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PLAN FOR R/C RACETRACK IN UKIAH WITHDRAWN (PI) JB 11/17/14

THE PLANS FOR A RACETRACK FOR RADIO CONTROLLED CARS IN UKIAH HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN BY THE APPLICANT.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 FAƇADE, INCLUDING NEW METAL WINDOW AWNINGS AND A NEW 68 SQUARE FOOT PRE-PAY WINDOW. AND NEW WOOD FENCING AND SIGNAGE.

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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.

BUDGET CONTINUES TO AFFECT COUNTY ROADS (TR) JB 11/13/14

THE CONDITION OF THE ROADWAYS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY CONTINUES TO BE AFFECTED BY BUDGET SHORTFALLS.

THE HOPES OF REPAIRING THE LONG LIST OF THE FAILING ROADS IN THE COUNTY ARE CONTINUALLY HAMPERED BY SHORTFALLS IN THE COUNTY BUDGET AND THE INCREASING COST OF MATERIALS. AS PART OF NEXT YEARS COUNTY BUDGET DECISION, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A $2 MILLION INCREASE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONS PROPOSED BUDGET OF $9.2 MILLION TO RESURFACE COUNTY ROADS. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, $2.6 MILLION OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET IS SPENT ON OPERATIONAL MATERIALS SUCH AS ASPHALT, PATCHING, STRIPING PAINT, FUEL, AND PARTS.

RESCUE COPTER GROUNDED AT BODEGA HEAD (LAW) JB 11/13/14

A COAST GUARD HELICOPTER FLOWN IN TO AID IN A RESCUE AT BODEGA HEAD IS STUCK WHERE IT LANDED AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.

THE BRIGHT ORANGE MH-65D HELICOPTER FLEW IN FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIR STATION MONDAY AFTERNOON. WHEN THE COPTER TOUCHED DOWN ON THE SOFT, SLOPING GROUND, ITS LANDING GEAR BEGAN TO SINK IN, PREVENTING A SAFE TAKE OFF. THE $9 MILLION HELICOPTER REMAINED ON THE HEADLANDS WEDNESDAY AS AUTHORITIES TRIED TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO MOVE IT. COAST GUARD OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING SEVERAL OPTIONS INCLUDING LIFTING THE HELICOPTER ONTO A TRAILER AND TRUCKING IT OUT OF THE AREA.

MENDOCINO COUNTY APPROVES LAURAS LAW (GOV) JB 11/13/14

NEXT YEAR, MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS COURT-ORDERED MENTAL HEALTH CARE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A ONE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT LAURAS LAW, BECOMING ONE OF ONLY FEW COUNTIES IN THE STATE TO ADOPT THE LAW. THE COURTS WILL NOW BE ALLOWED TO REQUIRE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AND MEDICATION FOR PEOPLE WHO MEET CERTAIN CONDITIONS BASED ON SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. THE COST OF THE NEW PROGRAM IS ESTIMATED AT $160,000.

CITY COUNCIL LOOKS TO EASE RETIREMENT BURDEN (GOV) JB 11/13/14

THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSED PRESCRIPTION PLAN OPTIONS FOR MEDICARE-ELIGIBLE RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF LAKEPORT.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT CURRENTLY, THE CITYS INSURANCE PLAN FOR RETIREES IS THROUGH CVS/CAREMARK, WHICH IS A FULLY INSURED PLAN. THE PLAN IS NOT A SUPPLEMENT TO MEDICARE AND REPLACES ANY MEDICARE DRUG BENEFITS. AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN OFFERED THROUGH EXPRESS SCRIPTS SILVER WAS RECOMMENDED TO THE COUNCIL BECAUSE OF A MONTHLY COST INCREASE IN THE CURRENT CVS/CAREMARK PLAN. IF APPROVED, THE EXPRESS SCRIPTS SILVER PLAN WOULD RESULT IN A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY $74,000 IN ANNUAL SAVINGS FOR THE CITY.

FEW WATER RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN STATE (EVR) JB 11/13/14

IN A STATE EXPERIENCING ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN HISTORY, CALIFORNIA HAS FEW WATER RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IMPOSED ACROSS THE STATE.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD ENFORCEMENT DIVISION HAS RELEASED FIGURES FOR 2013 DETAILING ITS NUMBERS FOR ENFORCING WATER RIGHTS VIOLATORS. WATER DIVERSIONS AND SALES OF WATER, BOTH THOSE STEMMING FROM MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND OTHERWISE, HAVE BEEN A BIG PROBLEM IN MENDOCINO COUNTY DURING THIS EXTENDED DROUGHT. LAST YEAR, FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA, ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS OCCURRED FOR ONLY 3.7 PERCENT OF VIOLATORS. OUT OF THE 13,628 VIOLATIONS RECORDED FOR 2013, ONLY 503 RESULTED IN SOME FORM OF ENFORCEMENT ACTION.

UKIAH MAN ALLEGEDLY BEATEN BY HOUSEGUEST (LAW) JB 11/13/14

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY BEATING A MAN WHO WAS LETTING HIM STAY AT HIS HOUSE BEFORE DRIVING OFF IN HIS CAR.

ACCORDING TO THE UPD, THE ATTACK OCCURRED IN THE MANOR OAKS MOBILE HOME PARK AND OFFICERS FOUND THE 69 YEAR OLD VICTIM BLEEDING PROFUSELY FROM A LARGE GASH ON THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. THE SUSPECT, 59 YEAR OLD RICHARD SALAZAR, HAD BEEN STAYING AT THE VICTIMS HOUSE WHEN AN ALTERCATION OCCURRED BETWEEN THE TWO AND SALAZAR HIT THE VICTIM WITH A VODKA BOTTLE SEVERAL TIMES, THEN TIED THE MAN UP AND FLED IN THE VICTIMS TRUCK. A SHERIFFS DEPUTY LOCATED THE TRUCK ON BURKE HILL ROAD AND SALAZAR WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

TREES MAY NEED EXTRA CARE DURING THE DROUGHT (EVR) JB 11/13/14

WHILE THE CURRENT DROUGHT IS HAVING TEMPORARY VISIBLE IMPACTS ON LAWNS IN CALIFORNIA, PERMANENT DAMAGE IS OCCURRING TO TREES ACROSS THE STATE.

