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ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER JH 02/27/13

ONE SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODY AND ANOTHER IS STILL AT LARGE AFTER AN ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES PULLED OVER A VEHICLE WITH EXPIRED REGISTRATION JUST BEFORE 10 PM MONDAY NIGHT. AS THE DEPUTY APPROACHED THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW, THE VEHICLE QUICKLY ACCELERATED SOUTHBOUND ON STATE STREET AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED BEFORE TURNING ONTO THE BOONVILLE HIGHWAY. DURING THE PURSUIT, 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 AT ABOUT 11 PM IN A DRIVEWAY OFF HIGHWAY 253 AND FOUND ITEMS REPORTED STOLEN FROM A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY EARLIER THAT EVENING IN POTTER VALLEY. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, FIVE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION WERE STOLEN FROM THE RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY AND WERE NOT RECOVERED IN THE CAR. DETECTIVES IDENTIFIED 30-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER SKAGGS OF REDWOOD VALLEY AND 42 YEAR OLD WALTER MILLER OF UKIAH AS THE SUSPECTS. SKAGGS, WHO WAS ALSO WANTED ON AN UNRELATED BURGLARY AND ROBBERY INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED FEBRUARY 19, WAS LOCATED WALKING ON SOUTH STATE STREET AT AROUND 9 AM TUESDAY MORNING. AFTER A SHORT FOOT CHASE, SKAGGS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. MILLER IS STILL AT LARGE, AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF WALTER MILLER IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY PULLS WOMAN FROM BURNING CAR JH 02/27/13

A LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PULLED A WOMAN FROM A BURNING CAR EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

DA DON ANDERSON WAS DRIVING PAST A CAR PARKED ON THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 175 AT DIXON DRIVE, WHEN HE SMELLED BURNING RUBBER. HE TURNED AROUND AND WENT BACK TO FIND THE ENTIRE REAR END OF THE VEHICLE ON FIRE. AFTER CALLING 911, HE FOUND 33-YEAR-OLD JILLIAN ROXANNE WHITNEY PASSED OUT IN THE DRIVERS SEAT. HE PULLED HER TO SAFETY JUST BEFORE THE ENTIRE VEHICLE BECAME ENGULFED IN FLAMES. WHEN WHITNEY WOKE UP, SHE TRIED TO LEAVE THE SCENE BECAUSE SHE WAS INTOXICATED, HOWEVER, ANDERSON PREVENTED HER FROM GOING ANYWHERE. WHITNEY WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI AND BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

GARAGE FIRE IN CLEARLAKE JH 02/27/13

A GARAGE FIRE WAS REPORTED EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING THAT WAS BURNING CLOSE TO STRUCTURES ON THREE SIDES.

THE GARAGE ON 32ND AND BOYLES AVENUES WAS REPORTED AROUND 12:15 WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND WAS FULLY ENGULFED BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. A VEHICLE WAS ALSO INVOLVED, BUT FIREFIGHTERS MANAGED TO PUT THE BLAZE OUT QUICKLY A PREVENT SPREADING OF THE FIRE. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WILLITS BYPASS CONSTRUCTION STARTS, THEN STOPS JH 02/27/13

THE CAL TRANS CONTRACTOR BEGAN WORK INSTALLING FENCES FOR THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS MONDAY MORNING, HOWEVER, WORK STOPPED ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS IT BEGAN.

THREE GROUND LEVEL BIRDS NESTS WERE DISCOVERED IN THE AREA OF WORK, AND PROMPTED CAL TRANS TO HALT WORK IMMEDIATELY. INSTALLATION OF THE FENCES WAS ALSO MET WITH PROTESTERS, AS CAL TRANS PLANS ON FENCING IN THE ENTIRE BYPASS ROUTE. SOME OF THE FENCING IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS OF THE ROUTE, WHICH ALLOWS WILDLIFE TO PASS UNDER OR THROUGH IT. CAL TRANS IS NOW WAITING TO RECEIVE CLEARANCE FROM BIOLOGISTS AT THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE BEFORE CONTINUING WITH WORK.

