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TRI COUNTIES BANK ROBBED JH 07/24/12

THE TRI COUNTIES BANK IN MIDDLETOWN WAS ROBBED OVER THE WEEKEND.

WHEN EMPLOYEES RETURNED TO WORK MONDAY MORNING, THE ROBBERY WAS DISCOVERED. ACCORDING TO POLICE, SUSPECTS WERE ABLE TO ENTER THE BANK SOMETIME SATURDAY NIGHT, AND BREAK INTO THE ATM MACHINE INSIDE THE BANK. AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS TAKEN. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, AND ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CASE IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

HARVEST MARKET THEFT JH 07/24/12

HARVEST MARKET EMPLOYEES HAD DISCOVERED A BREAK IN TO ONE OF THEIR FREEZERS IN THE DELIVERY AREA OF THE STORE.

SOMEONE USED A PRY TOOL AND FORCED OFF A LOCK ON THE FREEZER, AND $2300 WORTH OF FROZEN FOOD WAS TAKEN DURING THIS JULY 25 BREAK IN. VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF THE AREA SHOWED A U-HAUL TRUCK AND A MAN LATER IDENTIFIED AS FULLER. A WARRANT WAS ISSUED AND FULLER WAS ARRESTED ON SATURDAY, JULY 21 FOR THE HARVEST MARKET THEFT. FULLER WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

FOSTER FREEZE ROBBERY JH 07/24/12

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ABOUT THE SUSPECT WHO ROBBED THE FOSTERS FREEZE IN LUCERNE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE SUSPECT APPROACHED AN EMPLOYEE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND PULLED A HAND GUN FROM HIS POCKET. HE DEMANDED ALL THE MONEY IN THE TILL, AND THE EMPLOYEE GAVE HIM JUST OVER $200. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, APPROXIMATELY 5 FOOT 5 INCHES TALL, IN HIS EARLY 20S. HE HAD SHORT BLONDE HAIR, WAS UNSHAVEN AND HAD BAD TEETH. HE ALSO HAD A MARIJUANA LEAF TATTOO ON THE INSIDE OF HIS FOREARM, POSSIBLY THE RIGHT. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BAGGY JEANS AND A BLACK HOODED SWEATSHIRT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CASE IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

WILLITS BYPASS JH 07/24/12

FARM BUREAU TAKES LEGAL ACTION TO PROTECT FARMLAND AND SEEKS FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE WILLITS HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS.

THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION FILED A MOTION TO JOIN AN EXISTING LAWSUIT THAT CHALLENGES ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT. THE BUREAU NOTES THE BYPASS ORIGINALLY WOULD HAVE AFFECTED 150 ACRES OF FARMLAND, BUT NOW, MORE THAN 2,000 ACRES OF LAND WILL BE AFFECTED, WITH AT LEAST 400 ACRES REMOVED PERMANENTLY FROM AGRICULTURAL USE. THE FARM BUREAU ASKS THE COURT TO REQUIRE AGENCIES TO CONDUCT ADEQUATE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THE IMPACT ON FARMLAND AND TO PROHIBIT ACTION ON THE PROJECT UNTIL THE AGENCIES COMPLETE THAT REVIEW.

BOY DROWNS IN RUSSIAN RIVER JH 07/24/12

A 13 YEAR OLD SAN FRANCISCO BOY DIED ONE DAY AFTER HE WAS PULLED UNCONSCIOUS FROM THE RUSSIAN RIVER.

EDUARDO NERY CORONA HAD BEEN AT CROWDED STEALHEAD BEACH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHEN HE SLIPPED BENEATH THE SURFACE. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, IT WAS AT LEAST 5 MINUTES BEFORE HE WAS PULLED FROM THE WATER. HE WAS FLOWN TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN OAKLAND, AND PASSED THE NEXT MORNING. IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR RUSSIAN RIVER SWIMMING ACCIDENTS, INCLUDING DROWNINGS AND A NEAR-DROWNING, ACCORDING TO LOCAL OFFICIALS. MOST OF THE DROWNINGS OCCURRED WHEN PEOPLE THAT COULDNT SWIM ENTERED THE WATER. IF YOUR GOING TO SPEND TIME IN THE RIVER THIS SEASON, LEARN TO SWIM FIRST, BE CAREFUL, AND KEEP AND EYE ON THE LITTLE ONES.

SONOMA COUNTY FAIR JH 07/24/12

THE SONOMA COUNTY FAIR OPENS THIS WEEK.

OPENING DAY, WITH SLIGHTLY HIGHER ADMISSION PRICES THIS YEAR, IS WEDNESDAY. THE FAIR WILL RUN FOR 17 DAYS AND IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT 200,000 PEOPLE. THIS YEARS FAIR INCLUDES NUMEROUS LIVE ACTS, INCLUDING THE MIRANDA COSGROVE SHOW, OVER 40 FOOD VENDORS, 27 BIG RIDES ON THE MIDWAY AND ANOTHER 22 KIDDIE RIDES. THIS YEAR, A NEW CUB COUNTRY AREA WILL ALSO OFFER FOUR NEW RIDES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 FEET TALL. THE ADMISSION PRICE IS UP TO $10 DOLLARS THIS YEAR, FOR ADULTS, AND $5 DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN 7 TO 12 YEARS OLD.

CITY BORDERS DISCUSSED AT LAFCO MEETING JH 07/24/12

A COMMISSION CHARGED WITH DECIDING WHETHER THE CITY OF UKIAH HAS THE FINANCIAL AND LOGISTIC CAPACITY TO EXPAND ITS BORDERS MET FOR A SECOND SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY.

THE LOCAL AREA FORMATION COMMISSION, COMMONLY CALLED LAFCO, IS STUDYING THE CITYS MUNICIPAL SERVICE REVIEW, OR MSR, TO DETERMINE IF EXPANSION IS POSSIBLE. THE COMMISSION IS SET TO CONSIDER APPROVING THE CITYS MSR AT ITS NEXT REGULAR MEETING, SET FOR SEPTEMBER 4 AT THE UKIAH CIVIC CENTER.

ANDERSON MARSH PARK JH 07/24/12

ANDERSON MARSH STATE HISTORIC PARK IS A LITTLE CLOSER TO STAYING OPEN, DESPITE BUDGET CUTS FROM THE STATE.

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, THE PARK HAS BEEN LISTED AMONG THE PROPOSED CLOSURES. THE ANDERSON MARSH WAS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE JULY 1, HOWEVER, NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN STATE PARKS AND THE ANDERSON MARSH INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION HAVE KEPT IT OPEN SO FAR. THEY ARE CURRENTLY NEGOTIATING A CONTRACT THAT WILL ALLOW THE INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION TO TAKE OVER PARTIAL OPERATION OF THE PARK. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, AN AGREEMENT MAY BE REACHED SOON. THE STATE HAS APPROVED AN OPERATING AGREEMENT. THE NEXT STEP IS ACTUAL APPROVAL OF THE CONTRACT.

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