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HHSA PARTNERING WITH MCSO FOR OUTREACH (LAW) JB 3/19/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AND THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY HAVE PARTNERED TO CREATE A NEW MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH POSITION.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY ON TUESDAY RECEIVED CONSENT FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN ADDITIONAL COUNTY VEHICLE WHICH WILL BE UTILIZED BY A NEW MOBILE MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH SPECIALIST, A PERSON WHO IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE SHERIFFS OFFICE ON RELATED CRISIS CALLS. TO ASSIST THE HHSA WITH THE PURCHASE, THE SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS AGREED TO TRANSFER $12,000 FROM ITS STATE ASSET FORFEITURE ACCOUNT TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF A USED VEHICLE. AN ADDITIONAL $13,000 WILL ALSO BE ALLOCATED FROM THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES REALIGNMENT FUNDS. THE SPECIALIST IS PARTNERED WITH A COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER, AND THEY ENGAGE MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS IN THE SOUTH COAST, ANDERSON VALLEY AND NORTHERN COUNTY AREAS AND WILL ALSO BE DOING IN-REACH, MEANING MENTAL HEALTH IDENTIFIED COUNTY INMATES WILL ALSO BE SERVED.

METHAMPHETAMINE BUST IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 3/19/15

A ROUTINE CHECK ON A VEHICLE IN FORT BRAGG LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A MAN ON DRUG CHARGES.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES CONTACTED 42 YEAR OLD DONALD BOWMAN IN A VEHICLE ON GRAVEL PIT ROAD WITHIN JACKSON STATE FOREST, JUST SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 20 IN FORT BRAGG. DEPUTIES KNEW BOWMAN TO BE ON ACTIVE FELONY PROBATION WITH A TERM THAT HE SUBMIT HIS PERSON AND PROPERTY TO SEARCH. DURING A SEARCH OF BOWMANS PERSON, DEPUTIES LOCATED A PLASTIC BAG CONTAINING A SUSPECTED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. THAT FIELD-TESTED PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE FOR METHAMPHETAMINE AND HAD A NET WEIGHT OF 5.4-GRAMS. BOWMAN IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL AND HE WAS BOOKED FOR POSSESSING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FOR SALE AND VIOLATION OF HIS PROBATION.

CALFIRE ENCOURAGING HOMEOWNERS TO ACT NOW (LAW) JB 3/19/18

AS A RESULT OF THE CONTINUED DROUGHT CONDITIONS, CALFIRE IS ENCOURAGING HOMEOWNERS TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING FIRE SEASON.

IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF WINTER, CALFIRE HAS RESPONDED TO A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WILDFIRES DUE TO THE CONTINUATION OF DRY FUEL CONDITIONS. AS A RESULT, CALFIRE OFFICIALS ARE REMINDING RESIDENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE MAINTAINING 100 FEET OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND THEIR RESIDENCE. THE INTENT OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR FIREFIGHTERS DEFENDING A HOME AS WELL AS INCREASE THE SURVIVABILITY OF A BUILDING OR STRUCTURE THAT EXISTS IN GRASS, BRUSH AND FOREST COVERED LANDS. MORE INFORMATION ON HOME PREPARATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.READYFORWILDFIRE.ORG.

ESCROW CLOSES ON NEW LAKEPORT POLICE STATION (LAW) JB 3/19/15

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS NOW ONE STEP CLOSER TO MOVING INTO ITS NEW POLICE STATION.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKEPORT POLICE CHIEF, ESCROW ON THE CITYS NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING ON MAIN STREET CLOSED ON MARCH 10. THE CITY AGREED TO PURCHASE THE NEARLY 4,400 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING LATE LAST YEAR FOR $875,000. THE CITY WILL NOW HIRE A LOCAL PROJECT MANAGER TO OVERSEE MODIFICATIONS TO THE NEW BUILDING INCLUDING THE CHANGEOVER OF THE PHONE AND COMPUTER NETWORK AND THE INSTALLATION OF FENCING IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING TO SECURE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES. THE NEW POLICE HEADQUARTERS SHOULD BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY JULY 1.

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE DUI (LAW) JB 3/19/15

THE DRIVER IN AN EARLY MORNING ROLLOVER ACCIDENT IN LAKEPORT ON WEDNESDAY IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE DUI.

LAKEPORT POLICE RESPONDED TO AN AREA ON LAKEPORT BOULEVARD NORTH OF LANGE STREET JUST AFTER 1:00 WEDNESDAY MORNING AND LOCATED A 1992 FORD F150 UPSIDE DOWN ON ITS ROOF. THE DRIVER, IDENTIFIED AS 22 YEAR OLD DAMON WOOLRIDGE, WAS PINNED INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED BY LAKEPORT FIREFIGHTERS. OFFICERS COLLECTED EVIDENCE THAT SHOWED ALCOHOL INFLUENCE AND UNSAFE SPEED WERE COMBINED FACTORS IN THE ACCIDENT. WOOLRIDGE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

NEW BILL WOULD REQUIRE VACATION RENTAL REPORTS (ECN) JB 3/19/15

A NORTH COAST SENATOR IS TAKING AIM AT ONLINE VACATION RENTAL BUSINESSES THROUGH PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT COULD REAP MILLIONS FOR CITIES AND COUNTIES IN UNCOLLECTED BED TAXES.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT SEN. MIKE MCGUIRE BILLED SENATE BILL 539 WEDNESDAY AS AN ATTEMPT TO GET ONLINE VACATION RENTAL COMPANIES TO FOLLOW LOCAL LAWS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. SAN FRANCISCO-BASED AIRBNB, AND OTHER COMPANIES LIKE IT, ALLOW HOMEOWNERS TO LIST PRIVATE HOMES OR ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR RENT BY OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS SEEKING TEMPORARY STAYS ON THE CHEAP. BUT SONOMA COUNTY AND MANY CITIES SAY THE LARGELY UNREGULATED MARKETPLACE IS SIDESTEPPING THEIR HOTEL-BED TAX COFFERS BECAUSE MANY PROPERTY OWNERS DO NOT REPORT TRANSACTIONS TO TAX OFFICIALS. UNDER MCGUIRES BILL, LOCAL JURISDICTIONS COULD REQUIRE VACATION RENTAL COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE WHERE RENTALS ARE LOCATED AND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF NIGHTS STAYED AND THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE VISITOR FOR THE PURPOSES OF COLLECTING BED TAXES.

SF CHURCH REMOVES SPRINKLERS THAT SOAKED HOMELESS (PI) JB 3/19/15

A SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLED AT A CHURCH DESIGNED TO DETER HOMELESS SQUATTERS HAS BEEN REMOVED AFTER HEAVY CRITICISM.

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO STATED THAT IT HAS REMOVED A SPRINKLER SYSTEM THAT WAS INSTALLED IN THE DOORWAYS OF THE ST MARYS CATHEDRAL TO DRENCH THE ALCOVES TO PREVENT HOMELESS PEOPLE FROM SLEEPING THERE. THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ARCHDIOCESE WAS MADE WEDNESDAY AFTER THEY RECEIVED ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF CRITICISM BECAUSE THE SYSTEM DESIGNED TO DRENCH HOMELESS PEOPLE AT NIGHT WAS INSTALLED DURING ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN HISTORY. THE ARCHDIOCESE, KNOWN FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE HOMELESS IN THE CITY, APOLOGIZED AND STATED THAT THEIR INTENTIONS WERE MISUNDERSTOOD, SAYING THEY WERE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE HOMELESS PEOPLE TO USE OTHER AREAS OF THE CATHEDRAL.

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