Mendocino Sheriff Says Jere Melo and Matthew Coleman Homicides Related

      

(Photos:Matthew Coleman, Jere Melo, Aaron Bassler.)

The Mendocino Sheriff’s Dept. just released a statement announcing they were now searching for Aaron Bassler in relation to Matthew Coleman’s homicide as well as Jere Melo’s.

On August 11, 2011, Matthew Coleman was shot and killed in a remote area located near the 44000 block of North Highway One (1) near Westport, CA.

On August 27, 2011, Jere Melo was shot and killed in an area approximately six (6) miles east of Fort Bragg, CA.

Both victims were shot and killed while conducting duties related to their forestry management profession.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing to collect evidence, speaking with witnesses and conferring with both the California Department of Justice Forensic Laboratory analysts and the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

Based on evidence collected at both murder scenes during this ongoing investigation, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Suspect Aaron Bassler in connection with the shooting deaths of victims Matthew Coleman and Jere Melo.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office personnel,with the assistance of officers and agents from the Fort Bragg Police Department,  Willits Police Department, Ukiah Police Department, CalFIRE, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, California Fish and Game, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshall’s Office, United States National Guard and the local timber industry are continuing their search efforts in an attempt to apprehend Suspect Aaron Bassler.

The Mendocino Land Trust is currently offering a reward of Reward to “find and convict Matt’s killer”  of  $17,500

In other news on the Melo case, the Ukiah Daily Journal discusses law enforcement’s dilemma–

My dilemma is this,” said Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force Commander Bob Nishiyama: “In this economy, every law enforcement agency is taking a hit. Every dime is being pinched. Consequently, there are less law enforcement resources to go out there and do the job, which, quite frankly, should be a law enforcement job. … We don’t have the bodies to go out there and look, and it falls to private citizens to go out looking, and they’re putting themselves at risk.

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  • Don’t worry. Bassler will fail to make a full 2-second stop one of these days and the long arm of the law will catch him. They always have resources to catch stop sign abusers.

  • Don’t worry. Bassler will fail to make a full 2-second stop one of these days and the long arm of the law will catch him. They always have resources to catch stop sign abusers.

  • This guy is a good example of the current judical and mental health system. The guy throws a fake bomb into the Chicom consulate in S.F. and was granted some form of federal probation when he should of received a long term like life in a psych ward. This has lunatic public defender deal and a bad judge written all over it. He was described by family as having formally been a heavily armed prosperous cannabis grower who had a partner and lately an out of control psycopath who’s crimes were escalating. Letters written warning of this guy’s danger to others, after the guy almost drove through a middle school while heavily intoxicated, to the local Mendo public defender went unanswered. The guy then somehow is on welfare living in the woods and begins growing opium poppies, digging bunkers, and has re-armed himself with a possible SKS Chicom rifle and at least two good men doing their jobs are killed. Now an entire 50 square mile area of forest is closed and a Rambo style hunt is on and everyone is on edge wondering what happens next. This will not end well. Time for people to demand major changes in the way the criminally insane are left to roam and be a danger to all.

    • This whole thing reminds me of the saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Imagine how much money society would have saved (not to mention two good mens’ lives) if Bassler had received intervention early.

  • This guy is a good example of the current judical and mental health system. The guy throws a fake bomb into the Chicom consulate in S.F. and was granted some form of federal probation when he should of received a long term like life in a psych ward. This has lunatic public defender deal and a bad judge written all over it. He was described by family as having formally been a heavily armed prosperous cannabis grower who had a partner and lately an out of control psycopath who’s crimes were escalating. Letters written warning of this guy’s danger to others, after the guy almost drove through a middle school while heavily intoxicated, to the local Mendo public defender went unanswered. The guy then somehow is on welfare living in the woods and begins growing opium poppies, digging bunkers, and has re-armed himself with a possible SKS Chicom rifle and at least two good men doing their jobs are killed. Now an entire 50 square mile area of forest is closed and a Rambo style hunt is on and everyone is on edge wondering what happens next. This will not end well. Time for people to demand major changes in the way the criminally insane are left to roam and be a danger to all.

