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SKELETON FOUND IN PIERCY JH 10/31/12

A SHOE PROTRUDING FROM THE GROUND IN NORTHERN MENDOCINO COUNTY LED AUTHORITIES TO FIND A HUMAN SKELETON IN A SHALLOW GRAVE.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVED THE CALL AT 6:59 AM YESTERDAY. THE CALLER SAID THEY FOUND THE SHOE STICKING OUT OF THE GROUND NEAR THE SHORE OF THE EEL RIVER NEAR HIGHWAY 271. THE CALLER TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT IT APPEARED TO ATTACHED TO A BODY. THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CALLED IN HELP FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO, TO RECOVER THE REMAINS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE IS URGED TO CALL THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S TIP LINE AT 234-2100. CALLERS MAY REMAIN ANONOMOUS.

SHARK ATTACK IN EUREKA JH 10/31/12

A SURFER WAS ATTACKED BY A SHARK NEAR THE NORTH JETTY IN EUREKA YESTERDAY.

THE VICTIM, A 25 YEAR OLD SURFER WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, WAS ABLE TO GET TO SHORE ON HIS OWN, BUT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. HE IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER AND WAS LISTED IN FAIR CONDITION YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THE BITE MARK IN THE SURF BOARD IS VERY OBVIOUSLY A SHARK, AND IS MOST LIKELY THAT OF A GREAT WHITE, ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS. IT COMES JUST ONE WEEK AFTER 39 YEAR OLD FRANCISCO SOLORIO WAS KILLED BY A GREAT WHITE IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY.

POT DEAL GONE BAD JH 10/31/12

A WOMAN CALLED AUTHORITIES TO REPORT SHE HAD BEEN SHORTED ON A MARIJUANA SALE LAST WEEK.

32 YEAR OLD KRISTIN WRIGHT TOLD DEPUTIES AS THEY WERE EN ROUTE THAT NO ACTUAL ROBBERY OCCURED. SHE REPORTED THAT SHE HAD ARRANGED TO SELL 10 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA TO THREE MEN FOR $20,000. THEY GAVE HER FOUR BUNDLES OF CASH THAT APPEARED TO BE $100 DOLLAR BILLS. THE MEN FLED JUST AS WRIGHT REALIZED THAT ONLY THE BILLS ON TOP WERE $100 BILLS, THE REST WERE $1 BILLS. REALIZING SHE GOT JUST OVER $400 INSTEAD OF $20,000, WRIGHT AND A MALE COMPANION PURSUED THE THREE MEN THAT WERE IN TWO SEPERATE VEHICLES. MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES INTERCEPTED ONE OF THE VEHICLES WITH THE TEN POUND OF POT INSIDE. TWO SUSPECTS, 18 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER JARAMILLO OF WILLMINGTON, AND 20 YEAR OLD JOSE LEMUS OF SAN PEDRO WERE ARRESTED FOR BOTH POSSESSION AND TRANSPORTATION OF POT FOR SALE. WRIGHT WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF POT FOR SALE.

WALL STREET IN FT BRAGG CLOSED TONIGHT JH 10/31/12

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS ANNOUNCED THAT WALL STREET WILL BE CLOSED TONIGHT FOR THE SAFETY OF TRICK-OR-TREATERS.

THE STREET WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN OAK STREET AND CHESTNUT STREET FROM 6 PM TO 9 PM. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THOSE TRAVELING IN VEHICLES TONIGHT TO SLOW DOWN AND BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHEN DRIVING DUE TO ALL THE CHILDREN AND INCREASED FOOT TRAFFIC ALONG ROADWAYS.

SFAE TRICK-OR-TREATING IN DOWNTOWN UKIAH JH 10/31/12

UKIAH MAIN STREET PROGRAM’S ANNUAL SAFE TRICK-OR-TREAT EVENT WILL BE THIS EVENING IN DOWNTOWN UKIAH.

PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS WILL BE PASSING OUT HALLOWEEN CANDY AND GOODIES TO THOSE IN COSTUME AGE TWO TO TWELVE. THE FIRST 800 TRICK-OR-TREATERS WILL RECEIVE A FREE PARTY FAVOR, AND MAPS IDENTIFYING ALL PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE. THE EVENT BEGINS AT 3:30 PM TODAY, AND ENDS AT 5:30 PM.

TIP LEADS TO DRUG AND WARRANT ARRESTS JH 10/31/12

FOLLOWING A TIP, MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TRACKED A POINT ARENA MAN WANTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AND PROBATION VIOLATIONS TO A FORT BRAGG HOTEL ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

AS AUTHORITIES ARRIVED AT THE HOTEL TO ARREST 37 YEAR OLD CHARLES BRISTOL, HIS COMPANION, 53 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA MAJORANA WAS SEEN GFETTING INTO A VEHICLE AND LEAVING. FORT BRAGG POLICE PULLED HER OVER AND FOUND 1.7 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND PARAPHERNALIA. MAJORANA WAS ARRESTED, WHILE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED BRISTOL BACK AT THE HOTEL, WHO WAS ALSO IN POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. BOTH WERE BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

WOMAN WHO LET FRIEND BORROW CAR WAS ARRESTED JH 10/31/12

A WOMAN WHO LET A FRIEND BORROW HER CAR WAS ARRESTED AFTER THE FRIEND WAS STOPPED BY POLICE.

POLICE PULLED OVER THE VEHICLE SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR HAVING AN OBJECT HANGING FROM THE REAR VIEW MIRROR THAT OBSTRUCTED THE DRIVER’S VIEW. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE OFFICER ASKED THE WOMAN FOR PERMISSION TO SEARCH THE VEHICLE, AND SHE AGREED. WHILE SEARCHING IT, THE VEHICLES REGISTERED OWNER, 46 YEAR OLD KARLA GUNBY WALKED UP AND ALLEGEDLY TOLD OFFICERS THAT ANYTHING THEY FOUND BELONGED TO HER. THE SEARCH REVEALED METHAMPHETAMINE, A MORPHINE PILL, MARIJUANA, A SCALE, PACKAGING MATERIALS AND SEVERAL HYPODERMIC NEEDLES. GUNBY WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

NORBURY TRIAL UPDATE JH 10/31/12

AS THE SANITY PHASE OF BILLY NORBURY’S MURDER TRIAL WINDS DOWN, A PSYCHIATRIST TOLD THE COURT THAT NORBURY WAS SANE AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.

34 YEAR OLD NORBURY WAS CONVICTED LAST WEEK OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND A SPECIAL ALLEGATION THAT HE USED A GUN TO KILL HIS REDWOOD VALLEY NEIHBOR, JAMAL ANDREWS. THE PSYCHIATRIST TOLD THE COURT THAT WHILE NORBURY MAY HAVE BEEN MENTALLY ILL, HE DID NOT MEET THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF INSANITY. NORBURY FACES 50 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE KILLING. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, IF HE IS FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY, NORBURY COULD INSTEAD SERVE HIS SENTENCE AT A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY, WHERE HE COULD AT SOME POINT QUALIFY FOR AN OUTPATIENT PROGRAM AND LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. NORBURY’S FATE IS NOW UP TO THE JURY.

SMALL GRASS FIRE JH 10/31/12

A SMALL FIRE BROKE OUT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON BEHIND EAGLE DISTRIBUTING IN UKIAH.

THE FIRE STARTED AROUND 3:30 IN THE BRUSH UNDER SEVERAL TREES ALONG THE BACK EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT. FIRE CREWS RESPONDED QUICKLY TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE WITH VERY LITTLE DAMAGE.

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