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PAIR ARRESTED WITH $65 GRAND IN CASH JH 07/31/12

TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED WITH A LARGE SUM OF CASH SUSPECTED TO BE PART OF A DRUG DEAL.

A MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY STOPPED A VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR WILLITS LAST WEDNESDAY JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT. DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP, THE DEPUTYS K9 PARTNER INDICATED THAT A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WAS IN THE VEHICLE. DURING THE SEARCH THE DEPUTY LOCATED $3000 ON 34 YEAR OLD MARTIN FALLS OF OAKLAND. A LARGE METAL CONTAINER WITH NEAR $62,000 DOLLARS WAS ALSO FOUND. FALLS AND A SECOND SUSPECT, 38 YEAR OLD SHANE SMITH OF ATLANTA GEORGIA, WERE ARRESTED, CITED AND RELEASED.

MAN WHO INJURES COP GOES TO PRISON JH 07/31/12

A MAN WHO SERIOUSLY INJURED A UKIAH POLICE OFFICER DURING A SCUFFLE LAST MARCH HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO PRISON.

24 YEAR OLD ROBERT JOSEPH PAUL OF EUREKA, CLAIMED HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS WHEN HE INJURED THE OFFICERS SHOULDER DURING AN INCIDENT AT THE SUN HOUSE PARK LAST YEAR. ON FRIDAY, PAUL WAS SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

CLEARLAKE WOMAN CONVICTED OF ELDER ABUSE JH 07/31/12

A CLEARLAKE WOMAN HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ELDER ABUSE

19 YEAR OLD KATIE ANN KEY WAS NOT ONLY FOUND GUILTY OF ELDER ABUSE LIKELY TO CAUSE GREAT BODILY INJURY, BUT ALSO CHARGES OF ELDER ABUSE AND DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE. IT ALL STEMS FROM A PHYSICAL FIGHT WITH 46 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA WARRINGTON OF CLEARLAKE LAST DECEMBER. KEY WILL BE SENTENCED ON AUGUST 22.

MAN GETS 8 YEARS FOR DOUBLE-FATAL ROLLOVER JH 07/31/12

A JUDGE HANDED DOWN AN EIGHT YEAR PRISON SENTENCE TO THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE IN A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT.

24 YEAR OLD JACOB LOPEZ MEJIA PLEADED NO CONTEST IN MAY, TO TWO COUNTS OF GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED. MEJIA WAS DRIVING A TRUCK WITH FIVE PASSENGERS WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED THE VEHICLE SEVERAL TIMES. THREE PASSENGERS WERE INJURED AND THE OTHER TWO PASSENGERS DIED. MEJIA RECEIVED THE MIDDLE TERM OF SIX YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR THE FIRST COUNT, AND TWO YEARS FOR THE SECOND COUNT, WHICH HE WILL SERVE CONSECUTIVELY.

SALES TAX MEASURES FOR LAKE COUNTY JH 07/31/12

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL EACH TOOK THE NEXT STEPS IN PUTTING SALES TAX MEASURES BEFORE THE VOTERS THIS NOVEMBER.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED UPDATED LANGUAGE AND A REVENUE PLAN FOR A PROPOSED HALF CENT SALES TAX TO USE FOR LAKE RELATED PROJECTS. THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED MOVING FORWARD WITH A ONE CENT SALES TAX MEASURE TO IMPROVE CITY STREETS AND CODE ENFORCEMENT SERVICES. BOTH THE CITY AND COUNTY WANT THE TAXES TO BE FOR SPECIFIC USE, WHICH REQUIRES A TWO-THIRDS VOTE, OR SUPER MAJORITY, TO PASS. IN ORDER TO PUT THE TAX ON THE BALLOT, THE BOARD WILL HOLD A FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 7TH, AND THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 9TH.

MAN GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE SENTENCED TO PRISON JH 07/30/12

A MAN WHO SEXUALLY ABUSED A 7 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON.

55 YEAR OLD ALBERT SANDOVAL ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA IN JULY TO HAVING COMMITTED CONTINUOUS SEXUAL ABUSE TO A GIRL WHO WAS BEING CARED FOR BY HIS WIFE. THE ABUSE WAS OVER A 3 MONTH PERIOD IN LATE 2011. SANDOVAL WAS SENTENCED FRIDAY TO SERVE 12 YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

NORTH COW MOUNTAIN FIRE UPDATE JH 07/31/12

A WILDFIRE THAT RAGED THROUGH HEAVY BRUSH AND FOREST IN THE COW MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA WAS FULLY CONTAINED BY 6 P.M. LAST NIGHT.

THE FIRE STARTED AT ABOUT 1:30 P.M. SATURDAY ON MILL CREEK ROAD SOUTHEAST OF UKIAH. ONE INJURY WAS REPORTED AND NO STRUCTURES WERE DESTROYED. CHP OFFICERS INITIALLY INVESTIGATED REPORTS OF AN EXPLOSION BEFORE SMOKE AND A MAN SEEN RUNNING AWAY FROM AN AREA WHERE THE FIRE MAY HAVE STARTED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE FIRE CAN CALL THE CAL FIRE ARSON HOT LINE AT (800) 468-4408.

LAKE COUNTY FIRES OVER THE WEEKEND JH 07/31/12

A WILDLAND FIRE BURNED A TOTAL OF 70 ACRES NEAR RODMAN SLOUGH

THE FIRE BROKE OUT JUST BEFORE 4 PM ON SATURDAY NEAR A PILE OF TRASH ON THE SIDE OF WESTLAKE ROAD NEAR THE NICE-LUCERNE CUTOFF. THE FIRE PRIMARILY BURNED PASTURE AND BLACKBERRY BUSHES. ALTHOUGH, ABOUT AN HOUR INTO THE INCIDENT, A SECOND FIRE, SPARKED BY EMBERS FROM THE MAIN BLAZE, BEGAN IN A NEARBY VINEYARD. BOTH FIRES WERE EXTINGUISHED FAIRLY QUICKLY THANKS TO CAL FIRE AND VARIOUS LAKE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LOCAL ATHLETES OLYMPIC DREAM STILL ALIVE JH 07/31/12

OLYMPIC ROWER AND SANTA ROSA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SILAS STAFFORD IS KEEPING HIS OLYMPIC DREAM ALIVE, FOR AT LEAST A LITTLE LONGER.

HE AND TEAMMATE THOMAS PESZEK NARROWLY AVOIDED ELIMINATION YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN THEY FINISHED THIRD IN THEIR HEAT, EDGING OUT THE HUNGARIAN TEAM BY HALF A SECOND. STAFFORD AND PESZEK WILL ADVANCE TO THE SEMIFINALS ON WEDNESDAY.

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