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DEPT OF HEALTH WARNS ABOUT FRAUD PHONE CALLS (PI/GOV) JB 7/15/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS ISSUED A WARNING TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT A NEW PHONE SCAM BY CALLERS TRYING TO OBTAIN PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

THE CDPH HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS ABOUT CALLERS WHO ARE CLAIMING TO BE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION INQUIRING ABOUT MEDICAL PROCEDURES WITH THE INTENT OF OBTAINING SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE CALLERS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO BE MOSTLY MALE WITH HEAVY FOREIGN ACCENTS AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO OBTAIN BANK ACCOUNT AND MEDICAL HISTORY INFORMATION BY HINTING AT SOME FORM OF COMPENSATION. ACCORDING TO A REP FROM THE AGENCY, THE CDPH DOES NOT MAKE SUCH CALLS.

ABALONE SEASON ON SUMMER BREAK (EVR) JB 7/15/14

THE 2014 ABALONE SEASON ON THE MENDOCINO COAST IS ON SUMMER VACATION FOR A COUPLE MORE WEEKS.

THE RECREATIONAL ABALONE SEASON IS CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, REOPENING AGAIN ON AUGUST 1. THE BREAK IN THE SEASON, IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEVERAL NEW RULES REGARDING THE TAKING OF ABALONE, HAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN PROTECTING THE PRIZED MOLLUSK FROM OVER FISHING. DIVERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ABALONE BEFORE 8:00AM, WHICH ELIMINATES ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE LOW AND MINUS TIDES. STATE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WARDENS HAVE NOTED A REDUCTION IN THE OVERALL CATCHES BY APPROXIMATELY 30 PERCENT.

K9 TEAM APPREHENDS WANTED PAROLEE (LAW) JB 7/15/14

A PAROLEE WITH AN OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANT WAS APPREHENDED BY A CLEARLAKE POLICE K9 TEAM.

22 YEAR OLD TONY KETCHUM OF CLEARLAKE WAS OBSERVED BY CLEARLAKE POLICE ON PEARL AVENUE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. KETCHUM, WHO HAD A PAROLE WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST, IMMEDIATELY RAN FROM THE OFFICER AND DISAPPEARED. CLEARLAKE K9 OFFICER DEX LOCATED THE PAROLEE HIDING IN THE BACKYARD OF A RESIDENCE AND APPREHENDED HIM. KETCHUM WAS ARRESTED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL, AFTER INJURIES HE SUSTAINED IN THE ARREST WERE TREATED.

CLEARLAKE K9 FINDS DRUGS IN SECRET COMPARTMENT (LAW) JB 7/15/14

A TRAFFIC STOP BY A NEW CLEARLAKE POLICE K9 TEAM LEADS TO THE DUOS FIRST NARCOTICS BUST.

AFTER ONLY TWO WEEKS SINCE GRADUATING FROM K-9 TRAINING, CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICER TRAVIS LENZ AND HIS K-9 PARTNER DEX CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST SUCCESSFUL NARCOTICS ARREST. LENZ HAD CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP OF JERRY JONES OF CLEARLAKE LAST THURSDAY AND DETERMINED JONES WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE BY DEX UNCOVERED A SECRET COMPARTMENT IN THE VEHICLE CONTAINING MORE THAN 3.5 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE. JONES WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

LAKE COUNTY FIRE NEW COBB MOUNTAIN STATION (LAW) JB 7/15/14

FIREFIGHTERS ON COBB MOUNTAIN SHOWED THE PUBLIC THEIR NEW FACILITY DURING AN OPEN HOUSE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE THREE-BEDROOM FACILITY HAS BEEN IN USE BY THE SOUTH LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW BUT THE EVENT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE STATION HAS BEEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE ORIGINAL CRAMPED LIVING QUARTERS, CONSTRUCTED IN 1925, HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO AN OPERATIONAL OFFICE. THE COST OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FACILITY WAS TRIMMED BY ABOUT $35,000 AS SOME OF THE WOOD USED IN THE BUILDING WAS OBTAINED FROM THE LAKE COUNTY CONSERVATION CAMP.

CL MAN BUSTED FOR FIRING A GUN DURING ARGUMENT (LAW) JB 7/15/14

CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICERS ARREST A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY FIRED A HANDGUN DURING A VERBAL ARGUMENT ON SUNDAY.

OFFICERS FROM THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON SYCAMORE STREET TO A REPORT OF GUNFIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. A PERSON AT THE SCENE TOLD POLICE THAT 35 YEAR OLD JOE MACARIO GARCIA HAD BEEN IN A VERBAL ARGUMENT WITH THE MANS SON. GARCIA THEN FIRED A HANDGUN, STRIKING A NEARBY INHABITED RESIDENCE, AND FIRED SEVERAL MORE SHOTS IN THE AIR BEFORE FLEEING. GARCIA WAS LOCATED BY POLICE AND ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AND IS DUE IN COURT TODAY.

NEW WORKERS COMP COST CONTROL PROGRAM IN LC (EC/EMP) JB 7/15/14

A NEW WORKERS COMPENSATION COST CONTROL PROGRAM IS BEING INTRODUCED IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE NEW PROGRAM, NAMED OUR SYSTEM, IS DESIGNED TO RETURN WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB, BACK TO WORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WORKERS COMPENSATION COSTS WOULD BE REDUCED BY RETURNING EMPLOYEES BACK TO WORK WITH TRANSITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE WORKER WOULD BE ON TRADITIONAL COMPENSATION. THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEM IS ESTIMATED AT LESS THAN $38,000 WHILE THE PREDICTED SAVINGS IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE IS ESTIMATED AT $200,000.

2400 GREAT WHITE SHARKS OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST (EVR) JB 7/15/14

A NEW STUDY OF GREAT WHITE SHARKS OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST SHOWS THE POPULATION TO BE MUCH LARGER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.

PREVIOUS STUDIES OF THE SHARK PUT THEIR POPULATION NUMBERS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 200 TO 400, PROMPTING A CALL FOR PROTECTION UNDER THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IN 1994. HOWEVER, A NEW INDEPENDENT STUDY RECENTLY PUBLISHED PUTS THE NUMBER OF WHITE SHARKS OFF CALIFORNIA AT CLOSER TO 2400. THE REPORT STATES THAT THE LARGE POPULATION OF WHITE SHARKS DOES NOT WARRANT LISTING UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ALSO MADE THE SAME DETERMINATION.

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