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MCSO DEPUTIES LEAVE AFTER PAY TALKS STALL (LAW) JB 4/2/15

AFTER TALKS REGARDING A RAISE IN PAY HAD STALLED, SEVERAL MCSO DEPUTIES HAVE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE FORCE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT ACCORDING TO SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN, SEVERAL MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE DEPUTIES HAVE LEFT THE FORCE AFTER LEARNING THAT THE DEPUTY SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN UNABLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE COUNTY IN NEGOTIATING A PAY INCREASE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT STAFF. ALLMAN SAID THAT ON TUESDAY, TWO MCSO DEPUTIES LEFT THE AGENCY FOR ANOTHER UNNAMED ORGANIZATION TO GET AS MUCH AS A 40 PERCENT PAY RAISE, AND LAST WEEK TWO OTHERS RETIRED KNOWING THEY WOULD GET THE COUNTYS 2.5 PERCENT COST OF LIVING RETIREMENT INCREASE. ALLMAN ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED ON WEDNESDAY ANOTHER UNSPECIFIED COUNTY WAS IN TOWN DOING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON TWO MCSO JAIL EMPLOYEES. ACCORDING TO MENDOCINO COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS, MCSO DEPUTIES IN TRAINING START AT $15 PER HOUR, A DEPUTY SHERIFF I CLASSIFICATION PAYS $19.23 PER HOUR, AND THE SECOND CLASSIFICATION PAYS $22.04 PER HOUR. IN CONTRAST, NEARBY SONOMA COUNTY PAYS ITS DEPUTIES IN TRAINING A MINIMUM OF $30.91 PER HOUR, THE DEPUTY SHERIFF I CLASS RECEIVES A MINIMUM OF $32.70 PER HOUR AND SECOND CLASSIFICATION EMPLOYEES EARN $36.29 PER HOUR MINIMUM.

TEEN INJURED IN VEHICLE ACCIDENT (LAW) JB 4/2/15

A 15 YEAR OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER FALLING OFF THE BACK OF A MOVING VEHICLE.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS AND LITTLE LAKE FIRE PERSONNEL RESPONDED LATE TUESDAY MORNING TO THE ABANDONED VASSARS PIZZA PARKING LOT TO A REPORT OF AN ACCIDENT WITH INJURY. A 15 YEAR OLD SAN HEDRIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND TWO OF HIS FRIENDS WERE RIDING ON THE BACK BUMPER OF A DODGE DURANGO DRIVEN BY 18-YEAR-OLD RUSSELL PAULSON. AS THE VEHICLE MAKING A PASS AROUND THE LARGE OAK TREE IN THE PARKING LOT, THE VICTIM FELL FROM HIS STANDING POSITION ON THE BACK BUMPER AND STRUCK HIS HEAD ON THE PAVEMENT, SUSTAINING A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY. THE TEEN WAS FLOWN TO A TRAUMA CENTER IN SANTA ROSA FOR TREATMENT OF HIS INJURIES AND THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN (LAW) JB 4/2/15

THE SEARCH FOR A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE FISHERMAN CONTINUED WEDNESDAY AFTER THE MAN WAS REPORTED MISSING ON TUESDAY.

MEMBERS OF THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM AND THE SHERIFFS MARINE PATROL CONTINUED THEIR SEARCH ON THE NORTHEAST END OF THE COMMUNITYS LAKE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE 42 YEAR OLD FISHERMAN, WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, REPORTEDLY DISAPPEARED AROUND 8 AM TUESDAY MORNING AFTER HIS OVERTURNED KAYAK WAS FOUND ANCHORED CLOSE TO WHERE HE HAD BEEN FISHING. THE LCSO SEARCH TEAMS WERE JOINED BY TWO BOATS FROM THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE EQUIPPED WITH SIDE SCANNING SONAR. THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE ASSOCIATION HAS ASKED THAT ALL BOATERS REMAIN OFF THE LAKE WHILE THE SEARCH REMAINS ACTIVE.

DECISION POSTPONED ON OLD COAST HOTEL PROJECT (GOV) JB 4/2/15

THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL HAS TEMPORARILY POSTPONED A FUNDING DECISION ON THE OLD COAST HOTEL PROJECT.

FORT BRAGG CITY STAFF HAS DETERMINED THAT ADDITIONAL TIME IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE AGENDA PACKET FOR THE CITY COUNCILS DECISION ON A FORGIVABLE LOAN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE $1.1 MILLION IN STATE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITALITY CENTER FOR ACQUISITION OF THE OLD COAST HOTEL PROPERTY AT 100 NORTH FRANKLIN STREET. THE MCHC PLANS TO CONVERT THE FORMER HOTEL AND RESTAURANT INTO A WELLNESS CENTER, WITH OFFICES FOR HOMELESS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, TRANSITIONAL HOUSING UNITS, AND POSSIBLY A CAFÉ. THE LOAN AGREEMENT FOR THE OLD COAST HOTEL PROJECT TENTATIVELY WAS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION AT THE APRIL 13TH CITY COUNCIL MEETING. AN ALTERNATIVE DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET YET, BUT IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR CONSIDERATION IN LATE APRIL OR EARLY MAY.

