2 PM MONDAY. THEY WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE AUTHORITIES WITH A GOOD PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT, HIS VEHICLE, AND THE ITEMS STOLEN. POLICE TRACKED DOWN THE VEHICLE AT A HOME ON NORTH HIGHWAY 1 ON TUESDAY AND ARRESTED DRESSEL WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE TRUCK HE WAS DRIVING WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM EUREKA AND HE WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF THE STOLEN ITEMS FROM MATSON AND OTHER AREAS ALONG THE COAST. DRESSEL WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR BURGLARY, POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND A PAROLE VIOLATION. HE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BAIL.

DRIVER WHO DROVE OFF CLIFF ARRESTED FOR DUI JKB 4/14/11

  • THE DRIVER OF A CAR WHO PLUNGED OVER A CLIFF ON THE SONOMA COUNTY COAST TUESDAY NIGHT INJURING HIMSELF AND TWO PASSENGERS, INCLUDING A CHILD, HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR FELONY DUI.

30 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN NOUSAINE OF SACRAMENTO TOLD AUTHORITIES HE WAS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH ANOTHER CAR AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED WHEN HE LOST CONTROL ON A CURVE ON HIGHWAY 1 AND DROVE OFF THE CLIFF AT AROUND 7:30 PM, LANDING ON A ROCKY BEACH ABOUT 100 FEET BELOW. HE AND A PASSENGER IN HIS CAR, 26 YEAR OLD PATRICIA HEMENWAY SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES. A 6 YEAR OLD BOY IN THE BACKSEAT SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES.

BOIL WATER NOTICE DUE TO ACCIDENT JKB 4/14/11

  • 153 WATER CUSTOMERS IN NORTH LAKEPORT WERE ADVISED TO BOIL THEIR TAP WATER YESTERDAY AFTER A CAR STRUCK A FIRE HYDRANT WEDNESDAY MORNING.

THE HYDRANT IN THE AREA OF PARK WAY HAD TO BE REPLACED AFTER BEING DAMAGED BY THE CAR AT 7:43 AM. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT. THE BOIL WATER NOTICE WAS ISSUED AS A PRECAUTION FOR SEDIMENT AND DEPOSITS STIRRED UP FROM REPLACING THE HYDRANT. THAT RECOMMENDATION IS EXPECTED TO BE LIFTED BY TODAY OR EARLY TOMORROW.

SENTENCING PLAN APPROVED FOR FATAL HIT & RUN JKB 4/14/11

  • A FINAL SENTENCING PLAN WAS APPROVED YESTERDAY FOR A CLOVERDALE TEENAGER WHO FLED THE SCENE AFTER HITTING AND KILLING AN ELDERLY PEDESTRIAN LAST DECEMBER.

17 YEAR OLD MITCH CARLSON WILL PARTICIPATE IN A 9 PART ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROGRAM THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER WITH THE HELP OF THE VICTIMS FAMILY. 83 YEAR OLD MIGUEL SANCHEZ DIED 3 DAYS AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CARLSON WHILE CROSSING THE STREET. CARLSON TOLD AUTHORITIES HE FLED THE SCENE BECAUSE HE WAS SCARED. THE ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING PROGRAM INCLUDES WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS, CONTACTING AUTHORITIES TO TRY TO IMPROVE THE INTERSECTION WHERE THE FATAL ACCIDENT OCCURRED, WORKING AT A LOCAL FOOD BANK, TENDING A COMMUNITY GARDEN, FUNDRAISING FOR A NEW CITY PARK AND SPEAKING TO TEENS ABOUT SAFE DRIVING.

CLEARLAKE HIGH RATED AS DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL JKB 4/14/11

  • CLEARLAKE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAKEPORT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED A CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL FOR 2011.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY STATE SUPERINTENDENT ERIN HAGBERG, INCLUDED CLEARLAKE HIGH ON THE LIST OF 97 SCHOOLS THAT WERE RECOGNIZED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS ANNUAL HONOR FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION YESTERDAY. IT IS THE FIRST CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD FOR THE LAKEPORT SCHOOL DISTRICT. MORE THAN 5300 PUBLIC MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH THE AWARD SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN 25 YEARS AGO IN 1986.

ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST JKB 4/14/11

  • A COVELO MAN WAS SHOT WHEN HE GOT IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ALTERCATION BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN IN COVELO EARLY THIS MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, 27 YEAR OLD JOSE HERNANDEZ WAS WITH THE FEMALE AT A HOME ON LEDGER LANE WHEN A VERBAL DISPUTE BROKE OUT BETWEEN HER AND 41 YEAR OLD RUBEN REYES SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. HERNANDEZ TRIED TO INTERVENE WHEN THE ARGUMENT ESCALATED AND HE WAS SHOT IN THE LEG WITH A SHOTGUN BY REYES. HE WAS AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL OUT OF THE COUNTY FOR TREATMENT. THE SHERIFFS PRESS RELEASE DID NOT INDICATE IF REYES WAS ARRESTED. HE DOES FACE CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

BAR FIGHT JKB 4/14/11

  • ONE MAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND ANOTHER WENT TO JAIL AFTER A BAR FIGHT AT BOOMERS BAR AND GRILL IN LAYTONVILLE ON SUNDAY.

ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, 36 YEAR OLD ROBERT WILLIAMS JR. DEMANDED THAT 24 YEAR OLD ROBERT SPICER LEAVE THE BAR AT AROUND 11:30 PM FOR AN UNSPECIFIED REASON, AND THREATENED BODILY HARM IF HE DID NOT DO SO. HE THEN PUT SPICER IN A HEAD LOCK AND DRUG HIM OUTSIDE WHERE HE HIT HIM NUMEROUS TIMES AND KICKED HIM IN THE HEAD. SPICER WAS TAKEN TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE IT WAS DISCOVERED HE SUFFERED A BROKEN EYE SOCKET IN THE ASSAULT. WILLIAMS WAS LOCATED AND ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT YESTERDAY. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR BATTERY CAUSING SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, AND MAKING TERRORIST THREATS. HE IS BEING HELD ON $30,000 BAIL.

STABBING INVESTIGATION UPDATE JKB 4/12/11

  • AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MAN BEING SOUGHT IN THE GANG RELATED STABBING OF ANOTHER MAN THAT OCCURRED IN WILLITS SATURDAY EVENING.

KNOWN GANG MEMBER, 28 YEAR OLD ALEXANDER CISNEROS, WAS IDENTIFIED BY HIS 20 YEAR OLD VICTIM AS THE ATTACKER WHO STABBED HIM ONCE IN THE TORSO WITH A KNIFE AFTER CONFRONTING HIM OUTSIDE A SCHOOL STREET APARTMENT COMPLEX AT AROUND 6:45 PM. CISNEROS THEN FLED THE AREA ON FOOT. THE VICTIM WAS TREATED AT HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN WILLITS. CISNEROS IS DESCRIBED AS A HISPANIC MALE ADULT, 6 FEET TALL, WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 250 POUNDS WITH A SHAVED HEAD. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT, OR THE SUSPECTS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

PREGNANT WOMAN ATTACKED BY HUSBAND JKB 4/12/11

  • A WILLITS MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING HIS PREGNANT WIFE DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE ON SUNDAY.

DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE HOME ON DAPHNE WAY IN THE BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP OF WILLITS AT AROUND 11 PM SUNDAY NIGHT BY A THIRD PARTY. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THE 33 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM TOLD THEM THAT HER HUSBAND, 39 YEAR OLD MARK BRITTON HAD COME HOME INTOXICATED AND THE TWO HAD ARGUED. DURING THE CONFRONTATION, BRITTON ALLEGED KICKED AND PUNCHED HER IN THE STOMACH AREA. THE VICTIM, WHO IS 9 WEEKS PREGNANT, WAS TAKEN TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BY A FAMILY MEMBER FOR TREATMENT OF MINOR INJURIES. BRITTON WAS FOUND AT THE HOME AND ARRESTED FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL WHERE HE IS BEING HELD ON $25,000 BAIL.

