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BASSLER LINKED TO BREAK INS JKB 9/29/11

  • FINGERPRINTS HAVE POSITIVELY LINKED DOUBLE HOMICIDE SUSPECT AARON BASSLER TO THE BREAK IN OF A REMOTE VACATION CABIN 14 MILES EAST OF FORT BRAGG ALONG THE NOYO RIVER WATERSHED SEPTEMBER 25TH.

IT APPEARED ONLY FOOD ITEMS WERE TAKEN DURING THAT BURGLARY. DETECTIVES ARE ALSO INVESTIGATING THE BURGLARIES OF ONE FULL TIME RESIDENCE AND TWO VACATION CABINS LOCATED IN THE 17000 BLOCK OF NORTHSPUR ROAD. FOOD, ALONG WITH A .22 CALIBER RIFLE AND A 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN WERE TAKEN DURING THE BREAK INS. BASSLER IS BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE BURGLARIES AND THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ACTIVATED THE REVERSE 911 SYSTEM YESTERDAY TO WARN RESIDENTS OF NORTHSPUR OF HIS PRESENCE IN THE AREA. THE SEARCH FOR BASSLER ENTERS ITS 33RD DAY TODAY.

PRISON FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE JKB 9/29/11

  • A UKIAH MAN WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON YESTERDAY FOR INFLICTING SEVER INJURIES ON HIS FEMALE HOUSEMATE LAST JANUARY,

43 YEAR OLD STEVEN CLEARANCE MACE WAS ARRESTED AT THE SCENE AFTER HE ATTACKED HIS PARTNER OF 21 YEARS IN A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. ACCORDING TO POLICE, MACE ATTEMPTED TO STRANGLE THE WOMAN AND THEN POUNDED HER HEAD ON FLOOR UNTIL A DAUGHTER INTERVENED. THE WOMANS INJURIES WERE SO SEVERE THAT SHE HAD TO BE AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL TRAUMA CENTER. AT THE HOSPITAL, EVIDENCE OF PRIOR PHYSICAL ABUSE WAS APPARENT. MACE HAD PRIOR CONVICTIONS FOR VIOLENT OFFENSES AND WAS ON PROBATION AT THE TIME OF THE ASSAULT. HE WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

DAUGHTER OF SUPERVISOR BUSTED FOR POT JKB 9/29/11

  • THE MENDOCINO MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE RAIDED THE REDWOOD VALLEY HOME OF THIRD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES DAUGHTER ON WEDNESDAY, SEIZING 132 MARIJUANA PLANTS GROWING IN A SHED.

TASK FORCE MEMBERS SERVED THE SEARCH WARRANT AFTER A DEPUTY MAKING A TRAFFIC STOP NOTICED 76 GROWING PLANTS AT THE HOME OF ANGELA PINCHES SEPTEMBER 12TH. 51 OF THE PLANTS WERE CONFISCATED FOR BEING OVER THE PARCEL LIMIT OF 25 AND THE TASK FORCE WAS NOTIFIED. PINCHES, WHO HAS A MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATION WAS NOT ARRESTED, BUT ONLY CITED IN BOTH INCIDENTS. HER CASE HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOR PROSECUTION.

PRE-LIM FOR CLEARLAKE SHOOTERS JKB 9/29/11

  • THE PRELIMINARY HEARING OF THREE MEN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING INTO A FAMILY GATHERING AND KILLING A 4 YEAR OLD BOY IN CLEARLAKE, BEGAN YESTERDAY.

29 YEAR OLD KEVIN STONE, 23 YEAR OLD ORLANDO LOPEZ, AND 21 YEAR OLD PAUL BRADEN HAVE EACH BEEN CHARGED WITH 1 COUNT OF MURDER AND 5 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER IN THE SHOOTING THAT KILLED 4 YEAR OLD SKYLAR RAP AND INJURED FIVE OTHERS JUNE 18TH. PROSECUTORS SAY THERE HAD BEEN CONFLICT BETWEEN THE ACCUSED AND SKYLARS STEPFATHER, ROSS SPARKS IN THE DAYS PRIOR TO SHOOTING. THE ATTACK IS BELIEVED TO BE RETALIATORY.

CLEARLAKES MOST WANTED CAPTURED JKB 9/29/11

  • A MAN WHO WAS NAMED AS THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENTS MOST WANTED ON MONDAY, WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY.

48 YEAR OLD ROGER DANIEL VIGIL WAS WANTED ON SEVERAL OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANTS. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT AFTER BEING SPOTTED AT A LOCAL BUSINESS.

RAPE SENTENCE JKB 9/29/11

  • A EUREKA MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON YESTERDAY, FOR THE RAPE OF AN ARCATA WOMAN LAST SUMMER.

38 YEAR OLD KEVIN SCOTT WALKER WAS ARRESTED SHORTLY AFTER HE AND ANOTHER UNKNOWN ASSAILANT RAPED THE WOMAN IN A GREENBELT NEAR THE ARCATA SPORTS COMPLEX WITHIN 50 YARDS OF A SOFTBALL GAME THAT WAS IN PROGRESS JULY 5TH OF LAST YEAR. WALKER WAS ON PROBATION FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST.

CITY COUNCIL FAVORS LIMITATIONS ON CHAINS DOWNTOWN JKB 9/29/11

  • THE THREE MEMBERS OF THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THAT ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ON A PROPOSED DOWNTOWN ORDINANCE LOOKING TO BAN OR LIMIT FORMULA FAST FOOD BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN, SAY SOME CHAINS WOULD BE WELCOME, WHILE OTHERS WOULD NOT.

MAYOR MARI RODIN, VICE MAYOR MARY ANNE LANDIS AND COUNCIL MEMBER BENJ THOMAS ARE IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING SOME FRANCHISE EXCEPTIONS TO OPEN IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, SUCH AS COFFEE SHOPS, ICE CREAM PARLORS, BAKERIES AND HOT DOG STANDS. THE ENDORSEMENT WAS MADE AT THE MOST RECENT DOWNTOWN ZONING CODE WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY THAT IS LOOKING TO SET RULES AND STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS THAT WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA. COUNCIL MEMBERS DOUG CRANE AND PHIL BALDWIN, WHO OWN PROPERTY NEAR THE CODE ZONE, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.

MORE WEST NILE VIRUS TURNS UP IN LAKE COUNTY JKB 9/29/11

  • MORE EVIDENCE OF WEST NILE VIRUS HAS TURNED UP IN LAKE COUNTY.

AN AMERICAN CROW THAT WAS FOUND IN THE CLEARLAKE OAKS AREA ON SEPTEMBER 15TH HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. MOSQUITO TESTING SHOWED THE FIRST POSITIVE SIGNS OF THE VIRUS IN SAMPLES COLLECTED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER IN LOCATIONS NEAR KELSEYVILLE AND MIDDLETOWN. OFFICIALS SAY IT IS A LATE APPEARANCE FOR THE VIRUS THIS YEAR IN LAKE COUNTY. STATEWIDE A TOTAL OF 70 HUMAN CASES OF WEST NILE VIRUS HAVE BEEN REPORTED FROM 18 COUNTIES THIS YEAR. NO HUMAN CASES OF THE VIRUS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN LAKE OR MENDOCINO COUNTIES IN 2011.

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