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Search and rescue teams working a Willits-area mountainside for a missing Ukiah transient found a body Monday afternoon but have yet to confirm it’s the man they were seeking. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department says Foul play is not suspected in connection with the death. About 70 searchers from seven counties and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, had been combing the Laughlin Peak area south of Willits for Jamie David Dalton, 46, when they located the body. Dalton, who goes by “David,” was last seen about 7 p.m. Saturday by a friend he’d been hiking with on the mountain. The two apparently were headed for the top of the peak. It was raining and cold and they got lost. The friend turned back in the darkness to try and get help for Dalton. But he couldn’t find his way off of the mountain until Sunday morning, when he reached help.

Authorities have arrested a Kelseyville man who they say kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman in Mendocino County. Alex Joseph Greene, 35, was taken into custody. The CHP got the call yesterday regarding an assault victim on Highway 101 near Hopland. A young woman said she had been sexually assaulted and gave the officer a description. Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle on Highway 101 near Geyserville and detained Greene. The CHP said Greene was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on Monday night on charges including kidnapping, sexual battery and forcible penetration.

The Mendocino County Broadband Alliance is asking people to contact Assemblymember Jim Wood and Senator Mike McGuire and ask them to co-sponsor a bill that helps get the internet to underserved communities. The alliance says 34 percent of households in Mendocino County either have limited or no broadband service. The program that helps extend service to remote areas is called the California Advance Services Fund. The Alliance says the program is in danger of elimination due to lack of re-authorization. A bill, called the “Internet for Now” or AB 1758, would extend the program until 2023 with funding from user fees. But the big carriers oppose the bill saying rural communities are being served adequately.

The Ukiah Main Street Progam making plans for a monument honoring local historian, planning commissioner and longtime community volunteer Judy Pruden, who passed away last year. The organization will put a boulder with a plaque on it dedicated to Pruden in one of the planting triangles downtown near the Mendocino Book Company. Pruden devoted countless hours to the community including the Ukiah Main Street Program, where she served on the board. The council has approved the monument but not without debate. Council member Maureen Mulheren suggested that the plaque not be facing toward the street like others downtown are. She said it’s a silly concept,” and asked that the plaque face toward the sidewalk “so you don’t have people mid-crosswalk looking at a rock.”

A Willits freelance photojournalist who was arrested for trespassing during a 2013 protest has lost his First Amendment-based lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol. A federal jury found there was insufficient evidence to prove that the three CHP officers named in the lawsuit had intended to discourage Steve Eberhard from photographing protests of the Highway 101 bypass around Willits. Eberhard said he is disappointed but not overly surprised. Eberhard was on Caltrans property to photograph one of the many protests of the bypass when he was arrested by the CHP. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges in the case. Eberhard initially sued both the CHP and Caltrans, alleging false arrest and violation of his First Amendment press rights. He agreed to drop Caltrans from the lawsuit in January. Eberhard said he has yet to decide whether to appeal the verdict.


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