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REDWOOD VALLEY WOMAN HURT IN HWY 20 CRASH (LAW) JB 6/26/14

AN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY TUESDAY MORNING SENT A REDWOOD VALLEY WOMAN TO THE HOSPITAL.

63 YEAR OLD KRISTIN JAHN WAS DRIVING WESTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 20 WEST OF BRUNER DRIVE JUST AFTER 10:00AM WHEN HER 2005 HONDA PILOT DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD AND ONTO THE SHOULDER. THE CAR HIT A POSTED SPEED SIGN BEFORE COLLIDING WITH A DIRT EMBANKMENT AND ROLLED OVER. JAHN SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, ALCOHOL WAS NOT A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

POTTER VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON POT, GUN CHARGES (LAW) JB 6/26/14

THE DISCOVERY OF OVER 4600 MARIJUANA PLANTS AND A STOLEN ASSAULT RIFLE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A POTTER VALLEY MAN.

THE SERVICE OF A SEARCH WARRANT BY MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND STATE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS ON A 160 ACRE PARCEL OFF OF OAT GAP ROAD IN POTTER VALLEY LED TO THE ARREST OF 43 YEAR OLD SAUL HERNANDEZ. THE OFFICERS DISCOVERED 4692 MARIJUANA PLANTS AND THAT HERNANDEZ WAS ILLEGALLY DIVERTING WATER TO GROW THEM. AN ASSAULT RIFLE RECOVERED FROM THE GROW SITE WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN FROM A PETALUMA POLICE OFFICER IN 2008. HERNANDEZ IS SCHEDULED FOR A COURT APPEARANCE TODAY.

UKIAH COUNCIL VOTES TO PUT MEASURE S ON BALLOT (GOV) JB 6/26/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY THAT THE RENEWAL OF HALF CENT SALES TAX BENEFITING PUBLIC SAFETY WILL BE ON THE BALLOT THIS NOVEMBER.

ORIGINALLY PASSED NINE YEARS AGO, THE MEASURE S TAX IS DUE TO EXPIRE NEXT YEAR. TO DATE, THE TAX HAS GENERATED APPROXIMATELY $19 MILLION DOLLARS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES AND IF IT IS NOT RENEWED IT COULD LEAVE POLICE AND FIRE BUDGETS WITH A $2 MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL CUT. BEFORE APPROVING TO PLACE THE RENEWAL MEASURE ON THE BALLOT, THE COUNCIL ADDED THAT A CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE EVALUATE EXPENDITURES OF THE TAX MONEY EVERY TWO YEARS.

FIRE ON TALMAGE ROAD DESTROYS ONE HOME (LAW) JB 6/26/14

AN EARLY MORNING FIRE YESTERDAY ON TALMAGE ROAD LEFT ONE HOME DESTROYED AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY DAMAGED.

THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY REPORTED THAT WHEN THEY ARRIVED THE BLAZE HAD COMPLETELY ENGULFED ONE HOUSE AND WAS THREATENING A SECOND. WITH THE LIMITED RESOURCES ON HAND, FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE ABOUT ONE THIRD TO ONE HALF OF THE SECOND HOME. AS THE FIRST HOME COLLAPSED, FIREFIGHTERS TORE APART THE ROOF TO FULLY EXTINGUISH ANY SMOLDERING MATERIAL. NEITHER HOME HAD ANY PEOPLE OR ANIMALS INSIDE AT THE TIME AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FT BRAGG TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO NARCOTICS ARREST (LAW) JB 6/26/14

A TRAFFIC STOP BY FORT BRAGG POLICE LEADS TO MULTIPLE ARRESTS ON NARCOTICS AND WEAPONS CHARGES.

A FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICER CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP ON HARRISON STREET OF A WHITE PICKUP WITH NO FRONT LICENSE PLATE. THE DRIVER, 51 YEAR OLD JULIA ANN HEWITT, ATTEMPTED TO CONCEAL A GLASS METH PIPE AS THE OFFICER CONTACTED HER. A SEARCH OF HER VEHICLE FOUND 20 GRAMS OF METH PACKAGED FOR SALE, AS WELL AS HEROIN AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. A SUBSEQUENT SEARCH OF HER RESIDENCE LED TO THE DISCOVERY OF ADDITIONAL DRUGS AND A FIREARM IN POSSESSION OF 59 YEAR OLD RICK WILLIAM HEWITT. BOTH JULIA AND RICK HEWITT WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN LANDFILL RATES (GOV) JB 6/26/14

THE COST OF TAKING GARBAGE TO THE DUMP IN LAKE COUNTY IS ABOUT TO RISE.

LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICES ANNOUNCED THAT LANDFILL FEES AT THE EASTLAKE LANDFILL WILL BE GOING UP STARTING ON JULY 1. THE INCREASE IN TONNAGE AND VOLUME RATES IS TO OFFSET THE COSTS OF LANDFILL OPERATIONS AND COMPLIANCE REGULATIONS. THE MINIMUM GATE FEE WILL STAY AT $5 AND LANDFILL USERS WILL NOT SEE AN INCREASE FOR INDIVIDUAL MATERIALS SUCH AS MATTRESSES AND COUCHES.

COLORADO MAN ARRESTED IN KELSEYVILLE (LAW) JB 6/26/14

A WANTED COLORADO MAN WAS APPREHENDED BY LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES IN KELSEYVILLE.

20 YEAR OLD JOHN DAVID HESTON OF LONGMONT COLORADO WAS DETAINED BY LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AFTER THEY HAD RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT WAS LIVING IN KELSEYVILLE. HESTON, WHO FALSELY IDENTIFIED HIMSELF TO DEPUTIES, WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE AND WAS BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL. HE IS CURRENTLY AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO COLORADO WHERE HE HAS FOUR OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANTS AND IS FACING 15 TO 25 YEARS OF PRISON TIME.

STATE WATER BOARD CRACKING DOWN (GOV) JB 6/26/14

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS CONSIDERING THE ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY REGULATIONS TO STOP UNAUTHORIZED DIVERSION OF WATER.

THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD WILL MEET ON JULY 1 TO FIND A WAY TO ENSURE TIMELY COMPLIANCE BY THOSE WITH ORDERS TO STOP DIVERTING WATER. THE BOARD HAS STATED THAT FEWER THAN A THIRD OF THOSE ORDERED TO CURTAIL THEIR WATER DIVERSION HAVE ACTUALLY PROVED THEY ARE DOING SO. OVER 7900 CURTAILMENT NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY THE STATE SO FAR THIS YEAR.

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