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THREE PEOPLE WITH LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE IN MENDO (PI) JB 8/5/14

THREE CASES OF PEOPLE CONTRACTING LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT 3 PEOPLE HAVE RECENTLY BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE IN THE UKIAH AREA. THE POTENTIALLY LETHAL BACTERIAL INFECTION IS CONTRACTED BY BREATHING A MIST OR VAPOR CONTAMINATED WITH THE DISEASE. TWO OF THE THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. ALL THREE SUBJECTS HAD STAYED AT THE DISCOVERY INN, LOCATED IN NORTH UKIAH AND INVESTIGATORS ARE COLLECTING WATER SAMPLES FROM THE HOTEL FOR TESTING.

WATER THEFT IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 8/5/14

MORE WATER THEFTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE WILLITS AREA.

WITH THE ACTIVE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE IN THE LAYTONVILLE AREA AND THE ENSUING MASSIVE FIREFIGHTING RESPONSE, THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO TWO REPORTS OVER THE WEEKEND OF WATER BEING TAKEN FROM FIRE HYDRANTS WITHIN CITY LIMITS BY WATER HAULERS. IN BOTH CASES, THE WATER OPERATORS FALSELY CLAIMED TO BE AUTHORIZED TO HAUL WATER FOR THE LIGHTNING COMPLEX. CURRENTLY, THERE IS NO STANDING RIGHT FOR ANY WATER TRUCK TO EVER FILL FROM ANY HYDRANT UNLESS THERE IS AN AGREEMENT WITH THE WATER SUPPLIER.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW) JB 8/5/14

FIREFIGHTERS ARE BEGINNING TO GAIN SOME HEADWAY ON THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

STILL, COOL TEMPERATURES ALLOWED FIREFIGHTERS TO MAKE SOME HEADWAY OVER THE LAST COUPLE NIGHTS ON THE MASSIVE BLAZE AND CONTAINMENT HAS NOW BEEN UPGRADED TO 15 PERCENT. 17 STRUCTURES, INCLUDING HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS AT THE NORTH END OF BRANSCOMB ROAD, ARE CURRENTLY THREATENED BY THE FIRE AND FIREFIGHTERS ARE WORKING TO SECURE THOSE STRUCTURES FROM DAMAGE. SO FAR, THERE ARE NO MANDATORY EVACUATIONS. THE FIRE, WHICH STARTED A WEEK AGO, HAS NOW BURNED 3,400 ACRES.

BODY FOUND IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE POND (LAW) JB 8/5/14

THE BODY OF A MAN WAS DISCOVERED YESTERDAY IN A POND ON THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE GOLF COURSE.

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE DISCOVERY OF THE MANS BODY, WHICH WAS REPORTED AROUND 11:45 YESTERDAY MORNING. THE BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN A POND LOCATED BETWEEN THE FIRST AND NINTH FAIRWAYS ON THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE GOLF COURSE. THE IDENTITY OF THE MAN AND THE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME AND THE SHERIFFS OFFICE WILL RELEASE ADDITIONAL DETAILS TO THE CASE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

NO FIREWOOD IN JACKSON DEMONSTRATION FOREST (EVR) JB 8/5/14

THE JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST IS NO LONGER ISSUING FIREWOOD PERMITS.

CAL FIRE HAS REPORTED THAT THE JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST IN FORT BRAGG WILL NOT BE ISSUING FIREWOOD PERMITS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. THE OVERWHELMING DEMAND AND LIMITED SUPPLY OF DOWNED WOOD HAS PROMPTED THE PERMIT CEASE. THOSE WITH VALID PERMITS WILL BE ALLOWED TO GATHER FIREWOOD IN ONE AREA UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15, OR UNTIL THE WOOD IS GONE, OR UNTIL THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. PERSONS GATHERING WOOD IN THE AREA WITHOUT A VALID PERMIT COULD BE CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR THEFT.

2ND INMATE ESCAPES FROM SONOMA COUNTY JAIL (LAW) JB 8/5/14

A SECOND INMATE ESCAPED FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY JAIL OVER THE WEEKEND.

OFFICIALS AT THE NORTH COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY ARE RE-EVALUATING THEIR SECURITY MEASURES AFTER THE ESCAPE OF AN INMATE OVER THE WEEKEND. 37-YEAR-OLD JESSE WILMES BOLTED THROUGH AN OPEN GATE AT THE FACILITY AS A LAUNDRY VAN WAS EXITING THE JAIL. WILMES TURNED HIMSELF BACK INTO AUTHORITIES ON SUNDAY BUT IT IS UNCLEAR WHERE HE WENT AFTER HIS ESCAPE. HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING A TWO YEAR REDUCED SENTENCE FOR A VARIETY OF CHARGES AND IS EXPECTED TO BE ARRAIGNED ON THE JAIL ESCAPE CHARGE TODAY.

CALIFORNIA LOOKS AT NEW GUN RESTRAINTS (GOV) JB 8/5/14

STATE OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING AT A NEW CONTROL BILL THAT WOULD BE A FIRST IN THE NATION.

CALIFORNIA COULD BECOME THE FIRST STATE TO ALLOW FAMILY MEMBERS, LICENSED THERAPISTS AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PETITION A JUDGE TO TAKE FIREARMS FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS SHOWN SIGNS THAT THEY COULD BE A THREAT TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS. THE NEW CALIFORNIA BILL, NAMED AB1014, WAS HEARD YESTERDAY IN A SENATE COMMITTEE MEETING. THE WRITING OF THE BILL WAS PROMPTED BY THE ATTACK IN MAY NEAR THE U.C. SANTA BARBARA CAMPUS THAT LEFT SIX PEOPLE DEAD, INCLUDING THE ATTACKER. CURRENTLY, ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CAN COMPEL THE SEIZURE OF FIREARMS IN CALIFORNIA.

GOV DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CALIFORNIA (GOV) JB 8/5/14

A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN IN RESPONSE TO THE RASH OF LARGE WILDLAND FIRES ACROSS THE STATE.

THE STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED BY THE GOVERNOR OVER THE WEEKEND AS FIRES CONTINUED TO BURN IN 11 COUNTIES ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE PROCLAMATION SECURES FUNDS TO HELP PAY FOR THE COSTS INCURRED BY FIGHTING THE FIRES AND ALSO MOBILIZES THE CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD IN A DISASTER RESPONSE ROLE. OVER 75,000 ACRES HAVE BURNED IN SHASTA, MODOC, AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES SO FAR. THE LODGE COMPLEX FIRE IN MENDOCINO COUNTY ALONE HAS COST THE STATE $2.6 MILLION TO FIGHT SO FAR.

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