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MANHUNT FOR NOR CAL MURDER SUSPECT JH 05/09/13

FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY FOR A MAN ALLEGED TO HAVE SHOT HIS WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN.

45 YEAR OLD SHANE FRANKLIN MILLER IS SOUGHT AFTER HIS WIFE AND THEIR 8 AND 4 YEAR OLD DAUGHTERS WERE FOUND WITH MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS IN THEIR SHINGLETOWN HOME. HUMBOLDT AUTHORITIES REPORTED THAT MILLERS PICKUP WAS FOUND ABANDONED NEAR PETROLIA ON WEDNESDAY. MILLER IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE WITH RED HAIR AND BLUE EYES. HE IS 5 FEET 10 INCHES TALL AND WEIGHS 200 POUNDS. HE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS, POSSIBLY HAVING ACCESS TO A CACHE OF WEAPONS. THE PUBLIC SHOULD NOT APPROACH MILLER, IF YOU SEE HIM, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. A PICTURE OF MILLER IS POSTED ON THE K-WINE NEWS FACEBOOK PAGE.

HIGH SPEED CHASE IN LAKE COUNTY ENDS IN ONE ARREST AND DOG SHOT JH 05/09/13

A UKIAH MAN REMAINS IN CUSTODY AFTER LEADING AUTHORITIES ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND RAMMING A POLICE VEHICLE.

30 YEAR OLD JAMES LEROY OBRYANT WAS DRIVING SUNDAY MORNING IN THE LAKEPORT AREA WHEN CHP TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER FOR EXPIRED REGISTRATION TAGS. OBRYANT FLED DOWN SCOTTS VALLEY ROAD ONTO HIGHWAY 20 TOWARDS UKIAH. AT ONE POINT, HE PULLED INTO A DRIVEWAY, AND WHEN A CHP VEHICLE PULLED UP BEHIND HIM, HE PUT HIS CAR IN REVERSE AND RAMMED THE PATROL CAR BEFORE HEADING BACK DOWN HIGHWAY 20. EVENTUALLY HE WAS STOPPED NEAR BLUE LAKES AND FLED ON FOOT WITH HIS DOG. OBRYANT WAS SUBDUED AFTER BEING TASERED, AND THE DOG HAD TO BE SHOT AFTER IT ATTACKED A CHP OFFICER. OBRYANT WAS FOUND TO HAVE A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST, AS WELL AS 299 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA IN THE VEHICLE.

PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR CHASE AND SHOOTING SUSPECTS

JH 05/09/13

THE PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR THE MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT A DEPUTY DURING A HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN FEBRUARY BEGAN YESTERDAY.

WALTER MILLER, WHO ALLEGEDLY LEANED OUT THE WINDOW OF A 1995 THUNDERBIRD DRIVEN BY HIS CO-DEFENDANT, CHRISTOPHER SKAGGS, AND SHOT AT A DEPUTY, TOLD DETECTIVES THAT HE WASNT TRYING TO HIT THE DEPUTY, HE WAS ONLY TRYING TO SCARE HIM. ACCORDING TO TESTIMONY, WHEN MILLER AND SKAGGS WERE PULLED OVER IN UKIAH, THEY WAITED UNTIL THE DEPUTY GOT AS CLOSE TO THEM AS POSSIBLE BEFORE FLEEING, IN AN EFFORT TO GET A GOOD HEAD START. MILLER, WHO WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN A MOTEL ROOM IN UKIAH JUST TWO DAYS LATER, WAS FOUND WITH THE GUN USED DURING THE CHASE. THE 9MM MACHINE PISTOL MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF ONE OF FIVE GUNS REPORTED STOLEN EARLIER THAT NIGHT FROM A HOME IN POTTER VALLEY. TESTIMONY YESTERDAY REVEALED THAT SKAGGS TOLD AUTHORITIES HE DROPPED MILLER OFF AT THE POTTER VALLEY HOME SO MILLER COULD BUY MARIJUANA FROM A CHOMO, WHICH IS STREET SLANG FOR A CHILD MOLESTER, AND THAT MILLER RETURNED TO THE CAR WITH WEAPONS AND OTHER STOLEN GOODS. THE PRELIMINARY HEARING WILL CONTINUE TODAY, AS THE JUDGE WILL DECIDE WHETHER THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONTINUE ON TO A TRIAL.

RAIN THIS WEEK LED TO CRASHES JH 05/09/13

MUCH NEEDED RAIN EARLIER THIS WEEK WAS AN UNDERLYING CAUSE OF AT LEAST THREE ACCIDENTS IN THE WILLITS AREA.

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

INITIATIVE SEEKS RENT CONTROL FOR SENIOR MOBILE HOME PARKS IN LAKE COUNTY JH 05/09/13

LAKE COUNTYS SAVE OUR SENIOR COMMITTEE IS WORKING TO AD INITIATIVES TO BALLOTS IN UPCOMING LAKEPORT AND COUNTY ELECTIONS TO IMPLEMENT RENT CONTROL IN SENIOR MOBILE HOME PARKS.

BOTH INITIATIVES CALL FOR NOT ONLY RENT CONTROL, BUT ALSO THE ROLL BACK OF ALL RENTAL RATES TO THOSE THAT WERE IN EFFECT ON JANUARY 1ST, 2012. THE INITIATIVES WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT ALL SPACE RENTAL INCREASES IN SENIOR MOBILE HOME PARKS UNLESS THERE IS AN INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS, AND THEN ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF THAT PERCENTAGE INCREASE. SAVE OUR SENIORS IS CURRENTLY GATHERING SIGNATURES FOR BOTH INITIATIVES.

ARSON AWARENESS WEEK JH 05/09/13

CAL FIRE WANTS TO MAKE YOU AWARE THAT NOT ONLY IS THIS WEEK WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK, IT IS ALSO ARSON AWARENESS WEEK.

ACCORDING TO THE US FIRE ADMINISTRATION, DURING 2008 THROUGH 2010, AN ESTIMATED 16,800 INTENTIONALLY SET FIRES IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS OCCURRED ANNUALLY IN THE US. THE FIRES RESULTED IN 280 DEATHS AND 775 INJURIES WITH $593 MILLION IN PROPERTY DAMAGE. FOR INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR ARSON AWARENESS WEEK, VISIT WWW.FIRE.CA.GOV.

LAKEPORT PLANNING COMMISSION ACCEPTS MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ORDINANCE JH 05/09/13

THE LAKEPORT CITY PLANNING COMMISSION DISCUSSED A DRAFT MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ORDINANCE DURING YESTERDAYS MEETING.

THE ORDINANCE WOULD REQUIRE PATIENTS WHO GROW POT AT THEIR HOMES TO LIMIT CULTIVATION TO A SECURED, DETACHED ACCESSORY UNIT LIMITED TO AN AREA NO LARGER THAN 80 SQUARE FEET, AND WITH A VENTILATION SYSTEM. THE COMMISSION VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ACCEPT THE ORDINANCE, WITH ONLY SOME MODIFICATIONS TO WORDING, AND RECOMMENDED ITS ADOPTION BY THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL.

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