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BUSHAY KILLERS SENTENCED JH 07/23/12

TWO MEN WERE SENTENCED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT FOR THEIR ROLES IN A BOTCHED MARIJUANA ROBBERY THAT KILLED ONE MAN AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDED ANOTHER AT THE BUSHAY CAMPGROUND AT LAKE MENDOCINO LAST SUMMER.

IN JUNE, A JURY CONVICTED 33 YEAR OLD MARVIN DOUGLAS JOHNSON JR AND 23 YEAR OLD SIMON THORNTON OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER ON THE PREMISE THAT THEY AIDED AND ABETTED IN THE CRIMES. FRIDAY, JOHNSON WAS SENTENCED TO SPEND 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON. THORNTON WAS SENTENCED TO 34 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.

VEHICLE ROLL-OVER JH 07/23/12

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTED IN MULTIPLE INJURIES, YESTERDAY.

AROUND 4:40 SUNDAY AFTERNOON, A SUV WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND ROLLED OVER ON HIGHWAY 29 JUST EAST OF BOTTLE ROCK ROAD. ACCORDING TO CHP, TWO CHILDREN, AND A 31 YEAR OLD FEMALE ADULT DRIVER WERE IN THE VEHICLE. AT LEAST ONE OF THE CHILDREN WAS AIR LIFTED TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTER OF OAKLAND, AND THE FEMALE ADULT SUFFERED A BROKEN FEMUR AND WAS AIR LIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. NO OTHER DETAILS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.

METH PIPE JH 07/23/12

CHP OFFICERS WORKING THE SCENE OF A VEHICLE ROLLOVER ON HIGHWAY 29, SPOT A DRIVER WITH A METH PIPE.

OFFICERS TRIED TO WAVE THE DRIVER OF THE SUV OVER, HOWEVER HE FLED, LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE. WHILE FLEEING AT ABOUT 85 MILES PER HOUR, THE SUV DRIVER TRIED TO TURN ONTO CRUICKSHANK ROAD, BUT LOST CONTROL AND HIT A POWER POLE. THE DRIVER THEN FLED ON FOOT, AND ELUDED POLICE. THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

RESTAURANT ROBBERY JH 07/23/12

A POPULAR LUCERNE RESTAURANT WAS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

A MALE SUSPECT APPEARED IN THE LOBBY OF THE FOSTERS FREEZE ON HIGHWAY 20. HE WAS ARMED WITH A HANDGUN. THE SUSPECT IS REPORTED AS A WHITE MALE, ABOUT 5 FOOT 3 INCHES TALL WITH A MARIJUANA LEAF TATTOO ON HIS FOREARM. HE WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING THE SCENE OF THE CRIME IN A WHITE SUV. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE.

HEAD-ON COLLISION JH 07/23/12

MAJOR INJURIES WERE THE RESULT OF A HEAD ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 20 OVER THE WEEKEND.

29 YEAR OLD TERRANCE REEVES OF EUREKA SUFFERED LOWER EXTREMITY TRAUMA SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN HIS MUSTANG DRIFTED INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC NEAR THE BLUE FISH COVE RESORT EAST OF CLEARLAKE OAKS. THE MUSTANG COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH A 2000 MACK DUMP TRUCK, ACCORDING TO CHP. REEVES HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE AND WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. A PASSENGER IN THE MUSTANG, 35 YEAR OLD JESSICA HENNINGS OF EUREKA AND THE DRIVER OF THE DUMP TRUCK WERE UNINJURED.

COMPLIANCE CHECK LEADS TO POT BUST JH 07/23/12

THE COMPLIANCE CHECKS OF SEVERAL MARIJUANA GROW SITES IN THE MIDDLETOWN AREA, HAS RESULTED IN TWO ARRESTS AND THE SEIZURE OF 399 POT PLANTS.

THE SEIZED MARIJUANA WAS LOCATED ON PROPERTY, WHERE 30 YEAR OLD MICHAEL JOSEPH SIMON AND 42 YEAR OLD PETER JEFFERSON WAINWRIGHT WERE STAYING IN A MOTORHOME. BOTH CONSENTED TO A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE, WHICH TURNED UP A 40 CALIBER SEMI AUTO PISTOL AND A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF METHADONE. SIMON AND WAINWRIGHT WERE BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY HILL ROAD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. THREE OTHER RESIDENCES WERE WARNED THAT THEY WERE OUT OF COMPLIANCE. THEY WERE GIVEN 48 HOURS TO REMOVE THE EXCESSIVE PLANTS, OR FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES.

SHERIFF VS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS JH 07/23/12

A JUDGE SAID A DECISION WAS EXPECTED WITHIN A FEW WEEKS REGARDING A WRIT OF MANDATE HEARING BETWEEN SHERIFF FRANK RIVERO AND THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

RIVERO FILED A PETITION IN LATE MARCH, ASKING THE COURT TO ORDER THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO PROVIDE PRIVATE LEGAL COUNCIL DURING A REPORTED DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE INVESTIGATION, AND TO PAY FOR ATTORNEY FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CASE. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED 4 TO 1 TO DENY RIVEROS REQUEST FOR PRIVATE LEGAL COUNCIL. THIS IS ALL THE RESULT OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE OPENING AN INVESTIGATION INTO A SHOOTING INVOLVING RIVERO BEFORE HE WAS SHERIFF. THE DA ALLEGES RIVERO MAY NOT HAVE BEEN HONEST DURING THE ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION.

THE OFFICE APPLIES FOR LIVE MUSIC PERMIT JH 07/23/12

A BAR, KNOW AS THE OFFICE ABOVE SIMONAS RESTAURANT ON EAST MILL STREET IS APPLYING TO THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A PERMIT THAT WOULD ALLOW IT TO HAVE LIVE MUSIC AND ADDITIONAL OUTDOOR SEATING.

THE PERMIT WOULD ALLOW MUSIC, LIVE OR BY DJ, ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS NO MORE THAN TWICE A MONTH. SEVERAL RESIDENTS WHO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET ARGUE THAT IT IS TOO LOUD. THE PERMIT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT A CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 6 PM WEDNESDAY.

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