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SHOOTING INVESTIGATION JKB 11/25/11

  • THE INVESTIGATION INTO A SUSPICIOUS SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED IN THE BROOKTRAILS AREA OF WILLITS INDICATES THE VICTIM MAY HAVE BEEN SHOT BY HIS OWN SON.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, A WITNESS TO THE SHOOTING MET THE VICTIM AT A LOCAL WILLITS BAR NOVEMBER 17TH. HE WAS REPORTEDLY BRAGGING ABOUT A MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION HE WAS INVOLVED WITH THAT HAD NETTED HIM SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN PROFITS. THE WITNESS LATER ACCOMPANIED THE VICTIM TO A WOODEN CABIN ON A RURAL PIECE OF PROPERTY ON SHERWOOD ROAD WHERE THE VICTIM GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH TWO ADULT MALES BELIEVED TO BE THE VICTIMS 21 AND 24 YEAR OLD SONS OVER THE PRESENCE OF THE WITNESS BEING BROUGHT TO THE LOCATION. A SHORT WHILE LATER, ONE OF THE MEN SHOT THE VICTIM IN THE LEGS WITH A SHOTGUN INFLICTING NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND THE VICTIM AND WITNESS FLED. WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE LOCATION WHERE THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE THE NEXT DAY THEY FOUND 352 GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS AND 208 POUNDS OF PROCESSED MARIJUANA MOSTLY PACKAGED IN 1 POUND BAGS. THE SHOOTING VICTIM, A KANSAS MAN WITH TEMPORARY RESIDENCE IN WILLITS WAS TREATED AT HOWARD HOSPITAL. HE REFUSED TO GIVE DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOOTING. THE TWO SUSPECTS ARE BEING SOUGHT.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – JKB 11/25/11

  • A SEBASTOPOL POLICE OFFICER RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL, SHOT AND KILLED AN ARMED MAN AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX LATE YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE INCIDENT WAS THE FIRST FATAL OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN SONOMA COUNTY THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO POLICE, A FEMALE CALLER REPORTED THAT SHE WAS ALONE IN HER APARTMENT AND THAT HER EX-BOYFRIEND WAS POUNDING ON THE BACK DOOR AT AROUND 11:30 AM. THE FIRST OFFICER ARRIVED WITHIN TWO MINUTES OF BEING DISPATCHED AND ENCOUNTERED THE ARMED SUSPECT. THE OFFICER FIRED A NUMBER OF SHOTS WHEN THE SUSPECT REFUSED ORDERS TO PUT DOWN THE GUN. THE SUSPECT, WHOS NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS, DIED AT THE SCENE. THE OFFICER WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF AN INVESTIGATION. HIS NAME IS ALSO BEING WITHHELD.

HOUSE FIRE JKB 11/25/11

  • A CLEARLAKE HOME WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED BY A FIRE WEDNESDAY EVENING.

THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED ON COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE SHORTLY AFTER 8 PM. QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS KEPT THE HOME FROM BEING A TOTAL LOSS. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, THE FIRE RAN THROUGH THE ATTIC SPACE AND DESTROYED THE ROOF. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WOMAN BREAKS DOG OUT OF SHELTER JKB 11/25/11

  • A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE WOMAN WHO WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH A POLICE OFFICERS DEMANDS DURING A TRAFFIC STOP AND HAD HER DOG SEIZED IN THE PROCESS, SUCCESSFULLY BROKE HER DOG OUT OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER ON MONDAY.

40 YEAR OLD JESSICA ARMSTRONG AND AN UNIDENTIFIED MALE, DISTRACTED ANIMAL CONTROL EMPLOYEES AND FLED WITH THE DOG AT AROUND 10:15 AM. THE DOG WAS BEING QUARANTINED AFTER BITING A FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICER DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP WHILE ARMSTRONG WAS BEING PLACED UNDER ARREST FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH AN OFFICERS REQUEST. DURING THE STOP FOR NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT, ARMSTRONG REFUSED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION OR VEHICLE REGISTRATION SAYING SHE WAS A SOVEREIGN CITIZEN TRAVELING IN HER PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THAT POLICE HAD NO AUTHORITY OVER HER. SHE WAS LATER RELEASED ON BAIL. WHEN CONTACTED AFTER DOG-NAPPING HER PET, SHE TOLD AUTHORITIES THE DOG WAS BEING QUARANTINED AT AN UNKNOWN LOCATION SOMEWHERE IN LAKE COUNTY. THE INCIDENT HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE.

ONE INJURED, TWO SOUGHT IN GAS STATION EXPLOSION JKB 11/25/11

  • ONE MAN WAS INJURED AND POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO OTHERS SUSPECTED OF SPARKING A FIRE THAT DESTROYED PART OF A GAS STATION IN SANTA ROSA DURING A FUEL HEIST WEDNESDAY.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS A VAN WITH THREE MEN PUMPING GASOLINE INTO CONTAINERS INSIDE THE VEHICLE JUST BEFORE 4 AM AT THE UNION 76 STATION AT LAWSONS CORNER ON HIGHWAY 12. A SPARK, POSSIBLY CAUSED BY SOMEONE LIGHTING A CIGARETTE OR STATIC ELECTRICITY SPARKED THE EXPLOSION THAT DESTROYED THE VAN, A FUEL ISLAND, PUMP AND PART OF THE OVERHEAD CANOPY AT THE STATION. ONE MAN SUFFERING FROM SUPERFICIAL FLASH BURNS WAS FOUND WALKING ALONG HIGHWAY 12. HE WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE OTHER TWO SUSPECTS. INVESTIGATORS SAY THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF A LEGITIMATE PURCHASE TRANSACTION FOR GAS AT 24 SELF-SERVE GAS STATION.

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST RATTLE SNAKE ISLAND DEVELOPMENT JKB 11/25/11

  • A NEWLY FORMED ADVOCACY GROUP CALLED FRIENDS OF RATTLESNAKE ISLAND HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST LAKE COUNTY TO STOP THE RECENTLY APPROVED DEVELOPMENT OF A HOUSE, CARETAKERS CABIN AND STANDALONE BATHROOM ON THE ISLAND.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED 3-2 IN OCTOBER TO GRANT BAY AREA BUSINESSMAN JOHN NADY APPROVAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT ON THE ISLAND HE OWNS. MEMBERS OF THE ELEM INDIAN COLONY ARE AGAINST THE PROJECT, SAYING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE LATE 1800S ILLEGALLY SEIZED THE ISLAND, WHICH THEY CONSIDER TO BE ANCIENT AND SACRED LAND. THE GROUP IS PETITIONING THE COURT TO OVERTURN THE SUPERVISORS DECISION.

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