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MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF CAPTAIN TARGET OF INVESTIGATION JH 10/24/12

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN HAS LAUNCHED AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT ONE OF HIS CAPTAINS WAS INVOLVED IN GROWING MARIJUANA ON HIS FAMILY’S PROPERTY.

THE INVESTIGATION WAS LAUNCHED AFTER OFFICERS FROM THE FEDERAL DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, FBI AND IRS SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT ON PROPERTY OWNED BY CAPTAIN RANDY JOHNSON’S FATHER, WHERE THE FEDERAL AGENTS FOUND MORE THAN 500 MARIJUANA PLANTS. CAPTAIN JOHNSON OWNS THE PROPERTY ADJACENT TO HIS FATHERS. TO AVOID A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, THE INVESTIGATION IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. ALLMAN SAID HE EXPECTS THE INVESTIGATION TO BE COMPLETE IN ABOUT A MONTH. CAPTAIN JOHNSON REMAINS ON DUTY.

DNA ANALYSIS IDENTIFIES SUSPECT IN DECEMBER 2011 BURGLARY JH 10/24/12

A CLEARLAKE MAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE SUSPECT IN THE BURGLARY OF SULLIVAN TIRES IN CLEARLAKE LAST DECEMBER.

WHEN POLICE INVESTIGATED THE BURGLARY LAST YEAR, SOMEONE HAD SMASHED OUT A WINDOW AND TRIED TO REMOVE THE CASH REGISTER FROM THE BUSINESS, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. EVIDENCE COLLECTED AT THE SCENE WAS SUBMIT TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WHO CONDUCTED DNA TESTING. THE RESULT ARE IN, AND 23 YEAR OLD DOYLE JEORGE HARRIS OF CLEARLAKE IS FACING CHARGES IN THE CASE. HARRIS WAS EASY TO FIND, AS HE WAS ALREADY IN CUSTODY ON A MISDEMEANOR PROBATION VIOLATION. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BURGLARY AND PRESENTED WITH THE EVIDENCE, HARRIS ADMIT TO THE CRIME. THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING THAT ANYONE WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS CASE TO CONTACT DETECTIVE ALVERADO AT 994-8251.

CLEARLAKE WOMAN GIVES BIRTH IN JAIL LOBBY JH 10/24/12

A 29 YEAR OLD CLEARLAKE WOMAN ARRESTED LAST WEEKEND IN SANTA CRUZ, GAVE BIRTH TO A BABY IN THE LOBBY OF THE JAIL.

THE UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN HAD BEEN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF BEING DRUNK IN PUBLIC SUNDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, JAIL STAFF INITIALLY REFUSED TO BOOK HER BECAUSE SHE WAS PREGNANT AND INTOXICATED. SHE WAS EVALUATED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL, THEN TAKEN BACK TO THE JAIL SUNDAY EVENING FOR BOOKING. EARLY MONDAY, SHE WAS RELEASED AFTER BEING DETERMINED TO BE SOBER AND OK TO LEAVE. HER BROTHER WAS WAITING IN THE PARKING LOT AND AS THE WOMAN WAS BEING ESCORTED OUT OF THE JAIL LOBBY, SHE WENT INTO LABOR. JAIL MEDICAL STAFF DELIVERED A BABY GIRL ESTIMATED TO BE TWO OR THREE MONTHS PREMATURE. THE MOTHER AND BABY WERE TAKEN TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL AND CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES WAS CONTACTED.

EMERGENCY ROAD CLOSURE IN MIDDLETOWN AREA JH 10/24/12

THE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING AN EMERGENCY ROAD CLOSURE THIS WEEK IN ORDER TO CONDUCT BRIDGE REPAIRS IN THE MIDDLETOWN AREA.

SANTA ROSA AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM TOMORROW, OCTOBER 25TH, IN ORDER TO REPLACE A PORTION OF THE BRIDGE DECK. PUBLIC WORKS SAID THAT IF RESIDENTS NEED TO LEAVE THEIR PROPERTY ON THAT DAY, THEY MUST DO SO BY NO LATER THAN 8 AM. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE PREPARED TO NOT HAVE ACCESS BACK TO THEIR HOMES UNTIL AFTER 5 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS AT 263-2341.

MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE SEASON ENDS JH 10/24/12

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION HAS ANNOUNCED THE END OF FIRE SEASON FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY.

DUE TO THIS WEEKS RAIN, ALONG WITH INCREASED RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND LOWER TEMPERATURES, THE CAL FIRE MENDOCINO UNIT CHIEF CHRISTOPHER ROWNEY HAS DECLARED THE 2012 FIRE SEASON WILL END THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH AT MIDNIGHT. THIS YEAR BROUGHT A BUSY FIRE SEASON WITH 123 WILDLAND FIRES BURNING APPROXIMATELY 11,400 ACRES ON STATE RESPONSIBILITY LAND IN THE COUNTY. CAL FIRE ALONG WITH LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALSO RESPONDED TO 95 STRUCTURE FIRES AND 482 OTHER FIRES IN THE COUNTY.

WINTER BURN SEASON BEGINS JH 10/24/12

THE WINTER BURN SEASON BEGINS THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH AT MIDNIGHT.

CAL FIRE WILL NOT REQUIRE BURNING PERMITS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY MAY 1ST, 2013. RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT BURNING MUST COMPLY WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO OBTAIN A BURN PERMIT VISIT WWW.MENDOAIR.ORG. RECORDED BURN DAY STATUS IS AVAILABLE 24/7 ON THE BURN INFORMATION LINE AT 463-4391.

CELL TOWER PROPOSED NEAR ELKS LODGE JH 10/24/12

AT TONIGHT’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING, THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER A REQUEST TO BUILD AN 80 FOOT CELL TOWER IN UKIAH NEAR THE ELKS LODGE ON HASTINGS ROAD.

ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, JAY GRUENDLE OF ON AIR, LLC IS REQUESTING A USE PERMIT TO BUILD THE TOWER ON BEHALF OF VERIZON WIRELESS. IF APPROVED, THE COMPANY WOULD LEASE 1,200 SQUARE FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE PROPERTY OWNED BY THE UKIAH ELKS LODGE. THE PROJECT WOULD NOT AFFECT THE LODGE OR ITS RV PARKING, BUT IT WOULD MEAN THE LOSS OF SEVEN PARKING SPACES. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AT 6 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

LAKE COUNTY CONSIDERS SALES TAX HIKE TO PROTECT LAKE JH 10/24/12

LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE UNITED IN THE BELIEF SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE TO COMBAT THE ALGAE AND WEEDS THAT INCREASINGLY PROLIFERATE IN CLEAR LAKE.

THE WEEDS AND ALGAE CLOG WATERWAYS, CREATE AN AWFUL STENCH AND DISCOURAGE TOURISM. THE PROPOSED SOLUTION IS MEASURE E ON THE NOVEMBER 6TH BALLOT. THE MEASURE WOULD INCREASE THE COUNTY’S SALES TAX BY A HALF PERCENT, RAISING AN ESTIMATED $2.4 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR THE TEN YEARS THE MEASURE WOULD BE IN EFFECT. THE TAX RATE IN THE UNINCORPORATED COUNTY WOULD INCREASE TO 7.75 PERCENT IF PASSED. THE BALLOT MEASURE MUST RECEIVE TWO-THIRDS OF THE VOTES CAST IN ORDER TO PASS.

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