A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES STATES THAT LAWNS CAN BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE RELATIVELY QUICKLY, BUT ONCE A TREE DIES, ITS LOSS IS IRREVERSIBLE. AS THE AMOUNT OF SUNLIGHT FALLING ON TREES IS REDUCED WITH THE CHANGE OF SEASONS, TREES GO INTO DORMANCY AND REQUIRE LESS WATER. BUT IN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY CONDITIONS, A TREE MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH STORED MOISTURE TO SURVIVE UNTIL DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE. WATER OFFICIALS ARE URGING HOMEOWNERS TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON EFFECTIVE TREE CARE, ESPECIALLY IF CALIFORNIAS EXTENDED DRY PERIOD CONTINUES THIS WINTER.

NEW UKIAH OFFICER IS A SOCAL TRANSPLANT (LAW) JB 11/13/14

UKIAHS NEWEST POLICE OFFICER SAYS HE ENJOYS THE DEPARTMENTS DEDICATION TO SERVING THE CITYS RESIDENTS.

28 YEAR OLD OFFICER RON DONOHUE, WHO CAME TO THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER SERVING AS AN OFFICER IN EL CENTRO, NEAR CALIFORNIAS BORDER WITH MEXICO, APPRECIATES HIS NEW POLICE CHIEFS VALUE OF THE PUBLICS OPINION OF HIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. DONOHUE DESCRIBED HIS PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS LAW ENFORCEMENT, EXPLAINING THAT OFFICERS SHOULD ADAPT TO THE COMMUNITIES THEY LIVE IN. DONOHUE RECOGNIZES THE CITYS STRUGGLE WITH HOMELESS AND TRANSIENT ISSUES BUT STATED AS LONG AS THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS WHAT WERE DOING, AND WERE DOING WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS, IT WILL WORK.

LENGTHY HELLS ANGELS TRIAL EXPECTED (LAW) JB 11/12/14

THE MORE THAN THREE YEAR OLD HELLS ANGELS CASE IN LAKEPORT IS MOVING ALONG WITH JURY SELECTION.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT, DURING LAST WEEKS JURY SELECTION PROCESS, JUDGE MICHAEL LUNAS EXCUSED ALL JURY CANDIDATES WHO ASKED FOR A HARDSHIP BECAUSE OF HIS CONCERN OVER THE ANTICIPATED LENGTH OF THE TRIAL. ACCORDING TO A SCHEDULE RELEASED BY THE DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO LAST THREE MONTHS. BEFORE ANY ARGUMENTS CAN BE HEARD, JUDGE LUNAS NEEDS TO RULE ON SEVERAL MOTIONS BEFORE HIM IN THE CASE, INCLUDING WHETHER THE BIG VALLEY GAMING COMMISSION HAS SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE CASE.

NEW HOMES ON FORD STREET DISCUSSED AGAIN (GOV) JB 11/12/14

A PLAN TO BUILD FOUR MORE HOMES ON FORD STREET WILL ONCE AGAIN BE CONSIDERED IN A DISCUSSION BY THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION.

THE ORR CREEK HOMES PROJECT, MADE UP OF FOUR SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ON FOUR VACANT LOTS NEXT TO THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER WILL BE ON THE TABLE AT TONIGHTS MEETING. AN ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT DETAILING THE LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROJECT WAS REQUESTED LAST MONTH, AS CONCERN WAS RAISED ABOUT SEVERAL ISSUES INCLUDING THE PROTECTION OF ORR CREEK. THE FINAL APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT IS A MATTER FOR THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL AND PLANNING STAFF IS MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION TO THE COMMISSION TO APPROVE THE PROJECT.

RACETRACK FOR RADIO-CONTROLLED CARS IN UKIAH (GOV) JB 11/12/14

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL ALSO REVIEW A PROPOSAL TO ALLOW A RACETRACK FOR RADIO-CONTROLLED CARS NEAR THE FAIRGROUNDS.

ACCORDING TO A STAFF REPORT, THE PROPOSED PROJECT LOCATED AT THE REAR OF THE PARCEL AT 1147 NORTH STATE STREET WOULD INCLUDE A DRIVERS STAND, SCORING BOOTH, NEW BIKE RACKS, HANDICAPPED PORTA-POTTY, AND 22 OFF-SITE PARKING PLACES, IN ADDITION TO THE TRACK ITSELF. A NOISE LEVEL EXHIBIT WITH NOISE MEASUREMENTS EXPECTED AT THE TRACK WAS PREPARED AND PRESENTED TO THE COMMISSION FOR REVIEW. STAFF IS RECOMMENDING APPROVAL OF THE PROJECT, NOTING THAT THERE WILL BE NO SIGNIFICANT EFFECTS AS FAR AS TRAFFIC, NOISE, AIR QUALITY OR WATER QUALITY.

DRY CREEK TRIBE PLANS LAKE SONOMA SOLAR ARRAY (EVR) JB 11/12/14

THE DRY CREEK TRIBE HAS PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR A LARGE SOLAR POWER PROJECT NEAR LAKE SONOMA.

