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UKIAH MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON SOUTH STATE (LAW) JB 9/8/14

AN ACCIDENT ON SOUTH STATE STREET ON FRIDAY CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A UKIAH MAN.

THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY REPORTED THAT 19 YEAR OLD MANUEL SILVA RODRIGUEZ WAS DRIVING ON SOUTH STATE STREET EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. RODRIGUEZ REAR ENDED AN EMPTY LOGGING TRUCK, TRAPPING HIM INSIDE HIS AUDI SEDAN. FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO USE THE JAWS OF LIFE TO REMOVE RODRIGUEZ FROM HIS VEHICLE AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION PENDING TOXICOLOGY REPORTS.

FIRE BREAKS OUT BEHIND 10,000 BUDDHAS IN TALMAGE (LAW) JB 9/8/14

SEVERAL ACRES OF VEGETATION BURNED WHEN A FIRE BROKE OUT BEHIND THE CITY OF 10,000 BUDDHAS FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

CREWS FROM THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT, CAL FIRE, AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS QUICKLY RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 2:15 PM. EMBERS FROM THE MAIN FIRE AREA JUMPED OVER HALF A MILE ACROSS THE VINEYARD, SPARKING NUMEROUS SPOT FIRES. THERE WERE NO STRUCTURES DAMAGED AND NO INJURIES REPORTED IN THE INCIDENT AND FIRE CREWS HAD THE BLAZE LARGELY UNDER CONTROL BY 3:30 PM. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CONSTRUCTION ON NEW HOWARD HOSPITAL DELAYED (PI) JB 9/8/14

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FRANK R. HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HAS EXPERIENCED A DELAY.

A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY ADVENTIST HEALTH DIDNT GO INTO DETAILS AS TO THE CAUSE OF THE DELAY BUT STATED THAT NEW ANTICIPATED OPENING DATE IS SCHEDULED FOR SPRING OF 2015. THE RELEASE STATED, WHEN YOU COMBINE THE COMPLEXITY OF THE BUILDING, WITH THE RIGOROUS INSPECTION PROCESS AND OVERSIGHT FROM STATE INSPECTORS FOR HOSPITALS, SCHEDULES CAN BE DELAYED. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAUSE AND TIMING OF THE DELAY WILL RELEASED AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW DISPENSARY BAN (GOV) JB 9/8/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL WILL ONCE AGAIN DISCUSS THE CURRENT BAN ON MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES WITHIN CITY LIMITS.

THE COUNCIL WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW A DISPENSARY TO DO BUSINESS IN THE CITY. THE CURRENT BAN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN WILLITS HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2006 BUT MAYOR HOLLY MADRIGAL THINKS ITS A GOOD TIME TO SEE WHERE THE COUNCIL CURRENTLY STANDS ON THE ISSUE. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE APPROACHED THE MAYOR RECENTLY WITH IDEA OF REPEALING THE BAN, PROMPTING HER TO BRING THE ISSUE TO THE COUNCIL.

BODY FOUND IN GOLF COURSE POND IDENTIFIED (LAW) JB 9/8/14

THE BODY OF A MAN FOUND IN A POND ON THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE GOLF COURSE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A WANTED CRIMINAL.

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS REPORTED THAT BODY DISCOVERED IN THE GOLF COURSE POND ON AUGUST 4 IS 46-YEAR-OLD BILLY VASSILIOU OF MARTINEZ. VASSILIOU WAS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BURGLARY OF AN ATM AT MULLIGANS BAR IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE ON THE SAME NIGHT. THE CAUSE OF VASSILIOUS DEATH HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY A PATHOLOGIST AS DROWNING AND TOXICOLOGY REPORTS SHOW THAT HE ALSO HAD METHAMPHETAMINE IN HIS SYSTEM.

CAR CATCHES FIRE AT UKIAH GAS STATION (LAW) JB 9/8/14

A VEHICLE BURST INTO FLAMES FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS THE DRIVER WAS PULLING INTO A UKIAH GAS STATION.

THE UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER TOLD FIREFIGHTERS THAT SHE HAD JUST PULLED UP NEXT TO A PUMP AT THE UKIAH LIQUOR AND FOOD STORE BEHIND BE-BOPS DINER ON WASHINGTON AVENUE. SMOKE BEGAN BILLOWING OUT OF HER BUICK CENTURY BEFORE IT BURST INTO FLAMES. THE DRIVER AND TWO OTHER WOMEN SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED THE BURNING CAR AWAY FROM THE GAS PUMP AND RESPONDING FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO QUICKLY PUT OUT THE FIRE BEFORE IT COULD SPREAD TO NEARBY VEHICLES.

SHERIFF ALLMAN REQUESTS TIPS ON POT VIGILANTES (LAW) JB 9/8/14

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN IS REQUESTING TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC ABOUT POSSIBLE MARIJUANA VIGILANTES.

SHERIFF ALLMAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE RUMORS ASSOCIATED WITH POT RAIDS IN HE COUNTY BEING CONDUCTED BY UNAUTHORIZED PRIVATEERS. HE STATED THAT NO PIRATE OR PRIVATE SECURITY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY HIM FOR POT RAIDS AND HE URGES THE PUBLIC TO CALL THE SHERIFFS OFFICE TIP LINE WITH ANY INFORMATION. ANY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF UNAUTHORIZED RAIDS, ESPECIALLY OF HELICOPTERS WITH TAIL NUMBERS BEING USED IN THE RAIDS, SHOULD BE EMAILED TO SHERIFF@MENDOCINOSHERIFF.COM

JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST TEMP CLOSURE (PI) JB 9/8/14

A TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ACCESS TO THE JACKSON STATE DEMONSTRATION HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED BY CAL FIRE.

EFFECTIVE TODAY, ACCESS TO JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST NORTH FROM SIMPSON LANE AND ADJACENT PRIVATE PARCELS CONTINUING NORTH FOR HALF A MILE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL PUBLIC ACCESS. THIS AREA CLOSURE PROHIBITS THE USE OF ALL PUBLIC ACCESS INCLUDING BICYCLISTS, EQUESTRIANS, AND HIKERS. THIS IS A TEMPORARY AREA CLOSURE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE A ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS CONDUCTED ON FOREST ROAD 450. THE AREA IS EXPECTED TO BE REOPENED FOR PUBLIC USE IN TWO WEEKS ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19.

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