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CHARRED BONES FOUND NEAR COVELO ROAD ARE BELIEVED TO BE HUMAN JH 05/20/13

CHARRED BONES FOUND NEAR COVELO ROAD THURSDAY AFTERNOON ARE BELIEVED TO BE HUMAN.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE BONES ARE SO BADLY BURNED, THAT INITIALLY, OFFICERS WERE NOT SURE IF THEY WERE HUMAN OR ANIMAL, HOWEVER, AFTER FINDING TEETH AMONG THE BONES, IT IS NOW BELIEVED THAT THEY ARE HUMAN. A FORENSIC DENTIST WAS EXPECTED TO EXAMINE THE TEETH SUNDAY, AND IF THEY ARE HUMAN, THE REMAINS WILL THEN BE SENT TO A HUMAN IDENTIFICATION LABORATORY AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY OF CHICOS ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT. THEY WILL LIKELY BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THE HEIGHT, SEX AND AGE OF THE DECEASED, AS WELL AS OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT COULD AID THIS INVESTIGATION IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

CHRISTMAS ROBBER SENTENCED TO LIFE JH 05/20/13

THE CRESCENT CITY MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO ROB TWO WOMEN AT KNIFEPOINT IN UKIAH JUST FIVE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR, HAS BEEN SENTENCED.

50-YEAR-OLD ROBERT LEE WHITE, WAS FOUND GUILTY OF TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AND ONE COUNT OF THREATENING THE HUSBAND OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS. BECAUSE WHITE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF FOUR PRIOR STRIKE CONVICTIONS, HE WAS SENTENCED TO 98 YEARS TO LIFE IN STATE PRISON.

TWO FLOWN TO TRAUMA CENTER AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH

JH 05/20/13

TWO PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO A REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER AFTER A MOTORCYCLE CRASH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON SODA BAY ROAD SHORTLY BEFORE 4:45 YESTERDAY. IT WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WHETHER ANOTHER VEHICLE WAS INVOLVED IN THE CRASH. THE TWO PEOPLE ON THE MOTORCYCLE SUSTAINED INJURIES AND WERE FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

CAR CRASH LEAVES UPPER LAKE RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER SUNDAY NIGHT JH 05/20/13

A SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH LEFT HUNDREDS OF UPPER LAKE RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER FOR PART OF THE NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, AN UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER HIT A UTILITY POLE ON ELK MOUNTAIN ROAD NEAR RANCHERIA ROAD JUST BEFORE 5 PM. SOME RESIDENTS HAD POWER RETURNED WITHIN A COUPLE HOURS, OTHERS WERE EXPECTED TO BE WITHOUT POWER UNTIL EARLY MORNING.

MANHUNT FOR SUSPECTED MURDERER SHANE MILLER CONTINUES

JH 05/20/13

THE MANHUNT FOR SUSPECTED MURDERER SHANE MILLER CONTINUES, BUT HAS BEEN SCALED BACK.

MILLER IS SUSPECTED OF SHOOTING TO DEATH HIS WIFE SANDY AND THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS, 8-YEAR-OLD SHELBY AND 4 YEAR OLD SHASTA, IN THEIR SHINGLETOWN HOME ON MAY 7TH. AUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT MILLER MADE CONTACT WITH A WOMAN HE HAD A PAST RELATIONSHIP WITH IN PETROLIA THE DAY AFTER HIS FAMILY WAS FOUND DEAD. HIS TRUCK WAS ALSO FOUND ABANDONED ON MATTOLE ROAD. THE KING RANGE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA TRAILS WILL REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH MAY 31ST. ACCORDING TO HUMBOLDT AUTHORITIES, THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIOS ARE THAT MILLER HAS KILLED HIMSELF OR LEFT THE AREA. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MILLER. HE IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE, 5 FEET 10 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 200 POUNDS WITH RED HAIR AND BLUE EYES. A PHOTO OF MILLER IS POSTED ON THE K-WINE NEWS FACEBOOK PAGE.

