What was thought to be a human tooth at an archaeological dig in the Northern Interchange of the Caltrans Willits Bypass was an animal’s after all. The find first said to be human by an archaeologist working for Catrans so a tribal monitor asked for the work to stop. But that didn’t happen. Now the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports indeed it was part of the upper molar of an animal. That’s been confirmed by the anthropology department at CSU Chico. The archaeological study being done as part of an agreement with local Pomo Indian tribes as the area was once ancestral land.
More than 100-thousand dollars is going to North Coast Opportunities (NCO) for Market Match. Market Match is the healthy food incentive program in Calif. It’s run by the Ecology Center — at the Ukiah, Willits, Redwood Valley and Lake County farmers markets. The money made available by grants from the USDA’s first ever Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive. More than $31 million in all will be distributed across the country.
A suspected murderer and rapist had his preliminary hearing pushed. Terrell James Marshall Jr. is accused in the rape and murder of Kayla Grace Chesser of Willits. He was supposed to be in court Friday, but now sits in the Mendocino County Jail until July 30th at his lawyer’s request. Before that he was supposed to be in court in February and that was pushed. His lawyer says he needs time to review statements and pictures and prepare expert witnesses. The suspect a registered sex offender arrested in the past for forced sex.
A draft waiver for marijuana cultivation to allow growers to follow state water regulations is being readied by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. It covers provisions for a waiver of a 30 day public comment period. If it is finalized, private property growers, with more than six plants, have to go for the waiver if their operation could impact water quality. Before now it’s been completed unregulated
A man from Ukiah’s been arrested for alleged pot growing in massive amounts. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication team helped the major crimes unit with a search warrant on Brian Woodson. They say they found more than 730 pot plants, about 3 pounds of processed buds and items used to manufacture concentrated cannabis thru chemical extraction and a digital scale. Woodson booked into jail then released on $50,000.00 bail.
Nearly 19 thousand dollars has been raised as part of the UDJ Ukiah Boys & Girls Club Spring Fund Drive. The goal to reach 55-thousand and get a match of the same from Retech of Ukiah and the Ukiah Police Department. An anonymous donor has given $1,000 this week and several others have pitched in anywhere from $25 up to $250.
3 people have been arrested and 70 others were found to be in compliance during a check of sex registrants. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force and other area law enforcement were in unincorporated areas of the County on Tuesday and Wednesday. Officers say they verified 70 and arrested 3 for parole violations. One for an out-of-county arrest warrant and two others who were still be investigated.
A man has been injured in an officer involved shooting in Guerneville. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office says they got a call to a housing complex where a man was reported to be waving a knife. After the man was shot he was taken to a local hospital trauma center. He was hit in the shoulder. Witnesses say he was upset because he thought someone stole his motorcycle. They say he then barricaded himself in his apartment when cops got there.
The sewer rates are being raised in the Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District. Starting this summer, the rates will go up in relation to usage. Lake Co News reports residential or business customer rates will also depend on wastewater produced. Rates will also be adjusted every July 1st. The rates may be on hold though pending a decision regarding tiered rates in the city of San Juan Capistrano.
A man in Ukiah’s been convicted of assault and great bodily injury. The Mendocino County D-A’s office reports James Perkins jury deliberated for less than an hour in the case. The court also found Perkins had a prior strike for rape in 2006 in Alameda County. His case has been referred to the probation dept for a background study and sentencing recommendation. He remains in the county jail without bail. Perkins will be sentenced next month.
A woman in Mendocino County Court has pleaded guilty to helping to abuse a child. Ina Selena Medina formerly of Talmage, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and to lewd and lascivious acts with a child by force. Now the sentencing is in the hands of the probation dept. She’ll be formally sentenced in June and could get as much as 20 years to life.
A man in Covelo has pleaded guilty to murder. The jury trial’s been called off for Jeremy Freeman of Lakeport for the death of Belle Rodriguez of Covelo in May of last year. Freeman has admitted he fired the gun that killed the victim. He’ll be sentenced next month, but will get up to 19 years to life in prison with no credit for time served.
A family in Florida says while cleaning out their attic they found a hand… a treasure map… and some coins. A man telling his local TV station he and his sister were in their grandparents’ attic and found the items in a wooden box with a wedding photo of their great-grandparents. The man says the map had the word Gaspar on it, which is a famous pirate from late-18th and early-19th century Florida.
A shoplifting suspect in Florida donning a t-shirt that said WONT BE CAUGHT, hasn’t been so far. Security cameras caught 2 women at a mall in Hillsborough County. They reportedly walked out with nearly $1,500 of loot. Cops say the women had a bag inside a purse and once they got inside the store, they filled it up with designer brand perfumes and colognes.
A high school baseball coach in North Carolina has an interesting way of motivating his players, forcing them to spit on him. For his work, Justin Hill has been suspended for a game. Apparently he was upset players missed practice so at their next one he ordered them to spit in his face, his way of calling their absence disrespectful. He’s apologized to the players.