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HIGHWAY 162, COVELO ROAD TO BE REPAIRED JH 12/24/12

HIGHWAY 162, COLVELO ROAD, THAT WASHED OUT FRIDAY MORNING IS NOW OPEN WITH A TEMPORARY FIX.

A DRAIN PIPE CLOGGED AND WATER WASHED OUT THE SOIL BENEATH THE ROAD, WHICH GAVE WAY UNDER A SEMI HEADED EAST EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. THE TRUCKS TRAILER HAD THE REAR AXLES RIPPED OFF AND FALL INTO THE HOLE. THE DRIVER WAS UNINJURED. CAL TRANS HAS BEEN WORKING ALL WEEKEND WITH A TEMPORARY FIX, UNTIL PERMANENT REPAIRS CAN BE MADE IN THE SPRING. THE ROAD IS NOW OPEN WITH ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL.

COMMERCIAL CRAB SEASON DELAYED AGAIN JH 12/24/12

COMMERCIAL DUNGENESS CRAB FISHING FROM MENDOCINO COUNTY NORTH WILL BE DELAYED FOR A THIRD TIME.

NEW TEST RESULTS FROM THE FISHING GROUNDS SHOW THE CRAB MEAT-TO-WEIGHT RATIO STILL BELOW THE 25% REQUIRED FOR HARVEST. THE DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON FROM SONOMA COUNTY SOUTH DOES NOT FALL UNDER THE SAME RESTRICTIONS, AND THAT SEASON OPENED NOVEMBER 15. REGULATIONS ALLOW DELAY ON THE NORTH COAST, BUT NOT BEYOND JANUARY 15, WHICH IS WHEN THE SEASON WILL OFFICIALLY KICK OFF.

KELSEYVILLE SHOOTING JH 12/24/12

A MAN WAS SHOT AT CLOSE RANGE IN AN INCIDENT IN KELSEYVILLE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE UNIDENTIFIED VICTIM WAS WOUNDED IN THE FACE WITH A REVOLVER IN THE AREA OF FAIRWAY AND SIERRA DRIVES. THE SHOOTER AND ANOTHER MALE SUSPECT WERE REPORTED TO HAVE FLED THE SCENE IN A BLUE HATCHBACK. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL. NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE YET BEEN RELEASED AS THE INCIDENT IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MENDO COUNTY FILES MOTION TO QUASH FED SUBPOENAS JH 12/24/12

THE COUNTY OF MENDOCINO FILED A MOTION ON FRIDAY TO QUASH THE FEDERAL GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED BY THE US ATTORNEYS OFFICE IN REGARD TO RECORDS THE COUNTY KEEPS ON ITS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE.

THE MOTION IS BASED ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE SCOPE OF THE SUBPOENAS IS OVERBOARD AND BURDENSOME, OPPRESSIVE AND CONSTITUTES AN IMPROPER INTRUSION INTO THE ABILITY OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO ADMINISTER PROGRAMS FOR THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THEIR RESIDENTS. NO COURT DATE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED YET.

TRUCK KNOCKS OVER TRAFFIC LIGHT JH 12/24/12

A SEMI TRUCK KNOCKED OVER A TRAFFIC SIGNAL POLE IN UKIAH THURSDAY.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE TRUCK AND 40-FOOT TRAILER WERE TURNING FROM NORTH STATE STREET ONTO BRUSH WHEN THE TRAILER HIT THE POLE. THE UKIAH ELECTRIC UTILITY GOT THE LIGHT WORKING AGAIN QUICKLY, HOWEVER, OFFICIALS SAY IT FAILED AGAIN AT ABOUT 11 PM AND REMAINED OUT UNTIL ABOUT 11 AM FRIDAY.

TRANSIENT FOUND DEAD IN FORT BRAGG JH 12/24/12

FORT BRAGG POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO AN UNRESPONSIVE MALE LYING NEXT TO A BUILDING FRIDAY MORNING.

OFFICERS FOUND A 59-YEAR-OLD MALE TRANSIENT THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH. HIS DECEASED BODY WAS LYING NEXT TO THE OLD POLLY CLEANERS BUILDING. ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE VICTIM APPEARED TO BE CAMPING IN THE AREA, AND MAY HAVE BEEN DECEASED FOR AT LEAST ONE TO TWO DAYS BEFORE BEING FOUND. THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ANY SUSPICIOUS NATURE TO THE DEATH.

MAN IMPERSONATES POLICE OFFICER JH 12/24/12

A CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN WAS ARRESTED EARLY FRIDAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY POSING AS A POLICE OFFICER.

CLEARLAKE POLICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A PERSON BEING PULLED OVER BY A SUSPICIOUS UNMARKED CAR WITH RED AND BLUE FLASHING LIGHTS ABOVE THE REAR VIEW MIRROR. POLICE LOCATED 28 YEAR OLD DAVID KILLEN AND TWO FEMALE PASSENGERS IN A VEHICLE IN THE AREA. THEY FOUND THE LIGHTS ABOVE THE MIRROR, A PORTABLE SCANNER, A MEGAPHONE WITH A BUILT-IN SIREN AND A SIREN BOX CONTROL MOUNTED ON THE DASH. KILLEN WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF FALSE IMPRISONMENT, IMPERSONATING A PEACE OFFICER AND OTHER CHARGES. ONE OF HIS PASSENGERS, 33 YEAR OLD HOLLY HARVEY WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND PARAPHERNALIA.

ROTARY PARK JH 12/24/12

ROTARY OF MENDOCINO AND THE MENDOCINO LAND TRUST ARE WORKING TOGETHER ON A PROPOSED ROTARY PARK WHERE THE CURRENT GREEN SPACE IS ON THE CORNER OF LANSING AND MAIN STREETS IN MENDOCINO.

ROTARY, WHO WANTS TO PRESERVE THE GREEN SPACE, LEARNED THAT DEVELOPERS HAD RECENTLY BID ON THE PROPERTY. ROTARY DOESNT WANT TO OWN THE LAND, RATHER THE CLUB WANTS TO RAISE FUNDS TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY AND THEN SEE IT TRANSFERRED TO A LOCAL, REGIONAL OR STATE ENTITY, SUCH AS A LAND TRUST. ROTARY AND THE LAND TRUST HAVE NOW SIGNED A PURCHASE AGREEMENT THAT ALLOWS ONE YEAR TO RAISE THE NECESSARY FUNDS TO MAKE ROTARY PARK A REALITY.

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