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HEAD ON COLLISION JKB 12/29/11

  • INVESTIGATORS SAY FATIGUE MAY HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE OF A HEAD ON COLLISION THAT INJURED A UKIAH MAN ON HIGHWAY 20 IN LUCERNE WEDNESDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, 59 YEAR OLD WILLIAM ADAMS WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND NEAR OGDEN ROAD WHEN HE ALLOWED HIS CAR TO DRIFT INTO THE ONCOMING LANE OF TRAFFIC AT AROUND 8:20 AM. HE COLLIDED WITH A VAN BEING DRIVEN BY 35 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER GENHO JR OF CLEARLAKE OAKS. ADAMS HAD TO BE CUT FROM THE VEHICLE AND WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE TO MAJOR INJURIES. GENHO WAS UNINJURED IN THE CRASH.

MAN RESCUED BY HELICOPTER ON MENDOCINO COAST JKB 12/29/11

  • A SONOMA COUNTY HELICOPTER CREW HELPED RESCUE AN INJURED SONORA MAN ON THE MENDOCINO COAST YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE 48 YEAR OLD MAN WAS HIKING NEAR THE BASE OF A 300 CLIFF OFF NAVARRO BLUFF ROAD SOUTH OF THE NAVARRO RIVER WHEN A LARGE WAVE SWEPT HIM AGAINST THE ROCKS AND HE INJURED HIS HIP. HE WAS NOT SWEPT INTO THE OCEAN. PARAMEDICS USED ROPES TO CLIMB DOWN TO THE MAN AND STABILIZED HIM ON A BASKET BEFORE CALLING FOR THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS HELICOPTER JUST AFTER 10 AM. HE WAS HOISTED TO THE TOP OF THE CLIFF WHERE HE WAS TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE TO MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITAL. NO WORD WAS RELEASED ON HIS CONDITION.

K9 OFFICER MAKES ARREST JKB 12/29/11

  • FOR THE 2ND TIME IN LESS THAN A WEEK, A LAKE COUNTY K9 OFFICER HELPED ARREST A FLEEING FUGITIVE.

DEPUTIES AND THE K9 UNIT ATTEMPTED TO ENFORCE SERVE AN ARREST WARRANT ON 27 YEAR OLD MICHAEL SHAFFER OF LUCERNE AT HIS HOME TUESDAY JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT. SHAFFER FLED FORM THE HOUSE ON FOOT, AND WAS CAPTURED BY THE DOG AFTER A SHORT CHASE. HE CONTINUED TO RESIST ARREST WHEN THE DEPUTY TRIED TO CONTROL HIS HANDS AND THE K9 WAS DEPLOYED AGAIN. SHAFFER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF ABRASIONS, AND A BITE WOUND BEHIND HIS RIGHT EAR WHICH REQUIRED SEVERAL STITCHES, BEFORE BEING BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

KLAMATH RIVER WHALE DIED OF SKIN INFECTION JKB 12/29/11

  • SCIENTISTS SAY THE MOTHER GRAY WHALE THAT OCCUPIED THE KLAMATH RIVER FOR MORE THAN SIX WEEKS DURING THE SUMMER, DIED OF FUNGAL SKIN INFECTION.

THE WHALE, NICKNAMED MAMA ENTERED THE RIVER WITH HER CALF JUNE 24TH, SWIMMING AS FAR INLAND AS THE HIGHWAY 101 BRIDGE. THREE WEEKS LATER, HER CALF SWAM BACK OUT TO SEA. THE MOTHER WHALE STAYED IN THE RIVER AND DIED ON AUGUST 16TH. BIOLOGISTS SAID THE EXTENDED TIME IN FRESH WATER WEAKENED THE WHALES SKIN AND ALLOWED THE FUNGAL INFECTION TO TAKE HOLD. REPORTS OF A GRAY WHALE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN HER CALF WHICH WASHED ASHORE IN BANDON OREGON ON CHRISTMAS DAY TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE WHEN IT WAS DETERMINED THAT WHALE WAS AN ADULT.