A HUGE SOLAR ARRAY COULD BE IN PLACE BY NEXT SPRING IN THE HILLS OVERLOOKING LAKE SONOMA UNDER A COOPERATIVE VENTURE ANNOUNCED MONDAY BETWEEN THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE DRY CREEK BAND OF POMO INDIANS. ACCORDING TO DETAILS RELEASED BY THE TRIBE AND THE ARMY CORPS, THE SOLAR PANELS WOULD GENERATE ELECTRICITY FOR THE FISH HATCHERY, VISITORS CENTER AND OTHER BUILDINGS AT THE BASE OF WARM SPRINGS DAM, AS WELL AS THE TRIBES RIVER ROCK CASINO AND ITS OTHER FACILITIES NEAR GEYSERVILLE. THE APPROXIMATELY $21 MILLION PROJECT WILL BE FUNDED BY PRIVATE INVESTORS AT ZERO COST TO THE TRIBE AND THE ARMY CORPS.

4 YEAR INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN UKIAH DEATH (LAW) JB 11/12/14

AFTER FOUR YEARS, THE WAIT CONTINUES FOR ACTION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE DEATH OF A UKIAH WOMAN.

FOUR YEARS AFTER SUSAN KEEGANS HUSBAND REPORTED FINDING HER DEAD IN THEIR UKIAH HOME, HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE INVESTIGATION BY AUTHORITIES. THE CAUSE OF KEEGANS DEATH IN 2010 WAS MODIFIED FROM BEING INCONCLUSIVE TO BEING RULED A HOMICIDE MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS MADE, NOR SUSPECTS NAMED. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS WHETHER THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SUCCESSFULLY PROCEED WITH PROSECUTION OF THE CASE

MENDOCINO BOS TO REVISIT LAURAS LAW (GOV) JB 11/12/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL REVISIT LAURAS LAW.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT IT HAS BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY AND THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE MADE A PRESENTATION OF LAURAS LAW TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. KNOWN LEGISLATIVELY AS AB1421, LAURAS LAW WAS INITIATED IN CALIFORNIA IN 2003 TO CREATE AN ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE SPECIALIZED TREATMENT FOR THOSE WHO CANT VOLUNTARILY ACCESS COMMUNITY PROVIDED SERVICES DUE TO THEIR MENTAL ILLNESS. THE LAW WAS ESTABLISHED AFTER A MENTALLY ILL MAN SHOT AND KILLED LAURA WILCOX AT THE HEALTH EDUCATION AND WELFARE BUILDING IN NEVADA COUNTY IN 2001.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS RECEIVE $2.6 MILLION FOR PROJECTS (GOV) JB 11/12/14

LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR STATE FUNDS TOTALING $2.6 MILLION TO COMPLETE SEVERAL LOCAL WATER PROJECTS.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES ANNOUNCED THAT $14 MILLION IN DROUGHT RELIEF GRANTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO THE SACRAMENTO AREA REGION, WHICH INCLUDES LAKE COUNTY, AND A TOTAL OF $200 MILLION IN GRANTS AWARDED STATEWIDE. THE GRANT FUNDING INCLUDES $270,000 FOR WATER LOSS MINIMIZATION PROJECT ON THE MT. HANNAH WATER PIPELINE, $960,000 FOR A SIMILAR PROJECT FOR THE SPRING VALLEY WATER PIPELINE, AND $1,378,000 LINKING THE PARADISE VALLEY WATER SYSTEM TO THE CLEARLAKE OAKS COUNTY WATER DISTRICT.

CLEARLAKE COUNCIL DISCUSSES VETERAN HOUSING (GOV) JB 11/12/14

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL FOR A VETERANS HOUSING PROJECT AT ITS MEETING THIS WEEK.

THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS AND CONSIDER CONCEPTUAL APPROVAL OF DEVELOPING A COUNTY-OWNED PROPERTY ON 18TH AVENUE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF A HOUSING PROJECT FOR VETERANS. THE COUNTY IS INTERESTED IN DONATING THE PROPERTY TO THE NONPROFIT VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER OF AMERICA TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE VETERANS HOUSING, WITH FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT ANTICIPATED TO COME FROM PROPOSITION 41, WHICH VOTERS PASSED IN JUNE TO PROVIDE FOR VETERANS HOUSING. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 6:00PM THURSDAY AT CLEARLAKE CITY HALL.

DEPUTIES SHOOT, KILL MAN WHO CHARGED WITH KNIFE (LAW) JB 11/11/14

A LUCERNE MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY DEPUTIES EARLY SUNDAY AFTER HE CHARGED THEM ARMED WITH A KNIFE.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT SUNDAY MORNING AT AN ADDRESS ON 16TH AVENUE IN LUCERNE. DEPUTIES HAD RESPONDED TO THE RESIDENCE TO THE REPORT OF A DOMESTIC DISPUTE BETWEEN A HUSBAND AND WIFE. WHEN THE RESPONDING DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE HOME, THE HUSBAND SUDDENLY CHARGED AT THEM WITH A KNIFE AND THE DEPUTIES FATALLY SHOT THE MAN DURING THE ATTACK. DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS HAVE NOT RELEASED THE NAME OF THE ATTACKER OR OF THE TWO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT AND AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY.