    • This whole thing reminds me of the saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Imagine how much money society would have saved (not to mention two good mens’ lives) if Bassler had received intervention early.

  • As long as Americans want one of the lowest tax rates in the Western world, want to fight expensive wars, and don’t think the rich and big corporations should pay more, we will continue to have less funding for mental health, police, education and health care.

    FEMA is even being attacked as unnecessary by the Republicans. Wake up America; vote for your own self interest instead of for the self interest of the rich and greedy.

    • I agree with your comment 100%. I really hope voters are finally waking up to realize that government is not evil and taxes aren’t stealing. When some nut with a gun goes off, I want trained, rule-following officers of the law to respond with appropriate tools to minimize risk to all, not my neighbor Clem and his buddies, armed to the teeth and piled into his 4X4.

  • As long as Americans want one of the lowest tax rates in the Western world, want to fight expensive wars, and don’t think the rich and big corporations should pay more, we will continue to have less funding for mental health, police, education and health care.

    FEMA is even being attacked as unnecessary by the Republicans. Wake up America; vote for your own self interest instead of for the self interest of the rich and greedy.

    • I agree with your comment 100%. I really hope voters are finally waking up to realize that government is not evil and taxes aren’t stealing. When some nut with a gun goes off, I want trained, rule-following officers of the law to respond with appropriate tools to minimize risk to all, not my neighbor Clem and his buddies, armed to the teeth and piled into his 4X4.

  • Your right Kym, the father tried to get help, the sister tried to get help and the one who is called the ” Public Defender” didn’t defend the public. Maybe some good can come of of this with a revamp of how to deal with dangerous mentally ill people. There are way too many transients with severe mental issues in the coastal communites. The cost of lives in this case is something that can’t be measured, the cost of this manhunt with 20 agencies involved will be in the millions.

  • Your right Kym, the father tried to get help, the sister tried to get help and the one who is called the ” Public Defender” didn’t defend the public. Maybe some good can come of of this with a revamp of how to deal with dangerous mentally ill people. There are way too many transients with severe mental issues in the coastal communites. The cost of lives in this case is something that can’t be measured, the cost of this manhunt with 20 agencies involved will be in the millions.

  • Talk about taxes, I wonder how many of you ‘Mom and Pop’ growers help contribute to socieyt by paying taxes? Oh please… I’m so sick and tired of hearing how corporate America is so greedy. It burns me to see people driving Mercedes to the food bank, dropping their kids off at Head Start and getting free meals at school. I pay my fair share of taxes and drive a 10 year old but yet I don’t qualify for any of this. Take a look all around Fort Bragg and you will see how many people take advantage of America.

    • I know some growers don’t contribute much to society but, as a fundraiser in Southern Humboldt, I have seen amazing donations–$1000 at a time handed over from growers. I see growers dedicating entire plants towards their favorite non profits. Growers can’t pay taxes because they incriminate themselves when they do but many dedicate a great amount of money towards giving to society–not to mention dedication of volunteer hours. I personally have never seen successful growers milking the situation like you describe though I have heard of them.

      • Fiance Here:

        I personally know a grower that does just that. She was getting welfare to work, afdc and she and her whole family get all their health care for free. You know as well as I do that there are many more that take advantage that not. They claim little or no income for welfare purposes (she was claiming 0, yet somehow had a $3500 retainer for an attorney and her child was downloading over $300 a month in songs from ITunes). She was also taking month long vacations to Mexico etc…Giving to local non-profits does not make up for not paying taxes while you are sucking off the welfare system.

        People like her (and their are plenty in MendoBoldt) are doing just as much to destroy this country as anyone else. Then you factor in that their kids are being taught to hate our government (I can provide you with plenty of documentation to prove this, or you can just go peruse these kids facebook pages) and teaching them that they somehow deserve this money and healthcare. Breeding a whole new generation of welfare fraud committing criminals. I’ve seen it first hand and I’ve seen your county officials protect her.

        It makes me sick to see anyone defend growers that don’t pay taxes and it makes me even sicker when I see them whine and bitch about social issues that they have because of the lack of government services. Almost as sick as it makes me everytime I see you guys having some kind of disaster (earthquake, tsunamis and land slides) and all talking about county ever penny lost to get more government funding.

