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TWO OF THREE SHOOTING SUSPECTS ARRESTED JKB 6/21/11

  • CLEARLAKE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO OF THREE SUSPECTS RELATED TO A FATAL SATURDAY NIGHT SHOOTING THAT LEFT A 4 YEAR OLD BOY DEAD AND WOUNDED 5 OTHERS.

23 YEAR OLD ORLANDO JOSEPH LOPEZ OF CLEARLAKE OAKS WAS ARRESTED AT 5:30 PM YESTERDAY, JUST HOURS AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED AS A 2ND PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE. ANOTHER MAN WHO AUTHORITIES HAD NOT YET PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED AS A SUSPECT, 21 YEAR OLD PAUL WILLIAM BRADEN OF CLEARLAKE OAKS, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT MONDAY. OFFICIALS ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR 29 YEAR OLD KEVIN RAY STONE OF CLEARLAKE, WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A CONNECTION TO THE DEADLY SHOOTING THAT KILLED 4 YEAR OLD SKYLAR RAPP. HIS 22 YEAR OLD MOTHER DESIREE KIRBY REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER. THE FOUR OTHER VICTIMS WERE ALL TREATED AND RELEASED FROM SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

GIRL DIES AFTER BEING TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT JKB 6/21/11

  • A 14 YEAR OLD CRESCENT CITY GIRL WHO WAS SHOT BY A MAN SUSPECTED OF MOLESTING HER FOR YEARS, DIED AFTER BEING TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT FRIDAY.

CECILIA MORTENSON WAS REMOVED FROM LIFE SUPPORT AFTER HER ORGANS WERE HARVESTED FOR DONATION. AUTHORITIES SAY 60 YEAR OLD JERRY STEELE OF LOS GATOS, SHOT THE GIRL AND HER MOTHER TUESDAY AFTER A FAILED KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT. HE THEN KILLED HIMSELF AT A NEARBY BEACH PARKING LOT. THE MOTHER SURVIVED AND HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. STEELE WAS FACING CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY AND WAS UNDER A RESTRAINING ORDER TO STAY AWAY FROM THE GIRL.

SHARK SIGHTING OFF STINSON BEACH JKB 6/21/11

  • PARK OFFICIALS ARE LIMITING WATER ACCESS OFF STINSON BEACH AFTER A GREAT WHITE SHARK WAS SIGHTED IN THE AREA SUNDAY.

A COAST GUARD HELICOPTER SPOTTED THE SHARK, ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 8 AND 10 FEET LONG, ABOUT 200 OR 300 YARDS OFF THE NORTHERN PART OF THE BEACH. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LIFEGUARDS ARE STILL ALLOWING SWIMMERS TO WADE INTO THE WATER OFF THE BEACH, BUT DEEPER WATERS WILL BE OFF LIMITS THROUGH AT LEAST THURSDAY.

BOY TRIES TO POISON MOTHER JKB 6/21/11

  • A 15 YEAR OLD UKIAH BOY WAS ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES AFTER HE TRIED TO POISON HIS MOTHER WITH DRAIN CLEANER SUNDAY.

POLICE SAY THE BOY BECAME ANGRY AFTER BEING PLACED ON RESTRICTION AND PUT DRANO DRAIN CLEANER IN HIS MOTHERS COFFEE. SHE WAS ABLE TO TASTE THE CHEMICAL IMMEDIATELY AND INGESTED ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT. THE BOY ADMITTED TO PUTTING THE POISON IN HIS MOTHERS COFFEE, AND STATED HE WOULD EITHER KILL HIMSELF OR HIS MOTHER IF HE HAD ANOTHER CHANCE.

BOMB THREAT JKB 6/21/11

  • A CROWD OF PEOPLE AT LIONS HALL IN FORT BRAGG WERE FORCED TO EVACUATE THE BUILDING AFTER A BOMB THREAT WAS CALLED INTO THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT SATURDAY.

POLICE RECEIVED THE CALL AT AROUND 11 PM. A FEMALE JUVENILE CALLER USING A PAYPHONE STATED THERE WAS A BOMB IN LIONS HALL AND IT WOULD DETONATE WITHIN A HALF HOUR. POLICE EVACUATED THE BUILDING AND SEVERAL NEARBY RESIDENCES. A SEARCH DETERMINED THE CALL HAD BEEN A HOAX. POLICE ARE NOW WORKING TO IDENTIFY THE CALLER.

DOWNTOWN UKIAH POST OFFICE WILL CLOSE JKB 6/21/11

  • THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN UKIAH POST OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED.

DOWNTOWN OPERATIONS WILL BE MOVED TO THE NORTH OAK STREET POSTAL ANNEX. THE CONSOLATION IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE POSTAL SERVICE EFFORT TO CUT COSTS AND BECOME MORE EFFICIENT. THE POSTAL SERVICE SAID THE MOVE IS EXPECTED TO SAVE $1.4 MILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. MORE THAN 5000 UKIAH RESIDENTS HAVE SIGNED A PETITION OPPOSING THE CLOSURE. RESIDENTS WILL NOW HAVE UNTIL JULY 6TH TO APPEAL THE DECISION.

CALTRANS WORKER KILLED JKB 6/21/11

  • CALTANS HAS HALTED ALL ROUTINE HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE STATEWIDE AFTER A CALTRANS WORKER WAS STRUCK AND KILLED WHILE PICKING UP TRASH ALONG A FREEWAY IN SAN DIEGO YESTERDAY.

52 YEAR OLD RICHARD GONZALES BECAME THE 3RD CALTRANS WORKER KILLED ON THE JOB IN THE LAST 7 WEEKS, THE DEADLIEST SPAN EVER IN CALTRANS HISOTRY. ALL 3 HAVE DEATHS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE SAN DIEGO DISTRICT.

SUSPECT AND DEPUTIES INJURED IN ARREST JKB 6/21/11

· AN ALAMEDA MAN WHO RODE A BUS TO UKIAH TO CONFRONT A FORMER GIRLFRIEND WAS ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING A CAR AND TWO POLICE OFFICERS ON SATURDAY.

29 YEAR OLD DAVINDER KUMAR SHATTERED A SIDE WINDOW OF A CAR THAT HIS 18 YEAR OLD FORMER GIRLFRIEND WAS SITTING IN AND FLED THE SCENE. HE ALSO APPARENTLY ATTEMPTED TO GAIN ENTRY INTO A HOME WHILE TRYING TO AVOID POLICE. HE EVENTUALLY RETURNED TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME AND PUT UP A FIGHT WHILE BEING ARRESTED. TWO DEPUTIES SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES DURING THE ARREST, WHILE KUMAR SUFFERED A BRIEF BOUT OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS. ALL 3 WERE TREATED AT THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER AND RELEASED. THE DEPUTIES RETURNED TO WORK. KUMAR WENT TO JAIL.

HUMBOLDT STATE STUDENT MISSING IN RIVER JKIB 6/21/11

· A HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT IS MISSING AFTER BEING SWEPT DOWN THE TRINITY RIVER NEAR HOOPA ON SUNDAY.

21 YEAR OLD JIAN KANG OF CHINA LOST HIS BALANCE WHILE WADING IN THE RIVER NEAR THE TISH TANG CREEK CAMPGROUND LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. HE HAD NOT BEEN LOCATED AFTER NEARLY TWO FULL DAYS OF SEARCHING. OFFICIALS SAY THE RIVER IS RUNNING ABOUT 3 TIMES HIGHER THAN AVERAGE BECAUSE OF THE RECENT SNOW MELT.

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