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PHIL BALDWIN OFFICIALLY LOSES COUNCIL SEAT (GOV) JB 11/24/14

WITH THE FINAL ELECTION RESULTS RELEASED FRIDAY, IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT CURRENT UKIAH MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN HAS LOST HIS BID FOR A FIFTH TERM ON THE COUNCIL.

THREE NEW FACES WILL JOIN THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THIS YEAR AFTER THE ELECTION OFFICE CONFIRMED THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION. JIM O. BROWN, KEVIN DOBLE, AND MAUREEN MO MULHEREN WILL REPLACING COUNCIL MEMBERS BENJ THOMAS, MARY ANN LANDIS AND MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN, WHO FAILED IN HIS RUN FOR A 5TH TERM ON COUNCIL, LOSING A CLOSE RACE TO MULHEREN BY 23 VOTES. THE THREE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE SWORN IN AT THE COUNCILS MEETING ON DECEMBER 3.

CHESSER MURDER COULD CARRY DEATH PENALTY (LAW) JB 11/24/14

THE CHARGES FILED IN THE RAPE AND MURDER OF KAYLA CHESSER COULD BRING THE DEATH PENALTY TO THE SUSPECT.

THE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER SUSPECTED OF RAPING AND MURDERING KAYLA CHESSER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A SERIES OF CRIMES THAT POTENTIALLY CARRY A DEATH SENTENCE PENALTY. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS UNDECIDED AT THIS POINT WHETHER TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST 44 YEAR OLD TERRENCE JAMES MARSHALL, ALTHOUGH A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DAS OFFICE STATED THAT IT IS A POSSIBILITY. THE DEATH PENALTY IS RARELY SOUGHT IN MENDOCINO COUNTY AND IF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DOES CHOOSE TO DO SO, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE MID 90S THAT SUCH AN ACTION WAS TAKEN.

SCHOOL THREAT DISCREDITED BY UKIAH POLICE (LAW) JB 11/24/14

A THREAT POSTED ON THE INTERNET THIS WEEK RELATED TO A UKIAH SCHOOL WAS DEEMED NOT TO CREDIBLE BY THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UPD CHIEF CHRIS DEWEY STATED THAT SOMEONE POSTED A THREAT ON A SOCIAL MEDIA SITE THAT DECLARED THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE A GUN TO AN UNSPECIFIED SCHOOL IN UKIAH. THE UKIAH POLICE WAS NOTIFIED OF THE POST THURSDAY NIGHT AND OFFICERS TRACKED THE THREAT TO A UKIAH RESIDENT AND OFFICERS CONTACTED THE PERSON. AFTER INVESTIGATING THE MATTER FURTHER, DEWEY SAID OFFICERS DO NOT BELIEVE THE PERSON HAD ANY INTENT OF CAUSING HARM. THE UPD AND THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL NOTE THAT STUDENT SAFETY IS THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITY AND URGED EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS TO REPORT ANY ISSUES THAT MAKE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE OR CONCERNED.

CLEAR LAKE CLEAN UP PLANNED WITH LOW WATER (EVR) JB 11/24/14

WITH LOW WATER LEVELS PRESENT IN CLEAR LAKE, A CLEAN UP OF THE SHORELINE IS PLANNED IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND THE LAKE.

THE BEACHES AROUND CLEAR LAKE ARE INCREASING IN NUMBER AND SIZE DUE TO THE LOW LAKE LEVELS. AS A RESULT, MANY TRASH OBJECTS, SUCH AS OLD AND DISCARDED TIRES, ARE NOW VISIBLE. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXPOSED SHORELINE CONDITIONS, THE LAKE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES HAS SCHEDULED A CLEAR LAKE CLEANUP DAY FOR THREE AREAS OF THE LAKE, INCLUDING SHORELINES IN LUCERNE, THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE, AND CLEARLAKE OAKS. THE SCHEDULED CLEANUP DAY IS PLANNED FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, BETWEEN 8:30 AND NOON AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD CALL 295-0333 TO DETERMINE THE CLOSEST COORDINATION SITE.

