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PHONE, INTERNET SERVICE RESTORED ON THE COAST (BB, PI) JB 8/6/14

AFTER A TWO-DAY OUTAGE, CELLPHONE AND INTERNET SERVICE HAS BEEN RESTORED ON THE MENDOCINO COAST.

A REPORTED ACCIDENT ON SUNDAY ON COMPTCHE ROAD SEVERED A FIBER OPTIC COMMUNICATIONS CABLE AND DISABLED CELL AND INTERNET SERVICE FOR A LARGE PORTION OF THE COAST. ATMS AND EBT CARDS DIDNT WORK, PHARMACIES COULDNT PLACE DRUG ORDERS, AND A PERCENTAGE OF COASTAL CITIZENS DIDNT HAVE 911 ACCESS BECAUSE INTERNET BASED PHONES DIDNT WORK. AT&T FINALLY HAD THE REPLACEMENT CABLE BROUGHT IN ON TUESDAY MORNING AND SERVICE WAS REPORTEDLY RESTORED LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

CONTRACTOR READY TO QUIT PALACE HOTEL PROJECT (PI) JB 8/6/14

THE PALACE HOTEL RESTORATION PROJECT MAY NEED A NEW CONTRACTOR SOON.

NORMAN HUDSON, THE CONTRACTOR WHO HAS WORKED ON THE PROJECT FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, STATED THAT HE IS READY TO STEP ASIDE IF HE ISNT PAID SOON. HUDSON DECLINED TO DISCLOSE HOW MUCH HE IS OWED, BUT SAID THE AMOUNT IS SMALL IN COMPARISON TO THE AMOUNT IT WILL COST TO FINISH RESTORING THE HOTEL. IF THE OWNER OF THE HOTEL HAS NOT PAID HUDSON BY TONIGHT, HE STATED HE MAY HAVE TO FILE A LIEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY. HUDSON AND THE HOTEL OWNER WERE SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE.

POLICE ARREST CLEARLAKE MAN FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT (LAW) JB 8/6/14

A CLEARLAKE MAN WAS ARRESTED ON SUNDAY FOR AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT HE COMMITTED OVER THE WEEKEND.

CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICERS WERE NOTIFIED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING OF THE ASSAULT THAT HAD HAPPENED SATURDAY NIGHT. 42 YEAR OLD DUSTIN SILAS LEWIS WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SUNDAY MORNING AFTER A SEARCH WARRANT WAS ISSUED. EVIDENCE FROM THE WARRANT AND STATEMENTS OBTAINED BY WITNESSES RESULTED IN LEWIS ARREST ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT BY FORCE. LEWIS WAS BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $100,000.

EAST BAY MAN WINS $3 MILLION AT TWIN PINES CASINO N (PI) JB 8/6/14

AN EAST BAY MAN HIT THE JACKPOT AT TWIN PINES CASINO IN MIDDLETOWN OVER THE WEEKEND.

SUNDAY WAS A GOOD DAY FOR AN EAST BAY MAN WHO HIT A JACKPOT OF OVER $3 MILLION ON A PROGRESSIVE MEGA BUCKS SLOT MACHINE AT THE CASINO. THE WINNER AND HIS WIFE HAD ONLY BEEN AT THE CASINO FOR A SHORT TIME WHEN HE HIT THE HUGE JACKPOT. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THAT A MEGA BUCKS MACHINE AT TWIN PINES HAS CREATED AN INSTANT MILLIONAIRE. THE FIRST TIME WAS IN DECEMBER OF 2012, WHEN A VERY LUCKY GUEST HIT AN $8.4 MILLION JACKPOT ON ONE OF THE MACHINES.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW) JB 8/6/14

FIREFIGHTERS ARE NOW ENTERING THEIR SECOND WEEK OF BATTLING THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

THE LODGE COMPLEX HAS NOW REPORTEDLY BURNED 3800 ACRES IN THE ELKHORN RIDGE WILDERNESS AND EEL RIVER CANYON AREAS NEAR LAYTONVILLE. THE NUMBER OF FIRE PERSONNEL ON SCENE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 1263, WITH OVER 100 ENGINES AND 14 HELICOPTERS IN USE. IT IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME IF LAST NIGHTS RAIN HAD ANY EFFECT ON THE BLAZE AS FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE THEIR AGGRESSIVE AIR AND GROUND STRATEGIES TO CONTROL THE FIRE.

CAL FIRE INVESTIGATORS SEEK PUBLICS HELP (LAW) JB 8/6/14

CAL FIRE IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN ITS ONGOING INVESTIGATION OF THE BUTTS FIRE LAST MONTH.

CAL FIRE IS SEEKING INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE WILDFIRE THAT OCCURRED ON JULY 4 IN THE LAKE BERRYESSA AREA OF YOLO COUNTY. THE BLAZE STARTED AT APPROXIMATELY 9:30 PM, THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE EAST OF CANYON CREEK RESORT ALONG HIGHWAY 128. FIRE INVESTIGATORS WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO ANYONE WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INDIVIDUALS OR VEHICLES IN THE AREA OF HIGHWAY 128, BETWEEN CANYON CREEK ROAD AND PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD THE EVENING OF JULY 4. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CONTACT CAL FIRE AT 800-468-4408.

CAR SPINS INTO DITCH IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 8/6/14

A SOLO CAR ACCIDENT OCCURRED YESTERDAY IN UKIAH WHEN A MAN SPUN HIS CAR INTO A DITCH ON FORD ROAD.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE UNIDENTIFIED MAN LOST CONTROL OF HIS WHITE NISSAN SPORTS COUPE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 1:40 PM. HE WAS TURNING OFF MASONITE ROAD TO HEAD WEST ON FORD ROAD WHEN HE APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND SKIDDED INTO THE DITCH. THE DRIVER, WHO APPEARED TO BE UNINJURED, GOT OUT OF HIS VEHICLE AND WALKED TO HIS JOB NEARBY BEFORE TALKING WITH CHP OFFICERS. IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER HE WAS ARRESTED OR CITED.

ARREST FOR STOLEN CAR ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR WILLITS (LAW) JB 8/6/14

A FORT BRAGG MAN WAS APPREHENDED NEAR WILLITS AFTER STEALING A CAR LAST WEEK.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RECEIVED AN AGENCY ASSISTANCE REQUEST FROM THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IN REGARDS TO STOPPING A REPORTED STOLEN VEHICLE. CHP OFFICERS, ALONG WITH SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCTED THE HIGH RISK TRAFFIC STOP OF THE CAR, DRIVEN BY 23-YEAR-OLD ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ OF FORT BRAGG. DEPUTIES HAD TO RESTRAIN GONZALEZ DURING THE ARREST AS HE ATTEMPTED RESIST BEING HANDCUFFED. GONZALEZ WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING VEHICLE THEFT.

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