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TWO ARRESTED DURING DEMONSTRATION AT CAL TRANS WILLITS HEADQUARTERS JH 04/25/13

TWO WOMEN WERE ARRESTED DURING A DEMONSTRATION AND SIT IN YESTERDAY AT THE CAL TRANS HEADQUARTERS IN WILLITS.

SAVE OUR LITTLE LAKE VALLEY AND REDWOOD NATION EARTH FIRST ORGANIZED THE DEMONSTRATION IN AN EFFORT TO BRING MORE ATTENTION TO THE ONGOING PROTESTS OVER THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS. CAL TRANS LOCKED THEIR DOORS AND REFUSED TO MEET WITH THE UNINVITED PROTESTERS. THE TWO WOMEN WERE ARRESTED FOR BLOCKING A CAL TRANS VEHICLE, AND FOR BLOCKING THE ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING THAT CHP SHARES WITH CAL TRANS.

LAKE COUNTY MAN FACES FEDERAL FIREARMS CHARGES JH 04/25/13

A LAKE COUNTY MAN FACES A FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGE.

31-YEAR-OLD JOHNATHAN ANTONIO MOTA WAS IN LAKE COUNTY JAIL UNTIL LAST WEEK ON A PAROLE HOLD FOLLOWING A JANUARY SEARCH THAT FOUND HIM IN POSSESSION OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON. AS A RECENTLY RELEASED FELON, HE WAS NOT LEGALLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS FIREARMS. PRIOR TO THE SEARCH, MOTA WAS FRESH OUT OF PRISON FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN AN ARMED ROBBERY OF THE WEST AMERICA BANK IN CLEARLAKE IN 2007. MOTA IS NOW IN FEDERAL CUSTODY.

LUCERNE MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, CRIMINAL THREATS, BURGLARY AND PETTY THEFT JH 04/25/13

A LUCERNE MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, CRIMINAL THREATS, BURGLARY AND PETTY THEFT AFTER AN INCIDENT IN THE LAKEPORT SAFEWAY PARKING LOT.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, A MAN, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 24 YEAR OLD JOHN WILLIAM WRIGHT, APPROACHED A WOMAN IN THE STORE LOT AND MADE SEXUAL ADVANCES, OFFERING HER DRUGS FOR FAVORS. AFTER SHE REFUSED, WRIGHT GRABBED HER BREASTS THREE TIMES AND TOLD HER HE WOULD KILL HER IF SHE TOLD ANYONE. AFTER WRIGHT LEFT, THE VICTIM WENT HOME AND TOLD HER HUSBAND AND THEY REPORTED THE INCIDENT TO POLICE. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED ON SCENE, THEY FOUND WRIGHT PUSHING A SHOPPING CART WITH MORE THAN $350 IN GROCERIES THAT HE HAD NO RECEIPT FOR. THE WOMAN IDENTIFIED WRIGHT AND HE WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF SUSPENDS LAKEPORT POLICE ACCESS TO SHERIFFS RECORDS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (RIMS)

JH 04/25/13

LAKE COUNTYS SHERIFF IS IN THE MIDDLE OF YET ANOTHER CONTROVERSY, AS HE HAS SUSPENDED THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACCESS TO THE SHERIFF DEPARTMENTS RECORDS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, OR RIMS.

THE RIMS SYSTEM IS A VITAL TOOL UTILIZED BY VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, WHICH ALLOWS ACCESS TO INFORMATION THROUGH THE SHERIFFS DISPATCH CENTER. THE LAKEPORT POLICE HAS A CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY THAT PROVIDES DISPATCHING SERVICES AND ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM AT A COST OF OVER $87,000 PER YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE LAKEPORT CHIEF OF POLICE, SHERIFF RIVERO CUT OF ACCESS WITHOUT ANY NOTICE OR JUST CAUSE. CHIEF RASMUSSEN HAS ASKED THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION, AS THESE RECORDS ARE USED FOR EVERYDAY OPERATION AND THE LACK OF ACCESS JEOPARDIZES BOTH THE SAFETY OF LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS AND THE PUBLIC.

