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BODY FOUND IN OCEAN IDENTIFIED (LAW) JH 11/27/13

A BODY FOUND IN THE OCEAN NEAR GUALALA SATURDAY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A MISSING ROSEVILLE MAN.

57 YEAR OLD STEPHEN CLARKE PEASE WAS REPORTED MISSING ON OCTOBER 31ST. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT HE HAD CHECKED OUT OF A FORT BRAGG AREA MOTEL ON NOVEMBER 3RD. JUST AFTER NOON ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, RECREATIONAL DIVERS SWIMMING NEAR THE SHORE IN GUALALA, LOCATED PEASES BODY FLOATING IN THE WATER, WHICH IS ABOUT 50 TO 60 MILES FROM THE MOTEL WHERE HE WAS LAST SEEN. PEASE WAS KNOWN TO BE DRIVING A RENTED SILVER 2014 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA WITH OREGON LICENSE PLATE 500GKN. THE VEHICLES WHEREABOUTS ARE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME. PEASES CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS STILL IN RECOVERY PROCESS (PI) JH 11/29/13

LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO CLEAN UP IN THE AFTERMATH OF A POWERFUL WIND STORM THAT RIPPED THROUGH LAKE COUNTY LAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

SOME OF THE STEPS TO TAKE AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

IF YOU ARE STILL HAVING POWER OUTAGES, CONTACT PG&E.

IF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS IS DAMAGED AND YOU HAVE PROPERTY INSURANCE, CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS PROCLAIMED AN EMERGENCY. THE PROCLAMATION LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF RECEIVING STATE OR FEDERAL AID FOR DAMAGE. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUNDING AND IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY.

IF YOU ARE A SENIOR CITIZEN WHO NEEDS REPAIRS DONE, HAMMERS OF HOPE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU. THEY CAN BE REACHED AT 349-2628.

THE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES WEBSITE HAS ADDITIONAL RECOVERY INFORMATION AT WWW.CALOES.CA.GOV.

MISSING POTTER VALLEY STATUE FOUND (LAW) JH 11/29/13

THE POTTER VALLEY COWBOY, A 12 FOOT TALL REDWOOD CARVING, AND SOME WHAT OF AN ICON IN THE VALLEY, HAD GONE MISSING OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT WAS FOUND WEDNESDAY..

ACCORDING TO CAROL HALE, WHOS HUSBAND NOEL CARVED THE STATUE IN THE LATE 1980S, THE WINDSTORM LAST WEEK KNOCKED THE STATUE OVER ON FRIDAY. HALE HAD CALLED IN SOMEONE WITH A BACKHOE TO LIFT THE STATUE BACK INTO PLACE ON MONDAY, BUT BY THE TIME THEY GOT TO IT, IT WAS GONE. THE STATUE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EASY TO TAKE, AS IT IS ESTIMATED TO WEIGH ABOUT 400 POUNDS. THE STATUE WAS LOCATED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LYING ON THE GROUND AT THE NEW RODEO GROUNDS IN WILLITS, AND HAS BEEN RETURNED TO THE HALES YARD WHERE IT WAS TAKEN FROM.

COMMERCIAL DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON OPENS SUNDAY (PI) JH 11/29/13

THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON NORTH OF MENDOCINO COUNTY, STARTS THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST.

QUALITY TESTS CONDUCTED IN THE REGION HAVE SHOWN THAT THE CRABS ARE READY FOR HARVEST. EARLY REPORTS FROM CRABBERS ON THE CENTRAL COAST HAVE SAID THERE ARE FEWER CRABS THIS SEASON, COMPARED TO LAST, HOWEVER, THE CRABS CAUGHT ARE LARGER AND HEAVIER WITH MORE MEAT. DECEMBER 1ST MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON FROM THE SOUTHERN MENDOCINO COUNTY LINE TO THE OREGON BORDER.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL UNHAPPY ON LACK OF PROGRESS WITH PALACE HOTEL (GOV) JH 11/29/13

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL HAS EXPRESSED ITS FRUSTRATION WITH THE LACK OF PROGRESS MADE ON THE DILAPIDATED PALACE HOTEL.

AT LAST WEEKS COUNCIL MEETING, THE OWNER OF THE HOTEL, ELADIA LAINES WAS ASKED WHY THE BUILDING IS STILL NOT FULLY WEATHERPROOFED AGAINST WINTER RAINES. LAINES HAD INDICATED THAT THE CONTRACTOR WAS USING HEAVY VINYL SHEETING TO KEEP 75 TO 80 PERCENT OF THE WATER OUT, THAT COULD BE GETTING IN. THE COUNCIL EXPRESSED THAT THEY WANT TO SEE THE ROOF REPAIRED TO KEEP ALL OF THE WATER OUT AND PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE. THE COUNCIL THEN UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO DELAY A VOTE FOR ANOTHER MONTH, THAT WOULD ALLOW THE CITY TO TAKE OVER ABATEMENT OF THE BUILDING.

MALE JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY IN FORT BRAGG (LAW)

JH 11/29/13

A FORT BRAGG JUVENILE WAS ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY THIS WEEK.

FORT BRAGG POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF AN INTERRUPTED BURGLARY IN PROGRESS. ACCORDING TO POLICE, MICHAEL JOHNSON HAD ARRIVED AT HIS LIVINGSTON STREET HOME TO FIND A MALE JUVENILE RANSACKING THE PLACE. JOHNSON DETAINED THE BOY FOR POLICE. AN INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT THE MALE JUVENILE WAS POSSIBLY INSIDE THE RESIDENCE SINCE THE PREVIOUS EVENING GOING THROUGH JOHNSONS BELONGINGS. THE JUVENILE WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JUVENILE HALL IN UKIAH.

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BODY FOUND IN OCEAN IDENTIFIED (LAW) JH 11/27/13

A BODY FOUND IN THE OCEAN NEAR GUALALA SATURDAY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A MISSING ROSEVILLE MAN.

57 YEAR OLD STEPHEN CLARKE PEASE WAS REPORTED MISSING ON OCTOBER 31ST. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT HE HAD CHECKED OUT OF A FORT BRAGG AREA MOTEL ON NOVEMBER 3RD. JUST AFTER NOON ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, RECREATIONAL DIVERS SWIMMING NEAR THE SHORE LOCATED PEASES DECEASED BODY FLOATING NEAR GUALALA, WHICH IS ABOUT 50 TO 60 MILES FROM THE MOTEL WHERE HE WAS LAST SEEN. PEASE WAS LAST KNOWN TO BE DRIVING A RENTED SILVER 2014 CHEVROLET CAPTIVA WITH OREGON LICENSE PLATE 500GKN, AND AT THIS TIME THE VEHICLES WHEREABOUTS ARE UNKNOWN. PEASES CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BODY FOUND IN OCEAN NEAR GUALALA (LAW) JH 11/27/13

AUTHORITIES ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A BODY FOUND IN THE OCEAN NEAR GUALALA SATURDAY.

