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TWO BODIES FOUND IN VEHICLE PARKED ON HIGHWAY 20 (LAW)

JH 10/21/13

AUTHORITIES RECEIVED A REPORT OF A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE PARKED ALONG HIGHWAY 20, AND FOUND TWO DECEASED BODIES INSIDE.

DEPUTIES LOCATED A MINIVAN PARKED NEAR AN AREA KNOWN AS THE BARK DUMP. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE VAN WAS PARKED IN A MANNER THAT PREVENTED IT FROM BEING SEEN FROM HIGHWAY 20. DEPUTIES CHECKED THE INTERIOR OF THE VAN AND DISCOVERED A DECEASED FEMALE IN THE FRONT DRIVERS SEAT AND A DECEASED MALE IN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT. BOTH VICTIMS APPEARED TO HAVE SUFFERED WOUNDS TO THE HEAD. THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH IS PENDING RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY. A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT THE VICTIMS MAY BE FROM OUT OF THE AREA. THE FEMALE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT AUTHORITIES ARE STILL ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE HER NEXT OF KIN. THE MALE VICTIM HAS YET TO BE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INVESTIGATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

HUNTING ACCIDENT CLAIMS A LIFE (LAW) JH 10/21/13

A HUNTING ACCIDENT NEAR COVELO ON THURSDAY CLAIMED ONE LIFE.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, A MEMBER OF A HUNTING PARTY SAW A WILD PIG APPROXIMATELY 70 YARDS AWAY, UPHILL AND ACROSS A RAVINE. HE TOOK A SHOT AT THE PIG, BUT WHEN HE WENT TO THE AREA WHERE HE LAST SAW THE PIG, HE LOCATED 52-YEAR-OLD EDGARDO GODOY OF RODEO CALIFORNIA WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE ABDOMEN. THE HUNTER IMMEDIATELY RENDERED AID TO THE VICTIM AND CALLED FOR HELP ON A RADIO. OTHER HUNTERS QUICKLY ARRIVED AND ASSISTED IN THE FIRST AID WHILE MOVING THE VICTIM TO A ROAD TO MEET EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM CAL FIRE AND THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE. A SHORT TIME LATER, CAL STAR LANDED TO ASSIST, AND THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. NAMES OF WITNESSES AND THOSE INVOLVED ARE CURRENTLY BEING WITHHELD AS THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT CONTINUES.

BARN BURNS ON OLD RIVER ROAD (LAW) JH 10/21/13

A LARGE BARN WAS DESTROYED WHEN A FIRE BROKE OUT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ON OLD RIVER ROAD BETWEEN UKIAH AND HOPLAND.

THE BLAZE WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT BY A NEIGHBOR WHO SAW IT GLOWING. BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED ON SCENE, THE STRUCTURE WAS FULLY ENGULFED. AUTHORITIES DESCRIBED THE BARN AS OLDER AND FILLED WITH GRAPE HARVESTING EQUIPMENT. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE FIRE, AND A NEARBY GARAGE AND HOME WERE NOT DAMAGED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED, AND IS NOT BELIEVED TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

EARLY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO SHOOTOUT (LAW)

JH 10/21/13

A TRAFFIC STOP OF A SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER TURNED INTO A SHOOTOUT EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

CHP OFFICERS PULLED THE VEHICLE OVER ON NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 29 AT ABOUT 2:30 AM. THE SUSPECTS VEHICLE INITIALLY YIELDED ON THE SHOULDER BEFORE THE SUSPECTS ALLEGEDLY FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS AT OFFICERS AND THEN FLED NORTHBOUND. THE SUSPECTS SOON PULLED OVER AGAIN IN THE AREA OF LIVE OAK DRIVE, THEN MADE A U-TURN AND BEGAN SHOOTING AT OFFICERS AGAIN. A MALE SUBJECT, WHO POLICE SAID WAS IN THE SUSPECTS VEHICLE, EITHER JUMPED OR FELL OUT DURING THE PURSUIT, AND WAS INJURED AND AIRLIFTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THE DRIVER, LATER IDENTIFIED AS WILLIAM EDWARD STEELE OF HOPLAND, EVENTUALLY ABANDONED THE VEHICLE AND FLED ON FOOT. FOLLOWING A SEARCH WITH K-9 TEAMS AND A CHP HELICOPTER, STEELE WAS LOCATED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

LC SUPS TO HOST PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON A HEALTHY LAKE ORDINANCE (GOV) JH 10/21/13

LAKE COUNTY SUPERVISORS ARE HOSTING A PUBLIC WORKSHOP TOMORROW ON A HEALTHY LAKE ORDINANCE.