UKIAH COUPLE ARRESTED FOR STEALING ELECTRONICS FROM WAL-MART

JH 04/25/13

A UKIAH COUPLE WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEK AFTER STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF ELECTRONICS FROM THE UKIAH WAL-MART.

WAL-MART STAFF REPORTED TO AUTHORITIES THAT NUMEROUS ELECTRONICS HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM THE STORE OVER THE LAST MONTH. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT 24-YEAR-OLD JAMES RYAN ANSON HAD BEEN FREQUENTING THE STORE AND TAKING ITEMS. ON TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD, WAL-MART SECURITY CALLED POLICE TO REPORT THAT ANSON WAS IN THE STORE SELECTING MERCHANDISE. POLICE ARRIVED AND ARRESTED ANSON AND FOUND ITEMS PREVIOUSLY STOLEN IN HIS POSSESSION. A SEARCH OF HIS RESIDENCE ON NORTH STATE STREET REVEALED A LARGE AMOUNT OF STOLEN PROPERTY. 29-YEAR-OLD CHALESE McCHESNEY, WHO ALSO LIVES AT THE RESIDENCE WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND CONSPIRACY.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF EXPANDS JAIL CLASSROOM SPACE

JH 04/25/13

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN ASKED THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THIS WEEK FOR URGENT APPROVAL TO SPEND $33,000 ON A MODULAR BUILDING TO ALLOW MORE SPACE FOR CLASSES OFFERED TO INMATES UNDER AB 109, THE STATES REALIGNMENT PROGRAM TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING IN STATE PRISON.

ACCORDING TO ALLMAN, THE REASON FOR THE URGENCY IS THAT THE BUILDING, A MODULAR UNIT BROUGHT IN TO TEMPORARILY HOUSE PUBLIC HEALTH AFTER A FLOOD EARLIER THIS YEAR DAMAGED THEIR BUILDING, WAS SCHEDULED TO BE SHIPPED BACK TO SACRAMENTO THURSDAY. THE COUNTY COULD STILL PURCHASE THE BUILDING BEFORE IT WAS REMOVED, TO AVOID HAVING TO PAY FOR IT TO BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO MENDOCINO COUNTY LATER. THE EXTRA SPACE IS NEEDED DUE TO THE INCREASED JAIL POPULATION CAUSED BY 2011S AB 109, WHICH HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF INMATES IN THE JAIL.

CAL TRANS ANNUAL LITTER CLEANUP DAY JH 04/25/13

CAL TRANS ASKS THAT YOU PLEASE SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE, AS CAL TRANS CREWS STATEWIDE DEDICATE TODAY TO LITTER REMOVAL FOR THIS YEARS ANNUAL LITTER DAY.

LITTER IS STILL A BIG PROBLEM IN CALIFORNIA. EVERY YEAR CAL TRANS SPENDS MILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS AND THOUSANDS OF HOURS PICKING IT UP. LITTER IS NOT ONLY UGLY, IT CAN LEAD TO POLLUTION IN OUR LAKES, RIVERS, AND BEACHES. CIGARETTE BUTTS ARE THE NUMBER ONE ITEM LITTERED IN CALIFORNIA, OFTEN CAUSING FIRES, CLOGGING STORM DRAINS, AND THREATENING WATER QUALITY AND WILDLIFE. LAST YEAR, CAL TRANS PICKED UP 2,533 CUBIC YARDS OF LITTER ON EARTH DAY ALONE, ENOUGH TO FILL 158 GARBAGE TRUCKS.

BLUE LAKE TROUT DERBY THIS WEEKEND JH 04/25/13

THE 5TH ANNUAL BLUE LAKES TROUT DERBY IS THIS WEEKEND.

THIS FAMILY ORIENTED EVENT AWARDS PRIZES IN TWO CATEGORIES, ADULTS AND CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16. THE DERBY RUNS BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AND IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE BLUE LAKES COMMUNITY PROJECTS. REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NARROWS RESORT AND PINE ACRES BLUE LAKE RESORT, AND TOMORROW, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE NARROWS RESORT AT 275-2718.

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