JUST AFTER NOON, RECREATIONAL DIVERS SWIMMING NEAR THE SHORE LOCATED A FLOATING BODY AND CALLED THE SHERIFFS OFFICE. A FISH AND WILDLIFE WARDEN SWAM OUT TO THE BODY AND BROUGHT IT TO SHORE, WHERE A HELICOPTER HAD TO BE USED TO BRING THE BODY UP THE STEEP CLIFFS. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, THE BODY APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN IN THE WATER FOR MORE THAN A FEW DAYS AND NO IDENTIFICATION WAS FOUND. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE DECEASED.

THE McCABE FIRE-UPDATE (LAW) JH 11/27/13

THE McCABE FIRE, WHICH BEGAN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, AND IS BURNING IN THE AREA OF THE GEYSERS, IS STILL BURNING, BUT FULL CONTAINMENT IS NEARING.

FIREFIGHTERS HAVE STOPPED THE FIRE WITH 3,505 ACRES CONSUMED SO FAR AND IT IS 95 PERCENT CONTAINED AS OF LAST NIGHT. ONE POWER PLANT COOLING TOWER HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND FIVE INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. CAL FIRE HOPES TO HAVE THE BLAZE FULLY CONTAINED TODAY.

HIGH GLADE FIRE UPDATE (LAW) JH 11/27/13

THE HIGH GLADE FIRE BURNING IN THE UPPER LAKE RANGER DISTRICT OF THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST IS NEARING FULL CONTAINMENT.

THE FIRE, SPOTTED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING HAS BURNED 305 ACRES AND IS 70 PERCENT CONTAINED AS OF TUESDAY AFTERNOON. VISITORS AND HUNTERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE AREA DUE TO INCREASED FIRE TRAFFIC AND THE DANGERS OF THE BLAZE ITSELF. ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST, FULL CONTAINMENT IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THE WEEK. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BROTHER ASSAULTS BROTHER IN WILLITS (LAW) JH 11/27/13

A WILLITS MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER GETTING INTO A FIGHT WITH HIS BROTHER AND THEN PULLING A KNIFE ON HIM.

ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, VAN AND JUSTIN SLAGLE HAD REPORTEDLY GOTTEN INTO AN ARGUMENT THAT ESCALATED INTO A FIGHT AT A RESIDENCE ON PRIMROSE AVENUE. THE ALTERCATION WAS THE RESULT OF JUSTIN SLAGLE BEING DISRESPECTFUL OF THE PAIRS MOTHER. AT SOME POINT DURING THE FIGHT, JUSTIN ARMED HIMSELF WITH A KNIFE, CHASED AFTER VAN AND ATTEMPTED TO HIT HIM WITH A METAL DETECTOR. JUSTIN WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

LAKE COUNTY STILL ASSESSING DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEKS WIND STORM (PI) JH 11/27/13

LAKE COUNTY IS STILL ASSESSING DAMAGE AND CONTINUES THE RECOVERY PROCESS FROM LAST WEEKS WIND STORM.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS FROM FRIDAYS WINDS WERE INITIALLY SLOWED BY THE EXTENSIVE POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED LINES. POWER WAS FINALLY RESTORED TO ALL CUSTOMERS SUNDAY EVENING. SOME OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO PUBLIC PROPERTY OCCURRED AT THE COUNTY OWNED HOLIDAY HARBOR MARINA IN NICE, WHERE ABOUT HALF THE DOCKS WERE DESTROYED, AWNINGS CRUSHED AND MORE. KEELING PARK IN NICE HAD A TREE FALL ON THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS AND THERE IS ROOF DAMAGE AT THE UPPER LAKE LIBRARY. HOWEVER, RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES WERE THE HARDEST HIT, PARTICULARLY IN THE COMMUNITY OF NICE. SO FAR, ABOUT 25 PERCENT OF THE HOMES SURVEYED HAVE SOME FORM OF ROOF DAMAGE OR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. ANYONE THAT NEEDS INFORMATION ON THE RECOVERY PROCESS CAN GO TO WWW.CALOES.CA.GOV.

SEVERAL SMALL FIRES REPORTED AROUND THE UKIAH AREA TUESDAY (LAW) JH 11/27/13

SEVERAL SMALL FIRES WERE REPORTED AND EXTINGUISHED QUICKLY TUESDAY IN AND AROUND UKIAH.

JUST AFTER 11 AM, A DEBRIS FIRE WAS REPORTED AT THE COW MOUNTAIN GUN RANGE. VEGETATION FIRES WERE REPORTED NEAR RETECH JUST BEFORE 2 PM, AND ANOTHER FIRE WAS REPORTED SHORTLY BEFORE 3 PM ON THE HILL BEHIND THE HILLSIDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER ON LAWS AVENUE. THANKS TO QUICK RESPONSES FROM OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS, ALL THE FIRES WERE QUICKLY CONTROLLED AND EXTINGUISHED WITH MINIMAL DAMAGED.

CAL FIRE WARNS OF FIRE DANGERS DURING HOLIDAY COOKING (PI)

JH 11/27/13

WITH THANKSGIVING TOMORROW, CAL FIRE WANTS TO REMIND EVERYONE ABOUT THE DANGERS THAT HOME FIRES POSE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

MOST HOME FIRES BEGIN IN THE KITCHEN AS A RESULT OF COOKING. TO HELP REDUCE THE CHANCE OF FIRE AND INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH HOLIDAY COOKING, CAL FIRE REMINDS YOU TO NOT LEAVE COOKING UNATTENDED AND KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT YOU FRY. TURN POT HANDLES TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE STOVE. WHEN USING A TURKEY FRYER, BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED OIL LEVEL AND ONLY USE THE DEVISE OUTDOORS. AND MAKE SURE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS HANDY AT ALL TIMES. NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE. FOR MORE TIPS, VISIT WWW.FIRE.CA.GOV.

POTTER VALLEY COWBOY STATUE MISSING (LAW) JH 11/26/13

THE POTTER VALLEY COWBOY, A 12 FOOT TALL REDWOOD CARVING, AND SOME WHAT OF AN ICON IN THE VALLEY, HAS GONE MISSING.

