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RAIN CAUSES NUMEROUS CRASHES JKB 9/26/11

  • LIGHT RAIN WAS THE CAUSE OF NUMEROUS CRASHES AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES EARLY SUNDAY.

THE RAIN AND HEAVY FOG IN SOME AREAS LEFT ROADWAYS SLICK WITH OIL THAT HAD BEEN DEPOSITED OVER THE SUMMER MONTHS, LEADING TO A NUMBER OF CRASHES, MOST OF WHICH WERE NOT SERIOUS. A MOTORCYCLE RIDER WHO CRASHED JUST SOUTH OF HOPLAND AT AROUND 12:20 PM WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE TO MAJOR INJURIES. THE CAUSE OF THAT CRASH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MAN ASSAULT PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND JKB 9/26/11

  • A GUALALA MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND ON SATURDAY.

A CITIZEN WHO REPORTED THAT A WOMAN WAS BEING ASSAULTED CALLED DEPUTIES TO THE HOME AT AROUND 3:45 PM. WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY FOUND THE 26 YEAR OLD VICTIM WITH INJURIES TO HER HEAD AND FACE. 25 YEAR OLD MELVIN STEWART KING WAS ARRESTED AT THE SCENE AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL ON A NUMBER OF ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES.

MOTORCYCLE GANG SHOOTOUT LEAVES ONE DEAD JKB 9/26/11

  • A MEMBER OF THE HELLS ANGELS MOTORCYCLE CLUB WAS ARRESTED IN SPARKS NEVADA AFTER A BRAWL BETWEEN RIVAL GANG MEMBERS EVOLVED INTO A SHOOTOUT THAT LEFT ONE BIKER DEAD.

36 YEAR OLD CESAR VILLAGRANA WAS ARRESTED AFTER SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWED HIM SHOOTING INTO THE CROWD DURING THE FRIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT. 51 YEAR OLD JEFFREY PETTIGREW, PRESIDENT OF THE SAN JOSE CHAPTER OF THE HELLS ANGELS WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE VICTIM OF THE SHOOTING. TWO MEMBERS OF THE VAGOS MOTORCYCLE CLUB WERE ALSO SHOT. BOTH WERE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION AT AN AREA HOSPITAL. A SECOND SHOOTING, BELIEVED TO BE RETALIATORY, OCCURRED AT 10:49 AM THE NEXT MORNING. A MOTORCYCLIST TRAVELING DOWN A STREET WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH BY A GUNMAN IN A CAR THAT PULLED ALONGSIDE HIM. THE NAME OF THAT VICTIM AND ANY GANG AFFILIATION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

PITTMAN MEMORIAL JKB 9/26/11

  • MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE PAID THEIR RESPECTS TO U.S. NAVY SEAL JESSE PITTMAN AT THE UKIAH FAIRGROUNDS ON SATURDAY, WITH MORE ON THE STREETS SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT AS THE MEMORIAL PROCESSION DROVE BY.

THE FORMER WILLITS GRADUATE WAS ONE OF 30 U.S SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN INSURGENTS SHOT DOWN THEIR HELICOPTER AUGUST 6TH. MORE THAN 30 NAVY SEALS FROM PITTMANS HOME BASE IN SAN DIEGO ATTENDED THE SERVICE. A SMALL CONTINGENT OF MEMBERS FROM THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH DEMONSTRATED AT THE MCDONALDS RESTAURANT ON NORTH STATE STREET, BUT DID NOT DISRUPT THE SERVICE.

E-QUAKE NEAR ANGWIN JKB 9/26/11

  • AN AREA 3 MILES EAST NORTH EAST OF ANGWIN AND 7 MILES NORTH, NORTH EAST OF SAINT HELENA WAS SHAKEN BY A 3.4 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE EARLY THIS MORNING.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 2:01 AM. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY TWO AFTERSHOCKS OF 2.1 AND 2.0 IN MAGNITUDE. THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURIES.

EYSTER CONTRIBUTOR SUES LINTOTT JKB 9/26/1`1

  • ONE OF THE MAJOR CASH CONTRIBUTORS TO MENDOCINO DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID EYSTERS CAMPAIGN HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY MEREDITH LINTOTT, ALLEGING STATEMENTS SHE MADE DURING THE RACE FOR THE D.AS OFFICE WERE SLANDEROUS AND MALICIOUS.

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER ROBERT FOREST FILED THE COMPLAINT THURSDAY, SAYING LINTOTT PUBLICLY ACCUSED HIM IN A LOCAL RADIO AD AND A TELEVISED DEBATE, OF BRIBING EYSTER WITH A $10,000 CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION IN ORDER TO GET A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING AN UNARMED MAN WITH A GUN IN 2006. THE ASSAULT CHARGE IN THAT CASE WAS DROPPED. FOREST IS SUING FOR LOSS OF PERSONAL AND BUSINESS REPUTATION, SHAME, MORTIFICATION AND INJURY TO HIS FEELING THAT CAUSED DAMAGE TO HIM, IN AN AMOUNT SUBJECT O PROOF AT TRIAL.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY MEETING JKB 9/26/11

  • MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN WILL HOLD THE SECOND COMMUNITY MEETING TO TAKE INPUT ON A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY ORDINANCE TODAY.

THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 4 TO 6 PM IN THE MENDOCINO HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM IN MENDOCINO. AT LEAST TWO MORE COMMUNITY MEETINGS ARE PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE, ONE IN THE NORTH COUNTY, AND POSSIBLY ONE IN BOONEVILLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. MCCOWEN SAYS HE HOPES TO SUBMIT A DRAFT ORDINANCE TO THE BOARD BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

CALTRANS AND THE CHP JOIN FORCES JKB 9/26/11

  • CALTRANS AND THE CHP HAS TEAMED UP TO PROVIDE ENHANCED SPEED AND DUI ENFORCEMENT IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE ZONES ACROSS THE STATE.

CHP OFFICERS WILL BEGIN PARKING THEIR PATROL VEHICLES WITHIN WORK ZONES IN AN EFFORT TO GET MOTORISTS TO SLOW DOWN WHEN THEY APPROACH CALTRANS WORK SITES. THE PARTNERSHIP WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY A SPIKE IN HIGHWAY WORKER DEATHS. FOUR CALTRANS WORKERS HAVE DIED IN TRAFFIC RELATED INCIDENTS DURING THE PAST YEAR. THREE OF THEM WERE KILLED WITH A 48 DAY PERIOD DURING MAY AND JUNE.

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