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FEDS DEMAND MENDO COUNTY POT RECORDS JH 11/21/12

FEDERAL AUTHORITIES HAVE ISSUED A SUBPOENA TO MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR RECORDS REGARDING ITS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE.

THE REASON FOR THE REQUEST IS UNCLEAR AS LOCAL AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS REMAIN QUIET ABOUT THE SUBPOENA. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE US ATTORNEYS OFFICE THREATENED TO FILE AN INJUNCTION AGAINST THE COUNTYS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE AND SEEK LEGAL ACTION AGAINST COUNTY OFFICIALS WHO SUPPORT IT, IF THE COUNTY DIDNT STOP ISSUING PERMITS FOR GROW OPERATIONS. THE POPULAR PROGRAM HAD BROUGHT IN ABOUT $500,000 FOR ZIP TIES AND PERMITS BEFORE THE PERMIT PORTION OF THE PROGRAM ENDED IN MARCH. THE SHERIFFS OFFICE STILL SELLS ZIP TIES TO IDENTIFY PLANTS ARE GROWN IN COMPLIANCE TO STATE LAW.

FORT BRAGG PULLED INTO LAWSUIT OF MILL SITE CLEANUP JH 11/21/12

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS BEEN PULLED INTO A COMPLICATED LAWSUIT WITH OFFICE MAX, OVER THE RECOVERY OF COSTS THAT GEORGIA PACIFIC HAS INCURRED AND WILL CONTINUE TO INCUR RELATING TO THE ONGOING CLEAN-UP OF GEORGIA PACIFICS 415 ACRE FORMER TIMBER MILL SITE.

IN LATE SUMMER, THE CITY RECEIVED A CLAIM FOR DAMAGES FROM OFFICE MAX, FORMERLY BOISE CASCADE LLC, THE COMPANY THAT ONCE OWNED THE MILL BEFORE SELLING IT TO GEORGIA PACIFIC IN 1973. THE COMPLAINT ASSERTS THAT THE CITY IS LIABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO AND REIMBURSE OFFICE MAX FOR DAMAGES AND COSTS RELATED TO CLEANUP, BECAUSE THE CITYS CURRENT AND HISTORICAL STORMWATER SYSTEM CONVEYS SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES OF TOXIC SUBSTANCE ONTO THE GP MILL SITE. THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG IS MOUNTING A DEFENSE TO TRY AND SAVE TAXPAYERS FROM FOOTING ANY PART OF THE BILL FOR THE SITES CLEANUP.

MAN HIT IN HEAD WITH PIPE JH 11/21/12

A CLEARLAKE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY HITTING A NEIGHBOR IN THE HEAD WITH A PIPE.

54 YEAR OLD RONALD RICHARDSON WENT TO 33 YEAR OLD JERAMY PATTONS MOUNTAIN VIEW STREET HOME SATURDAY EVENING AND CHALLENGED PATTON TO A FIGHT. PATTON ALLEGEDLY CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH A PIPE AND HIT RICHARDSON IN THE HEAD WITH IT, CAUSING MINOR LACERATIONS. PATTON WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

FURNITURE BURNED BEHIND CURRYS IN LAKEPORT JH 11/2/12

PIECES OF TWO BEDS THAT WERE LEANING UP AGAINST A STORAGE BUILDING BEHIND CURRYS FURNITURE IN LAKEPORT CAUGHT FIRE OVERNIGHT MONDAY.

THE ITEMS WERE PLACED IN THE ALLEY LATE MONDAY UNTIL THEY COULD BE TAKEN TO THE DUMP. THE CHARRED REMAINS WERE FOUND WHEN EMPLOYEES ARRIVED TO WORK TUESDAY MORNING. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNKNOWN, BUT FIRE OFFICIALS SAY IT OBVIOUSLY COULDNT HAPPEN FROM NATURAL CAUSES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE INCIDENT IS URGED TO CONTACT LAKEPORT POLICE AT 263-5491.

HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 20 JH 11/21/12

TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING A HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 20 NEAR PARADISE COVE.

24-YEAR-OLD CHAZ SMITH OF CLOVERDALE WAS HEADING WESTBOUND, WHEN HE LOST CONTROL WHILE ROUNDING A CURVE. SMITHS VEHICLE SPUN AND CROSSED INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, COLLIDING WITH A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 55-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL NEFF OF IDAHO FALLS. NEFF AND HIS FOUR PASSENGERS WERE UNINJURED. SMITH AND HIS 7 YEAR OLD PASSENGER WERE TRANSPORTED TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

MEETINGS FOR PACIFIC COAST BIKE ROUTE STUDY 11/21/12

CAL TRANS AND THE MENDOCINO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS WILL HOLD A SECOND SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR THE PACIFIC COAST BIKE ROUTE AND CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL ENGINEERED FEASIBILITY STUDY.

THE STUDY WILL IDENTIFY GAPS IN BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES ALONG ROUTE 1. IT WILL DEVELOP A PLAN FOR PRIORITIZING AND IMPLEMENTING IMPROVEMENTS, AND ESTABLISH REALISTIC COST ESTIMATES FOR THE HIGHEST PRIORITY PROJECTS. THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ANY OF THE MEETINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN FROM NOVEMBER 28 THROUGH DECEMBER 6 IN GUALALA, POINT ARENA, MENDOCINO AND WESTPORT. SPECIFIC MEETING DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE POSTED ON THE K-WINE NEWS FACEBOOK PAGE.

HEAD-ON CRASH CAUSES MAJOR INJURIES TO THREE JH 11/21/12

THREE PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR CLEARLAKE OAKS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

52 YEAR OLD LESLIE UBOLDI JR OF EUREKA WAS DRIVING EASTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 20 APPROACHING HIGHWAY 53 AT ABOUT 60 MILES PER HOUR, ACCORDING TO CHP. 80-YEAR-OLD ROBERT ROBERTS OF CLEARLAKE WAS IN THE LEFT TURN LANE TURNING ONTO HIGHWAY 53. UBOLDI FAILED TO SLOW OR STOP AT THE STOP SIGN AND HIT ROBERTS VEHICLE HEAD-ON. ROBERTS PASSENGER, 64 YEAR OLD MARY REAUME WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT AND WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE ONTO THE HIGHWAY. UBOLDIS VEHICLE ROLLED OFF THE ROAD. ALL THREE WERE TRANSPORTED TO ST HELENA HOSPITAL CLEAR LAKE WITH MAJOR INJURIES.

ROAD WORK ON ORCHARD AVENUE IN UKIAH JH 11/21/12

STORM DRAIN CONSTRUCTION WORK ON NORTH ORCHARD AVENUE WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH AND CONTINUE FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE WEEKS.

WORK WILL BE DONE FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM, AND TRAFFIC MAY BE INTERRUPTED OR DELAYED. DRIVERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING WORKING HOURS.

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