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11 ARRESTS IN DRUG TRAFFICKING CASE JKB 10/17/11

  • AFTER MONTHS OF INVESTIGATION, THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT HAS ARRESTED A TOTAL OF 11 PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH A LARGE DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATION.

13 SEARCH WARRANTS WERE EXECUTED OVER THE LAST FIVE MONTHS AT HOMES IN CLEARLAKE, KELSEYVILLE, CLEARLAKE OAKS, MIDDLETOWN, AND THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD. POLICE SEIZED APPROXIMATELY ONE POUND OF METHAMPHETAMINE, 205 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA, 1,328 GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS FOUR FIREARMS AND MORE THAN $26,000 IN CASH. AUTHORITIES SAY ALL OF THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED WERE PART OF THE RODRIQUEZ DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION.

CYCLIST COLLAPSES AND DIES ON BIRTHDAY JKB 10/17/11

  • A WELL-KNOWN SONOMA COUNTY CYCLIST DIED ON HIS 23RD BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY AFTER COLLAPSING DURING A RIDE UP A STEEP GRADE OUTSIDE OF SANTA ROSA.

MATT WILSON OF CAMP MEEKER WAS CLIMBING LOS ALAMOS ROAD WITH ANOTHER RIDER WHEN HE COMPLAINED HE WASNT FEELING WELL, GOT OFF HIS BIKE AT THE SUMMIT AND COLLAPSED AT AROUND 12:30 PM. HIS RIDING PARTNER, 27 YEAR OLD HENRY STROUD OF SEBASTOPOL CALLED 911 ON HIS CELL PHONE AND BEGAN CPR. FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED MOMENTS LATER AND WILSON WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. THE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH IS PENDING AN AUTOPSY.

HELLS ANGEL MEMBER SHOT DEAD AT FUNERAL JKB 10/17/11

  • A HELLS ANGELS MEMBER WAS SHOT AND KILLED SATURDAY DURING THE FUNERAL OF ANOTHER MEMBER WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN A NEVADA CASINO SHOOTING LAST MONTH.

THE MAN, WHOSE NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, WAS GUNNED DOWN AT THE OAK HILL CEMETERY IN SAN JOSE AT AROUND 1 PM WHILE ATTENDING THE FUNERAL FOR PRESIDENT OF THE HELLS ANGELS SAN JOSE CHAPTER, JEFFREY JETHRO PETTIGREW, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY A RIVAL VAGOS GANG MEMBER IN SPARKS NEVADA SEPTEMBER 23RD. NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED IN THE SHOOTING. POLICE SAY NO SUSPECTS WERE IDENTIFIED AND NO ARRESTS WERE MADE.

TEEN INJURED WHEN SHE JUMPS FROM TRUCK JKB 10/17/11

  • A HUMBOLDT COUNTY TEENAGER WAS INJURED WHEN SHE JUMPED OUT OF HER BOYFRIENDS PICK UP TRUCK WHILE THEY WERE ENTERING HIGHWAY 101 FROM NEWTON ROAD IN WEOTT ON SATURDAY.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, THE TRUCK WAS TRAVELING APPROXIMATELY 25 MILES AN HOUR WHEN 18 YEAR OLD KARISSA COFFRON OF SCOTIA JUMPED FROM THE CAB OF THE TRUCK DURING AN ARGUMENT WITH 25 YEAR OLD SEAN OBRIEN OF WHITETHORN. OBRIEN DROVE COFFRON TO HIGHWAY 254 JUST SOUTH OF JORDON ROAD BEFORE CALLING 911. COFFRON WAS THEN TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE TO ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL IN EUREKA FOR TREATMENT OF A BROKEN ARM AND FINGER. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FAMILY OF SUICIDAL MAN SUES CITY OF ALAMEDA JKB 10/17/11

  • THE FAMILY OF A SUICIDAL MAN WHO WADED INTO THE OCEAN AND DROWNED WHILE RESCUERS WATCHED FROM SHORE, FILED A CLAIM AGAINST THE CITY AND COUNTY OF ALAMEDA LAST WEEK.

THE FAMILY OF 58 YEAR OLD RAYMOND ZACK SAYS FIRST RESPONDERS STOOD BY AND DID NOTHING WHILE ZACK STOOD NECK DEEP IN THE COLD WATER OF AN ALAMEDA BEACH ON MEMORIAL DAY UNTIL HE SUCCUMBED. HIS BODY HAD TO BE RETRIEVED BY A BYSTANDER. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THEY DIDNT RESCUE ZACK BECAUSE THEY LACKED WATER RESCUE TRAINING. THE TRAINING PROGRAM HAS SINCE BEEN REINSTATED. THE SUIT, FILED ON THURSDAY IS SEEKING AN UNSPECIFIED AMOUNT OF DAMAGES.

CITY LOOKS AT CITY SERIVICES JKBN 10/17/11

  • THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL AND CITY DEPARTMENT HEADS WILL MEET TODAY IN THE FIRST OF SEVERAL STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS WORKSHOPS DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY THE MOST CRUCIAL SERVICES THE CITY PROVIDES IN PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT BUDGET CYCLE.

IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH AN ANTICIPATED $1.5 TO $2 MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, STEVE ZUIEBACK OF SYNECTICS HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN AS A CONSULTANT TO HELP PRIORITIZE CRUCIAL CITY SERVICES. HE HAS SUGGESTED ASSIGNING EACH CATEGORY A NUMERICAL VALUE BASED ON SUCH FACTORS AS HOW MANY PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM THOSE SERVICES, HOW WELL IT ATTRACTS AND RETAINS NEW PEOPLE, HOW WELL IT ACHIEVES REVENUE ENHANCEMENT, AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ACHIEVING ANNEXATION. THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ASSIGNING VALUES TO SERVICES AT TODAYS WORKSHOP. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 5:30 PM IN THE MEETING ROOM AT THE UKIAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.

WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE MENDOCINO TO INCREASE JKB 10/17/11

  • BEGINNING TODAY MORE WATER WILL BE RELEASED FROM COYOTE DAM AT LAKE MENDOCINO IN PREPARATION FOR THE UPCOMING RAINING SEASON.

THE AMOUNT OF WATER BEING RELEASED WILL ALMOST DOUBLE OVER THE NEXT MONTH IN THE PLANNED RELEASE DESIGNED TO LOWER THE LAKE TO LEVEL EFFECTIVE FOR FLOOD CONTROL, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROTECTING FISHERIES DOWN STREAM.

FIRE SEASON ENDS JKB 10/17/11

  • THE 2011 FIRE SEASON IN MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL OFFICIALLY COME TO AN END AT 8 AM THIS MORNING.

RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT BURNING MUST STILL COMPLY WITH COUNTY AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS. THE PRESCRIBED BURNING SEASON IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST FOR REDUCING FUEL LOADS ALSO BEGINS TODAY.

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