  • Talk about taxes, I wonder how many of you ‘Mom and Pop’ growers help contribute to socieyt by paying taxes? Oh please… I’m so sick and tired of hearing how corporate America is so greedy. It burns me to see people driving Mercedes to the food bank, dropping their kids off at Head Start and getting free meals at school. I pay my fair share of taxes and drive a 10 year old but yet I don’t qualify for any of this. Take a look all around Fort Bragg and you will see how many people take advantage of America.

    • I know some growers don’t contribute much to society but, as a fundraiser in Southern Humboldt, I have seen amazing donations–$1000 at a time handed over from growers. I see growers dedicating entire plants towards their favorite non profits. Growers can’t pay taxes because they incriminate themselves when they do but many dedicate a great amount of money towards giving to society–not to mention dedication of volunteer hours. I personally have never seen successful growers milking the situation like you describe though I have heard of them.

      • Fiance Here:

        I personally know a grower that does just that. She was getting welfare to work, afdc and she and her whole family get all their health care for free. You know as well as I do that there are many more that take advantage that not. They claim little or no income for welfare purposes (she was claiming 0, yet somehow had a $3500 retainer for an attorney and her child was downloading over $300 a month in songs from ITunes). She was also taking month long vacations to Mexico etc…Giving to local non-profits does not make up for not paying taxes while you are sucking off the welfare system.

        People like her (and their are plenty in MendoBoldt) are doing just as much to destroy this country as anyone else. Then you factor in that their kids are being taught to hate our government (I can provide you with plenty of documentation to prove this, or you can just go peruse these kids facebook pages) and teaching them that they somehow deserve this money and healthcare. Breeding a whole new generation of welfare fraud committing criminals. I’ve seen it first hand and I’ve seen your county officials protect her.

        It makes me sick to see anyone defend growers that don’t pay taxes and it makes me even sicker when I see them whine and bitch about social issues that they have because of the lack of government services. Almost as sick as it makes me everytime I see you guys having some kind of disaster (earthquake, tsunamis and land slides) and all talking about county ever penny lost to get more government funding.

  • Can’t wait until the legalize it so we are all on a level playing field – as an ‘agriculture’ industry it not only needs to pay its fair share of taxes but also be regulated for its effects on health and the environment. The CDPR might want to look into what chemicals are used and make sure that ‘marijuana’ is a crop that it can even be used on. For those who go chemical free, I suppose you could could perhaps get a 3rd party to recognize as sustainably grown , or the CDF&A could qualify it as ‘organic’. Just think, California will have its own ‘California Marijuana Council’ just like all agriculture products do in the state, funded by a tax on growers who sell over a certain amount. I can’t wait!

  • Can’t wait until the legalize it so we are all on a level playing field – as an ‘agriculture’ industry it not only needs to pay its fair share of taxes but also be regulated for its effects on health and the environment. The CDPR might want to look into what chemicals are used and make sure that ‘marijuana’ is a crop that it can even be used on. For those who go chemical free, I suppose you could could perhaps get a 3rd party to recognize as sustainably grown , or the CDF&A could qualify it as ‘organic’. Just think, California will have its own ‘California Marijuana Council’ just like all agriculture products do in the state, funded by a tax on growers who sell over a certain amount. I can’t wait!

  • Heather, a tiny percentage of Americans grow pot and don’t pay taxes. There is huge lost revenue from giving the rich tax breaks and letting corporate America pay few taxes as they ship our jobs overseas.

    The Bush tax breaks cost our country enormous revenue and statistic prove that they didn’t create jobs. Pile on top of that 2 wars that are costing us trillions of dollars.

    Those factors are contributing to our descent to becoming a third world country and many Americans are just blithely acquiescing.

  • Heather, a tiny percentage of Americans grow pot and don’t pay taxes. There is huge lost revenue from giving the rich tax breaks and letting corporate America pay few taxes as they ship our jobs overseas.

    The Bush tax breaks cost our country enormous revenue and statistic prove that they didn’t create jobs. Pile on top of that 2 wars that are costing us trillions of dollars.

    Those factors are contributing to our descent to becoming a third world country and many Americans are just blithely acquiescing.

