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SEARCH FOR BASSLER UPDATE JKB 9/1/11

  • AN AVERAGE OF 30 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE CONTINUING TO COMB THE RUGGED FOREST LAND EAST OF FORT BRAGG IN THE SEARCH FOR AARON BASSLER.

THE SEARCH IS ENTERING ITS 6TH DAY TODAY. BASSLER IS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCILMAN JERE MELO. MELOS FAMILY ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE YESTERDAY THANKING THE COMMUNITY FOR THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT, AND INVITED ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SHARE HOW JERE IMPACTED THEIR LIVES TO ATTEND A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 2 PM AT TIMBERWOLF STADIUM AT FORT BRAGG HIGH SCHOOL.

MEANWHILE, ACCORDING TO GLENDA ANDERSON OF THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, BASSLERS FATHER HAS IMPLICATED HIS SON IN THE KILLING OF MENDOCINO LAND TRUST PROPERTY MANAGER MATTHEW COLEMAN NEAR WESTPORT 17 DAYS BEFORE MELO WAS KILLED. BOTH MEN WERE SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES WITH A HIGH CALIBER RIFLE. ACCORDING TO BASSLERS FATHER, HIS EX-WIFE DROPPED OFF THEIR EMOTIONALLY TROUBLED SON NORTH OF WESTPORT AT ABOUT THE TIME COLEMAN WAS KILLED. INVESTIGATORS ARE TESTING BALLISTICS TO SEE IF THE SAME WEAPON WAS USED.

S.F. CONSTRUCTION WORKERS INJURED BY CONCRETE JKB 9/1/11

  • FOUR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN SAN FRANCISCO WERE INJURED, THREE OF THEM SERIOUSLY, AFTER A BARRIER ENCASING WET CONCRETE COLLAPSED YESTERDAY.

THE CONCRETE WAS BEING POURED ON THE ROOF OF A 6 STORY BUILDING WHEN THE STRUCTURE BEING USED TO SUPPORT THE CONCRETE WHILE IT DRIED GAVE WAY AT AROUND 8 AM. A WAVE OF WET CEMENT SENT THE WORKERS PLUNGING AS MANY AS 3 STORIES DOWN A STAIRWELL WHERE THEY HAD TO BE UNBURIED BY FELLOW WORKERS. ALL FOUR MEN WERE TAKEN TO SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL WHERE THREE OF THEM WERE LISTED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. THE FOURTH WAS UPGRADED TO GOOD CONDITION AND SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED. THE WORKERS RANGED IN AGE FROM THE EARLY 20S TO LATE 30S.

PT. ARENA VOTERS RECALL CALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS JKB 9/1/11

  • VOTERS IN POINT AREA HAVE RECALLED FOUR OF THEIR FIVE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE MAIL IN BALLOT SPECIAL ELECTION THAT WERE RELEASED YESTERDAY SHOW THAT MAYOR LAUREN SINNOT AND COUNCIL MEMBERS JOE RIBOLI, DAVID INGHAM AND ELOSIA OROPEZA ARE OUT OF A JOB. OROPEZA, ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, TERRY HUGHEY, THE ONLY COUNCIL MEMBER NOT RECALLED, QUIT SHORTLY AFTER THE RECALL EFFORT BEGAN. THE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE TREVOR SANDERS, DOUGLAS BURKEY, LLOYD CROSS AND BRIAN RIEHL, A FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER WHO QUIT LAST YEAR.

ABALONE SENTENCE JKB 9/1/11

  • AN ANTIOCH MAN WAS BANNED FROM FISHING FOR LIFE OFF THE MENDOCINO COAST AFTER HE ADMITTED TO HELPING ANOTHER MAN POACH ABALONE IN FEBRUARY.

