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JERE MELO SHOT AND KILLED NEAR FORT BRAGG JKB 8/29/11

  • CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AND FORMER MAYOR OF FORT BRAGG, JERE MELO WAS SHOT AND KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND.

A FORT BRAGG AREA TRANSIENT MAN IDENTIFIED AS AARON BASSLER IS BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THE KILLING. HE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. MELO WAS LOOKING FOR SUSPECTED MARIJUANA OPERATIONS WHILE WORKING AS A SECURITY CONTRACTOR ON PRIVATE TIMBER COMPANY PROPERTY 4 MILES EAST OF FORT BRAGG WHEN HE WAS GUNNED DOWN AT AROUND 10:20 SATURDAY MORNING. A WITNESS WHO WAS WITH MELO WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE AND NOTIFY AUTHORITIES OF THE SHOOTING. MELO WAS SERVING HIS 15TH YEAR ON THE CITY COUNCIL AND HAD SERVED AS MAYOR FOR TWO TERMS.

HIGH SPEED CHASE JKB 8/29/11

  • THE DRIVER OF AN SUV WAS ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE FRIDAY NIGHT.

40 YEAR OLD JESUS GARCIA JR. OF EUREKA PAST A CHP OFFICER AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED ON THE BURKE HILL GRADE ON HIGHWAY 101 AND CONTINUED TO SPEED AT 114 MILES AN HOUR FOR ALMOST A MILE BEFORE PULLING OVER. DURING THE STOP, A DOG RAN OUT OF THE SUV AND INTO THE ROADWAY, CAUSING ENOUGH OF A DISTRACTION THAT GARCIA WAS ABLE TO BET BACK IN THE VEHICLE AND FLEE. DURING THE SUBSEQUENT CHASE, GARCIA STRUCK A PICK UP TRUCK, SENDING IT OFF THE ROAD AND INTO A VINEYARD. THAT DRIVER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. AS GARCIA CONTINUED TO FLEE, HE THREW PITCHFORKS OUT OF THE SUVS SUNROOF IN AN ATTEMPT TO STRIKE PURSUING OFFICERS. HE EVENTUALLY ABANDONED HIS VEHICLE AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON THE GREEN BRIDGE SOUTH OF HOPLAND. GARCIA WAS ARRESTED FOR A NUMBER OF CHARGES INCLUDING DUI.

AUTISTIC MAN RESCUED JKB 8/29/11

  • AN AUTISTIC SANTA ROSA MAN WAS RESCUED AFTER BECOMING LOST IN HOOD MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK IN SONOMA COUNTY LAST THURSDAY.

41 YEAR OLD BLAIR EVANS WAS ABLE TO CALL HIS MOTHER ON A CELL PHONE AND TELL HER THAT HE WAS LOST AT AROUND 4:30 PM. SHE CALLED AUTHORITIES AND A HELICOPTER CREW SPOTTED EVANS AT AROUND 5:15 PM SEVERAL MILES FROM WHERE HE HAD BEGUN HIKING. EVANS WAS DISORIENTED AND TREATED FOR DEHYDRATION, BUT REQUIRED NO FURTHER MEDICAL CARE.

MAN SENTENCED FOR SHOOTING WALL JKB 8/29/11

  • A PIERCY MAN WHO WAS SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON LAST WEEK IN LAKE COUNTY FOR THE DRUNKEN DRIVING DEATH OF A LAKEPORT WOMAN LAST SEPTEMBER, WAS SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON FRIDAY FOR SHOOTING A WALL DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE IN LATE DECEMBER.

35 YEAR OLD ANTON KLOIBER ADMITTED TO FIRING A SHOTGUN INTO AN INSIDE WALL OF HIS HOME DURING A FIGHT WITH HIS WIFE. DEBRIS FROM THE BLAST HIT THE COUPLES 10 YEAR OLD SON IN THE BACK. HE ALSO STRUCK HIS WIFE WITH THE SHOTGUN AND THREATENED TO KILL HER DURING THE INCIDENT. KLOIBER WILL SERVE THE SENTENCES CONCURRENTLY.

GANG FIGHT CHARGES FILED, ARRESTS MADE JKB 8/29/11

  • TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED AND TWO OTHERS ARE BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH A GANG RELATED BEATING THAT OCCURRED AT THE KONOCTI VISTA CASINO IN EARLY JUNE.

THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE FILED THE CHARGES LAST TUESDAY AGAINST 39 YEAR OLD JOSH JOHNSON AND 41 YEAR OLD DANIEL DABBS OF SANTA ROSA, 32 YEAR OLD NICOLAS CARRILLO OF GEYSERVILLE, AND 33 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY BIANCHI OF PETALUMA. THE FOUR MEN ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE HELLS ANGELS MOTORCYCLE GANG AND ARE ACCUSED OF ATTACKING A RIVAL VAGOS MOTORCYCLE CLUB MEMBER AT THE CASINO DURING A TATTOO CONVENTION JUNE 4TH. CARRILLO AND BIANCHI WERE ARRESTED ON THURSDAY. JOHNSON AND DABBS REMAIN AT LARGE.

EQUINE HERPES VIRUS FOUND IN SONOMA COUNTY HORSE JKB 8/29/11

  • THE DEADLY EQUINE HERPES VIRUS THAT AFFECTED NEARLY TWO DOZEN CALIFORNIA HORSES EARLIER THIS SPRING HAS RESURFACED AGAIN, THIS TIME IN SONOMA COUNTY.

3 HORSES WERE CONFIRMED WITH THE VIRUS AT A SINGLE RANCH AUGUST 23RD AND 24TH. ALL HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED AND ARE BEING TREATED FOR THE DISEASE. AN OUTBREAK IN MAY AT A CUTTING HORSE COMPETITION IN UTAH SICKENED 22 CALIFORNIA HORSES AND KILLED ONE. SEVERAL HORSE RELATED EVENTS, INCLUDING RODEOS AND PARADES WERE CANCELED TO STEM THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.

STOLEN MOTOR HOME ARREST JKB 8/29/11

  • ONE UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AND ANOTHER IS BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH A STOLEN MOTOR HOME FOUND PARKED ON LAWS AVENUE LAST WEEK.

DEPUTIES STOPPED TO CHECK OUT THE MOTOR HOME WHEN THEY SAW TWO FEMALE JUVENILES INSIDE SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY. AS THEY STOPPED THEIR PATROL CAR, A MALE ADULT FLED OUT THE SIDE DOOR AND ESCAPED. THE MOTOR HOME TURNED OUT TO BE STOLEN OUT OF ACCIDENTAL. 19 YEAR OLD ANTHONY RUDDOCK WAS FOUND HIDING INSIDE. HE WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. THE JUVENILE GIRLS WERE RELEASED AFTER IT WAS DETERMINED THEY WERE NOT INVOLVED IN THE THEFT. THE MAN WHO FLED WAS IDENTIFIED AS 22 YEAR OLD MICHAEL MUNOZ. HE IS STILL BEING SOUGHT.

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