A man and woman have been arrested in Fort Bragg on suspicion of burglarizing the Brooktrails Lodge. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports someone busted into the lodge and took multiple electronic items, consumables, and valuables. Witnesses say Ryan Ivey and Nicole Champion were staying at the Lodge before the burglary so deputies served a search warrant for their rented room and found multiple stolen items in their room. They arrested the two for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property and booked them into the Mendocino County Jail where they were both held on $50,000 bail.
Those against the Dollar General store in Redwood Valley still in the same position as a judge ruled against a local business owner who doesn’t want the store nearby. Redwood Valley Market owners Alex and Anthony Chehada had their second amended petition for their lawsuit ruled on. The judge first ruled against them for problems with their petition, then their amended petition also tossed by the same judge. In a recent amendment they say they’ve been denied procedural and substantive due process so another hearing’s set for July 22. They say they’ve been misled by the county which tried to hide infor from them saying a Notice of Exemption would not be filed but the county did file it after all. They had appealed with the county then went to court.
The Willits Teachers Association and the Willits Unified School District have come to an agreement on a new contract which has been sent to the Mendocino County Office of Education for consideration. This comes after the board’s special session Wednesday to take the contract into consideration. The director of fiscal services told the two sides some of the wording in the contract needed fixing so they did that this week and sent it to the office of education. The office to review raises. The acting co-Superintendent says the county’s got a week and a half to decide then return it to the board. The school district starts its fiscal year today.
The homeless camp in Ukiah’s finally been cleared out. The encampment in the Manor Estates mobile home park under a pedestrian overpass on Highway 101 north of Gobbi Street. Apparently homeless folk were cutting holes in fences under the overpass to get into the area at about the edge of the mobile home park and the highway. Board Supervisor John McCowen says they were cutting down bushes and putting branches along the fence so they couldn’t be seen. One resident telling the Daily Journal she called police several times as they were literally under her window. Since fire season started the branches were all cleared out as a precaution and Caltrans removed the camp too. The agency closed down Gobbi Street on-ramps to Hwy. 101 to do the work.
A fire known as the Vineyard fire that started near Talmage apparently started by a lawnmower. Fire crews in the vineyard yesterday on Old River Road, south of Talmage to put the fire out. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority used a “back pump” to stomp out hot spots. It’s said to be the third vineyard fire in five days.
Cal Fire firefighters to be out raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with their “Fill-the-Boot” fundraiser in Fort Bragg. They’ll be on foot at the intersection of Main Street and Laurel Street Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. trying to get some help for the MDA in fighting muscle disease. The money goes to the research of neuromuscular diseases, for the clinic at UC Davis, summer camp and community education. The association doesn’t get state funding or anything from local governments.
State park officials have announced they’ve opened the Pomo Canyon Campground near Jenner for overnight camping. The secluded redwood retreat on the Sonoma Coast had been closed for four years but reopened this Wednesday. Be careful driving in though as the road to get there needs some work. The campground had been closed indefinitely in 2012, due to the recession. It’s one of a couple state run first come, first serve, walk in campgrounds in the area. It’s across the Russian River from Jenner on the south bank of the river. It’s also a launch point for the ridge to Shell Beach. It’s $25 for overnight with no more than eight people allowed on a single site. No dogs are allowed.
Four police staffers from Ukiah have been commended for helping a stranded disabled man. Police say they got a report last week about a man in a wheelchair asking for an officer at the corner of Freitas Avenue and South Oak Street. Officers Josh Cooper, Anthony DeLapo and Ron Donohue responded to the man they found stuck in the middle of the road with a dead wheelchair battery. The man was a Vietnam veteran with his legs missing from the knees down. He was in the area for treatment at the VA. He somehow became stranded with no money or phone. The officers called the VA and got the man a shuttle for the next day. They also found him a battery charger and the three and a dispatcher all donated money to him for a hotel room. The officers and the dispatcher received a letter of commendation from the UPD.
A man wanted by police in New Mexico’s been caught in Mendocino County and now faces extradition and possibly new charges. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office got a call from the Santa Fe County Department of Corrections about a fugitive believed to be in Leggett. There was a no bail warrant out for Grady Knox on suspicion he failed to comply with the conditions of his release under an electronic monitoring program. He had past charges of domestic assault and using a telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass. He was found and arrested Wednesday night in Leggett and booked at the Mendocino County Jail on no-bail. He will be extradited back to Santa Fe County N.M., to face charges.
The final results for the June 7th primary election are in with not many changes. The Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder’s Office reports the race for Department 5 Superior Court judge taken by Keith Faulder with only a 154-vote margin over Patrick Pekin. Mendocino County 1st District Supervisor Carre Brown keeps her seat, handily winning over Montana James Podva with 75 percent of the vote. Measure V, which declares trees killed on purpose and left to stand for 3 months or more are a nuisance, passed. And Measure W to make the county a charter, failed.
A man in New York is being searched for after police say he stuck a bag of feces down a woman’s pants while she walked in Manhattan. Police say it happened Monday night on East 74th Street near First Avenue. They say the man grabbed the woman from her waist from behind then slipped the bag down her pants, grabbed her butt and tossed a pair of gloves before running away. The whole thing caught on surveillance video.
Police in Germany say a driver got into an accident after losing control on a slimy snail trail. Several snails sliming across a highway, then the car flipped and wrecked, but the driver was not hurt. They say it happened about 220 miles west of Berlin.