PROP 47 IMPACTS BEGIN FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT (LAW) JB 11/11/14

THE IMPACTS OF RECENTLY ADOPTED PROPOSITION 47 HAVE BEGUN FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTORS.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED A PROPOSITION CALIFORNIA VOTERS PASSED LAST TUESDAY TO REDUCE SOME CRIMES FROM FELONIES TO MISDEMEANORS ALREADY HAS GONE INTO EFFECT AND IS IMPACTING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AS WELL AS THE PROSECUTION OF CRIMINAL CASES. PROPOSITION 47, THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS AND SCHOOLS ACT, PASSED 58.7 PERCENT TO 41.3 PERCENT, BASED ON THE SECRETARY OF STATES PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE TUESDAY GENERAL ELECTION. AMONG THE FELONIES REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS UNDER THE NEW LAW ARE COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES, FORGERIES AND BAD CHECKS, MOST FIREARM THEFTS, AMD POSSESSION OF DRUGS INCLUDING COCAINE, CONCENTRATED CANNABIS, HEROIN, ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS AND METHAMPHETAMINE. THE NEW LAW WENT INTO IMMEDIATE EFFECT THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION AND, IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY, EIGHT INMATES HAVE ALREADY BEEN RELEASED DUE TO RESENTENCING, WITH MORE RELEASES EXPECTED. IN LAKE COUNTY, ALTHOUGH NO INMATES HAVE BEEN RELEASED YET, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY GAVE A BALLPARK ESTIMATE OF FIFTY CASES THAT WILL SEE CHARGING CHANGES AS A RESULT OF PROP 47. IN SOME CASES FELONS MAY ALREADY BE OUT OF PRISON BUT STILL WANT THEIR FELONY CONVICTIONS REDUCED. OPPONENTS OF THE MEASURE POINT OUT THAT REDUCED SENTENCING COULD MEAN SOME OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WOULD HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS, SUCH AS THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN, IMMEDIATELY REINSTATED.

CAL AQUIFERS CONTAMINATED FROM FRACKING (EVR) JB 11/11/14

ON THE HEELS OF BANNING FRACKING IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT AQUIFERS IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATED WITH BILLIONS OF GALLONS OF FRACKING WASTEWATER.

AFTER CALIFORNIA STATE REGULATORS SHUT DOWN 11 FRACKING WASTEWATER INJECTION WELLS LAST JULY OVER CONCERNS THAT WASTEWATER MIGHT HAVE CONTAMINATED AQUIFERS USED FOR DRINKING WATER AND IRRIGATION, THE EPA ORDERED A REPORT WITHIN 60 DAYS. IT WAS REVEALED YESTERDAY THAT THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER RESOURCES BOARD HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE EPA CONFIRMING THAT AT LEAST 9 OF THOSE SITES WERE IN FACT DUMPING WASTEWATER CONTAMINATED WITH FRACKING FLUIDS AND OTHER POLLUTANTS INTO AQUIFERS PROTECTED BY STATE LAW AND THE FEDERAL SAFE WATER DRINKING ACT. THE FULL EXTENT OF THE CONTAMINATION IS NOT YET KNOWN.

DA WINS MAX PRISON TERM IN DUI CASE (LAW) JB 11/11/14

A SACRAMENTO MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TO FIVE YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR FELONY DRUNK DRIVING.

42 YEAR OLD MICHAEL DON ANDERSON RECEIVED THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE ALLOWED AFTER HE SERIOUSLY INJURED THREE MEMBERS OF A VACATIONING FAMILY WHEN HIS VEHICLE CROSSED LANES ON HIGHWAY 1 IN MID-JUNE ON THE MENDOCINO COAST AND COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH THEIR RENTAL CAR. THE DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY STATED THAT THE COURT REJECTED PROBATION AND IMPOSED THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE GIVEN THE GRAVITY OF THE ACCIDENT, AND ANDERSONS PAST CRIMINAL RECORD. THIS IS ANDERSONS THIRD FELONY CONVICTION AS AN ADULT.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 11/11/14

A REPORTED ROAD RAGE INCIDENT IN FORT BRAGG LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A WOMAN ON DOMESTIC BATTERY CHARGES.

FORT BRAGG POLICE WERE DISPATCHED SATURDAY EVENING TO THE CHEVRON ON SOUTH MAIN STREET TO THE REPORT OF A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT. IT WAS REPORTED THAT 27-YEAR-OLD MARIA LLAMAS HAD BEEN FOLLOWING HER EX-BOYFRIEND AROUND TOWN AND HAD ATTEMPTED TO STOP HIS CAR BY JUMPING ON IT. LLAMAS HAD ALSO CONFRONTED THE VICTIM AT THE CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT AND CONTINUED FOLLOWING HIM AROUND TOWN, AT TIMES BLOCKING THE ROADWAY WITH HER VEHICLE. LLAMAS WAS LOCATED BY POLICE AND ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT.

4 CAL GUN DEALERS SUE ATTORNEY GENERAL (GOV/LAW) JB 11/11/14

4 CALIFORNIA GUN DEALERS HAVE FILED FIRST AMENDMENT LAWSUITS AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

TRACY RIFLE AND PISTOL, A FIREARM DEALER IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, WAS RECENTLY CITED BY HARRIS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR HAVING PICTURES OF THREE HANDGUNS IN WINDOW SIGNS THAT CAN BE SEEN OUTSIDE THE STORE, A VIOLATION OF A CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE FROM 1923. WHILE CALIFORNIA GUN DEALERS CANNOT DISPLAY EVEN THE WORD HANDGUN AT THEIR STORES TO PASSERBY, ADJACENT BUSINESSES AND ANTI-GUN PROTESTERS ARE NOT PROHIBITED FROM DOING AS MUCH. THE COURT FILINGS ARGUE THAT THE LAW OPERATES AS DISCRIMINATORY AND A VIOLATION OF FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY SHELTER PUT IN PLACE (GOV) JB 11/11/14

FUNDING FOR AN EMERGENCY WINTER HOMELESS SHELTER IN UKIAH HAS BEEN PUT IN MOTION.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE COUNTY MATCH OF $26,200 TO ESTABLISH AN EMERGENCY WINTER HOMELESS SHELTER AT THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER IN UKIAH. THE SUPERVISORS HAD BEEN HEARING FROM THE HOMELESS SERVICES PLANNING GROUP-AD HOC EMERGENCY SHELTER COMMITTEE AND THE HHSA OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS WHICH BOTH VOICED CONCERNS ABOUT NOT HAVING A SHELTER AVAILABLE AGAIN DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. THE BUDDY ELLER CENTER IS SLATED TO REOPEN ON DECEMBER 1.

