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FORT BRAGG POLICE INVESTIGATE DUMPSTER FIRE (LAW) JH 12/27/13

FORT BRAGG POLICE RESPONDED TO ASSIST THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH A DUMPSTER FIRE AT THE CVS PHARMACY ON DECEMBER 21ST.

AS THE FIRE SPREAD TO NEARBY DEBRIS AND THREATENED OTHER PROPERTY AT THE LOCATION, A POLICE OFFICER USED SEVERAL FIRE EXTINGUISHERS TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THE FIRE UNTIL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ARRIVED. OFFICERS THEN CONTACTED 24-YEAR-OLD WESTON BLACK OF GRASS VALLEY WHO WAS STANDING NEARBY BEING CONFRONTATIONAL WITH FIRE PERSONNEL. A RECORDS CHECK REVEALED THAT BLACK HAD AN EXTRADITABLE WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST OUT OF UTAH, AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS ONGOING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE FIRE SHOULD CONTACT THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 961-2800.

DEFENDANT WHO TORTURED CAT, BEAT HOUSEMATE SENTENCED TO PRISON (LAW) JH 12/27/13

A FORMER SACRAMENTO MAN WHO WAS FOUND GUILTY OF IMPRISONING AND ASSAULTING ANOTHER MAN, AND TORTURING A N ANIMAL AT A FORT BRAGG RESIDENCE, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO PRISON.

24-YEAR-OLD SHAWN MICHAEL LANE WAS SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS EIGHT MONTHS IN STATE PRISON FOR ASSAULTING 25 YEAR OLD JESSE WAYNE GIBSON WITH A CANE, FALSELY IMPRISONING GIBSON AND TORTURING A CAT.

JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR RESISTING ARREST, ESCAPE AND POSSESSION OF POT (LAW) JH 12/27/13

A LAKEPORT JUVENILE WAS ARRESTED ON MONDAY FOR RESISTING ARREST, ESCAPE WITH FORCE AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.

POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF AN INTOXICATED JUVENILE ON FORBES STREET. WHILE TALKING WITH THE BOY, POLICE NOTICED A BAG OF MARIJUANA STICKING OUT OF HIS POCKET, AND A SEARCH REVEALED PARAPHERNALIA. THE JUVENILE THEN ASKED THE OFFICER IF HE WAS GOING TO JUVENILE HALL, AND WHEN THE OFFICER TOLD HIM HE WAS, HE PULLED AWAY FROM THE OFFICERS GRIP AND FLED ON FOOT. HE WAS LOCATED AND HANDCUFFED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGH STREET AND CLEARLAKE AVENUE, BUT BECAME COMBATIVE, INJURING THE OFFICER BEFORE HE FLED ON FOOT AGAIN. THE JUVENILE WAS QUICKLY LOCATED AGAIN, AND PLACED IN THE BACK OF A PATROL CAR. WHILE BEING LED INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL, THE JUVENILE AGAIN ASSAULTED THE OFFICER AND THREATENED TO KILL HER, BUT WAS UNABLE TO ESCAPE CUSTODY THIS TIME.

LAKE MENDOCINO CRITICALLY LOW (EVR) JH 12/27/13

THIS YEARS MINIMAL AMOUNT OF RAIN HAS LED LOCAL WATER OFFICIALS TO ASK THE STATE TO CHANGE HOW IT MEASURES THE AREAS WATER SUPPLY.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS THAT ACCORDING TO THE SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY, THE UKIAH AREA HAS RECEIVED ONLY 7.67 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE JANUARY 1ST. THAT IS ONLY 22 PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE 34.18 INCHES, MAKING 2013 THE LOWEST RAINFALL YEAR ON RECORD IN 120 YEARS. AS A RESULT, THE LOW WATER SUPPLY LEVEL IN LAKE MENDOCINO IS CONSIDERED CRITICAL. TO PRESERVE THE WATER SUPPLY, THE WATER AGENCY IS ASKING THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD TO CHANGE HOW MUCH WATER IS AVAILABLE TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER SYSTEM. INSTEAD OF BASING WATER RELEASES ON THE CUMULATIVE INFLOW INTO LAKE PILLSBURY, THE WATER AGENCY IS ASKING THE STATE TO USE THE ACTUAL AMOUNT OF WATER IN LAKE MENDOCINO AS ITS GAUGE, SINCE LAKE MENDOCINO IS A KEY DRINKING WATER SOURCE FOR THE CITIES OF UKIAH, HEALDSBURG, CLOVERDALE AND HOPLAND, AND WATER RELEASES FROM THE LAKE SUPPORT FLOWS IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER FOR THE THREATENED CHINOOK SALMON AND STEELHEAD TROUT DURING THE FALL AND WINTER SEASONS.

EXTREME WEATHER SHELTER OFFERS HOMELESS AN OVERNIGHT REFUGE (PI) JH 12/27/13

THE HOSPITALITY HOUSE IN FORT BRAGG IS COORDINATING AN EXTREME WEATHER SHELTER ON THE COAST, WITH THE HELP OF LOCAL CHURCHES.

ACCORDING TO THE ADVOCATE NEWS, ANYONE IS WELCOME AT THE EXTREME WEATHER SHELTER, INCLUDING PEOPLE WHO ARE INTOXICATED AND/OR HAVE DOGS. THE SHELTER BEING OPEN, IS DEPENDENT ON THE WEATHER, AND REQUIRES PEOPLE TO CHECK IN AT THE HOSPITALITY HOUSE, FROM WHERE THEY WILL BE SHUTTLED TO THE SHELTER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE HOSPITALITY HOUSE AT 961-1150.

UKIAH UNIFIED TO BUY LAPTOPS FOR STUDENTS (ED) JH 12/27/13

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL SPEND NEARLY $300,000 ON LAPTOPS TO HELP STUDENTS TRANSITION TO THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS THAT ACCORDING TO DISTRICT OFFICIALS, THE PURCHASE IS PART OF A PILOT PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE 1:1 CHROMEBOOK INITIATIVE, AND WILL PROVIDE LAPTOPS TO ALL 900 OF THE DISTRICTS THIRD AND TENTH-GRADE STUDENTS. THE DISTRICT PLANS TO HAVE THE EQUIPMENT IN THE CLASSROOMS BY MARCH 2014, SO THE STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A HIGHER LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOMS IN THE SPRING.

ROAD WORK (TR) JH 12/27/13

THERE ARE ONLY A FEW ROAD WORK PROJECTS CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES THIS WEEK.

REPLACEMENT OF THE GREENWOOD CREEK BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY 1 WILL CONTINUE.

REPLACEMENT OF A CULVERT WITH A BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY 1 AT DUNN CREEK WILL CONTINUE.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WITH A TEMPORARY SIGNAL WILL BE IN EFFECT 24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS PER WEEK. MOTORISTS SHOULD ANTICIPATE 5-MINUTE DELAYS.

CALTRANS WILL BEGIN TO PERFORM SLIDE REPAIRS AGAIN ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE (NEAR FROG WOMAN ROCK). NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE 24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS PER WEEK. MOTORISTS MAY EXPERIENCE MINOR TRAFFIC SLOWDOWNS.

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