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COUNTERFEIT MONEY SCAM IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 2/4/15

THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A WARNING ABOUT COUNTERFEIT $100 BILLS BEING PASSED IN THE CITY.

LOCAL BUSINESSES NEED TO BE AWARE OF A COUNTERFEIT MONEY SCAM GOING ON CURRENTLY IN FORT BRAGG. SEVERAL FAKE $100 BILLS THAT ARE ACTUALLY WASHED $5 BILLS HAVE BEEN RECOVERED RECENTLY. SINCE THE PAPER USED IS REAL CURRENCY, COUNTERFEIT MARKING PENS WILL NOT DETECT THEM AS FAKES SO ANYONE RECEIVING A $100 BILL SHOULD CHECK FOR CORRECT GHOST IMAGE OF FRANKLIN AND THE PROPER SEWN IN SECURITY STRIP DENOTING IT AS A REAL $100 BILL. ANYONE WHO RECEIVES A COUNTERFEIT BILL SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE FORT BRAGG POLICE AT 964-0200.

PALACE HOTEL TASKS FINALIZED BY CITY COUNCIL (GOV) JB 2/4/15

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL IS SET TO FINALIZE A RESOLUTION AND COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE FOR WORK ON THE PALACE HOTEL.

AT ITS MEETING TONIGHT, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL SEE AN UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR WORK TO BE COMPLETED ON THE AGING HOTEL. THE BUILDINGS OWNER MUST COMPLETE SEVEN TASKS AS PART OF THE RENOVATION BEFORE APRIL 21, 2015 TO RETAIN CONTROL OF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING COMPLETE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS IN THE BUILDING AND THE RESTORATION OF THE FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE FIRE MARSHALL. PROOF OF THE COMPLETION OF ALL SEVEN TASKS MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE APRIL 21 DEADLINE OR THE PROJECT WILL BE TURNED OVER TO A RECEIVER FOR COMPLETION.

CALPELLA HOMEOWNER HOME AFTER SCHOOL BUS CRASH (PI) JB 2/4/15

THE CALPELLA HOMEOWNER WHOS HOUSE WAS HIT BY A SCHOOL BUS IS FINALLY BACK HOME.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, AFTER NEARLY TWO WEEKS OF CIRCULATING BETWEEN THREE DIFFERENT AREA HOTELS, KAYLA GRIFFANTI AND HER CHILDREN HAVE MOVED BACK INTO THEIR HOME THAT WAS DAMAGED WHEN A UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL BUS CRASHED INTO IT JANUARY 20. ALTHOUGH THE POWER IS BACK ON, THERE IS STILL NO PROPANE AS THE TANK WAS DAMAGED IN THE INCIDENT, AND THE FAMILY HAS TO HEAT THE HOME WITH ELECTRIC HEATERS. BESIDES THE TANK, THE BUS TOOK OUT THE OUTSIDE STAIRS AND THE HOMES AIR CONDITIONER UNIT. THE PROPANE COMPANY IS PLANNING TO RELOCATE THE TANK BEHIND THE HOUSE AND AWAY FROM THE ROAD TO AVOID ANY ISSUES IN CASE ANOTHER INCIDENT OCCURS.

MAJOR STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR THIS WEEKEND (EVR) JB 2/4/15

THE SECOND MAJOR STORM OF THE RAINY SEASON IS HEADED FOR THE AREA THIS WEEKEND.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT AN ATMOSPHERIC RIVER, A PLUME OF CONCENTRATED MOISTURE, IS TAKING AIM FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WITH WETTER WEATHER IMPACTING OUR REGION THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY. STORM MODELS ARE PREDICTING OVER 7 INCHES OF RAIN AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH IN THE UKIAH AREA. RESIDENTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO LOCALIZED URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING AND POWER OUTAGES CAUSED BY DOWNED POWER LINES. WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ABOVE 5500 FEET.

