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MAN SENTENCED FOR SEX CRIMES JKB 2/21/12

  • A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN WAS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ON WEDNESDAY.

21 YEAR OLD FRANK JOSEPH VIVERO, PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE FELONY COUNT OF CHILD RAPE INVOLVING ONE VICTIM, AND ONE FELONY COUNT OF STATUTORY RAPE ON A SECOND VICTIM. ACCORDING TO POLICE, VIVERO ADMITTED TO HAVING SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH BOTH GIRLS, AGED 14, AFTER THE THREE HAD BEEN DRINKING ALCOHOL ON THE COYOTE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE APRIL 18TH OF LAST YEAR. VIVERO FURTHER ADMITTED THAT ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS UNCONSCIOUS WHEN HE HAD SEX WITH HER. HE WAS SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS 8 MONTHS IN PRISON.

DEPUTY INVOLVED IN COLLISION WITH PEDESTRIAN JKB 2/21/12

  • LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF FRANK RIVERO WAS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION WITH A PEDESTRIAN WHILE DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 29 IN MIDDLETOWN LAST NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, RIVERO WAS DRIVING HIS PICK UP TRUCK NORTHBOUND APPROACHING WARDLAW STREET WHEN HE STRUCK 34 YEAR OLD CLINTON TURNEY OF MIDDLETOWN JUST BEFORE 8 PM. THE INTERSECTION IS CONTROLLED BY SIGNAL LIGHTS AND CROSSWALKS. SOME WITNESSES REPORTED IT APPEARED TURNEY MAY HAVE STEPPED OUT IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE, AND THAT RIVERO ATTEMPTED TO STOP, BUT WAS UNABLE TO AVOID HITTING HIM. TURNEY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE COLLISION IS CONTINUING.

PROSECUTORS WANT VIDEOS REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE JKB 2/21/12

  • SONOMA COUNTY PROSECUTORS HAVE ASKED A JUDGE TO ORDER THE REMOVAL OF TWO VIDEOS POSTED ON YOUTUBE THAT APPEAR TO SHOW A SANTA ROSA POLICE OFFICER SEVERELY BEATING A MAN DURING AN ARREST SEPTEMBER 25TH OF LAST YEAR.

POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE LAST DAY SALOON AT 9:23 PM AFTER 49 YEAR OLD THOMAS FLOURNOY REFUSED TO LEAVE THE PREMISES AFTER PUSHING ANOTHER PATRON. HE AND TWO OTHER MEN WERE FOUND WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND FLOURNOY WAS QUESTIONED. ACCORDING TO PROSECUTORS, FLOURNOY BEGAN RESISTING ARREST AS SOON AS ONE OF THE MEN TURNED ON HIS CELL PHONE CAMERA. THEY CONTEND THE VIDEOS DEPICT ONLY A LIMITED VIEW OF WHAT HAPPENED AND COULD INFLUENCE POTENTIAL JURORS IN AN EXPECTED MISDEMEANOR TRIAL. FLOURNOY CLAIMS HE IS THE VICTIM OF THE OFFICERS USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE. HE HAS HIRED FAMED SAN FRANCISCO DEFENSE ATTORNEY TONY SERRA TO ARGUE HIS CASE. A HEARING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15TH.

CUSTOMERS OPTING OUT OF SMART METERS JKB 2/21/12

  • WHILE MENDOCINO COUNTY LEADS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IN RESIDENTS WHO SIGNED UP TO DELAY THE INSTALLATION OF PG&ES NEW SMART METERS, THE NUMBER WHO HAVE ACTUALLY OPTED OUT OF THE INSTALLATION IS CURRENTLY LEST THAN THREE QUARTERS OF A PERCENT.

MORE THAN 250 HOUSEHOLDS HAVE OPTED OUT OF THE PROGRAM IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IT WAS OFFERED BEGINNING FEBRUARY 1ST, OR ABOUT .73 PERCENT OF THE HOUSEHOLDS IN THE COUNTY. APPROXIMATELY 12.7 PERCENT OF PG&E CUSTOMERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SIGNED UP ON THE DELAY INSTALLATION LIST. ABOUT 4,400 PG&E CUSTOMERS TOTAL HAVE OPTED OUT OF THE PROGRAM SO FAR, DESPITE THE ADDED COST OF A ONE TIME $75 DOLLAR FEE AND AN ADDITIONAL $10 MONTHLY CHARGE.

NEW AG COMMISSIONER FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY JKB 2/21/12

  • THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED CHARLES CHUCK MORSE AS THE COUNTYS NEW AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER.

MORSE HAS SERVED AS THE COUNTYS ASSISTANT AG COMMISSIONER SINCE 2009 AND WAS APPOINTED AS THE INTERIM AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER IN DECEMBER WHEN TONY LINEGAR STEPPED DOWN IN TO TAKE THE SAME POSITION IN SONOMA COUNTY LAST FALL.

INSPIRATIONS GALLERY CLOSING JKB 2/21/12

  • LAKEPORTS INSPIRATIONS GALLERY, A WELL KNOWN DOWNTOWN FRAME SHOP AND ART GALLERY WILL BE CLOSING ITS DOORS AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

OWNER AND ARTIST GAIL SALITURI SAID SHE IS CLOSING THE GALLERY AFTER 14 YEARS IN ORDER TO MOVE ON INTO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, AND INTO SEMI-RETIREMENT. SHE SAYS SHE PLANS SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER, CONTINUE PAINTING AND FINISHING A MYSTERY NOVEL SHE IS WRITING DRAWN FROM THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF HER FRIEND, BARBARA LAFORGE, WHO WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN THE FRAME SHOP IN OCTOBER OF 2002.

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