ACCORDING TO CAROL HALE, WHOS HUSBAND NOEL CARVED THE STATUE IN THE LATE 1980S, THE WINDSTORM LAST WEEK KNOCKED THE STATUE OVER ON FRIDAY. HALE HAD CALLED IN SOMEONE WITH A BACKHOE TO LIFT THE STATUE BACK INTO PLACE ON MONDAY, BUT BY THE TIME THEY GOT TO IT, IT WAS GONE. THE STATUE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EASY TO TAKE, AS IT IS ESTIMATED TO WEIGH ABOUT 400 POUNDS, AND HALE IS HOPING THAT SOMEONE MAY HAVE SEEN THE THEFT OR KNOWS WHERE THE STATUE MAY BE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE MISSING COWBOY IS ASKED TO CALL CAROL HALE AT 489-6444.

CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EMERGENCY DECLARATION (GOV) JH 11/26/13

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION DUE TO THE SEVERE WIND STORM LAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

THOUGH THE ACTUAL EMERGENCY IS OVER, THE DECLARATION IS A FORMALITY THAT WILL HELP EXPEDITE THE CLEANUP PROCESS, IT GIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT EXTRA AUTHORITY, AND ALLOWS THE PURCHASE OF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES TO HELP ADDRESS THE CITYS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE RECOVERY PROCESS FROM THE DEVASTATING HIGH WINDS. THE DECLARATION WILL ALSO ASSIST PROPERTY OWNERS IN PROVIDING DOCUMENTATION FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES. THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE HAS ALSO DESIGNATED A GREEN WASTE DROP OFF LOCATION AT THE PUBLIC WORKS CORPORATION YARD ON AIRPORT ROAD OFF OF OLD HIGHWAY 53. ONLY TREE AND BRUSH DEBRIS WILL BE ACCEPTED, AND THERE IS NO CHARGE.

THE McCABE FIRE-UPDATE (LAW) JH 11/26/13

THE McCABE FIRE, WHICH BEGAN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, AND IS BURNING IN THE AREA OF THE GEYSERS, IS STILL BURNING, BUT HAS NOT SPREAD MUCH SINCE YESTERDAY.

FIREFIGHTERS HAVE STOPPED THE FIRE WITH 3,505 ACRES CONSUMED SO FAR AND IT IS 85 PERCENT CONTAINED AS OF LAST NIGHT. ONE POWER PLANT COOLING TOWER HAS BEEN DESTROYED AND FIVE INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT DOWNED POWER LINES CAUSED BY HIGH WINDS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE. CAL FIRE HOPES TO HAVE THE BLAZE FULLY CONTAINED BY TOMORROW.

WINDSOR FATHER SLASHES SON DURING ARGUMENT (LAW) JH 11/26/13

A WINDSOR MAN WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY ON SUSPICION OF SLASHING HIS SON WITH A KNIFE IN A SAFEWAY PARKING LOT.

A SHOPPER AT THE GROCERY STORE CALLED 911 AFTER FINDING 27 YEAR OLD TAYLOR DUNN ON THE GROUND YELLING THAT HE HAD BEEN STABBED. DUNN TOLD POLICE THAT HE HAD PRESCRIPTIONS FOR NARCOTICS AND OTHER DRUGS, AND HIS FATHER DEMANDED HE GET MORE DRUGS FOR HIM AND THREATENED HIM. WHEN TAYLOR WAS UNABLE TO GET MORE PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED, HIS FATHER, THOMAS ALLEN DUNN, BECAME ANGRY, PULLED A KNIFE AND TRIED TO STAB HIM IN THE STOMACH. IN THE SCUFFLE, THE ELDER DUNN SLASHED HIS SONS PALMS BEFORE HE WAS ABLE TO EXIT THE VEHICLE. THOMAS DUNN WAS LOCATED AND BOOKED INTO SONOMA COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

LAKE COUNTY ANNOUNCES WASTE SITES FOR STORM RELATED DEBRIS (LAW) JH 11/26/13

IN AN EFFORT TO HELP RESIDENTS IN THEIR CLEAN-UP EFFORTS AND PREVENT ILLEGAL DUMPING, THE LAKE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICES HAS PLACED THREE LARGE DUMPSTERS AT DIFFERENT SITES IN LAKE COUNTY FOR THE COLLECTION OF STORM RELATED DEBRIS.

NO HOUSEHOLD WASTE, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS OR GREEN WASTE SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE DUMPSTERS. THERE WILL BE SEPARATE AREAS NEAR THE DUMPSTERS THAT WILL BE IDENTIFIED AS GREEN WASTE SITES, WHERE YOU CAN PLACE TREE LIMBS, LEAVES, BARK DEBRIS AND ANY OTHER STORM-RELATED VEGETATION WASTE. THE DUMPSTERS ARE LOCATED IN UPPER LAKE AT 575 EAST HIGHWAY 20; IN LUCERNES HARBOR PARK AT 6225 EAST HIGHWAY 20, AND IN NICE AT THE NORTHSHORE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON MANZANITA DRIVE.

PICKUP TRUCK HITS CLEARLAKE RESTAURANT IN CRASH (LAW)

JH 11/26/13

A PICKUP TRUCK CRASHED INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE BEFORE HITTING A RESTAURANT MONDAY MORNING IN CLEARLAKE.

POLICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A TRUCK DRIVING RECKLESSLY AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED ON LAKESHORE DRIVE. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, BY THE TIME POLICE ARRIVED, THE TRUCK HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE AND FLIPPED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE CRASHING INTO THE FRONT OF HOWARDS GROTTO RESTAURANT. DUE TO THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE, THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK, 26-YEAR-OLD JOE COOK OF KENTUCKY, AND THE DRIVER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE, 49 YEAR OLD EDWARD GONZALES OF CLEARLAKE HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM THEIR VEHICLES BY THE LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT. BOTH MEN WERE FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. LAST NIGHT, GONZALES WAS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. ANYONE THAT WITNESSED THE COLLISION IS ASKED TO CONTACT OFFICER MIKE CARPENTER AT 994-8251.

SUTTER DONATES TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS (PI) JH 11/26/13

SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL AND SUTTER HEALTH HAVE DONATED $10,000 TO LAKE COUNTY FOOD BANKS.

THE KELSEYVILLE FOOD PANTRY AND LAKE COUNTY HUNGER TASK FORCE EACH RECEIVED A $5,000 CHECK FROM SUTTER. THIS $10,000 DOLLAR DONATION IS PART OF A MUCH LARGER $250,000 DONATION BY THE SUTTER HEALTH NETWORK TO FOOD BANKS THROUGHOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE DONATIONS ARE MADE ON BEHALF OF SUTTERS DEDICATED PHYSICIANS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

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THE McCABE FIRE (LAW) JH 11/25/13

THE McCABE FIRE, WHICH BEGAN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, AND IS BURNING IN THE AREA OF THE GEYSERS, IS STILL RAGING AS FIREFIGHTERS WORK TO TOWARDS CONTAINMENT.

