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MAN SENTENCED IN BURNING ATTACK JKB 9/28/11

  • A PUERTO RICO MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 198 YEARS IN PRISON ON MONDAY, FOR A NEW YEARS DAY ATTACK IN WHICH HE BURNED ALIVE FIVE OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS AND A SANTA ROSA WOMAN WHO HAD GONE THERE TO MEET THE FAMILY OF HER FIANCÉ.

25 YEAR OLD KATE DONAHUE AND HER FIANCÉ, 28 YEAR OLD JESUS SANCHEZ DIED WITHIN DAYS OF THE ATTACK. 48 YEAR OLD JUSTINO SANCHEZ DIAZ WAS FOUND GUILTY OF SIX COUNTS OF MURDER AND SEVEN COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER ON SEPTEMBER 8TH.

FIRE DAMAGES HOME JKB 9/28/11

· A FIRE DAMAGED A HOME IN KELSEYVILLE MONDAY AFTERNOON.

THE BLAZE WAS FIRST REPORTED AT 1:45 PM AT THE HOME ON EDGEWOOD DRIVE. QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS KEPT THE FIRE CONTAINED TO THE FRONT PORTION OF THE HOMES UPPER STORY. THERE WERE NO REPORTED INJURIES. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

HORSE HIT BY PICK UP TRUCK

· A HORSE HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED AFTER BEING HIT BY A PICK UP TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR MIDDLETOWN ON MONDAY.

THE PICK UP WAS TRAVELING NORTH JUST SOUTH OF BRADFORD ROAD WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH THE HORSE THAT HAD RUN INTO THE ROADWAY JUST BEFORE 9 PM. THE DRIVER WAS UNINJURED. THE HORSE WAS PUT DOWN AT THE SCENE.

BASSLER SEARCH POSTPONES NOYO RIVER RUN JKB 9/28/11

· THE ONGOING SEARCH FOR DOUBLE MURDER SUSPECT AARON BASSLER IN THE WOODS BETWEEN FORT BRAGG AND WILLITS HAS CAUSED EVENT OFFICIALS TO POSTPONE THE NOYO RIVER RUN, SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 16TH.

THE EVENT, WHICH IS PART OF THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITALS ANNUAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR, FEATURES A 5 K RUN AND WALK AND A 10 K RUN. THE RACE ROUTE WOULD HAVE TAKEN RUNNERS THROUGH AREAS BEING SEARCHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE SEARCH FOR BASSLER ENTERS ITS 32ND DAY TODAY.

PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE RECUSES ITSELF JKB 9/28/11

· EVERY MEMBER OF THE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE HAD TO RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM REPRESENTING A NICE MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER, BECAUSE OF VARIOUS CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THE CASE.

50 YEAR OLD DANIEL RAY LOYD IS ACCUSED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 48 YEAR OLD CINDY YVETTE QUIETT OF UPPER LAKE DURING A BOTCHED METHAMPHETAMINE ROBBERY SEPTEMBER 13TH. HE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED TWICE BUT HAS STILL NOT ENTERED A PLEA. THATS BECAUSE EVERY PUBLIC DEFENDER HAD TO DECLARE A CONFLICT BECAUSE ALL OF THEM ARE INVOLVED IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER WITH EVERY PERSON LISTED AS EITHER A VICTIM OR WITNESSES IN THE CASE. LOYD WAS ASSIGNED AN ATTORNEY FROM UKIAH ON MONDAY AND WILL ENTER A PLEA ON OCTOBER 11TH.

MENDO COUNTY CONSIDERS RENT CONTROLS FOR MOBILE HOME PARKS JKB 9/28/11

· THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED 4 TO1 TO DIRECT STAFF TO BEGIN WORK ON A PROPOSAL TO ENACT RENT CONTROLS AT MOBILE HOME PARKS.

3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES WAS LONE DISSENTING VOTE, SAYING HED RATHER A SUPERVISOR COMMITTEE WORK ON THE ORDINANCE. MOBILE HOME PARK OWNERS AND RESIDENTS WILL BE INVITED TO WORK ON THE PROPOSAL. MANY CITIES AND COUNTIES HAVE ORDINANCES THAT REGULATE RENT AT MOBILE HOME PARKS INCLUDING THE CITIES OF UKIAH AND SANTA ROSA.

POMO TV TO CLOSE JKB 9/28/11

· AFTER DOING BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 53 YEARS IN DOWNTOWN UKIAH, POMA TV ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT THEY WILL BE CLOSING THEIR STORE FOR GOOD.

DWINDLING SALES AND THE CURRENT ECONOMY LED TO THE DECISION. POMA TV WAS STARTED BY ART POMA IN 1948 AND HAS BEEN AT ITS CURRENT LOCATION ON THE CORNER OF SCHOOL AND CHURCH STREET SINCE 1975.

FORMER WILLITS HIGH FOOTBALL PLAYER TO PLAY IN HANSEN BOWL JKB 9/28/11

· A FORMER WILLITS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE NFL AFTER BEING INVITED TO PLAY IN THE HANSEN BOWL, FORMERLY THE AZTEC BOWL, COMING UP IN JANUARY.

21 YEAR OLD CHRIS BICKFORD CURRENTLY PLAYS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER YELLOW JACKETS IN NEW YORK. HE WAS SELECTED AS PRESEASON ALL AMERICAN FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW BY USA FOOTBALL NEWTWORK. ONLY 120 PLAYERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION ARE SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE HANSEN BOWL, WHICH WILL BE ATTENDED BY NFL SCOUTS LOOKING FOR FUTURE SUPERSTARS. THE FAMILY IS HOPING TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP WITH TRAVEL COSTS. THOSE WISHING TO MAKE A DONATION CAN DO SO BY SENDING A CHECK MADE OUT TO THE HANSEN BOWL TO POST OFFICE BOX 1984 IN WILLITS.

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