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MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY TOW TRUCK JKB 5/30/12

  • A MAN DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY A TOW TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 53 IN CLEARLAKE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

DETAILS ABOUT THE INCIDENT HAVE BEEN FEW. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES THE MAN WAS STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROADWAY AFTER EXITING HIS VEHICLE NEAR POLK AVENUE AT AROUND 2:30 PM. A FLAT BED TOW TRUCK HAULING TWO VEHICLES SWERVED ONTO THE SHOULDER IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID HITTING A VEHICLE THAT HAD STOPPED TO MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN ONTO POLK AVENUE, AND STRUCK THE MAN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. HE WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE LATER DIED. HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

VEHICLE ASSAULT JKB 5/30/12

  • A COVELO MAN WHO CALLED LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT A SUSPECTED MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION, WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRY TO RUN DOWN TWO MEN ON ETSEL RIDGE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

66 YEAR OLD JERRY TERGIS CALLED A STATE FISH AND GAME WARDEN TO REPORT A LARGE SCALE MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION IN THE AREA THAT WAS CAUSING ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE AND DIVERTING WATER. AS HE WAS LEADING THE WARDEN TO THE AREA IN HIS VEHICLE, TERGIS DELIBERATELY ACCELERATED AND DROVE DIRECTLY THROUGH A CLOSED LIVE STOCK GATE, JUST MISSING TWO 36 YEAR OLD MEN STANDING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GATE WITH HIS CAR. BOTH MEN NARROWLY ESCAPED FROM BEING HIT. NEITHER MAN WAS INJURED. TEGRIS WAS DETAINED BY THE GAME WARDEN UNTIL SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

STABBING ARREST JKB 5/30/12

  • ONE MAN WAS JAILED AND ANOTHER AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL AFTER AN ALTERCATION AT DICKS PLACE BAR IN MENDOCINO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO POLICE 28 YEAR OLD RILEY KIESEL THREATENED 32 YEAR OLD DICKS PLACE EMPLOYEE ALEXANDER BEHOUNEK WITH A KNIFE AFTER KIESEL WAS EIGHTY-SIXED FROM BAR AT AROUND 1:30 AM. LATER THAT MORNING KIESEL JUMPED IN FRONT OF BEHOUNEKS CAR AT THE INTERSECTION OF LITTLE LAKE ROAD AND LANSING STREET AS HE DROVE HOME AT AROUND 3:20 AM. BEHOUNEK GOT OUT OF THE CAR TO CONFRONT KIESEL AND WAS STABBED ONCE IN THE ABDOMEN. KIESEL THEN FLED THE SCENE ON FOOT. THE VICTIM WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. NO WORD YET ON HIS CONDITION. KIESEL WAS LOCATED A SHORT WHILE LATER AND ADMITTED TO THE ASSAULT. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL FOR ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

KRUSE SENTENCE JKB 5/30/12

  • 68 YEAR OLD FORMER ALBION WATER SKI COACH RICK KRUSE WAS SENTENCED TO THE MAXIMUM TERM YESTERDAY, FOR THE MOLESTATION OF ONE OF HIS FORMER TEAM MEMBERS.

KRUSE WAS CONVICTED OF THE ONGOING SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF MINOR BEGINNING WHEN SHE WAS JUST 7 YEARS OLD. DURING THE TRIAL, A FORMER NEIGHBOR TESTIFIED THAT SHE TOO HAD BEEN MOLSETED BY KRUSE AT ABOUT THE SAME AGE MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO. KRUSE IS SUSPECTED IN OTHER MOLESTATION CASES AS WELL. JUDGE ANNE MOORMAN GAVE HIM THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 10 YEARS IN STATE PRISON, WITH 647 DAYS CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED.

FIRE ON COW MOUNTAIN JKB 5/30/12

  • THE SMOKE YOU MAY HAVE SEEN ON COW MOUNTAIN MONDAY WAS DUE TO A SMALL WILDFIRE THAT BROKE OUT NEAR THE U WANNA CAMP CAMPGROUND EAST OF LAKEPORT.

THE BLAZE BEGAN JUST AFTER 3 PM ON PINE RIDGE ROAD NEAR SCOTTS CREEK ROAD AND BLACKENED APPROXIMATELY A HALF ACRE. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, A WOMAN BURNING TRASH ON HER PROPERTY SPARKED THE FIRE. IT WAS CONTAINED IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

FIRE SPARKED BY TOWED CAR JKB 5/30/12

  • THREE SMALL SPOT FIRES THAT OCCURRED BETWEEN THE LAKE / MENDOCINO COUNTY LINE AND BLUE LAKES YESTERDAY WERE STARTED BY A CAR THAT WAS BEING TOWED ALONG HIGHWAY 20.

THE FIRES WERE REPORTED AT AROUND 2:30 PM. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, A WHEEL FELL OFF THE CAR BEING TOWED AND SPARKED THE FIRES. ONE OF THE FIRES NEAR THE LODGE A BLUE LAKES WAS EXTINGUISHED BY SEVERAL LOCAL PEOPLE BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED.

DOUBLE THE WILDFIRES JH 05/30/2012

  • CAL FIRE SAYS THAT A DRY WINTER HAS CONTRIBUTED TO NEARLY TWICE THE NUMBER OF WILDFIRES ACROSS CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR.

CAL FIRE HAS RESPONDED TO 1,375 FIRES, COMPARED TO APPROXIMATELY 700 FIRES FOR THE SAME TIME PERIOD LAST YEAR. WITH DRY CONDITIONS AND WARMER WEATHER ON THE WAY, HOMEOWNERS ARE REMINDED TO KEEP 100 FEET OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME.

CONTRACT FOR NEW RACE PROMOTER APPROVED JKB 5/30/12

  • THE REDWOOD EMPIRE FAIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVE APPROVED A DRAFT CONTRACT FOR A NEW PROMOTER OF THE UKIAH SPEEDWAY, EVEN THOUGH NO ONE KNOWS WHO THAT PROMOTER WILL BE.

THE CONTRACT APPROVED TUESDAY HAS BEEN COMBINED INTO ONE DOCUMENT WITH THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, WITH BIDS DUE BY JUNE 18TH. ACCORDING TO THE CONTRACT, RACING CAN BEGIN ANY TIME AFTER IT GOES INTO EFFECT JUNE 28TH. FORMER PROMOTER OF THE TRACK FOR THE PAST 11 YEARS, BLAIR AIKEN, WAS FIRED BY THE BOARD IN MARCH FOR WHAT BOARD MEMBERS SAID WERE NUMEROUS ISSUES.

NEW LIGHTS FOR STATE STREET JKB 5/30/12

  • STATE STREET WILL HAVE A NEW LOOK AT NIGHT AFTER 130 STREETLIGHTS ARE REPLACED WITH NEW, MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT MODELS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

THE NEW LIGHTS WILL USE ABOUT HALF THE ENERGY AS THE OLD MODELS AND EMIT A WHITER MORE PLEASING LIGHT. THE NEW LIGHTS ARE ALSO CONSIDERED NIGH SKY COMPLIANT, MEANING THE LIGHTS ARE DESIGNED TO SHINE DIRECTLY ON THE GROUND. THE LIGHTS WERE PURCHASED WITH FUNDS FROM THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSIONS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM AT A COST OF JUST OVER $82,700. THE REPLACEMENT OF THE LIGHTS IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY JUNE 13TH.

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