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MAN ELECTROCUTED IDENTIFIED JKB 5/23/12

  • A FORT BRAGG MAN WHO WAS APPARENTLY ELECTROCUTED BY A HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 47 YEAR OLD JOHN PATRICK YOUNGER.

ACCORDING TO THE CHP, YOUNGER WAS DRIVING EASTBOUND ON SIMPSON LANE IN FORT BRAGG WHEN HE COLLIDED WITH A PG&E POWER POLE JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT TUESDAY MORNING. THE POWER POLE LANDED ON TOP OF THE CAR WITH THE DOWNED POWER LINES NEXT TO THE VEHICLE. YOUNGER IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN ELECTROCUTED AS HE STEPPED OUT OF HIS CAR AND DIED AT THE SCENE. THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE COLLISION ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE HIS EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TODAY.

HATE CRIME JKB 5/23/12

  • A UKIAH MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH A HATE CRIME AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEATING A MAN HE THOUGHT WAS GAY.

ACCORDING TO POLICE, 22 YEAR OLD EDWARD TWO-FEATHERS STEELE WAS REPORTEDLY INTOXICATED WHEN HE YELLED DEROGATORY COMMENTS AT THE VICTIM WHO WAS TAKING A WALK IN SOUTH UKIAH ON SATURDAY. HE THEN APPROACHED THE MAN AND REPEATEDLY PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE. STEELE RAN INTO A HOME ON MULBERRY STREET AS POLICE ARRIVED. HE WAS FOUND HIDING IN A BATHTUB. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR COMMITTING A HATE CRIME, BATTERY, AND VIOLATION OF PAROLE.

WOMAN DETAINED AFTER SETTING FIRE AT POST OFFICE JKB 5/23/12

  • A WOMAN WAS DETAINED MONDAY AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY CONFESSED TO SETTING A FIRE INSIDE THE ARCATA POST OFFICE LOBBY AND ATTEMPTING TO SET FIRE TO A VEHICLE.

THE FIRE AT THE POST OFFICE WAS REPORTED AT 4:15 SUNDAY AFTERNOON. AUTHORITIES SAID PAPER AND DEBRIS HAD BEEN SET ON FIRE IN THE LOBBY. A PASSERBY PUT OUT THE BLAZE WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FROM HIS CAR. THE POST OFFICE SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. THE NEXT DAY POLICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A PERSON ATTEMPTED TO PUT A LIT CIGARETTE IN THE FUEL TANK OF A CAR PARKED ON 10TH STREET. THE SUSPECT WAS GONE BY THE TIME POLICE ARRIVED, BUT HER DESCRIPTION MATCHED THAT OF A PERSON SEEN HANGING AROUND THE POST OFFICE FIRE AT THE TIME OF THE SUNDAY FIRE. POLICE LATER IDENTIFIED A SUSPECT AND SHE CONFESSED TO BOTH INCIDENTS. SHE WAS DETAINED FOR A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION AND TRANSPORTED TO A PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY IN EUREKA. HER NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

MAN FIT TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER JKB 5/23/12

  • CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST A DEL NORTE COUNTY MAN HAVE BEEN REINSTATED AFTER A JUDGED RULED YESTERDAY THAT HE IS COMPETENT ENOUGH TO STAND TRIAL FOR THE GRUESOME MURDER OF HIS FRIEND.

27 YEAR OLD MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST JARROD WYATT IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 21 YEAR OLD TAYLOR POWELL DURING A HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG INDUCED EPISODE IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MARCH 21ST 2010. ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS POWELLS HEART, TONGUE, AND THE SKIN ON HIS FACE HAD BEEN REMOVED WHILE HE WAS STILL ALIVE. WYATT HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY, AND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY.

TERMINALLY ILL MURDERER TO BE RELEASED JKB 5/23/12

  • A STATE APPELLATE COURT HAS RULED THAT A FORMER LAKE COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER SHOULD BE RELEASED FROM PRISON ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS BECAUSE HE IS DYING OF A TERMINAL ILLNESS.

65 YEAR OLD CARL WADE IS SERVING A 16 YEARS TO LIFE SENTENCE FOR THE 1986 MURDER OF JOHN KARNS WHOM HE SHOT TO DEATH FOLLOWING A DAY OF DRINKING IN UPPER LAKE. HE THEN FLED TO COLORADO WHERE HE SHOT ANOTHER MAN LEAVING HIM WITH PERMANENT DISABLING INJURIES. WADE SUFFERS FROM HEART AND LUNG DISEASE IS CONFINED TO A WHEEL CHAIR AND WAS GIVEN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS TO LIVE LAST SUMMER. HIS FAMILY HAS ASKED THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO MOVE IN WITH HIS SISTER IN CHICO TO LIVE OUT HIS LAST DAYS. A LAKE COUNTY JUDGE DENIED THAT REQUEST IN NOVEMBER. LAKE COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE ASKED THE STATE ATTORNEYS GENERALS OFFICE TO APPEAL THE APPELLATE COURTS DECISION.

KIDNAPPING MURDER A RANDOM ACT JKB 5/23/12

  • SAN JOSE AUTHORITIES SAY THEY BELIEVE THE KIDNAPPING AND APPARENT MURDER OF 15 YEAR OLD SIERRA LAMAR WAS A RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE, AND THAT THEY HAVE HER KILLER IN CUSTODY.

21 YEAR OLD ANTOLIN GARCIA-TORRES WAS ARRESTED MONDAY, MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AFTER LAMAR DISAPPEARED. INVESTIGATORS SAY HIS DNA WAS FOUND IN LAMARS HANDBAG, AND HER DNA WAS FOUND INSIDE HIS CAR. THE TWO REPORTEDLY DID NOT KNOW EACH OTHER. GARCIA-TORRES DNA HAD BEEN COLLECTED DURING A PREVIOUS ASSAULT ARREST. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE LAMAR WAS KIDNAPPED WHILE WALKING TO A SCHOOL BUS STOP IN MORGAN HILL MARCH 16TH. LAMARS BODY HAS NOT BEEN FOUND.

ANTON STADIUM RECEIVES $40,000 DONATION JKB 5/23/12

  • THE BELTRAMI FAMILY OF UKIAH HAS MADE A $40,000 DONATION TO THE RENOVATION OF ANTON STADIUM.

THE MONEY WILL BE A HUGE HELP AS THE PROJECT MOVES INTO THE FINAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION. PHASE ONE AND TWO HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEEL BUILDING AND BLEACHER SEATING THAT IS NOW USABLE BY SPECTATORS. PHASE THREE WORK WILL INCLUDE INTERIOR FINISHING OF THE BUILDING, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, BATHROOM INTERIOR WALLS, ELECTRICAL, AND THE INSTALLATION OF FIRE SPRINKLERS AND FIXTURES.

BILL TO SAVE STATE PARKS JKB 5/23/12

  • ASSEMBLYMAN WES CHESBRO HAS CO-AUTHORED A BILL TO HELP RESCUE STATE PARKS FROM CLOSURE THAT HAS GAINED A GREAT DEAL OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

AB1589, CALLED THE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS STEWARDSHIP ACT OF 2012 IS DESIGNED TO MAKE STATE PARKS MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND WELL-FUNDED BY INCREASING USE FEES, THE COLLECTION OF UNPAID USER FEES, AND THE CREATION OF A FUND TO ENSURE LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE FUNDING OPTIONS FOR STATE PARKS. THE BILL RECEIVED UNANIMOUS SUPPORT IN BOTH ASSEMBLY POLICY COMMITTEES THAT DID THE REVIEW. THE LEGISLATION WAS UNVEILED AT A NEWS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY.

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