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R.V. MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER (LAW) JB 2/12/15

A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN IS IN CUSTODY CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER AFTER A RESIDENTIAL INCIDENT IN POTTER VALLEY.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ADDRESS ON VAN ARSDALE ROAD IN POTTER VALLEY TUESDAY EVENING TO THE REPORT OF A DANGEROUS SITUATION. A 55-YEAR-OLD FEMALE RESIDENT STATED THAT SHE CAME HOME TO FIND 32-YEAR-OLD EUGENE PETERSON INSIDE HER HOME. PETERSON BECAME CONFRONTATIONAL WITH THE WOMAN AS SHE TRIED TO SPEAK WITH HIM AND SHOWED THE WOMAN THAT HE WAS ARMED WITH A HANDGUN. WHEN THE WOMANS 56-YEAR-OLD HUSBAND ARRIVED AT THE HOME AND CONFRONTED PETERSON, THE SUSPECT FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS TOWARDS MAN AND DRAGGED THE WOMAN BACK IN THE HOUSE. SHE STRUGGLED WITH PETERSON TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE GUN AND DURING THE STRUGGLE, THE HUSBAND TACKLED PETERSON AND RESTRAINED HIM. WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED ON SCENE, THEY ARRESTED PETERSON ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTED MURDER AND BOOKED HIM INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $250,000.

MARIJUANA WATERSHED ACT INTRODUCED (GOV/EVR) JB 2/12/15

A NEW BILL AIMED TO ADDRESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE STATE ASSEMBLY.

THE MARIJUANA WATERSHED PROTECTION ACT, LISTED AS ASSEMBLY BILL 243, WAS INTRODUCED BY CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLYMAN JIM WOOD. THE BILL IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO ERADICATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA FARMS, RATHER IT IS ABOUT ESTABLISHING A REASONABLE PERMITTING AND REGULATORY PROCESS. AB 243 WOULD AFFECT ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, THE USE OF WATER AND WATER DISCHARGES FROM MEDICAL MARIJUANA FARMS INTO WATER SYSTEMS, SEEKING TO MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF THE CROP ON THE STATES WATER QUALITY AND SUPPLY.

LAKE MENDOCINO IMPROVEMENT BILL REINTRODUCED (EVR) JB 2/12/15

A BILL TO IMPROVE OPERATIONS AT LAKE MENDOCINO AND THE COYOTE DAM WAS INTRODUCED AGAIN THIS WEEK.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, LEGISLATION DESIGNED TO CHANGE HOW COYOTE VALLEY DAM IS OPERATED BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WAS REINTRODUCED THIS WEEK BY REP. JARED HUFFMAN. HUFFMAN STATED THAT CORPS OPERATES MANY OF ITS RESERVOIRS ON OUTDATED AND OBSOLETE WATER CONTROL MANUALS, SOME OF WHICH ARE AS MUCH AS 60 YEARS OLD. THE BILL HUFFMAN INTRODUCED WOULD HELP THE CORPS UPDATE THESE MANUALS BASED ON THE LATEST ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE AND WEATHER FORECASTING. WITH THIS INFORMATION, THE CORPS CAN DETERMINE IF THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO OPERATE THE RESERVOIR TO MEET IMPORTANT NEEDS LIKE EXPANDED WATER STORAGE, BETTER FLOOD CONTROL, OR IMPROVED CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

FINLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF COUSIN (LAW) JB 2/12/15

AUTHORITIES IN LAKE COUNTY HAVE ARRESTED A FINLEY MAN FOR THE MURDER OF HIS COUSIN IN KELSEYVILLE.

69-YEAR-OLD SALVADOR GUZMAN WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS WEEK AND CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF HIS COUSIN, 78-YEAR-OLD MANUEL GUZMAN. THE VICTIM WAS FOUND LYING DEAD OUTSIDE HIS VEHICLE IN AN ORCHARD NEAR SCULLY PACKING COMPANY SUNDAY EVENING AND DEPUTIES FOUND THAT HE HAD SHARP FORCE INJURIES TO THE CHEST AND ABDOMEN. DEPUTIES DETERMINED THAT THE VICTIM HAD LEFT KONOCTI VISTA CASINO SUNDAY EVENING AND CASINO PERSONNEL AIDED DETECTIVES IN IDENTIFYING A POSSIBLE SUSPECT. SALVADOR GUZMAN WAS ARRESTED AT LAKESIDE COUNTY PARK AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL ON MURDER CHARGES WITH A NO BAIL STATUS.

SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF TRYING TO ID DEAD WOMAN (LAW) JB 2/12/15

THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN IDENTIFYING A WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS RECOVERED FROM THE OCEAN OVER THE WEEKEND.

SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES, STATE PARK RANGERS AND LOCAL FIRE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO AN AREA IN JENNER ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE MOUTH OF THE RUSSIAN RIVER TO THE REPORT OF THE DEAD BODY. THE WOMANS BODY HAD BEEN IN THE WATER FOR AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF TIME, MAKING IDENTIFICATION MORE DIFFICULT. SHE IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE FEMALE, BETWEEN 20-35 YEARS OLD, APPROXIMATELY 5-2, WEIGHING ABOUT 100 POUNDS AND DRESSED IN YOGA CAPRIS, BROWN TEVA BOOTS AND HIKING SOCKS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF AT 565-2185.

POMO INVESTOR EXPECTS CONSTRUCTION IN 30 DAYS (ECN) JB 2/12/15

AN INVESTOR IN THE PLANNED PINOLEVILLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION EXPECTS CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY TO BEGIN IN 30 DAYS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT ONE OF THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE PROPOSED PINOLEVILLE POMO NATIONS MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWING FACILITY SAID HE EXPECTS CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT TO BEGIN IN ABOUT 30 DAYS, DESPITE A RECENT MEETING WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN, WHO HAS SAID THE OPERATION WOULD BE ILLEGAL. EVEN THOUGH ALL PARTIES AGREED TO HOLD OFF ON THE PROJECT, THE PRESIDENT OF FOXBERRY STATED HE HAS BEEN WORKING ON FINAL PRE-DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURES, WHICH MAY TAKE ANOTHER 30 DAYS, AND ESTIMATES CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY TO FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY AFTER.

FIRST READING OF POT BAN ORDINANCE IN CLEARLAKE (GOV) JB 2/12/15

THE FIRST READING OF A PROPOSED ORDINANCE BANNING CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA IN CLEARLAKE WILL BE HELD BY THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL.

THE COUNCIL WILL REVIEW THE PROPOSED 13-PAGE ORDINANCE THAT WILL PROHIBIT THE CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA BY ANYONE IN ALL THE ZONE DISTRICTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. THE REQUEST FOR THE ORDINANCE WAS BASED ON ISSUES OF CRIME, HEALTH CONCERNS DUE TO THE USE OF CHEMICALS USED FOR CULTIVATION, AND THE COSTS INCURRED BY THE CITY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES WITH REGARD TO MARIJUANA CULTIVATION. THE READING WILL TAKE PLACE TONIGHT AT 6 PM AT THE CLEARLAKE SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER.

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