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HERO REMEMBERED AT MEMORIAL (PI) JH 03/27/14

AN ESTIMATED CROWN OF ABOUT TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE FILLED COTTON AUDITORIUM AND AN OVERFLOW AUDITORIUM YESTERDAY MORNING TO HONOR AND REMEMBER MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY RICKY DEL FIORENTINO, WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST WEEK.

THE MEMORIAL LASTED MORE THAN TWO HOURS AS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COWORKERS CELEBRATED A MAN WHO WAS A DEDICATED LAWMAN, A LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER, AND A CARING FRIEND. SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN SAID OF DEL FIORENTINO, HIS GENTLE SMILE WAS ENOUGH TO CALM CERTAIN SITUATIONS, AND HIS SIZE WAS ENOUGH TO CALM OTHERS. DEL FIORENTINO, A 16-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, ALSO SERVED 10 YEARS WITH THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT. HE LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND FIVE CHILDREN, AND ACCORDING TO SHERIFF ALLMAN, HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A HERO.

WOMAN HIT IN PARKING LOT, FELON ARRESTED, BICYCLE STOLEN (LAW) JH 03/27/14

A WOMAN WALKING THROUGH HE PEAR TREE CENTER PARKING LOT MONDAY, WAS HIT BY A CAR, WHICH STARTED A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT LED TO THE ARREST OF A WANTED FELON, AND A SECOND ARREST FOR BICYCLE THEFT.

MONDAY EVENING, 26 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS KENT TOW STRUCK A 44 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH HIS CAR. SHE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER. WHILE WRITING A CITATION FOR TOW, WHO WAS DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, THE OFFICER SAW 30 YEAR OLD JOSE ALBERTO MORA MEJIA WALKING NEAR-BY. KNOWN TO HAVE A FELONY WARRANT, THE OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT MEJIA, WHO FLED, BUT WAS ULTIMATELY CAUGHT AND ARRESTED IN THE HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT. THE OFFICER RETURNED TO THE ACCIDENT TO FIND THAT THE HUSBAND OF THE VICTIM HAD ARRIVED ON A BICYCLE TO CHECK ON HIS WIFE, AND THAT HIS BICYCLE HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM WHERE HE LEFT IT LEANING AGAINST A BUILDING. A WITNESS PROVIDED A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT, WHO WAS LOCATED AT THE McDONALDS JUST UP THE STREET. 29-YEAR-OLD TOMMY JOEL WHITE OF MAINE ADMITTED THE THEFT AND HE TOO WAS ARRESTED.

WILLITS TO SELL WASTE WATER TO BYPASS CONTRACTORS (GOV)

JH 03/27/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL IS IN NEGOTIATIONS TO SELL TREATED WASTEWATER TO BYPASS CONTRACTORS TO BE USED FOR DUST ABATEMENT, RATHER THAN POTABLE WATER.

THE CITY CURRENTLY PAYS TO GET RID OF TREATED WASTEWATER, BUT THE CONTRACTOR HAS EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN REIMBURSING THE CITY FOR USING THE WATER. THE CITY COUNCIL SEES THIS AS A WIN WIN SITUATION THAT WILL REDUCE THE NEED FOR USE OF PRIVATE WELLS FOR CONSTRUCTION NEEDS. THE RATE PER GALLON IS CURRENTLY BEING NEGOTIATED.

CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN CHANGES MENDO COUNTY STAFF, PLANS OPEN HOUSE (GOV) JH 03/27/14

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN HAS ANNOUNCED CHANGES IN HIS MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT STAFF, AND HAS INVITED THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND TWO OPEN HOUSE EVENTS AT HIS FORT BRAGG AND UKIAH OFFICES.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWS THE RETIREMENT OF HUFFMANS MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE HEIDI DICKERSON, AS WELL AS OTHER DEPARTING STAFF. AS OF THIS WEEK, HEATHER GUREWITZ HAS BECOME HUFFMANS MENDOCINO COUNTY FIELD REPRESENTATIVE. HUFFMAN WILL ALSO HOLD TWO OPEN HOUSE EVENTS ON MONDAY, MARCH 31ST IN AN EFFORT TO WELCOME THE NEW MENDOCINO TEAM AND THANK THE DEPARTING STAFF FOR YEARS OF SERVICE. THE FIRST EVENT IS FROM 11:30 TO 1 PM IN THE FORT BRAGG OFFICE, AND THE SECOND IS FROM 4:30 TO 6 PM AT THE UKIAH OFFICE.

FAMILY OF FORT BRAGG DODGERS FAN DECRIES DROPPED CHARGES (LAW) JH 03/27/14

THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN DENVER, THE FORT BRAGG MAN STABBED TO DEATH LAST YEAR AFTER A GIANTS-DODGERS BASEBALL GAME IN SAN FRANCISCO, EXPRESSED DISMAY AND OUTRAGE THIS WEEK ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEYS DECISION NOT TO PROSECUTE THE MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING HIM.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTS, THE SAN FRANCISCO DA ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT HE WOULDNT FILE CHARGES AGAINST MICHAEL MONTGOMERY, THE LODI MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING DENVER. HE SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT THERE WAS INADEQUATE EVIDENCE TO PROVE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT MONTGOMERY WASNT DEFENDING HIMSELF DURING THE INCIDENT. DENVERS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE PLANNING A PROTEST OF THE DAS DECISION WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS IN FORT BRAGG.

CAL TRANS TO RE-STRIPE HIGHWAY 101 THROUGH THE WILLITS BOTTLENECK (TR) JH 03/27/14

DURING THIS WEEKS WILLITS CITY COUNCIL MEETING, CAL TRANS ANNOUNCED ITS PLANS TO RE-STRIPE THE BOTTLENECK ON HIGHWAY 101 AT THE RAILROAD CROSSING.

PROJECTED FOR APRIL, THIS PROJECT WILL REMOVE THE CURRENT MERGE LANE AND INSTEAD HAVE TWO LANES ALL THE WAY FROM THE RAILROAD TRACKS TO HIGHWAY 20. VEHICLES IN THE LEFT TURN LANE WILL BE FORCED TO TURN LEFT AT THE HIGHWAY 20 STOP LIGHT. TRAFFIC MODELING HAS SHOWN THAT THIS WILL REDUCE THE TRAFFIC AT THIS LOCATION. WILLITS MAYOR HOLLY MADRIGAL WROTE IN A PRESS RELEASE, IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN IF THIS WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM OR JUST MOVE IT FURTHER NORTH.

SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE NEXT MONTH (ED) JH 03/27/14

MENDOCINO COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED IT WILL AWARD SIX NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AT A CEREMONY NEXT MONTH.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS RANGE FROM $500 TO $1,250, AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR A VARIETY OF STUDENTS, INCLUDING AGRICULTURAL MAJORS, RETURNING STUDENTS, RE-ENTRY WOMEN, AND MORE. THE NEW SCHOLARSHIPS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF LOCAL INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS. THE FOUNDATION INVITES ANYONE INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING TO AN EXISTING SCHOLARSHIP OR CREATING A NEW AWARD, TO CONTACT THE MENDOCINO COLLEGE FOUNDATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, CALL 467-1018.

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