RED TAGS CAN COME OFF PALACE HOTEL (PI) JB 11/10/14

THE RED TAGS PROHIBITING WORK INSIDE THE PALACE HOTEL CAN NOW COME OFF AND PLANNED ASBESTOS REMOVAL MAY BEGIN BY DECEMBER.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED BLUEWATER ENVIROINMENTAL, THE CONTRACTOR HIRED BY HOTEL OWNER ELADIA LAINES, IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN WORK IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS. THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR STATED THAT ENCROACHMENT PERMITS STILL NEED TO BE PULLED FOR THE JOB SITE AND THAT HE WAS EXPECTING THOSE APPLICATIONS SOON. A CAL/OSHA SPOKESMAN CONFIRMED FRIDAY THAT THE ASBESTOS PLAN HAD BEEN APPROVED, BUT THE RED TAGS WOULD NOT BE REMOVED UNTIL THE CONTRACTOR WAS READY TO BEGIN WORK.

DFW OFFICERS ARREST 3 MEN FOR ABALONE POACHING (LAW) JB 11/10/14

THREE SAN FRANCISCO MEN WERE ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF 59 ILLEGALLY HARVESTED ABALONE.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICERS NOTICED A SUSPICIOUS VAN LAST WEEK PARKED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD NEAR THE TOWN OF ELK. THE OFFICERS WITNESSED TWO DIVERS IN THE WATER NEAR WHERE THE VAN WAS PARKED TAKING GROSS OVERLIMITS OF ABALONE, HIDING THEIR HARVEST ON THE SHORE. AFTER ALLOWING THE MEN TO GATHER THEIR CATCH AND LEAVE THE SCENE, OFFICERS CONTACTED THE SUSPECTS AT THEIR SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENCE. ALL 59 ABALONE, THEIR VAN, AND DIVE GEAR WERE SEIZED AND THE MEN WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

HORSES KILLED ON HIGHWAY 20 THURSDAY NIGHT (LAW) JB 11/10/14

FOUR HORSES THAT GOT LOOSE ON HIGHWAY 20 LATE THURSDAY NIGHT DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLES.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE INCIDENT WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST AFTER 10:30 THURSDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 20 ALONG CACHE CREEK, EAST OF CLEARLAKE OAKS. A LARGE NUMBER OF HORSES HAD SOMEHOW GOTTEN OUT ON THE HIGHWAY FROM A NEARBY RANCH. TWO DIFFERENT VEHICLES, TRAVELING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS, WERE INVOLVED IN CRASHES WITH THE FOUR HORSES THAT DIED, SHUTTING DOWN THE HIGHWAY TO ONE WAY TRAFFIC FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS.

WATER MAIN BREAK REPORTED IN CLEARLAKE OAKS (PI) JB 11/10/14

A CLEARLAKE OAKS COUNTY WATER DISTRICT CREW WAS HARD AT WORK EARLY SATURDAY MORNING REPAIRING A BROKEN WATER MAIN THAT OCCURRED FRIDAY NIGHT.

THE WATER DISTRICT CONFIRMED THAT WATER MAIN BREAK IN THE AREA OF FOURTH STREET, OCCURRED SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THE BROKEN MAIN FLOODED WATER UP TO SECOND STREET, CAUSING RESIDENTS IN THE AREA TO MOVE THEIR CARS TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE. RESIDENTS IN THE AREA WERE BEING ADVISED BY WATER DISTRICT STAFF ON SCENE TO BOIL WATER FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

IRS SCAMMERS CONTINUE RIPOFFS IN THE AREA (LAW) JB 11/10/14

A WILLITS WOMAN LOST $6,000 TO AN AGGRESSIVE SCAMMER CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.

THE CALLER IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS AN IRS AGENT ON SUNDAY AND TOLD THE WOMAN SHE OWED THE GOVERNMENT TAXES. THE VICTIM WAS TOLD THAT IF SHE DIDNT PAY IMMEDIATELY WITH PREPAID VISA CARDS, HE WOULD SEND A U.S. MARSHALL TO ARREST HER THAT DAY. AFTER MORE THAN 20 CALLS, THE WOMAN COMPLIED AND PUT $6,000 ON PREPAID E-CARDS AND PROVIDED THE SCAMMERS WITH THE PIN NUMBERS. BY THE TIME LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS NOTIFIED, THE MONEY WAS GONE. THIS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SCAMS EVER, WITH THE IRS RECEIVING 20,000 COMPLAINTS FROM TAXPAYERS SAYING THEY HAD BEEN SCAMMED OUT OF OVER $1 MILLION THIS YEAR.

COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED PURSUIT (LAW) JB 11/10/14

A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT IN KELSEYVILLE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A COUPLE AND THE SEIZURE OF MARIJUANA AND METHAMPHETAMINE.

A PATROL DEPUTY WORKING THE KELSEYVILLE AREA NOTICED A MOTORCYCLE WITH TWO OCCUPANTS WHO FAILED TO STOP AT THE INTERSECTION OF CAL PACKING AND FINLEY ROAD EAST. THE MOTORCYCLE FAILED TO PULL OVER WHEN THE OFFICER ACTIVATED HIS LIGHTS AND ACCELERATED AWAY TRYING TO AVOID THE OFFICER. THE DEPUTY REPORTED THAT THE PASSENGER WAS THROWING NARCOTICS AND PARAPHERNALIA FROM THE MOTORCYCLE DURING THE PURSUIT. THE MOTORCYCLE FINALLY PULLED OVER ON MARINA DRIVE AND 43-YEAR-OLD LONNIE RAY SCOTT AND 48 YEAR OLD MICHELLE HAVENS WERE FOUND IN POSSESSION OF LARGE AMOUNTS OF BOTH MARIJUANA AND METHAMPHETAMINE. THE COUPLE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

GUN ALLEGEDLY PULLED IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT (LAW) JB 11/10/14

A DRIVER, NEARLY STRUCK BY ANOTHER VEHICLE, WAS THREATENED WITH A GUN LAST WEEK.

