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UKIAH WALMART ROBBED BY MAN WITH GUN (LAW) JB 7/16/14

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ON THE HUNT FOR MAN WHO ROBBED WALMART WITH A GUN OVER THE WEEKEND.

UPD OFFICERS RESPONDED TO WALMART JUST BEFORE 8:00PM LAST FRIDAY TO INVESTIGATE THE REPORT OF AN ARMED ROBBERY. THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY WAITED IN THE CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE, THEN DISPLAYED A GUN AND DEMANDED MONEY. HE FLED ON FOOT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH AND WITNESSES SAY HE LEFT IN A BEIGE OR TAN 1990S 4-DOOR NISSAN SENTRA. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE OR HISPANIC MALE IN HIS MID 30S WEARING A LONG SLEEVED SHIRT, PANTS, DARK SHOES, AND DARK COLORED GLOVES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE UKIAH POLICE DETECTIVE BUREAU AT 463-6262.

BICYCLIST INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH WITH VEHICLE (LAW) JB 7/16/14

A LAKE COUNTY BICYCLIST WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A CRASH WITH A VEHICLE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND 9:15PM ON THE NICE-LUCERNE CUTOFF WEST OF STOKES AVENUE. WILLIAM GUTTORMSEN OF NICE WAS RIDING HIS BICYCLE WHEN HE COLLIDED A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 65 YEAR OLD NACY DOUGLAS OF KELSEYVILLE. REPORTS INDICATED THAT GUTTORMSEN HAD HIT THE VEHICLES WINDSHIELD IN THE ACCIDENT AND HIS BICYCLE HAD DAMAGE ON THE REAR. GUTTORMSEN SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT AND WAS FLOWN BY REACH 1 TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

NEW COUNTY POLICY RECOGNIZES MENDOCINOS STYLE (GOV) JB 7/16/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION IS WORKING ON A NEW POLICY PROHIBITING CHAIN RETAILER BUSINESSES IN THE TOWN OF MENDOCINO.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION ARE LOOKING TO REVISE THE 2014 MENDOCINO TOWN PLAN TO PRESERVE THE CHARACTER OF THE HISTORIC TOWN. THE CHIEF PLANNER SAID THAT BUSINESSES THAT SHARE THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS AND HAVE 10 OR MORE ESTABLISHMENTS WITHIN A COMPANY SUCH AS MCDONALDS AND CVS WOULD QUALIFY AS A FORMULA BUSINESS AND, IN A HISTORICAL DISTRICT, THOSE WOULD BE PROHIBITED IN TOWN. THE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS AGAIN TOMORROW TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE TOWN PLAN.

OIL FILTER GRANT ENCOURAGES COUNTY RECYCLING (EVR) JB 7/16/14

THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY HAS RECEIVED A GRANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED OIL FILTERS.

THE GRANT, JUST OVER $132,000, WAS AWARDED TO THE WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY BY CALRECYCLE IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON OIL POLLUTION. ACCORDING TO CALRECYCLE, THE FUNDS CAN BE SPENT FOR USED OIL AND FILTER COLLECTION, RECYCLING OF USED OIL, AND REDUCING THE POLLUTION OF STORM WATER FROM USED OIL. AS PART OF THE EFFORT, PEOPLE CAN BRING THEIR USED OIL FILTERS TO OREILLYS AUTO PARTS FOR A FREE REPLACEMENT DURING THE MONTH OF JULY.

LC PUBLIC WORKS STARTS BRUSH ABATEMENT (EVR) JB 7/16/14

THE LAKE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BEGIN ITS SUMMER ROADSIDE BRUSH ABATEMENT PROGRAM.

THE FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM IS THE REMOVAL OF POISON OAK, PUNCTURE VINE, AND BLACKBERRY BUSHES THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF HERBICIDES ALONG SEVERAL COUNTY-MAINTAINED ROADS. RESIDENTS OR PROPERTY OWNERS ALONG THE SELECTED ROADS MAY OPT OUT OF THE BRUSH ABATEMENT SPRAYING PROGRAM BY CONTACTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS PRIOR TO JULY 23. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A COMPLETE LIST OF PLANNED SPRAY AREAS, PLEASE CALL THE DPW AT 263-2431.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BOGGS MOUNTAIN CLEANUP (EVR) JB 7/16/14

VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING REQUESTED FOR A CLEANUP OF THE POPULAR BOGGS MOUNTAIN SHOOTING AREA IN MIDDLETOWN.

THE PLANNED CLEANUP OF THE SHOOTING AREA WILL BE HOSTED BY THE BOGGS MOUNTAIN DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST AND THE FRIENDS OF BOGGS MOUNTAIN. THE CLEANUP IS SLATED FOR JULY 26, STARTING AT 5:00PM. ALONG WITH HAVING A PRACTICE SHOOT, VOLUNTEERS WILL ASSIST IN THE REMOVAL OF TRASH, OLD TARGETS, AND SPENT SHELLS FROM THE AREA. TRASH BAGS AND GLOVES WILL BE PROVIDED, AS WELL AS REFRESHMENTS FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOGGS FOREST OFFICE AT 928-4378

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUPPORTING GANG PREVENTION (LAW/ED) JB 7/16/14

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE IS SHOWING HIS SUPPORT OF A GANG PREVENTION PROGRAM IN COUNTY SCHOOLS.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS CONTRIBUTION OF $10,000 TO REDWOOD CHILDRENS SERVICE. THE CONTRIBUTION WILL ALLOW A SPECIAL SCHOOL PROGRAM TARGETING FIFTH GRADERS WITH ANTI-GANG EDUCATION TO CONTINUE ITS WORK AROUND THE COUNTY. THE GANG RESISTANCE IS PARAMOUNT OR GRIP PROGRAM HAS BEEN USED IN SCHOOLS COUNTY WIDE, FOCUSING ON THE DANGERS OF GANGS, PEER PRESSURE, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, AND GANG-RELATED VIOLENCE. THE MONEY FOR THE GRANT WILL BE ALLOCATED FROM THE D.A.S ASSET FORFEITURE ACCOUNT.

FIRE NEAR MASONITE PROPERTY ON SUNDAY (LAW) JB 7/16/14

A FIRE ALONG HIGHWAY 101 NEAR UKIAH BROKE OUT IN THE AREA OF THE FORMER MASONITE PROPERTY.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM UKIAH, REDWOOD VALLEY, POTTER VALLEY, AND CAL FIRE ALL RESPONDED TO BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 1:43 SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE THREE-ACRE FIRE ONLY BURNED THE VEGETATION ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY NEAR THE NORTH STATE STREET OFF-RAMP. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME. FIRE CREWS HAD THEIR HANDS FULL THE ENTIRE WEEKEND AS THIS WAS THE FOURTH FIRE THAT COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS HAD RESPONDED TO IN UKIAH VALLEY AREA IN TWO DAYS.

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