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SEARCH FOR STABBING SUSPECT JKB 6/13/11

  • LAKEPORT POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY STABBED TWO PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF A MAIN STREET GAS STATION AND MINI MART EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

AUTHORITIES BELIEVE 34 YEAR OLD RONALD JAMES BLESIO GOT INTO A CONFRONTATION WITH THE TWO VICTIMS, WHOM HE DID NOT KNOW AT AROUND 1:30 AM. ONE VICTIM WAS TREATED AT SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL AND RELEASED. THE OTHER WAS REPORTEDLY IN STABLE CONDITION AT SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. A CAR BLESIO FLED THE SCENE IN WAS LATER FOUND ABANDONED. BLESIO IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

MEHSERLE RELEASED FROM PRISON EARLY JKB 6/13/11

  • A FORMER BART POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED LAST YEAR IN THE NEW YEARS DAY 2009 SHOOTING DEATH OF AN UNARMED BLACK MAN ON A TRAIN PLATFORM, WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

JOHANNES MEHSERLE, WHO IS WHITE, WAS SENTENCED TO ONLY 2 YEARS IN PRISON OUT OF A POSSIBLE 14 YEAR TERM, FOR THE INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CONVICTION. HIS SENTENCED PROMTED CLAIMS OF RACIAL INJUSTICE AND SPARKED SEMI VIOLENT PROTESTS IN DOWNTOWN OAKLAND RESULTING IN MORE THAN 150 ARRESTS. MEHSERLE WAS RELEASED 11 MONTHS EARLY FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR.

MEMO SPARKS DEBATE JKB 6/13/11

  • AN INTERNAL MEMO WRITTEN BY ALAMEDA FIRE DIVISION CHIEF DALE VOGELSANG APPEARS TO CONTRADICT CLAIMS BY INTERIM FIRE CHIEF MIKE DORAZI, FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT IN WHICH FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE WATCHED FROM SHORE AS A SUICIDAL MAN SLOWLY DROWNED HIMSELF IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY ON MEMORIAL DAY.

THE MEMO WRITTEN IN MARCH OF 2009 INDICATES FUNDING FOR WATER RESCUE TRAINING HAD BEEN APPROVED FOR THE DEPARTMENT. CHIEF DORAZI CLAIMED BUDGET CUTS FORCED THE DEPARTMENT TO ABANDON WATER RESCUE TRAINING AND THAT LED TO A POLICY FORBIDDING FIREFIGHTERS FROM ENGAGING IN WATER RESCUES. THE CITY OF ALAMEDA HAS LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION OF THE INCIDENT.

GEYSERS QUAKE JKB 6/13/11

  • THE GEYSERS WERE RATTLED BY A 3.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SATURDAY EVENING, THE 15TH QUAKE 3.0 OR LARGER TO STRIKE THE AREA SINCE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 7:54 PM AND WAS CENTERED 3 MILES EAST SOUTH EAST OF THE STEAM FIELDS AND 3 MILES WEST OF ANDERSON SPRINGS. A 3.3 MAGNITUDE QUAKE STRUCK AN AREA 2 MILES WEST SOUTH WEST OF GLEN ELLEN AND 10 MILES SOUTH EAST OF SANTA ROSA EARLIER THE SAME DAY. THAT QUAKE OCCURRED AT 2:08 PM.

ROAD WORK JKB 6/13/11

  • ROADWORK WILL BEGIN ON SOUTH DORA STREET BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND LUCE AVENUES IN UKIAH TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

TWO WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE WORK HOURS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM, BUT PARKING WILL PROHIBITED. DURING THE 2ND WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 27TH, FLAGGED TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT BETWEEN 8 AM AND 4 PM.

BANK ROBBER ARRESTED JKB 6/13/11

  • AUTHORITIES ARRESTED A SANTA ROSA MAN SUSPECTED OF ROBBING THE CODDINGTOWN BANK OF AMERICA LAST WEEK.

30 YEAR OLD KELLY KEATING WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT AROUND 9 PM AFTER DETECTIVES SPOTTED HIM PULLING INTO A GAS STATION ON EAST TODD ROAD. KEATING WAS IDENTIFIED AS A SUSPECT IN THE CASE AFTER POLICE RELEASED BANK SURVEILLANCE IMAGES TAKEN DURING THE ROBBERY TO THE PUBLIC.

THEFT ARREST JKB 6/13/11

  • A COVELO MAN WAS ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGES AFTER LEAVING HIS PICK UP PARKED ON A BUSY ROAD WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS STILL IN THE BED OF THE TRUCK.

41 YEAR OLD JASON BIENVENU ALLEGEDLY CUT THROUGH A FENCE AT THE ROUND VALLEY NATURAL RESOURCES YARD AND MADE OFF WITH FENCING MATERIAL, A GAME CAMERA, AND A RADIATOR BELONGING TO A PIECE OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT. WHEN ROUND VALLEY TRIBAL POLICE CHIEF WAS BRIEFED ON THE DETAILS OF THE CASE BY MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, HE REPORTED HE HAD SEEN THE TRUCK WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS IN IT PARKED ON TABOR LANE IN COVELO. BIENVENUE WAS ARRESTED A SHORT TIME LATER WITHOUT INCIDENT.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD JKB 6/13/11

  • TWO CASES OF CREDIT CARD THEFT AND FRAUD HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN UKIAH RECENTLY.

IN THE FIRST, 40 YEAR OLD JANEANE PARKER ALLEGEDLY RACKED UP NEARLY $19,000 IN FRAUDULENT CHARGES AT CASINOS AND RESTAURANTS ON A STOLEN CREDIT CARD. SHE WAS EVEN SUCCESSFUL AS POSING AS THE ORIGINAL CARDHOLDER WHEN THE CREDIT CARD COMPANY REPEATEDLY DEACTIVATED THE CARD FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. PARKER ADMITTED TO THE FRAUD WHEN CONFRONTED HER HOME BY POLICE AND WAS ARRESTED.

IN THE SECOND CASE, 39 YEAR OLD LOCAL RESTAURANT WAITRESS ANGELA TUCKER-DOW AND LOSS PREVENTION EMPLOYEE FOR ROSS, HEATH DOW WERE ARRESTED AFTER CHARGING ALMOST $600 ON A CREDIT CARD THAT WAS LOST BY A UKIAH RESIDENT.

ROOSTERS DESTROYED JKB 6/13/11

  • MARIN COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE EUTHANIZED CLOSE TO 400 ROOSTERS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BORN AND BRED TO FIGHT.

THE SUSPECTED COCKFIGHTING ROOSTERS WERE ON THE PROPERTY OF A MAN WHO KILLED HIMSELF JUST AS SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ARRIVED TO ARREST HIM ON CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES MAY 25TH. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE VICTIMS IDENTITY. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE SUSPECTED COCKFIGHTING OPERATION IS CONTINUING.

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