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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST JKB 12/28/11

  • A FORT BRAGG MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING A WOMAN AT THE WILDWOOD CAMPGROUND ON HIGHWAY 20 OVER THE HOLIDAY.

DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO THE CAMPGROUND JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT CHRISTMAS MORNING. THE VICTIM STATED THAT A MAN SHE FORMALLY HAD A DATING RELATIONSHIP WITH, 42 YEAR OLD JOSEF GAVETTE, VANDALIZED HER TRAILER AND MADE REPEATED THREATS TO KILL HER. GAVETTE HAD A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER BY THE VICTIM AGAINST HIM AND WAS ON ACTIVE FELONY PROBATION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. HE FLED BEFORE DEPUTIES ARRIVED. HE WAS LOCATED AT HIS HOME A SHORT WHILE LATER AND ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT.

BURGLARS STRIKE BEFORE CHRISTMAS JKB 12/28/11

  • A GRINCH OR GRINCHES TARGETED A LUCERNE FAMILY ON VACATION JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS, RANSACKING THEIR HOME AND STEALING ALL OF THEIR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS, AND OTHER ITEMS.

TENNILLE ANDERSON, DAUGHTER OF LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DON ANDERSON, AND HER PARTNER, DON CERVELLI RETURNED HOME WITH THEIR FIVE CHILDREN ON CHRISTMAS EVE TO DISCOVER THE BURGLARY. LAKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR ROB BROWN HEARD ABOUT THE INCIDENT AND HE AND A HANDFUL OF KELSEYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS SHOWED UP WITH PRESENTS FOR THE KIDS. INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY DO HAVE A SUSPECT IN THE CASE.

NEW SWINE FLU VIRUS JKB 12/28/11

  • PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY A NEW STRAIN OF THE SWINE FLU VIRUS HAS SURFACED, BUT IT DOESNT APPEAR TO BE QUITE AS DANGEROUS AS THE SWINE FLU VIRUS OF 2009.

A DOZEN CASES OF THE H3N2V VIRUS HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED NATIONWIDE SINCE SUMMER. IN HALF OF THOSE CASES, THOSE INFECTED HAD DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTACT WITH PIGS. THREE OF THE CASES REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION IN PATIENTS THAT HAD UNDERLYING CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS. ALL 12 PATIENTS HAVE RECOVERED.

POMO ELDER QUITIQUIT DIES JKB 12/28/11

  • RESPECTED LOCAL POMO ELDER, BASKET WEAVER, ARTIST, AND POLITICAL ACTIVIST LUWANA QUITIQUIT DIED IN HER SLEEP DECEMBER 22ND. SHE WAS 70 YEARS OLD.

QUITIQUIT HAD BEEN THE LEAD PLAINTIFF IN A CASE FILED AGAINST THE ROBINSON RANCHERIA, WHOSE COUNCIL WAS TRYING TO EVICT HER AND SEVERAL OTHERS FROM THEIR HOME ON THE RESERVATION. QUITIQUIT HAD FORMERLY SERVED ON THE ROBISON RANCHERIA TRIBAL COUNCIL AND CLAIMED THE MOVE TO FORCER HER FAMILY OUT OF THE TRIBE WAS POLITICAL AND RETALIATORY. SHE AND HER FAMILY WERE DIS-ENROLLED BY THE TRIBE IN 2008. HER CASE AGAINST THE TRIBE WAS SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD IN MARCH.

GYMNASIUM TO OPEN WITH A NEW NAME JKB 12/28/11

  • THE LONG AWAITED ALEX RORABAUGH CENTER GYMNASIUM ON SOUTH STATE STREET IS SET TO OPEN NEXT MONTH AND WILL DO SO SPORTING A NEW NAME.

THE 10,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WILL BE NAMED THE BECKSTOFFER GYMNASIUM, IN HONOR OF LOCAL WINE GRAPE GROWER ANDY BECKSTOFFER. HIS RECENT $200,000 DONATION HELPED FINISH OFF THE 12 YEAR, $9 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT. $2 MILLION OF THE FUNDING FOR THE GYM CAME FROM LOCAL DONORS.

LANDIS TO BE MAYOR IN 2012 JKB 12/28/11

  • MARY ANN LANDIS TOOK UP THE REIGNS AS MAYOR OF THE CITY OF UKIAH FOR 2012 AT LAST WEEKS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

LANDIS WAS NOMINATED AS MAYOR DECEMBER 7TH, WITH COUNCIL MEMBER DOUG CRANE NOMINATED AS VICE MAYOR. LANDIS WENT ON THE RECORD AT THE DECEMBER 21ST MEETING SAYING SHE THOUGHT 2012 WOULD BE A BUMPY YEAR, BUT THAT THE COUNCIL WAS UP TO THE CHALLENGE. LANDIS WENT ON TO SAY SHE IS HAPPY AND HONORED TO BE MAYOR.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RELOCATED OFFICES JKB 12/28/11

  • A NUMBER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WILL BE RELOCATING THEIR OFFICES EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY WILL BE MOVING ALL FORT BRAGG STAFF AND SERVICES TO THE AVILA CENTER ON SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET IN FORT BRAGG. EMPLOYMENT AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE SERVICES WILL BE LOCATED AT 764 SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET, FAMILY AND CHILDRENS SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH WILL BE LOCATED AT 790 SOUTH FRANKLIN, AND ADULT AND AGING SERVICES WILL BE LOCATED AT 752 SOUTH FRANKLIN. THE MOVES WILL BE COMPLETE BY JANUARY 23RD.

INLAND, THE CITY OF UKIAH DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND BUILDING SERVICES AND THE DIVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH WILL RELOCATE THEIR OFFICES INTO A NEW LOCATION INSIDE THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX AT 860 NORTH BUSH STREET. LIMITED SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 13TH. SERVICES AT THE NEW LOCATION WILL BEGIN JANUARY 18TH.

TEST FOR BOAT OWNERS JKB 12/28/11

  • IF YOU LIVE IN LAKE COUNTY AND HAVE A BOAT THAT YOU WANT TO TAKE OUT ON THE WATER, YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE A TEST BEFORE BEING ISSUED A 2012 QUAGGA MUSSEL STICKER.

THE TEST WILL HAVE 12 TRUE OR FALSE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE QUAGGA MUSSEL AND HOW TO PREVENT IF FROM GETTING INTO LAKE COUNTY WATERS. ALL 12 QUESTIONS MUST BE ANSWERED CORRECTLY TO RECEIVE A BOAT STICKER, BUT THERE ARE NO LIMITS TO THE NUMBER OF TIMES A PERSON CAN TAKE THE TEST. ONCE THE TEST IS PAST, THE COST OF THE STICKER IS $10. A BOAT FOUND OPERATING ON LAKE COUNTY WATERS WITHOUT THE STICKER COULD FACE A FINE OF $1000 PLUS COURT COSTS, WHICH CAN ADD UP TO A TOTAL OF $2700.

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