ACCORDING TO UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS, OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH PINE AND ARLINGTON STREETS, WHEN A DRIVER REPORTED HAVING A GUN PULLED ON HIM AFTER A NEAR COLLISION. THE VICTIM TOLD OFFICERS HE HAD ALMOST BEEN STRUCK BY A NEWER MODEL SILVER HONDA AND THAT HE GOT OUT OF HIS CAR TO CONFRONT THE OCCUPANTS OF THE CAR. A PASSENGER IN THE HONDA POINTED A HANDGUN AT THE VICTIM AND TOLD HIM TO RETURN TO HIS VEHICLE OR HE WOULD BE SHOT. THE SUSPECTS THEN FLED THE SCENE AND OFFICERS WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE THEM.

MENDOCINO COLLEGE LOOKS AT EASEMENT (ED) JB 11/10/14

MENDOCINO COLLEGE MAY SEEK AN EASEMENT FOR ITS COASTAL RESEARCH STATION.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT MENDOCINO COLLEGE OFFICIALS HAVE BACKED AWAY FROM A CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL TO SELL A 15-ACRE FIELD RESEARCH STATION TO THE U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. INSTEAD, THE COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS DECIDED TO EXPLORE KEEPING THE FACILITY AND SELLING ONLY A CONSERVATION EASEMENT IN ORDER TO PERMANENTLY SHIELD THE LAND FROM DEVELOPMENT. WITH AN EASEMENT, THE COLLEGE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A DISCOUNT ON ITS PROPERTY TAXES AND COULD CONTINUE TO UTILIZE BUILDINGS ON THE SITE FOR RESEARCH. THE TENTATIVE DECISION, MADE LAST WEEK, WAS BASED ON A COMMITTEES RECOMMENDATION FOLLOWING SEVERAL MONTHS OF MEETINGS AND GATHERING INPUT FROM THOSE INTERESTED IN RETAINING THE PROPERTY FOR RESEARCH

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LAKE MENDOCINO MURDERER DENIED PAROLE (LAW) JB 11/7/14

THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 1993 MURDER OF A REDWOOD VALLEY WATER DISTRICT EMPLOYEE WAS DENIED PAROLE AT A HEARING ON WEDNESDAY.

43 YEAR OLD TROY HARDEN WAS DENIED HIS REQUEST FOR RELEASE FOLLOWING A PAROLE HEARING AT PELICAN BAY STATE PRISON IN CRESCENT CITY. HARDEN WAS CONVICTED IN 1993 OF MURDERING REDWOOD VALLEY WATER DISTRICT EMPLOYEE LARRY STEPHENSON AT LAKE MENDOCINO AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE ALLOWED OF 26 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON. HARDEN WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANOTHER PAROLE RECONSIDERATION IN 2021.

TENTATIVE RULING UPHELD IN TRESPASS GROW CASE (LAW) JB 11/7/14

THE TENTATIVE RULING IN THE COVELO TRESPASS MARIJUANA GROW LAWSUIT HAS BEEN UPHELD.

THE $242,000 RULING AGAINST DEFENDANT ROSS MATEJCEK HAS BEEN UPHELD IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT AFTER MATEJCEK ARGUED THAT THE AWARD WAS EXCESSIVE. MATEJCEK WAS FOUND TO HAVE TRESPASSED ON A COVELO FAMILYS PROPERTY BY TAKING LAND, WATER, AND REMOVING 225 TREES TO GROW HIS MARIJUANA. IN ADDITION TO THE MONETARY AWARD, MATEJCEK WAS FURTHER ORDERED TO REMOVE THE ROADWAY HE INSTALLED AND TO REFRAIN FROM TRESPASSING ON THE FAMILYS PROPERTY EXCEPT TO DO THE WORK ORDERED BY THE COURT.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR KAYLA CHESSER (LAW/PI) JB 11/7/14

A MEMORIAL SERVICE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THE YOUNG WILLITS WOMAN WHO DIED UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE DEATH OF 25-YEAR-OLD KAYLA CHESSER IN BEING INVESTIGATED AS A HOMICIDE ALTHOUGH SHERIFFS OFFICIALS HAVE DIVULGED NO DETAILS ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HER DEATH. CHESSER WAS WELL KNOWN AND POPULAR IN THE COMMUNITY. SHE TAUGHT DANCE AT A WILLITS DANCE STUDIO, HAD STUDIED AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE AND PERFORMED IN A LOCAL BELLY DANCING TROUPE. A VIEWING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FROM 4-8PM AT THE ANKER-LUCIER MORTUARY IN WILLITS AND A SERVICE IS SCHEDULED FOR 1 PM SATURDAY AT THE AGAPE BIBLE CHURCH ON LENORE STREET.

COUNTY STILL COUNTING BALLOTS FROM ELECTION (GOV) JB 11/7/14

THE BALLOTS FROM THE LATEST GENERAL ELECTION ARE STILL BEING TABULATED BY COUNTY OFFICIALS.

THOUSANDS OF BALLOTS ARE YET TO BE COUNTED BEFORE THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 4 ELECTION ARE DECLARED FINAL. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY RECORDERS OFFICE HAS 13,072 VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS YET TO PROCESS AND 452 PROVISIONAL BALLOTS TO REVIEW AND PROCESS AS PART OF THE OFFICIAL CANVASS. OF THE OUTSTANDING BALLOTS YET TO COUNT, 2,139 OF THEM ARE IN THE CITY OF UKIAH. BY STATE LAW, THE COUNTY HAS 28 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE CANVASS. THE STATEMENT OF VOTE, WHICH LISTS RESULTS BY PRECINCT, WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME.

