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Monthly Archives: May 2014

MAN ACCIDENTALLY RUNS OVER TODDLER SON IN DRIVEWAY (LAW)

JH 05/06/14

A DOS RIOS MAN ACCIDENTALLY RAN OVER HIS TODDLER SON IN HIS OWN DRIVEWAY OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, 39 YEAR OLD CRAIG STEWART JR. WAS PULLING HIS PICK-UP TRUCK OUT OF THE GARAGE ON COVELO ROAD SUNDAY MORNING, WHEN HE ACCIDENTALLY STRUCK HIS 23 MONTH OLD SON CAUSING FATAL INJURIES. ACCORDING TO CHP, THE BOY, JASON STEWART, WOULD HAVE TURNED TWO YEARS OLD THIS MONTH. THE INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

UKIAH SURGEON ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL ON DRUG CHARGES (LAW)

JH 05/06/14

A UKIAH SURGEON WAS ORDERED MONDAY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TO STAND TRIAL FOR SIX FELONY CHARGES OF PRESCRIPTION FRAUD.

DR BRIAN CABLE IS ACCUSED OF WRITING ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS OF THE PAINKILLER HYDROCODONE TO SUPPORT HIS DECADE LONG ADDICTION TO THE MEDICATION. THE JUDGE IS ALSO CONSIDERING A SEVENTH CHARGE RELATED TO ILLEGALLY FURNISHING THE NARCOTICS TO OTHERS, WHO HELPED THE DOCTOR FILL ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS. ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, DR CABLE WAS ISSUED A COURT ORDER IN OCTOBER THAT PROHIBITS HIM FROM WRITING PRESCRIPTIONS OR PERFORMING SURGERIES AS A CONDITION OF HIS BAIL. HOWEVER, HIS MEDICAL LICENSE REMAINS IN EFFECT, WITH LIMITATIONS. IF CONVICTED, EACH OF THE PRESCRIPTION FRAUD CHARGES CARRIES A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF THREE YEARS IN PRISON.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS DIGITAL SIGNS AGAIN (GOV)

JH 05/06/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL AGAIN DISCUSS ADDING NEW LANGUAGE TO THE CITYS SIGN ORDINANCE TO BAN DIGITAL SCROLLING SIGNS.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN LED THE DISCUSSION ABOUT DIGITAL SIGNS AFTER TWO NEW SIGNS WERE INSTALLED ON ORCHARD AVENUE RECENTLY, ONE ON STARS RESTAURANT AND THE OTHER AT THE HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH. AT A PREVIOUS MEETING, BALDWIN DIRECTED PLANNING STAFF TO AMEND THE EXISTING SIGN ORDINANCE TO PREVENT MORE OF THESE TYPES OF SIGNS, AS BALDWIN SEES THEM AS A THREAT TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THIS COMMUNITY. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW, MAY 7TH AT 6 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

WANTED PAROLEE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN FORT BRAGG (LAW)

JH 05/06/14

A WANTED PAROLEE FROM FORT BRAGG WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WHILE CASUALLY STROLLING DOWN THE STREET ON SATURDAY.

FORT BRAGG POLICE RECEIVED SEVERAL CALLS REPORTING THAT A KNOWN WANTED PAROLEE, 24 YEAR OLD JORGE ACOLTZI-SANCHEZ WAS SEEN WALKING THROUGH TOWN NEAR NORTH FRANKLIN AND BUSH STREETS. POLICE LOCATED SANCHEZ AT McPHERSON STREET AND EAST FIR, AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN GETTING ANOTHER WANTED CRIMINAL OFF THE STREETS.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF APPOINTS INTERIM UNDERSHERIFF (LAW)

JH 05/06/14

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF APPOINTS AN INTERIM UNDERSHERIFF, AFTER UNDERSHERIFF PATRICK TURTURICI RESIGNED HIS POSITION.

ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFFS OFFICE, UNDERSHERIFF TURTURICI RESIGNED AND TOOK A JOB WITH THE YOLO COUNTY PROBATION OFFICE BECAUSE HE DESIRED TO BE CLOSER TO HIS WIFE AND SON WHOM STILL LIVE IN SAN BENITO COUNTY. SHERIFF RIVERO APPOINTED CAPTAIN CHRIS MACEDO TO BE THE INTERIM LAKE COUNTY UNDERSHERIFF ON APRIL 30TH.

OAKLAND HOSPITAL STAGES PROM FOR AILING UKIAH GIRL (PI)

JH 05/06/14

THE OAKLAND CHILDRENS HOSPITAL STAGED A PROM FOR AN AILING UKIAH TEEN, WHO MISSED THE SCHOOL PROM WHILE BEING TREATED IN THE HOSPITAL.

KTVU TELEVISION OAKLAND REPORTS, UKIAHS KIMBERLEE HENNESSEY BRENDT FELT A SEVERE PAIN IN HER BACK ON EASTER AND WITHIN HOURS HER CONDITION HAD DETERIORATED TO THE POINT WHERE SHE WAS ON A VENTILATOR AND BEING RUSHED BY AIR AMBULANCE TO OAKLAND CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. SHE WAS SUFFERING FROM TRANSVERSE MYELITIS, AN INFLAMMATION OF THE SPINAL CORD THAT CAUSES TEMPORARY PARALYSIS. THE DOCTORS ARE HOPEFUL FOR A FULL RECOVERY, BUT BRENDT FACES WHAT MIGHT BE MONTHS OF REHABILITATION. DURING HER RECOVERY, BRENDT TOLD THE NURSING STAFF THAT SHE WAS GOING TO MISS HER PROM, BUT THE STAFF DECIDED THAT WOULD NOT HAPPEN. THEY HAD SOMEONE COME IN FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP, SHE RECEIVED A CORSAGE, AND STAFF BROUGHT IN DRESSES AND JEWELRY FOR HER TO CHOOSE FROM. FOR A DATE, SHE TOLD STAFF ABOUT A CUTE DOCTOR WHO THE NURSES TRACKED DOWN AND AGREED TO THE PLAN. KIMBERLEE HAD A SPECIAL DINNER, THE DOCTOR TOOK HER FOR A WALK IN HER WHEELCHAIR, AND THE STAFF PLAYED HER FAVORITE SONGS. TRULY A PROM TO REMEMBER.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 05/06/14

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE MADE ON HIGHWAY 101 FROM BRANSCOMB ROAD TO JUST SOUTH OF THE CAL FIRE STATION TODAY. WORK WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.

ALSO, UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 20 FROM LAKEVIEW DRIVE TO KEYS BOULEVARD TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE 8 AM TO 4 PM.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 10-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

UKIAH WOMAN SENTENCED FOR FRAUD AND PERJURY (LAW) JH 05/05/14

A UKIAH WOMAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF FRAUD AND PERJURY WAS SENTENCED TO MORE THAN THREE AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON, BUT WILL LIKELY ONLY SERVE 6 MONTHS IN COUNTY JAIL.

39-YEAR-OLD KELLI MARIE COSMAN, ADMITTED TO CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN MARCH FOR HAVING FRAUDULENTLY ALTERED EVIDENCE THAT SHE OFFERED DURING A CONTESTED VISITATION/CUSTODY COURT HEARING IN 2013. SHE ALSO ADMITTED HAVING PERJURED HERSELF DURING HER TESTIMONY AT THAT SAME COURT HEARING. COSMANS SENTENCE OF 44 MONTHS IN STATE PRISON, WAS STAYED FOR THE NEXT 36 MONTHS DURING WHICH SHE WILL BE ON FORMAL SUPERVISED PROBATION. AS ONE TERM OF THE PROBATION, COSMAN IS TO SURRENDER IN JUNE TO SERVE 180 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG BUST (LAW) JH 05/05/14

A TRAFFIC STOP THURSDAY NIGHT RESULTED IN ONE ARREST AND SEIZURE OF NEARLY 8 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE.

