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MAN KILLED WHILE HUNTING ANIMAL JKB 10/20/11

  • A 56 YEAR OLD FORT BRAGG MAN WHO WAS REPORTEDLY HUNTING AN ANIMAL, DIED YESTERDAY WHEN HE TRIPPED AND SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FACE LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

THE SHOOTING WAS REPORTED SHORTLY AFTER 5 PM IN A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR PUDDING CREEK. THE VICTIMS NAME WAS NOT RELEASED AND NO ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOOTING OR THE ANIMAL HE WAS HUNTING WERE AVAILABLE. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT IS CONTINUING.

COUPLE PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN KILLING SPREE JKB 10/20/11

  • A SELF PROCLAIMED WHITE SUPREMACIST COUPLE FROM WASHINGTON STATE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN A THREE STATE KILLING SPREE, PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED MURDER IN AN EVERETT WASHINGTON COURTROOM YESTERDAY.

31 YEAR OLD DAVID JOEY PEDERSEN AND 24 YEAR OLD HOLLY GRIGSBY ARE CHARGED IN THE DEATHS OF PEDERSENS FATHER AND HIS WIFE WHO WERE KILLED SOMETIME AROUND SEPTEMBER 26TH. IN ADDITION, THE COUPLE ALLEGEDLY ADMITTED TO KILLING 17 YEAR OLD CODY MYERS NEAR PHILOMATH OREGON, BECAUSE HIS NAME SOUNDED JEWISH. THEY ARE ALSO SUSPECTED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 56 YEAR OLD REGINALD CLARK OF EUREKA. CLARK WHO IS BLACK, WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS PICK UP TRUCK OCTOBER 4TH. PEDERSEN AND GRIGSBY WERE ARRESTED WHILE DRIVING MYERS VEHICLE TO SACRAMENTO TO, IN THEIR WORDS, KILL MORE JEWS. PROSECUTORS HAVE NOT DECIDED YET IF THEY WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.

POT BUST JKB 10/20/11

  • AN ARIZONA MAN ARRESTED IN LAYTONVILLE WITH SIX AND A HALF POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WAS LINKED TO ANOTHER MAN WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED JUST AN HOUR BEFORE WITH MORE WEED AND A LOT OF CASH.

21 YEAR OLD ZACHARY HENDERSON OF DATELINE ARIZONA WAS ARRESTED AT THE CHEVRON GAS STATION IN LAYTONVILLE AFTER A DRUG SNIFFING DOG ALERTED ON A SUITCASE IN HIS CAR CONTAINING MARIJUANA. INSIDE THE SUITCASE, DEPUTIES FOUND THE IDENTIFICATION OF 30 YEAR OLD JOSEPH JONES OF CALIFORNIA, WHO HAD BEEN STOPPED AN HOUR EARLIER ON SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 101 WITH A SMALLER AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND $49,000 IN CASH. POLICE BELIEVE THE TWO MEN WERE WORKING IN TANDEM, BUT THEIR ARRANGEMENT IS NOT KNOWN.

ASSAULT ARREST JKB 10/20/11

  • THREE SUSPECTED GANG MEMBERS WERE ARRESTED IN FORT BRAGG AFTER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A GROUP OF THREE MEN OVER A VERBAL MISUNDERSTANDING ON SUNDAY.

THE THREE VICTIMS FLAGGED DOWN POLICE AT AROUND 2 AM SUNDAY MORNING TO REPORT THE ATTACK. A SEARCH OF THE AREA TURNED UP ONE JUVENILE AND TWO ADULT MALE SUSPECTS. THE ADULTS WERE IDENTIFIED AS VICTOR VISCENCIO AND VICTOR SORIA. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE ASSAULT IS CONTINUING.

MARIJUANA GROW DISCOVERED FROM DIVERTED WATER JKB 10/20/11

  • A STATE FISH AND GAME WARDEN WHO SPOTTED AN ILLEGAL DIVERSION FROM THE EEL RIVER NEAR DOS RIOS, LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF A SIZEABLE GROWING OPERATION AND THE ARREST OF 12 PEOPLE.

TASK FORCE AGENTS DISCOVERED A SIX GARDEN CLUSTER CONTAINING 766 MATURE PLANTS AND ABOUT 300 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA. A TRAILER, A DIESEL GENERATOR, A SMALL TENT CITY AND THREE 1000 GALLON WATER TANKS WERE ALSO LOCATED NEAR THE GARDENS. AUTHORITIES ESTIMATE THE GROW HAD DIVERTED MORE THAN 300,000 GALLONS OF WATER FROM THE EEL RIVER. NINE OF THE 12 PEOPLE ARRESTED WERE REPORTEDLY FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, TWO WERE FROM COVELO, AND ONE WAS FROM CLEARLAKE.

REPORT ON SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT JKB 10/20/11

  • ACCORDING TO AN EFFICIENCY AUDIT REPORT BY A CONSULTANT FIRM HIRED BY THE COUNTY, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE SUFFERS FROM SIGNIFICANT MORALE PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF AUSTERE BUT WELL INTENDED BUDGET CUTS IN THE DEPARTMENT, AND IS SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERSTAFFED IN SOME AREAS.

THE REPORT POINTED OUT THE NEED FOR MORE PATROL DEPUTIES AND OTHER STAFF, MORE SUPERVISION OF FIELD DEPUTIES, BETTER USE OF TIME FOR CURRENT STAFF, A REALLOCATION OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES, AND BETTER COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SHERIFFS BUDGET. WHILE THE AUDIT MADE SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DEPARTMENT, IT DID NOT IDENTIFY WHERE THE MONEY WOULD COME FROM TO PAY FOR THEM. THE COUNTY PAID $28,000 TO HARRIS & HARRIS ENTERPRISES FOR THE AUDIT AND REPORT.

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