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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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