A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY PULLED OVER A VEHICLE ON WESTBOUND HIGHWAY 20 FOR HAVING A DEFECTIVE BREAK LIGHT. WHILE THE DEPUTY WAS TALKING TO THE DRIVER, 25 YEAR OLD TORY PATRICK HOGAN, HE SMELLED THE ODOR OF MARIJUANA. THE DRIVER AND TWO PASSENGERS, 23 YEAR OLD JOSE CABRERA AND 19 YEAR OLD GREGORY SYMON, BOTH OF WEST SACRAMENTO, WERE SEARCHED WITH NO RESULTS, BEFORE A K-9 OFFICER ALERTED TO THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT OF THE VEHICLE. BENEATH THE SEAT WAS A LOCK BOX WITH 7.75 OUNCES OF METH AND PARAPHERNALIA. CABRERA, THE PASSENGER FROM THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT WHERE THE DRUGS WERE FOUND, WAS BOOKED INTO LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

NATIONAL TAKE-BACK EVENT HAD LOCAL SUCCESS (LAW) JH 05/05/14

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATION IN A NATIONAL TAKE-BACK DAY EVENT HAD GREAT LOCAL SUCCESS.

ON SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH, THE FORT BRAGG POLICE PARTNERED WITH THE DEA FOR THE 8TH NATIONAL TAKE-BACK DAY TO ALLOW CITIZENS TO SURRENDER EXPIRED, UNWANTED OR USED MEDICATIONS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR DESTRUCTION IN A SAFE, SECURE, AND NON-HAZARDOUS MANNER, POTENTIALLY SAVING LIVES AND PROTECTING THE ECOSYSTEM. THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT DURING THE EVENT, THERE WERE 70 POUNDS OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES REMOVED FROM OUR COMMUNITY. THEY ALSO COLLECTED A LARGE AMOUNT OF SHARPS FOR DISPOSAL.

HOPLAND MAN ARRESTED TWICE OVER THREE DIFFERENT INCIDENTS LAST WEEK (LAW) JH 05/05/14

A HOPLAND MAN WAS ARRESTED TWICE LAST WEEK AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN THREE DIFFERENT INCIDENTS IN THREE DAYS.

ON APRIL 28TH, UKIAH POLICE CONTACTED 20-YEAR-OLD DARRELL FREDRICK PIKE FOR ALLEGEDLY YELLING AND THROWING GARBAGE CANS IN THE AREA OF GOBBI AND LESLIE STREETS. PIKE WAS IMMEDIATELY CONFRONTATIONAL AND APPEARED TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND WAS ARRESTED. THE NEXT DAY, A MAN, WHOSE DESCRIPTION MATCHED PIKES, WAS FOUND SLEEPING IN A FIELD AT NOKOMIS SCHOOL, AND PULLED A BOX CUTTER ON THE PRINCIPAL AND THREATENED TO KILL HIM, BEFORE FLEEING THE SCENE. THEN ON APRIL 30TH, PIKE WAS DETAINED BY WAL MART STAFF AFTER SHOPLIFTING OVER $70 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE. PIKE WAS FOUND TO HAVE A LARGE MACHETE IN HIS PANTS WHEN HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT WAL MART. HE WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

BOS TO DISCUSS WATER DENIED FOR REDWOOD VALLEY (GOV/EVR)

JH 05/05/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS SENDING A LETTER TO THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION OVER THE DENIAL OF A REQUEST TO SELL WATER TO THE REDWOOD VALLEY COUNTY WATER DISTRICT.

NOAA OFFICIALS DENIED TO REQUEST TO SELL 800 ACRE FEET OF WATER TO THE DISTRICT, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DIVERTED THROUGH THE POTTER VALLEY TUNNEL WIT\OUT COMPROMISING WATER FLOWS FOR THE RIVERS FISHERIES. REDWOOD VALLEY RESIDENTS ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED TO ONLY 50 GALLONS OF WATER PER PERSON EACH DAY, AND ALL WATER FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES HAS BEEN CUT OFF, LEAVING MANY FARMERS WONDERING HOW THEY WILL SURVIVE THE YEAR. ACCORDING TO NOAA OFFICIALS, THE WATER DIVERSION WAS DENIED BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THE CURRENT SITUATION QUALIFIES AS AN EMERGENCY.

