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APPARENT SUICIDE JKB 6/9/11

· A WOMAN WHO DIED IN A BURNING SUV ON HIGHWAY 128 NEAR CLOVERDALE ON TUESDAY APPARENTLY COMMITTED SUICIDE.

ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, 53 YEAR OLD CHRISTY LYNN CUMMINGS OF ALBION POURED GASOLINE ON HER HEAD AND USED A LIGHTER TO SET HERSELF ABLAZE. AN AUTOPSY WEDNESDAY MORNING SHOWED CUMMINGS MAY HAVE DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION, INDICATING SHE WAS ALIVE WHEN THE FIRE STARTED. AN OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH WONT BE DETERMINED UNTIL TOXICOLOGY TESTS ARE COMPLETED.

ONE SENTENCED IN MURDER KIDNAPPING JKB 6/9/11

· A SANTA ROSA MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN A GANG RELATED KIDNAPPING AND EXECUTION STYLE MURDER IN 2008.

29 YEAR OLD BOONLAK CHANPHENG IS THE FIRST OF 6 DEFENDANTS TO BE SENTENCED. HE PLEADED GUILTY IN HELPING COORDINATE THE KIDNAPPING OF 24 YEAR OLD VUTHA AU WHO WAS TAKEN TO BLIND BEACH NEAR JENNER, BEATEN, AND SHOT 9 TIMES. CHANPHENG ADMITTED HE WAS ACTING AS A MEMBER OF THE ASIAN BOYS CRIMINAL STREET GANG AT THE TIME OF THE MURDER. 29 YEAR OLD ACCOMPLICE TYRONE TAY, WHO PLEADED GUILTY, ALONG WITH CHANPHENG IN APRIL, TO HIS PART IN THE KIDNAPPING, WILL BE SENTENCED FRIDAY. FOUR OTHER MEN ACCUSED OF THE ACTUAL MURDER OF AU WILL FACE TRIAL THIS FALL.

PROBE INTO WADING SUICIDE JKB 6/9/11

· ALAMEDA MAYOR MARIE GILMORE HAS ORDERED AN EXTERNAL REVIEW OF THE ACTIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO STOOD BY AND WATCHED AS A SUICIDAL MAN WADED INTO THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND DROWNED ON MEMORIAL DAY.

GILMORE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT A MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT, IN WHICH NEARLY 2 DOZEN RESIDENTS ACCUSED THE CITYS PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS OF INCOMPETENCE, HEARTLESSNESS, AND COMPLICITY IN THE DEATH OF 52 YEAR OLD RAYMOND ZACK. ZACK WADED INTO THE BAY AND SLOWLY DROWNED. A FEMALE BYSTANDER FINALLY RETRIEVED HIS BODY FROM THE WATER ABOUT AN HOUR LATER. ALAMEDAS ACTING FIRE CHIEF SAID AFTERWARD THAT THE FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE MADE NO ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE MAN BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT AUTHORIZED IN WATER RESCUES DUE TO BUDGET CUTS.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN COURT JKB 6/9/11

· A LUCERNE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY, AFTER SHOWING UP IN COURT WITH A QUARTER OUNCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND A PIPE HIDDEN IN HER BRA.

24 YEAR OLD SAHRA ARLINE WILCOXSON WAS IN COURT ON PRIOR FELONY DRUG CHARGES WHEN SHE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH NEW DRUG OFFENSES AND VIOLATING PROBATION. OFFICIALS DISCOVERED THE CONTRABAND AFTER A ROUTINE PROBATION COMPLIANCE CHECK AT THE COURTHOUSE.

MURDER TRAIL BEGINS JKB 6/9/11

· A LAYTONVILLE MAN WHO PROSECUTORS SAY PLANNED A HOME INVASION ROBBERY THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF ONE OF HIS ACCOMPLICES, IS CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THAT MANS DEATH.

NOAH SHINN IS BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE IN THE DEATH OF 21 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY BURGER, WHO WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY THE VICTIM JILL CAHILL LAST NOVEMBER, WHEN BURGER AND TWO OTHER MEN BROKE INTO HER HOME TO STEAL MARIJUANA. SHINNS SON, 19 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SHINN AND 18 YEAR OLD TYRONE BELL HAVE ALREADY PLEADED GUILTY TO BURGLARY CHARGES AND ARE NOW WITNESSES FOR THE PROSECUTION.

AVIATION COMPANY BACKS OUT OF DEAL JKB 6/9/11

· AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR OF NEGOTIATIONS AN AVIATION COMPANY THAT WAS GOING TO BEGIN MANAGING THE WILLITS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT HAS BACKED OUT OF THE DEAL AFTER CITY OFFICIALS WANTED CHANGES TO THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT.

CITY OFFICIALS REQUESTED THAT AVIATION COMPANY SIERRA PACIFIC PAY THE WHOLESALE PRICE FOR THE AVIATION FUEL IN THE AIRPORT TANK AT THE TIME OF THE TRANSFER, ESTIMATED TO BE VALUED BETWEEN $15 AND $25,000. THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT HAD THE CITY PAYING FOR THE FUEL. THE CITY WILL NOW BEGIN EXPLORING OTHER MANAGEMENT OPTIONS, INCLUDING OTHER POSSIBLE PRIVATE OPERATIONS.

DRAFT BUDGET APPROVED JKB 6/9/11

· THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE 2011-2012 BUDGET ON TUESDAY.

MUCH OF THE BUDGET IS STILL UP IN THE AIR, WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT FUTURE FUNDING FROM THE STATE, REVENUE STREAMS WITHIN THE COUNTY AND THE STATUS OF WAGE NEGOTIATIONS WITH COUNTY WORKERS. INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET WERE A NEW LIST OF POTENTIAL LAYOFFS AND A PROPOSAL TO SHORTEN THE COUNTY WORK WEEK BY ONE DAY. THE DRAFT WAS APPROVED ON A VOTE OF 4 TO 1 WITH 4TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR KENDAL SMITH DISSENTING. WHEN ASKED BY 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN TO EXPLAIN HER NO VOTE, SMITH DECLINED.

CROSSWALK CONTRACT APPROVED JKB 6/9/11

· THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL HAS AWARDED A CONTRACT TO BUILD A CROSSWALK BETWEEN THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER AND THE MEDICAL OFFICES ACROSS THE STREET TO A LOCAL CONTRACTOR.

SITTING AS THE CITYS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, THE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO AWARD THE BIT TO FERRANTI CONSTRUCTION OF REDWOOD VALLEY. THE $43,000 PROJECT WILL ADD MID BLOCK CURB RAMPS AND CURB BULB OUTS TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ON HOSPITAL DRIVE.

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