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FATAL CHRISTMAS DAY SHOOTING (LAW) JH 12/30/13

AN INVESTIGATION INTO A FATAL CHRISTMAS DAY SHOOTING RESULTED IN THE SEIZURE OF NEARLY 1,000 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA AND WEAPONS.

AUTHORITIES RECEIVED A 911 CALL AROUND 9:50 AM CHRISTMAS MORNING FROM A MAN REPORTING AN INTRUDER ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO HIS RESIDENCE ON HUNTER POINT ROAD IN UPPER LAKE. THE CALLER TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT THE INTRUDER HAD SOME TYPE OF GUN AND THAT HE HAD BEEN SHOT. SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ON SCENE FOUND 30 YEAR OLD MAURICE OLIVER WATTS III DECEASED FROM AN APPARENT GUN SHOT WOUND. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE DEATH IS ONGOING AND NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE RELATED TO HIS DEATH. DEPUTIES ALSO LOCATED A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AT THE LOCATION. DEPUTIES SERVED TWO ADDITIONAL SEARCH WARRANTS DURING THE INVESTIGATION AND SEIZED 980.9 POUNDS OF POT, 3 HANDGUNS, 13 RIFLES AND RESTRICTED ARMOUR PIERCING AND TRACER AMMUNITION. THE PROPERTY OWNERS, 40-YEAR-OLD JAMES MICHAEL JEAN AND 49 YEAR OLD NORA KATHERINE JEAN WERE BOTH BOOKED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER SATURDAY MORNING CRASH (LAW) JH 12/30/13

TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED SATURDAY MORNING AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER NEAR HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE.

20 YEAR OLD SAMUAL CLARK OF COBB WAS DRIVING SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR HOFACKER LANE WHEN, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, HE ALLOWED HIS VEHICLE TO DRIFT TOWARDS THE RIGHT SHOULDER OF THE ROAD. CLARK THEN OVERCORRECTED AND VEERED BACK ACROSS THE ROAD HITTING AN EMBANKMENT WHICH CAUSED THE VEHICLE TO OVERTURN. CLARK SUFFERED ONLY MINOR INJURIES AND WAS BOOKED TWO FELONY COUNTS OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. HIS PASSENGER, 18 YEAR OLD DONALD WAYNE LEOS OF HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES AND WAS ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND POSSESSION OF A DIRK OR DAGGER.

BLUE SANTA VISITS FIVE FAMILIES (PI) JH 12/30/13

ON DECEMBER 22ND, FIVE FAMILIES WERE SURPRISED WHEN THEY RECEIVED A VISIT FROM BLUE SANTA.

FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, SELECTED FAMILIES IN THE FORT BRAGG COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN SURPRISED TO SEE MANY FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ALONG WITH BLUE SANTA SHOW UP AT THEIR HOME WITH FOOD AND GIFTS. BLUE SANTA SHOWS UP WITH A COMPLETE CHRISTMAS DINNER, FAMILY GIFTS, AND MANY GIFTS FOR THE CHILDREN, THANKS TO THE UNSELFISH GIVING OF POLICE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS, CITY HALL STAFF, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND MANY DONATIONS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS.

UKIAH POLICE TO PURCHASE THREE NEW VEHICLES (GOV/LAW)

JH 12/30/13

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF THREE NEW VEHICLES FOR THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS THAT, ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF CHRIS DEWEY, THE CITYS BUDGET INCLUDED FUNDS FOR TWO PATROL VEHICLES, AND HE WANTED TO REPLACE A COMMAND STAFF VEHICLE THAT HAS OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS, USING ASSET FORFEITURE FUNDS. DEWEY SAID THAT ZUMWALT FORD IN ST HELENA SUBMIT THE LOWEST BID FOR THE VEHICLES. COUNCIL MEMBERS ASKED ABOUT PURCHASING FROM A LOCAL DEALERSHIP, AND DEWEY TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT UKIAH FORD ELECTED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS BID. THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF ALL THREE VEHICLES FROM ZUMWALT FORD.

UKIAHS PALACE HOTEL COVERED AND PROTECTED FROM WEATHER (PI)

JH 12/30/13

THE ROOF OF THE PALACE HOTEL IN UKIAH HAS BEEN COMPLETELY COVERED AND PROTECTED FROM WINTER WEATHER.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE BUILDINGS OWNER, ELADIA LAINES UPDATED THE CITY COUNCIL AT THEIR DECEMBER 18TH MEETING. LAINES INFORMED THE COUNCIL THAT THE SECOND PHASE OF DEBRIS REMOVAL HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT, AND IS READY TO BEGIN. ABOUT 197 TONS OF MATERIAL FROM THE BUILDING HAS BEEN REMOVED, AND ACCORDING TO THE CONTRACTOR, ANOTHER 100 TONS OF DEBRIS STILL NEEDS TO BE REMOVED. THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO CONTINUE A VOTE FOR ANOTHER MONTH, ON WHETHER THE CITY SHOULD TAKE OVER THE ABATEMENT PROCESS OF THE HOTEL.

CAT FIRE REMINDS US TO PROTECT AGAINST HEATING RELATED FIRES (PI)

JH 12/30/13

CAL FIRE WANTS TO REMIND YOU THAT DURING THE COLD WINTER MONTHS, THERE IS AN INCREASE IN HOME FIRES DUE TO DANGEROUS HEATING EQUIPMENT OR UNSAFE PRACTICES.

HALF OF ALL HOME HEATING FIRES ARE REPORTED DECEMBER THROUGH FEBRUARY. WITH A FEW SIMPLE SAFETY TIPS AND PRECAUTIONS, YOU CAN PREVENT MOST HOME HEATING FIRES FROM HAPPENING.

CAL FIRE SUGGESTS:

KEEP ANYTHING THAT CAN BURN AT LEAST 3 FEET AWAY FROM HEATING EQUIPMENT LIKE FURNACES AND FIREPLACES,

HAVE A 3 FOOT KID FREE ZONE AROUND OPEN FIRES AND SPACE HEATERS,

ALWAYS TURN PORTABLE HEATERS OFF WHEN LEAVING A ROOM OR GOING TO BED, AND

MAKE SURE FIREPLACES HAVE STURDY SCREENS TO PREVENT SPARKS FROM ESCAPING.

FOR MORE SAFETY TIPS AND INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FIRE.CA.GOV.

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