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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING JH 10/25/12

A CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED A SUSPECT IN A STOLEN VEHICLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE CHP OFFICER, SAW A MAN SITTING IN A STOLEN VEHICLE ON THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 29 IN LAKE COUNTY. SHE PULLED OVER TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE SUSPECT, WHO, AS IT TURNED OUT, HAD WARRANTS OUT FOR HIS ARREST. NOT ALL DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED YET, BUT ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE MALE SUSPECT ATTACKED THE FEMALE CHP OFFICER, AND AT SOME POINT DURING THE CONFRONTATION, ATTEMPTED TO TAKE HER GUN. THE OFFICER RESPONDED BY SHOOTING THE SUSPECT ONCE. REPORTS INDICATE HE THEN RAN AND GOT INTO THE STOLEN VEHICLE AND TRIED TO FLEE. HOWEVER, HE LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND CRASHED. THE SUSPECT WAS LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE CHP OFFICER IS REPORTED TO BE DOING FINE. THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FORT BRAGG OFFICER INJURED DURING ARREST OF THREE MEN JH 10/25/12

A FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICER WAS INJURED WHILE TRYING TO ARREST THREE DRUNKEN MEN.

OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A REPORTED DISTURBANCE IN THE 1100 BLOCK OF SOUTH MAIN STREET TUESDAY EVENING TO FIND THREE INTOXICATED MEN: 41 YEAR OLD DYLAN SWARTOUT, 62 YEAR OLD SHON FOOTE, AND 40 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CADY, ALL OF FORT BRAGG. WHEN OFFICERS TRIED TO ARREST THE MEN, SWARTOUT AND FOOTE BECAME COMBATIVE AND ONE OFFICER SUSTAINED AND INJURY TO HIS KNEE DURING THE ALTERCATION. PRIOR TO BOOKING, SWARTOUT THREATENED HARM TO ANOTHER OF THE OFFICERS AND HIS FAMILY. ALL THREE SUSPECTS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LC MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT JH 10/25/12

A FORMER LAKEPORT CITY UTILITIES SUPERINTENDENT PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO MORE THAN A DOZEN FELONIES FOR ALLEGEDLY MISUSING HIS CITY ISSUED CREDIT CARD.

36 YEAR OLD MATHEW ALLEN JOHNSON FACES SEVEN COUNTS OF EMBEZZLEMENT AND SEVEN COUNTS OF MISSAPPROPRIATION OF PUBLIC FUNDS. DURING TUESDAYS ARRAIGNMENT HEARING, AUTHORITIES ALLEGE JOHNSON MADE MORE THAN $6,500 IN UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES USING THE CITY CARD AND IN SOME CASES, ALTERED CITY RECORDS. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE CREDIT CARD IS MEANT ONLY TO BE USED FOR CITY TRAVEL OR NECESSARY DEPARTMENT PURCHASES. JOHNSON WILL APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN ON NOVEMBER 27TH TO SCHEDULE A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

RESTRAINING ORDER VIOLATION JH 10/25/12

FORT BRAGG POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A RESTRAINING ORDER VIOLATION.

AN UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT TOLD POLICE THAT 48 YEAR OLD KRISTY LYNN COX HAD ENTERED THE HOME’S BACKYARD AND STOLEN LAWN IMPLEMENTS, DESPITE A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST HER. COX WAS LATER LOCATED WITH THE MISSING LAWN IMPLEMENTS IN HER POSSESSION. SHE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

NAVARRO TRIAL SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JH 10/25/12

THE TRIAL OF A FORMER LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING A YOUNG TEENAGER IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK.

40 YEAR OLD DERIK NAVARRO IS FACING 16 CHARGES FOR HIS ALLEGED YEARLONG SEXUAL INVOLVEMENT WITH THE TEEN, BEGINNING IN 2005 WHEN SHE WAS JUST 14 YEARS OLD. THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL IS HANDLEING THE PROSECUTION DUE TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. IN APRIL, A CHANGE OF VENUE WAS GRANTED DUE TO PUBLICITY AND OTHER FACTOIRS IN THE CASE. NAVARROS ALLEGED CRIMES WERE COMMIT WHEN HE WAS A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY, BUT AFTER AN INVESTIGATION IN 2007, HE WAS FIRED AND ARRESTED. AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED LAST YEAR BETWEEN ALL PARTIES INVOLVED, HOWEVER, THE JUDGE TURNED DOWN THE AGREEMENT, SAYING IT WAS TOO LENIENT. THE TRIAL BEGINS MONDAY IN MARIN COUNTY.

DOCTORS EVALUATE THE MENTAL STATE OF MURDER SUSPECT JH 10/25/12

DOCTORS ARE SET TO EVALUATE THE MENTAL STATE OF A KELSEYVILLE MAN FACING ATTEMPTED MURDER AND OTHER COUNTS FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE AND SHOOTING HER MALE FRIEND IN 2011.

40 YEAR OLD ANDREW JAMES SERRANO IS CHARGED WITH 10 FELONIES AND 4 MISDEMEANORS FOR AN ALLEGED PATTERN OF HARASSMENT LAST YEAR CULMINATING IN THE SEPTEMBER SHOOTING. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE DEFENSE COUNCIL STATED DOUBT ABOUT HIS CLIENTS MENTAL COMPETENCY DURING A TUESDAY COURT APPEARANCE. SERRANO IS SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO COURT ON DECEMBER 18 FOR A HEARING IN REGARD TO HIS MENTAL STATE. THE TRIAL IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JANUARY 30TH.

HIGHWAY 101 CLOSURE JH 10/25/12

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTED THAT HIGHWAY 101 NORTH OF REDWAY IN HUMBOLT COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY FROM 11 AM TO NOON.

THE CLOSURE IS SO CREWS CAN REPAIR A SLIDE AREA. THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 20 TO 25 MINUTES, AND MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING THE CLOSURE.HEARING ON THE ISSUE.

EARTHQUAKE IN REDWOOD VALLEY JH 10/24/12

A SMALL EARTHQUAKE SHOOK REDWOOD VALLEY YESTERDAY JUST BEFORE NOON.

THE 2.7 MAGNITUDE QUAKE SHOOK THINGS UP AT 11:29 AM AND WAS CENTERED TWO MILES EAST OF REDWOOD VALLEY. NO INJURIES OR DAMAGE HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

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