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ATV FATLITY JKB 6/16/11

  • A 26 YEAR OLD COBB MAN WAS KILLED TUESDAY NIGHT WHEN THE ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE HE WAS RIDING CRASHED ON A CURVE IN A REMOTE AREA OF GIFFORD SPRINGS ROAD.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT 7:35 PM. THE MAN, WHOS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE CHP IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER ALCOHOL WAS A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

MINI VAN ACCIDENT JKB 6/16/11

  • AT LEAST ONE PERSON WAS INJURED WHEN A MINIVAN CARRYING 4 PASSENGERS, CRASHED INTO A TREE ON HIGHWAY 128 NEAR NAVARRO EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE CRASH OCCURRED AT 5:04 AM. ONE OF THE OCCUPANTS WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF MAJOR INJURIES. NO OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT, THE CONDITION OF THE PASSENGERS, OR THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WERE AVAILABLE.

JOE MONTANA HURT IN ATV CRASH JKB 6/16/11

  • HALL OF FAME QUARTERBACK JOE MONTANA WAS INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT ON AN ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE OVER THE WEEKEND.

MONTANA, WHO WAS RIDING HIS ATV ON HIS RANCH NEAR CALISTOGA, WAS NOT SERIOUSLY HURT, BUT DID RECEIVE STITCHES ABOVE ONE EYE. THE ACCIDENT PREVENTED MONTANA FROM APPEARING BEFORE THE SANTA CLARA CITY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT, WHERE HE WAS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS HIS PLANS TO DEVELOP A LUXURY HOTEL AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX NEAR THE 49ERS PROPOSED NEW STADIUM IN SANTA CLARA.

MAN RESCUED AFTER JUMPING OFF BRIDGE JKB 6/16/11

  • QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS SAVED A MAN WHO APPARENTLY JUMPED FROM THE CENTER SPAN OF THE SOMOA BRIDGE BETWEEN EUREKA AND WOODLEY ISLAND YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED ON SCENE LESS THAN 5 MINUTES AFTER RECEIVING THE CALL THAT THE MAN HAD JUMPED JUST AFTER 1 PM. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY SAW THE MAN FLOATING NEAR THE CENTER OF THE CHANNEL. A FIREFIGHTER WEARING A DRY SUIT WAS ABLE TO SWIM TO THE MAN AND BRING HIM BACK TO A NEARBY DOCK. THE MAN, WHOS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, WAS TAKEN TO ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL IN EUREKA FOR TREATMENT. HIS CONDITION IS UNKNOWN.

DOUBLE SHOOTER HAD KIDNAP KIT JKB 6/16/11

  • POLICE SAY A 60 YEAR LOS GATOS MAN WHO SHOT A MOTHER AND HER 14 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IN CRESCENT CITY TUESDAY MORNING, BEFORE TAKING HIS OWN LIFE LATER THE SAME DAY, HAD BROUGHT A KIDNAPPING KIT WITH HIM.

DETECTIVES SEARCHING JERRY WAYNE STEELS RENTAL CAR FOUND A BAG CONTAINING NIGHT VISION GOGGLES, A STUN GUN, DUCT TAPE, ROPE AND LARGE ZIP TIES. THEY ALSO FOUND FLOWERS AND A TEDDY BEAR INTENDED FOR 14 YEAR OLD CECILIA MORTENSEN, WHOM STEELE IS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING OVER A 4 YEAR PERIOD BEGINNING IN 2007. OFFICIALS SAY STEELE ATTEMPTED TO KIDNAP BOTH MORTENSEN AND HER MOTHER, ASHLEY VOLOR, BEFORE SHOOTING EACH ONCE IN THE HEAD SHORTLY BEFORE 7 AM. VOLOR IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER. MORTENSEN REMAINS ON LIFE SUPPORT PENDING ORGAN DONATION.

MAN SAVED AFTER SEVERING ARTERY JKB 6/16/11

  • A WELL COORDINATED MULTI AGENCY RESPONSE HELPED SAVE A MAN WHO SEVERED AN ARTERY IN A REMOTE AREA ON MENDOCINO PASS ROAD IN COVELO SUNDAY.

