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BURGLARY ARREST JKB 4/27/12

  • A FORT BRAGG MAN WITH SEVERAL OUTSTANDING WARRANTS WAS ARRESTED FOR TWO RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES WEDNESDAY AFTER HE WAS CONFRONTED BY NEIGHBORS AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE VICTIMS.

29 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS POLLARD WAS SEEN BY ONE OF THE VICTIMS CARRYING A CHAINSAW FROM HIS PROPERTY THAT HE CLAIMED HE FOUND AND WAS RETURNING TO THE VICTIM. POLLARD THEN LEFT ON FOOT. THE VICTIM BELIEVED HE HAD INTERRUPTED A BURGLARY IN PROGRESS AS HE RETURNED HOME AT AROUND 10:30 AM, AND DISCOVERED ITEMS MISSING FROM BOTH HIS AND HIS NEIGHBORS HOUSE. DEPUTIES WERE CALLED BACK TO THE AREA AT AROUND 4 PM AFTER THE VICTIM AND SEVERAL OTHERS CONFRONTED POLLARD AND WERE DETAINING HIM UNTIL POLICE ARRIVED. POLLARD WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR BURGLARY AND THREE OUTSTANDING WARRANTS.

MOTHER DEFENDS SONS KILLER IN COURT JKB 4/27/12

  • THE MOTHER OF A CRESCENT CITY MAN WHO WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY HIS GIRLFRIEND, DEFENDED THE ACCUSED WOMAN IN COURT YESTERDAY, SAYING SHE WAS THE VICTIM.

34 YEAR OLD MISTY FITZHUGH IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND KILLING 43 YEAR OLD JEFFREY BARTLEY WITH A RIFLE NEAR THE TOWN OF SMITH RIVER IN DEL NORTE COUNTY SUNDAY NIGHT. AT HER ARRAIGNMENT YESTERDAY BARTLEYS MOTHER DEFENDED FITZHUGH SAYING THE WOMAN HAD BEEN THE VICTIM OF A VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP AT THE HANDS OF HER SON. ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE COUPLE HAD BEEN STAYING WITH A RELATIVE OF BARTLEYS ON ROWDY CREEK ROAD AND HAD BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE THE PROPERTY EARLIER IN THE DAY. THEIR TRAVEL TRAILER AND TRUCK HAD BEEN MOVED DOWN TO A TURNOUT DOWN ON ROWDY CREEK ROAD. A FIGHT BROKE OUT BETWEEN THE COUPLE AND FITZHUGH WAS ABLE TO PLACE A PHONE CALL TO A RELATIVE FOR HELP. KNOWING THE PAST VIOLENCE BETWEEN THE COUPLE THE RELATIVE ARRIVED WITH A HUNTING RIFLE FOR PROTECTION AND LEANED IT UP AGAINST HIS VEHICLE TO USE BOTH HANDS TO RESTRAIN BARTLEY, WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY BEATING FITZHUGH IN THE TRAILER. AT SOME POINT FITZHUGH GRABBED THE RIFLE AND SHOT BARTLEY IN THE BACK. SHE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER AND HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY.

BOMB SCARE AT VA CLINIC JKB 4/27/12

  • TWO SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS CLINIC IN CLEARLAKE LED TO THE EVACUATION OF THE CLINIC AND AN INVESTIGATION BY AUTHORITIES YESTERDAY.

THE CLINIC WAS CLOSED AT NOON WHEN ONE OF THE PACKAGES RECEIVED THROUGH THE MAIL WAS HEARD MAKING A NOISE. POLICE AND FIRE INVESTIGATORS LATER DETERMINED THAT THE NOISY PACKAGE CONTAINED A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WITH LOW BATTERIES AND WAS NOT A DANGER. THE ALL CLEAR TO RETURN TO THE BUILDING WAS GIVEN AT AROUND 3:20 PM.

E-QUAKE OFF HUMBOLDT COUNTY COAST JKB 4/27/12

  • AN AREA 36 MILES WEST OF PETROLIA OFF THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY COAST WAS SHAKEN BY A 4.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE EARLY THIS MORNING.

THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 1:38 AM. NO TSUNAMI WARNING WAS ISSUED AND THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE OR INJURIES ON SHORE.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TORCHING CAR AT DMV JKB 4/27/12

  • A DALY CITY MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY SET FIRE TO A CAR IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OFFICE MONDAY.

64 YEAR OLD HUGO CARRANZA WAS CAUGHT ON VIDEO TAPE, DOUSING THE CADILLACS WHEELS WITH OIL OR GAS AND LIGHTING THEM ON FIRE. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, CARRANZA WAS ANGRY THAT HIS OWN CAR THAT HE USED FOR HIS HOUSE CLEANING BUSINESS HAD BEEN TOWED AWAY FOR HAVING EXPIRED TAGS IN OCTOBER. THE VEHICLE CARRANZA TORCHED DID NOT BELONG TO A DMV EMPLOYEE, BUT HE THOUGHT IT DID. HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES OF FELONY VANDALISM AND ARSON AT AN ARRAIGNMENT YESTERDAY.

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH JKB 4/27/12

  • A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL OVER ACCIDENT SLOWED TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 20 IN LUCERNE YESTERDAY EVENING.

THE CRASH OCCURRED JUST AFTER 7 PM AND INVOLVED A PICK UP TRUCK. ONE PERSON WAS AIRLIFTED FROM THE SCENE TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. A SECOND PERSON WAS REPORTEDLY TRANSPORTED TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL IN A PRIVATE VEHICLE. THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND THEIR CONDITIONS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. THE ACCIDENT SLOWED TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 20 FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN AN HOUR.

DUI ARREST JKB 4/27/12

  • A FORT BRAGG MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE DROVE HIS CAR OVER THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 101 NEAR THE CAL FIRE HOWARD FOREST STATION IN WILLITS EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, 24 YEAR OLD JUSTIN LEE DROVE OVER THE EMBANKMENT JUST AS AN AMBULANCE PASSING EN ROUTE TO ANOTHER CALL SPOTTED HIM AT AROUND 2:25 AM. HE HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THE WRECKAGE AND TAKEN TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF MINOR INJURIES. HE WAS LATER ARRESTED FOR DUI AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL.

MENDOCINO COUNTY WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY JKB 4/27/12

  • THE 12 ANNUAL MENDOCINO COUNTY WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON CLUB ON SCHOOL STREET TOMORROW.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO THE EVENT THAT BEGINS AT 5 PM AND WILL HONOR THE LIVES OF 49 MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO DIED ON THE JOB AND 32 PEOPLE WHO WERE INJURED OR DISABLED WHILE WORKING. FOUR OF THE NAMES ADDED THIS YEAR INCLUDE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCILMAN AND PRIVATE TIMBERLAND MANAGER JERE MELO AND MENDOCINO LAND TRUST MANAGER MATTHEW COLEMAN WHO WERE SHOT AND KILLED WHILE DOING THEIR JOBS BY THE SAME GUNMAN LAST YEAR. U.S. NAVY SEAL JESS PITTMAN, WHO DIED ALONG WITH 29 AMERICAN SERVICE MEN WHEN THEIR HELICOPTER WAS SHOT DOWN OVER AFGHANISTAN, AND MICHAEL EAGLETON, A WORKER THAT WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A TRUCK ON THE COAST IN FEBRUARY.

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