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FORT BRAGG MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ABUSE (LAW) JH 05/09/14

A FORT BRAGG MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR CHILD ABUSE AFTER THE CHILDS MOTHER TOOK THE INFANT TO THE HOSPITAL BELIEVING IT WAS INJURED IN A FALL.

THE CHILDS MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND TOLD HOSPITAL STAFF THE CHILD WAS INJURED WHEN IT WAS ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED ABOUT 24 HOURS BEFORE. HOSPITAL STAFF NOTED THAT THE INJURIES WERE NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE MOTHERS STATEMENT AND CONTACTED AUTHORITIES. INVESTIGATORS DETERMINED THAT UNBEKNOWNST TO THE MOTHER, THE CHILD HAD BEEN STRUCK BY THE BOYFRIEND, 28 YEAR OLD ZACHARY BAIR. BAIR WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN WARRANT ARREST AND DRUGS (LAW)

JH 05/09/14

A TRAFFIC STOP IN LAKE COUNTY RESULTED IN TWO ARRESTS AND THE SEIZURE OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES TRAVELING ON MISSION RANCHERIA ROAD RECOGNIZED THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE AS 39-YEAR-OLD RAFAEL GARCIA OF LOS ANGELES, WHOM DETECTIVES KNEW HAD A HISTORY OF DISTRIBUTING METHAMPHETAMINE. AFTER CONTACTING GARCIA IN THE KONOCTI VISTA CASINO PARKING LOT, DISPATCH INFORMED THE DETECTIVES THAT GARCIA HAD TWO OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANTS, ONE A FELONY WARRANT WITH NO BAIL. GARCIA WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HIS PASSENGER, 29 YEAR OLD ASHLEY DAWN DESANO OF MIDDLETOWN SHOWED SIGNS OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND WAS ALSO ARRESTED. AS CORRECTIONAL STAFF PROCESSED THE SUSPECTS, DESANO WAS FOUND TO HAVE NEAR 18 GRAMS OF METH ON HER PERSON, AND WAS BOOKED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NEW SLIDE AT CITY POOL (GOV)

JH 05/09/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK APPROVED REPLACING THE THREE METER DIVING BOARD AT THE CITY POOL WITH A NEW SLIDE.

ACCORDING TO CITY STAFF, THE HIGH DIVING BOARD IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH SAFETY REGULATIONS AND MUST BE REMOVED. IN AN EFFORT TO MAINTAIN A FUN, PLAYFUL AND INVITING FAMILY ENVIRONMENT AT THE POOL, CITY OFFICIALS HAVE RECOMMENDED REPLACING THE DIVING BOARD WITH A PORTABLE, TWISTING SLIDE THAT IS ABOUT 11 FEET TALL, AND CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE POOL DURING THE OFF SEASON TO PROTECT IT FROM THE ELEMENTS AND VANDALISM. THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE NEW SLIDE WITH COUNCILMAN PHIL BALDWIN ABSTAINING, SAYING HE THOUGHT THE SLIDE WOULD MAKE THE POOL LOOK LIKE A McDONALDS PLAYLAND.

ASSEMBLY AND SENATE CANDIDATES DISCUSS THE ISSUES IN UKIAH (GOV/BB) JH 05/09/14

SEVEN CANDIDATES DISCUSSED NUMEROUS ISSUES AT THE SECOND DEBATE HELD IN UKIAH FOR THE STATES SECOND DISTRICT SENATE AND ASSEMBLY RACES.

THE CANDIDATES EACH SPOKE OF THEIR POSITION ON BROADBAND EXPANSION, WATER RIGHTS, GMO LABELING AND SEVERAL OTHER ISSUES TUESDAY NIGHT. FOR THOSE THAT WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND, A VIDEO OF THE FORUM IS AVAILABLE AT WWW.CITYOFUKIAH.COM.

LAKE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES DOLLAR GENERAL STORES (GOV) JH 05/09/14

THE LAKE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION THIS WEEK APPROVED PLANS TO BUILD TWO DOLLAR GENERAL STORES IN THE COUNTY.

THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE PROJECTS, AS THEY DONT BELIEVE THERE WILL BE ANY SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS FROM THE STORES. THE DOLLAR GENERAL STORES ARE PLANNED FOR NICE AND CLEARLAKE OAKS.

CR TRUSTEES APPROVE DRAFT MOU FOR FORT BRAGG CAMPUS (ED)

JH 05/09/14

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE REDWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A DRAFT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH MENDOCINO COLLEGE TO HAVE THE SCHOOL OFFER CLASSES, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN FORT BRAGG.

THE ADVOCATE-NEWS REPORTS, THIS COMES AFTER THE COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS ANNOUNCED IN FEBRUARY THAT OPERATIONS AT THE FORT BRAGG CAMPUS WOULD BE SUSPENDED BEGINNING THIS FALL. MANY COASTAL RESIDENTS HAVE SHOWN SUPPORT FOR TRANSFERRING OPERATIONS TO MENDOCINO COLLEGE.

TREE POACHING A GROWING PROBLEM ON THE NORTH COAST (LAW)

JH 05/09/14

REDWOOD TREE POACHING IS A RAPID GROWING PROBLEM ON THE NORTH COAST.

ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THIEVES ARE CUTTING THE BURL FROM THE BASE OF OLD GROWTH REDWOOD TREES IN REDWOOD NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS ALONG THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST. THE BURLS FROM THESE REDWOODS, WHICH ARE NOT ONLY THE TALLEST ON EARTH, BUT MANY ARE ESTIMATED TO BE MORE THAN 2000 YEARS OLD, CAN BE SOLD FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THEY ARE PRIMARILY TURNED INTO FURNITURE, DECORATIVE BOXES, BOWLS AND VARIOUS OTHER SOUVENIRS. THE THEFT HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. ACCORDING TO PARK OFFICIALS, WHEN BURLS ARE CUT, IT DAMAGES SOME OF THE BARK WHICH OPENS THE TREE UP TO EVEN MORE RISK, AS THE BARK IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING THE REDWOODS FROM INSECT INFESTATION AND FIRE, AS THE BARK IS FLAME-RESISTANT.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 05/09/14

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

CONSTRUCTION WILL CONTINUE ON HIGHWAY 101 FROM .8 TO 1.5 MILES SOUTH OF THE NORTH WILLITS RAILROAD CROSSING. NIGHTTIME WORK HOURS ARE 5 PM TO 7 AM WEEKDAYS. INTERMITTENT FULL ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE IN EFFECT TO ALLOW TRUCKS TO ENTER AND EXIT THE HIGHWAY. MOTORISTS SHOULD ANTICIPATE 5-MINUTE DELAYS.

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