THE FIRE HAS CONSUMED 3,505 ACRES SO FAR AND IS 75 PERCENT CONTAINED AS OF THIS MORNING. ONE POWER PLANT COOLING TOWER HAS BEEN DESTROYED SO FAR AND THREE INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT DOWNED POWER LINES CAUSED BY HIGH WINDS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE. CAL FIRE HOPES TO HAVE THE BLAZE FULLY CONTAINED BY TOMORROW.

HIGH GLADE FIRE (LAW) JH 11/25/13

FIREFIGHTERS ARE CURRENTLY BATTLING A FIRE IN A REMOTE AREA NORTH OF HIGH GLADE LOOKOUT ON THE UPPER LAKE RANGER DISTRICT OF THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST.

ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE BLAZE WAS SPOTTED SATURDAY MORNING, AND IS ESTIMATED TO BE HOLDING AT ABOUT 350 ACRES WITH CONTAINMENT ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 5 PERCENT. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WIND KNOCKS OVER SEMI ON HIGHWAY 20 (LAW) JH 11/25/13

HIGH WINDS KNOCKED A SEMI OVER ON ITS SIDE FRIDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 20 NEAR ROBINSON RANCHERIA.

THE TRUCKS DRIVER, ALLEN CLASS OF BANDON OREGON, WAS HEADED WESTBOUND WHEN A GUST OF WIND HIT HIS EMPTY 40 FOOT TRAILER TIPPING IT OVER, WHICH PULLED THE CAB OVER AS WELL. THE HIGHWAY WAS LIMITED TO ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WHILE AUTHORITIES UPRIGHTED THE TRUCK. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

SPECIAL LAKE COUNTY BOS MEETING TOMORROW (GOV) JH 11/25/13

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONVENE A SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY TO CONFIRM THE EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY FOR LAKE COUNTY DUE TO THE SEVERE WIND STORM LAST THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS PROCLAIMED THE EMERGENCY FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO ALLOW COUNTY DEPARTMENTS TO EXPEDITE THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES AND HIRE OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS TO HELP ADDRESS THE COUNTYS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE RECOVERY PROCESS FROM THE DEVASTATING HIGH WINDS. THE MEETING WILL BE TOMORROW MORNING AT 9 AM IN THE SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS AT THE LAKE COUNTY COURT HOUSE ON FORBES STREET.

MENDOCINO COUNTY FORMER CAO PASSES (PI) JH 11/25/13

MENDOCINO COUNTYS FORMER CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER PASSED AWAY OVER THE WEEKEND.

AL BELTRAMI, WAS THE COUNTYS CAO FOR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, FROM 1965 TO 1990 WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. HE WAS REHIRED BY THE COUNTY AS AN INTERIM CEO IN 2006, AND ALSO SERVED ON VARIOUS BOARDS OVER THE YEARS. ACCORDING TO SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN, BELTRAMI WAS A PERSON WHO UNDERSTOOD THE NEED FOR OUR LEADERS TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF FIGHTING EACH OTHER. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN MADE YET, AND WILL BE HANDLED BY THE EVERSOLE MORTUARY. BELTRAMI WAS 79 YEARS OLD.

THE RETECH FIRE (LAW) JH 11/25/13

A FIRE NEAR RETECH FRIDAY MORNING BURNED ALMOST 100 ACRES, BUT WAS CONTAINED BY THAT EVENING.

ACCORDING TO CAL FIRE, THE BLAZE STARTED A LITTLE AFTER 10 AM ON HENRY STATION ROAD. THE FIRE CONSUMED 50 ACRES IN THE FIRST COUPLE HOURS, BUT FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL BY LATE AFTERNOON. WITH A TOTAL OF 82 ACRES BURNED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LAKE COUNTY OFFERING FREE GREEN WASTE COLLECTION (PI)

JH 11/25/13

AS LAKE COUNTY CONTINUES WITH CLEANUP FROM LAST WEEKS WIND STORM, THE COUNTY IS OFFERING FREE ASSISTANCE WITH GREEN WASTE COLLECTION.

TODAY, THE COUNTY WILL SET UP GREEN WASTE COLLECTION SITES AND LARGE DEBRIS BOXES IN SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS ALONG THE NORTHSHORE, WHERE THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE WAS DONE. ON THE SOUTH END OF THE LAKE, GREEN WASTE CAN BE DROPPED OFF FOR FREE AT THE CITY OF CLEARLAKES CORPORATION YARD. ONLY TREE AND BRUSH DEBRIS WILL BE ACCEPTED. THE SERVICE WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE THROUGH JANUARY 15TH. ACCORDING TO COUNTY OFFICIALS, VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO NEEDED. IF INTERESTED, CALL THE LAKE COUNTY PERSONNEL OFFICE AT 263-2213.

WILLITS GROCERY STORE TO CLOSE (PI) JH 11/25/13

A WILLITS GROCERY STORE WILL BE CLOSING DUE TO THE PARENT COMPANY FILING CHAPTER ELEVEN BANKRUPTCY TO REORGANIZE ITSELF.

ACCORDING TO AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY C & K MARKETS INC, BASED IN BROOKINGS OREGON, THE COMPANY WILL ELIMINATE ABOUT ONE THIRD OF ITS STORES, INCLUDING THE LOBUCKS MARKET IN WILLITS. THE STORE WILL BE CLOSED OR SOLD BY THE END OF DECEMBER. C & K MARKETS ALSO OWNS RAYS FOOD PLACE IN CLEARLAKE AND BRUNOS SHOP SMART IN LAKEPORT. BOTH LAKE COUNTY MARKETS WILL REMAIN OPEN AND WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE BANKRUPTCY PROCESS.

ARSONIST SENTENCED TO PRISON (LAW) JH 11/25/13

A WILLITS MAN THAT WAS CONVICTED OF STARTING SEVERAL FIRES WHILE ALSO VOLUNTEERING FOR THE WILLITS-LITTLE LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FRIDAY.

22 YEAR OLD BRICE LEE McKINNON WAS ARRESTED IN AUGUST ON SEVERAL COUNTS OF ARSON TO FOREST LANDS AFTER ALLEGEDLY STARTING MULTIPLE FIRES IN THE WILLITS AREA IN JULY AND AUGUST. McKINNON WAS SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON.

