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UNDERGROUND UTILITY PROJECT STARTING IN UKIAH (PI) JB 2/13/15

WORK CREWS IN UKIAH HAVE BEGUN THE PROCESS OF MOVING ARIEL UTILITY LINES TO THEIR NEW HOME UNDERGROUND.

THE PROJECT THAT WAS FIRST APPROVED BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL JUST OVER 30 YEARS AGO IS DESIGNED TO RELOCATE POWER, CABLE TV AND PHONE LINES INTO UNDERGROUND CONDUIT VAULTS ALONG PERKINS STREET. THE MOVE IS INTRICATE IN NATURE, AS THE POWER WILL REMAIN ON DURING THE YEAR-LONG RELOCATION OF THE CABLES. COMCAST AND AT&T HAVE AGREED TO PAY FOR APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE PROJECT, WITH THE REMAINING FUNDING COMING FROM THE ELECTRIC UTILITY AND PARTIALLY FUNDED BY THE STREET LIGHTING FUND. THE PROJECT IS SLATED FOR COMPLETION NO LATER THAN JANUARY OF 2016.

GANG MEMBER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES (LAW) JB 2/13/15

A WARRANT SEARCH IN UKIAH LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A KNOWN GANG MEMBER ON DRUG CHARGES.

UKIAH POLICE ASSISTED THE MENDOCINO MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE ON WEDNESDAY WITH THE SERVICE OF A SEARCH WARRANT AT AN ADDRESS ON NORTH OAK STREET. AS OFFICERS ENTERED THE RESIDENCE, SEVERAL PEOPLE FLED OUTSIDE, BUT WERE SOON DETAINED, INCLUDING KNOWN GANG MEMBER 34-YEAR-OLD JOEL BARAJAS. A SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE REVEALED OVER 2 OUNCES OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND OVER 20 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, BOTH PACKAGED FOR SALE. BARAJAS WAS ARRESTED ON POSSESSION FOR SALE WITH A GANG ENHANCEMENT AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

HIT AND RUN IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 2/13/15

A 17 YEAR OLD FORT BRAGG TEEN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY HITTING A PEDESTRIAN WITH HIS TRUCK AND THEN FLEEING THE SCENE.

FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH MAIN STREET AND EAST REDWOOD AVENUE ON TUESDAY TO THE REPORTED ACCIDENT. A 46 YEAR OLD FORT BRAGG WOMAN AT THE SCENE STATE THAT, AS SHE WAS CROSSING THE STREET, SHE WAS STRUCK BY SOMEONE DRIVING A RED FORD RANGER PICKUP THAT FLED FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT. THE TRUCK WS LOCATED BY A MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY ON SOUTH LINCOLN STREET AND THE DRIVER, A 17 YEAR OLD BOY, WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN INJURY ACCIDENT AND DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE.

NONPROFIT GROUP BIDS FOR UKIAH ANIMAL SHELTER (PI) JB 2/13/15

A PETALUMA NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION HAS MADE AN UNSOLICITED BID FOR THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE PETALUMA ANIMAL SERVICES FOUNDATION HAS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN TAKING OVER OPERATIONS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY ANIMAL CARE SERVICES. THE FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE ORGANIZATION SENT AND UNSOLICITED LETTER TO THE COUNTY CEO, CITING A GROUP OF CONCERNED VOLUNTEERS FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER AND OTHER COUNTY CITIZENS WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY CONTACTED THE NONPROFIT GROUP REGARDING THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SHELTER. THE PROPOSAL STATES THAT THERE WOULD BE NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE COUNTY FOR THE FOUNDATIONS SERVICES. THE GROUP CURRENTLY PROVIDES SIMILAR SERVICES TO SHELTERS IN PETALUMA, HEALDSBURG AND CLOVERDALE.

JURY CLEARS HELLS ANGELS IN KONOCTI CASINO FIGHT (LAW) JB 2/13/15

JURORS IN LAKE COUNTY HAVE ACQUITTED SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE HELLS ANGELS OF CHARGES FROM A 4 YEAR OLD ASSAULT CASE.

THREE MEMBERS OF THE SONOMA COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE HELLS ANGELS, INCLUDING THE CHAPTERS VICE-PRESIDENT WERE CLEARED OF FELONY ASSAULT AND GANG CHARGES STEMMING FROM A 2011 BRAWL WITH A RIVAL GANG AT KONOCTI VISTA CASINO. THE JURY DID FIND TWO OF THE MEMBERS GUILTY OF MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT CHARGES, BUT REJECTED A GANG ALLEGATION. THE THREE MEN WERE ORIGINALLY CHARGED IN THE ASSAULT OF TWO RIVAL GANG MEMBERS AT A TATTOO CONVENTION HELD AT THE CASINO.

POTTER VALLEY ROAD PROJECT MOVING FORWARD (TR) JB 2/13/15

PLANS FOR A ROAD WORK PROJECT ON EAST SIDE POTTER VALLEY ROAD CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS I THE PROCESS OF FINALIZING PLANS WHICH WOULD CALL FOR THE LONG-AWAITED WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION OF EAST SIDE POTTER VALLEY ROAD. FOR THE PROJECT TO MOVE FORWARD, THE COUNTY MUST ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO PORTIONS OF PROPERTIES FROM AT LEAST 80 LANDOWNERS ALONG THE PLANNED WORK AREA FROM MILE MARKER 2.42 TO 6.42 IN POTTER VALLEY. ALTHOUGH A GOOD PORTION OF THE AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN REACHED, THE DEPARTMENT STATED THAT IT IS STILL SEEKING AGREEMENTS WITH 32 LANDOWNERS.

LAKEPORT COUNCIL TO REPAY FOR POLICE BUILDING (GOV) JB 2/13/15

THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN AGREEMENT FOR REPAYMENT OF THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE COSTS OF BUILDING A NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

A NEW HOME FOR THE POLICE IN LAKEPORT IS ON THE WAY AND THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY TOOK STEPS TO REIMBURSE THE CITYS GENERAL FUND FOR THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BUILDING PROJECT. THE CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED A RESOLUTION OF INTENTION TO PAY SELECTED GENERAL FUND EXPENSES RELATED TO THE PURCHASE AND RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING ON SOUTH MAIN STREET. THE CITY IS PURSUING A DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY FACILITIES LOAN TO REPAY THE EXPENDITURES FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS, WITH THE RESOLUTION COVERING JUST OVER $1 MILLION IN EXPENSES.

LCSO RECRUITMENT PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULED (LAW) JB 2/13/15

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS SCHEDULED SEVERAL PRESENTATIONS TO BOLSTER RECRUITMENT FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

IN AN EFFORT TO FILL A VARIETY OF VACANT POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT, THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE WILL BE HOLDING FOUR RECRUITMENT PRESENTATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. THESE PRESENTATIONS WILL COVER ALL OF THE OPEN POSITIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE WITHIN THE SHERIFFS OFFICE, INCLUDING DISPATCHERS, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND DEPUTIES. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT WILL DISCUSS THE HIRING PROCESS, JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND BENEFITS AND WAGES FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT UNDERSHERIFF CHRIS MACEDO AT 262-4200.

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