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RAINVILLE SENTENCED TO JAIL IN UKIAH DUI CASE (LAW) JB 8/13/14

A UKIAH WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN JAIL FOR A DUI ACCIDENT LAST YEAR.

54-YEAR-OLD JOAN RAINVILLE WAS SENTENCED ON TUESDAY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. SHE WAS CONVICTED IN JUNE ON SIX DIFFERENT COUNTS INCLUDING ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AS A RESULT OF CRASHING INTO A NEIGHBORS HOUSE WHILE SHE WAS DRUNK, NARROWLY MISSING A WOMAN WITH HER CAR. THE JUDGE IN CASE DECIDED AGAINST A FIVE YEAR STATE PRISON TERM BUT WARNED RANVILLE THAT IF SHE VIOLATES ANY PART OF HER SENTENCE, SHE WOULD GO TO PRISON. THE ACCIDENT MARKED RAINVILLES FIFTH DUI IN 16 YEARS.

STOLEN UKIAH VEHICLE RECOVERED IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 8/13/14

A VEHICLE STOLEN FROM UKIAH EARLIER THIS MONTH WAS RECOVERED IN WILLITS OVER THE WEEKEND.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP OF A BLACK HONDA ACCORD ON SOUTH MAIN STREET ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. OFFICERS NOTICED THAT THE LICENSE PLATE WAS SUSPENDED AND THAT IT DIDNT MATCH THE CARS VIN NUMBER. THE OFFICERS THEN LEARNED THAT THE CAR, NOW PAINTED PRIMER BLACK, HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM UKIAH ON AUGUST 4. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR, 40 YEAR OLD GLENN JENKINS OF WILLITS, WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND THE CAR WAS RELEASED TO THE REGISTERED OWNER AT THE SCENE.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW/EVR) JB 8/13/14

WEATHER CHANGES HELP IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE CHALLENGES IN SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE FIRE. FIRE CREWS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHANGE IN WEATHER TO SUPPORT FIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS. INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE FIRE WILL CONTINUE TO BURN AND MAY BE VISIBLE FROM HIGHWAY 101. FIRE RESOURCES WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE CONTINGENCY FIRE LINES IN THE AREAS OF CAHTO PEAK AND TEN MILE CREEK. THE COST OF FIGHTING THE 11,000 ACRE BLAZE HAS NOW ECLIPSED $24 MILLION AND STANDS AT 45 PERCENT CONTAINED.

JIM O. BROWN RUNNING FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL (GOV) JB 8/13/14

FORMER CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER, JIM O. BROWN IS READY TO TRY HIS HAND AT ONE OF THE SEATS ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

BROWN RETIRED LAST YEAR AS THE CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER OF MENDOCINO COUNTY AND HE STATES THAT HE HAS LEARNED THE INS AND OUTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. BROWN IS A UKIAH NATIVE AND DOESNT NECESSARILY LIKE THE DIRECTION THE COUNCIL HAS TAKEN RECENTLY. HE SEES FIRSTHAND THE EFFECTS OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR UKIAH. JOINING BROWN IN THE RACE FOR CITY COUNCIL ARE PHIL BALDWIN, KEVIN DOBLE, MARK HILLIKER, JOHN JOHNS, CHRISTIAN LUIZ, MIRANDA MOTT, AND MAUREEN MULHEREN.

UKIAH DOCTOR PROPOSES NEW CAMP AT CLOSED SCHOOL (ED) JB 8/13/14

A LOCAL UKIAH DOCTOR WANTS TO TRANSFORM A CLOSED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO A SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS.

MARVIN TROTTER, THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, HAS A VISION TO TRANSFORM THE CLOSED REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO NEW SUMMER CAMP THAT WOULD INCLUDE AN OLYMPIC SIZED POOL. TROTTER HAS EXPERIENCE IN PROJECTS LIKE THIS, HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF THE ALEX RORABAUGH CENTER IN UKIAH SOME 20 YEARS AGO. WHILE THE ARC TOOK 15 YEARS AND $9 MILLION TO COMPLETE, TROTTER BELIEVES THE REDWOOD VALLEY SCHOOL PROJECT COULD BE COMPLETED IN ONLY 2 YEARS AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $400,000.

FT BRAGG POLICE CHIEF ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION (LAW) JB 8/13/14

FT BRAGG POLICE CHIEF SCOTT MAYBERRY HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION AND RETIREMENT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT.

CHIEF MAYBERRYS ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESIGNATION CAME AT THE LAST FT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND CAME AS A SHOCK TO MANY IN THE AUDIENCE. CHIEF MAYBERRY HAS BEEN ON LEAVE FOR A MONTH AND INTERIM POLICE CHIEF STEPHEN WILLIS WAS BROUGHT IN TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT IN HIS ABSENCE. SEVERAL ATTENDEES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING EXPRESSED PROFOUND CONCERNS ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY WITH MAYBERRYS ABSENCE. THE COUNCIL MEETING WAS ATTENDED BY A CROWD OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE IN SUPPORT OF CHIEF MAYBERRY.

LAKEPORT UNIFIED STARTS CLASSES THURSDAY (ED) JB 8/13/14

DRIVERS IN THE LAKEPORT AREA ARE BEING CAUTIONED ABOUT INCREASED TRAFFIC AS CLASSES START TOMORROW.

AS THE LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STARTING CLASSES THIS THURSDAY, THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS REMINDING ALL DRIVERS TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING IN THE AREA AND ON THE GROUNDS OF THE LAKEPORT SCHOOLS. HEAVIER THAN NORMAL VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED IN THE MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS DURING THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF SCHOOL. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF TRAFFIC SAFETY, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE DEPLOYING EXTRA PATROLS IN THE AREAS OF THE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.

LAKEPORT MAN ARRESTED FOR METH, BRASS KNUCKLES (LAW) JB 8/13/14

A TRAFFIC STOP OF A MOTORCYCLE IN LAKEPORT OVER THE WEEKEND LEADS TO THE SEIZURE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND BRASS KNUCKLES.

A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY OBSERVED A MOTORCYCLE DRIVING RECKLESSLY AS IT TURNED ONTO HIGHWAY 20 FROM STOKES AVENUE IN NICE. THE RIDER, 46 YEAR OLD THEODORE ANTHONY JONES OF LAKEPORT, ACTED VERY NERVOUS WHEN QUESTIONED BY THE DEPUTY DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP AND REFUSED TO OPEN THE SADDLEBAGS ON THE MOTORCYCLE TO ALLOW A SEARCH. THE DEPUTY OPENED THE SADDLEBAGS AND DISCOVERED ALMOST 9 GRAMS OF METH AND A PAIR OF BRASS KNUCKLES. JONES WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

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