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SEARCH CONTINUES IN MELO SHOOTING JKB 8/30/11

  • THE SEARCH IS CONTINUING FOR 35 YEAR OLD AARON BASSLER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF LONGTIME FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JERE MELO.

BASSLER IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. AUTHORITIES SAY HE HAD BEEN LIVING IN THE WOODS FOR THE PAST 4 MONTHS TENDING A LARGE PATCH OF OPIUM POPPY PLANTS. MELO, WORKING AS A SECURITY CONTRACTOR ON PRIVATE TIMBER COMPANY PROPERTY WAS IN THE AREA WITH ANOTHER MAN LOOKING FOR ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GARDENS WHEN HE WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES WITH A HIGH CALIBER RIFLE ON SATURDAY. ACCORDING TO POLICE, MELOS UNIDENTIFIED COMPANION FIRED BACK AND FLED. MELO WAS UNARMED. IT IS UNKNOWN IF BASSLER WAS STRUCK BY THE RETURNED FIRE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ENCOURAGED NOT TO TRY TO CONTACT BASSLER, BUT TO INFORM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY.

IN RELATED NEWS, THE FAMILY OF AARON BASSLER SAY THEY TRIED FOR YEARS TO GET HIM HELP FOR WHAT THEY DESCRIBED AS INCREASINGLY THREATENING AND ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, BUT AUTHORITIES COULD NOT OR WOULD NOT INTERVENE ON THE FAMILYS REQUEST.

MEANWHILE, PASSENGER SERVICE ON THE SKUNK TRAIN WILL RESUME TODAY OR TOMORROW. ALL REGULAR DEPARTURES WERE CANCELED IN THE WAKE OF SATURDAYS FATAL SHOOTING.

FATAL ACCIDENT J KB 8/30/11

  • ONE MAN WAS KILLED AND TWO WERE INJURED IN A SOLO VEHICLE CRASH NEAR HOPLAND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, 29 YEAR OLD CODY FISHER OF UKIAH WAS TRAVELING SOUTH ON BUS MCGALL ROAD SOUTH OF LANE DRIVE WHEN FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, HE ALLOWED HIS PICK UP TO LEAVE THE ROADWAY AT AROUND 2:30 AM. IT OVERTURNED DOWN A DIRT AND GRASS EMBANKMENT AND IT ROOF STRUCK A TREE. FISHER AND A 35 YEAR OLD PASSENGER ESCAPED WITH ONLY MINOR INJURIES. A 30 YEAR OLD POWAY CALIFORNIA MAN DIED AT THE SCENE. FISHER WAS MEDICALLY CLEARED AT THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER AND ARRESTED FOR VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER AND DUI.

MOTORCYCLE FATALITY JKB 8/30/11

  • A KELSEYVILLE MAN DIED AFTER HIS MOTORCYCLE COLLIDED WITH A CAR AT THE INTERSECTION OF PARK DRIVE AND SODA BAY ROAD YESTERDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, A MOTORCYCLE BEING RIDDEN BY 57 YEAR OLD DAVID CRISWELL COLLIDED WITH A CAR BEING DRIVEN BY 47 YEAR OLD PATRICK DONLEY OF WALNUT CREEK AT 10:35 AM. CRISWELL WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE LATER DIED OF HIS INJURIES. DONLEY AND A PASSENGER IN HIS CAR WERE NOT INJURED.

TWO HURT WHEN PLANE LANDS ON HIGHWAY JKB 8/30/11

  • AS MANY AS FOUR PEOPLE WERE INJURED WHEN A SMALL PLANE MADE A CRASH LANDING IN NAPA COUNTY ON SUNDAY STRIKING A CAR IN THE PROCESS.

THE PLANE, IDENTIFIED AS A SINGLE ENGINE BEECH AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND MADE A GEAR UP BELLY LANDING AT THE NAPA COUNTY AIRPORT AND SKIDDED ONTO A HIGHWAY, WHERE IT STRUCK THE BACK OF A PASSING VEHICLE AT 12:37 PM. THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE IN THE CAR AND TWO IN THE PLANE AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION. THE CAR OCCUPANTS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. AUTHORITIES DID NOT KNOW THE EXTENT OF INJURIES SUFFERED BY THOSE IN THE PLANE. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER BANKS DIES JKB 8/30/11

  • FORMER MAYOR OF UKIAH AND LONGTIME MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERNEST BANKER DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES ON SUNDAY.

BANKER SERVED 8YEARS ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL, DURING WHICH TIME HE WAS MAYOR TWICE. THE THEN WENT ON TO SERVE 16 YEARS AS THE COUNTYS 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR. BANKER WAS 90 YEARS OLD.

DUI CHECKPOINT NETS 4 ARRESTS JKB 8/30/11

  • THE LAKE COUNTY AREA CHP MADE FOUR ARRESTS DURING A DUI CHECKPOINT ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

OFFICERS STOPPED MORE THAN 200 CARS AT THE CHECKPOINT HELD ON HIGHWAY 53 NORTH OF HIGHWAY 29 IN LOWER LAKE. THE SOBRIETY OF SEVEN DRIVERS WERE CHECKED WITH ONE DRIVER BEING ARRESTED FOR DUI, WHILE THREE OTHERS WERE CITED FOR NOT BEING PROPERLY LICENSED.

LAKE COUNTY COURT CONSIDERS MORE DAYS OFF TO SAVE MONEY JKB 8/30/11

  • JUST A WEEK AFTER THE MENDOCINO SUPERIOR COURT ANNOUNCED THAT IS WAS CUTTING COURT CLERK HOURS TO SAVE MONEY, THE LAKE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT IS CONSIDERING CLOSING CLERK OFFICES AND COURTROOMS FOR 13 ADDITIONAL DAYS DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR TO TRIM BUDGET COSTS.

THE 13 DAYS WOULD BE UNPAID FURLOUGH DAYS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, BUT WOULD NOT BE ENACTED UNTIL AFTER A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS ON SEPTEMBER 12TH. THE CLOSURE DAYS WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED JUDICIAL HOLIDAYS FOR THE PURPOSES OF FILING DEADLINES AND OTHER TIME REQUIREMENTS.

SURVEY NEEDED FOR BROADBAND JKB 8/30/11

  • THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY IS ASKING ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO CANNOT GET HIGH SPEED INTERNET TO TAKE THE INTERNET ACCESS SURVEY.

THE SURVEY IS A VITAL STEP IN COLLECTING DATA THAT WILL BE USED TO JUSTIFY BRINGING BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TO ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTY, WHEN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT IS REQUESTED. THE SURVEY TAKES ONLY A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE. IT CAN BE FOUND AT MENDOCINOBROADBAND.NET AND IS COMPATIBLE WITH DIAL UP.

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