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AIR FRANCE CRASH DETAILS RELEASED JKB 5/27/11

  • AUTHORITIES SAY INFORMATION FROM THE BLACK BOX RECORDER OF AIR FRANCE 447, RECOVERED FROM 13,000 FEET BELOW THE OCEAN, SHOWS THE JUMBO JET STALLED, BEFORE IT PLUNGED INTO THE SEA, KILLING ALL 228 PEOPLE ABOARD 2 YEARS AGO.

THE FINDINGS INDICATE THE AIR SPEED SENSORS OUTSIDE THE PLANE ICED OVER, CAUSING THE AUTO PILOT AND AUTO THRUST SYSTEMS TO DISENGAGE. IT ALSO GAVE FALSE DATA TO THE PILOTS WHO THEN MADE A CRITICAL ERROR BY PUTTING THE NOSE OF THE PLANE UP, CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO STALL. THE JET THEN BEGAN A 3 AND A HALF-MINUTE PLUNGE TO THE SURFACE OF THE OCEAN. THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN WORKING CONDITION AND FLYABLE, AND CRASHED ONLY DUE TO LOSS OF AIRSPEED.

KIDNAPPED GIRL SPOTTED IN LAKEPORT JKB 5/27/11

  • A 3 YEAR OLD GIRL WHOS FATHER ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED HER FROM HER HOME IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, MAY HAVE BEEN SPOTTED AT LEAST TWICE IN LAKEPORT.

22 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS RIGGLE HAD BEEN IN LAKE COUNTY IN MARCH AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE RETURNED TO THE AREA WITH HIS 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AVA, AND A WOMAN NAMED MARCY GEARHART, WHO ALSO USES THE LAST NAME OF RIGGLE. A WOMAN AND CHILD MATCHING THE DESCRIPTION OF AVA AND GEARHART WAS SPOTTED AT BRUNOS SHOP SMART ON LAKEPORT BLVD. AND AT CHASE BANK ON MAIN STREET IN LAKEPORT ON TUESDAY. RIGGLE, GEARHART AND THE GIRL ARE BELIEVED TO BE TRAVELING IN A 1989 FORD COACHMEN MOTOR HOME WITH A LICENSE PLATE NUMBER OF 2PWF894. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUSPECTS, VEHICLE OR CHILD IS ASKED TO CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

NOR CAL TORNADOES JKB 5/27/11

  • AT LEAST 3 TORNADOES WERE REPORTED IN A SPARSELY POPULATED RURAL AREA JUST SOUTH OF CHICO YESTERDAY EVENING.

THE STORM THAT SPAWNED THE TORNADOES PASSED THROUGH THE AREA JUST AFTER 6 PM. A VIDEO SHOT FROM A NEWS CREW HELICOPTER SHOWED ONE OF THE TWISTERS FORMING AND TOUCHING DOWN NEAR DURHAM, ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTH OF CHICO. NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS REPORTED, THOUGH THERE WERE 4 MINOR ACCIDENTS IN THE AREA ATTRIBUTED TO THE STORM.

HOUSE FIRE JKB 5/27/11

  • FIRE INVESTIGATORS CONFIRMED ON MONDAY THAT A FIRE THAT DESTROYED AN OCEAN DRIVE HOME IN FORT BRAGG WAS STARTED BY A LAMP AND OLD COUCH.

THE OWNER OF THE HOME SAID A LAMP HAD GOTTEN KNOCKED ONTO THE COUCH AND BEGAN TO SMOLDER. SHE PUT THE FIRE OUT HERSELF AND THEN LEFT A SHORT WHILE LATER. SHE RETURNED AT AROUND 4 PM TO FIND THE HOUSE IN FLAMES. ONE END OF THE STRUCTURE WAS FULLY ENGULFED BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. THE HOME WAS CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS EXCEPT FOR THE GARAGE. NO ONE WAS INJURED.

CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT WEEKEND JKB 5/27/11

  • THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER BEGINS TODAY WITH THE LONG MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, AND THAT OF COURSE MEANS THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE TRAFFIC ON THE ROADWAYS.

IT ALSO MEANS THE CHP WILL BE OUT IN FORCE LOOKING FOR THE UNSAFE, AND UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVER. THEY ARE ALSO MAKING AN EXTRA EFFORT THIS YEAR TO SPOT DRIVERS WHO FAIL TO BUCKLE UP. THE MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT WEEKEND WILL BEGIN AT 6 PM TONIGHT AND CONTINUE UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY. FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE STATION, WE HOPE YOU AND YOURS HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT DECREASES JKB 5/27/11

  • ACCORDING TO THE LATEST FIGURES FROM THE CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, THE STATES UNEMPLOYMENT RATE EASED DOWN SLIGHTLY IN APRIL, DROPPING A TENTH OF A PERCENT TO 11.9.

LOCAL AREA COUNTIES FOLLOWED THAT TREND WITH SLIGHT DECREASES OF THEIR OWN. MENDOCINO COUNTYS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL WAS RECORDED AT 11.6 %, LAKE COUNTYS AT 18.2% AND SONOMA COUNTYS AT 9.8%.

LOWER ELECTRICITY RATES JKB 5/27/11

  • THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION HAS APPROVED A REQUEST BY PG&E TO LOWER THE TOP RATE THAT RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS WILL PAY FOR THEIR ELECTRICITY BEGINNING THIS SUMMER.

THE NEW RATE APPROVAL IS EXPECTED TO DROP THE TOP ELECTRIC RATE BY MORE THAN 15%. THE RATES FOR THE LOWEST 2 TIERS WILL REMAIN THE SAME.

$3 MILLION MUSEUM FACELIFT JKB 5/27/11

  • A $3 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT WILL GIVE THE GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM IN UKIAH A SIGNIFICANT FACE LIFT.

THE MUSEUM WAS ONE OF 44 SITES TO RECEIVE FUNDING FROM $94 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS UP FOR GRABS FROM THE NATURE EDUCATION FACILITIES GRANT PROGRAM. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO PUT IN A SERIES OF TRAILS, COURTYARDS AND GARDENS AROUND THE GRACE HUDSON MUSEUM AND SUN HOUSE THAT WILL CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF POMO INDIANS.

PEETS COFFEE WANTS IN JKB 5/27/11

  • PEETS COFFEE AND TEA LOOKS LIKE THEY WANT TO BECOME PART OF THE DOWNTOWN UKIAH LANDSCAPE, AFTER WRITING A LETTER TO THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ASKING THEY BE EXCLUDED FROM THE FORMULA FAST FOOD BAN THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

A NEW DOWNTOWN ZONING CODE BEING PUT TOGETHER BY THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION WOULD BAN FORMULA BASED FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS. THE COMMISSION HAD PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED HAVING EXEMPTIONS FOR COFFEE SHOPS, ICE CREAM PARLORS, BAKERIES, AND HOT DOG STANDS, BUT CHANGED THEIR MIND AND VOTED TO REMOVE ALL EXEMPTIONS. A POLL OF DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS FOUND AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY FAVORED LEAVING THE EXEMPTIONS IN PLACE.

STATE HOMICIDE RATE FALLS JKB 5/27/11

  • THE HOMICIDE RATE IN CALIFORNIA HAS REACHED ITS LOWEST LEVEL IN 45 YEARS.

IN THE LATEST FIGURES RELEASED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA D. HARRIS SHOWED THE NUMBER OF HOMICIDES REPORTED IN 2010 DECLINED BY 9.6% FROM 2009, AND HIT ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1966. NEARLY EVERY CATEGORY IN VIOLENT CRIMES, AND PROPERTY CRIMES ALSO DECREASED IN 2010. LARCENY OVER $400 WAS THE ONLY CATEGORY THAT SHOWED AN INCREASE. IT ROSE BY 0.7%.

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