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FAKE BOMB FOUND IN POT GARDEN JKB 6/23/11

  • A FAKE BOMB PUT A TEMPORARY HALT TO A RAID ON AN ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GARDEN NEAR MIDDLETOWN TUESDAY MORNING.

THE SUSPECTED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE CONTAINED 20, 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN SHELLS THAT HAD BEEN TAPED TOGETHER AND WERE ATTACHED TO A SMALL BATTERY. THE RAID WAS SUSPENDED UNTIL TWO BOMB TECHNICIANS WERE ABLE TO EXAMINE THE DEVICE. THEY DETERMINED IT WAS A NON FUNCTIONING DECOY THAT HAD PROBABLY BEEN PUT THERE TO DELAY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND GIVE PEOPLE IN THE CAMP TIME TO FLEE. AFTER THE DEVICE WAS REMOVED, AGENTS ERADICATED MORE THAN 21,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS.

CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL FOR 4 YEAR OLD JKB 6/23/11

  • HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AT REDBUD PARK IN CLEARLAKE LAST NIGHT TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF 4 YEAR OLD SKYLER RAPP, WHO WAS SHOT TO DEATH WHEN HIDDEN GUNMAN OPENED FIRE ON HIS FAMILY WHILE THEY WERE HAVING A BAR BE QUE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

HIS MOTHER, 22 YEAR OLD DESIREE KIRBY REMAINS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER. 4 OTHERS WERE INJURED. POLICE STILL HAVE NOT DISCLOSED A POSSIBLE MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING. 21 YEAR OLD PAUL BRADEN AND 23 YEAR OLD ORLANDO LOPEZ, BOTH OF CLEARLAKE, WERE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING EARLIER IN THE WEEK. POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR 29 YEAR OLD KEVIN RAY STONE.

METHLAB BUST JKB 6/23/11

  • STATE AND LOCAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENTS, SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT, DISCOVERED AN OPERATING METHAMPHETAMINE LAB AT AN APARTMENT AT CREEKSIDE COURT IN WILLITS LAST WEEK.

RESIDENTS OF NEARBY APARTMENT WERE EVACUATED WHEN THE DISCOVERY WAS MADE AT AROUND 1:30 PM THURSDAY. 35 YEAR OLD MICHAEL CAMPBELL WAS ARRESTED AT THE SCENE. A 2ND RESIDENT OF THE APARTMENT, 39 YEAR OLD KRYSTIE LEWIS WAS ARRESTED AT ANOTHER LOCATION.

HIGH SPEED CHASE AND POT BUST JKB 6/23/11

  • A DRUG DEAL GONE BAD, THAT ERUPTED IN GUN FIRE NEAR RED MOUNTAIN ACCESS ROAD NEAR PIERCY FRIDAY NIGHT, RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF A WOODLAND HILLS MAN AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE ON SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 101 NEAR WILLITS.

40 YEAR OLD CHARLES MERRITT-OSBORNE WAS SPOTTED BY POLICE NEAR SPY ROCK ROAD NORTH OF LAYTONVILLE. HE SPED SOUTH AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 100 MILES AN HOUR BEFORE HIS CAR WAS DISABLED BY A SPIKE STRIP JUST NORTH OF WILLITS. HE WAS APPREHENDED BY A CHP OFFICER AFTER A SHORT FOOT CHASE. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE SHOOTING NEAR PIERCY. A SEARCH OF MERRITT-OSBORNES VEHICLE TURNED UP A VERY LARGE AMOUNT OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA, BUT POLICE DID NOT SAY HOW MUCH.

PASTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES JKB 6/23/11

  • A FORMER ARCATA PASTOR PLEADED GUILTY TO THE ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD, CHILD MOLESTATION AND OTHER CHARGES RELATED TO TWO VICTIMS, ONE OF WHOM LIVED IN HIS HOME.

50 YEAR OLD DINO CARDELLI ALSO PLEADED GUILTY TO 25 COUNTS OF VIOLATING A COURT ORDER BY USING A DISPOSABLE CELL PHONE, AND FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE TO CONTACT ONE OF THE VICTIMS. HE NOW FACES UP TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON, AND WILL HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

CHILD PORN EXTRADITION JKB 6/232/11

  • A EUREKA MAN FACING FEDERAL CHARGES OF PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, AGREED TO WAIVE HIS BAIL HEARING YESTERDAY AND BE EXTRADITED TO VIRGINIA TO STAND TRIAL.

25 YEAR OLD COLE JACK MACHADO WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS MONTH ON A FEDERAL WARRANT ISSUED OUT OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA FOR 2 COUNTS OF PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND 6 COUNTS OF DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. IF FOUND GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES, HE COULD FACE A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 180 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON.

TWO ARRESTED FOR CREDIT CARD THEFT JKB 6/23/11

  • TWO TEENAGERS WERE ARRESTED AFTER USING A WOMANS MISPLACED CREDIT CARD TO PURCHASE GASOLINE, MERCHANDISE, FAST FOOD AND X-BOX VIDEO GAMES.

18 YEAR OLD MCDONALDS EMPLOYEE JESS CRAIGHEAD ADMITTED TO POLICE THAT HE FOUND THE CREDIT CARD OF THE SHINGLE SPRINGS WOMAN ON THE DRIVE THRU WINDOW SILL AND DECIDED TO USE IT BECAUSE HE NEEDED MONEY. CRAIGHEAD AND 19 YEAR OLD RACHELLE KAHLEN WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH 2ND DECREE BURGLARY AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.

FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM TO CLOSE JKB 6/23/11

  • AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF SERVICE, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM CLINIC WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS PERMANENTLY AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES THAT WILL BE NO LONGER AVAILABLE INCLUDE, BIRTH CONTROL, STD TESTING AND TREATMENT, PREGNANCY TESTING, PHYSICAL EXAMS, MAMMOGRAM REFERRALS, PAP TESTS, AND COUNSELING. A LIST OF FAMILY PLANNING OR STD TESTING SERVICES CAN BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVIES PUBLIC HEALTH BRANCH AT 472-2700.

COUNTY SAYS OFFER NOT APPROVED JKB 6/23/11

  • MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY SOME OF THE PROPOSALS BEING PRESENTING TO SEIU MEMBERSHIP TO VOTE ON, HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, AND COULD CAUSE CONFUSION AMONGST THE MEMBERSHIP REGARDING THE COUNTYS POSITION IN BARGAINING TALKS WITH THE UNION.

THE COUNTY IS CURRENTLY AT AN IMPASSE WITH THE UNION REGARDING WAGES AND BENEFITS IN UPCOMING CONTRACTS. COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE MEETING WITH THE SEIU NEGOTIATING TEAM TODAY TO DISCUSS THE DISCREPANCIES.

SMART METER INSTALLATION MEETINGS JKB 6/23/11

  • PG&E IS STILL PLANNING ON GOING AHEAD WITH THE INSTALLATION OF MORE THAN 52,000 WIRELESS SMART METERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, DESPITE A MORATORIUM ON THE DEVICES ADOPTED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

PG&E WILL BE HOLDING TWO EDUCATION CENTER MEETINGS ABOUT THE METERS NEXT WEEK, ON WEDNESDAY AT ALBION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BETWEEN 3 AND 6:30 PM, AND ON THURSDAY AT THE COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN LATONVILLE FROM NOON TO 5 PM. INSTALLATION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN JULY.

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