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PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN WILLITS BYPASS AGAIN, THREE ARRESTED INCLUDING A PHOTOGRAPHER JH 07/24/13

PROTESTERS SHUT DOWN THE WORK SITE OF THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS AGAIN AND THREE WERE ARRESTED, INCLUDING A MEMBER OF THE WILLITS NEWS STAFF.

TWO PROTESTERS WERE ABLE TO SLIP PAST CHP SECURITY IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS AND ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE STITCHER TOWERS THAT ARE USED TO INSTALL WICK DRAINS INTO THE WETLAND. TRAVIS JOCHIMSEN AND A WOMAN CALLING HERSELF BLUE HERON USED WELDED STEEL LOCKBOXES TO ATTACH THEMSELVES TO THE EQUIPMENT. EVENTUALLY THEY UNLOCKED THEMSELVES AND WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY CHP. A PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE WILLITS NEWS, STEVE EBERHARD, WAS ALSO ARRESTED AT AROUND 6:30 TUESDAY MORNING WHEN HE ARRIVED ON SCENE TO DOCUMENT THE PROTEST. ACCORDING TO EBERHARD, HE HAD LEFT A PHONE MESSAGE ON HIS CAL TRANS CONTACTS CELL PHONE REQUESTING AN ESCORT IN THE AREA OF THE PROTEST. EBERHARD SAYS HE WAS EXPLAINING THIS TO A CHP OFFICER WHEN A SECOND OFFICER HANDCUFFED HIM. EBERHARD WAS CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING AND RELEASED.

HOPLAND FIRE JH 07/24/13

A FIRE EAST OF HOPLAND BURNED 45 ACRES AND THREATENED HOMES OFF OF HIGHWAY 175 TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

THE FIRE, REPORTED AROUND 1:30 OFF OF PRATT RANCH ROAD, GREW TO 30 ACRES WITHIN AN HOUR OF BEING REPORTED. THE VEGETATION FIRE GOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO SHO KA WAH CASINO THAT IT HAD TO BE EVACUATED FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. THE AGGRESSIVELY SPREADING FIRE THREATENED AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF STRUCTURES BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO BOX IT IN WITH FIRE RETARDANT DROPPED BY AIRCRAFT. ACCORDING TO CAL FIRE, THE BLAZE WAS COMPLETELY UNDER CONTROL LESS THAN TWO HOURS AFTER IT WAS REPORTED. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A REPORT OF TRESPASSING LED TO AN ARREST FOR VEHICLE THEFT

JH 07/24/13

A REPORT OF TRESPASSERS LANDED A LAYTONVILLE WOMAN AND A UKIAH MAN BEHIND BARS FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING A CAR.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A PIECE OF PROPERTY NORTH OF LAYTONVILLE FOR A REPORT OF TRESPASSING. 30 YEAR OLD TELLIE JO SIMMONS AND 31 YEAR OLD EUGENE PETERSON WERE FOUND WITH AN SUV PARKED ON THE REPORTING PARTIES PROPERTY, AND CLAIMED THE VEHICLE BELONGED TO A FRIEND AND IT RAN OUT OF GAS. A CHECK OF THE VEHICLES VIN NUMBER REVEALED THE SUV HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN OUT OF UKIAH, AND BOTH SIMMONS AND PETERSON HAD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FOR THEIR ARREST. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE ALSO REVEALED METHAMPHETAMINE, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND SEVERAL ITEMS OF STOLEN PROPERTY LINKED TO THEFTS IN FORT BRAGG. SIMMONS AND PETERSON WERE BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

UKIAH MAN ARRESTED FOR POINTING GUN AT KIDS AFTER TRYING TO RUN THEM DOWN JH 07/24/13

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO RUN OVER TEENAGERS AND THEN POINTED A GUN AT THEIR HOME.

65 YEAR OLD DAVID JOSEPH CARR IS ACCUSED OF ACCELERATING HIS VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING DOWN A SHARED DRIVEWAY, AND SWERVING AT THE KIDS BEFORE GOING INTO HIS HOME AND EMERGING WITH A RIFLE HE POINTED AT THE TEENS RESIDENCE. ACCORDING TO THE TEENS, THEY HAD TO JUMP OVER A FENCE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY OF CARRS VEHICLE. THEY THEN WENT INTO THE HOUSE WHERE THEY LOOKED OUT A WINDOW AND SAW CARR GO INTO HIS HOME AND EMERGE WITH A RIFLE HE POINTED TOWARD THEM. AUTHORITIES FOUND TRACKS IN THE DIRT DRIVEWAY CONSISTENT WITH THE TEENS STORY, AND CARR WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO DRUG BUST JH 07/24/13

A TRAFFIC STOP ON HIGHWAY 101 TURNED IN TO A DRUG BUST.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES PULLED OVER A VEHICLE FOR A VIOLATION OF THE STATE VEHICLE CODE, AND NOTICED THE ODOR OF MARIJUANA EMITTING FROM THE CAR. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE REVEALED PACKAGING MATERIALS COMMONLY USED FOR TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA AS WELL AS OVER $92,000 IN CASH HIDDEN IN THE VEHICLE. 29 YEAR OLD ALLEN FELDMAN OF LOS ANGELES AND 30 YEAR OLD BENJAMIN McCULLY OF HOLLYWOOD WERE BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

OWNER REQUESTS DOWNTOWN UKIAH BUILDING BE DIVIDED JH 07/24/13

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TWO STORY BUILDING ON THE CORNER OF SOUTH SCHOOL AND CHURCH STREETS DOWNTOWN.

OWNER KEVIN BROGAN PROPOSES TO SPLIT THE GROUND FLOOR INTO TWO RENTABLE RETAIL SPACES AS HE BELIEVES IT IS TOO LARGE AND EXPENSIVE TO RENT TO A SMALL LOCAL BUSINESS. BY DIVIDING THE SPACE INTO TWO 1,200 SQUARE FOOT SPACES, IT WOULD BE MORE REALISTIC FOR A START-UP OR SMALL BUSINESS. THE BUILDING WAS OCCUPIED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE FOR 15 YEARS UNTIL THE OFFICE MOVED AS PART OF A CONSOLIDATION TO SAVE THE COUNTY MONEY ON LEASE PAYMENTS. THE COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT AT 6 PM AT THE CIVIC CENTER ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

MCOE DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

JH 07/24/13

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATIONS CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

THE TWO-SEMESTER PROGRAM BEGINS AUGUST 19 AND ENDS NEXT MAY, FOLLOWED BY AN EXTERNSHIP. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS AND IS OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND ADULTS. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS AUGUST 5TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WEB SITE AT WWW.MCOE.US/D/CTE, OR CALL 467-5123.

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