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STORM FORECAST FOR LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES (EVR) JB 12/10/14

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A NOTICE DETAILING THE EFFECTS OF THE INCOMING STORM.

HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. ALL MAIN RIVER STEMS WILL EXPERIENCE MODERATE TO SHARP RISES BY THURSDAY MORNING AND RISES ON SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS ARE EXPECTED WITH POSSIBLE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS. THE NAVARRO RIVER AT NAVARRO IS EXPECTED TO REACH FLOOD STAGE AS EARLY AS THURSDAY MORNING. THE RUSSIAN RIVER AT HOPLAND AND THE EEL RIVER AT FERNBRIDGE MAY REACH FLOOD STAGE THURSDAY MORNING AS WELL. RIDGE TOP SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20-40 MILES PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED WITH POSSIBLE GUSTS UP TO 60 MILES PER HOUR AND LIGHTER WINDS ARE EXPECTED IN THE VALLEY AREAS OF INTERIOR MENDOCINO COUNTY.

FORMER LIEUTENANT CLAIMS ABUSE BY CO-WORKERS (LAW) JB 12/10/14

A CLAIM HAS BEEN MADE AGAINST SEVERAL MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL OFFICIALS THAT THEY HUMILIATED A FORMER CO-WORKER.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT A FORMER MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS CORRECTIONS LIEUTENANT HAS FILED A CLAIM AGAINST THE COUNTY JAIL AND SEVERAL CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS CONTENDING SHE LOST WAGES AND SUFFERED MENTAL ANGUISH AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY DOWNLOADED HER PHOTO INTO THE JAIL COMPUTER THEN USED IT TO VICTIMIZE AND DEGRADE HER WITH SEXUAL INNUENDOS. LAURA DALE, WHO RETIRED FROM THE JAIL IN 2010, FILED THE CLAIM LAST MONTH SEEKING LOST WAGES AS WELL AS UNSPECIFIED PUNITIVE DAMAGES FOR THE JAIL STAFFS ALLEGED MALICIOUS ACTIONS.

IMPAIRED MAN DRIVES TO UKIAH POLICE STATION (LAW) JB 12/10/14

A UKIAH MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE DROVE INTO THE PARKING LOT OF THE UKIAH POLICE STATION.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE BACK PARKING LOT OF THE POLICE STATION FOR AN UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLE THAT HAD DRIVEN ONTO THE LOT. OFFICERS CONTACTED THE DRIVER, 52-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL ALAN WILES, AND FOUND HE WAS ON PAROLE. WILES ADMITTED TO RECENTLY INJECTING METH AND STATED THAT HE WAS BEING CHASED BY INDIANS AND DROVE TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WILES WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATION OF PAROLE AND BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

LAKE COUNTY BOS APPROVES NO PARKING ZONE (GOV/TR) JB 12/10/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A NO-PARKING ZONE IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE.

THE REQUEST FOR A NO-PARKING ZONE ON A STRETCH OF HARTMANN ROAD IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE WAS BROUGHT TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BY THE LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT OVER SAFETY CONCERNS ABOUT PARKED CARS CREATING NARROWED LANES OF TRAFFIC. THE DANGERS TO DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS INCREASE WHEN DELIVERY TRUCKS PARK ON THE STREET, CREATING OBSTRUCTED VIEWS AND BLIND SPOTS. THE NO-PARKING ZONE IS ON THE WEST SIDE OF HARTMANN ROAD NORTH OF COYOTE VALLEY ROAD AND WILL TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 8.

TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN LAKEPORT ARMED ROBBERY (LAW) JB 12/10/14

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS REQUESTING THE PUBLICS HELP IN IDENTIFYING TWO SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY MONDAY MORNING.

LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON 11TH STREET TO THE REPORT OF A ROBBERY. A 27 YEAR OLD VICTIM STATED THAT TWO WHITE MALE SUBJECTS APPROACHED HIM IN THE PARKING LOT OF CVS EARLIER THAT MORNING. ONE SUBJECT, SAID TO BE IN HIS 30S AND DESCRIBED AS TALL, HEAVY SET AND WEARING A BLACK HOODIE, GRABBED THE VICTIM AND HELD A KNIFE TO HIS THROAT. THE SECOND SUBJECT, SAID TO BE 20-25 YEARS OLD, SMALLER THAN THE FIRST SUBJECT AND WITH A THIN SCAR ACROSS HIS RIGHT EYEBROW, PAT SEARCHED THE VICTIM, TAKING $300 FROM HIS WALLET. BOTH SUBJECTS LEFT THE SCENE IN A 1990S RED HONDA AND FLED WESTBOUND ON 11TH STREET. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE TWO MEN IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 263-5491.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES (LAW) JB 12/10/14

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN LAKE COUNTY ARE INVESTIGATING A SERIES OF RECENT COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, FIVE BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN BURGLARIZED SINCE DECEMBER 4. THE LUCERNE SUBWAY, COUNTY CARPETS AND DOUBLE DS COFFEE IN UPPER LAKE, THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT SHOP IN LOWER LAKE, AND A STORAGE UNIT AT BIG VALLEY STORAGE HAVE ALL REPORTED SMASH AND GRAB STYLE BURGLARIES IN THE LAST 5 DAYS. THE LUCERNE SUBWAY ROBBERY LOOKS SIMILAR TO SIMILAR INCIDENTS REPORTED AT SUBWAY STORES IN HOPLAND AND CALISTOGA, LEADING DEPUTIES TO BELIEVE THE BURGLARIES ARE CONNECTED.

DROUGHT LIKELY CAUSED NATURAL EVENTS (EVR) JB 12/10/14

A NEW REPORT SHOWS THAT THE CURRENT DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA IS CAUSED BY NATURAL EVENTS AND NOT BY HUMAN-CAUSED CLIMATE CHANGE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT A NEW REPORT SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SUGGESTS NATURAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC PATTERNS ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF THE ONGOING CALIFORNIA DROUGHT. NOAA SAID A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE OFF THE WEST COAST HAS PREVAILED FOR THREE WINTERS, BLOCKING IMPORTANT WET SEASON STORMS, WITH OCEAN SURFACE TEMPERATURES MAKING SUCH A RIDGE MUCH MORE LIKELY. BASED ON EARLIER STUDIES, THE NEW REPORT FOUND NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE LINKING HUMAN-RELATED CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT.

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