CHP MOTORCYCLE SAFETY CAMPAIGN (LAW) JH 05/05/14

CHP IS REMINDING CALIFORNIA DRIVERS TO BE ALERT AND PAY ATTENTION TO MOTORCYCLE RIDERS, AS FATAL COLLISIONS INVOLVING MOTORCYCLISTS HAVE BEEN INCREASING OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND AWARENESS MONTH, AND ACCORDING TO THE CHP, FATAL MOTORCYCLE COLLISIONS ACCOUNTED FOR NEARLY 16 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FATAL COLLISIONS IN THE STATE IN 2011. AND AN ADDITIONAL 8 PERCENT INCREASE WAS NOTED BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012. ACCORDING TO CHP OFFICIALS, BY STAYING ALERT AND USING COMMON SENSE AND COURTESY, DRIVERS AND RIDERS ALIKE CAN HELP TO CREATE A SAFER ROADWAY ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE.

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

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE MADE ON HIGHWAY 101 FROM BRANSCOMB ROAD TO JUST SOUTH OF THE CAL FIRE STATION TODAY AND TOMORROW. WORK WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 10 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS SEEK TWO SEX OFFENDERS (LAW) JH 05/02/14

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING THE PUBLICS HELP IN LOCATING TWO SEX OFFENDERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN VIOLATION OF THEIR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS.

34-YEAR-OLD MONTY WILLIS TIMMONS HAS TWO FELONY WARRANTS AND HIS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS WAS IN THE NORTH LAKEPORT AREA. TIMMONS IS DESCRIBED AS A NATIVE AMERICAN MALE, STANDING 5 FEET 7 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 195 POUNDS, WITH BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES. HE HAS A ONE-INCH SCAR OVER HIS RIGHT EYEBROW AND PAW PRINT TATTOOS ON THE WEB OF BOTH HANDS. THE SECOND SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT IS 42-YEAR-OLD FLASH AARON BLANTON, WHO ALSO HAS TWO FELONY WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST. BLANTON IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE ADULT STANDING 5 FEET 7 INCHES TALL, WEIGHING 160 POUNDS, WITH BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES. HE HAS A DRAGON TATTOO ON HIS LEFT SHOULDER AND A WOLF TATTOO ON HIS RIGHT SHOULDER. BOTH SUSPECTS ARE AWARE THEY HAVE ARREST WARRANTS AND SHOULD NOT BE APPROACHED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION AS TO THEIR LOCATION IS URGED TO CONTACT THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AT 263-2690.

BROADBAND ALLIANCE MEETING TO HOST CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT (BB) JH 05/02/14

THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL HOST THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS POSITION AT TODAYS MEETING.

YOU CAN NOT ONLY FIND OUT WHAT THE ORGANIZATION IS DOING TO TRY AND BRING BROADBAND SERVICE TO UNSERVED AND UNDERSERVED MENDOCINO COUNTY, BUT YOULL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE CANDIDATES. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES AROUND BROADBAND AND OUR SCHOOLS. THE MEETING IS FROM 10 TO 11:30 AM TODAY AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ON SOUTH OAK STREET IN UKIAH.

CONVERSATION ABOUT GUN CAUSES LOCKDOWN AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE (LAW) JH 05/02/14

MENDOCINO COLLEGE ATTEMPTED TO GO INTO A LOCKDOWN MODE THURSDAY, AFTER A CONVERSATION ABOUT A GUN CAUSED SOMEONE TO CALL AUTHORITIES.

ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, SOMEONE REPORTED A STUDENT IN THE LIBRARY WITH A GUN. HOWEVER, WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED, THEY LEARNED THAT IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A CONVERSATION THAT BECAME AGITATED. THE SCHOOLS ATTEMPT TO INITIATE A LOCKDOWN, HOWEVER, DID BRING TO LIGHT ISSUES WITH THE SCHOOLS EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS, AS SOME ROOMS WERE SECURED WHILE OTHER STUDENTS WALKED ABOUT THE CAMPUS ASSUMING IT WAS ALL A DRILL. THE SCHOOL IS NOW DISCUSSING TRAINING EXERCISES FOR STAFF WITH THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TO HELP INSURE A REAL EMERGENCY WILL BE HANDLED PROPERLY IN THE FUTURE.

