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MENDOCINO COUNTY FARMERS OPPOSE MENDOVITO (ECN/EVR) JB 3/31/15

A GROUP OF FARMERS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY HAVE VOICED THEIR OPPOSITION OF THE PROPOSED MENDOVITO VILLAGE PROJECT.

A CAMPAIGN STARTED LAST YEAR TO RAISE MONEY AND SUPPORT FOR A SELF-CONTAINED, GREEN-MINDED CITY OF 10,000 RESIDENTS EAST OF HOPLAND HAS COME UNDER FIRE RECENTLY. A GROUP OF THE COUNTYS MOST ESTABLISHED FARMERS HAVE RESPONDED AGAINST THE MENDOVITO PROJECT PROPOSAL, SAYING THAT IT WOULD POSE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT FOR FARMLAND CONVERSION, INCLUDING A POTENTIAL DOMINO EFFECT ON OTHER AGRICULTURAL PARCELS IN THE MCDOWELL VALLEY AND BEYOND. ACCORDING TO A UC EXTENSION VITICULTURE ADVISOR, THE PROPOSED PROJECT WOULD CLAIM AN ESTIMATED 25,000 ACRES OF MENDOCINO COUNTYS LIMITED IRRIGATED FARMLAND.

FORMER PRISON GUARD GETS ONE YEAR FOR PEEPING (LAW) JB 3/31/15

A FORMER ROHNERT PARK PRISON GUARD WHO RECORDED A TEENAGE RELATIVE WITH HIDDEN CAMERAS IN HER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM WAS SENTENCED MONDAY TO A YEAR IN JAIL.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT 44 YEAR OLD TODD MORROW WAS ARRESTED LAST YEAR AFTER THE GIRLS MOTHER DISCOVERED A FLASH DRIVE CONTAINING THE IMAGES IN THE POCKET OF HIS UNIFORM.

MORROW LATER WAS FIRED FROM HIS JOB AS A GUARD AT A MENDOCINO COUNTY PRISON FACILITY RUN BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION. HE PLEADED NO CONTEST IN FEBRUARY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND PEEPING CHARGES. AS PART OF HIS PUNISHMENT, MORROW MUST REGISTER AS A SEX-OFFENDER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

UUSD PLANS TO HIRE MORE TEACHERS (ED) JB 3/31/15

PLANS TO HIRE SEVEN NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THE LATEST REVISION OF DISTRICTS CURRENT STRATEGIC PLAN PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE HIRING OF SEVEN NEW READING SUPPORT TEACHERS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES THE ADDITION OF ANOTHER PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER AT EACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE SEVEN NEW TEACHERS HAVE BEEN BUDGETED AT $630,000 FOR THE FIRST YEAR, WITH THE ADDITIONAL PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS COSTING $400,000. THE BOARD EXPECTS AN UPDATED DRAFT OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN TO BE PRESENTED AT ITS MEETING ON MAY 14 WITH A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PLAN SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 16.

ROAD WORK PROJECT TO CLOSE HIGHWAY 128 TO BIG RIGS (TR) JB 3/31/15

A ROAD WORK PROJECT BEGINNING THIS WEEK WILL CLOSE A SECTION OF HIGHWAY 128 TO BIG RIGS.

CALTRANS IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN WORK THIS WEEK ON A SLOPE PROTECTION PROJECT CENTERED TWO MILES WEST OF THE THREE-WAY INTERSECTION OF NORTH CLOVERDALE BOULEVARD/ NORTH REDWOOD HIGHWAY/OAT VALLEY ROAD, AND APPROXIMATELY 1.8 MILES EAST OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY LINE. THE WIDTH OF THE HIGHWAY 128 ROADWAY WILL BE TEMPORARILY REDUCED AT A HAIR-PIN CURVE SO BIG RIGS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE AND WILL BE DETOURED TO HIGHWAY 253. WORK ON THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUMMER AND FALL, ENDING IN OCTOBER 2015.

LACK OF EVIDENCE CLEARS LAKE MAN OF MURDER (LAW) JB 3/31/15

A LAKE COUNTY MAN WAS CLEARED OF MURDER CHARGES STEMMING FROM A DOUBLE HOMICIDE DUE TO LACK OF EVIDENCE.