ABSHIRE BOOKED IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL (LAW) JB 11/24/14

THE REDWOOD VALLEY MAN WHO WAS SHOT BY A CHP OFFICER AFTER BRANDISHING A RIFLE WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL THURSDAY.

35 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY ABSHIRE WAS BEING TREATED AN AT OUT OF AREA HOSPITAL AFTER THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED ON NOVEMBER 15. ABSHIRE HAD THREATENED AND SHOT TOWARDS BYSTANDERS IN THE AREA OF ROAD D AND WEBB RANCH ROAD, THEN FLED INTO THE WOODS WITH HIS RIFLE, PURSUED BY DEPUTIES AND CHP OFFICERS, EVENTUALLY BEING SHOT BY A CHP OFFICER AND APPREHENDED. ABSHIRE IS BEING HELD ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING SUSPICION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $352,500.

BICYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH NEAR MIDDLETOWN (LAW) JB 11/24/14

A CRASH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A BICYCLIST NEAR MIDDLETOWN.

THE 62 YEAR OLD ST HELENA MAN, WHOS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, WAS STRUCK ON HIGHWAY 29 SOUTH OF CENTRAL PARK ROAD JUST BEFORE 10:15 SATURDAY NIGHT. FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, THE CYCLIST WHO WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND, ALLOWED HIS BIKE TO VEER INTO NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC WHERE HE WAS STRUCK BY A 1998 CHEVROLET BLAZER AT 50 MPH. AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH, THE MAN WAS THROWN FROM HIS BIKE AND HE LANDED IN THE SOUTH BOUND LANES. THE CYCLIST WAS STRUCK BY A SECOND VEHICLE, A 2006 VOLVO, AS HE WAS LYING IN THE ROADWAY. ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE MAN DIED OF HIS INJURIES AT THE SCENE AND THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE TANK BLAZE NEAR LAKEPORT (LAW) JB 11/24/14

FIREFIGHTERS FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES BATTLED A GASOLINE STORAGE TANK BLAZE OUTSIDE THE CITY OF LAKEPORT YESTERDAY.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED SHORTLY BEFORE 9 AM SUNDAY AT WESTGATE PETROLEUM ON HIGHLAND SPRINGS ROAD. WHEN UNITS FROM LAKEPORT FIRE ARRIVED ON SCENE, THEY FOUND ONE OF THE STORAGE TANKS BURNING, WITH SEVERAL OTHERS THREATENED. EVERY TRUCK IN THE COUNTY WITH CLASS B SUPPRESSION FOAM WAS REQUESTED, INCLUDING UNITS FROM NORTHSHORE FIRE, KELSEYVILLE FIRE AND CAL FIRE RESPONDING. CALTRANS HAD CLOSED HIGHWAY 29 AT HIGHWAY 175 HOPLAND BEFORE FIRE UNITS WERE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL AND KNOCK DOWN THE FIRE. THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.

FORT BRAGG FINAL ELECTION RESULTS RELEASED (GOV) JB 11/24/14

THE FINAL RESULTS FROM THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION RACES IN FORT BRAGG HAVE BEEN RELEASED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE.

WILLIAM ROHR, PETER GLUSKER, AND KITTY BRUNING WERE ELECTED TO THE MENDOCINO COAST HEALTH CARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS, BEATING OUT CANDIDATE MICHAEL CARROLL AND LONG-TIME BOARD MEMBER JOHN KERMAN. IN A CLOSE RACE FOR SEATS ON THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL, LINDY PETERS AND MICHAEL CIMOLINO WON COUNCIL SEATS AND INCUMBENT DAVE TURNER SUCCESSFULLY HELD ONTO HIS SEAT. THE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE SWORN IN ON DECEMBER 8, WITH THE CURRENT COUNCIL RETAINING FULL CONTROL OF THE COUNCIL DECISIONS UNTIL THEN.

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