  • bushy unibrow grrl.

    what is up with his oh so tweeeeezed eyebrows? simply lovely…sign me: bushy unibrow grrl.

  • bushy unibrow grrl.

    what is up with his oh so tweeeeezed eyebrows? simply lovely…sign me: bushy unibrow grrl.

  • Two wars both approved by the U.S. Congress are still in progress, and a few new ones that were never approved. One in Libya, then another rumored for Syria, then the assisted overthrow of an ally in Egypt. Yes war and war spending are hell, but be reasoned in the facts. The corporate rip-off of this country takes the assistance of highly placed people and greed and corruption starting with the Clinton-Gore selling of classified defense technology to China and then massive cover-up and now massive borrowing from China. Both parties share in this game and G.E. is a prime player and defense contractor now and a prime friend of the current admin. There should be huge penalties for shipping jobs to China and a 20% tariff on Chicom goods. To turn this country and economy around is going to take massive reform. Starting with entitlements, then taxes, then see what can be done to start taking the country back. Reagan did it and it worked then, who knows about now. The people that are only taking from others by welfare or whatever graft they are on have to be cut off as they are causing the problem. If any grower is on welfare and making large amounts of cash then they should be charged with fraud by the welfare dept. If they have the cash then spend it on needs, like food, shelter and health care, not another new atv or truck or toy or vacation.

  • Two wars both approved by the U.S. Congress are still in progress, and a few new ones that were never approved. One in Libya, then another rumored for Syria, then the assisted overthrow of an ally in Egypt. Yes war and war spending are hell, but be reasoned in the facts. The corporate rip-off of this country takes the assistance of highly placed people and greed and corruption starting with the Clinton-Gore selling of classified defense technology to China and then massive cover-up and now massive borrowing from China. Both parties share in this game and G.E. is a prime player and defense contractor now and a prime friend of the current admin. There should be huge penalties for shipping jobs to China and a 20% tariff on Chicom goods. To turn this country and economy around is going to take massive reform. Starting with entitlements, then taxes, then see what can be done to start taking the country back. Reagan did it and it worked then, who knows about now. The people that are only taking from others by welfare or whatever graft they are on have to be cut off as they are causing the problem. If any grower is on welfare and making large amounts of cash then they should be charged with fraud by the welfare dept. If they have the cash then spend it on needs, like food, shelter and health care, not another new atv or truck or toy or vacation.

  • Nothing Reagan did worked, other than enriching the already rich and beginning the downfall of the middle class. Trickle down economics didn’t work. Wealth is now concentrated in a small percentage of people in this country and more middle class folks are joining the ranks of the poor.

  • Nothing Reagan did worked, other than enriching the already rich and beginning the downfall of the middle class. Trickle down economics didn’t work. Wealth is now concentrated in a small percentage of people in this country and more middle class folks are joining the ranks of the poor.

  • To Elk Ridge: Your hero Ronnie Reagan is the one who closed the state mental hospitals and cut payments to community mental health when he was governor. The NRA are the ones that made sure even crazy violent delusional paranoid Martian-fearing Rambo wannabees like Bassler can get an automatic weapon. “Chicom” for Chinese Communists is about as reasonable as using “Amcap” as short for American Capitalists. Totally outdated Cold War propaganda. Where did you learn that Bassler was on welfare while living in the woods? Bet you can’t cite a veriable source. I guess if your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

    One thing is clear to me: if there had been no guns involved, both Melo and Coleman would be alive today. The root of this double killing is American gun lust, not welfare cheaters, and not pot-growers, poppy-growers, or tax evaders.

  • To Elk Ridge: Your hero Ronnie Reagan is the one who closed the state mental hospitals and cut payments to community mental health when he was governor. The NRA are the ones that made sure even crazy violent delusional paranoid Martian-fearing Rambo wannabees like Bassler can get an automatic weapon. “Chicom” for Chinese Communists is about as reasonable as using “Amcap” as short for American Capitalists. Totally outdated Cold War propaganda. Where did you learn that Bassler was on welfare while living in the woods? Bet you can’t cite a veriable source. I guess if your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

    One thing is clear to me: if there had been no guns involved, both Melo and Coleman would be alive today. The root of this double killing is American gun lust, not welfare cheaters, and not pot-growers, poppy-growers, or tax evaders.