INVESTIGATORS FOUND INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE ON MONDAY AGAINST 26-YEAR-OLD FRANCISCO LEON-SARMIENTO, WHO HAD BEEN LINKED TO THE MURDERS OF 54-YEAR-OLD STEVEN JEPSEN AND 38-YEAR-OLD JUAN PEREZ-RODRIGUEZ ON THURSDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE VICTIMS WERE SHOT DURING A MARIJUANA TRANSACTION. EVEN THOUGH LEON-SARMIENTO HAS BEEN CLEARED OF MURDER CHARGES IN THE CASE, HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR SALE DUE TO THE TWO POUNDS OF MARIJUANA ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN HIS CAR AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST.

UC BERKELEY SOCCER PLAYER FOUND DEAD (LAW) JB 3/31/15

A UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY SOCCER PLAYER WHO DISAPPEARED AFTER A WEEKEND PARTY WAS KILLED BY A CAR AS HE RAN ACROSS A LOS ANGELES FREEWAY

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THE 19-YEAR-OLD FRESHMAN, ELOI VASQUEZ, DIED EARLY SATURDAY ON INTERSTATE 10 ABOUT A MILE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AFTER HE WAS SEEN LEAVING A FRATERNITY PARTY.

HE WAS NOT CARRYING IDENTIFICATION, WHICH SET OFF A MISSING PERSONS SEARCH UNTIL THE CORONER COULD IDENTIFY HIM.

VASQUEZ, WHO WAS ON SPRING BREAK IN LOS ANGELES, HAD LEFT THE PARTY TO TAKE A WALK WITH NO MONEY AND NO WALLET. THE INVESTIGATION INTO HOW HE ENDED UP ON THE FREEWAY IS STILL ONGOING BY AUTHORITIES.

TWO ARRESTED IN CLEARLAKE OAKS FOR STABBING (LAW) JB 3/31/15

TWO PEOPLE, INCLUDING A 15 YEAR OLD JUVENILE WERE ARRESTED FOLLOWING A STABBING IN CLEARLAKE OAKS ON SUNDAY.

SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED JUST AFTER 1 PM SUNDAY TO THE AREA OF ELEM DRIVE IN CLEARLAKE OAKS FOR A REPORTED BRANDISHING OF A KNIFE. WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED THEY LOCATED A MALE SUBJECT WHO HAD A PUNCTURE WOUND TO HIS LEFT SIDE. SEVERAL WITNESSES IN THE AREA IDENTIFIED 26-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW SHAUN WILLIAMS AS BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING THE VICTIM AND ALSO IDENTIFIED A JUVENILE AS HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN THE ASSAULT. DEPUTIES SUBSEQUENTLY TOOK BOTH WILLIAMS AND THE TEEN INTO CUSTODY FOR FELONY ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. THE MOTIVE FOR THE ATTACK IS STILL UNCLEAR AND UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE SHERIFFS MAJOR CRIMES UNIT.

REFERENDUM AGAINST NO GROW ORDINANCE FILED (GOV) JB 3/31/15

A REFERENDUM AGAINST THE NEW CLEARLAKE NO GROW MARIJUANA ORDINANCE WAS RECENTLY SUBMITTED TO THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL.

ACCORDING TO THE RECORD BEE, A PETITION CHALLENGING THE NEWLY APPROVED NO GROW MARIJUANA ORDINANCE IN CLEARLAKE WAS SUBMITTED THURSDAY. THE PETITION ASKS THAT A REFERENDUM BE PLACED ON A BALLOT, ALLOWING VOTERS TO DECIDE ON THE NO GROW MEASURE. THE SIGNATURES WILL BE COUNTED AND BROUGHT TO THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL FOR DISCUSSION. THE COUNCIL CAN POTENTIALLY APPROVE THE REFERENDUM OR PLACE IT ON A BALLOT FOR VOTERS TO DECIDE. THE CITY MUST NOW GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF VERIFYING SIGNATURES. THE PROCESS MAY REQUIRE TWO OR THREE WEEKS. IF THE PETITION MEETS THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES NEEDED, AND THE COUNCIL DECIDES ON THE BALLOT METHOD, THEY HAVE THE OPTION OF THE NOVEMBER 2016 GENERAL ELECTION OR A SPECIAL ELECTION.

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