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DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHARGES IN HONEY OIL LAB EXPLOSION (LAW) JH 04/29/14

TWO DEFENDANTS PLEAD GUILTY TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHARGES AFTER THEIR HONEY OIL LAD EXPLODED IN AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.

24 YEAR OLD MATHEW RICHARD AND 22 YEAR OLD DYLAN NEVAREZ PLEADED GUILTY TO STORAGE, HANDLING OR DISPOSING OF HAZARDOUS WASTE CAUSING UNREASONABLE RISK OF FIRE OR EXPLOSION, AND UNLAWFUL DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE, BOTH OF WHICH ARE FELONIES. THE CHARGES STEM FROM AN INCIDENT ON APRIL 7TH WHEN THE DEFENDANTS WERE ATTEMPTING TO TURN MARIJUANA INTO CONCENTRATED CANNABIS USING A BUTANE HONEY OIL METHOD AT AN APARTMENT ON OLYMPIC DRIVE IN CLEARLAKE. THE LAB CAUSED A FIRE PUTTING AT RISK THE LIVES OF FOUR CHILDREN THAT WERE IN THE APARTMENT. SENTENCING IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16TH, AND COULD SEE BOTH DEFENDANTS IN PRISON FOR UP TO THREE YEARS.

CLEARLAKE POLICE SAVE MAN DURING SUICIDE ATTEMPT (LAW)

JH 04/29/14

CLEARLAKE POLICE ARE CREDITED WITH SAVING A MANS LIFE MONDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN THEY RESPONDED TO A WELFARE CHECK AND STOPPED A MAN FROM HANGING HIMSELF.

AFTER A CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBER RECEIVED A TEXT FROM THE UNIDENTIFIED 39-YEAR-OLD MALE, THEY CALLED POLICE WHO RESPONDED TO A RESIDENCE ON ALVITA AVENUE. OFFICERS HEARD NOISE AND POSSIBLE CHOKING COMING FROM A SHED ON THE PROPERTY, AND WHEN THE DOOR WAS FOUND TO BE LOCKED, THEY FORCED ENTRY TO FIND THE RESIDENT HANGING FROM A ROPE. OFFICERS CUT THE ROPE, AND THE MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO ST HELENA HOSPITAL CLEAR LAKE FOR A MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION. THE POLICE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CALL THE SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE IF NEEDED, AT 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON WILLITS BYPASS (TR) JH 04/29/14

WILLITS RESIDENTS MAY EXPERIENCE TRAVEL DELAYS AS THE WILLITS BYPASS CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES RAMP UP FOR THE SEASON.

TEMPORARY PILES WERE DELIVERED TO SITE EARLIER THIS MONTH, WITH WORK BEGINNING TO CONSTRUCT THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE VIADUCT AND EIGHT BRIDGES SOUTH OF THE VIADUCT WHICH INCLUDES THE SIX BRIDGES THAT HELP FORM THE SOUTHERN INTERCHANGE. SOME DELAYS ARE EXPECTED ON CENTER VALLEY ROAD AS PILE DRIVING BEGINS. NEXT WEEK, THE RESTRIPING OF MAIN STREET IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN, WITH ALL WORK DONE AT NIGHT. ALSO BEGINNING NEXT WEEK, SOIL WILL BE EXCAVATED ON THE SOUTH END ON THE PROJECT AND HAULED TO THE NORTH INTERCHANGE. THE WORK IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AND THE REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD. BOTH AGENCIES AGREED THAT THE INTENT OF PREVIOUS LETTERS TO CAL TRANS PROHIBITING FILL DIRT FROM BEING BROUGHT INTO THE PROJECT UNTIL THE MITIGATION PLAN IS APPROVED DOES NOT PROHIBIT SOIL BEING MOVED FROM ONE LOCATION INSIDE THE PROJECT TO ANOTHER. THE SOIL WILL BE TRANSPORTED AT NIGHT ALONG HIGHWAY 101 THROUGH WILLITS TO AVOID TRAFFIC IMPACTS.

UKIAHS HOMELESS SHELTER MAY CLOSE (PI) JH 04/29/14

UKIAH MAY LOSE ITS HOMELESS SHELTER THIS SUMMER AS ITS OVERSEERS CONSIDER AT A MEETING TODAY HOW TO STOP BLEEDING MONEY AND BETTER HELP THOSE WHO NEED HOUSING, FOOD, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FORD STREET PROJECT AND UKIAH COMMUNITY CENTER WILL RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TODAY THE IDEA OF SHUTTING DOWN THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER, WHICH SHE SAYS HAS BECOME TOO COSTLY TO RUN AS IT IS. THE PRIMARY REASON TO SHUT DOWN THE SHELTER WOULD BE TO STOP THE MONTHLY BUDGET LOSS OF $9,000. EVEN WITH GENEROUS DONATIONS, OVER $90,000 THIS FISCAL YEAR, THE SHELTER WILL END THE FISCAL YEAR WITH A $62,500 BUDGET SHORTFALL. OFFICIALS ARE RECOMMENDING THE SHELTER CLOSE ON JULY 31, AND THAT THE NON-PROFIT BEGIN WORK TO REDESIGN A MORE AFFORDABLE SOLUTION THAT IS MORE IN LINE WITH THE MISSION OF HELPING CLIENTS ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO THREE ARRESTS AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA (LAW) JH 04/29/14

SERVICE OF A SEARCH WARRANT LED TO THE ARREST OF THREE AND SEIZURE OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND HONEY OIL.

LAKE COUNTY AUTHORITIES SERVED THE WARRANT AT A RESIDENCE ON CADDO COURT IN KELSEYVILLE LAST FRIDAY. DETECTIVES DETAINED 24-YEAR-OLD PAIGE LEANN POLLEY OF KELSEYVILLE, 27 YEAR OLD JOHN JOSEPH DARNELL OF KELSEYVILLE, AND 27 YEAR OLD CHARLES WILLIAM KNIPP OF CHICO. A SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE REVEALED TWO HONEY OIL LABS AND A GREEN HOUSE. DETECTIVES SEIZED 216 MARIJUANA PLANTS, 301 POUNDS OF PROCESSED POT, AND 21 OUNCES OF HONEY OIL. ALL THREE SUSPECTS WERE BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 04/29/14

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BEGIN ON HIGHWAY 1 AT THE SALMON CREEK BRIDGE TODAY. THE WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 3 PM WEEKDAYS. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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