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BODY FOUND JKB 6/30/11

  • THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY CORONERS OFFICE HAS IDENTIFIED THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND DEAD YESTERDAY IN THE TRINITY RIVER AS THAT OF A HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT WHO WAS SWEPT AWAY IN THE RIVER MORE THAN A WEEK AGO.

21 YEAR OLD JIAN KANG WAS WADING IN THE RIVER AT THE TISH TANG CREEK CAMPGROUND WHEN HE LOST HIS BALANCE AND WAS SWEPT DOWNSTREAM JUNE 19TH. A MEMBER OF THE HOOPA TRIBE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FOUND KANGS BODY ABOUT 6 MILES DOWNSTREAM FROM WHERE HE DISAPPEARED.

SCOOTER ACCIDENT INJURED MAN JKB 6/30/11

  • A WILLITS MAN RIDING A PERSONAL MOBILITY SCOOTER WAS SEVERELY INJURED WHEN HE WAS DRAGGED UNDER THE WHEELS OF A BIG RIG LAST WEEK.

54 YEAR OLD NEIL WRIGHT WAS RIDING ON THE SIDEWALK JUST NORTH OF THE BAECHTEL CREEK MEDICAL CLINIC WHEN, ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, HIS SCOOTER WHEELS GOT TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE AND HE TILTED ONTO THE WHEELS OF A TANKER TRUCK THAT HAD SLOWED DUE TO TRAFFIC. THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS UNAWARE THAT WRIGHT WAS ENGAGED WITH HIS WHEELS AND DROVE ON, DRAGGING WRIGHT UNDERNEATH. WRIGHT WAS TAKEN TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL. NO WORD YET ON HIS CONDITION.

FORMER BASKETBALL COACH ON TRIAL FOR MOLESTATION JKB 6/30/11

  • A FORMER VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH AT ST VINCENT DE PAUL HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL FOR MOLESTING ONE OF HIS STUDENT BASKET BALL PLAYERS.

JEFF NEHMENS, CEO OF SHAMROCK MATERIALS IN PETALUMA, IS ACCUSED OF SENDING THE PLAYER EXPLICIT TEXT MESSAGES, KISSING HER ON THE LIPS AND HUGGING HER OVER A 3 MONTH PERIOD IN 2009. IF CONVICTED, NEHMANS COULD BE REQUIRED TO SERVE UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL AND REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES ARE ELIMINATED JKB 6/30/11

  • GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED A NUMBER OF BUDGET TRAILER BILLS YESTERDAY INCLUDING ONE THAT ELIMINATES THE STATES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, AND ANOTHER THAT GIVES AN OPTION FOR THEM TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE.

ASSEMBLY BILL 26 ELIMINATED RDAS, WHILE AB 27 ALLOWS THEM TO CONTINUE IF VOLUNTARY PAYMENTS ARE MADE TO SCHOOLS, FIRE AND TRANSIT DISTRICTS. UKIAH CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE INITIAL ESTIMATE OF HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST FOR THE CITY TO EXERCISE THAT OPTION IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN $1.7 AND $1.8 MILLION DOLLARS, FOLLOWED BY AN ADDITIONAL $300,000 TO $400,000 A YEAR. IF THE CITY IS UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO COME UP WITH THE MONEY, THE MOST IMMEDIATE IMPACT WOULD BE REPLACING THE $600,000 TO $900,000 A YEAR THE CITY HAS BEEN USING IN REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO PAY CITY EMPLOYEES.

MOLESTATION ARREST JKB 6/30/11

  • A SONOMA COUNTY MAN SENT TO PRISON IN 1997 FOR THE INFAMOUS BEATING OF A WINDSOR TEENAGER OVER THE COLOR OF HIS SHIRT, HAS BEEN ARRESTED AGAIN, THIS TIME FOR CHILD MOLESTATION.

32 YEAR OLD JOSE JUAN MADRID HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL LAST MONTH. MADRID WAS 17 WHEN HE AND AN ACCOMPLICE WERE TRIED AS ADULTS FOR THE GANG RELATED BEATING OF 16 YEAR OLD DYLAN KATS IN 1996 BECAUSE HE WAS WEARING A RED SHIRT. KATS SUFFERED BRAIN DAMAGE AND WAS IN A COMA FOR 10 WEEKS. MADRID WAS SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON AND WAS RELEASED IN 2008.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS NOW MANDATORY JKB 6/30/11

  • AS OF TOMORROW, CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS WILL BE REQUIRED IN EVERY HOME IN CALIFORNIA.

A NEW BILL THAT GOES INTO EFFECT JULY 1ST, MAKES A C.O. DETECTOR MANDATORY FOR ALL EXISTING SINGLE FAMILY HOMES WITH AN ATTACHED GARAGE OR A FOSSIL FUEL SOURCE. CARBON MONOXIDE IS A COLORLESS, ODORLESS GAS THAT IS PRODUCED FROM HEATERS, FIREPLACES, FURNACES AND MANY TYPES OF COOKING APPLIANCES AND DEVICES. C.O. POISONING IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALMOST 500 DEATHS A YEAR IN CALIFORNIA.

CAL REDWOOD ACQUIRES SISKIYOU LUMBER JKB 6/30/11

  • THE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD COMPANY BASED IN EUREKA HAS COMPLETED ACQUISITION OF SISKIYOU LUMBER PRODUCTS OUT OF WOODLAND.

SLPS FENCE PLANT IN UKIAH WILL NOW OPERATE AS PART OF THE CALIFORNIA REDWOOD COMPANY, DISTRIBUTING REDWOOD LUMBER PRODUCTS, DOUGLAS FIR LUMBER AND TREATED LUMBER.

SMART METER INSTALLATIONS TO BEGIN JKB 6/30/11

  • PG&E IS SET TO BEGIN INSTALLING SMART METERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY BEGINNING IN JULY, DESPITE A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON THE METERS THAT WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM COUNTY CEO CARMEL ANGELO, PG&E HAS MADE A COMMITMENT NOT TO INSTALL SMART METERS AT ANY HOME FOR WHICH A DELAY HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY THE CUSTOMER. THERE IS ALSO AN OPT OUT OPTION THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, BUT WILL MOST LIKELY COME AT AN ADDITIONAL COST. DETAILS OF THE OPT OUT OPTIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER. RESIDENTS CAN DELAY THE INSTALLATION OF THEIR SMART METER UPGRADE BY CALLING 866 743-0263.

UVSD MEETING JKB 6/30/11

  • THE UKIAH VALLEY SANITATION DISTRICT WILL BE HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT ON PROPOSED SEWER RATE HIKES THAT WOULD AMOUNT JUST SHORT OF A 31% INCREASE OVER THE NEXT 4 YEARS.

SANITATION DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASE IS NECESSARY TO MEET THE DISTRICTS ANNUAL DEBT PAYMENTS FOR THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS $75 MILLION EXPANSION. THE HEARING WILL BEGIN AT 6 PM AT THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

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