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BURGLARY SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY JH 07/25/13

A BURGLARY SUSPECT THAT POLICE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SINCE JULY 1ST WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON SATURDAY.

ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE VICTIMS HAD RECENTLY ALLOWED A COUPLE TO RESIDE WITH THEM IN THEIR RESIDENCE ON WAUGH LANE, THOUGH THEY ONLY KNEW THE MALE SUBJECT BY HIS NICKNAME. A FEW DAYS BEFORE REPORTING THE BURGLARY, THE VICTIMS CAME HOME AND THEIR GUESTS TOLD THEM THEY HAD FRIENDS OVER AND BELIEVE THE FRIENDS STOLE ITEMS FROM THE RESIDENCE. THE GUESTS THEN LEFT QUICKLY. THE FOLLOWING DAY, ONE OF THE GUESTS RETURNED SOME OF THE STOLEN PROPERTY, AND THEN SOMETIME LATER IN THE MONTH, MORE STOLEN PROPERTY WAS RETURNED. BASED ON DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SUSPECT, POLICE IDENTIFIED 23-YEAR-OLD ANDREW JOHN MARTINEZ, A CONVICTED FELON WITH A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST, AS THE PRIMARY SUSPECT. ON JULY 20TH, AUTHORITIES LOCATED MARTINEZ AT A RESIDENCE ON DONNER COURT IN UKIAH WHERE HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT. A SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE REVEALED MORE STOLEN PROPERTY, FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, JEWELRY AND DRUGS. MARTINEZ WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

CITY OF LAKEPORT BEGINS ENFORCEMENT OF NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE JH 07/25/13

THE CITY OF LAKEPORT AND THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE CITYS NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE BECAME LAW ON JULY 18TH.

THE POLICE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE NOW PROVIDING EDUCATION RELATED TO THE ORDINANCE AS WELL AS ENFORCING IT. KEY PROVISIONS OF THE NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE INCLUDE:

NO MARIJUANA CULTIVATION IS ALLOWED IN A RESIDENCE OR AN ATTACHED GARAGE.

ALL MEDICAL MARIJUANA MUST BE GROWN IN A SECURE, DETACHED STRUCTURE THAT IS PROVIDED WITH AN EFFECTIVE ODOR FILTRATION SYSTEM.

THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF CANNABIS PLANTS, INSTEAD, THE MAXIMUM AREA OF THE PLANT CANOPY IS 80 SQUARE FEET, AND

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION IS NOT PERMITTED WITHIN 300 FEET OF ANY SCHOOL, CHILD CARE CENTER, PARK OR PLAYGROUND.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEW LAKEPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ORDINANCE, CONTACT THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AT CITY HALL.

MOTHER OF INTOXICATED TODDLER TAKEN TO JAIL JH 07/25/13

THE BOONVILLE MOTHER WHO ADMITTED SHE ALLOWED HER 2 YEAR OLD SON TO INGEST LIFE-THREATENING AMOUNTS OF ALCOHOL AND METHAMPHETAMINE WAS WARNED AND REMANDED INTO CUSTODY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN COURT.

SAMANTHA DELVALLE PLEADED GUILTY IN MAY TO FELONY CHILD ABUSE AND ENDANGERMENT. THE JUDGE SUSPENDED HER FOUR YEAR STATE PRISON TERM IN FAVOR OF 270 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL, BECAUSE DELVALLE IS YOUNG AND HAS NO PRIOR RECORD. HOWEVER, DELVALLE FAILED TO REPORT TO JAIL ON JULY 15TH, AND 2 DAYS LATER SUBMIT PAPER WORK FOR A NEW SURRENDER DATE. IN COURT THIS WEEK, THE JUDGE WARNED DELVALLE THAT IF SHE AGAIN VIOLATES ANY OF HER PROBATION TERMS, THE RESULT WOULD BE HER SERVING THE ORIGINAL SENTENCE OF UP TO FOUR YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

SENIOR RENT INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR LAKEPORT BALLOT JH 07/25/13

SAVE OUR SENIORS, THE GROUP BEHIND THE PUSH TO GET A SENIOR MOBILE HOME RENT CONTROL INITIATIVE ON THE BALLOT, HAVE COLLECTED ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO DO SO.