WATER BOARD TO REGULATE POT GROW POLLUTION (GOV/EVR) JB 11/7/14

A NEW WATER BOARD PROGRAM IS SET TO REGULATE POLLUTION CAUSED FROM GROWING MARIJUANA.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE NORTH COAST REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD, BASED IN SANTA ROSA, HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW CANNABIS CULTIVATION REGULATORY PROGRAM TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF WATER QUALITY, AND POLLUTION, CAUSED BY MARIJUANA GROWING IN CREEKS ACROSS THE NORTH COAST. THE PROGRAM WILL BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE STATE, AND A BIG STEP IN BRINGING SOME KIND OF ENVIRONMENTAL OVERSIGHT TO THE LARGELY ILLEGAL AND ALMOST TOTALLY UNREGULATED MARIJUANA CULTIVATION INDUSTRY. THE PROGRAM IS DEVELOPING A PERMITTING PROCESS THAT SEEKS TO BRING GROWERS INTO A FRAMEWORK FOR REGULATING THEIR WASTE AND RUN-OFF.

MEN SENTENCED IN ABALONE POACHING CASE (LAW) JB 11/7/14

JAIL, FINES, AND LIFETIME FISHING BANS HAVE BEEN WON BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN A SERIES OF ABALONE POACHING CASES.

THE LAST OF 18 ABALONE POACHERS ARRESTED IN A 2013 BLACK MARKET STING ORCHESTRATED BY LOCAL AND STATE AGENCIES HAS BEEN CONVICTED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, CAPPING OFF A YEAR-LONG PROSECUTION EFFORT IN MENDOCINO AND SACRAMENTO COUNTIES. SO FAR NEARLY $140.000 IN FINES AND 11 LIFETIME FISHING BANS HAVE BEEN IMPOSED ON CONVICTED POACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN SENTENCED. ONE OF THE POACHERS IS ALSO FACING A 32 MONTH SENTENCE IN STATE PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN THE BLACK MARKET POACHING OPERATION, AS WELL AS A $15,000 FINE AND A LIFETIME BAN AGAINST ABALONE FISHING.

UKIAH ENDORSES BAN ON STYROFOAM CONTAINERS (GOV) JB 11/7/14

LIKE THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG AND THE COUNTY OF MENDOCINO, UKIAH IS PLANNING TO BAN POLYSTYRENE FOOD CONTAINERS BEGINNING IN MARCH.

AT A MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL GAVE UNANIMOUS TENTATIVE APPROVAL FOR THE BAN, WITH FINAL APPROVAL SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER. WILLITS WOULD BE THE ONLY AREA LEFT IN THE COUNTY WITHOUT A BAN ON THE POLYSTYRENE TAKEOUT FOOD CONTAINERS. PLASTIC MANUFACTURES STATE THAT POLYSTYRENE IS SAFE FOR USE AS FOOD SERVICE CONTAINERS, BUT IT IS NOT A BIODEGRADABLE SUBSTANCE AN IT CAN STAY IN THE ENVIRONMENT FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.

UKIAH FOOD BANK GETS $16,000 WINDFALL (ECN/PI) JB 11/7/14

AS THE RESULT OF A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COUNTRYS LARGEST FOOD DISTRIBUTOR, THE UKIAH FOOD BANK HAS BEEN AWARDED A WINDFALL OF OVER $16,000.

SYSCO CORPORATION AND ITS CALIFORNIA OPERATING COMPANIES WERE FOUND TO BE ILLEGALLY HOLDING PERISHABLE FOOD IN UNREGISTERED AND/OR UNREFRIGERATED STORAGE SHEDS AND WERE ORDERED TO PAY A $20 MILLION RESTITUTION AWARD. AS PART OF THE AWARD, $1 MILLION WAS SPECIFICALLY SET ASIDE FOR OVER 40 FOOD BANKS ACROSS CALIFORNIA. THE UKIAH FOOD BANK HAS BEEN ABLE TO STOCK UP WITH CASES OF STAPLE FOODS FOR THOSE IN NEED AND HAVE ALSO DONATED TO THE LAKE COUNTY FOOD PANTRY, WHO WAS NOT A RECIPIENT OF THE SETTLEMENT.

HOME INVASION SUSPECTS EXPECTED TO BE CHARGED (LAW) JB 11/6/14

FOUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MEN TIED TO AN OCTOBER UKIAH VALLEY HOME INVASION WERE ARRAIGNED WEDNESDAY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT JONATHAN OTERO-CRUZ, FILOMENO NUNEZ, JOSE CABRERA AND CHRISTOPHER MONTOYA WERE RELEASED INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE MCSO BY THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, AS THE GROUP WAS FACING SIMILAR CHARGES IN SONOMA COUNTY. PUBLIC DEFENDERS WERE APPOINTED TO REPRESENT ALL FOUR MEN, WHO ENTERED NOT GUILTY PLEAS ON THE SUSPECTED CHARGES. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS FILED 23 COUNTS AGAINST THE MEN, INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, WITH 33 SPECIAL ALLEGATIONS RELATING TO THE CRIMES. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 9 IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

NEW GUIDELINES FOR SENTENCING TRESPASS GROWS (LAW) JB 11/6/14

THE U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION HAS FINALIZED GUIDELINES TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE CAUSED BY TRESPASS MARIJUANA GROWS.

THE SENTENCING GUIDELINES ARE THE RESULT OF A LETTER PENNED BY CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN, ASKING THAT THE FEDERAL AGENCY JOIN IN WORKING TO COUNTER THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES CAUSED BY ILLEGAL DRUG PRODUCTION. THE NEW SENTENCING COMMISSION GUIDELINES, WHICH BECAME EFFECTIVE ON NOVEMBER 1, WILL, FOR THE FIRST TIME, COUNT ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES SUCH AS WATER DIVERSIONS AND VEGETATION REMOVAL AS SEPARATE OR AGGRAVATING OFFENSES.