  • The information about Bassler was from his mother I think, it was the story where the family blames the system which is current in the Press Democrat. The story stated that after the guy tried to drive through the middle school at a more then double the .08 DUI standard, he wrecked his truck and went on welfare. This was in February and came after the fake bombing incident in S.F.
    As to Reagan, I lived through Carter and never forgot him and what he did to this country. People were depressed under Carter, like now. Reagon had a job to do and did it, he brought back jobs and everyone held their head up again and said we are Americans and we will put this country back on track. He also brought back the military and subdued the Soviet machine then about to expand in every direction. He did more in his two terms then the last four followers. Now the current Pres. hopes to hire Russia after gutting NASA for space flights. Unemployment at 20% now and less then 6% under the former President spells a depression and a double-dip. The future looks just like Carter’s America if it is not turned around next fall. And your idea is? Tax who? Bill Gates and Buffett? That will do it? I am sure that you think we should increase the welfare state as well and make unemployment extensions and keep spending and as the fiddler fiddles Rome burns.

  • The information about Bassler was from his mother I think, it was the story where the family blames the system which is current in the Press Democrat. The story stated that after the guy tried to drive through the middle school at a more then double the .08 DUI standard, he wrecked his truck and went on welfare. This was in February and came after the fake bombing incident in S.F.
    As to Reagan, I lived through Carter and never forgot him and what he did to this country. People were depressed under Carter, like now. Reagon had a job to do and did it, he brought back jobs and everyone held their head up again and said we are Americans and we will put this country back on track. He also brought back the military and subdued the Soviet machine then about to expand in every direction. He did more in his two terms then the last four followers. Now the current Pres. hopes to hire Russia after gutting NASA for space flights. Unemployment at 20% now and less then 6% under the former President spells a depression and a double-dip. The future looks just like Carter’s America if it is not turned around next fall. And your idea is? Tax who? Bill Gates and Buffett? That will do it? I am sure that you think we should increase the welfare state as well and make unemployment extensions and keep spending and as the fiddler fiddles Rome burns.

  • Reagan did not create jobs and he wrecked the economy. The economy came back under Bill Clinton, with huge surpluses that Bush destroyed.

    Read your history; the USSR fell apart for many reasons, none having to do with Reagan. You must listen to the myths of Fox “news”.

  • Reagan did not create jobs and he wrecked the economy. The economy came back under Bill Clinton, with huge surpluses that Bush destroyed.

    Read your history; the USSR fell apart for many reasons, none having to do with Reagan. You must listen to the myths of Fox “news”.

  • I apologize now, but I hope he isn’t taken alive…I am sorry, but it is the way I truly feel.

  • I apologize now, but I hope he isn’t taken alive…I am sorry, but it is the way I truly feel.

  • What are the 9 most terrifying words in the English language……….

    I`m from the government and I`m here to help

  • What are the 9 most terrifying words in the English language……….

    I`m from the government and I`m here to help

  • Reading everyones comments it is no wonder that “our represenatives” cannot agree upon anything and are creating half the problems we are enduring. Dont kid yourself. There is no Republican who is any better than a democrat and visa versa. Everybody needs to start reading more than just what they agree with. It will broaden everyones perspective and then we might start using this knowledge to elect officials who are not holden to the far right or far left. With a PhD in economics, and a masters in History I am not afraid to say that we all need to wake up and start working together or we will fail together.

  • Reading everyones comments it is no wonder that “our represenatives” cannot agree upon anything and are creating half the problems we are enduring. Dont kid yourself. There is no Republican who is any better than a democrat and visa versa. Everybody needs to start reading more than just what they agree with. It will broaden everyones perspective and then we might start using this knowledge to elect officials who are not holden to the far right or far left. With a PhD in economics, and a masters in History I am not afraid to say that we all need to wake up and start working together or we will fail together.

  • What do any of the above Comments have to do with “Mendocino Sheriff Says Jere Melo And Matthew Coleman Homicides Related” Please stay on topic people! Don’t need to debate Republican v. Democrat here!