THE GROUP HAS QUALIFIED THE INITIATIVE FOR THE NOVEMBER 2014 BALLOT WITH 317 VALID SIGNATURES, 47 MORE THAN NEEDED. THEY ARE CONTINUING TO COLLECT MORE SIGNATURES TO REACH THE GOAL OF 2,100 SIGNATURES THAT THEY BELIEVE ARE NEEDED TO GET THE SAME INITIATIVE ON THE COUNTYWIDE BALLOT AS WELL. IF THE INITIATIVE PASSES, RENT INCREASES FOR SENIOR MOBILE HOMES WOULD BE TIED TO INCREASES IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.

MAN TRIES TO RUN DOWN EX GIRLFRIENDS HUSBAND JH 07/25/13

A WILLITS MAN IS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO RUN DOWN HIS EX-GIRLFRIENDS HUSBAND.

THE VICTIM, A 51 YEAR OLD WILLITS MAN, WAS DRIVING WITH HIS WIFE AND HER DAUGHTER FROM A PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH 42 YEAR OLD SHELBY EDWARD REDENIUS, WHEN REDENIUS BEGAN FOLLOWING THE VEHICLE. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, WHEN THE VICTIM ARRIVED AT HIS CROPLEY LANE HOME AND TRIED TO EXIT THE VEHICLE, REDENIUS ACCELERATED TOWARDS HIM COMING WITHIN INCHES OF HITTING HIM. REDENIUS THEN BEGAN SPINNING DOUGHNUTS AROUND THE VEHICLE, AND THEN DROVE INTO THE OPEN DRIVERS SIDE DOOR AND BENDING IT FORWARD BEFORE DRIVING AWAY. THE DRIVER WAS UNINJURED, AS WERE HIS WIFE AND HER 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHO WERE INSIDE THE VEHICLE. REDENIUS WAS LOCATED DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 20 AND ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT.

LC SUPERVISORS TRANSFER FUNDS FROM SHERIFFS BUDGET TO FIGHT RIVEROS APPEAL JH 07/25/13

LAKE COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE TAKEN MONEY FROM THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT BUDGET TO FIGHT THE SHERIFF IN A LEGAL BATTLE WITH THE COUNTY.

IN MAY, A MENDOCINO COUNTY JUDGE RULED THAT SHERIFF RIVERO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE LEGAL FEES ACCRUED WHILE FIGHTING THE DA IN THE SHERIFFS PLACEMENT ON THE BRADY LIST OF OFFICERS WITH CREDIBILITY ISSUES, AFTER HE WAS FOUND TO HAVE LIED DURING AN INVESTIGATION. SHERIFF RIVERO IS NOW APPEALING A COURT RULING THE HE, NOT THE COUNTY, MUST PAY ATTORNEY FEES ASSOCIATED WITH A LEGAL BATTLE WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY. TUESDAY, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED TO TRANSFER MONEY FROM THE SHERIFFS OFFICE BUDGET TO HIRE COUNCIL TO FIGHT THE SHERIFFS APPEAL. SHERIFF RIVERO PROTESTED THE DECISION, BUT THE BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO TAKE THE FUNDS ANYWAY.

SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ERADICATES 6,200 POT PLANTS THIS WEEK

JH 07/25/13

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS NARCOTICS TASK FORCE ERADICATED OVER 6,200 MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM TWO LOCATIONS ON MONDAY.

IN APRIL, DETECTIVES CONDUCTED OVERFLIGHT MISSIONS IN THE MIDDLETOWN AREA IN AN EFFORT TO LOCATE ILLICIT MARIJUANA GROWS AND IDENTIFIED TWO GARDENS IN THE AREAS KNOWN AS DOG ROCK AND BLACK OAK. MONDAYS ERADICATION BROUGHT THE DEPARTMENTS TOTAL OF MARIJUANA PLANTS DESTROYED THIS YEAR TO OVER 128,000. TO MAKE AN ANONYMOUS TIP IN REGARD TO A MARIJUANA GROW, CALL 263-3663.

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