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DEAD CARP AT LAKE MENDOCINO (EVR) JB 5/28/14

A MASSIVE DIE-OFF OF CARP IN LAKE MENDOCINO PROMPTS AN INVESTIGATION BY STATE FISH AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS.

THE DEAD CARP, NUMBERING IN THE HUNDREDS, WERE FIRST REPORTED OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WAS UNCLEAR AS TO THE EXACT CAUSE, STATING THAT IT IS UNLIKELY TO BE WATER THAT IS TOO WARM OR LOW IN OXYGEN BECAUSE CARP ARE ONE OF THE MORE RESILIENT FISH IN THE LAKE. BIOLOGISTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THE DEATHS AND MORE INFORMATION SHOULD BE KNOWN ABOUT THE CAUSE LATER THIS WEEK.

PERTUSSIS CASES ON THE RISE IN CALIFORNIA (PI) JH 05/28/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUED A WARNING RECENTLY THAT PERTUSSIS, ALSO KNOWN AS WHOOPING COUGH, IS ON THE RISE ACROSS THE STATE.

PUBLIC HEALTH HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF OVER 1,700 CASES OF PERTUSIS OCCURRING FROM JANUARY THROUGH APRIL OF THIS YEAR, MORE THAN TRIPLE THE NUMBER FROM THE SAME TIME PERIOD LAST YEAR. MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF THIS YEARS CASES HAVE BEEN IN CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OLD. INFANTS TOO YOUNG TO BE FULLY IMMUNIZED REMAIN MOST VULNERABLE TO SEVERE AND FATAL CASES OF PERTUSSIS. MOST OF THE 77 HOSPITALIZED CASES THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN CHILDREN THREE MONTHS OLD OR YOUNGER. TWO INFANTS, ONE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THE SECOND HERE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, HAVE DIED ALREADY THIS YEAR. PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT PREGNANT WOMEN RECEIVE A PERTUSSIS VACCINE BOOSTER DURING THE THIRD TRIMESTER OF EACH PREGNANCY, AND THAT INFANTS BE VACCINATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

3,000 GALLONS OF WATER STOLEN IN GUALALA (LAW) JH 05/28/14

IN WHAT IS SURELY A SIGN OF THE SEVERITY OF THE CURRENT DROUGHT, A GUALALA COUPLE HAD 3,000 GALLONS OF WATER STOLEN FROM AN ABOVE GROUND STORAGE TANK.

87 YEAR OLD KATHERINE DIMAIO DISCOVERED THE THEFT WHEN SHE WENT OUT TO WATER HER GARDEN SATURDAY, AND THE TANK, THAT WAS FULL THE DAY BEFORE, WAS NOW DRY. ACCORDING TO DIMAIO, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME WATER HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM HERE PROPERTY, WHERE THE TANK IS LOCATED BEHIND A FENCE ON A PRIVATE ROAD. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT COULD AID THE INVESTIGATION IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE AT 234-2100.

CLEAR LAKE WEED ABATEMENT (GOV/EVR) JB 5/28/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED TWO AQUATIC WEED ABATEMENT CONTRACTS FOR CLEAR LAKE ON TUESDAY.

ACCORDING TO THE RECORD BEE, PESTMASTER SERVICES, OF UPPER LAKE, AND CLEAN LAKES INC., OF MARTINEZ HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE CONTRACTS ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND WATER RESOURCES. THE TOTAL COST OF THE TWO CONTRACTS IS EXPECTED TO BE JUST UNDER $218,000, APPROXIMATELY $56,000 LESS THAN LAST YEAR.

PT ARENA MAN RAMS VEHICLES (LAW) JB 5/28/14

A POINT ARENA MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER RAMMING HIS CAR INTO SEVERAL OTHER VEHICLES OUTSIDE A COASTAL BAR.

SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A BAR ON MAIN STREET IN POINT ARENA WHERE A SMALL CROWD AT THE SCENE WAS RESTRAINING THE SUSPECT, 45 YEAR OLD TREVOR SANDERS. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT SANDERS HAD RAMMED SEVERAL PARKED VEHICLES REPEATEDLY WITH HIS CAR, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND NARROWLY MISSING A PEDESTRIAN. SANDERS WAS DETAINED BY THE WITNESSES UNTIL THE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND HE WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 1 (LAW) JH 05/28/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT HAS IDENTIFIED A FORT BRAGG WOMAN WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF A HEAD ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 1 ON SUNDAY.

49 YEAR OLD KYMBERLY GREENLEES WAS DRIVING NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 1 NORTH OF CLEONE, WHEN SHE ALLOWED HER VEHICLE TO CROSS THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINES AND COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH 68-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL JENSEN OF WASHINGTON STATE. GREENLEES SUFFERED FATAL INJURIES. JENSEN WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 05/28/14

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

SPILL CLEANUP AND PAVEMENT REPAIRS WILL BE MADE ON HIGHWAY 101 NORTH OF THE NORTH WILLITS RAILROAD CROSSING TODAY. WORK WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

FLAT SCREEN ROBBERY (LAW) JB 5/28/14

A FORT BRAGG MAN CARRYING A FLAT SCREEN TELEVISION DOWN THE STREET WAS ARRESTED BY MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS FOR BURGLARY.

DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A REPORTED BURGLARY ON OLD COAST HIGHWAY IN FORT BRAGG WHERE THE VICTIM STATED HAD ENCOUNTERED A MALE SUBJECT IN HIS GARAGE WHO FLED OUT A SIDE DOOR. A SECOND CALL FROM A WITNESS DIRECTED THE DEPUTIES TO A NEIGHBORING ADDRESS. THE WITNESS REPORTED THAT 42 YEAR OLD DYLAN SWARTOUT WAS SEEN CARRYING A FLATSCREEN TELIVISION TO A SEPARATE RESIDENCE NEARBY. A SEARCH FOUND THE TELEVISION, DVD MOVIES, A CD PLAYER, A DVD PLAYER, AND SPEAKERS THAT SWARTOUT HAD REPORTEDLY JUST DROPPED OFF AT THE RESIDENCE. THE VICTIM IDENTIFIED THE PROPERTY AND SWARTOUT WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

CODE ENFORCEMENT LEADS TO ARREST AND MARIJUANA ERADICATION (LAW) JH 05/28/14

LAKE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT CONTACTED THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT AFTER AN INSPECTION REVEALS A INDOOR MARIJUANA GROW.

DETECTIVES CONTACTED 65 YEAR OLD ALAN JAMES ESTRADA AT HIS MEADOW WOOD DRIVE HOME. THOUGH ESTRADA CLAIMED HE HAD NO MARIJUANA GROWING IN HIS HOME, AUTHORITIES NOTED THEY COULD SMELL POT. A SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE REVEALED TWO INDOOR GROW ROOMS AND 236 MATURE MARIJUANA PLANTS. WHEN ASKED, ESTRADA ADMITTED TO HAVING A SHOTGUN FOR PROTECTION. AUTHORITIES ERADICATED THE POT PLANTS AND SEIZED THE FIRE ARM. ESTRADA WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

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