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A Mendocino County doctor has been indicted for the murder of his wife seven years ago. Dr. Peter Keegan was arraigned this morning for second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Susan Keegan, after a specially-called criminal grand jury handed down an indictment this week. Susan Keegan was found dead in the couple’s home in Ukiah on November 10, 2010. Peter Keegan told police she fell in the bathroom and hit her head after drinking and taking prescription drugs. Her death was initially ruled accidental but her family remained suspicious and kept pressure on investigators. After DA David Eyster was elected he ordered the case re-investigated and about a year later it was reclassified as a homicide. Following his arraignment today Keegan was released on $300,000 bail. He is scheduled to enter a plea October 20.

The CHP accident report on Tuesday’s grape truck crash that blocked past of Highway 101 for nearly three hours indicates the big rig driver veered into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting stopped vehicles. The CHP says the rig full of pressed grapes still hit the back end of one stopped vehicle before it collided head-on a with a pickup truck towing a camp trailer. The pickup driver, a 73-year-old man from of Concord, was taken by ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center with major injuries. His 70-year-old-wife had to be flown to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. The driver of the grape truck refused medical treatment, as did the driver of the stopped vehicle he hit.

Speed restrictions have been approved for Clear Lake in advance of the next time the water runs high. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has voted make permanent a set of rules that were created when the lake flooded earlier this year that will be triggered whenever there is a high water event. Last winter county officials had to keep asking for urgency ordinances to control wakes and high water issues. Lake County News reports this week the supervisors approved an ordinance that establishes a “no wake zone” of a quarter-mile from shore where boats must operate at idle speed whenever the lake passes 8 feet Rumsey. The final reading is set for the Aug. 15 board meeting.


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