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ONE CHARGED, ONE RELEASED, ONE SOUGHT JKB 6/24/11
  • ONE MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED, ONE SUSPECT RELEASED, AND ONE CONTINUES TO BE SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING THAT KILLED A 4 YEAR OLD BOY AND WOUNDED 5 OTHERS IN CLEARLAKE LAST SATURDAY.

21 YEAR OLD PAUL BRADEN HAS BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER, AND 5 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER. A SECOND MAN WHO WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE, 23 YEAR OLD ORLANDO LOPEZ, WAS RELEASED FOR LACK OF EVIDENCE. 29 YEAR OLD KEVIN STONE BACKED OUT OF A DEAL TO TURN HIMSELF IN AND REMAINS AT LARGE. STONE MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH AUTHORITIES TO SURRENDER ON WEDNESDAY, BUT NEVER APPEARED AT THE ARRANGED TIME AND PLACE.

HIT AND RUN FATALITY JKB 6/24/11

  • A MOTORIST WHO APPARENTLY RAN OUT OF GAS AND LEFT HIS CAR ON THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 101 SOUTH OF HOPLAND WAS KILLED BY WHAT APPEARS TO BE A HIT AND RUN DRIVER.

THE MAN WAS STRUCK IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF WRECKAGE LEFT BEHIND BY THE VEHICLE AT THE SCENE, NOR ANY INDICATION THE DRIVER TOOK EVASIVE ACTION BEFORE HITTING THE MAN AND DRIVING OFF. A SOUTHBOUND MOTORIST SPOTTED THE MANS BODY AT AROUND 11:20 PM APPROXIMATELY A MILE SOUTH OF THE BRIDGE. THE VICTIM WAS NOT CARRYING IDENTIFICATION AND NONE WAS FOUND IN HIS CAR. HIS IDENTITY REMAINS UNKNOWN.

FATAL ACCIDENT JKB 6/24/11

  • A WOMAN WAS KILLED WHEN HER CAR COLLIDED WITH A SEMI TRUCK DELIVERING GROCERIES ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR HARTMANN ROAD OUTSIDE OF MIDDLETOWN YESTERDAY.

THE CRASH OCCURRED JUST AFTER 3 PM. THE WOMAN, WHOS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. ANOTHER PERSON WAS AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL OUT OF THE AREA WITH MODERATE TO MAJOR INJURIES. NO OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE CRASH HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

ARSON FIRES NEAR COVELO AIRPORT JKB 6/24/11

  • AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING TWO GRASS FIRES THAT BROKE OUT NEAR THE ROUND VALLEY AIRPORT IN COVELO LATE WEDNESDAY AND EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

THE FIRST FIRE BROKE OUT BETWEEN FOOTHILL BLVD. AND AIRPORT ROAD AT AROUND 11 PM, AND CONSUMED APPROXIMATELY 4 ACRES. THE 2ND BLAZE OCCURRED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT IN A GRASS FIELD NEAR FOOT HILL BLVD. AND TABOR LANE, AND BLACKENED 1 ACRE. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY BOTH FIRES APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY SET.

HOUSE FIRE JKB 6/24/11

  • A FIRE DESTROYED A CLEARLAKE HOME LAST THURSDAY AFTERNOON, BUT QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS SAVED SEVERAL NEARBY OUTBUILDINGS AND TWO OTHER HOMES ON THE VINEYARD PROPERTY.

THE HOME WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, AND CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BLAZE WAS SPARKED BY SPONTANEOUS IGNITION, DUE TO A CHEMICAL REACTION OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN THE LAUNDRY. DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY THAT IS CURRENTLY FOR SALE, WAS ESTIMATED BETWEEN $600,000 AND $800,000.

INSURANCE FRAUD ARREST JKB 6/24/11

  • A WILLITS MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY INSURANCE FRAUD FOR MAKING FALSE CLAIMS IN A WORKERS COMP CASE.

48 YEAR OLD OSCAR FUENTES III ALLEGEDLY RECEIVED MORE THAN $80,000 IN STATE BENEFITS AFTER HE WAS INJURED IN 2003. HE LATER SOUGHT ADDITIONAL BENEFITS, BUT WAS DENIED AFTER A MEDICAL EXAMINER FOUND HE OVER-REPORTED HIS INJURIES AND LIMITATIONS. INSURANCE INVESTIGATORS REPORTEDLY FILMED FUENTES PERFORMING VARIOUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OF PAIN OR DISCOMFORT. HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNT JAIL ON TUESDAY.

7.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE OFF ALASKA JKB 6/24/11

  • A 7.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED NEAR THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, IN ALASKA EARLY YESTERDAY EVENING, PROMPTING A TSUNAMI WARNING, THAT HAS SINCE BEEN CANCELED.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 6:09 PM PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME AND WAS CENTERED 39 MILES SOUTH OF AMUKTA ISLAND. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURIES.

CRESCENT CITY MANS BODY RECOVERED IN OREGON JKB 6/24/11

  • THE BODY OF A CRESCENT CITY MAN WHO DISAPPEARED WHILE SWIMMING IN THE ROUGE RIVER IN SOUTHERN OREGON WAS RECOVERED BY AUTHORITIES A WEEK AFTER HE WENT MISSING.

26 YEAR OLD ROBERT GREVIOUS JR DISAPPEARED WHILE TRYING TO SWIM ACROSS THE RIVER AT CHINOOK PARK IN GRANTS PASS ON JUNE 15TH. HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED A MILE DOWNSTREAM FROM WHERE HE WAS LAST SEEN ON WEDNESDAY.

BUI CHECKPOINT JKB 6/24/11

  • THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS MARINE PATROL WILL BE CONDUCTING A BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CHECKPOINT ON CLEARLAKE THIS SATURDAY.

BOATERS WILL BE STOPPED RANDOMLY AND BRIEFLY INTERVIEWED. ANY BOAT OPERATORS SHOWING SIGNS OF ALCOHOL USE, INTOXICATION OR IMPAIRMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO FURTHER TESTING AND ARREST.

LIBRARIES TO CLOSE AN ADDITIONAL DAY JKB 6/24/11

  • ALL BRANCHES OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSING AN ADDITIONAL DAY PER WEEK BEGINNING IN JULY.

BUDGET SHORTFALLS ARE CAUSING THE CUT BACK IN OPERATIONAL HOURS. THE COAST COMMUNITY LIBRARY WILL NOW BE CLOSED FRIDAYS AND SUNDAYS. FORT BRAGG WILL BE CLOSED MONDAYS, THURSDAYS FRIDAYS, AND SUNDAYS. ROUND VALLEY WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, AND SUNDAYS. THE WILLITS LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, AND SUNDAYS. THE UKIAH LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS, AND SUNDAYS BEGGING AUGUST 1ST. ROUTES FOR THE BOOKMOBILE ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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