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COUNTY, LAW ENFORCEMENT REACH TENTATIVE DEAL (LAW) JB 4/20/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE COUNTY HAVE REACHED A THREE-YEAR TENTATIVE AGREEMENT THAT WOULD INCLUDE SALARY INCREASES

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, DETAILS OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT INCLUDE A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $1,200 TO ALL BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES UPON RATIFICATION AND ELIMINATING THE EMPLOYER PAID RETIREMENT SUBSIDY BEGINNING IN JULY 2015, WHICH WOULD RESULT IN BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES HAVING TO PAY THEIR FULL SHARE OF THE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION TOWARD RETIREMENT. BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES WOULD ALSO RECEIVE A 6.5 PERCENT SALARY INCREASE, AND MEMBERS WOULD RECEIVE A 3 PERCENT GENERAL ADJUSTMENT SALARY INCREASE IN JULY. THE NEW AGREEMENT WOULD COVER BACK TO JULY 1, 2014 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER OFFICIAL APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT ON TUESDAY.

LAST-MINUTE WORK ON PALACE HOTEL OVER WEEKEND (PI) JB 4/20/15

AS HER DEADLINE LOOMS, THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL WAS IN TOWN TO MEET WITH THE FIRM SHE HIRED TO COMPLETE WORK ON THE HOTEL.

HOTEL OWNER ELADIA LAINES WAS IN UKIAH FRIDAY TO MEET WITH GHD, INC, THE FIRM SHE HIRED TO DO A STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT OF THE BUILDING. THE STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT OF THE HOTEL BUILDING IS ONLY ONE OF SEVEN TASKS GIVEN TO LAINES BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 21 TO KEEP THE REHABILITATION PROJECT FROM BEING TURNED OVER TO A RECEIVERSHIP. LAINES MUST RESTORE THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM; SUBMIT AN APPROVED STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT; COMPLETE RECOMMENDED REPAIRS; SECURE THE BUILDING; PATCH THE ROOF AND COMPLETE THE ASBESTOS ABATEMENT BY TOMORROWS DEADLINE.

BODEGA HARBOR BOATING MISHAP VICTIMS IDENTIFIED (LAW) JB 4/20/15

TWO PEOPLE WHOSE BODIES WERE RECOVERED FOLLOWING A BOATING MISHAP OUTSIDE BODEGA HARBOR WERE IDENTIFIED SUNDAY AS RESIDENTS OF SONOMA COUNTY.

THE MARIN COUNTY CORONER IDENTIFIED THE VICTIMS AS 61 YEAR OLD WINDSOR RESIDENT DIANE KELLY AND 59 YEAR OLD RICHARD HARGREAVES, JR. OF SANTA ROSA. THE PAIR WERE WITH A GROUP OF FOUR PEOPLE WHO DEPARTED AT ABOUT 5 A.M. FRIDAY FROM THE WESTSIDE REGIONAL PARK BOAT LAUNCH TO FISH FOR SALMON. ONE BODY WAS RECOVERED FROM THE SHORE OF BIRD ROCK, A 2-ACRE ISLAND OFF THE WESTERN COAST OF TOMALES POINT. ANOTHER BODY WAS FOUND OFFSHORE IN A FLOATING DEBRIS FIELD THAT INCLUDED A BOAT ENGINE AND OTHER ITEMS THAT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN FROM THE SMALL CRAFT. THE SEARCH FOR THE OTHER TWO MISSING BOATERS IS ONGOING BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, MARIN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE COAST GUARD.

ORCA BEACHES NEAR FORT BRAGG (EVR) JB 4/20/15

THE BODY OF AN ORCA WAS DISCOVERED WASHED UP ON A BEACH AT MACKERRICHER STATE PARK SATURDAY MORNING.

THE ADVOCATE NEWS REPORTED THAT A 26-FOOT ORCA WAS FOUND WASHED UP ON A STATE PARK BEACH THREE MILES NORTH OF FORT BRAGG SATURDAY MORNING. THE CREATURE HAS A LINE AND BUOY FROM A CRAB-FISHING POT WRAPPED AROUND ITS TAIL AND ONE SIDE-FIN, BUT RESEARCHERS SUNDAY AFTERNOON WERE ONLY BEGINNING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE ANIMALS DEATH. IT WAS THE SECOND BEACHING OF A LARGE WHALE ON A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE PARK BEACH THIS WEEK. LAST TUESDAY NIGHT, A 49-FOOT SPERM WHALE WAS DISCOVERED ON SHARP PARK STATE BEACH NEAR PACIFICA. MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH CENTER STAFF ARE CONDUCTING TESTS TO DETERMINE THE ORCAS CAUSE OF DEATH.