28 YEAR OLD MICHAEL TREVORS WAS ALSO ORDERED TO SERVE 6 MONTHS IN THE COUNTY JAIL, FINED $15,000 AND PLACED ON THREE YEARS PROBATION. HIS SENTENCED FOLLOWED THAT OF CO-DEFENDANT QIONG WANG WHO ENTERED A NO CONTEST PLEA TO POACHING CHARGES EARLIER THIS YEAR. WANG RECEIVED THE SAME SENTENCE WITH THE EXCEPTION THAT HE WILL SERVE A YEAR IN JAIL. BOTH MEN WERE ARRESTED AFTER WANG TOOK 55 ABALONE IN A DAY. THE LIMIT IS THREE.

THREE STRIKES FUGITIVE PLEADS GUILTY BEFORE TRIAL JKB 9/1/11

  • A HUMBOLDT COUNTY FUGITIVE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN AN ARMED STANDOFF WITH POLICE IN WILLITS IN FEBRUARY, PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF POSSESSING A DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE AND BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, JUST BEFORE HIS TRIAL WAS TO BEGIN TUESDAY.

37 YEAR OLD JASON FRICK EVENTUALLY SURRENDERED AFTER KEEPING POLICE AT BAY FOR MORE THAN 11 HOURS. HE WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A PIPE BOMB AND SHOTGUN. FRICK HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A TOTAL OF SEVEN STRIKE CONVICTIONS IN THREE COUNTIES. HE COULD NOW FACE UP TO 50 TO LIFE IN PRISON. HE IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED OCTOBER 21ST.

MAN DRIVES OFF WITH WOMAN ON CAR JKB 9/1/11

  • A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING OFF WITH A WOMAN ON THE HOOD OF HIS CAR MONDAY.

UKIAH POLICE WERE RESPONDING TO A REPORT THAT 32 YEAR OLD MICHAEL WILSON JR WAS THREATENING A WOMAN WITH A KNIFE BECAUSE SHE WAS TRYING TO PREVENT HIM FROM LEAVING. WHILE EN-ROUTE, THEY SAW WILSON DRIVE ONTO STATE STREET FROM CHERRY STREET INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, SWERVE SEVERAL TIMES AND NEARLY HIT ANOTHER CAR, WHILE A WOMAN WAS LYING FACE DOWN ON THE HOOD OF THE CAR. WILSON WAS STOPPED AND ARRESTED FOR DUI AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE.

ROBBERY ARREST JKB 9/1/11

  • TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEATING AND ROBBING A WILLITS MAN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

THE 18 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS WALKING WITH TWO FRIENDS ON EAST BARBARA LANE WHEN THEY WERE CONFRONTED BY 28 YEAR OLD MICHAEL OVERHOLT AND 28 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY FEIGNER AT AROUND 2:20 AM. THE SUSPECTS DEMANDED MONEY AND WHEN ONE OF THE VICTIMS REFUSED TO HAND OVER HIS WALLET HE WAS ATTACKED. 25 MINUTES LATER, OVERHOLT AND FEIGNER WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WHILE BREAKING WINDOWS AT THE ABANDONED WILLITS CAFÉ.

MCOE RECEIVES GRANT FOR CHILDRENS HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM JKB 9/1/11

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION HAS BEEN AWARDED A $769,313 GRANT FROM THE CHILDRENS HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT.

THE GRANT WILL BE USED TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT AND RETENTION OF HIGH RISK YOUTH AND DEGREE SEEKING COLLEGE STUDENTS IN NO OR LOW COST HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS.

INFORMATION SOUGHT IN BROADBAND CAMPAIGN JKB 9/1/11

  • RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS BUT CANT GET IT WHERE THEY LIVE, ARE BEING ENCOURAGED BY A COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP TO FILL OUT A SURVEY THEY SAY IS VITAL TO BRINGING BROADBAND INTERNET TO THE ENTIRE COUNTY.

ACCORDING TO THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY, THE ONLINE SURVEY WILL COLLECT 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 FILL OUT AND CAN BE FOUND AT MENDOCINOBROADBAND.NET, AND IS COMPATIBLE WITH DIAL UP CONNECTIONS.

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