  • What do any of the above Comments have to do with “Mendocino Sheriff Says Jere Melo And Matthew Coleman Homicides Related” Please stay on topic people! Don’t need to debate Republican v. Democrat here!

  • Here is the obituary of Aaron Bassler’s grandmother, who was born in Ft. Bragg in 1912. The Bassler family has been in Ft. Bragg for over 100 years. Listed at the bottom of the page are her grandchildren, including Aaron. Good thing for her she passed away before all this started//

    Ina Ranta Bassler passed away at Sherwood Oaks Health Center on March 22, 2010. Born on Aug. 11, 1912 in Fort Bragg to August and Sanna Ranta, she was 97 years old. Ina grew up on the family farm in the Pudding Creek area north of Fort Bragg with her sister Lempi. Her education began in a one-room school house with Finnish, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese children; the only one who spoke English was the teacher. She was always proud to tell how she started working at the age of ten, selling seed packets door to door, and kept working at something until she was 65 years old. During those 55 years she held many jobs but the most exciting stories came from when she delivered the mail all the way up the coast to Hales Grove during World War II. Bad roads and worse weather made it interesting, but the mail did get through. She graduated from Fort Bragg High School about the time the Great Depression came. She married her first husband, Randolph Standley, in 1931. Her work ethic and the hard times taught her to save for the next depression she warned would come. Maybe it has? She married her second husband, Newton Bassler, in 1950 and moved to Ukiah in 1952; a few years later she started working as a bookkeeper for Western Title Company and retired in 1977. She remained in her home in Ukiah until early this year. Ina’s family always came first, but she also enjoyed traveling. Her many travels included a visit to her ancestral home in Finland. Ina was an avid reader and her flower garden was beautiful year round. She made friends easily with her great sense of humor. Ina was predeceased by both her daughter, Ina May, and Ina May’s husband, Joe Scott. She is survived by her sister, Lempi Standley; also Ina’s son John R. Standley and his wife Linda, son Jim Bassler and his wife Helen, and daughter Carol Bassler. She is also survived by grand-children Sarah Scott Falk and her husband Dan, Angelique Standley Scott, Colby Standley, Jeremy Standley, Aaron Bassler, Natalie Bassler Serrano, and Richard Bassler. The date for a memorial has not been set.

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ukiahdailyjournal/obituary.aspx?n=ina-bassler&pid=141601353

  • Here is the obituary of Aaron Bassler’s grandmother, who was born in Ft. Bragg in 1912. The Bassler family has been in Ft. Bragg for over 100 years. Listed at the bottom of the page are her grandchildren, including Aaron. Good thing for her she passed away before all this started//

    Ina Ranta Bassler passed away at Sherwood Oaks Health Center on March 22, 2010. Born on Aug. 11, 1912 in Fort Bragg to August and Sanna Ranta, she was 97 years old. Ina grew up on the family farm in the Pudding Creek area north of Fort Bragg with her sister Lempi. Her education began in a one-room school house with Finnish, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese children; the only one who spoke English was the teacher. She was always proud to tell how she started working at the age of ten, selling seed packets door to door, and kept working at something until she was 65 years old. During those 55 years she held many jobs but the most exciting stories came from when she delivered the mail all the way up the coast to Hales Grove during World War II. Bad roads and worse weather made it interesting, but the mail did get through. She graduated from Fort Bragg High School about the time the Great Depression came. She married her first husband, Randolph Standley, in 1931. Her work ethic and the hard times taught her to save for the next depression she warned would come. Maybe it has? She married her second husband, Newton Bassler, in 1950 and moved to Ukiah in 1952; a few years later she started working as a bookkeeper for Western Title Company and retired in 1977. She remained in her home in Ukiah until early this year. Ina’s family always came first, but she also enjoyed traveling. Her many travels included a visit to her ancestral home in Finland. Ina was an avid reader and her flower garden was beautiful year round. She made friends easily with her great sense of humor. Ina was predeceased by both her daughter, Ina May, and Ina May’s husband, Joe Scott. She is survived by her sister, Lempi Standley; also Ina’s son John R. Standley and his wife Linda, son Jim Bassler and his wife Helen, and daughter Carol Bassler. She is also survived by grand-children Sarah Scott Falk and her husband Dan, Angelique Standley Scott, Colby Standley, Jeremy Standley, Aaron Bassler, Natalie Bassler Serrano, and Richard Bassler. The date for a memorial has not been set.

