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WILLITS MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING STABBED (LAW) JB 1/22/15

AN ARGUMENT IN WILLITS TUESDAY NIGHT LEADS TO ONE MAN BEING HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING STABBED.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL JUST AFTER 8 PM TUESDAY AFTER A 47 YEAR OLD MAN WAS ADMITTED WITH A SERIOUS STAB WOUND. THE VICTIM IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AS 21 YEAR OLD CASEY IRELAND AND STATED THAT HE AND IRELAND HAD GOTTEN INTO AN ARGUMENT ON RAYMOND LANE THAT LED TO THE ASSAULT. THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO FLEE AND TRANSPORT HIMSELF TO THE HOSPITAL. OFFICERS LOCATED IRELAND ON RAYMOND LANE, ALONG WITH THE WEAPON AND HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LAKEPORT SCHOOL DISTRICT, PD TO DISCUSS HOAX (LAW) JB 1/22/15

A PUBLIC MEETING WITH SCHOOL AND POLICE OFFICIALS IS SCHEDULED IN LAKEPORT TO DISCUSS THE RECENT BOMB HOAX.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT, IN AN EFFORT TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT A BOMB HOAX THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK AT THE LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND THE LAKEPORT POLICE ARE CO-HOSTING A COMMUNITY MEETING THIS EVENING. OFFICIALS STATED THEY WANT TO USE THE FORUM TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISTRICTS SAFETY PLAN AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOMB THREAT HOAX THAT OCCURRED ON THE CAMPUS LAST WEEK. SOME PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO ATTEND DISTRICT SCHOOLS FAULTED BOTH SCHOOL AND POLICE OFFICIALS FOR NOT NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC SOONER. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE LAKEPORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE ROOM.

UKIAH SCHOOL DISTRICT CHANGES ACCOUNTING POLICIES (ED) JB 1/22/15

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS MAKING CHANGES TO ITS ACCOUNTING PRACTICES IN THE WAKE OF A RECENT EMBEZZLEMENT DISCOVERY.

AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT $90,000 HAD BEEN EMBEZZLED FROM THE ADULT SCHOOL PROGRAM, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEGUN TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES TO HOW TRANSACTIONS ARE TRACKED. CASH COLLECTION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL WILL BE STRENGTHENED BY STANDARDIZING THE RECEIPT PROCESS AND ALL RECEIPTS WILL NOW BE VERIFIED AND ACCOUNTED FOR IN DISTRICT DEPOSITS. A DOUBLE COUNTING PROCEDURE WILL ALSO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ALL FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT. THE MOST IMMEDIATE CHANGE IS THAT THE ADULT SCHOOL WILL NO LONGER DIRECTLY ACCEPT CASH TUITION PAYMENTS.

FED JUDGE HALTS OVERTIME FOR IHSS WORKERS (EMP) JB 1/22/15

A RULING BY A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS HALTED OVERTIME PAYMENTS FOR IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES WORKERS.

A NEW LABOR RULE THAT WAS TO PROVIDE OVERTIME PAYMENT FOR NEARLY 2 MILLION IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE UNITED STATES WAS THROWN OUT BY A FEDERAL COURT JUDGE LAST WEEK. THE NEW U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE, SLATED TO TAKE EFFECT AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH, WOULD HAVE ENSURED OVERTIME PROTECTIONS, TRAVEL AND WAIT TIME PAY FOR THE HOMECARE PROVIDERS. MORE THAN 400,000 IHSS PROVIDERS ARE EMPLOYED IN ALL OF CALIFORNIAS 58 COUNTIES, PROVIDING IN-HOME CARE TO 490,000 RECIPIENTS, YET THEY ARE PAID JUST $10 AN HOUR ON AVERAGE.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER BRINGING GUN TO CASINO (LAW) JB 1/22/15

A LAKEPORT MAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHING A GUN IN A LAKE COUNTY CASINO PARKING LOT.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE RUNNING CREEK CASINO IN UPPER LAKE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER IT WAS REPORTED THAT MAN WITH A GUN WAS SEEN IN THE PARKING LOT. SURVEILLANCE IMAGES AT THE CASINO SHOW 61 YEAR OLD ROBERT ARTHUR DOANE OUTSIDE THE CASINO HOLDING A HANDGUN. AS WELL AS SHOWING THE LICENSE PLATE OF HIS CAR. DEPUTIES CONTACTED DOANE AT HIS RESIDENCE AND ARRESTED HIM AFTER DISCOVERING A .32 CALIBER HANDGUN AND AMMUNITION AND DETERMINING THAT, DUE TO A PRIOR CONVICTION, DOANE WAS PROHIBITED FROM HAVING THE WEAPON.

NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 1/22/15

A NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT IS STARTING IN TEN MILE COURT IN FORT BRAGG.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT HAS ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF A NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FORT BRAGG. THE GOAL OF THE NEW PROGRAM IS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND REDUCE RECIDIVISM OF CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS WHO SUFFER SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS BY CONNECTING THEM WITH COMMUNITY TREATMENT SERVICES AND ONGOING COURT SUPERVISION. JUDGES, LAWYERS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS FOCUS ON THE PERSONS DIAGNOSIS AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL RISKS AND NEEDS. AS A GENERAL RULE, IF A DEFENDANTS MENTAL ILLNESS IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF THEIR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, THE CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR HEALTH COURT SERVICES.

MENDOCINO COLLEGE NOT OFFERING B.A. PROGRAM YET (ED) JB 1/22/15

MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAS DECIDED NOT TO OFFER BACHELORS DEGREE OPTIONS TO ITS STUDENTS YET, BUT MAY DO SO IN THE FUTURE.

A NEW PROGRAM SIGNED INTO LEGISLATION MY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN LAST YEAR WILL ALLOW 15 COLLEGES ACROSS THE STATE TO OFFER BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMS AS PART OF THEIR CURRICULUM. MENDOCINO COLLEGE DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE THE PROGRAM YET, OPTING TO SEE HOW WELL THE PROGRAM WORKED AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS FIRST. ONE CAVEAT OF THE NEW PROGRAM IS THAT COMMUNITY COLLEGES MUST OFFER BACHELORS DEGREES IN AREAS OF STUDY NOT OFFERED BY FOUR YEAR UNIVERSITIES. AN ADMINISTRATOR FOR MENDOCINO COLLEGE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THEY WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A B.A. PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE, THERE IS NO TIMELINE ON WHEN THAT WOULD HAPPEN.

UKIAH SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS TO BE TELEVISED (ED) JB 1/22/15

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICTS BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTED UNANIMOUSLY LAST WEEK TO BEGIN TELEVISING ITS MEETINGS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SAID WHILE THE BOARD HAD EARLIER VOTED 3-3 WHEN THE ITEM WAS BROUGHT UP, THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IT AT THEIR MEETING ON JANUARY 15. AFTER CONSIDERING SEVERAL OPTIONS, MENDOCINO TV WILL LIVE STREAM THE MEETINGS AND RECORD THEM FOR MENDOCINO ACCESS TV TO BROADCAST AT A LATER DATE. THE DISTRICTS GOAL IS TO HAVE THE BOARD MEETINGS STREAMING ONLINE BY MARCH.

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