FT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL, HEALTH CARE ELECTION (GOV) JB 11/6/14

ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY RESULTS, NO INCUMBENTS WERE RETURNED TO EITHER THE FT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL OR THE MENDOCINO COAST HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD.

IN A RELATIVELY CLOSE RACE, MICHAEL CIMOLINO WITH 21 PERCENT, LINDY PETERS WITH 21 PERCENT, AND MARK IACUANIELLO WITH 20 PERCENT WERE ELECTED TO THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL, EDGING OUT THE INCUMBENTS, MAYOR DAVE TURNER AND HEIDI KRAUT. WILLIAM ROHR, PETER GLUSKER AND KITTY BRUNING WERE ELECTED TO THE HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD, REPLACING INCUMBENT JOHN KERMEN AND MICHAEL CARROLL.

SHAMROCK RANCH CONTROL BURN SCHEDULED (LAW) JB 11/6/14

A CONTROL BURN IS SCHEDULED FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS ON THE SHAMROCK RANCH IN THE NORTHERN PART OF MENDOCINO COUNTY.

STARTING AT NOON ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY THIS WEEK, CAL FIRE WILL BE CONDUCTING A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT CONTROL BURN ON PRIVATELY OWNED LAND ON THE SHAMROCK RANCH SOUTH OF LAYTONVILLE. THE GOALS OF THE BURN ARE TO IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITAT AND TO REDUCE OVERALL FUEL LOADING TO DECREASE THE CHANCE OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES IN THE FUTURE. THIS BURN PROJECT WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER STRICTLY CONTROLLED WEATHER AND FUEL CONDITIONS AND SMOKE IS TO BE EXPECTED IN THE AREA DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

SUSPECTED HONEY OIL LAB SHED EXPLODES IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 11/6/14

A SHED CONTAINING A SUSPECTED HONEY OIL LAB EXPLODED IN UKIAH TUESDAY NIGHT, INJURING TWO MEN.

UVFA FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A RESIDENCE ON LUCE AVENUE AFTER A CALLER REPORTED THAT A SHED AT THE ADDRESS HAD EXPLODED AND WAS ON FIRE. FIRE AUTHORITIES STATED THAT THE SHED APPEARED TO BE USED TO GROW MARIJUANA AND PRODUCE HONEY OIL BASED ON THE NUMBER OF BUTANE TANKS AT THE SCENE. TWO VICTIMS OF THE BLAST WERE AIRLIFTED TO AREA HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT, ONE WITH BURNS ON MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF HIS BODY. THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT PRELIMINARY REPORTS SHOW THAT A LIT CIGARETTE IGNITED THE BUTANE, TURNING IT INTO A FIREBALL.

BOS ASKS TO RE-ESTABLISH FRIDAY HOURS FOR HHSA (GOV) JB 11/6/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS BEEN ASKED TO RE-ESTABLISH FRIDAY HOURS FOR CERTAIN COUNTY OFFICES.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES FOR MENDOCINO AND LAKE COUNTIES HAS REQUESTED THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REINSTATE A FRIDAY WORKING SCHEDULE OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ECONOMIC RECESSION, THE HHSA, INCLUDING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, BEGAN CLOSING DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES ON FRIDAYS AS DIRECTED BY THE COUNTY IN 2009 TO REDUCE ITS HOURS AND FUNDING LIABILITY. ACCORDING TO THE REQUEST BY CASA, THE NEED FOR FURLOUGH HOURS HAS CEASED AND THE PUBLIC IS INADEQUATELY BEING SERVED BY THE CONTINUED CLOSURES.

UPDATE ON SECOND AMENDMENT CHALLENGE (LAW) JB 11/6/14

AN UPDATE HAS BEEN RELEASED ON THE FEDERAL SECOND AMENDMENT CHALLENGE TO CALIFORNIAS 10-DAY GUN PURCHASE WAIT PERIOD AS APPLIED TO KNOWN GUN OWNERS.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS AS APPEALED HER LOSS IN THE FEDERAL CASE TO THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. HOWEVER, BEFORE THE CASE PROCEEDS AT THE NINTH CIRCUIT, SENIOR DISTRICT COURT JUDGE ISHII MUST FIRST RULE ON TWO PENDING MOTIONS BY HARRIS. THE FIRST IS TO EXTEND THE TIME THE DOJ HAS TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDER FROM 6 MONTHS TO 12 MONTHS, AND THE SECOND IS TO STAY THE ORDER PENDING THE NINTH CIRCUITS RESOLUTION OF THE APPEAL. ONCE BOTH MOTIONS HAVE BEEN RULED ON, THE CASE WILL CONTINUE ON APPEAL AT THE NINTH CIRCUIT.

CONCRETE POURED ON FOR TWO BYPASS BRIDGES (TR) JB 11/6/14

CONCRETE ON TWO BRIDGES ON THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT ARE BEING POURED THIS WEEK.

AS PROGRESS SLOWLY CONTINUES ON THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT, TWO BRIDGES IN THE STRETCH ARE HAVING CONCRETE POURED THIS WEEK. THE TWO BRIDGES, ONE FOR THE NORTHBOUND SECTION AND ONE OF THE SOUTHBOUND SECTIONS OF ROAD, ARE HAVING THE SIDES AND INSIDE STEMS POURED, WITH THE DECK SOON TO FOLLOW DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER. CALTRANS SLOWS DOWN THE POURING OF CONCRETE IN THE WINTER, BUT WILL CONTINUE CONCRETE WORK THROUGH NOVEMBER, WEATHER PERMITTING. FAVORABLE WORKING WEATHER COULD EXTEND THE WORK INTO JANUARY.