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ukiahdailyjournal/obituary.aspx?n=ina-bassler&pid=141601353

  • This is a good story of a good family, should remind many of their grandparents and the other Great Depression and living during WWII when an invasion of the coast was a real possibility and the entire free world was hanging by a thread. The people who lived through the depression and the war had a set of values that should be emulated today.
    With that aside, there is always the bad apple as is seen here and as more information comes out, there is speculation that this guy might be the killer of a young couple camped on the beach near Jenner several years ago. This could be shaping up to be a serial killer and as it is it is a very dangerous situation now as the guy is still loose with a rifle and is somewhere in a large rugged area. Let us hope the law enf. people can end this situation without further injuries to anyone but the suspect.

  • This is a good story of a good family, should remind many of their grandparents and the other Great Depression and living during WWII when an invasion of the coast was a real possibility and the entire free world was hanging by a thread. The people who lived through the depression and the war had a set of values that should be emulated today.
    With that aside, there is always the bad apple as is seen here and as more information comes out, there is speculation that this guy might be the killer of a young couple camped on the beach near Jenner several years ago. This could be shaping up to be a serial killer and as it is it is a very dangerous situation now as the guy is still loose with a rifle and is somewhere in a large rugged area. Let us hope the law enf. people can end this situation without further injuries to anyone but the suspect.

  • To the person who suggested the NRA and Reagan are responsible for this murderous killer being loose and armed. Ridiculous. The guy has been apparently mentally ill and on drugs for years, is/was legally prohibited from owning a gun, but probably bought it off the black market/ stolen property deal, and has a long criminal history starting as a juvenile. Had the federal Govt. stopped him when it should have with he fake bomb deal he would of been in an institution somewhere, another plea bargain and he is loose again and armed again and growing/using again. How about when luckily after school let out this Feb. the guy at a .25 alc level nearly drove through a middle school at a very high speed according to witnesses. Again another plea deal and he is let loose upon the public again. Then the guy starts living in the woods digging bunkers and growing poppies. This guy’s actions are his own, the judicial system lets these guys out like a revolving door and they aren’t supervised often by parole or probation. His actions should of been stopped long ago by a system that needs to be completely changed. The people who live from Westport to Shelter Cove are very glad to have a gun right now as at least they have a chance to stop a madman and killer. We are lucky the guy with Melo was armed or another body would of been found, we are also lucky he recognized the killer and lived to tell. Now Godspeed to the law enf. people to take this killer out before he kills again.

  • To the person who suggested the NRA and Reagan are responsible for this murderous killer being loose and armed. Ridiculous. The guy has been apparently mentally ill and on drugs for years, is/was legally prohibited from owning a gun, but probably bought it off the black market/ stolen property deal, and has a long criminal history starting as a juvenile. Had the federal Govt. stopped him when it should have with he fake bomb deal he would of been in an institution somewhere, another plea bargain and he is loose again and armed again and growing/using again. How about when luckily after school let out this Feb. the guy at a .25 alc level nearly drove through a middle school at a very high speed according to witnesses. Again another plea deal and he is let loose upon the public again. Then the guy starts living in the woods digging bunkers and growing poppies. This guy’s actions are his own, the judicial system lets these guys out like a revolving door and they aren’t supervised often by parole or probation. His actions should of been stopped long ago by a system that needs to be completely changed. The people who live from Westport to Shelter Cove are very glad to have a gun right now as at least they have a chance to stop a madman and killer. We are lucky the guy with Melo was armed or another body would of been found, we are also lucky he recognized the killer and lived to tell. Now Godspeed to the law enf. people to take this killer out before he kills again.

  • .The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words. – National Review

  • .The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words. – National Review

  • Hey Dud, care to come out of your obvious stupor to actually make a cognizant comment?

  • Hey Dud, care to come out of your obvious stupor to actually make a cognizant comment?

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