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LAKE COUNTY FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN SAN FRANCISCO (LAW) JB 7/8/14

AN ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT WANTED IN LAKE COUNTY SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR WAS APPREHENDED IN SAN FRANCISCO.

29 YEAR OLD GREGORY PIERRE ELARMS WAS ARRESTED BY LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE PERSONNEL IN SAN FRANCISCO AFTER BEING THE SUBJECT OF A MANHUNT FOR OVER A YEAR. ELARMS FACES MORE THAN 10 FELONY COUNTS INCLUDING THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF CLEARLAKE POLICE LIEUTENANT TIM CELLI DURING A HOME ROBBERY ON JUNE 29, 2013. FOUR OTHER SUSPECTS IN THE ROBBERY WERE APPREHENDED IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT. ELARMS IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT ON JULY 22.

EXPLOSION AND FIRE IN NICE (LAW) JB 7/8/14

AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE DAMAGED MULTIPLE STRUCTURES IN NICE YESTERDAY.

A WITNESS WHO CALLED FIRE AUTHORITIES REPORTED HEARING A LOUD EXPLOSION AND SEEING SMOKE AND FLAMES COMING FROM A TRAILER LOCATED ON CRUMP AVENUE. THREE STRUCTURES AT THE LOCATION WERE REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN THE FIRE BUT IT IS UNCLEAR AS TO WHETHER THEY WERE INHABITED OR NOT. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE INCIDENT AND THE FIRE WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL JUST AFTER NOON YESTERDAY.

KONOCTI COUNTY WATER DISTRICT WATER SHORTAGE (EVR) JB 7/8/14

THE KONOCTI COUNTY WATER DISTRICT EXPECTS TO DECLARE A WATER SHORTAGE EMERGENCY AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK.

THE AGENCY, LOCATED AT THE SOUTHERN END OF CLEAR LAKE, STATED THAT THE SHORTAGE ISNT FROM LOW WATER LEVELS BUT FROM AN ELEVATED ALGAE LEVEL IN THE LAKE. THE PURIFICATION EQUIPMENT USED BY THE WATER AGENCY IS HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME TREATING THE TURBID WATER DUE TO THE HIGH LEVELS OF ALKALINE CAUSED BY THE ALGAE. THE KONOCTI COUNTY WATER DISTRICT CAN ONLY TREAT ABOUT 500,000 GALLONS PER DAY DUE TO THE INCREASE IN ALGAE. USAGE SPIKES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED OF UP TO 690,000 GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY.

BUTTS FIRE NEARLY EXTINGUISHED (LAW) JB 7/8/14

BURNING FOR OVER A WEEK NOW, THE BUTTS FIRE IS NEARING FULL CONTAINMENT BY FIREFIGHTERS.

CAL FIRE ANNOUNCED THAT THE FIRE WAS NEARING 95 PERCENT CONTAINMENT, AFTER BURNING ROUGHLY 4300 ACRES IN NAPA AND LAKE COUNTIES. A MAJORITY OF THE FIRE CREWS HANDLING THE BUTTS FIRE WERE RELOCATED TO THE MONTICELLO FIRE IN YOLO COUNTY THAT STARTED FRIDAY NIGHT AND HAS ALREADY BURNED 6500 ACRES. THE EXTREME HIGH TEMPERATURES AND WINDS DURING THE DAYS HAVE MADE BATTLING BOTH OF THESE FIRES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR FIRE CREWS AND AT LEAST FOUR FIREFIGHTERS HAVE REPORTED MINOR INJURIES.

MARIJUANA, 61 FIREARMS SEIZED IN RAIDS (LAW) JB 7/8/14

A SERIES OF RAIDS CONDUCTED IN UPPER LAKE AND LAKEPORT YIELD MARIJUANA PLANTS AND A LARGE NUMBER OF FIREARMS.

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE NARCOTICS TASK FORCE SERVED SEARCH WARRANTS ON MULTIPLE HOMES ON ELK MOUNTAIN ROAD IN UPPER LAKE, AS WELL AS HOMES ON EICKOFF ROAD AND LAKESHORE BOULEVARD IN LAKEPORT. 33 YEAR OLD JUSTIN JONES, OF UPPER LAKE WAS DETAINED AT ONE OF THE UPPER LAKE PROPERTIES AS 122 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE ERADICATED. DURING A SEARCH AT THE HOME OF JONESS GRANDMOTHER, PATRICIA MCIVOR, DETECTIVES REPORTEDLY SEIZED 50 ASSAULT STYLE WEAPONS ALL BELONGING TO JONES, INCLUDING FOUR .50 CALIBER BMG RIFLES. JONES AND SEVERAL OTHER SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

NEW WATER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR LOGGERS (EVR) JB 7/8/14

CALIFORNIA REGULATORS HAVE EXPANDED WATER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR LOGGING COMPANIES IN RESPONSE TO THE STATES ONGOING DROUGHT.

THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF FORESTRY NOW REQUIRES THE COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE HOW MUCH WATER THEY EXTRACT FROM ANY STREAM IN THE STATE FOR DUST CONTROL. THE REQUIREMENT PREVIOUSLY APPLIED ONLY TO STREAMS WHERE SALMON OR STEELHEAD WERE PRESENT. THE AMOUNT OF WATER TAKEN OUT OF RIVERS LIKE THE RUSSIAN AND EEL AS WELL AS SMALLER STREAMS WILL NOW BE MONITORED MORE CLOSELY AS THEIR LEVELS CONTINUE TO DROP FROM THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

CALTRANS SUSPENDS WORK ON WILLITS BYPASS TODAY (GOV/TR) 7/8/14

CALTRANS SUSPENDS WORK ON THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT UNTIL THE ARMY CORPS PERMIT SUSPENSION IS LIFTED.

ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY CALTRANS, THEY HAVE NOTIFIED THEIR CONTRACTORS THAT WORK WILL BE SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE AT THE END OF THE DAY TODAY. LAST WEEK 45 TRADE WORKERS WERE LAID OFF BY CALTRANS AND ANOTHER 55 WORKERS WILL BE LAID OFF DUE TO THE SUSPENSION OF WORK. THE COSTS TO KEEP CONTRACTOR CREWS ON STANDBY AND OTHER DELAY COSTS HAVE ADDED AN ESTIMATED $800,000 TO THE PROJECT. CALTRANS STATES THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE ARMY CORPS TO GET THE SUSPENSION LIFTED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

DEL FIORENTINO MEMORIAL HIGHWAY SUPPORT (GOV) JB 7/8/14

A RESOLUTION TO NAME A SECTION OF HIGHWAY 1 AFTER SLAIN DEPUTY SHERIFF RICKY DEL FIORENTINO HAS THE SUPPORT OF NOT ONLY THE COUNTY, BUT STATE OFFICIALS AS WELL.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL MEET TODAY AND ARE EXPECTED TO APPROVE A LETTER FROM BOARD CHAIRMAN JOHN PINCHES IN SUPPORT OF THE FREEWAY DEDICATION RESOLUTION. ASSEMBLY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 159 WAS CO-AUTHORED BY SENATOR NOREEN EVANS AND STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER WES CHESBORO AND STATES THAT HIGHWAY 1 BETWEEN SOUTH BOUND MILEPOST 62 AND NORTHBOUND MILEPOST 65 WOULD BE RENAMED THE DEPUTY SHERIFF RICKY DEL FIORENTINO MEMORIAL HIGHWAY. THE LETTER BY PINCHES IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION WILL BE SENT TO THE STATE CAPITAL.

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