WINDSTORM KNOCKS DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES AND CLOSES SCHOOLS (EVR) JH 11/22/13

A VIOLENT WINDSTORM LAST NIGHT CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY THURSDAY THAT WAS SOON UPDATED TO A HIGH WIND WARNING, AND FOR GOOD REASON. GUSTS UP TO 60 MILES AN HOUR WERE EXPECTED AND KNOCKED DOWN TREES AND POWER POLES IN DOZENS OF LOCATIONS CAUSING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS THIS MORNING. SEVERAL FIRES WERE ALSO STARTED INCLUDING ONE AT THE GEYSERS GEOTHERMAL STEAM FIELDS. TREES FELL ON SEVERAL HOMES AND VEHICLES, AND AT LEAST ONE HOME IN NICE HAD IT ROOF RIPPED OFF BY THE WINDS. THOUSAND OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER, SOME FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. POWER OUTAGES ALSO CAUSED THE CLOSURE OF NUMEROUS SCHOOLS TODAY, INCLUDING THOSE IN POTTER VALLEY AND UPPER LAKE.

UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION CERTIFIES COSTCO EIR (GOV) JH 11/22/13

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED AT LAST NIGHTS MEETING, THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR A NEW COSTCO STORE ON AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD BE CERTIFIED.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, AS WELL AS CONCERNED CITIZENS, VOICED THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT WETLANDS ON THE PROPERTY WHERE COSTCO WILL BUILD, WHICH IS BETWEEN KEN FOWLER MOTORS AND THE END OF AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD. OTHERS RAISED CONCERNS THAT PAYING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, LIKE NEW FREEWAY OFF RAMPS AND OTHER TRAFFIC MITIGATION SHOULD NOT FALL ON THE CITY. HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR, THOSE IMPROVEMENTS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN WHETHER COSTCO COMES TO UKIAH OR NOT. IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE BUILD-OUT OF THE BUSINESS PARK. IN THE END, THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE REZONING REQUEST AND THE STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONDITIONS, WHICH WERE NECESSARY FOR THE EIR TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR CERTIFICATION.

FIRE AT GEYSERS GEOTHERMAL STEAM FIELD (LAW) JH 11/22/13

HIGH WINDS BLOWING OVER A UTILITY ARE BELIEVED TO BE THE CAUSE OF AN EARLY MORNING FIRE THAT STARTED AT THE GEYSERS GEOTHERMAL STEAM FIELD.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 2 AM THIS MORNING. FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE REPORTED WINDS IN EXCESS OF 30 MILES PER HOUR THAT WERE PUSHING THE FLAMES NORTH. DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO ACCESS THE FIRE. FIREFIGHTERS FROM BOTH LAKE AND SONOMA COUNTIES ARE CURRENTLY BATTLING THE BLAZE THAT HAS ALREADY CONSUMED OVER 25 ACRES.

UKIAH WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE (LAW) JH 11/22/13

A UKIAH WOMAN WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, AS WELL AS DRUG CHARGES AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

UKIAH POLICE NOTICED A VEHICLE NEAR WASHINGTON AVENUE AND SOUTH DORA STREET JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AS IT FAILED TO STOP COMPLETELY AT THE INTERSECTION AND WAS WEAVING. WHEN POLICE ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE, THE DRIVER, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 29-YEAR-OLD BOBBI LEE MAKI, FLED AT HIGH SPEEDS. THE CHASE HEADED DOWN ORR SPRINGS ROAD AND ONTO LOW GAP ROAD REACHING SPEEDS OF 80 MILES PER HOUR AND LASTED OVER 50 MINUTES BEFORE THE VEHICLE BECAME DISABLED AND STOPPED SEVERAL MILES OUTSIDE OF UKIAH. DURING THE PURSUIT, MAKI WAS SEEN REPEATEDLY THROWING SUSPECTED DRUGS OUT THE WINDOW. ONE POUND OF MARIJUANA, AND SEVERAL GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE WERE FOUND IN HER VEHICLE, AS WELL AS POWDERED METH ALL OVER THE DRIVERS DOOR PANEL AND WINDOW SILL OF THE VEHICLE. MAKI WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

FORT BRAGG ATTORNEY KILLED IN CAR CRASH (LAW) JH 11/19/13

A FORT BRAGG DEFENSE ATTORNEY DIED IN A SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH ON HIGHWAY 20 WHEN HIS VEHICLE ROLLED INTO A CANYON.

57 YEAR OLD THOMAS CROAK WAS HEADED WESTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 20 ABOUT 17 MILES EAST OF FORT BRAGG, WHEN HE ENTERED A CORNER TOO WIDE AND OVERCORRECTED, CROSSING BOTH LANES OF TRAFFIC AND GOING OVER THE EDGE OF THE HIGHWAY. CROAK DIED OF HIS INJURIES, AND HIS PASSENGER, 46-YEAR-OLD BRIAN WAGONER WAS TAKEN THE MENDOCINO COAST DISTRICT HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

TWO REDWOOD VALLEY RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR THURSDAY MORNING LUCERNE SHOOTING (LAW) JH 11/22/13

TWO REDWOOD VALLEY RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED THURSDAY MORNING FOR AN ALLEGED SHOOTING IN LUCERNE.

JUST AFTER 12:30 AM, DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED ON THE REPORT OF GUNFIRE ON COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE. WHILE ENROUTE DEPUTIES STOPPED A VEHICLE THAT MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECTS VEHICLE, AND DETAINED 35-YEAR-OLD SAMANTHA LEE RILLA AND 36 YEAR OLD STEPHEN ANTHONY THOMAS. DEPUTIES AT THE SCENE REPORTED THAT THE SUSPECTS SHOWED UP AT THE VICTIMS RESIDENCE AND BEGAN ARGUING. AT SOME POINT, THE VICTIM PUNCHED THOMAS IN THE FACE KNOCKING HIM DOWN STAIRS. THOMAS THEN PULLED A HAND GUN AND PISTOL WHIPPED THE VICTIM BEFORE FIRING ONE ROUND AT HIS FEET, HITTING HIS PANTS. THE VICTIMS AND SEVERAL WITNESSES IDENTIFIED RILLA AND THOMAS AS THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHOOTING. BOTH RILLA AND THOMAS WERE BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION AREA DESIGNATION (GOV) JH 11/22/13

THE US SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS, FORESTS, AND MINING HELD A HEARING WEDNESDAY ON THE PROPOSED BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA THAT WOULD PERMANENTLY PROTECT 350,000 ACRES OF PUBLIC LANDS, INCLUDING THOUSANDS OF ACRES IN LAKE COUNTY.