FIRE DESTROYS RED TAGGED HOME JKB 4/12/11

  • AN EARLY MORNING FIRE DESTROYED A RED TAGGED HOME IN CLEARLAKE ON SUNDAY.

THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED AT AROUND 2:30 AM AT THE HOME ON 40TH AVENUE. THE STRUCTURE, WHICH WAS DESCRIBED AS A MOBILE HOME WITH AN BUILT ON ADDITION, WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. THE HOUSE HAD APPARENTLY BEEN RED-TAGGED A FEW WEEKS AGO AND NO ONE WAS LIVING IN THE HOME. THERE WERE NO REPORTED INJURIES. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LAKE COUNTY TASK FORCE ARRESTS JKB 4/12/11

  • THE LAKE COUNTY NARCOTICS TASK FORCE CONTINUED ITS DRUG ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS BY SERVING SEARCH WARRANTS ON PAROLEES AND PROBATIONERS LAST WEEK.

46 YEAR OLD MELANIE COMBS OF UPPER LAKE LOCKER HERSELF INSIDE A BEDROOM WHEN AGENTS ATTEMPTED TO SERVE A SEARCH WARRANT ON HER HOME ON FRIDAY. WHEN POLICE WERE FINALLY ABLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE ROOM THEY FOUND HER AND 51 YEAR OLD KEVIN JOHNSON, ALONG WITH 37 PLASTIC BAGGIES CONTAINING 16 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, DIGITAL SCALES, SMOKING PIPES, $200 CASH, AND MARIJUANA. WHILE THE INVESTIGATION WAS BEING CONDUCTED, 34 YEAR OLD IRA DONELSON SHOWED UP TO APPARENTLY BUY DRUGS AND WAS ARRESTED FOR BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. ALL 3 WERE BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON VARIOUS DRUG CHARGES.

SMITH REPAYS OVERPAID TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT JKB 4/12/11

  • AFTER MORE THAN 6 YEARS AND 3 GRAND JURY FINDINGS LATER, MENDOCINO COUNTY 4TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR KENDAL SMITH HAS PAID BACK THE $3,087 SHE WAS OVERPAID FOR CLAIMED TRAVEL EXPENSES.

ACCORDING TO THE 3 SEPARATE GRAND JURY FINDINGS, SMITH CLAIMED TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR TRIPS BETWEEN HER HOME IN FORT BRAGG AND COUNTY OFFICES IN UKIAH, WHEN SHE WAS ACTUALLY RENTING OR STAYING WITH FRIENDS IN UKIAH AND NOT TRAVELING AT ALL. THE AMOUNT PAID BACK BY SMITH WAS THE EXACT AMOUNT CALCULATED BY AUDITOR CONTROLLER MEREDITH FORD AT THE GRAND JURYS REQUEST AND DID NOT INCLUDE ANY INTEREST.

CHARGES WONT BE FILED AGAINST INTERIM POLICE CHIEF JKB 4/12/11

  • AFTER AN INVESTIGATION BY MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID EYSTER, CLEARLAKES INTERIM POLICE CHIEF CRAIG CLAUSEN WILL NOT BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED FOR AN ALLEGED ASSAULT ON AN ELDERLY WOMAN LAST YEAR.

CLAUSEN ALLEGEDLY GRABBED AND TWISTED THE ARM OF A 65 YEAR OLD NEIGHBOR, AND POKER HER IN THE FACE WITH HIS FINGER, AFTER OVERHEARING THE WOMAN CALL HIS 9 YEAR OLD SON A DEROGATORY NAME. FORMER LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN HOPKINS DECLINED TO PROSECUTE THE CASE. NEWLY ELECTED D.A. DON ANDERSON ASKED MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY EYSTER TO REVIEW THE CASE TO AVOID THE APPEARANCE OF A CONFLICT. ACCORDING TO EYSTER, CLAUSEN APOLOGIZED TO THE WOMAN AND SHE NO LONGER WISHED TO PURSUE CHARGES. LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF FRANK RIVERO SAID HES APPALLED BY THE DECISION.

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