COVELO RESIDENT DIES IN CRASH ON HIGHWAY 162 (LAW) JH 05/02/14

A COVELO MAN DIED WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER A CAR WENT OFF THE ROAD AND ROLLED.

40 YEAR OLD SHANNON WHITE WAS DRIVING WESTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 162, WHEN FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, SHE ALLOWED HER VEHICLE TO DRIFT OFF THE ROAD, WHERE THE VEHICLE WENT DOWN A STEEP EMBANKMENT AND ROLLED ONTO ITS ROOF. WHITE WAS TAKEN TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. HER FRONT SEAT PASSENGER, 54-YEAR-OLD ERNESTO MEDEL WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES. AND A PASSENGER IN THE BACK SEAT, IDENTIFIED ONLY AS A 60 YEAR OLD COVELO RESIDENT, WAS THE ONLY PERSON NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT AND SUBSEQUENTLY DIED IN THE CRASH.

NEW STATE BILL MAY ALLOW USE OF UKIAH RDA BONDS (GOV)

JH 05/02/14

THE CITY OF UKIAH IS SUPPORTING A BILL INTRODUCED IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE THAT WOULD ALLOW IT TO USE SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF BONDS SOLD IN 2011 TO PAY FOR TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED FOR A PROPOSED COSTCO STORE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, TO PAY FOR PROMISED TRAFFIC MITIGATIONS THAT INCLUDE A NEW OFF-RAMP TO TALMAGE ROAD FROM SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 101, WHICH ARE ESTIMATED TO COST $5.6 MILLION, THE CITYS FORMER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY INTENDED TO USE PART OF MORE THAN $8 MILLION WORTH OF BONDS SOLD. HOWEVER, NOW THAT THE STATE HAS ORDERED DISSOLUTION OF REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE HAS SO FAR DENIED THE USE OF THOSE BONDS BY THE CITY. THE CITY HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE, AND AT A MEETING LAST MONTH, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING ASSEMBLY BILL 2493, WHICH CITY OFFICIALS SAY WILL ALLOW UKIAH, AND MANY OTHER CITIES IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS, TO USE ITS BOND PROCEEDS.

UKIAH HIRES FIRM FOR WATER RATE STUDY (GOV) JH 05/02/14

THE CITY OF UKIAH HIRED A SACRAMENTO COMPANY TO CONDUCT A WATER SURVEY AND EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF A WATER SURCHARGE.

CITY OFFICIALS SAID THE SURCHARGE WOULD NOT INCREASE WATER RATES, BUT WOULD HELP THE CITY MAINTAIN A STABLE REVENUE FLOW, EVAN AS WATER USE DECREASES. THE SURCHARGE WILL NOT BE TIED TO THE QUANTITY OF WATER USED, BUT INSTEAD, EVERYONE WILL PAY THE SAME FEE, REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH WATER HOUSEHOLDS ARE USING. CITY OFFICIALS ALSO SAID THE CITY IS PLANNING TO AD A NEW WELL TO THEIR SYSTEM THAT WILL SUPPLY ANOTHER 1 MILLION GALLONS A DAY.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 05/02/14

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

SIDEWALK ENHANCEMENTS WILL CONTINUE ON HIGHWAY 20 FROM THE JUNCTION WITH HIGHWAY 1 AND BOATYARD DRIVE. THE WORK IS ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM WEEKDAYS. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

THE LAKE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND GIBSON MUSEUM OF MIDDLETOWN WILL CLOSE A LOCAL STREET ON HIGHWAY 29 FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE GIBSON MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER ON SATURDAY FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM. TURNS ONTO CALLAYOMI STREET WILL BE RESTRICTED.

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.