AUTHORITIES SEEK SONOMA COUNTY MAN MISSING SINCE FEBRUARY 2ND JH 02/27/13

THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE FEBRUARY 2ND.

34 YEAR OLD JASON KYLES WAS LAST SEEN IN ANNENDALE STATE PARK. ACCORDING TO KYLES SISTER, HE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE HAD A BAD MENTAL BREAK AND IS IN DANGER. IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF KYLES IS STILL ALIVE, HE MAY BE HOMELESS IN THE ARCATA, EUREKA AREA. JASON KYLES IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, 6 FEET, 6 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 185 POUNDS, WITH BLUE/GREEN EYES AND BROWN HAIR. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION AS TO THE WHEREABOUTS OF KYLES IS ASKED TO CALL THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT AT 565-2867.

ESCAPED LAKE COUNTY INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY JH 02/27/13

A CLEARLAKE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY FROM A LAKE COUNTY JAIL ALMOST A YEAR AGO IS BACK BEHIND BARS.

50-YEAR-OLD ROGER DANIEL VIGIL WAS ON A JAIL WORK DETAIL WHEN HE WALKED AWAY LAST APRIL. HE WAS SPOTTED IN CLEARLAKE ON FEBRUARY 6TH, BUT AGAIN ELUDED AUTHORITIES. THE SEARCH FOR VIGIL ENDED WHEN HE WAS LOCATED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN ALAMEDA COUNTY. VIGIL NOW FACES FELONY ESCAPE CHARGES.

CLEARLAKE MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPING AN ACQUAINTANCE JH 02/27/13

A CLEARLAKE MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY RAPING AN ACQUAINTANCE.

THE VICTIM SAYS SHE MET 49 YEAR OLD ERIC JEFF VANGELDER WHEN SHE WAS OUT DRINKING WITH MUTUAL FRIENDS SATURDAY NIGHT. SUNDAY, SHE AND VANGELDER WERE HANGING OUT, WHEN SHE DECIDED TO GO TO BED BECAUSE SHE WAS STILL FEELING THE AFFECTS OF THE ALCOHOL FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, WHEN SHE AWOKE, VANGELDER WAS ON TOP OF HER HAVING INTERCOURSE. VANGELDER WAS LOCATED MONDAY AND BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS CASE IS ASKED TO CONTACT DETECTIVE RYAN PETERSON AT 994-8251.

FIRST TWO MENDOCINO COUNTY DEFENDANTS IN KANSAS DRUG TRIAL PLEAD GUILTY JH 02/27/13

TWO MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS PLEADED GUILTY TO FEDERAL MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY CHARGES LAST WEEK IN A KANSAS FEDERAL COURT.

JAMES AND ELIZABETH SODERLING OF FORT BRAGG ENTERED SEPARATE GUILTY PLEAS IN THE THREE STATE CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE AND MARIJUANA. FIVE OTHER MENDOCINO RESIDENTS FACE A JUNE TRIAL ON THE SAME CHARGES. AS PART OF THE PLEA DEAL THE SODERLINGS HAVE AGREED TO TESTIFY AGAINST SOME OF THE 44 OTHER DEFENDANTS IN THE CASE IN EXCHANGE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A REDUCED SENTENCE. THE PRESCRIBED SENTENCE FOR CONSPIRACY IS 10 YEARS TO LIFE IN FEDERAL PRISON.

UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER PLANS $41 MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION JH 02/27/13

THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER IS PLANNING TO EXPAND ITS UKIAH FACILITY ON HOSPITAL DRIVE, IN AN EFFORT TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF CARE IT PROVIDES TO CRITICALLY INJURED PATIENTS.

CURRENTLY A TRAUMA LEVEL IV FACILITY, THE HOSPITAL PLANS TO REACH LEVEL III, WHICH WOULD MEAN PEOPLE WITH SEVERE INJURIES WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY IN UKIAH, RATHER THAN BEING TAKEN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OR OTHER FACILITIES.

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