THE MAN HAD FALLEN AND PUNCTURED A HOLE IN HIS ANKLE, SEVERING AN ARTERY IN HIS FOOT. THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE ARRIVED FIRST AND PROVIDED FIRST AID UNTIL THE COVELO FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE ARRIVED. HE WAS THEN TRANSPORTED TO AN AREA NEXT TO THE EEL RIVER BRIDGE BY THE BLACK BUTTE STORE WHERE HE WAS PICKED UP BY A CAL STAR HELICOPTER AND TAKEN TO THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER. THE MAN, WHOS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY.

OFFICER AT FAULT IN CROSS WALK INCIDENT JKB 6/16/11

  • ACCORDING TO A CHP INVESTIGATION, A SANTA ROSA POLICE OFFICER WAS AT FAULT WHEN HE STRUCK A 6 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WAS WALKING WITH HIS FAMILY IN A CROSSWALK, BUT WAS NOT IN VIOLATION OF ANY TRAFFIC LAWS.

OFFICER NOLAN CLEALL WAS RESPONDING LEGALLY WHEN HE ACTIVATED HIS EMERGENCY LIGHTS IN RESPONSE TO A REPORT OF A FIGHT IN PROGRESS AT AROUND 11 PM APRIL 23RD. HE STRUCK 6 YEAR OLD OSCAR VASQUEZ, AS HE WAS TURNING FROM SEBASTOPOL ROAD ONTO WEST AVENUE. FORTUNATELY, THE BOY SUFFERED ONLY MINOR BUMPS AND BRUISES. NO DISCIPLINARY ACTION IS ANTICIPATED.

REDEVELOP AGENCIES ON CHOPPING BLOCK JKB 6/16/11

· THE STATES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES APPEAR TO BE FACING THEIR FINAL HOUR AS THE STATE LEGISLATURE YESTERDAY PASSED A BUDGET THAT INCLUDES BILLS THAT WILL DO AWAY WITH AGENCIES RE-DISTRIBUTE THEIR FUNDS TO OTHER AREAS, IF SIGNED BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN.

THE BUDGET NARROWLY PASSED OUT OF THE LEGISLATURE ON A MINIMAL DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY WITH NO REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. RE-DEVELOPMENT PROPONENTS SAY, IF PASSED, THE LOSS OF THE AGENCIES WILL BE DISASTROUS FOR LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES. CRITICS SAY THE RE-DEVELOPMENT MONEY IS BEING MISSPENT ANYWAY.

DRUG BUST JKB 6/16/11

· A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP LED TO THE ARREST OF A UKIAH WOMAN ON DRUG CHARGES MONDAY AFTERNOON.

47 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA HOFFMAN WAS PULLED OVER FOR A BROKEN TAIL LIGHT AND A CRACKED WINDSHIELD AT AROUND 1 PM. SHE SHOWED SIGNS OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE WHICH LED TO A SEARCH OF HER CAR AND PERSON. SHE WAS FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF A SMALL AMOUNT OF METH AND ARRESTED.

WILLITS SUED IN CROSSWALK DEATH JKB 6/16/11

· THE WIFE OF A CANADIAN MAN WHO WAS KILLED IN A CROSSWALK IN WILLITS IN DECEMBER HAS FILED CLAIMS AGAINST THE CITY AND CAL TRANS SEEKING $10 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.

65 YEAR OLD WILLY KURZ OF WEST BANK BRITISH COLUMBIA WAS STRUCK AND KILLED ON A RAINEY NIGHT IN THE CROSSWALK ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR GREGORY LANE. THE SUIT LISTS A LITANY OF PROBLEMS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT, AND THE PLAINTIFF FEELS THE CITY OF WILLITS AND CAL TRANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THE STRUCK AND KILLED KURZ, 25 YEAR OLD AARON DALSKE OF WILLITS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER.

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