Kym Kemp / Monday, Oct. 21 @ 9:19 a.m. / Mendocino
Cal Fire Press Release:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 1:00PM CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit will be conducting a vegetation management control burn on privately-owned land on the Shamrock Ranch in the northern portion of Mendocino County.
The prescribed burning conducted under this Vegetation Management Program (VMP) project will be done to meet a specific objective and conducted under specific climatic conditions to ensure control and minimize air quality and biological impacts. These conditions will mimic conditions under which natural wildfires occur to maximize the positive effects of fire on vegetation.
The primary goal of this prescribed burn is to reintroduce fire as a natural element of the ecosystem. A second goal is to improve wildlife habitat by inducing new shoots from sprouting species to increase forage production, with islands of unburned fuel left within burn units to provide shelter for small mammals. A third goal is to reduce overall fuel loading to decrease the chance of catastrophic wildfires in the future.
This project burn will be conducted under strictly controlled weather and fuel conditions.
Kym Kemp / Friday, Sept. 27 @ 10:23 p.m. / Mendocino
The Mercury News is reporting,
A 21-year-old Lodi man was released from jail Friday night after the San Francisco District Attorney said investigators had not yet gathered enough evidence to charge him in a fatal stabbing that left a Dodgers fan dead near AT&T Park Wednesday night.
The article gives more details of the incident where the North Coast man, Jonathan Denver, was fatally stabbed.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 1:29 p.m. / Mendocino
UPDATE 2:53 P.M.: LoCO is also receiving information about law enforcement in the Spyrock area.
CLMP (Civil Liberties Monitoring Project) is reporting sighting of a large amount of law enforcement vehicles near Branscomb (west of Laytonville.) A helicopter is reportedly flying in people and dropping them off.
Mendocino Co. Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
On 08/25/13 at approximately 0030 hours Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an assault victim who was at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
The victim reported her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Roberts, held her captive in a tent during the evening hours of 08/24/13. The tent had been located in a vacant field near the 300 block of Ford Road.
During the incident Roberts bit, punched and slapped the victim several times over a four hour period. During the same time Roberts sexually assaulted the victim.
The victim was able to leave the tent briefly however Roberts chased her down on foot and dragged her back to the tent by her hair. The victim was later able to escape after Roberts fell asleep.
The victim sustained numerous bite marks, lacerations, abrasions and bruises during the physical assault.
Deputies responded to the tent where Roberts was found asleep. Roberts was arrested and physically resisted with Deputies several times prior to being booked into the Mendocino County Jail.
Roberts was ultimately booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the listed charges to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.
The extremely popular radio show, This American Life, takes on the story of Mendocino Co. Sheriff Tom Allman’s attempt to bring order to marijuana growing. Here’s their description.
Under California law, it’s legal to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes if you have a doctor’s recommendation. A few years ago, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman was trying to find a way to deal with the proliferation of marijuana in his county. Allman wanted to spend less time dealing with growers who were growing small, legal amounts, so he could focus on other problems — including criminals who run massive marijuana farms in the Mendocino National Forest. So he came up with a plan to allow the small farmers to grow, if they registered with his office. Growers would pay for little zip-ties they could put around the base of their marijuana plants, and the cops would know to leave them alone. It saved time and generated revenue. Reporter Mary Cuddehe tells the story of how the county and the nation responded to the sheriff’s plan. (18 minutes)
Listen to the story here. It won’t be available til 6 P.M. tonight Sunday. The promo is up though.