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FATHER AND SON ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING COP (LAW) JB 9/22/14

A FATHER AND SON WERE ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER IN LAKEPORT EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.

LAKEPORT POLICE WERE CONDUCTING A BAR CHECK AROUND 12:15 YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. 24 YEAR OLD ROMAN ROSE, WHO APPEARED INTOXICATED, ALLEGEDLY GRABBED THE BACK OF ONE OFFICERS DUTY BELT AND THREATENED THE OFFICER. AFTER A BACKUP OFFICER ARRIVED, THE ARGUMENT ESCALATED AND ROSE HAD TO BE TASED TO CONTROL HIM. DURING THE ARREST, 51 YEAR OLD MICHAEL ROSE, IDENTIFIED AS ROMANS FATHER, GRABBED ONE OF THE OFFICERS BY THE NECK. AFTER GAINING CONTROL OF THE MEN, BOTH ROMAN AND MICHAEL ROSE WERE ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES.

PALACE HOTEL WORK PROGRESSING IN SOME AREAS (GOV) JB 9/22/14

WORK ON THE PALACE HOTEL IS SHOWING SIGNS OF PROGRESS IN SOME AREAS, BUT NOT IN OTHERS.

THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL RECENTLY TOURED THE BUILDING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT AND THE CONTRACTOR SHE HIRED TO REMOVE REMAINING ASBESTOS IN THE BUILDING. ALTHOUGH A REVISED WORK PLAN WAS SUBMITTED BY THE OWNER, IT WAS SUBMITTED A WEEK LATER THAN EXPECTED AND BUILDING AND ENCROACHMENT PERMITS STILL HAD NOT BEEN ISSUED. PROOF OF THE CREATION OF AN ESCROW ACCOUNT TO PAY THE CONTRACTORS HAS ALSO NOT BEEN RECEIVED BY THE PLANNING DIRECTOR.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CAMPING ORDINANCE CHANGE (GOV) JB 9/22/14

AN INCREASE IN THE PENALTIES FOR CAMPING AND PANHANDLING IN THE CITY HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN ITS MEETING LAST WEEK THAT ORDINANCES WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO CHANGE THE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING THE CITYS CAMPING AND PANHANDLING LAWS. CHIEF DEWEY RECOMMENDED THAT FIRST OFFENSE INFRACTIONS NOW BE TRACKED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE. SECOND OFFENSES WOULD NOW BE DEEMED AS MISDEMEANORS. THE COUNCIL APPROVED INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW ORDINANCES IN A UNANIMOUS VOTE, WITH STEVE SCALAMINI ABSTAINING, AND THE CHANGES WILL BE BROUGHT BACK FOR ADOPTION ON OCTOBER 1.

NEW CAL LAW ALLOWS DOGS ON RESTAURANT PATIOS (GOV) JB 9/22/14

A NEW CALIFORNIA LAW WILL ALLOW DOG OWNERS TO HAVE THEIR PETS ACCOMPANY THEM TO RESTAURANTS WITH OUTDOOR SEATING AREAS.

ASSEMBLY BILL 1965, SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV JERRY BROWN, GIVES RESTAURANTS THE OPTION TO ALLOW PET DOGS IN THEIR OUTDOOR SEATING AREAS UNDER SPECIFIED CONDITIONS. THE NEW LAW DOES NOT MANDATE THAT RESTAURANTS ALLOW DOGS ON THEIR PATIOS, BUT IT MAKES THE PRACTICE PERMISSIBLE IF BASIC HEALTH STANDARDS ARE FOLLOWED. UNLESS A LOCAL ORDINANCE DETERMINES OTHERWISE, RESTAURANTS COULD DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW DOGS WITHOUT THE THREAT OF A CITATION OR LAWSUIT.

COURT DENIES 60-DAY DELAY IN MEASURE N LAWSUIT (LAW) JB 9/22/14

A SAN FRANCISCO FEDERAL COURT HAS DENIED A DELAY REQUEST BY DEFENDANTS IN THE MEASURE N LAWSUIT.

THE REQUEST BY DEFENDANTS FOR A 60-DAY DELAY OF THE HEARING FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS IN THE CURRENT MEASURE N LAWSUIT WAS DENIED LAST WEEK. THE LAWSUIT SEEKS FUTURE PROTECTION FROM LAKE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CONDUCTING SEARCH AND SEIZURE UNDER MEASURE N, AS WELL DAMAGES FOR THE PLAINTIFFS ALREADY SUBJECT TO THE RAIDS. THE FEDERAL COURT WILL HOLD THE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION HEARING ON OCTOBER 6.

MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SEVEN COUNTS (LAW) JB 9/22/14

A MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO EVADE ARREST BY CLEARLAKE POLICE, PLED NOT GUILTY TO SEVEN DIFFERENT COUNTS LAST WEEK.

27-YEAR-OLD DANIEL EUGENE REAGAN WAS ARRESTED ON SEPTEMBER 4 AFTER ALLEGEDLY TRYING EVADE POLICE BY CLIMBING ONTO A CLEARLAKE RESIDENTS CARPORT, ONLY TO FALL THROUGH IT. REAGAN HAD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS IN SEVERAL COUNTIES AND WAS KNOWN TO POLICE. HE HAS PLED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES STEMMING FROM THE ARREST, INCLUDING VANDALISM, RESISTING, AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 29.

FIRE OF VACANT HOME ON MAIN STREET IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 9/22/14

A FIRE IN WILLITS COMPLETELY DESTROYED A VACANT HOME LAST WEEK.

THE LITTLE LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BROOKTRAILS FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT THURSDAY MORNING. THE VACANT HOME, LOCATED ON SOUTH MAIN STREET, WAS FULLY ENGULFED WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AND, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE REMOTE LOCATION OF THE HOME BEHIND SEVERAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES WAS LIKELY THE REASON THEY DIDNT RECEIVE A CALL EARLIER. THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WAS WITHIN 100 FEET OF THE BAECHTEL CREEK GREENBELT BUT FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE FIRE TO JUST THE STRUCTURE.

LARGE TURNOUT FOR UKIAH CREEK CLEANUP EFFORT (EVR) JB 9/22/14

THE HUGE TURNOUT OF VOLUNTEERS FOR A PLANNED CLEANUP OF ORR CREEK ON SATURDAY NEARLY DOUBLED EXPECTATIONS BY ORGANIZERS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT SO MANY VOLUNTEERS SHOWED UP TO HELP CLEAN OUT ORR CREEK ON SATURDAY MORNING THAT, COME LUNCH TIME, ORGANIZERS OF THE WORK DAY WERE SCRAMBLING TO FEED THEM. MORE THAN 70 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP REMOVE TRASH FROM HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS IN THE CREEK, NEARLY DOUBLE THE AVERAGE 40 PERSON TURNOUT. VOLUNTEERS REMOVED APPROXIMATELY 300 POUNDS OF TRASH AND 75 POUNDS OF RECYCLABLES IN THE CLEANUP EFFORT.

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