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RESIDENTIAL BURGLAR CAUGHT ON CAMERA JH 02/26/13

A MAN WHO HAD BEEN ILLEGALLY STAYING IN A MENDOCINO HOME FOR ABOUT A WEEK, WAS ARRESTED AFTER THE HOME OWNER SAW HIM ON A CAMERA FEED VIA THE INTERNET.

THE 73 YEAR OLD HOME OWNER, WHO WAS OUT OF TOWN, CALLED AUTHORITIES AFTER SHE SAW A MAN INSIDE HER HOME, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 20-YEAR-OLD ALEC FACCONE. THE HOMEOWNER WATCHED VIA THE INTERNET, AS SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND TOOK FACCONE INTO CUSTODY. A SEARCH OF THE HOME REVEALED SEVERAL FIREARMS BELONGING TO FACCONE, INCLUDING A PISTOL WITH AN ILLEGAL SILENCER AND A SAWED OFF RIFLE. AUTHORITIES ALSO FOUND STOLEN PROPERTY LINKING FACCONE TO AT LEAST FOUR OTHER BURGLARIES IN THE AREA. FACCONE WAS ALSO FOUND HAVE AN ACTIVE FELONY ARREST WARRANT OUT OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON FOR ROBBERY. FACCONE WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PERTAINING TO ANY OTHER POSSIBLE BURGLARIES RELATED TO THIS INVESTIGATION IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

PUBLIC HEARING WEDNESDAY FOR COSTCO EIR JH 02/26/13

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING WEDNESDAY ON THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR A NEW COSTCO STORE ON AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD.

ACCORDING TO THE STAFF REPORT FOR THE COMMISSIONS MEETING, COSTCO HAS APPLIED FOR A REZONING, A SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AND A LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COSTCO WAREHOUSE AND FUEL STATION AT THE SOUTH END OF AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD. LAST WEEK, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE CITY BORROWING $4 MILLION DOLLARS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HIGHWAY 101 OFF RAMPS AND THE INTERSECTION AT TALMAGE AND AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC FOR THE NEW COSTCO. THE EIR CAN BE FOUND ON THE CITY OF UKIAH WEB SITE, AND COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT EIR WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL MARCH 15. THE PLANNING COMMISSIONS MEETING IS SET FOR 6PM TOMORROW IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

TRAFFIC STOP LED TO HIGH SPEED CHASE AND SHOOTING JH 02/26/13

A TRAFFIC STOP IN UKIAH LED TO A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND SHOOTING.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES PULLED OVER A VEHICLE WITH EXPIRED REGISTRATION JUST BEFORE 10 PM LAST NIGHT. AS THE DEPUTY APPROACHED THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW, THE VEHICLE QUICKLY ACCELERATED SOUTHBOUND ON STATE STREET REACHING SPEEDS OF 80 TO 90 MILES PER HOUR. WITH AUTHORITIES IN PURSUIT, THE VEHICLE TURNED WESTBOUND ON THE BOONVILLE HIGHWAY. AT ONE POINT, A SUSPECT PARTIALLY EXITED THE PASSENGER WINDOW AND OPENED FIRE ON THE SHERIFFS VEHICLE IN PURSUIT, HITTING THE CAR IN THE RADIATOR AND DISABLING IT. AUTHORITIES FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES LOCATED THE ABANDONED VEHICLE A SHORT TIME LATER AND FOUND ITEMS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY EARLIER THAT EVENING IN POTTER VALLEY. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, SEVERAL FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION WERE STOLEN FROM THE RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY AND WERE NOT RECOVERED. DETECTIVES HAVE IDENTIFIED 30 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SKAGGS OF REDWOOD VALLEY AND 33 YEAR OLD WALTER MILLER OF UKIAH AS PERSONS OF INTEREST. SKAGGS AND MILLER SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. SKAGGS IS CURRENTLY WANTED ON AN UNRELATED BURGLARY AND ROBBERY INCIDENT LAST WEEK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF SKAGGS AND MILLER ARE URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

MENDO COUNTY FINANCES REVISED TO POSITIVE BY FITCH JH 02/26/13

FITCH RATINGS, ONE OF THE THREE LARGEST CREDIT RATINGS AGENCIES IN THE UNITED STATES, HAS REVISED ITS RATING FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY.