ACCORDING TO SENATOR BARBARA BOXER, THIS BILL WILL PUT THE BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN REGION ON THE MAP AS A DESTINATION FOR FAMILIES AND RECREATION ENTHUSIASTS, AND IT PERMANENTLY PROTECTS THIS AREA FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY. THE HEARING PAVES THE WAY FOR A VOTE ON THE LEGISLATION IN THE FULL SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION TO DISCUSS COSTCO EIR TONIGHT (GOV)

JH 11/21/13

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT TO DISCUSS THE COSTCO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT.

THE COMMISSION WILL DISCUS WHETHER OR NOT TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO CERTIFY THE EIR. THE PROJECT REQUIRES THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF A REZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF A 148,000 SQUARE FOOT STORE WITH A BAKERY, PHARMACY, OPTICAL CENTER TIRE CENTER AND 16 PUMP GAS STATION. APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTION OF A STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE SIGNIFICANT AND UNAVOIDABLE TRAFFIC, AIR QUALITY, AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS IDENTIFIED IN THE EIR. THIS BASICALLY DECLARES THAT THE STORES POSITIVE IMPACTS OUTWEIGH THE NEGATIVES. THE HEARING IS TONIGHT AT 6 PM IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL DELAYS REMOVAL OF REDWOOD TREES AT UDJ (GOV) JH 11/21/13

AT WEDNESDAY NIGHTS CITY COUNCIL MEETING, THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO ALLOW THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL TIME TO INVESTIGATE ITS OPTIONS ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SAVING THE THREE REDWOOD TREES IN FRONT OF THEIR BUILDING.

AN ARBORIST HAS TOLD THE CITY THAT THE TREES ARE IN POOR HEALTH, AND THAT BECAUSE OF THEIR LOCATION, THE BEST SOLUTION WAS TO CUT THEM DOWN. HOWEVER, MANY WOULD LIKE TO FIND A WAY TO SAVE THE REDWOODS. THE PUBLISHER OF THE DAILY JOURNAL HAS SAID THAT THE NEWSPAPER MAY BE WILLING TO ASSUME LIABILITY AND FUTURE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE TREES, BUT THEY NEED MORE TIME TO COMPLETE THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MATTER. THE CITY COUNCIL THEN CHOSE TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION AT ITS NEXT MEETING IN DECEMBER.

WILLITS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SELL PROPERTY TO PAT DEBT (GOV)

JH 11/21/13

AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MADE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE WILLITS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO SELL A SURPLUS PIECE OF PROPERTY AND USE THE PROCEEDS TO HELP REDUCE THE DISTRICTS BOND DEBT.

THE 1.5 ACRE PROPERTY ON COMMERCIAL STREET, ADJACENT TO MENDO MILL, WAS LAST ASSESSED AT A VALUE OF $345,000, AND THE DISTRICT IS STILL $700,000 DOLLARS SHORT ON AN UPCOMING BOND PAYMENT OF $4.9 MILLION DOLLARS. MONEY FROM THE SALE, PAIRED WITH THE REMAINING BALANCE TAKEN FROM THE DISTRICTS GENERAL FUND, WOULD ALLOW THE DISTRICT TO MAKE ITS PAYMENT IN JULY 2014 AS REQUIRED.

LC BOARD OF SUPS CONSIDER USE TAX ORDINANCE (GOV/ECN)

JH 11/21/13

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CONSIDERED A DRAFT ORDINANCE AT THIS WEEKS MEETING, THAT WILL IMPOSE A HALF PERCENT USE TAX THAT WOULD FUND A VARIETY OF WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS AROUND CLEAR LAKE.

THE MEASURE IS ESTIMATED TO GENERATE APPROXIMATELY $2.4 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR PROGRAMS LIKE RESTORATION OF MIDDLE CREEK MARSH, DREDGING BURNS VALLEY CREEK, AS WELL AS AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES AND QUAGGA MUSSEL PREVENTION PROGRAMS. IF APPROVED, THE ORDINANCE WOULD GO THE THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION AND BACK TO THE SUPERVISORS BEFORE APPEARING ON THE JUNE 2014 BALLOT.

BROADBAND SURVEY FOR CPUC (BB) JH 11/21/13

IF YOURE FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR INTERNET ACCESS, THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY INVITES YOU TO TAKE A SURVEY FOR THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, OR CPUC, AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND SERVICE AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

EXPANDING BROADBAND SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS IS DIFFICULT FOR MANY REASONS, INCLUDING THE METHODOLOGY USED TO COLLECT DATA FOR THE STATE BROADBAND COVERAGE MAP. THIS MAP IS CREATED BY THE CPUC FROM ADVERTISED COVERAGE AND SPEED DATA PROVIDED BY THE INTERNET PROVIDERS, SUCH AS AT&T, VERIZON, AND COMCAST. IN A HUGE BREAKTHROUGH FOR CONSUMERS, THE CPUC IS NOW ACCEPTING INPUT DIRECTLY FROM RESIDENTS TO VALIDATE OR INVALIDATE THESE ADVERTISED COVERAGE SPEEDS. THIS IMPROVED ACCURACY WILL HELP THE CPUC TO GUIDE EFFECTIVELY BROADBAND SUBSIDIES TO AREAS OF GREATEST NEED WHEN GRANTS ARE REVIEWED FOR BROADBAND EXPANSION. TAKE THE SURVEY AT www.broadbandmap.ca.gov. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS, CALL THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY FOR INFORMATION ON WHERE TO GET A PAPER COPY TO MAIL IN. THEIR NUMBER IS 354-2262. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE SURVEY ON AN ANDROID MOBILE APP CALLED CALSPEED.

CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT (GOV) JH 11/21/13

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT TO DISCUSS A REPORT ON A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM THAT PREVENTS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND MAJOR REMODELS ON A PORTION OF LAKESHORE DRIVE.

THE CITY IMPLEMENTED THE MORATORIUM OVER THE SUMMER IN AN EFFORT TO GAIN TIME TO WORK ON DESIGN STANDARDS FOR THE LAKESHORE DRIVE CORRIDOR. THE MORATORIUM AFFECTS LAKESHORE DRIVE FROM OLD HIGHWAY 53 TO OLYMPIC DRIVE. THE MEETING WILL BE AT 6 PM TONIGHT IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CLEARLAKE CITY HALL.

TWO ARRESTED IN CLEARLAKE ON DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES (LAW)

JH 11/20/13

A TRAFFIC STOP IN CLEARLAKE TURNED INTO A DRUG BUST IN WHICH TWO ARRESTS WERE MADE AND DRUGS AND WEAPONS SEIZED.

