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FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 101 SOUTH OF WILLITS (LAW) JB 11/14/14

A HEAD ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 101 SOUTH OF WILLITS RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF THREE PEOPLE.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND NOON YESTERDAY, SOUTH OF HOLLAND LANE, WHEN THE DRIVER OF A WHITE TOYOTA HEADING SOUTHBOUND SWERVED INTO THE NORTHBOUND LANE. THE TOYOTA COLLIDED WITH A PRIUS HEADING NORTHBOUND, CARRYING THE DRIVER AND A PASSENGER. THE PRIUS WAS ALSO STRUCK BY A BLACK HONDA HEADING NORTHBOUND AFTER THE INITIAL COLLISION WITH THE TOYOTA. THE DRIVER OF THE TOYOTA AND THE TWO OCCUPANTS OF THE PRIUS WERE ALL KILLED AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT. THE DRIVER OF THE HONDA WAS UNINJURED IN THE CRASH.

WOMAN ARRESTED WITH LOADED HANDGUN (LAW) JB 11/14/14

AN ARGUMENT IN LOW GAP PARK RESULTS IN THE ARREST OF A REDWOOD VALLEY WOMAN WITH A LOADED HANDGUN.

UKIAH POLICE RESPONDED TO LOW GAP PARK JUST BEFORE 9 PM LAST SUNDAY TO THE REPORT OF A GROUP YELLING AND ARGUING AND WHO MAY HAVE FIRED A GUN. RESPONDING OFFICERS WERE ADVISED THAT THE GROUP WAS LEAVING IN A VEHICLE AND HIGH-RISK STOP WAS PERFORMED ON THE 5 OCCUPANTS. DURING A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE AND THE OCCUPANTS, A LOADED HANDGUN WAS FOUND IN THE PURSE OF 21-YEAR-OLD AUDREY BRANDON OF REDWOOD VALLEY. ALTHOUGH ALL THE OCCUPANTS DENIED DISCHARGING THE FIREARM, BRANDON WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A CONCEALED AND LOADED WEAPON.

PAROLE DENIED TO MAN FOR SEVENTH TIME (LAW) JB 11/14/14

PAROLE HAS BEEN DENIED FOR A MAN CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING, ROBBERY AND ASSAULT 35 YEARS AGO.

THE STATE BOARD OF PAROLE HEARINGS HAS DENIED PAROLE FOR THE SEVENTH TIME TO A MAN CONVICTED OF THE 1979 KIDNAPPING, ROBBERY AND NEAR-FATAL BEATING OF A CLEARLAKE MAN. 53-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM CLARK ELWOOD WAS DENIED PAROLE AT A HEARING LAST THURSDAY AT CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON AT CORCORAN. DURING ELWOODS TIME IN PRISON HE HAS HAD 71 SERIOUS DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS, INCLUDING 20 THAT WERE VIOLENCE RELATED, SIX THAT WERE DRUG OR ALCOHOL RELATED, AND FOR POSSESSION OF A CELL PHONE IN PRISON. IN 1983, HE WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON AND WAS PROSECUTED AND SENTENCED TO AN ADDITIONAL TWO YEARS.

COMMERCIAL CRAB SEASON READY TO GO (ECN) JB 11/14/14

THE COMMERCIAL CRAB SEASON ON THE NORTH COAST IS SET TO BEGIN TOMORROW.

COMMERCIAL CRABBERS WILL HEAD OUT TO OPEN WATER AMID MIXED EXPECTATIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON AFTER ACCEPTING AND OPENING PRICE OFFERED BY WHOLESALE PROCESSORS DESPITE DISAGREEMENT IN THE SEA-GOING RANKS. NORTH COAST FISHERMAN WERE PREPARED TO HOLD OUT FOR A HIGHER PRICE BUT WERE UNDERCUT BY SKIPPERS FROM SAN FRANCISCO AMD HALF MOON BAY WHO WERE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE $3 A POUND PRICE OFFERED BY WHOLESALERS. EARLY REPORTS FROM RECREATIONAL CRAB FISHERMAN HAVE SHOWN GOOD SIZE AND NUMBERS OF CRAB AND THIS YEARS COMMERCIAL CATCH SHOULD EASILY MATCH LAST YEARS TOTAL OF 2.7 MILLION POUNDS.