FITCHES REVISED OUTLOOK ON MENDOCINO COUNTY FINANCES WENT FROM STABLE TO POSITIVE. HOWEVER, FITCH ALSO CITED SEVERAL AREAS OF CONCERN, SOME OF WHICH ARE POOR EMPLOYMENT LEVELS, STAGNANT POPULATION GROWTH, AND WEALTH AND INCOME LEVELS BEING WELL BELOW STATE AND NATIONAL AVERAGES.

A COUPLES FIGHT IN A MOTEL LED TO POT ARREST JH 02/26/13

A WASHINGTON COUPLE WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AFTER POLICE, RESPONDING TO A MOTEL FOR A REPORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WERE FOUND WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA.

FORT BRAGG POLICE ARRIVED AT THE SUPER 8 ON SOUTH MAIN STREET AT ABOUT 6:20 MONDAY TO FIND 27 YEAR OLD ALEXANDER KATTAU AND 32 YEAR OLD NICOLE RUDRUD YELLING AT EACH OTHER. POLICE SMELLED MARIJUANA AND OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT. THEY FOUND 16 POUNDS OF POT AND EVIDENCE TO INDICATE IT WAS BEING PACKAGED FOR SALE. KATTAU AND RUDRUD WERE BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LAKEPORT HOME DAMAGED IN MONDAY FIRE JH 02/26/13

A FIRE CAUSED SERIOUS DAMAGE TO A LAKEPORT HOME MONDAY, BUT THE RESIDENTS MANAGED TO ESCAPE UNHARMED.

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO THE FIRE ON THIRD STREET JUST BEFORE 3 PM. A WOMAN, HER DAUGHTER AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN WERE ALREADY OUT OF THE HOUSE BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE FIRE STARTED IN THE HOMES FIREPLACE, AND FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE QUICKLY AND SAVE MOST OF THE RESIDENCE.

UKIAH MAN ARRESTED AND TWO INJURED SERIOUSLY DURING ATV CRASH JH 02/26/13

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AND TWO PEOPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED DURING AN ATV CRASH SATURDAY.

52 YEAR OLD BRYAN BURGESS WAS DRIVING THE ATV ON INDIAN VALLEY RESERVOIR ROAD, WITH THREE PASSENGERS, WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED. TWO OF THE PASSENGERS, 47 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH RODERICK AND 55 YEAR OLD NORMA MINER SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES AND WERE AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. BURGESS AND THE THIRD PASSENGER, 19 YEAR OLD KRYSTAL BOUSER, RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES AND WERE TAKEN TO ST HELENA HOSPITAL CLEARLAKE. BURGESS WAS CHARGED WITH DUI CAUSING INJURY, AND BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

LAKE COUNTY FRIENDS OF MENDOCINO COLLEGE ESTABLISH NEW SCHOLARSHIP JH 02/26/13

THE LAKE COUNTY FRIENDS OF MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAVE ESTABLISHED A NEW SCHOLARSHIP.

THE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO ONE LAKE COUNTY RESIDENT WHO IS A CURRENT MENDOCINO COLLEGE STUDENT, A RE-ENTRY STUDENT, OR A GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE COLLEGE IN THE FALL SEMESTER. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP IS THIS FRIDAY. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.MENDOCINO.EDU.

ROAD WORK THIS WEEK JH 02/22/13

ROAD WORK WILL CAUSE DELAYS IN SEVERAL LOCATION THIS WEEK.

PG&E PERFORM UTILITY REPAIRS ON HIGHWAY 1 JUST SOUTH OF LIGHTHOUSE ROAD TODAY FROM 8 AM TO 3 PM. ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

CAL TRANS WILL PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON HIGHWAY 1 AT THE NAVARRO RIVER BRIDGE TODAY AND TOMORROW FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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