GOVERNOR ORDERS MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS (GOV) JB 4/2/15

GOV. JERRY BROWN ORDERED STATE OFFICIALS WEDNESDAY TO IMPOSE MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY.

IN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, BROWN ORDERED THE STATE WATER BOARD TO IMPLEMENT MEASURES IN CITIES AND TOWNS THAT CUT USAGE BY 25 PERCENT AS THE STATE GRAPPLES WITH A FOURTH YEAR OF DROUGHT. THE SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY, WHICH DELIVERS RUSSIAN RIVER WATER TO 600,000 CUSTOMERS IN SONOMA AND MARIN COUNTIES, WILL AIM FOR A 25 PERCENT REDUCTION BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THE AGENCY IS ALSO PREPARING TO ASK THE STATE FOR RENEWED PERMISSION TO REDUCE THE RELEASE OF WATER FROM LAKE MENDOCINO, A STEP AIMED AT CONSERVING WATER SUPPLIES FOR USERS ALONG THE UPPER RUSSIAN RIVER. BROWNS ORDER WILL REQUIRE CAMPUSES, GOLF COURSES, CEMETERIES AND OTHER LARGE LANDSCAPES TO SIGNIFICANTLY CUT WATER USE; ORDER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REPLACE 50 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF LAWNS ON THROUGHOUT THE STATE WITH DROUGHT-TOLERANT LANDSCAPING; AND CREATE A TEMPORARY REBATE PROGRAM FOR CONSUMERS WHO REPLACE OLD WATER-WASTING APPLIANCES WITH MORE EFFICIENT ONES.

SEARCH FOR DRIVER OF HIT AND RUN (LAW) JB 4/2/15

A UTAH MAN IS BEING SOUGHT BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY FLED FROM THE SCENE OF A SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH IN LAYTONVILLE.

ACCORDING TO THE WILLITS NEWS, 23 YEAR OLD STEVEN THOMAS WALKENHORST WAS ALLEGEDLY DRIVING A STOLEN 2004 FORD EXPEDITION SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 101 SUNDAY IN THE LAYTONVILLE AREA WITH THREE PASSENGERS WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. AT ABOUT 3:30 P.M. THE EXPEDITION VEERED ONTO THE SOUTHBOUND SHOULDER, RAMPED UP A DRIVEWAY, SHEERED OFF A TELEPHONE POLE, THEN ROLLED THROUGH A CREEK BEFORE COMING TO REST ON ITS SIDE, OVER A FENCE. WALKENHORST WAS EJECTED DURING THE ROLLOVER AND THE BADLY INJURED PASSENGERS WERE EITHER PINNED IN THE VEHICLE OR TOO INJURED TO GET OUT. THE SUSPECT THEN REPORTEDLY WENT BACK TO THE CAR, GATHERED UP SOME BELONGINGS BEFORE FLEEING ON FOOT, LEAVING THE INJURED PASSENGERS TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES. WALKENHORST IS A WHITE MALE, SIX FEET TALL, SHORT BROWN HAIR, WITH A RECENT LACERATION TO THE FOREHEAD. HE WAS WEARING BLACK AND RED ADIDAS TENNIS SHOES, A BLACK HAT, AND BLACK SWEAT PANTS, CARRYING A BLACK BACK-PACK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION HIS WHEREABOUTS SHOULD CONTACT THE CHP AT 268-2000 OR DIAL 911.

FIRE BURNS HOPLAND VINEYARD GUEST HOUSE (LAW) JB 4/2/15

A FIRE TUESDAY EVENING IN HOPLAND LEFT A GUEST HOUSE AT A WINERY COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AT LA RIBERA VINEYARDS ON OLD RIVER ROAD JUST AFTER 6 PM TUESDAY. THE FIRE WAS CENTERED IN A TWO BEDROOM, SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME USED AS A GUEST HOUSE AT THE WINERY. AFTER EXTINGUISHING THE BLAZE QUICKLY, FIREFIGHTERS SPENT SEVERAL HOURS MAKING SURE A VARIETY OF HOT SPOTS WERE NO LONGER A THREAT. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED BUT THE STRUCTURE APPEARED TO BE A TOTAL LOSS. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE, INITIALLY SUSPECTED TO ELECTRICAL, IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY FIRE OFFICIALS.

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