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HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN LAKE COUNTY (PI) JB 7/31/14

THE FIRST LOCAL HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS THIS YEAR HAS BEEN REPORTED IN LAKE COUNTY.

IN ADDITION TO THE LAKE COUNTY RESIDENT TESTING POSITIVE, 18 MOSQUITOES AND 5 DEAD BIRDS HAVE NOW BEEN FOUND INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS. REPORTS JUST RELEASED SHOW THE VIRUS MOVING AT A MUCH FASTER RATE THAN LAST YEAR. 6 MORE CALIFORNIA COUNTIES HAVE NOW DETECTED WEST NILE VIRUS, BRINGING THE TOTAL UP FROM 29, REPORTED LAST WEEK, TO 35 WITH A TOTAL OF 20 HUMAN CASES BEING REPORTED.

SONOMA COUNTY INMATE FLEES WORK CREW (LAW) JB 7/31/14

A SONOMA COUNTY JAIL INMATE ESCAPED FROM A MINIMUM SECURITY WORK CREW ON MONDAY AND IS STILL AT LARGE.

41 YEAR OLD ZEPHYR MALIK CARTER RAN FROM THE NORTH COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY ON MONDAY WHILE HE WAS WORKING IN AN AGRICULTURE PROGRAM OUTSIDE THE SECURE PERIMETER OF THE JAIL. HE IS DESCRIBED AS AFRICAN-AMERICAN, 5 10 TALL, WEIGHING 200 POUNDS AND HE WAS WEARING PRISON ISSUE DENIM PANTS AND A DENIM JACKET WITH MADF ON THE BACK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT CARTER IS ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFFS TIP LINE AT 565-2185.

FT BRAGG MAN UNHURT AFTER 80 FOOT DROP OF HWY 1 (LAW) JB 7/31/14

A FORT BRAGG MAN THAT DROVE OFF A CLIFF ON HIGHWAY 101 WALKED AWAY FROM THE ACCIDENT WITH ONLY MINOR INJURIES.

62 YEAR OLD JEFF AYLEN WAS DRIVING HIS 1999 LEXUS SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR BURKE AVENUE JUST BEFORE 7:00 PM YESTERDAY WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. AYLEN MISJUDGED A TURN AND HIS CAR WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND DOWN AN 80-FOOT EMBANKMENT, LANDING ON ITS ROOF. AMAZINGLY, THE MAN WAS ABLE TO EXIT HIS VEHICLE AND CLIMB BACK UP TO THE ROAD. MONTE RIO FIRE PERSONNEL REPORTED THAT AYLEN DID NOT REQUIRE MEDICAL HELP AND ONLY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.

3RD LAWSUIT FILED IN RICHARDSON GROVE ROAD PROJECT (TR) JB 7/31/14

A THIRD LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST CALTRANS AND THEIR HIGHWAY WIDENING PROJECT THROUGH RICHARDSON GROVE STATE PARK.

THE SUIT CLAIMS THAT CALTRANS FAILED TO PROPERLY ANALYZE AND ADDRESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF ITS PLAN AS IT WAS INSTRUCTED TO IN A 2012 FEDERAL COURT DECISION. THE COMPLAINT WAS FILED AT THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT IS SAN FRANCISCO ON MONDAY BY THE SAME SEVEN PLAINTIFFS WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY FILED BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL SUITS AGAINST CALTRANS REGARDING THE RICHARDSON GROVE PROJECT. THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT IS TO WIDEN ABOUT 1 MILE OF HIGHWAY 101 IN THE STATE PARK.

CHP PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS ACCREDITATION (LAW) JB 7/31/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IS SEEKING ACCREDITATION FOR ITS COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS.

THE CHP IS HOPING TO GET THE APPROVAL FROM THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AN OUTSIDE AGENCY WHOS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGES AND RECOGNIZE PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE. AGENCIES MUST FIRST UNDERGO A THOROUGH ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOLLOWED BY VERIFICATION BY A TEAM FROM OTHER STATES TO ENSURE THE CHP MEETS THE COMMISSIONS STATE-OF-THE-ART STANDARDS.

EAST HILL ROAD CLOSURE ON AUGUST 1 (TR) JB 7/31/14

THERE IS A ROADWORK PROJECT IN WILLITS TOMORROW THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

EAST HILL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 6:00 AM UNTIL NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1. THE CLOSURE AREA WILL BE JUST EAST OF SAN HEDRIN LANE. THE CLOSURE WILL ALLOW CONTRACTORS FROM CALTRANS TO PLACE BEAMS ACROSS THE ROADWAY TO CONTINUE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WILLITS BYPASS. DRIVERS SHOULD PLAN ON USING AND ALTERNATE ROUTE DURING THESE HOURS OF CLOSURE.

FLURRY OF FIRES STRETCHES RESOURCES JULY 28 (LAW) JB 7/31/14

A SERIES OF FOUR DIFFERENT FIRES WITHIN AN HOUR ON MONDAY HAD THE FIRE RESOURCES IN THE COUNTY STRETCHED THIN.

FIRES WERE REPORTED NEAR SHIMMINS RIDGE ROAD AND IRMULCO ROAD NEAR WILLITS, MCNABB RANCH ROAD NORTH OF HOPLAND, AND NEAR BELL SPRINGS ROAD NORTH OF LAYTONVILLE. FIRE CREWS FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES, INCLUDING THE LAYTON VILLE AND PALO VERDE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO THE FLURRY OF BLAZES. THE BELL SPRINGS ROAD FIRE WAS LARGEST OF THE INCIDENTS, BURNING APPROXIMATELY 21 ACRES BEFORE IT WAS FULLY CONTAINED.

TWO CANDIDATES FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ON BALLOT (GOV) JB 7/31/14

THE RACE FOR THE OPEN SEATS ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THIS NOVEMBER HAS ITS FIRST TWO OFFICIAL CANDIDATES.

TWO OF THE EIGHT PEOPLE WHO REQUESTED CANDIDATE PACKETS FROM THE CITY CLERK HAVE RETURNED THEM WITH NECESSARY SIGNATURES VERIFIED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE. INCUMBENT PHIL BALDWIN AND JOHN JOHNS BOTH HAVE QUALIFIED TO BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. THE REMAINING PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED PACKETS ARE JIM O. BROWN, KEVIN DOBLE, MARK HILLIKER, CHRISTIAN LUIZ, AND MAUREEN MULHEREN. POTENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 8 TO FILE WITH THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE.

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