WESTAMERICA BANK PLANS NORTH SHORE CLOSURE (ECN) JB 2/4/15

WESTAMERICA BANK HAS ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE OF ITS UPPER LAKE LOCATION.

NORTH SHORE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES SHOWED CONCERN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WESTAMERICA WILL CLOSE THEIR ONLY BANK BRANCH ON THE NORTH SHORE OF CLEAR LAKE AND CONSOLIDATE THE UPPER LAKE BRANCH AND CURRENT LAKEPORT BRANCH INTO A SINGLE NEW LOCATION IN LAKEPORT. THE CLOSURE OF THE UPPER LAKE BRANCH WILL RESULT IN BUSINESSES NEEDING TO TRAVEL TO LAKEPORT DAILY TO MAKE DEPOSITS AND OTHER BANKING TRANSACTIONS. RESIDENTS ARE WORRIED THAT THE BANK CLOSURE WILL HURT THE ECONOMY OF THE AREA THAT WAS FINALLY STARTING TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS.

REDWOOD VALLEY HOME INVASION SUSPECT JAILED (LAW) JB 2/4/15

THE FINAL SOUGHT-AFTER SUSPECT IN A SEPTEMBER REDWOOD VALLEY HOME INVASION ROBBERY WAS ARRESTED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT, AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED BY THE SHERIFFS OFFICE MONTHS AGO FOR HIS SUSPECTED ROLE IN THE INVASION, 19 YEAR OLD ANGELO GIOVANNI WARD OF SANTA ROSA IS BEING HELD IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $500,000. HE IS CHARGED WITH SUSPICION OF KIDNAPPING FOR ROBBERY IN CONNECTION TO THE INCIDENT ON EAST ROAD THAT RESULTED IN THE BEATING OF THE HOMEOWNER. WHILE HE HAS INSISTED ON A PRELIMINARY HEARING, THE OTHER THREE SUSPECTS IN THE CASE WAIVED THEIR PRELIMINARY HEARINGS AND ARE DUE IN COURT FOR ARRAIGNMENT ON FEBRUARY 17.

PARKING CHANGE REQUESTED ON WEST CHURCH ST (PI) JB 2/4/15

A CONSIDERATION TO MOVE A NO-PARKING ZONE ON WEST CHURCH STREET WILL GO BEFORE THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY.

THE REQUEST TO MOVE THE NO-PARKING ZONE ON WEST CHURCH STREET BETWEEN HOPE AND BARNES STREETS FROM THE NORTH SIDE TO THE SOUTH SIDE BETWEEN SPRING AND BARNES WAS BROUGHT TO THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING COMMITTEE BY TWO RESIDENTS ON THE STREET. THE RESIDENTS EXPLAINED THAT THEY HAVE DIFFICULTY BACKING OUT OF THEIR DRIVEWAYS WHEN VEHICLES ARE PARKED ALONG BOTH SIDES OF WEST CHURCH STREET. CITY STAFF HAS RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THE CHANGE, DESCRIBING THE STREET AS SERVING PRIMARILY RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS WITH LOW TRAFFIC VOLUMES.

CLEARLAKE COUNCIL APPROVES VET HOUSING CONCEPT (GOV) JB 2/4/15

THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF A VETERANS HOUSING PROJECT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL.

THE NEW PROJECT TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS TO RESIDENT VETERANS IS A COLLABORATION OF MULTIPLE AGENCIES INCLUDING THE COUNTY OF LAKE, WHICH GENEROUSLY DONATED 16 ACRES NEAR ST HELENA HOSPITAL CLEAR LAKE FOR USE IN THE PROJECT. VETERANS WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH COST-EFFECTIVE HOME OWNERSHIP POSSIBILITIES AS WELL AS LEASE OPTIONS ON APARTMENTS. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT IS ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE PROPOSITION 41 VETERANS HOUSING AND HOMELESS PREVENTION BOND ACT OF 2014.

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