BOMB SQUAD DETONATES GRENADES AT CLEARLAKE OAKS HOME

JH 05/20/13

THE NAPA BOMB SQUAD WAS CALLED TO DETONATE TWO HAND GRENADES IN A CLEARLAKE OAKS HOME WHERE A SIX HOUR STANDOFF TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK.

AUTHORITIES ARRIVED AT FOURTH STREET HOME LAST WEDNESDAY AFTER A WOMAN REPORTED BEING SHOT IN THE HIP BY A PELLET GUN. 52 YEAR OLD ROBERT SCOTT HISEL THEN EMERGED FROM THE HOME AND SHOT AT POLICE WITH A HIGH POWERED PELLET GUN. AT ONE POINT HISEL PULLED A HANDGUN AND FIRED AT POLICE, WHO RETURNED FIRE. EVENTUALLY, SWAT ENTERED THE HOME AND TOOK HISEL INTO CUSTODY.

ROAD WORK TODAY JH 05/20/13

ROAD WORK TODAY MAY CAUSE MINOR DELAYS.

CAL TRANS WILL PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE ON HIGHWAY 101 FROM REYNOLDS HIGHWAY TO RYAN CREEK ROAD TODAY AND TOMORROW FROM 7:30 AM TO 3:30 PM. SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE, AND MOTORISTS MAY EXPERIENCE MINOR TRAFFIC SLOWDOWNS.

PG&E WILL BE TRIMMING TREES ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR FISH ROCK ROAD BEGINNING TODAY FROM 8 AM TO 3 PM. THE WORK WILL BE ONGOING ON WEEKDAYS.

PG&E WILL PERFORM WORK ON HIGHWAY 175 FROM JUST EAST OF WILD CAT ROAD TODAY AND TOMORROW FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM.

AT BOTH PG&E WORK LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

TUNNEL CAVE IN THREATENS TO CLOSE THE SKUNK TRAIN FOREVER

JH 05/20/13

A TUNNEL CAVE IN ON THE SKUNK TRAIN RAILWAY HAS STOPPED THE TRAIN TEMPORARILY, AND MAY END ALL SKUNK TRAIN OPERATIONS INDEFINITELY, UNLESS THE SAVE OUR SKUNK CAMPAIGN CAN RAISE THE NEEDED MONEY QUICKLY.

WHILE RIDERSHIP AND REVENUES HAVE BEEN INCREASING IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE TUNNEL COLLAPSE, PAIRED WITH MORE THAN $200,000 LOST DURING THE 2011 AARON BASSLER MANHUNT, THE SKUNK TRAIN MAY BE FINISHED, AS THE ESTIMATE TO REPAIR THE TUNNEL IS $300,000. IN WHAT IS CONSIDERED A LAST DITCH EFFORT TO SAVE THE TRAIN, THE SAVE OUR SKUNK CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT ASKING INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE SPONSORSHIPS, TRADING CASH TODAY FOR FREE TRAIN RIDES IN THE FUTURE. THE DETAILS ARE STILL BEING WORKED OUT AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

WILLITS BYPASS UPDATE JH 05/20/13

THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS IS MOVING FORWARD, AS A CAL TRANS CRANE, NEEDED TO DRIVE TEST PILES, ARRIVED LAST WEDNESDAY.

THE CRANE SHOULD BE ASSEMBLED AND READY FOR WORK BY TOMORROW. THE SIX TEST PILES, EACH A PIPE 120 FEET LONG AND 24 INCHES WIDE, WILL BE POUNDED INTO THE GROUND DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS IN KEY AREAS ALONG THE BYPASS ROUTE. ACCORDING TO CAL TRANS OFFICIALS, BY THE END OF THIS CONSTRUCTION SEASON, THE HILL IN THE NORTH SECTION OF THE BYPASS SHOULD BE MOSTLY REMOVED, AND ALL VEGETATION ALONG THE ENTIRE ROUTE WILL BE REMOVED. PROJECT MITIGATION LIKELY WONT BEGIN UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

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