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TWO UKIAH RESTAURANT OWNERS CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD (LAW)

JH 05/01/14

TWO UKIAH RESTAURANT OWNERS WERE ARRESTED AND ARRAIGNED IN FEDERAL COURT WEDNESDAY, ON SEVERAL COUNTS OF TAX FRAUD.

52 YEAR OLD STEVE WALTER AND 53 YEAR OLD YAOWAPHA RITDET ARE THE OWNERS OF THE WALTER CAFÉ AND RUEN TONG TAI CUISINE ON NORTH STATE STREET. ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, RITDET AND WALTER HAVE BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IRS FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, AND WILL NOW FACE POSSIBLE JAIL TIME OVER FIVE COUNTS OF FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS. RITDET WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF WILLFULLY FAILING TO REPORT A FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNT. THE TWO ARE DUE BACK IN FEDERAL COURT IN SAN FRANCISCO ON MAY 7TH.

ANNUAL QUARANTINE OF SPORT-HARVESTED MUSSELS BEGINS TODAY (LAW) JH 05/01/14

THE ANNUAL QUARANTINE OF SPORT-HARVESTED MUSSELS GATHERED ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST BEGINS TODAY, MAY 1ST.

THE QUARANTINE APPLIES TO ALL SPECIES OF MUSSELS HARVESTED ALONG THE COAST, AS WELL AS ALL BAYS AND ESTUARIES. THE QUARANTINE IS INTENDED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING AND DOMOIC ACID POISONING. BOTH OF THESE TOXINS ARE LINKED TO PLANKTON CONSUMED BY FILTER-FEEDING ANIMALS SUCH AS MUSSELS AND CLAMS. COMMERCIALLY HARVESTED SHELLFISH ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE ANNUAL QUARANTINE BECAUSE ALL COMMERCIAL HARVESTERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE CERTIFIED BY THE STATE AND SUBJECT TO VERY STRICT TESTING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE ALL OYSTERS, CLAMS, AND MUSSELS ENTERING THE MARKETPLACE ARE FREE OF TOXINS.

RUSSIAN RIVER OPEN TO FISHING AGAIN (LAW/EVR) JH 05/01/14

CALIFORNIA FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THAT THE RUSSIAN RIVER IS ONCE AGAIN OPEN TO FISHING, BEGINNING TODAY.

FISH AND WILDLIFE CLOSED THE RUSSIAN RIVER ON FEBRUARY 21ST FROM CENTRAL MENDOCINO COUNTY TO THE MOUTH AT JENNER BECAUSE THE CURRENT DROUGHT CREATED RECORD LOW RIVER FLOWS. THE LOW FLOW WAS PREVENTING STEELHEAD AND SALMON FROM MIGRATING UPSTREAM TO THE HATCHERY. HOWEVER, RAIN IN LATE FEBRUARY AND MARCH HAS ALLOWED THE STEELHEAD AND SALMON POPULATIONS TO MAKE THEIR WAY UPSTREAM. THE FISHERY IS OPEN JUST IN TIME TO CATCH SOME AMERICAN SHAD, AS WELL AS BASS, BLUE GILL, CATFISH AND VARIOUS OTHER WARM WATER FISH THAT INHABIT THE RIVER.

LAKE COUNTY BURN BAN BEGINS TODAY (LAW) JH 05/01/14

LAKE COUNTYS ANNUAL BURN BAN BEGINS TODAY, MAY 1ST, IN AN EFFORT TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OVER BOTH FIRE HAZARD AND AIR QUALITY.

THE BURN RESTRICTION APPLIES TO ALL AREAS IN LAKE COUNTY, AS ALL BURN PERMITS EXPIRED APRIL 30TH. THE BAN ALSO HELPS PREVENT SMOKE IMPACTS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND LARGE PLANNED OUTDOOR EVENTS BY UNRESTRICTED VEGETATIVE WASTE BURNS. THE BURN BAN INCLUDES ALL OPEN WASTE BURNING, THOUGH EXCEPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE FOR AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS, ESSENTIAL CONTROL BURNS FOR SAFETY PROJECTS, PUBLIC SAFETY BURNS, AND OTHERS. FOR INFORMATION ON OBTAINING AN EXCEPTION FOR A BURN, CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT.

DOLLAR GENERAL PLANS TWO NEW STORES IN LAKE COUNTY (PI)

JH 05/01/14

THE NATIONS LARGEST SMALL BOX RETAILER HAS ITS SIGHTS SET ON OPENING TWO NEW STORES IN LAKE COUNTY.

LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTS, DOLLAR GENERAL IS PLANNING TO OPEN THE STORES IN CLEARLAKE OAKS AND NICE. THE COMPANY HAS ALREADY SUBMITTED THE USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH PROJECTS, AND THEY WILL GO BEFORE THE LAKE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 8TH. NO DATES FOR WHEN THE STORES ARE EXPECTED TO OPEN HAVE BEEN RELEASED YET, AS THE COMPANY IS STILL IN THE DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS. IF APPROVED, THE STORES WILL LIKELY OPEN SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.

FORT BRAGG MAN ACCEPTS PLEA DEAL IN MOLESTATION CASE (LAW)

JH 05/01/14

A FORT BRAGG MAN ACCUSED OF GIVING A BOY DRUGS AND PORNOGRAPHY, AS WELL AS SEXUALLY MOLESTING HIM, ACCEPTED A PLEA DEAL WEDNESDAY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

51 YEAR OLD HAROLD CASEBOLT PLEADED GUILTY TO GIVING THE MINOR METHAMPHETAMINE, ANNOYING OR MOLESTING A CHILD YOUNGER THAN 18, AND A SPECIAL ALLEGATION. IN EXCHANGE FOR THE GUILTY PLEA, CASEBOLT HAD SEVERAL CHARGES DROPPED, INCLUDING LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS ACTS ON A CHILD, CHILD ENDANGERMENT, PROVIDING PORNOGRAPHY TO THE MINOR, AND OTHERS. AT HIS SENTENCING NEXT MONTH, CASEBOLT FACES UP TO 8 YEARS IN STATE PRISON.

LAKE COUNTY RANKED NUMBER 1 IN THE US FOR CLEAN AIR (EVR)

JH 05/01/14

LAKE COUNTY HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO HAVE THE CLEANEST AIR IN THE UNITED STATES FOR ANNUAL PARTICULATE CONCENTRATIONS.

THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION RANKS CITIES AND COUNTIES ANNUALLY; COMPARING LOCAL OZONE AND SMALL-PARTICULATE CONCENTRATIONS WITH FEDERAL STANDARDS. ACCORDING TO THE LUNG ASSOCIATION, PARTICLE POLLUTION IS ONE OF THE MOST LETHAL TYPES OF POLLUTION, AND LAKE COUNTY TOPS THE LIST FOR THE LOWEST LEVEL OF PARTICULATES NATIONWIDE, FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 05/01/14

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR THE HOPLAND CAL FIRE STATION TODAY. WORK WILL BE DONE AT NIGHT FROM 9 PM TO 6 AM. INTERMITTENT FULL ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 15-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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