MIDDLETOWN GIRL ADMITS KIDNAP REPORT MADE UP (LAW) JB 4/20/15

A MIDDLETOWN GIRL WHO CLAIMED THAT A STRANGER ATTEMPTED TO ABDUCT HER LAST MONTH HAS ADMITTED THAT SHE MADE UP THE STORY.

A 12 YEAR OLD MIDDLETOWN GIRL RECENTLY ADMITTED TO THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE THAT HER REPORT LAST MONTH OF AN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OUTSIDE THE MIDDLETOWN METHODIST CHURCH WAS UNTRUE. IN HER STORY, THE GIRL CLAIMED SHE HAD KICKED HER ABDUCTOR IN THE SHIN, CAUSING HIM TO LET GO OF HER AND IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE AREA. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID DETECTIVES CANVASSED THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ANY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE MALE SUBJECT THE GIRL HAD DESCRIBED FROM BUSINESSES AND HOMEOWNERS. A DETECTIVE ASSIGNED TO THE CASE FOUND THAT THE LEADS WEREN’T PANNING OUT AND ALSO BEGAN TO NOTICE INCONSISTENCIES IN THE GIRL’S STORY AND HER BEHAVIOR. THE SHERIFFS OFFICE STATED THAT, CONSIDERING THE GIRL’S AGE, NO LEGAL ACTION IS PLANNED AGAINST HER, AND INSTEAD THE CONSEQUENCES SHE FACES WILL BE LEFT UP TO HER PARENTS.

MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS TALK FIRE DANGERS (LAW) JB 4/20/15

MENDOCINO COUNTYS FIRE CHIEFS ARE SET TO DISCUSS FIRE DANGERS FACING THE COUNTY IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF THE DROUGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, LOCAL FIRE CHIEFS ACROSS MENDOCINO COUNTY HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TUESDAY TO DISCUSS AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON POTENTIAL FIRE DANGERS THAT COULD OCCUR THIS UPCOMING SEASON. BROUGHT FORTH BY SUPERVISORS DAN HAMBURG AND TOM WOODHOUSE, THE CHIEFS ARE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST FIRE STUDY IN 2005, INCLUDING WHATS NEW, WHAT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE, SHORTFALLS THAT HAVE OCCURRED AND INCREASED CHALLENGES AS A RESULT OF THE DROUGHT. THE ITEM IS ON THE AGENDA FOR 1:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS AT THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON LOW GAP ROAD IN UKIAH, WITH POSSIBLE RECOMMENDED ACTION OF PROVIDING DIRECTION IF NECESSARY.

CDFW REMINDING PUBLIC TO LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE (EVR) JB 4/20/15

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IS REMINDING THE PUBLIC TO LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE ALONE THIS SPRING.

SPRING IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR WILDLIFE. BEARS, DEER, BIRDS AND BOBCATS AS WELL AS DOZENS OF OTHER SPECIES EMERGE FROM WINTER READY TO FEED AND RAISE THEIR YOUNG. BECAUSE OF THIS INCREASE IN WILDLIFE ACTIVITY, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE (CDFW) REMINDS PEOPLE NOT TO DISTURB YOUNG WILDLIFE ALONE IF THEY COME ACROSS THEM. THE IMPROPER HANDLING OF YOUNG WILDLIFE IS A PROBLEM IN CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE NATION, ESPECIALLY IN SPRING. ANIMALS LIKE DEER THAT COME IN CONTACT WITH HUMANS ARE OFTEN ABANDONED BY THEIR PARENTS LEADING TO THE STATES REHABILITATION FACILITIES RECEIVING AN AVERAGE OF AROUND 400-500 FAWNS PER YEAR FROM WELL-MEANING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. ITS ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WILD ANIMALS CARRY TICKS, FLEAS AND LICE, AND THEY CAN TRANSMIT DISEASES TO HUMANS, INCLUDING RABIES AND TULAREMIA, SO IT IS BEST TO LEAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INTERVENTION TO CDFW PERSONNEL OR PERMITTED WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS.

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