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UKIAH SURGEON ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES

JH 07/30/13

A WELL KNOWN UKIAH SURGEON WAS ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES LAST WEEK.

UKIAH POLICE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING 48-YEAR-OLD DOCTOR BRIAN CABLE OF REDWOOD VALLEY FOR SOME TIME, AND THURSDAY, INVESTIGATORS OBTAINED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR CABLE AS WELL AS TWO SEARCH WARRANTS FOR HIS HOME AND OFFICE. DOCTOR CABLE WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, CONSPIRACY, POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS, FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING CONTROLLED PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS, POSSESSION OF FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINED CONTROLLED PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS, AND USING ANOTHER PERSONS IDENTITY FOR AN UNLAWFUL PURPOSE. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND AUTHORITIES WILL RELEASE MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

BABY BOY DIES IN UKIAH JH 07/30/13

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE SUNDAY MORNING DEATH OF A TWO-MONTH OLD UKIAH BOY.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE BOYS FATHER CALLED 911 AROUND 10:20 TO REPORT THAT HIS INFANT SON WAS NOT BREATHING. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE MARSHALL STREET RESIDENCE AND DETERMINED THE CHILD HAD DIED. AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY. ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED SUSPICIOUS.

WANTED PAROLEE FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN UKIAH MOTEL ROOM

JH 07/30/13

A WANTED PAROLEE WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN A UKIAH HOTEL ROOM.

STAFF AT THE REGENCY INN ON SOUTH STATE STREET CALLED POLICE ON THURSDAY MORNING AFTER THEY DISCOVERED A MAN UNCONSCIOUS ON A BED AND WERE UNABLE TO WAKE HIM. POLICE RECOGNIZED THE SUBJECT AS 23-YEAR-OLD FRANCISCO ENRIQUE GONZALES, WHO HAD A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR VIOLATING HIS PAROLE. OFFICERS ALSO FOUND DRUGS, PARAPHERNALIA, AND A LOADED HANDGUN IN THE ROOM. OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO WAKE GONZALES AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

MEN CHARGED IN POT CASE INVOLVING CAPTIVE RUNAWAY MAKE COURT APPEARANCE JH 07/30/13

THE TWO MEN FACING FEDERAL CHARGES FOR A LARGE MARIJUANA GROW AND FOR USING A 15 YEAR OLD RUNAWAY GIRL, WHO THEY ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, ARE DUE IN COURT THIS WEEK.

30-YEAR-OLD RYAN ALAN BALLETTO OF LAKEPORT, AND 25 YEAR OLD PATRICK STEVEN PEARMAIN OF CLEARLAKE COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED OF THE FEDERAL CHARGES AGAINST THEM. AUTHORITIES WHO RAIDED THE GROW FOUND A HUGE CACHE OF WEAPONS AS WELL AS TOOLS FOR SEXUAL BONDAGE AND TORTURE, INCLUDING A METAL BOX THEY ALLEGEDLY KEPT THE TEEN IN ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. BALLETTO AND PEARMAIN ARE SCHEDULED FOR ARRAIGNMENT OR A PRELIMINARY HEARING THIS FRIDAY.

COSTCO HAS EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF UKIAH JH 07/30/13

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS SCHEDULED TODAY TO CONSIDER SENDING A LETTER TO REQUEST A MEETING WITH COSTCO REGARDING A POTENTIAL STORE ON THE OLD MASONITE SITE, HOWEVER, SUCH A MEETING WOULD LIKELY VIOLATE AN EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT THE CITY OF UKIAH HAS WITH THE CORPORATION.

THE CITY AND COSTCO REPRESENTATIVES SIGNED THE EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT IN JANUARY 2011 AND IT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE ENTITLEMENT PROCESS, WHICH INCLUDES APPROVAL OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT AND THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED STORE ON AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD. THE EIR FOR THE PLANNED COSTCO IN UKIAH IS EXPECTED TO BE BACK BEFORE THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION ON AUGUST 9TH, AND IF CERTIFIED, WILL THEN GO TO THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL. THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT WOULD THEN GO BACK TO THE COMMISSION, TENTATIVELY IN LATE SEPTEMBER.

SKUNK TRAIN GETTING TRAINS TO WILLITS TODAY JH 07/30/13

THE SKUNK TRAIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT WILL BE SENDING TRAINS THROUGH ITS DAMAGED TUNNEL TODAY TO RESTORE SERVICE FROM THE WILLITS END OF THE RAILWAY.

TRAIN SERVICE ALL BUT STOPPED IN APRIL WHEN TUNNEL NUMBER ONE, JUST 7 MILES OUTSIDE OF FORT BRAGG, COLLAPSED. THANKS TO FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM NUMEROUS PEOPLE AND THE SAN FRANCISCO BASED SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE, THE RAIL COMPANY ACQUIRED THE MONEY THAT IS ALLOWING THEM TO CLEAR AND REPAIR THE COLLAPSED TUNNEL AND RESTORE SERVICE OF THE HISTORIC RAILROAD. TRAIN SERVICE FROM WILLITS TO NORTHSPUR WILL RESUME TOMORROW, JULY 31ST. WORK ON THE TUNNEL WILL CONTINUE AND THE TRAIN IS NOT EXPECTED TO RESUME FULL SERVICE FROM THE FORT BRAGG SIDE OF THE LINE UNTIL MID AUGUST.

SMOKE & HAZE IN SKIES FROM OREGON FIRES JH 07/30/13

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION REPORTED THAT THE LARGE AMOUNT OF SMOKE AND HAZE OVER LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES IS FROM FIRES IN OREGON.

ACCORDING TO CAL FIRE, AS OF MONDAY MORNING, THERE ARE NO FIRES BURNING IN THE AREA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVISES THAT THE WEATHER PATTERN WILL CHANGE THIS WEEK CAUSING THE SMOKE TO LEAVE THE AREA.

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