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NORTH PASS FIRE UPDATE 1 JH 08/30/12

THE NORTH PASS FIRE RAGES ON AS CAL FIRE ROLLS CONTAINMENT BACK.

THE FIRE THAT STARTED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE NEARLY ON AUGUST 18 HAS CONSUMED MORE THAN 30,000 ACRES AS OF LAST NIGHT, AND IS 28% CONTAINED. FOUR RESIDENCES AND 7 OUTBUILDINGS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, AND DOZENS MORE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS ARE STILL THREATENED. MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS ARE IN PLACE FOR SEVERAL AREAS OUTSIDE OF COVELO. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVACUATION ORDER, VISIT MENDOCINO SHERIFF DOT COM.

IVAN OLIVER SENTENCED JH 08/30/12

A LAKE COUNTY MAN WHO KILLED A NEIGHBOR HE MISTOOK FOR A CHILD MOLESTER, WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY.

34 YEAR OLD IVAN OLIVER WAS CONVICTED TWO WEEKS AGO OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR STABBING MICHAEL DODELE 65 TIMES AT A LAKEPORT MOBILE HOME PARK. OLIVER WAS SENTENCED TO 32 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON.

PRELIMINARY HEARING SET IN MURDER CASE JH 08/30/12

THE CASE AGAINST A NICE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A WOMAN DURING A ROBBERY ATTEMPT IN LUCERNE LAST YEAR IS SET FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

51 YEAR OLD DANIEL RAY LOYD FACES MURDER AND FIVE OTHER FELONY CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING 48 YEAR OLD CINDY YVETTE QUIETT LAST SEPTEMBER. THE PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 15 AT THE LAKE COUNTY COURT HOUSE.

80 POT PLANTS SEIZED FROM UKIAH HOME JH 08/30/12

A SEARCH WARRANT LED TO TWO ARRESTS AND SEIZURE OF MARIJUANA PLANTS IN UKIAH.

UKIAH POLICE SERVED THE SEARCH WARRANT AT THE RESIDENCE OF 39 YEAR OLD JESUS MARTINEZ, IN THE 600 BLOCK OF WALNUT AVENUE MONDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO POLICE, THEY FOUND MORE THAN 80 GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, AS WELL AS ITEMS USED TO PACKAGE POT. MARTINEZ WAS ARRESTED WHILE DRIVING NEAR HIS RESIDENCE. 18 YEAR OLD ANGELA DELACRUZ, WHO WAS AT THE RESIDENCE WAS ALSO ARRESTED. BOTH WERE BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER HIGHWAY 101 CRASH JH 08/30/12

A EUREKA WOMAN REMAINED IN SERIOUS CONDITION YESTERDAY, JUST TWO DAYS AFTER SHE CAREENED OVER THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 101 AND HIT TWO TREES.

76 YEAR OLD JEANETTE CAREY LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE NEAR STEEL ROAD AS SHE TRAVELED NORTH, ON MONDAY. SHE WAS AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL DID NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

CHARGES FILED IN TRIPLE-FATAL CRASH JH 08/30/12

THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN, CHARGING HIM WITH FIVE MISDEMEANORS IN CONNECTION WITH A TRIPLE-FATAL CRASH IN JANUARY.

50 YEAR OLD MICHAEL JAMES WRIGHT LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 29, AND SKIDDED INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC HITTING AN SUV. WRIGHT IS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER FOR THE DEATHS OF HIS PASSENGERS. HE ALSO FACES TWO COUNTS OF RECKLESS DRIVING CAUSING SPECIFIC INJURY, RELATED TO THE PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE HE HIT. THE DAS OFFICE SAID THE TWO SIDES ARE IN NEGOTIATIONS AND IF THE CASE DOES NOT RESOLVE, THE DA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO FILE FELONY CHARGES. WRIGHT IS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH.

EVACUATION ORDER MAY BE LIFTED JH 08/30/12

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS ANTICIPATING A PARTIAL LIFTING OF THE MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER RELATED TO THE NORTH PASS FIRE EAST OF COVELO.

FIRE MANAGEMENT AND SHERIFFS OFFICE PERSONNEL WILL EVALUATE THE FIRE PATTERN AND CONDUCT ANOTHER RISK ASSESSMENT TODAY. THIS WOULD ALLOW LOCAL RESIDENTS, AFTER BEING VERIFIED AS OWNING PROPERTY OR RESIDING ON BLANDS COVE ROAD, INDIAN DICK ROAD, AND MENDOCINO PASS ROAD, ACCESS TO THEIR RESIDENCE AND PROPERTY. IF THE RETRACTION IS ORDERED, THESE ROADS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO NON-RESIDENTS. ONLY LOCAL LANDOWNERS AND FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESS. ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS POSSIBLE ACTION CAN CONTACT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AT 463-6536.

NORTH PASS FIRE UPDATE 2 JH 08/30/12

THE NORTH PASS FIRE RAGES ON AND BURNED SEVERAL THOUSAND ACRES OVERNIGHT.

THE FIRE THAT STARTED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE ON AUGUST 18 HAS CONSUMED MORE THAN 34,000 ACRES AS OF THIS MORNING, AND IS 28% CONTAINED. FOUR RESIDENCES AND 7 OUTBUILDINGS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, AND DOZENS MORE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS ARE STILL THREATENED. FIVE INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED SO FAR. MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS ARE IN PLACE FOR SEVERAL AREAS OUTSIDE OF COVELO. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVACUATION ORDER, VISIT MENDOCINO SHERIFF DOT COM.

GOVERNOR HONORED LOCAL SOLDIER WHO DIED IN SERVICE JH 08/30/12

GOVERNOR BROWN AND FIRST LADY ANNE BROWN, YESTERDAY HONORED KELSEYVILLES SGT RICHARD ESSEX, WHO BRAVELY GAVE HIS LIFE IN SERVICE TO OUR STATE AND NATION.

IN MEMORIAL, GOVERNOR BROWN ORDERED THAT FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF OVER THE STATE CAPITOL YESTERDAY. ESSEXS FAMILY WILL RECEIVE A LETTER OF CONDOLENCE FROM THE GOVERNOR.

MEMORIAL FOR ROSOFF JH 08/30/12

A MEMORIAL FOR DR ROSOFF IS PLANNED FOR THIS EVENING.

DOUG ROSOFF, WAS KILLED LAST FRIDAY AFTER BEING HIT BY A DUMP TRUCK WHILE RIDING HIS BICYCLE NEAR THE CORNER OF ORCHARD AVENUE AND GOBBI STREET IN UKIAH. MEMBERS OF THE GROUP WALK AND BIKE MENDOCINO HAVE PLANNED TONIGHTS GATHERING. ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND IS ASKED TO STAND AT ANY OF THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE INTERSECTION AT 5:30 PM AND HOLD UP A SIGN SAYING REMEMBER DOUG. ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, AND ANY NEW INFORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED UNTIL NEXT WEEK AT THE EARLIEST.

KELSEYVILLE HIGH GRAD IS RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION JH 08/30/12

A KELSEYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IS A WORLD CHAMPION.

MARY BROWN, A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 2012, NOW ATTENDING BAYLOR UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS ON AN EQUESTRIAN SCHOLARSHIP, RECEIVED THE HONOR EARLIER THIS MONTH. BROWN SECURED THE RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION HONORS AT THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE YOUTH ASSOCIATION WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN OKLAHOMA CITY.

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