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TODDLER KILLED JKB 7/28/11

  • A TODDLER WAS KILLED AFTER HE WAS STRUCK BY AN SUV ON SODA BAY ROAD NEAR OSPREY COURT YESTERDAY.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE CHILD BELIEVED TO BE 3 OR 4 YEARS OLD, RAN INTO THE ROADWAY TOWARD HIS MOTHER WHO WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD. THE TODDLER TRIPPED AND FELL INTO THE PATH OF THE VEHICLE AT AROUND 12:30 PM. HE WAS TAKEN TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL, BUT LATER DIED OF HIS INJURIES. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT IS CONTINUING.

BANK ROBBERY JKB 7/28/11

  • THE BANK OF AMERICA ON SOUTH STATE STREET IN UKIAH WAS ROBBED YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE ROBBERY TOOK PLACE SHORTLY BEFORE 10:30 AM. ACCORDING TO POLICE, SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE BANK SHOW A SUSPECT, BELIEVED TO BE OF MIDDLE AGE, APPROXIMATELY 6 FEET TALL WITH BROWN HEAR WEARING SHORTS, A LIGHT T-SHIRT AND REDDISH BASEBALL CAP. FIRST REPORTS INDICATE HE FLED SOUTH ON MAIN STREET ON A BICYCLE. AUTHORITIES HAVE ALSO ISSUED A BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A REDDISH TOYOTA PICK UP TRUCK WITH A CAB OVER CAMPER SHELL, AND ALUMINUM AFTER MARKET RIMS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROBBERY. A PICTURE OF THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN PRINTED IN TODAYS UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL.

FIRE AT DAY CARE HOUSE JKB 7/28/11

  • FIRE OFFICIALS ARE CREDITING A PROPERLY WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR FOR LIMITING THE DAMAGE CAUSE BY A FIRE THAT BROKE OUT AT A HOUSE BEING USED AS A DAY CARE FACILITY YESTERDAY.

THE BLAZE OCCURRED IN AN UPSTAIRS BEDROOM OF A HOME ON BELTAMI DRIVE AT 3:43 PM. 6 CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 2 MONTHS AND 5 YEARS WERE IN THE HOME AND WERE ALL SAFELY EVACUATED BY THE CARE GIVER. SHE REPORTED THAT EVERYONE WAS DOWNSTAIRS WHEN THEY WERE ALERTED TO THE FIRE BY THE SMOKE DETECTOR. SHE USED A FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO CONTAIN THE FIRE, AND THEN GOT EVERYONE OUT OF THE HOUSE. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE BLAZE CAUSED MINOR SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE TO THE BEDROOM. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MOTORCYCLIST INJURED JKB 7/28/11

  • A MOTORCYCLIST WHO CRASHED ON HIGHWAY 1 AND WAS SEVERELY INJURED AFTER BEING THROWN DOWN A HILLSIDE, WAS ABLE TO CRAWL BACK UP TO THE ROADWAY AND FLAG DOWN A MOTORIST WHO THEN TOOK HIM TO A HOSPITAL.

44 YEAR OLD NATHAN REBKOWICH SUFFERED A BROKEN BACK, BROKEN RIBS AND A COLLAPSED LUNG IN THE ACCIDENT, WHICH OCCURRED TUESDAY AT AROUND 12:30 PM BETWEEN SALT POINT STATE PARK AND TIMBER COVE ROAD. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

AD HOC FOR MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES JKB 7/28/11

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE FORMATION OF AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO DEVELOP REGULATIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN THE COUNTY.

THE BOARD APPOINTED 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN AND 5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR DAN HAMBURG TO HEAD UP THE COMMITTEE. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMMUNITY OFFERED THEIR HELP IN VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE. SUPERVISORS DID NOT DISCLOSE WHOM ELSE MIGHT SIT ON THE COMMITTEE. THERE ARE CURRENTLY ABOUT 10 MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES OPERATING IN THE COUNTY.

NEW PENALTIES FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY JKB 7/28/11

  • GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED LEGISLATION ON TUESDAY THAT WILL INCREASE PENALTIES FOR THOSE CONVICTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

THE BILL WILL ALSO BAN THE SALES OF ANIMALS ON ROADSIDES, PARKING LOTS, AND OTHER SIMILAR PUBLIC VENUES. THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY BY NEGLECT WILL BE RAISED TO UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL AND A FINE OF UP TO $20,000. THE NEW LAW WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1ST, 2012.

WHALES IN THE KLAMATH JKB 7/27/11

  • BIOLOGISTS SAY THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE HEALTH OF A GRAY WHALE THAT IS STRANDED IN THE KLAMATH RIVER AFTER SWIMMING UP WITH HER CALF A MONTH AGO.

THE 45 FOOT MOTHER WHALE AND HER 15 FOOT CALF ENTERED THE RIVER IN LATE JUNE, AND SHOULD BE FEEDING IN ALASKA BY NOW. BIOLOGISTS TRIED TO DRIVE THE WHALES BACK TO THE OCEAN LAST WEEKEND, BUT ONLY THE CALF LEFT THE RIVER. SCIENTISTS ARE CONCERNED THE MOTHER WHALE IS NOT GETTING ENOUGH NUTRITION IN THE FRESH WATER, COULD BECOME TRAPPED IN THE SHALLOW WATER, AND THAT HER SKIN WILL BEGIN TO DETERIORATE. BIOLOGISTS ATTEMPTED TO SCARE HER OUT OF THE RIVER BY PLAYING THE SOUNDS OF KILLER WHALES FROM BOATS YESTERDAY, BUT THAT ATTEMPT FAILED.

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