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DRUNKEN DEATH THREATS IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 6/19/14

A VERBAL ARGUMENT BY TWO PEOPLE IN WILLITS LED TO A MAN MAKING DEATH THREATS.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ADDRESS ON ORIOLE LANE IN WILLITS ON TUESDAY EVENING TO RESPOND TO THE REPORT OF A LOUD VERBAL ARGUMENT. THEY FOUND A WOMAN ON THE GROUND NEXT TO HER WHEELCHAIR CALLING FOR HELP FROM THE BACK PORCH OF THE HOUSE. THE 74 YEAR OLD VICTIM TOLD THE DEPUTIES THAT 71 YEAR OLD JOEL BERKOWITZ HIT HER IN THE FACE AND KICKED HER OUT HER WHEELCHAIR, THEN THREATENED TO KILL HER. BERKOWITZ WAS FOUND LAYING ON THE FLOOR INSIDE THE RESIDENCE HEAVILY INTOXICATED AND HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

CITY PREPARES WORK LIST FOR PALACE HOTEL (GOV) JB 6/19/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL SETS TWO NEW PROJECT DEADLINES FOR THE PALACE HOTEL.

DURING A RECENT MEETING, THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED TWO IMMEDIATE PROJECTS INVOLVING THE REMODELING PROJECT OF THE PALACE HOTEL IN UKIAH. THE FIRST WAS TO HAVE THE BUILDING SECURE FROM UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY BY JULY 10, DUE TO A NUMBER OF BREAK-INS AND THE RELATED FIRE RISKS WITH POTENTIAL VANDALISM. THE SECOND DEADLINE , SET FOR JULY 25, IS THE SUBMISSION OF A WORK PLAN BY THE HOTELS OWNER TO BOTH CAL/OSHA AND THE MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT WITH REGARDS TO THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS IN THE BUILDING.

PROBLEMS WITH ANIMAL SHELTER IN UKIAH (GOV/PI) JB 6/19/14

A VARIETY OF PROBLEMS, INCLUDING SEVERE OVERCROWDING AND A RAT INFESTATION, PLAGUE THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER IN UKIAH.

IN A RECENT REPORT BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY GRAND JURY, THE ANIMAL SHELTER WAS TO SHOWN TO SUFFER FROM UNDERFUNDING AND MISMANAGEMENT. THE FACILITY ATTEMPTS TO HOUSE UP TO 150 DOGS AND UP TO 80 CATS PER DAY, YET LACKS THE PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE TO ETHICALLY HANDLE A POPULATION THAT LARGE. THIS LACK OF MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION BEYOND CAPACITY, COMBINED WITH A RAT INFESTATION, HAS LOWERED EMPLOYEE AND VOLUNTEER MORALE AND POSES SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES.

LAKE COUNTY SUPERVISORS DISCUSS BUDGET (GOV) JB 6/19/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISCUSSED THE COUNTY RECOMMENDED BUDGET AT MEETING ON TUESDAY.

THE FOCUS OF THE MEETING WAS TO ADDRESS THE $1.8 MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL IN THE COUNTYS GENERAL FUND. THE BOARD AND THE LAKE COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER DISCUSSED SALARY SAVINGS, PUBLIC SAFETY REALIGNMENT, AND GEOTHERMAL ROYALTIES AS POSSIBLE WAYS TO BRIDGE THE FINANCIAL SHORTFALL. THE POSSIBILITY OF REDUCED HOURS AT THE MUSEUMS, ANIMAL CONTROL, AND LIBRARY DEPARTMENTS WERE ALSO INTRODUCED AS POTENTIAL RESOLUTIONS. A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE BUDGET IS SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 3.

CITY PAYS RIVER WATCH $60,000 TO END LAWSUIT. (GOV) JB 6/19/14

A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED IN A LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE CITY OF WILLITS BY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, CALIFORNIA RIVER WATCH.

THE CITY HAS AGREED TO PAY RIVER WATCH THE SUM OF $60,000 FOR ATTORNEYS FEES AND INVESTIGATIVE COSTS. THE CITY ALSO AGREED TO ASSESS ALL SEWER COLLECTION LINES, FOLLOW ITS OWN SANITARY SEWER MANAGEMENT PLAN, AND PRIORITIZE LEAKS OF SEWERS NEAR WATERWAYS TO INSURE THEIR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT WITHIN TWO YEARS. WHILE THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT WERE AGREED UPON BY BOTH PARTIES, THE CITY DENIES EACH AND ALL OF THE CLAIMS MADE IN THE LAWSUIT BY RIVER WATCH.

KELSEYVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING, DRUGS (LAW) JB 6/19/14

A PEDESTRIAN CHECK BY A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DETECTIVE RESULTS IN THE ARREST OF A KELSEYVILLE MAN FOR STALKING AND MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES.

47 YEAR OLD KENNETH SCOTT OSTERGAARD WAS CONTACTED BY THE DETECTIVE BECAUSE HE WAS STANDING NEAR THE PROPERTY LINE OF SOMEONE WHO HAD FILED A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST HIM. A SEARCH OF OSTERGAARDS VEHICLE TURNED UP MARIJUANA, METHAMPHETAMINE, AND A RIFLE SCOPE. A SEARCH WARRANT WAS SECURED FOR OSTERGAARDS RESIDENCE WHERE DETECTIVES DISCOVERED AND ERADICATED 156 MARIJUANA PLANTS. OSTERGAARD WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

TASK FORCE ERADICATES 16,000 PLANTS IN MIDDLETOWN (LAW) JB 6/19/14

THE SHERIFFS NARCOTICS TASK FORCE LOCATE A MASSIVE MARIJUANA GROW SITE IN MIDDLETOWN.

DURING A ROUTINE OVERFLIGHT MISSION, THE TASK FORCE SPOTTED THE GROW SITE IN THE JERUSALEM VALLEY AREA OF MIDDLETOWN. THE PLANTS IN THE OUTDOOR GROW SITE WERE BEING CONCEALED IN A LARGE CORN FIELD ON JERUSALEM GRADE ROAD. DETECTIVES SUCCESSFULLY ERADICATED A TOTAL OF 16,709 PLANTS FROM THE PROPERTY, AS WELL AS CONFISCATING A LOADED .22 CALIBER RIFLE AND A 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN AS EVIDENCE. NO ARRESTS WERE MADE AT THE TIME OF THE RAID.

PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY (ED) JB 6/19/14

AN EDUCATIONAL FIELD STUDY WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MCGRAW HILL AND THE LAKE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION CLEARLAKE OFFICE.

MCGRAW HILL, A LEADING PROVIDER OF CUSTOMIZED AND ADAPTIVE LEARNING SOLUTIONS, HAS PARTNERED WITH THE LAKE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT THE SERIES OF STUDY SESSIONS. ADULT PARTICIPANTS WHO TAKE THE FIVE COMPUTER BASED TESTS IN MATH, READING, WRITING, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND SCIENCE CAN EARN A $100 VISA GIFT CARD REGARDLESS OF THEIR SCORES. TEST RESULTS MUST SHOW THAT A REASONABLE EFFORT WAS MADE AND GIFT CARDS WILL BE SENT OUT ONCE THE TEST RESULTS ARE CONFIRMED. THE TESTS WILL BE GIVEN TUESDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS IN THE MONTH OF JULY AT THE LAKE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION CLEARLAKE OFFICE.

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