ESCAPED PARLIN FORK INMATE APPREHENDED (LAW) JB 11/14/14

AN INMATE WHO ESCAPED FROM A DETENTION FACILITY NEAR FORT BRAGG HAS BEEN APPREHENDED BY AUTHORITIES.

40-YEAR-OLD LEANDRE SIPERT ALLEGEDLY ESCAPED FROM THE PARLIN FORK CONSERVATION CAMP, A LOW RISK INMATE FACILITY LOCATED NEAR THE JACKSON DEMONSTRATION FOREST, OVER THE SUMMER. SIPERT WAS APPREHENDED AND HAD BEEN DETAINED IN SUSANVILLE BEFORE BEING TRANSPORTED BACK TO MENDOCINO COUNTY. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY STATED THAT SIPERT WILL LIKELY RETURN TO PRISON AND LOSE HIS LOW RISK STATUS. SIPERT WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON $300,000 BAIL AND IS SCHEDULE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON NOVEMBER 17 IN FORT BRAGG.

DRUNK DRIVER HITS MCDONALDS SIGN (LAW) JB 11/14/14

A WOMAN WHO DROVE HER CAR INTO A MCDONALDS SIGN WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

UKIAH POLICE RESPONDED TO THE MCDONALDS RESTAURANT ON NORTH ORCHARD AVENUE LAST WEEKEND TO THE REPORT OF A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT. OFFICERS LEARNED THAT A BLACK PONTIAC HAD GONE THROUGH THE DRIVE THROUGH AND STRUCK THE MENU BOARD, THEN FLED THE SCENE. THE VEHICLE WAS LOCATED, UNOCCUPIED, ON SOUTH STATE STREET AND THE DRIVER, 31 YEAR OLD NICOLE WINGERT OF UPPER LAKE, WAS LOCATED BY OFFICERS ON NORTH MAIN STREET. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT WINGERT WAS INTOXICATED AND SHE WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI AND HIT AND RUN.

DESPITE THE RAIN, DROUGHT IS STILL A THREAT (EVR) JB 11/14/14

EVEN WITH THE RECENT RAINS AND PREDICTIONS OF MORE NEXT WEEK, THE DROUGHT IS STILL THE DOMINANT PRESENCE IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES.

THE LAST FEW DAYS OF WET WEATHER AND THE FORECAST FOR MORE RAIN EARLY NEXT WEEK ARE A WELCOME SIGHT FOR THE AREA BUT IN ORDER FOR THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO BE ALLEVIATED, TWO OR THREE YEARS OF NORMAL RAINFALL WILL BE NEEDED. CURRENTLY, LAKE COUNTY HAS RECEIVED A COMBINED TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 12 INCHES OF RAIN THIS YEAR, WHICH IS DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL FOR ALL OF 2013. A NORMAL AMOUNT OF RAINFALL FOR LAKE COUNTY IS BETWEEN 30 TO 40 INCHES, HOWEVER. THE CHANCES OF AN EL NINO WEATHER PATTERN DEVELOPING THIS WINTER HAS STEADILY DECLINED SINCE SUMMER, NOW STANDING AT A 58 PER CENT PROBABILITY ACCORDING TO NOAA.

FEDS STATE THAT GAS PRICES WILL REMAIN LOW (ECN) JB 11/14/14

THE GOVERNMENT IS SAYING THAT THOSE LOW GAS PRICES ON GAS STATION SIGNS ARENT GOING ANYWHERE SOON.

IN A DRAMATIC SHIFT FROM PREVIOUS FORECASTS, THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT PREDICTED WEDNESDAY THAT THE AVERAGE PRICE OF GASOLINE IN THE U.S. WILL BE $2.94 A GALLON FOR 2015, A 44=CENT DROP FROM AN OUTLOOK ISSUED JUST A MONTH AGO. IF THE SHARPLY LOWER ESTIMATE HOLDS TRUE, U.S. CONSUMERS WILL SAVE $61 BILLION ON GAS COMPARED TO THIS YEAR. RISING OIL PRODUCTION, PARTICULARLY IN THE U.S., AND WEAK SPOTS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY HAVE LED TO A SHARP REDUCTION IN OIL PRICES OVER THE LAST FOUR MONTHS. NOT SEEING MUCH OF A CHANGE AHEAD, THE GOVERNMENT CUT ITS FORECAST FOR GLOBAL OIL PRICES NEXT BY $18 A BARREL TO $83.

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