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MAN CALLS 911 TO REPORT HIS OWN SUICIDE JH 03/19/13

A COAST MAN CALLED 911 TO REPORT HIS OWN DEATH BEFORE SHOOTING HIMSELF NEXT TO HIS PARKED CAR.

THE 74 YEAR OLD MAN, WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, CALLED 911 AROUND 9:45 SUNDAY NIGHT AND TOLD DISPATCHERS HE WAS GOING TO SHOOT HIMSELF AND WHERE THEY COULD FIND THE BODY. THE MAN WAS AT THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITAL IN THE PARKING LOT. WHEN NURSES HEARD THE GUN FIRE, THEY RAN INSIDE AND THE HOSPITAL WAS PUT ON LOCKDOWN. AUTHORITIES FOUND THE MAN IN THE BUSHES NEXT TO HIS CAR, THE GUN ON THE GROUND NEAR HIM, AND A GUN CASE INSIDE THE CAR. HE WAS STILL ALIVE AND TAKEN INSIDE THE HOSPITAL WHERE STAFF TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO SAVE HIM.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE DROWNING IN CLEAR LAKE

JH 03/19/13

AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN CLEAR LAKE FRIDAY EVENING.

AUTHORITIES RECEIVED A REPORT OF A POSSIBLE DROWNING AT APPROXIMATELY 6 PM IN THE AREA OF BLUE HERON COURT AND SHOREVIEW DRIVE. UPON ARRIVE, THE BODY OF 77 YEAR OLD MAX EARL LAY WAS FOUND FLOATING IN THE LAKE. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

MENDOCINO COUNTY & FEDS MAY BE IN TALKS OVER POT RECORDS

JH 03/19/13

MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICIALS AND THE US ATTORNEY FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MAY BE TRYING TO RESOLVE OUT OF COURT, THEIR LONG RUNNING DISPUTE OVER RECORDS FROM THE COUNTYS MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM.

THE COUNTY HAS ASKED A FEDERAL JUDGE TO QUASH A SUBPOENA FOR THE RECORDS THE COUNTY KEEPS IN REGARD TO ITS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE, AND A HEARING IN THE CASE WAS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY. HOWEVER, THE HEARING WAS CANCELLED YESTERDAY, AND FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ASKED TO HAVE THE CASE REMOVED FROM THE COURTS CALENDAR. COUNTY COUNCIL TOM PARKER DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THE MOVES SIGNIFICANCE, BUT ADAM WOLF, A LAWYER REPRESENTING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWERS IN THE CASE, SAYS A CANCELLATION AT THIS STAGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS OFTEN SIGNALS THAT SETTLEMENT TALKS ARE IN THE WORKS.

TRAFFIC STOP LED TO STOLEN FIREARMS JH 03/19/13

A TRAFFIC STOP LED TO SEVERAL STOLEN FIREARMS.

FORT BRAGG POLICE PULLED OVER A VEHICLE FOR SPEEDING LATE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. THE DRIVER, 51 YEAR OLD LEONARD BEAN OF PENGROVE INDICATED THAT HE HAD FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IN THE VEHICLE. OFFICERS, WHO WERE AWARE THAT A BURGLARY OF NUMEROUS FIREARMS HAD OCCURRED THE NIGHT BEFORE, NOTICED THAT SOME OF THE FIREARMS MATCHED THOSE STOLEN. OFFICERS THEN LEARNED THAT BEAN WAS A CONVICTED FELON AND WAS PROHIBITED FROM POSSESSING FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE REVEALED THAT THE SOME OF THE WEAPONS IN THE VEHICLE WERE IN FACT THE SAME GUNS REPORTED STOLEN THE PREVIOUS NIGHT AND BEAN WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS GARBAGE RATE INCREASE

JH 03/19/13

THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS A REQUEST BY LAKEPORT DISPOSAL TO RAISE COLLECTION RATES BY 2.7%.

THE RATE HIKES WOULD RAISE MONTHLY FEES FOR CITY RESIDENTS WITH A 20-GALLON RECEPTACLE BY 39 CENTS. A 32-GALLON CAN WOULD GO UP 67 CENTS AND THOSE WITH TWO 32 GALLON RECEPTACLES WOULD PAY A $1.14 MORE. THE COUNCIL WILL MEET TONIGHT AT 6 PM AT CITY HALL.

ROAD WORK TODAY JH 03/19/13

ROAD WORK WILL CAUSE SOME MINOR DELAYS TODAY.

PG&E WILL PERFORM UTILITY REPAIRS ON HIGHWAY 20 JUST WEST OF SARATOGA SPRING ROAD FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM. ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

THE CITY OF WILLITS WILL PERFORM ROAD WORK ON HUMBOLDT AND MADDEN STREETS TODAY AND TOMORROW. THE STREETS WILL NOT BE CLOSED SIMULTANEOUSLY. CLOSURES WILL BE ISOLATED TO THE AREAS OF WORK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. HOWEVER, THE CITY ADVISES AVOIDING THESE TWO STREETS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WHILE THE WORK IS BEING DONE.

COMMENT DEADLINE FOR HIGHWAY 29 PROJECT APPROACHES

JH 03/19/13

THOSE INTERESTED IN SEEING IMPROVEMENTS ON AND NEAR HIGHWAY 29 IN LAKE COUNTY ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS.

THE PROJECT, MANAGED BY CAL TRANS AND THE LAKE COUNTY/CITY AREA PLANNING COUNCIL, IS TARGETING KEY PROJECTS ON THE HIGHWAY BASED ON THE COMMUNITY INPUT. COMMENTS CAN BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND, THROUGH THE PLANNING PROJECTS WEB SITE AT WWW.LAKECOUNTYSR29.COM.

MENDO LAKE CREDIT UNION SPONSORS FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM

JH 03/19/13

MENDO LAKE CREDIT UNION IS NOW WORKING WITH BANZAI, A NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM, TO OFFER CURRICULUM TO LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS FREE OF CHARGE.

BANZAI IS AN INTERACTIVE ONLINE PROGRAM SUPPLEMENTED BY PRINTED WORKBOOKS, WHICH ALIGN WITH STATE AND CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PERSONAL FINANCE EDUCATION. IT PRESENTS STUDENTS WITH REAL-LIFE SCENARIOS IN WHICH THEY LEARN TO PAY BILLS, BALANCE A BUDGET AND MANAGE UNEXPECTED EXPENSES. TEACHERS INTERESTED IN USING BANZAI MAY VISIT THE WEB SITE: MENDOLAKE.TEACHBANZAI.COM.

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