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CALTRANS ORDERED TO STOP WORK ON WILLITS BYPASS (TR) JB 06/23/14

THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS CONDITIONALLY SUSPENDED THE PERMIT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE WILLITS BYPASS.

IN A LETTER ISSUED TO CAL TRANS LAST FRIDAY, THE ARMY CORPS STATED THAT CAL TRANS HAD FAILED TO COMPLETE MITIGATION SITE PREPARATION ACTIONS IN A TIMELY MANNER ADDING THAT UNTIL CAL TRANS COMPLIES WITH PERMIT CONDITIONS, NO ADDITIONAL CONSTRUCTION WORK IS ALLOWED. THE CORPS LETTER STATED THAT CAL TRANS MAY CONTINUE WORK ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AS LONG AS THEY ARE APPROVED BY THE CORPS IN WRITING.

POLICE REPORT DETAILS ABOUT CLEARLAKE DROWNING )LAW) JB 6/23/14

AN ELDERLY MAN DROWNED ON CLEAR LAKE OVER THE WEEKEND.

WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING THE 87 YEAR OLD SAN LORENZO MAN LAUNCHING HIS BOAT FROM THE FIFTH STREET BOAT RAMP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THEN, FOR SOME REASON, THE MAN DOVE INTO THE WATER AND FAILED TO RESURFACE. THE NORTHSHORE FIRE DIVE TEAM, LAKEPORT FIRE, AND POLICE RESPONDED TO THE INCIDENT AND THE MANS BODY WAS DISCOVERED APPROXIMATELY 45 FEET FROM SHORE. THE CAUSE OF THE MANS DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE CORONERS OFFICE.

LAKE MENDO BOATS RAMPS TO CLOSE ON MONDAY (PI) JB 6/23/14

AS A RESULT OF DECLINING WATER LEVELS, THE SOUTH BOAT RAMP AT LAKE MENDOCINO WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TODAY.

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE OF THE SOUTH BOAT RAMP TO ALL TRAILERED BOATS BUT DID SAY THAT PORTABLE BOATS SUCH AS KAYAKS AND CANOES MAY STILL BE CARRIED TO THE WATER. THE SOUTHERN BEACH ADJACENT TO THE BOAT LAUNCH, KNOWN AS JET SKI BEACH, IS STILL OPEN. THE LAKE HAS DROPPED ALMOST 13,000 ACRE FEET IN THE PAST 3 WEEKS SO PLEASE USE CAUTION ON THE LAKE, AS DROPPING WATER LEVELS WILL EXPOSE SUBMERGED HAZARDS.

STREET WORK ON NORTH BUSH STREET (TR) JB 6/23/14

THE CITY OF UKIAH STREET MAINTENANCE DIVISION WILL BE CONDUCTING REPAIR WORK ON BUSH STREET THIS WEEK.

ROAD CREWS WILL CLOSE THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF BUSH STREET BETWEEN ARLINGTON DRIVE TO GARRETT DRIVE TODAY. ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF BUSH STREET WILL BE CLOSED FROM GARRETT DRIVE TO EMPIRE DRIVE. WORK ON THIS STREET WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 7:30AM TO 4:30PM. PLEASE CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE DURING THESE HOURS OF CLOSURE.

WILLITS MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN CRASH (LAW) JB 6/23/14

A WILLITS MAN INVOLVED IN A CAR CRASH LAST DECEMBER THAT KILLED A KELSEYVILLE RESIDENT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER.

WAYNE LEROY CALDWELL WAS OFFICIALLY CHARGED BY THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE WITH BOTH VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER AND DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE, BOTH MISDEMEANORS. ON DECEMBER 7, 2013, CALDWELLS PICKUP TRUCK CROSSED THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINE ON HIGHWAY 29 AND STRUCK AN ACURA INTEGRA HEAD ON, KILLING 26 YEAR OLD BRANDON HELMER OF KELSEYVILLE. BLOOD TESTS SHOWED THAT CALDWELL WAS NOT IMPAIRED BY ALCOHOL OR ANY SUBSTANCE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

UKIAH MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN TO RUN AGAIN (GOV) JB 6/23/14

UKIAH MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN ANNOUNCED HIS INTENT TO RUN FOR ANOTHER TERM IN NOVEMBERS ELECTION.

MAYOR BALDWIN HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL SINCE 1998 AND THIS YEAR MARKS THE COMPLETION OF HIS FOURTH TERM. HE HAS STATED THAT HE BELIEVES THE RESIDENTS OF UKIAH WOULD BENEFIT IF HE REMAINED ON THE COUNCIL. FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS MARY ANNE LANDIS AND BENJ THOMAS HAVE BOTH ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL NOT PURSUE ANOTHER TERM ON THE CITY COUNCIL. RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR MAYOR OR CITY COUNCIL CAN FILE BETWEEN JULY 14 AND AUGUST 8.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP (GOV) JB 6/23/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A WORKSHOP TODAY TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE DIRECTION AND ACTION REGARDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2014/2015 BUDGET.

A VARIETY OF PROPOSED FUNDS WILL BE ON THE TABLE FOR DISCUSSION DURING THE WORKSHOP INCLUDING A WATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, AND A SALES TAX TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW FUNDS DESIGNED TO BENEFIT PUBLIC SAFETY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AS WELL AS REVIEWING FIXED ASSETS AND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. THE WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD TODAY AT 4:00PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN WILLITS.

POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN TRYING VIOLATE WOMAN (LAW) JB 6/23/14

A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO TAKE PICTURES OR VIDEO UP A WOMANS SKIRT IN WAL-MART IS BEING SOUGHT BY THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THE MAN REPORTEDLY CROUCHED DOWN BEHIND THE WOMAN AS SHE REACHED FOR MERCHANDISE ON AN UPPER SHELF AND HE USED STORE MERCHANDISE TO CONCEAL A SMALL CAMERA AIMED UP AT THE WOMAN. A FRIEND OF THE WOMAN NOTICED WHAT THE MAN WAS DOING AND CONFRONTED HIM, PROMPTING THE MAN TO LEAVE WITHOUT BEING IDENTIFIED. SECURITY FOOTAGE SHOWS THE MAN EXITING WAL-MART AND DRIVING A DARK BLUE, NEWER MODEL JEEP LIBERTY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL SERGEANT RODD JOSEPH AT 994-8251, EXTENSION 338.

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