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STATE SUPREME COURT REDEVELOPMENT DECISION JKB 12/30/11

  • THE STATE SUPREME COURT RULED YESTERDAY THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE DOES HAVE THE POWER TO SEIZE REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS FROM NEARLY 400 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING HERE IN UKIAH AND LAKEPORT.

ACCORDING TO THE RULING, THE LEGISLATURE CREATED REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO AND HAS THE RIGHT TO ABOLISH THEM OR DIVERT THEIR FUNDING TO HELP BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET. THE RULING ALSO STATED THAT THERE WERE NO PROTECTIONS OFFERED UNDER PROPOSITION 22, A 2010 MEASURE THAT WAS PASSED TO BAR THE STATE FROM SEIZING LOCAL FUNDING AS A WAY TO PAY BILLS. CRITICS OF REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES ARGUED THAT MANY OF THEM OVER TIME HAVE MISUSED THE FUNDS. SUPPORTERS SAY THE AGENCIES WERE THE ENGINE THAT DROVE LOCAL ECONOMIES.

BROKEN WINDOW LEADS TO ARREST JKB 1230/11

  • POLICE INVESTIGATING A REPORT OF A BROKEN WINDOW LED TO THE ARREST OF A UKIAH MAN ON WEDNESDAY.

A RESPONDING OFFICER TO THE SCENE ON NORTH DORA STREET SPOTTED 20 YEAR OLD EARL CASTANEDA STUMBLING ACROSS THE INTERSECTION OF GROVE AND BUSH STREETS JUST BEFORE 10 PM. WHEN HE MADE CONTACT, CASTANEDA ALLEGEDLY IGNORED THE OFFICER AT FIRST, THEN FACED HIM IN A THREATENING STANCE. SUSPECTING THAT THE SUSPECT WAS CONCEALING SOMETHING IN HIS WAISTBAND, THE OFFICER PULLED UP THE FRONT OF CASTANEDAS SHIRT TO REVEAL THE BUT OF A PISTOL. CASTANEDA TRIED TO RUN BUT WAS SUBDUED AND ARRESTED. THE PISTOL TURNED OUT TO BE AN AIR SOFT GUN THAT LOOKED LIKE A REAL FIREARM. CASTANEDA WAS ARRESTED FOR BEING DRUNK IN PUBLIC AND RESISTING ARREST.

WOMAN DRIVES INTO HOUSE JKB 12/30/11

  • A UKIAH FAMILY GOT A SURPRISE CHRISTMAS DAY WHEN A CAR RAN INTO THEIR HOUSE ON THE CORNER OF OAK MANOR DRIVE AND EAST GOBBI STREET LATE SATURDAY.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT, 20 YEAR OLD AMEYELLI DOMINQUEZ WAS TRAVELING EAST ON EAST GOBBI STREET AND ATTEMPTED TO TURN LEFT ONTO OAK MANOR DRIVE AT AROUND 11:30 PM. DUE TO EXCESSIVE SPEED AND HER LEVEL OF INTOXICATION, SHE LOST CONTROL AND COLLIDED WITH THE HOUSE. DOMINQUEZ WAS ARRESTED FOR FELONY DUI AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE. A PASSENGER IN HER CAR SUFFERED A MINOR INJURY. NO ON IN THE HOME WAS IN INJURED.

MENDO SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ROTATION JKB 12/30/11

  • SEVERAL MENDOCINO COUNTY JUDGES WILL BE ROTATING THEIR JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS BEGINNING JANUARY 3RD AND CONTINUING FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

JUDGES ANN MOORMAN AND JOHN BEHNKE WILL TAKE UP CRIMINAL TRIAL MATTERS IN DEPARTMENTS A AND B. JUDGE CINDEE MAYFIELD WILL MOVE TO DEPARTMENT E FOR ALL GENERAL CIVIL AND PROBATE MATTERS. JUDGE DAVID NELSON WILL CONTINUE TO HANDLE ALL JUVENILE MATTERS IN DEPARTMENT F. JUDGE RICHARD HENDERSON WILL PRESIDE OVER FAMILY LAW MATTERS IN DEPARTMENT C. JUDGE CLAY BRENNAN WILL CONTINUE TO MANAGE THE FORT BRAGG BRANCH COURT GENERAL CALENDAR. THERE ARE CURRENTLY TWO VACANCIES ON THE LOCAL COURT DUE TO THE RETIREMENTS OF JUDGES RON BROWN AND JONATHAN LEHAN. SOME OF THE ANNOUNCED ASSIGNMENTS MAY CHANGE WHEN THE VACANCIES ARE FILLED BY GOVERNOR BROWN.

