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Grand Theft and other charges have been levied at two people from Annapolis, CA, who the Sheriff’s Office stole an excavator bucket from a business in Gualala. Robertson Enterprises reported the $1,800.00 equipment has been stolen from their yard around May 15th. Surveillance video allowed deputies to identify Edgar Figueroa-Garcia and Melissa Harbuck as the suspects. On Monday deputies saw a vehicle associated with Figueroa-Garcia on South Highway 1 at Old Stage Road and tried to stop him but he took off, leading to a brief chase until he stopped in the 40000 block of Old Stage Road. Harbuck was also in the car and both were arrested. A search of the vehicle turned up about 9-grams of methamphetamine. Mendocino and Sonoma Deputies later found the stolen excavator bucket in Sonoma County. Figueroa-Garcia is charged with grand theft and evading a peace officer. Harbuck was cited and released for possession of a controlled substance and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license.

The FAA is investigating the death of a skydiver who crashed into a Northern California vineyard Wednesday while wearing a specialized jumpsuit called a wingsuit. Matthew Ciancio crashed while jumping with the Lodi Parachute Center where a spokesman told the Sacramento Bee the wingsuit failed to deploy correctly and Ciancio may have waited too long to deploy his emergency parachute. Wingsuit flying, also known as squirrel suit or birdman suit jumping, is usually done as part of BASE jumping but more extreme athletes who skydive in them can reach speeds of nearly 200 miles an hour. The FAA plans to talk to witnesses and review any available video evidence. This is the fourth death at the Lodi Parachute Center in the past two years.

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