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FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT, AND ELDER ABUSE IN ANDERSON VALLEY

JH 04/19/13

A NAVARRO WOMAN WAS ARRESTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT AND ELDER ABUSE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES BEGAN INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS OF FRAUD COMMIT BY 34 YEAR OLD ELLE MARTEENY, AFTER SHE WAS ACCUSED OF PASSING FRAUDULENT CHECKS AT SEVERAL BUSINESSES. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, DEPUTIES QUICKLY LEARNED THAT MARTEENY ALSO ALLEGEDLY DIVERTED ASSETS BELONGING TO HER BOYFRIENDS ILL FATHER, RICHARD BLOYD. DEPUTIES ISSUED A SEARCH WARRANT TUESDAY AT THE RESIDENCE MARTEENY SHARES WITH HER BOYFRIEND AND RICHARD BLOYD, AND DISCOVERED EVIDENCE OF FORGERY AND THAT SHE OPENED SEVERAL CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS IN BLOYDS NAME. MARTEENY WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

FORT BRAGG POLICE SEEK TIRE SLASHER JH 04/19/13

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE SEEK A MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SLASHING THE TIRES ON SEVERAL VEHICLES MONDAY MORNING.

ONE RESIDENT SAID HE HEARD NOISE OUTSIDE HIS HOME AND WHEN HE LOOKED OUT THE FRONT DOOR, HE SAW A MAN WALKING AWAY WITH HIS MAILBOX. HE YELLED AND THE SUSPECT THREW THE MAILBOX INTO A NEARBY YARD AND FLED. THE NEXT MORNING HE AWOKE TO FIND ALL EIGHT TIRES ON HIS TWO VEHICLES HAD BEEN SLASHED, ONE WITH A BLACK HANDLED KNIFE STICKING OUT OF IT. TWO OTHER VEHICLES AROUND THE CORNER ON SPRING STREET ALSO HAD ALL THEIR TIRES SLASHED. THE SUSPECT SEEN ATTEMPTING TO STEALING THE MAILBOX MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLASHINGS, AND IS DESCRIBED AS A HISPANIC MALE IN HIS 20S OR 30S, WEARING A JACKET AND GREY PANTS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE FORT BRAGG POLICE AT 964-0200.

UKIAH MAN INJURED IN CRASH/CAR CATCHES FIRE JH 04/19/13

A UKIAH MAN WAS HOSPITALIZED AFTER A CRASH THAT LEFT HIS VEHICLE ON FIRE.

22 YEAR OLD ZACHARY GOLDOOR WAS DRIVING EAST ON COMPTCHE-UKIAH ROAD WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHEN HE REPORTEDLY MADE AN UNSAFE TURNING MOVEMENT AND HIT A TREE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ROAD. GOLDOOR WAS ABLE TO EXIT THE VEHICLE BEFORE IT CAUGHT FIRE. GOLDOOR WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MAJOR INJURIES. THE COMPTCHE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO CONTAIN THE FIRE TO THE CAR AND ITS IMMEDIATE AREA. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE FIRE.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG BUST JH 04/19/.13

A TRAFFIC STOP IN NICE LEAD TO A DRUG BUST.

SHERIFFS DETECTIVES STOPPED A VEHICLE IN THE AREA OF SUTTER STREET AND LAKEVIEW DRIVE TUESDAY AFTERNOON. WHEN THE DRIVER, 54 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER JAMES BYNUM OPENED HIS WALLET TO GET HIS IDENTIFICATION, AUTHORITIES NOTICED A HYPODERMIC NEEDLE AND SYRINGE IN PLAIN VIEW. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE ALSO REVEALED A BAG OF ALLEGED METHAMPHETAMINE. BYNUM WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

SEX OFFENDER SWEEP JH 04/19/13

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SEXUAL ASSAULT FELONY ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE CONDUCTED A TWO DAY OPERATION FOCUSED ON SEX REGISTRANT COMPLIANCE CHECKS THROUGHOUT UKIAH, WILLITS AND THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY THIS WEEK.