LOCAL JUDGE HAS NO JURISDICTION IN EXTRADITION CASE JKB 12/30/11

  • MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ANN MOORMAN SAID SHE HAD NO JURISDICTION THE CASE OF A MENDOCINO MAN WHO IS FIGHTING EXTRADITION TO TEXAS ON DRUG CHARGES FOR BEING CAUGHT WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

22 YEAR OLD CHRIS DIAZ WAS ARRESTED IN 2010 FOR POSSESSING A QUARTER OUNCE OF MARIJUANA AND 14 GRAMS OF HASHISH DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN WHICH THE OFFICER ADMITTED TO STOPPING DIAZ VEHICLE BECAUSE IT HAD OUT OF STATE PLATES AND IT WAS LATE AT NIGHT. DIAZ MOVED FROM TEXAS TO CALIFORNIA IN 2007 AND BEGAN USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA WITH A VAPORIZER FOR ASTHMA AFTER HE DEVELOPED LIFE THREATENING REACTIONS TO TRADITIONAL ASTHMA MEDICATIONS. HE HAD BEEN IN TEXAS VISITING FAMILY. HE NOW FACES A SENTENCE OF 5 TO 99 YEARS IN A TEXAS STATE PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE.

HUMBOLDT MAN SURVIVES PLANE CRASH JKB 12/30/11

  • A HUMBOLDT COUNTY MAN AND 3 OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS, SURVIVED A FIERY PLANE CRASH IN OHIO ON WEDNESDAY.

28 YEAR OLD WILSON BOWLES OF ARCATA WAS RIDING A RENTED PIPER 28 AIRPLANE, WITH HIS 30 YEAR OLD BROTHER ZACH BOWLES, AND SISTER IN LAW, 30 YEAR OLD KATHERINE BOWLES. THE PLANE WAS BEING PILOTED BY HIS OTHER BROTHER, 32 YEAR OLD ZEBULON BOWLES. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE ENGINE FAILED IN A HEAVY CROSSWIND WHILE ATTEMPTING TO LAND AT THE LEBANON-WARREN COUNTY AIRPORT IN OHIO, STRUCK A SET OF POWER LINES, LANDED UPSIDE DOWN IN A FIELD AND BURST INTO FLAMES. ALL FOUR PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE THE FIERY WRECKAGE, BUT ALL FOUR SUFFERED INJURIES. KATHERINE BOWLES REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. WILSON AND ZACH BOWLES REMAIN HOSPITALIZED.

MENDO RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY JKB 12/30/11

  • THE MENDOCINO COAST RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT HAS FILED FOR MUNICIPAL BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE ITS ANNUAL DEBT PAYMENT TO WESTAMERICA BANK.

THE DISTRICT HAS A MONTHLY PAYMENT OF $182,000 FOR 584 ACRES IT BOUGHT FOR TRAILS, PARKS AND A GOLF COURSE NEAR FORT BRAGG. THE COURSE FELL THROUGH AND THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN UNABLE TO SELL THE PROPERTY BECAUSE OF DOWNTURN IN REAL ESTATE. THE RENEGOTIATION OF TERMS WITH WESTAMERICA BANK HAS BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL AND THE DISTRICT WAS FORCED TO DEFAULT ON ITS $2.1 MILLION ANNUAL PAYMENT ON THE PROPERTY LAST MONTH. FEWER THAN 500 PUBLIC AGENCIES NATIONWIDE HAVE FILED FOR CHAPTER 9 BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION IN THE 60 YEARS IT HAS BEEN ALLOWED.

NEW SEAT LAWS FOR CHILDREN JKB 12/30/11

  • A NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT ON SUNDAY THAT WILL AFFECT CHILDREN TRAVELING IN YOUR VEHICLE.

BEGINNING JANUARY 1ST, ALL CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 8 MUST BE PROPERLY BUCKLED INTO A CAR SEAT OR BOOSTER SEAT IN THE BACK SEAT. ALSO, CHILDREN OLDER THAN 8 WHO ARE NOT TALL ENOUGH FOR THE SEATBELT TO FIT PROPERLY MUST RIDE IN A BOOSTER OR CAR SEAT. THE PREVIOUS LAW REQUIRED THAT CHILDREN REMAIN IN CAR SEATS ONLY UNTIL THEY TURNED 6 YEARS OLD OR WEIGHED 60 POUNDS.

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