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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN REDWOOD VALLEY (LAW) JB 11/17/14

A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN ARMED WITH A RIFLE WAS SHOT AFTER EVADING POLICE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND CHP OFFICERS RESPONDED ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON TO THE REPORT OF AN ARMED MAN THREATENING PEOPLE IN THE AREA OF ROAD D AND WEBB RANCH ROAD IN REDWOOD VALLEY. THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 35-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY ABSHIRE AND AFTER LOCATING HIM AT HIS RESIDENCE, DEPUTIES WITNESSED ABSHIRE FLEE INTO THE WOODS ARMED WITH A RIFLE. DEPUTIES AND CHP OFFICERS, ASSISTED BY SWAT AND K9 PERSONNEL, BEGAN A SEARCH OF THE SURROUNDING AREA. A CHP OFFICER LOCATED ABSHIRE ARMED WITH HIS RIFLE AND THE OFFICER SHOT AND WOUNDED THE SUSPECT. ABSHIRE IS CURRENTLY BEING TREATED AT AN OUT OF AREA HOSPITAL FOR HIS INJURIES.

WILLITS DRAGGING SUSPECT SENTENCED (LAW) JB 11/17/14

A WILLITS MAN CONVICTED IN THE DRAGGING DEATH OF HIS GRANDFATHER WAS SENTENCED ON FRIDAY.

25-YEAR-OLD KENNETH WILKINSON WAS SENTENCED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE 2012 KILLING OF HIS 84 YEAR OLD GRANDFATHER. WILKINSON PLEADED TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN APRIL, RATHER THAN FACE A SPECIAL ALLEGATION OF TORTURE FOR DRAGGING HIS GRANDFATHER BEHIND HIS TRUCK FOR SIX MILES. IN OCTOBER, HIS REQUEST TO WITHDRAW HIS GUILTY PLEA WAS DENIED. WILKINSON, WHO HAS BEEN IN JAIL SINCE 2012, WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR HIS FIRST PAROLE HEARING IN 23 YEARS.

VICTIMS OF WILLITS CRASH IDENTIFIED. (LAW) JB 11/17/14

THE THREE PEOPLE KILLED IN A VEHICLE ACCIDENT THURSDAY ON HIGHWAY 101 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY AUTHORITIES.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICES HAS IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER OF THE WHITE TOYOTA CAMRY AS 62 YEAR OLD JOHN WITTER OF SEBASTOPOL AND THE OCCUPANTS OF THE SILVER TOYOTA PRIUS AS 75 YEAR OLD CARMEN TRIBBLE AND 89 YEAR OLD JAMES TRIBBLE, BOTH OF OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON. WITTER WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 101 WHEN, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, HIS CAR CROSSED OVER THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINE AND COLLIDED WITH THE NORTHBOUND PRIUS JUST SOUTH OF HOLLANDS LANE, THE CAUSE OF THE COLLISION IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

PLAN FOR R/C RACETRACK IN UKIAH WITHDRAWN (PI) JB 11/17/14

THE PLANS FOR A RACETRACK FOR RADIO CONTROLLED CARS IN UKIAH HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN BY THE APPLICANT.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT HOURS BEFORE THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WAS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON GRANTING A PERMIT TO JOHN LABERDIE TO OPERATE A RACETRACK FOR RADIO-CONTROLLED CARS NEAR TACO BELL ON NORTH STATE STREET, HE PULLED HIS APPLICATION. AFTER PUTTING IN MORE THAN $20,000 FOR EQUIPMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRACK AND PAYING $1,000 FOR THE PERMIT APPLICATION, LABERDIE WAS INFORMED BY THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY THAT HIS LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE PROPERTY WOULD NOT BE APPROVED. THE PROPERTY OWNER COULD NOT GIVE DETAILS AS TO WHY THE LEASE AGREEMENT WAS NOT APPROVED.

JOHNS PLACE BURNED TO THE GROUND BY ARSON (LAW) JB 11/17/14

AFTER SERVING CUSTOMERS FOR DECADES, JOHNS PLACE IN WILLITS WAS BURNED TO THE GROUND BY A SUSPECTED ARSONIST ON FRIDAY.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT JOHNS PLACE, A BAR THAT HAD STOOD ON EAST COMMERCIAL STREET FOR DECADES, BURNED TO THE GROUND EARLY FRIDAY MORNING IN A FIRE ALLEGEDLY SET BY A TENANT WHO LIVED ABOVE THE BAR AND WAS NOTORIOUS FOR HER RUN-INS WITH BAR STAFF AND HER LANDLORD, AMONG OTHERS. FIRE FIGHTERS WERE DELAYED IN PUTTING OUT THE FIRE BECAUSE THE ALLEGED ARSONIST, 31 YEAR OLD LACY ROSS, HAD BARRICADED HERSELF IN THE BAR AND ENGAGED POLICE IN A STAND-OFF, REPORTEDLY POINTING A HANDGUN AT HER OWN HEAD AND THREATENING OTHERS. THE FIRE FIGHTERS WERE FORCED TO REMAIN AT THE BACK OF THE STRUCTURE PERFORMING DEFENSIVE ACTIONS WHILE THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT DEALT WITH THE POSSIBLE SHOOTER IN FRONT. THE NEIGHBORING KWIK STOP MARKET AND THE IMAGINATION STATION PRESCHOOL, BOTH NEXT TO JOHNS PLACE, WERE ALSO SEVERELY DAMAGED IN THE FIRE. ROSS, WHO REPORTEDLY SUSTAINED INJURIES DURING THE INCIDENT, WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND ARSON.

CDC ESTIMATES HIGH SCHOOL TOBACCO USE (ED/PI) JB 11/17/14

IN A NEW REPORT, THE CDC ESTIMATES THAT 23 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAID THURSDAY THAT ABOUT 23 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CURRENTLY USE A TOBACCO PRODUCT, AND MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF THOSE USING TOBACCO ARE USING COMBUSTIBLE PRODUCTS SUCH AS CIGARETTES, CIGARS, HOOKAHS, AND PIPES. NEARLY HALF OF ALL THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND 18 PERCENT OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SURVEYED STATED THAT THEY HAD USED A TOBACCO PRODUCT AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFETIME. MOST YOUTH WHO USE TOBACCO BELIEVE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO QUIT, BUT ABOUT 3 OUT OF 4 HIGH SCHOOL SMOKERS CONTINUE TO SMOKE AS ADULTS.

UKIAH BURGER KING TO GET A FACELIFT (GOV/ENC) JB 11/17/14

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION HAS APPROVED A PERMIT FOR A PROPOSED RENOVATION PROJECT OF THE BURGER KING RESTAURANT ON EAST PERKINS STREET.

THE PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE PLANNED RENOVATION AFTER A LENGTHY AND CONSIDERABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT TREES AND OTHER LANDSCAPING PLANS. BURGER KING IS WANTING TO RETAIN THE EXISTING LANDSCAPING AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES AS PART OF THE PROJECT. THE COMMISSION NOTED THAT THE NEW DESIGN OF THE BUILDING WAS NOT A GREAT LOOK FOR UKIAH, BUT THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE THE PERMIT TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING FAÇADE, INCLUDING NEW METAL WINDOW AWNINGS AND A NEW 68 SQUARE FOOT PRE-PAY WINDOW. AND NEW WOOD FENCING AND SIGNAGE.

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