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LAKE COUNTY COUPLE ARRESTED FOR POT CULTIVATION JH 09/28/12

TWO SEARCH WARRANTS LED TO TWO ARRESTS AND SEIZURE OF NUMEROUS MARIJUANA PLANTS AND CASH IN LAKE COUNTY.

IN AUGUST, THE SHERIFF’S NARCOTICS TASK FORCE RECEIVED INFORMATION ON A LOCAL MAN WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED IN TEXAS FOR TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA. DETECTIVES SUBSEQUENTLY CONDUCTED AN OVERFLIGHT OF THE MANS PROPERTY AND FOUND A POT GARDEN. DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE HOME OF 53 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JASON COLEMAN, AND SEIZED 38 LARGE POT PLANTS, ONE AND A HALF POUNDS OF PROCESSED POT, TWO FIREARMS, AND $1,900 IN CASH. WHEN QUESTIONING COLEMAN’S GIRLFRIEND, 54 YEAR OLD ROBIN LOUISE JOHNSON, SHE STATED THAT SHE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MARIJUANA GROW, BECAUSE SHE HAD HER OWN GARDEN. DETECTIVES THEN WENT TO HER HOME AND SEIZED ANOTHER 51 POT PLANTS AND ONE FIREARM. BOTH COLEMAN AND JOHNSON WERE BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY HILL ROAD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

SMALL LAKE COUNTY FIRE QUICKLY CONTAINED JH 09/28/12

FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY CONTAINED A SMALL WILDLAND FIRE IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE BLAZE WAS IN THE 8500 BLOCK OF HARRINGTON FLAT ROAD SHORTLY AFTER 1 PM YESTERDAY. AS CURRENT WEATHER CIONDITIONS HAVE INCREASED THE DANGER OF FIRE, A HEAVY RESPONCE BY MULTIPLE ENGINES AND SEVERAL AIRCRAFT HAD THE BLAZE CONTAINED WITHIN 30 MINUTES. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES JH 09/28/12

A TRAFFIC STOP LAST NIGHT, LED TO AN ARREST WITH DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES PULLED OVER A VEHICLE WITH NO TAIL LIGHTS ON HIGHWAY 162 IN COVELO, AROUND 9:45 PM. THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN BY 24 YEAR OLD JOSHUA CLAYTON HANOVER. DEPUTIES IMMEDIATELY OBSERVED MARIJUANA INSIDE THE VEHICLE. A SEARCH REVEALED A LOADED RIFLE BEHIND THE DRIVERS SEAT, METHAMPHETAMINE AND A METH PIPE. HANOVER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON 175 JH 09/28/12

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTED IN A WOMAN BEING FLOWN TO AN OUT OF COUNTY TRAUMA CENTER.

THE CRASH WAS SHORTLY AFTER 8 PM LAST NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 175 AT ADMIRAL WAY. ACCORDING TO CHP, THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY AND HIT A TREE. THE DRIVER HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THE WRECK. CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

POWER OUTAGE THAT CLOSED SCHOOLS, CAUSED BY CAR ACCIDENT JH 09/28/12

YESTERDAYS POWER OUTAGE THAT CLOSED SCHOOLS IN LAKE COUNTY WAS CAUSED BY A CAR ACCIDENT.

THE CRASH OCCURED SHORTLY BEFORE 3 AM ON LAKE STREET AT BRYANT ROAD, AS I FIRST REPORTED YESTERDAY. INITIALLY REPORTED AS A HIT AND RUN, CHP HAS NOW INDICATED THAT 29 YEAR OLD KORY REYNOLDS WAS DRIVING SOUTHBOUND ON LAKE STREET WHEN HIS VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY AND HIT THE POWER POLE. THE CRASH SHEARED OFF THE POLE AND RESULTED IN THE POWER OUTAGE AND SCHOOL CLOSURES. REYNOLDS WAS ARRESTED AT THE SCENE FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

REDWOOD VALLEY LUMBER FIRE CAUSE UNKNOWN JH 09/28/12

THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE THAT BURNED A REDWOOD VALLEY LUMBER MILL LAST WEEK IS STILL UNDETERMINED AFTER AN INVESTIGATION BY CALFIRE AND THE REDWOOD VALLEY-CALPELLA FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THE FIRE STARTED ON THE NORTH-EAST CORNER OF THE MILL AT ABOUT 1:41 AM AND COMPLETELY BURNED THE BUILDING. THE BALAZE ALSO CONSUMED TWO FORKLIFTS, CAUSING THEIR PROPANE TANKS TO EXPLODE, ALONG WITH NEMEROUS HOUSEHOLD SIZE PROPANE TANKS INSIDE THE BUILDING. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY WERE ABLE TO NARROW DOWN THE AREA OR ORIGIN, BUT WERE UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE. THE FIRE DIDN’T SPREAD BEYOND THE ONE BUILDING.

BILLY NORBURY MURDER TRIAL JH 09/28/12

LAWYERS DISCUSS LAST MINUTE CONCERNS WITH THE JUDGE, AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE MURDER TRIAL OF BILLY NORBURY.

34 YEAR OLD NORBURY FACES MURDER CHARGES WITH A SPECIAL ALLEGATION THAT HE USED A GUN IN THE KILLING OF 30 YEAR OLD JAMAL ANDREWS IN JANUARY. IN JULY, NORBURY CHANGED HIS PLEA FROM NOT GUILTY TO GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY. THE EVALUATING DOCTORS TESTIMONY WILL BE KEY IN THIS TRIAL, THAT IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN MONDAY.

CITY OF UKIAH TREE TRIMMING CONTRACT JH 09/28/12

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A THREE YEAR AGREEMENT WITH AN OUT OF STATE COMPANY FOR TREE TRIMMING.

CITY STAFF RECOMMENDED THE CONTRACT BE AWARDED TO ASPLUNDH TREE EXPERT COMPANY BASED IN PENNSYVANIA. WHEN ASKED WHY THE CONTRACT SHOULDN’T BE AWARDED TO A LOCAL COMPANY, THE CITY’S ELECTRICAL ENGINEER INFORMED THE COUNCIL THAT MOST OF THE TRIMMING IS AROUND HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES. THIS IS VERY SPECIALIZED WORK, AND THERE AREN’T ANY LOCAL PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO DO THAT. THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE CONTRACT UNANIMOUSLY.

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