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STABBING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY (LAW) JH 05/15/14

A UKIAH MAN SUSPECTED OF A STABBING INCIDENT NEAR BIG LOTS ON MONDAY HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

AN UNIDENTIFIED 24-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS WALKING DOWN ORCHARD AVENUE WITH HIS FIANCÉE AND DAUGHTER WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY ANOTHER MAN. THE TWO BEGAN ARGUING BEFORE THE SUSPECT PULLED A KNIFE AND CUT THE VICTIM TWICE, NEAR THE RIGHT EYE AND ON THE FOREARM. THE SUSPECT FLED AND THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER. AN INVESTIGATION LED POLICE TO ARREST 24-YEAR-OLD GABRIEL MANUEL HERNANDEZ OF UKIAH ON WEDNESDAY. THE INCIDENT IS BELIEVED TO BE GANG RELATED AND HERNANDEZ WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

SHERIFFS OFFICE IDENTIFIES DEAD INMATE (LAW) JH 05/15/14

AN INMATE WHO DIED IN CUSTODY AT LAKE COUNTYS HILL ROAD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.

37-YEAR-OLD JAMES ELLIS SMITH, WHO WAS FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES, WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN HIS CELL LAST SATURDAY. SMITH WAS IN CUSTODY ON BURGLARY AND FELONY EVASION CHARGES AFTER RAMMING A SHERIFFS VEHICLE DURING PURSUIT. AUTHORITIES ATTEMPTED CPR ON SMITH BUT WERE UNABLE TO REVIVE HIM. AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF DEATH IS STILL PENDING.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL GETS UPDATE ON EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY (GOV/EVR) JH 05/15/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL RECEIVED AN UPDATE ON THE CITYS EMERGENCY WATER PROJECT AT LAST NIGHTS MEETING.

THE NECESSARY $2.2 MILLION NEEDED FOR THE WATER PROJECT IS COMING TOGETHER, AS A $500,000 GRANT IS IN THE WORKS AS WELL AS THE DOUBLING OF THE ORIGINAL $250,000 IN PROP 84 FUNDS THAT THE CITY WAS AWARDED. THE CITY HAS ALSO RECEIVED A FAVORABLE REVIEW FOR ANOTHER GRANT THAT WOULD LIKELY MAKE UP THE REMAINDER OF THE NEEDED FUNDING. A MORE DETAILED UPDATE ON THE CONSTRUCTION PORTION OF THE PROJECT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

BURL POACHING SUSPECT ARRESTED (LAW/EVR) JH 05/15/14

A MULTIPLE AGENCY INVESTIGATION INTO THE POACHING OF REDWOOD BURLS FROM NORTH COAST TREES HAS YIELDED ONE ARREST.

THE YEAR LONG INVESTIGATION BY FEDERAL AUTHORITIES CONCLUDED WITH AN ANONYMOUS TIP THAT LED THEM TO A BURL SHOP IN DEL NORTE COUNTY. THE BURLS WERE MATCHED TO CUTS FOUND IN THE REDWOOD CREEK DRAINAGE. DANNY E GARCIA OF ORICK WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON MULTIPLE CHARGES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON BURL POACHING SHOULD CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT AT 465-7353.

LAKEPORT MAN ARRESTED AFTER ROBBING PHARMACY (LAW)

JH 05/15/14

A LAKEPORT MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ROBBING A PHARMACY TO SUPPORT HIS ADDICTION TO PAIN KILLERS.

AUTHORITIES WERE NOTIFIED WEDNESDAY MORNING THAT A MAN WITH A LARGE KNIFE ENTERED THE NORTH LAKE MEDICAL PHARMACY AND HELD THE KNIFE TO THE PHARMACISTS THROAT BEFORE FEEING WITH MULTIPLE BOTTLES OF A PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLER. 25 YEAR OLD CRAIG ANTHONY LENT WAS LOCATED A SHORT TIME LATER ON TERRACE AVENUE WITH THE PILL BOTTLES IN HIS POSSESSION. LENT WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

SOME PHYSICIANS IN MENDO COUNTY NOT ACCEPTING ACA PATIENTS (PI)

JH 05/15/14

SOME MENDOCINO COUNTY PHYSICIANS ARE NOT ACCEPTING AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INSURANCE COVERAGE.

DUE TO MISCOMMUNICATION BETWEEN ADVENTIST HEALTH AND SEVERAL LOCAL MEDICAL GROUPS, NUMEROUS CLINICS IN THE AREA THAT WERE BELIEVED TO ACCEPT THE SO CALLED OBAMACARE COVERAGE DO NOT HAVE A CONTRACT WITH BLUE CROSS FOR THE COVERED CALIFORNIA PPO PLANS ASSOCIATED WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. HOWEVER, A REPRESENTATIVE FOR ADVENTIST HEALTH HAS SAID THAT THEY ARE STILL SEEING CURRENT PATIENTS AND ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WHO SIGNED UP FOR THE GOVERNMENT MANDATED COVERAGE. FOR QUESTIONS ON COVERED CALIFORNIA PLANS, CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF MANAGED HEALTH CARE AT 1-888-466-2219.

UKIAH TEACHERS REQUEST 10 PERCENT RAISE (ED) JH 05/15/14

UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHERS AND THEIR UNION ARE REQUESTING A TEN PERCENT RAISE IN PAY FOR THE COMING YEAR.

AT THIS WEEKS SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING,

NUMEROUS TEACHERS ATTENDED TO URGE THE DISTRICT TO APPROVE ANOTHER PAY INCREASE, AS THE DISTRICT AND THE TEACHERS UNION ARE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF NEGOTIATING A NEW CONTRACT. LAST YEARS NEGOTIATIONS ENDED WITH THE TEACHERS RECEIVING A 5.72 PERCENT INCREASE RETROACTIVE TO 2012. THE DISTRICT HAS OFFERED A 3.25 PERCENT INCREASE FOR THIS YEAR AGAINST THE TEACHERS 10 PERCENT REQUEST, AND AN AGREEMENT HAS YET TO BE REACHED.

NORTH COAST WINERIES BOOMING, BUT DROUGHT RAISES CONCERNS (AG/EVR) JH 05/15/14

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WINERIES ARE BOOMING, BUT DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE STILL A CAUSE FOR CONCERN.

WINERIES AND GROWERS ACROSS THE NORTH COAST ARE OPTIMISTIC THANKS TO A SECOND YEAR OF RECORD SETTING HARVESTS AND STRONG CONSUMER DEMAND. HOWEVER, CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON WINE PRODUCTION ARE NOT BEING IGNORED. MANY WINERIES ARE IMPLEMENTING CONSERVATION, GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT, AND INCREASE ABOVE-GROUND STORAGE CAPACITY TO HELP MITIGATE THE DROUGHT IMPACTS.

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