THE OPERATION VERIFIED 87 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS ADDRESSES AND FOUND FOUR WERE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THEIR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS. OUT OF THE 87 REGISTRANTS, SIX ARE TRANSIENTS AND ONE IS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR. THERE ARE 45 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF UKIAH, AND 15 WITHIN THE WILLITS CITY LIMITS. THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 297-REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY. THE MEGANS LAW WEB SITE, AT WWW.MAGANSLAW.CA.GOV, ALLOWS CITIZENS TO SEARCH FOR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS BY GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AND BY NAME.

UKIAH GOLF COARSE HOT TOPIC AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING JH 04/19/13

THE UKIAH MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE WAS A HOT TOPIC AT THIS WEEKS CITY COUNCIL MEETING, AS COUNCIL MEMBERS DONT LIKE THE POSSIBILITY OF THE COURSES OPERATORS TURNING THE TODD GROVE ROOM INTO A SPORTS BAR.

TAYMAN PARK GOLF GROUP HAS A 20-YEAR LEASE ON THE FACILITY AND SUBMIT THE SPORTS BAR IDEA ALONG WITH A LIST OF OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS THEY WISH TO MAKE AT THE GOLF COURSE. THE COUNCIL WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NOISE, TRAFFIC AND NEED FOR MORE POLICE PRESENCE IF A SPORTS BAR WAS TO OPEN AT THAT LOCATION. COUNCIL MEMBERS SAID THEY DONT FEEL IT IS APPROPRIATE IN A FAMILY ORIENTED RESIDENTIAL AREA SUCH AS IT IS. THE COUNCIL THEN VOTED AND APPROVED SEVERAL OF THE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE LIST, INCLUDING A REBUILD OF THE TEE ON HOLE NUMBER ONE, AS WELL AS TURF AND IRRIGATION IMPROVEMENTS AROUND MUCH OF THE COURSE. THE IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE PAID FOR BY TAYMAN PARK GOLF GROUP AND THE UKIAH MENS GOLF CLUB.

SPARK FROM CHIMNEY IGNITES ROOF OF HOME JH 04/19/13

A HOUSE FIRE IN CASPAR LIKELY STARTED FROM A SPARK FROM THE CHIMNEY AND WAS ACCELERATED BY THE WIND.

FIRE CREWS ARRIVED AT THE BURNING STRUCTURE ON PACIFICA DRIVE JUST AFTER 5 PM TUESDAY TO FIND FLAMES COMING OUT BOTH ENDS OF THE ATTIC AREA. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES SAVING THE LOWER FLOOR, HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO FIREFIGHTERS, THE TOP STORY WAS PRETTY MUCH DESTROYED. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO REMIND WOODSTOVE USERS TO HAVE CHIMNEYS CLEANED REGULARLY, AND BE EXTRA CAREFUL ON WINDY DAYS.

CONSTRUCTION AT AVILA CENTER IN FORT BRAGG JH 04/19/13

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ON SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET IN FORT BRAGG, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AVILA CENTER, WILL BE UNDER CONSTRUCTION BEGINNING THE WEEK OF APRIL 29TH AND FOR APPROXIMATELY 60 DAYS FOLLOWING.

THE OFFICES AT THE AVILA CENTER, WHICH INCLUDE EMPLOYMENT AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE SERVICES, GENERAL ASSISTANCE AND ADULT SERVICES, WILL BE CLOSED AT NOON ON THURSDAY, APRIL 25 AND ALL DAY ON THE 26TH, EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES, TO PREPARE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. THE OFFICE WILL OPEN ON A NORMAL SCHEDULE AGAIN ON MONDAY, APRIL 29TH WITH REGULAR HOURS, HOWEVER, THE BUILDINGS ENTRANCE WILL BE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE FORT BRAGG OFFICE AT 962-1000.

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