CLEARLAKE POLICE CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP ON 38 YEAR OLD RONALD COOK SUNDAY AFTERNOON. COOK WAS FOUND TO BE DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND WAS CITED AND HIS VEHICLE IMPOUNDED. DURING A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE, OFFICERS FOUND MARIJUANA AND OTHER ITEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG SALES. AUTHORITIES THEN SEARCHED COOKS RESIDENCE AND FOUND A QUARTER POUND OF METHAMPHETAMINE, OVER 9 POUNDS OF PROCESSED POT, A .40 CALIBER HANDGUN, AND MORE THAN $7,000 IN CASH. COOK AND 60 YEAR OLD VIRGINIA CINOLLO WERE BOTH BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

CA STATE LIBRARY OFFERS NORTH STATE PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND NON PROFITS A SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRANTS TRAINING (PI) JH 11/20/13

THE CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY WILL PROVIDE A LIMITED NUMBER OF NORTH STATE PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WITH FULL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRANTS TRAINING.

KNOWING HOW TO IDENTIFY AND PURSUE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR RURAL PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND OTHER NONPROFITS. THE GRANTSMANSHIP CENTERS ACCLAIMED 5-DAY GRANTSMANSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM IS OPEN AND FREE TO 501c3 NON PROFITS, THOUGH SPACE IS LIMITED. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE, At SVANTREASE.

STATE VEHICLE REGISTRATION TO INCLUDE QUAGGA MUSSEL FEE (GOV)

JH 11/20/13

DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM CONCERNED CITIZENS REGARDING INVASIVE MUSSEL INFESTATIONS IN CALIFORNIAS BODIES OF WATER, BOAT OWNERS WILL NOW SEE AN ADDITIONAL FEE ON THEIR CALIFORNIA DMV VESSEL REGISTRATION.

THE FEE IS THE RESULT OF AB2443 THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR BROWN IN 2012, AND THE MONEY WILL HELP MAKE GRANTS AVAILABLE TO LOCAL AGENCIES TO FUND QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSEL PREVENTION PLANS. BOAT OWNERS WANTING TO USE CLEAR LAKE, WILL ALSO STILL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN LAKE COUNTYS MUSSEL PREVENTION PLAN, BY PURCHASING A LAKE COUNTY QUAGGA MUSSEL STICKER, AS THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT STATE FUNDS WILL BE AWARDED TO LAKE COUNTY. 2014 MUSSEL STICKERS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN LATE DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER NEW OFFICERS FOR UPD (GOV/LAW)

JH 11/20/13

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS AT TONIGHTS MEETING THE POSSIBILITY OF INCREASING STAFF FOR THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE POLICE CHIEF, THE FORCE IS SHORT STAFFED DUE TO OFFICERS LEAVING FOR OTHER AGENCIES AND SEVERAL ON MEDICAL LEAVE. THE CITYS BUDGET COVERS FUNDING FOR 28 OFFICERS, THOUGH OFFICIALS SAY THAT 32 IS THE IDEAL NUMBER NEEDED TO ADEQUATELY STAFF THE DEPARTMENT. THE STAFF REPORT FOR TONIGHTS MEETING INDICATED THAT REACHING THE GOAL OF 32 OFFICERS IS NOT POSSIBLE DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR, BUT ALLOWING THE HIRING PROCESS TO BEGIN WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO REACH THEIR GOAL IN THE FUTURE. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT AT 6 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

MENDO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SHUFFLES JUDGES (GOV/LAW)

JH 11/20/13

MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT PRESIDING JUDGE DAVID NELSON RECENTLY SHUFFLED THE JUDGES AND ANNOUNCED THE JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2014.

JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENTS ARE REVIEWED EVERY TWO YEARS AND NEW ASSIGNMENTS ARE MADE AS APPROPRIATE. FOR THE NEW YEAR, MANY JUDGES ASSIGNMENTS DID NOT CHANGE, HOWEVER, FORMER PRESIDING JUDGE RICHARD HENDERSON WILL MOVE TO DEPARTMENT E WHERE HE WILL PRESIDE OVER THE CIVIL DEPARTMENT. JUDGE CINDY MAYFIELD MILL MOVE TO DEPARTMENT F AND WILL PRESIDE OVER THE JUVENILE DIVISION. AND JUDGE NELSON WILL MOVE TO DEPARTMENT H TO HEAR THE MASTER CRIMINAL CALENDAR WHERE ALL CRIMINAL CASES START BEFORE BEING REFERRED TO THE TWO TRIAL DEPARTMENTS. ALL OTHER JUDGES WILL REMAIN IN THEIR CURRENT DEPARTMENTS.

PARENT COMPANY OF TWO LAKE COUNTY MARKETS FILES CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY (PI) JH 11/20/13

THE PARENT COMPANY OF TWO LAKE COUNTY SUPERMARKETS AND ONE IN WILLITS HAS FILED FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY, AND WILL BE REORGANIZING THE COMPANY.

C & K MARKETS INC, BASED IN BROOKINGS OREGON, OWNS RAYS FOOD PLACE IN CLEARLAKE, BRUNOS SHOP SMART IN LAKEPORT, AND LOBUCKS IN WILLITS. ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY, THEY PLANS ON SELLING OR CLOSING ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THEIR STORES, HOWEVER, BOTH LAKE COUNTY MARKETS WILL REMAIN OPEN AND WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE BANKRUPTCY PROCESS. THE WILLITS LOBUCKS STORE IS ON THE LIST OF STORES TO CLOSE OR BE SOLD.

GUERNEVILLE MAN SHOT DEAD BY SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES (LAW) JH 11/20/13

A GUERNEVILLE MAN WAS SHOT TO DEATH DURING A STANDOFF WITH SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES EARLY TUESDAY.

58 YEAR OLD WAYNE COURTRIGHT AND HIS WIFE MANAGE THE RIVERLANE RESORT IN GUERNEVILLE, AND COURTRIGHTS WIFE CALLED AUTHORITIES MONDAY NIGHT JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ACCUSING HER HUSBAND OF BEING DRUNK, SUICIDAL AND ARMED WITH A RIFLE WHEN HE THREATENED TO KILL HER. SHE WAS INSTRUCTED TO LEAVE THE LOCATION IMMEDIATELY AND DID SO WITH HER DAUGHTER. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY HEARD SEVERAL GUNSHOTS INSIDE THE HOUSE. SWAT WAS CALLED AND THE HOME WAS SURROUNDED WHEN COURTRIGHT EMERGED AND BEGAN FIRING AT DEPUTIES. COURTRIGHT WAS SHOT SEVERAL TIMES AND DIED AT THE SCENE.

