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MCOE TO SHARE IN $15 MILLION GRANT (ED) JB 7/21/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WILL RECEIVE A SHARE OF A $15 MILLION GRANT LINKING EDUCATION AND CAREERS.

THE SONOMA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION HAS BEEN AWARDED A CALIFORNIA CAREER PATHWAYS TRUST GRANT OF UP TO $15 MILLION TO SERVE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR A SIX-COUNTY ALLIANCE DESIGNED TO HELP STUDENTS MOVE TOWARD COLLEGE AND EMPLOYMENT IN HIGH DEMAND FIELDS. THE COUNTIES COMPRISING THE ALLIANCE INCLUDE LAKE, NAPA, MARIN, MENDOCINO, SOLANO, AND SONOMA. THE MCOE WILL RECEIVE $1.9 MILLION OVER THREE YEARS.

BOB BARBIERI, OF REDWOOD OIL COMPANY, DIES AT 76 (PI) JB 7/21/14

BOB BARBIERI, A KEY MEMBER OF THE GASOLINE SALES AND DISTRIBUTION FAMILY THAT BUILT REDWOOD OIL COMPANY INTO ONE OF SONOMA COUNTYS LARGEST BUSINESSES, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK THE AGE OF 76.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT BARBIERI S DEATH AT A CARE HOME FOLLOWED A LONG STRUGGLE WITH PARKINSONS DISEASE. HE WAS DESCRIBED AS A MAN OF HIGH INTEGRITY AND VERY GENEROUS TO PEOPLE. HE HAD BEEN IN THE PETROLEUM BUSINESS FOR 52 YEARS WHEN HE SOLD HIS SHARE OF REDWOOD OIL COMPANY AND RETIRED IN 2009. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY AT 1:00 PM AT SANTA ROSA BIBLE CHURCH AND THE BARBIERI FAMILY SUGGESTS THAT MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS BE MADE TO THE PARKINSONS DISEASE FOUNDATION.

MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES (LAW) JB 7/21/14

A LAKE COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION IN THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A TEENAGE GIRL.

AFTER A FIVE-MONTH INVESTIGATION, LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED 20-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH BARBER SKEE OF LAKEPORT. SKEE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF RAPE STEMMING FROM A REPORT MADE BY A TEENAGE GIRL IN FEBRUARY STATING THAT SHE BELIEVES SKEE HAD SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AT A PARTY. ONE OF THE CHARGES AGAINST SKEE STATES THAT THE GIRL WAS UNCONSCIOUS AT THE TIME OF THE ASSAULT. SKEE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $100,000.

HUFFMAN WANTS MORE TRESPASS GROW BUSTS (GOV/LAW) JB 7/21/14

THE PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNS SURROUNDING ILLEGAL TRESPASS MARIJUANA GROWERS ARE BEING ADDRESSED BY CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN.

IN A LETTER SENT LAST WEEK TO UNITED STATES ATTORNEY MELINDA HAAG, HUFFMAN URGED THE FOCUS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ON TRESPASS GROWS INSTEAD OF STATE-COMPLIANT LOW LEVEL GROWERS.

HIS LETTER STATES THAT LARGE TRESPASS OPERATIONS ENDANGER THE PUBLIC WITH VIOLENCE AND THREATS OF WILDFIRE, POLLUTE STREAMS AND WETLANDS, POISON WILDLIFE, FUND CRIMINAL DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS, AND UNDO SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL, STATE, AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE ENVIRONMENT. CURRENTLY, NEW STIFFER PENALTIES FOR TRESPASS GROWERS ARE BEING DISCUSSED IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.

WATER RESTORED AT LETTS LAKE CAMPGROUND (EVR) JB 7/21/14

THE WATER HAS BEEN RESTORED FOR THE CAMPERS AND RECREATIONAL VISITORS OF THE LETTS LAKE CAMPGROUND IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST.

A GRINDSTONE DISTRICT RANGER STATED THAT AFTER FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH STATE WATER BOARD OFFICIALS, INCLUDING DISCUSSION AND REVIEW DURING A FIELD VISIT TO LETTS LAKE, THE RESTORATION OF DRINKING WATER TO THE CAMPGROUND WAS APPROVED. THE LETTS LAKE CAMPGROUND WAS ON A LIST SUBMITTED BY THE STATE WATER BOARD FOR WATER CURTAILMENT DUE TO THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS. RANGERS ARE CONTINUING TO VERIFY LOCATIONS LISTED FOR WATER CURTAILMENT BY THE STATE.

HOME DAMAGED IN FIRE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT (LAW) JB 7/21/14

A MOBILE HOME ON THE NORTH SHORE OF CLEARLAKE WAS DAMAGED IN A FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 PM ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT AN ADDRESS ON LIBERTY STREET IN NICE. THE FIRE THAT STARTED ON A DETACHED PATIO OF THE MOBILE HOME WAS QUICKLY BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL BY THE NORTHSHORE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AS FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE BLAZE FROM DAMAGING ANY SURROUNDING HOMES. THE HOME WHERE THE FIRE STARTED DID SUSTAIN SOME DAMAGE TO PART OF A WALL AND A WINDOW BUT AN ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL DAMAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

NO MURDER CHARGE FOR WOMAN WHO SHOT HUSBAND (LAW) JB 7/21/14

MURDER CHARGES WONT BE FILLED AGAINST A LAKEPORT WOMAN ACCUSED OF FATALLY SHOOTING HER HUSBAND LAST DECEMBER.

A CRIMINAL GRAND JURY HAS NOT RETURNED AN INDICTMENT AGAINST 64-YEAR-OLD PAULA ANN PIVERONAS AND, ACCORDING THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, A MURDER CASE AGAINST HER WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD. PIVERONAS WAS ARRESTED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR AFTER IT WAS REPORTED BY AUTHORITIES THAT SHE SHOT HER HUSBAND, A PART-TIME SHERIFFS DEPUTY, TWICE AT THEIR HOME ON REEVES LANE. PIVERONAS HAS MAINTAINED HER CLAIM THAT SHE WAS DEFENDING HERSELF AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTROL BLAZE ALONG HIGHWAY 29 (LAW) JB 7/21/14

A FIRE THAT BROKE OUT ON HIGHWAY 29 OVER THE WEEKEND THREATENED MULTIPLE STRUCTURES IN ITS PATH.

THE BLAZE WAS LOCATED NEAR HOFACKER LANE BETWEEN LOWER LAKE AND MIDDLETOWN AND WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:00 PM ON SATURDAY. RESPONSES FROM BOTH LAKE COUNTY FIRE AND CAL FIRE BROUGHT MULTIPLE ENGINES, TANKERS, AND HELICOPTERS TO THE SCENE TO BATTLE THE FIRE. FIREFIGHTERS ATTACKED THE FIRE DIRECTLY TO PROTECT SEVERAL STRUCTURES IN THE FIRES PATH, SAVING THEM FROM ANY DAMAGE. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE THAT BURNED APPROXIMATELY 8 ACRES IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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