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MURDER SUICIDE JKB 6/15/11

  • A MANHUNT FOR A DOUBLE SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CRESCENT CITY ENDED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHEN THE SUSPECT TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF.

POLICE SAY 60 YEAR OLD JERRY WAYNE STEELE OF LOS GATOS, SHOT A WOMAN AND HER 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER ONCE EACH IN THE HEAD DURING AN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING AT THEIR HOME SHORTLY BEFORE 7 AM AND FLED THE SCENE. STEELE WAS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING THE GIRL IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY EARLIER THIS YEAR. HE FATALLY SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD WHEN CONFRONTED BY A POLICE OFFICER AT AROUND 4 PM. THE MOTHER IS EXPECTED TO SURVIVE. THE 14 YEAR OLD HOWEVER WAS DECLARED CLINICALLY BRAIN DEAD AT SUTTER COAST HOSPITAL AND IS ON LIFE SUPPORT PENDING ORGAN DONATIONS. THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS WERE NOT RELEASED.

SUSPECTED DEPTH CHARGE A TARGET MARKER JKB 6/15/11

  • A SUSPECTED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT WAS FIRST THOUGHT TO BE AN UNEXPLODED DEPTH CHARGE THAT WASHED UP NEAR THE POINT CABRILLO LIGHT HOUSE ON THE MENDOCINO COAST, TURNED OUT TO BE AN OLD MILITARY TARGET MARKER.

THE MARKERS WERE TYPICALLY DETONATED AND DROPPED INTO WATER WHERE THEY WOULD GIVE OFF LIGHT AND WHITE SMOKE TO PROVIDE A TARGET OR ILLUMINATE SOMETHING. THE BOMB SQUAD DESTROYED THE MARKER ON THE BEACH WHERE IT WAS FOUND BECAUSE IT WAS UNSAFE TO MOVE. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE MARKER DATED BACK TO WORLD WAR II.

ORR SPRINGS ROAD ACCIDENT JKB 6/15/11

  • ORR SPRINGS ROAD WAS ESSENTIALLY CLOSED FOR MORE THAN 6 HOURS YESTERDAY WHEN A BIG RIG HAULING BOULDERS COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE JUST BEFORE 8:30 AM.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST WEST OF MONTGOMERY WOODS STATE PARK. THE OTHER VEHICLE IN THE CRASH WAS PUSHED MORE THAN 40 FEET OFF THE ROADWAY AND DOWN AN EMBANKMENT INTO THE WATER, BUT THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES. THE ROADWAY WAS REOPENED JUST BEFORE 3 PM.

QUAKE OFF HUMBOLDT COAST JKB 6/15/11

  • A 3.7 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK OFF THE HUMBOLDT COUNT COAST EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 5:20 AM AND WAS CENTERED 5 MILES WEST SOUTH WEST FROM PETROLIA. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE AND NO TSUNAMI WARNING WAS ISSUED.

PARENTS PREPARE TO SUE CITY IN TODDLER DEATH JKB 6/15/11

  • THE PARENTS OF A TODDLER WHO WAS STRUCK AND KILLED IN A CROSSWALK BY A YOUNG DRIVER WHO WAS TEXTING ON HER PHONE, HAVE FILED A CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY OF ROHNERT PARK, CLAIMING CITY OFFICIALS KNEW THE INTERSECTION WAS DANGEROUS PRIOR TO THE CRASH.

2 YEAR OLD CALLI MURRAY WAS KILLED AND HER MOTHER, 42 YEAR OLD LING MURRAY WAS SEVERELY INJURED WHEN THEY WERE HIT BY 18 YEAR OLD KAITLYN DUNAWAY DECEMBER 1ST. DUNAWAY IS EXPECTED TO ENTER A PLEA TO A CHARGE OF MISDEMEANOR VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER TOMORROW. THE CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE MURRAYS TO SUE THE CITY, SHOULD THEY DECIDE TO DO SO.

MAN DENIED REPRESENTING SELF IN MURDER TRIAL JKB 6/15/11

  • A MARIN COUNTY JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A PORN MOGULS SON ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND CANNOT SERVE AS HIS OWN ATTORNEY.

JUDGE KELLY SIMONS RULED THAT 29 YEAR OLD JAMES MITCHELL CANNOT FIRE HIS ATTORNEYS, WHO HAVE ALREADY SCREENED MORE THAN 1,000 POTENTIAL JURORS. SHE ALSO REJECTED A REQUEST BY HIS ATTORNEYS TO WITHDRAW FROM THE CASE. MITCHELL, THE SON OF PORN PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR JIM MITCHELL, HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN THE DEATH OF DANIELLE KELLER AND KIDNAPPING THEIR 1 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IN JULY OF 2009.

LAKE COUNTY APPROVES BUDGET JKB 6/15/11

  • LAKE COUNTY ONCE AGAIN, HAS A BALANCED BUDGET, WHICH THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS GAVE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ON AT THEIR MEETING YESTERDAY.

THE $185 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET WAS APPROVED ON A VOTE OF 4 TO 1 WITH SUPERVISOR FARRINGTON DISSENTING. ONLY 5 COUNTY EMPLOYEES WILL BE IMPACTED BY JOB CUTS, AND HUMAN RESOURCES IS WORKING TO TRY TO FIND THEM OTHER POSITIONS TO FILL. LAKE COUNTY IS ONLY ONE OF 2 COUNTIES IN THE STATE THAT IS NOT RUNNING A BUDGET DEFICIT.

FERNDALE RESORT CLOSES JKB 6/15/11

  • ONE OF THE OLDEST RESORTS ON CLEAR LAKE CLOSED THIS WEEK DUE TO FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS.

OWNERS OF THE FERNDALE RESORT SAID ADVANCED BOOKINGS AND THE RECENT TREND IN OCCUPANCY SINCE THE KONOCTI HARBOR RESORT CLOSED INDICATE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A STRONG ENOUGH TOURIST SEASON TO SUSTAIN THE RESORT. ONLY ABOUT HALF THE ROOMS WERE BOOKED DURING THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

GAS PRICES JKB 6/15/11

  • THERE HAS BEEN SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORISTS LATELY AS GAS PRICES HAVE DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST MONTH.

A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED SELF SERVE GAS IS NOW AVERAGING $3.94, DOWN 32 CENTS FROM MAY 10TH. HERE IN UKIAH, THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IS JUST OVER 4 BUCKS. NATIONWIDE, THE PRICE HAS DROPPED 25 CENTS IN THE LAST MONTH TO $3.70 A GALLON. ANALYSTS SAY A 12 WEEK DROP IN CONSUMER DEMAND AFTER PRICES SOARED OVER THE $4 DOLLAR A GALLON MARK WAS THE CAUSE OF THE LOWER PRICES.

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