ROAD WORK THIS WEEK (TR) JH 11/20/13

THERE ARE NUMEROUS ROAD WORK PROJECTS CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

PG&E WILL BE TRIMMING TREES ON HIGHWAY 128 FROM JUST EAST OF MONTE BLOYD ROAD TO JUST WEST OF PHILO. THE WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM WEEKDAYS.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE DONE ON HIGHWAY 175 FROM THE COBB POST OFFICE TO ANDERSON SPRINGS ROAD. THE WORK IS ONGOING FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM WEEKDAYS.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 TO 10 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

KELSEYVILLE MAN ARRESTED WITH CRYSTAL METH (LAW) JH 11/19/13

A TRAFFIC STOP IN UPPER LAKE TURNED INTO A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND DRUG BUST.

DETECTIVES OBSERVED 33 YEAR OLD JEREMY WAYNE GRIFFIN PULLING INTO A GAS STATION IN UPPER LAKE ON NOVEMBER 13 IN A PORSCHE WITH A BROKEN WINDSHIELD. GRIFFIN DROVE AROUND THE LOT AND THEN ACCELERATED ONTO HIGHWAY 20 FAR ABOVE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT. AUTHORITIES ATTEMPTED TO PULL GRIFFIN OVER BUT HE FLED REACHING SPEEDS OF 90-MILES PER HOUR. EVENTUALLY, GRIFFIN TURNED ONTO A DEAD END STREET AND FLED ON FOOT BEFORE AUTHORITIES LOCATED HIM. DETECTIVES ALSO LOCATED OVER 40 GRAMS OF CRYSTAL METH THAT GRIFFIN DROPPED DURING THE CHASE. GRIFFIN WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL DECLARES PHASE 2 WATER EMERGENCY (GOV)

JH 11/19/13

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY MONDAY NIGHT, TO ENACT A PHASE 2 WATER EMERGENCY FOR THE CITY OF WILLITS.

A PHASE 2 WATER EMERGENCY CAN BE DECLARED IF ON NOVEMBER 1ST, THE CITYS STORAGE RESERVOIRS ARE LESS THAN FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY ACRE FEET, AND THEY ARE CURRENTLY AT FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN ACRE FEET. THE COUNCIL THINKS IT IS PRUDENT TO BE CAUTIOUS AND WANTS THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE OF THE WATER SHORTAGE. WITH A PHASE 2 EMERGENCY, THE WATERING OF LAWNS SHALL BE LIMITED. EVEN NUMBERED ADDRESSES CAN WATER ONLY ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, AND ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES CAN WATER ON WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SUNDAY. WATERING AND IRRIGATION IS NOT PERMITTED ON MONDAYS, AND ALL WATERING AND IRRIGATION IS PROHIBITED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 7 PM.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS REDWOODS IN FRONT OF UDJ (GOV)

JH 11/19/13

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS AT WEDNESDAYS MEETING, THE POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF THREE REDWOOD TREES LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL.

ACCORDING TO THE CITY, THE TREES, REPORTEDLY PLANTED IN 1918, HAD BEEN DEEMED A SAFETY HAZARD AND THE CITY PLANNED TO REMOVE THEM. HOWEVER, THE REMOVAL WAS PUT ON HOLD AS CITY STAFF RESEARCHED THE RIGHTS OF THE CITY VERSUS THE RIGHTS OF THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, WHICH OWNS THE PROPERTY. ACCORDING TO A CITY REPORT, UKIAH PUBLIC WORKS STAFF HAS PULLED CORRESPONDING MAPS AND AN 1888 CITY ORDINANCE THAT INDICATE THE TREES ARE IN THE CITYS RIGHT-OF-WAY. THE REPORT ALSO INDICATED THAT THE NEWSPAPER MAY BE WILLING TO TAKE OVER MAINTENANCE OF THE TREES. JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH AT 6 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

FORT BRAGG MAN KILLED IN CAR CRASH (LAW) JH 11/19/13

A FORT BRAGG MAN DIED IN A SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH ON HIGHWAY 20 WHEN HIS VEHICLE ROLLED INTO A CANYON.

THE UNIDENTIFIED 57 YEAR OLD DRIVER WAS HEADED WESTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 20 ABOUT 17 MILES EAST OF FORT BRAGG, WHEN HE ENTERED A CORNER TOO WIDE AND OVERCORRECTED, CROSSING BOTH LANES OF TRAFFIC AND GOING OVER THE EDGE OF THE HIGHWAY. THE DRIVER DIED OF HIS INJURIES, AND HIS 46-YEAR-OLD UNIDENTIFIED PASSENGER WAS TAKEN THE MENDOCINO COAST DISTRICT HOSPITAL.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL GETS BYPASS UPDATE (GOV/TR) JH 11/19/13

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL RECEIVED AN UPDATE FROM CAL TRANS ON THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AT LAST WEEKS MEETING.

ACCORDING TO CAL TRANS, DUE TO CLEAR WEATHER, THE CONTRACTOR WORKED LONGER THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE OF OCTOBER 18 AS THE WINTER WRAP UP DATE. THIS ALLOWED THEM TO GET A NUMBER OF OTHER PORTIONS OF THE PROJECT MOVING ALONG. THE UNDERGROUNDING OF UTILITIES IN THE AREAS WHERE THE FREEWAY WILL CROSS WILLITS STREETS IS 75 PERCENT COMPLETE. THIS WILL ALLOW THE BRIDGE WORK TO START FIRST THING IN THE SPRING. DESPITE THE CONTINUED CLEAR WEATHER, THE CONTRACTOR HAS CALLED AN END TO THE ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION FOR THE SEASON.

LAKE COUNTY DAS OFFICE GETS GRANT FOR DUI PROSECUTION (LAW)

JH 11/19/13

THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE RECENTLY RECEIVED A GRANT FOR OVER $240,000 TO FUND A PROSECUTION TEAM THAT WILL FOCUS ON DUI CASES.

THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM IS TO REDUCE OR PREVENT TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND INJURIES DUE TO IMPAIRED DRIVERS. THE ATTORNEYS ON THE TEAM WILL RECEIVE SPECIAL TRAINING IN PROSECUTING ALCOHOL AND DRUG IMPAIRED DRIVERS.

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY AS HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA (GOV/LAW) JH 11/19/13

THE WHITE HOUSE DRUG POLICY DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED THE DESIGNATION OF 12 COUNTIES IN NINE STATES, INCLUDING HUMBOLDT COUNTY, AS HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS.

HUMBOLDT JOINS MOST BAY AREA COUNTIES, AS WELL AS LAKE, MENDOCINO AND SONOMA COUNTIES WITH THIS NEW DESIGNATION. THE DESIGNATION WILL ALLOW THE COUNTIES TO RECEIVE FEDERAL RESOURCES TO FURTHER THE COORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF DRUG CONTROL EFFORTS AMONG FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.