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SUNDAY MORNING CRASH ON HIGHWAY 20 LEAVES ONE DEAD AND INJURED SEVEN JH 07/22/13

A SUNDAY MORNING CRASH ON HIGHWAY 20 AT POTTER VALLEY ROAD, LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND AT LEAST SEVEN OTHERS INJURED, INCLUDING A VAN FULL OF BOY SCOUTS.

IT ALL STARTED WHEN 73-YEAR-OLD EUGENE GALLETTI OF REDWOOD VALLEY FAILED TO REALIZE THE CAR IN FRONT OF HIM WAS COMING TO A STOP BEHIND ANOTHER VEHICLE PREPARING TO TURN. GALLETTIS VEHICLE STRUCK A MINI VAN DRIVEN BY 67-YEAR-OLD JOAN SCHMIDT OF POTTER VALLEY. SCHMIDTS VEHICLE WAS PUSHED INTO A TRAILER BEING PULLED BY A TRUCK DRIVEN BY 51-YEAR-OLD RANDALL JOHNSON OF UKIAH, WHO WAS PREPARING TO TURN ONTO POTTER VALLEY ROAD. AFTER THE INITIAL IMPACT, GALLETTIS TRUCK ENDED UP IN ONCOMING WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WHERE IT COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH A VAN OF BOY SCOUTS ON THEIR WAY TO CAMP. THE VAN OF SCOUTS WAS THEN HIT BY ANOTHER TRUCK DRIVEN BY 22-YEAR-OLD ANDREW RIVAS OF LINCOLN. THE DRIVER IN THE VAN OF SCOUTS DIED AT THE SCENE, AND THREE OF THE FIVE SCOUTS, INCLUDING THE DRIVERS SON SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES, WITH TWO BEING FLOWN TO OUT OF THE AREA TRAUMA CENTERS AND THE OTHERS GOING TO LOCAL HOSPITALS.

BIOFUEL TANKER CATCHES FIRE JH 07/22/13

AN EMPTY BIOFUEL TANKER TRUCK CAUGHT FIRE SATURDAY NORTH OF UKIAH.

THE FIRE WAS REPORTED ABOUT 4:18 PM AT YOKAYO BIOFUELS ON ORR SPRINGS ROAD. AT LEAST ONE OF THE TIRES ON THE TRUCK EXPLODED FROM THE HEAT SENDING DEBRIS ABOUT 40 FEET AND SPREADING THE FIRE TO SOME PALETTES AND SEVERAL 55-GALLON DRUMS. THE TRUCK HAD BEEN EMPTIED THE DAY BEFORE, HOWEVER, AN EMPTY TRUCK IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN A FULL TRUCK BECAUSE IT IS THE VAPORS THAT CATCH FIRE, NOT THE LIQUID ITSELF. FIREFIGHTERS HAD THE BLAZE OUT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CAL TRANS AGREES TO LIMIT PILE DRIVING UNTIL 7 AM JH 07/22/13

AFTER TWO WEEKS OF WAKING UP AREA RESIDENTS AT 6:30 AM WITH THE REVERBERATING SOUNDS OF PILE DRIVING, CAL TRANS HAS AGREED TO DELAY FURTHER PILE DRIVING UNTIL AFTER 7 AM.

ALTHOUGH CITY AND COUNTY PROJECTS ARE NORMALLY RESTRICTED FROM LOUD NOISES UNTIL AFTER 7 AM, CAL TRANS, AS A STATE AGENCY IS EXEMPT FROM LOCAL PLANNING GUIDELINES. BUT AFTER RECEIVING A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS, CAL TRANS HAS AGREED TO FOLLOW THE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION NOISE STANDARDS.

MOTHER FACES JAIL TIME AFTER ALLOWING TODDLER ACCESS TO METH, ALCOHOL JH 07/22/13

A BOONVILLE MOTHER WHO ADMITTED TO ALLOWING HER TODDLER SON TO INGEST LIFE-THREATENING AMOUNTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND ALCOHOL WILL SERVE TIME IN COUNTY JAIL INSTEAD OF GOING TO STATE PRISON.

22 YEAR OLD SAMANTHA DELLVALLE PLEADED GUILTY ON JULY 9TH TO FELONY CHILD ABUSE AND ENDANGERMENT, AFTER HER SON WAS RUSHED TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER IN MARCH BY HIS GRANDMOTHER WHO BECAME CONCERNED OVER HOW SICK HE APPEARED AFTER SHE PICKED HIM UP AT DELLVALLES HOME. A MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPREME COURT JUDGE SENTENCED DELLVALLE TO SPEND 270 DAYS BEHIND BARS IN THE COUNTY JAIL, RATHER THAN STATE PRISON BECAUSE OF HER YOUNG AGE AND LACK OF A PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD.

FEDERAL JUDGE GRANTS PROSECUTION MORE TIME IN MOTA MURDER CASE JH 07/22/13

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS GRANTED THE PROSECUTION MORE TIME IN THE MOTA MURDER TRIAL.

31 YEAR OLD JONATHAN ANTONIO MOTA OF KELSEYVILLE, WHO REMAINS IN FEDERAL CUSTODY FOR THE MURDER OF 33 YEAR OLD FORREST SEAGRAVE OF KELSEYVILLE, UNSUCCESSFULLY ATTEMPTED TO DISMISS HIS ATTORNEY AND OBJECT TO THE PROSECUTIONS REQUEST FOR MORE TIME TO PREPARE. MOTA ALLEGEDLY SHOT SEAGRAVE WHILE ROBBING THE MT. KONOCTI GAS AND MART IN JANUARY. SEAGRAVE DIED THAT NIGHT. MOTAS NEXT HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 25TH.

RIVERO ASKS COURT TO OVERTURN DECISION REQUIRING HIM TO PAY HIS OWN ATTORNEY FEES JH 07/22/13

LAKE COUNTYS SHERIFF IS ASKING AN APPELLATE COURT TO OVERTURN A JUDGES RULING REQUIRING HIM TO PERSONALLY PAY ATTORNEY FEES INCURRED WHILE FIGHTING THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DETERMINATION THAT HE LIED DURING A 2008 SHOOTING INVESTIGATION.

THE INVESTIGATION REVOLVED AROUND A NONFATAL FEBRUARY 2008 SHOOTING IN WHICH RIVERO SHOT AT A MAN HOLDING A CAN OF PEPPER SPRAY, A VIOLATION OF SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT PROTOCOL. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT RIVERO LIED TO INVESTIGATORS ABOUT HIS ACTIONS, AND HE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED ON THE BRADY LIST OF OFFICERS WITH CREDIBILITY ISSUES. RIVERO THEN SUED THE DA IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT RELEASE OF THAT INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS. FOLLOWING THE BRADY DETERMINATION, THE COUNTY STOPPED PAYING RIVEROS LEGAL BILLS, AND THE SHERIFF IS SUING TO GET THE COUNTY TO CONTINUE TO PAY HIS LEGAL FEES.

ROAD WORK JH 07/22/13

WORD WORK MAY CAUSE MINOR TRAFFIC DELAYS.

PG&E WILL BEGIN TREE TRIMMING TODAY ON HIGHWAY 20 FROM JUST EAST OF LAKESHORE DRIVE TO JUST EAST OF THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAYS 20 AND 53. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7:30 AM TO 3 PM WEEKDAYS WITH ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL IN EFFECT AND 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

CAL TRANS WILL BEGIN PAVING HIGHWAY 29 TODAY FROM LOWER LAKE TO NEAR HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 5:30 AM TO 4 PM WEEKDAYS, WITH ONE WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL IN EFFECT AND 10 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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