IF YOU HAVE SOLUTIONS TO KEEP CLEAR LAKE AND LAKE COUNTYS WATERSHED HEALTHY, YOU ARE INVITED TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS AT THIS PUBLIC WORKSHOP. THE HEALTHY LAKE ORDINANCE IS A PROPOSED HALF PERCENT SALES TAX INCREASE, SIMILAR TO LAST YEARS MEASURE E, WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY, PREVENT INVASIVE SPECIES AND ALLEVIATE WEEDS AND ALGAE IN THE LAKE. THE BOARD IS SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT TO FURTHER FINE TUNE THE ORDINANCE BEFORE INTRODUCING IT IN FORMAL SESSION AND VOTING WHETHER OR NOT TO PLACE THE ORDINANCE ON THE BALLOT. THE WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND AT 10:25 AM IN THE BOARD CHAMBERS AT THE LAKE COUNTY COURT HOUSE IN LAKEPORT.

SEWER SMOKE TESTING WILL BE DONE IN FORT BRAGG THIS WEEK (PI)

JH 10/21/13

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG SEWER DEPARTMENT WILL BE SMOKE TESTING THE SEWER COLLECTION SYSTEM THIS WEEK IN AN EFFORT TO LIMIT THE COST OF SEWER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSIONS THAT WILL BE NECESSARY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THE SMOKE TESTING WILL START AT THE SOUTH END OF TOWN WORKING NORTH. THE SMOKE IS NOT TOXIC AND WILL NOT HARM ANYONE. OCCASIONALLY SMOKE WILL COME OUT OF DRAINS IN HOUSES THAT ARE NOT PIPED PROPERLY. IF THIS HAPPENS AT YOUR HOUSE OR BUSINESS, IT IS SUGGESTED YOU CONTACT THE BUILDING INSPECTOR AND A PLUMBER TO FIX THE PROBLEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IF THE SMOKE GETS IN YOUR HOUSE SO WILL SEWER GASSES WHICH COULD BE TOXIC OR DETRIMENTAL IF THE RIGHT CONDITIONS EXIST.

MENDO COUNTY COMMUNITY INNOVATIVE PLANNING MEETING FOR MENTAL HEALTH TOMORROW (GOV) JH 10/21/13

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY INNOVATIVE PLANNING MEETING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT WILL BE TUESDAY IN BOONVILLE.

THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE MEETING TO PROVIDE SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND FEEDBACK ON A POSSIBLE INNOVATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE WHOLE COUNTY. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT THE BOONVILLE CLINIC, CONFERENCE CENTER ON AIRPORT ROAD FROM NOON TO 1 PM.

UKIAH AND WILLITS HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE CHANCE FOR $100,000 GRANT OPPORTUNITY IN STATE FARM PROMOTION (PI) JH 10/21/13

UKIAH AND WILLITS HIGH SCHOOLS NEED YOUR HELP THIS WEEK IN AN EFFORT TO WIN A GRANT FOR $100,000 WHILE RAISING AWARENESS ON TEEN DRIVER SAFETY.

THE OPPORTUNITY COMES THANKS TO THE STATE FARM CELEBRATE MY DRIVE PROMOTION, WHICH WAS CREATED IN 2012 TO SHARE THE BELIEF THAT DRIVING IS A LIFELONG COMMITMENT FROM THE START. ANYONE 14 AND OLDER CAN GO TO WWW.CELEBRATEMYDRIVE.COM AND REGISTER, AND THEN EVERY DAY THROUGH THIS SATURDAY THE 26TH LOG ON AND MAKE A COMMITMENT TO SAFE DRIVING. IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS I WILL NOT TEXT AND DRIVE. THE TEN SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST COMMITMENTS WILL WIN A GRANT FOR $100,000, 90 SCHOOLS WILL WIN GRANTS FOR $25,000, AND THE TOP TWO WILL ALSO GET A GRAND PRIZE CONCERT WITH KELLY CLARKSON. OUR SCHOOLS NEED TO BE RANKED IN THE TOP 50 TO WIN A CASH PRIZE, HOWEVER, THEY ARE CURRENTLY ONLY IN THE TOP 200. LOG ON TODAY TO REGISTER AND MAKE A COMMITMENT TO SAFE DRIVING AND WIN SOME MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOLS.

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