LAW ENFORCEMENT FATALITIES RISE AGAIN JKB 12/29/11

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT FATALITIES NATIONWIDE ROSE FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR WITH 173 FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DURING 2011.

THAT IS A 13% INCREASE FROM THE 153 OFFICERS KILLED LAST YEAR, AND A 42% JUMP FROM 2009. 68 OFFICERS WERE KILLED BY GUNFIRE, 44 DIED IN AUTOMOBILE CRASHES, 11 WERE STRUCK AND KILLED WHILE OUTSIDE THEIR VEHICLES, SEVEN DIED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASHES AND TWO WERE KILLED WHEN THEIR CAR WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN. 27 OFFICERS DIED FROM JOB RELATED ILLNESSES, FOUR DIED FROM FALLS, TWO DROWNED AND TWO WERE STABBED. ONE OFFICER WAS KILLED IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CAUSES, AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT, BEATING, BOMB RELATED INCIDENT, BEING STRUCK BY A FALLING OBJECT, ELECTROCUTION AND STRANGULATION. CALIFORNIA RANKED TIRED FOR THIRD WITH GEORGIA WITH 10 OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. TEXAS WAS 2ND WITH 13. FLORIDA HAD THE MOST OFFICERS KILLED THIS PAST YEAR WITH 14.

LAST DAY FOR DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE IS JANUARY 14TH JKB 12/29/11

  • THE LAST DAY OF OPERATION FOR THE DOWNTOWN UKIAH POST OFFICE ON OAK STREET WILL BE JANUARY 14TH.

PREPARATIONS AT THE POSTAL ANNEX ON SOUTH ORCHARD STREET ARE JUST ABOUT COMPLETE FOR THE TRANSITION OF 1400 POSTAL BOX CUSTOMERS THAT WILL BE PICKING UP THEIR MAIL THERE IN THE FUTURE. EACH DOWNTOWN BOX OWNER WILL HAVE THE SAME P.O. BOX NUMBER AT THE ANNEX. CUSTOMERS WILL BE RECEIVING NOTICES IN THEIR BOXES STARTING NEXT WEEK ABOUT HOW AND WHEN TO PICK UP THEIR KEYS FOR THE NEW BOXES. MOST CUSTOMERS WILL BE RECEIVING THE SAME SIZE BOX. 60 CUSTOMERS HOWEVER, WILL BE RECEIVING SMALLER BOXES.

PHIL DONAHUE COMING TO UKIAH JKB 12/29/11

  • RENOWNED TALK SHOW HOST AND DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER PHIL DONAHUE WILL BE COMING TO UKIAH.

THE PHIL DONAHUE SHOW WAS ON THE AIR FOR 29 YEARS BEGINNING IN 1967. HE WILL BE IN UKIAH JANUARY 10TH TO PROMOTE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE NORM SALOMON, AND TO SHOW HIS FILM BODY OF WAR AT THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLUB AT 7 PM. THE FILM WAS NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD IN 2007. AFTER THE FILM, DONAHUE AND SOLOMON WILL TAKE COMMENTS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. TICKETS FOR THE EVENT AND A RECEPTION BEFOREHAND ARE ON SALE AT THE MENDOCINO BOOK COMPANY.

TRAFFIC TICKET AMNESTY PROGRAM JKB 12/29/11

  • IF YOU HAVE ANY OLD TRAFFIC TICKETS DATING BACK BEFORE JANUARY 1ST 2009 THAT YOU STILL OWE MONEY ON, YOU COULD GET A BREAK ON HALF OF WHAT YOU OWE IF YOU PAY IN FULL BETWEEN NEW YEARS DAY AND JUNE 30TH 2012.

THE 50% TRAFFIC AMNESTY PROGRAM COVERS ONLY TRAFFIC TICKETS THAT WERE DUE TO BE PAID BEFORE JANUARY 1ST 2009. PARKING TICKETS, DUIS AND RECKLESS DRIVING CASES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM CONTACT THE COUNTY COURTS.

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