Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fire in Shasta County

   Called the Gulch Fire, 500 acres has been burned about 15 miles north of Redding since this fire started in Shasta County just before noon.

   Evacuations are taking place near Bella Vista. Containment is 0% at this time.

Debris Fire Reported in Columbia

   September 10, 2014 at 7 PM:  A debris fire was reported on Columbia Village Drive in Columbia.  An engine has been dispatched to the area.  No burning of debris or yard waste is allowed.

Law Enforcement gave NFL video months ago?

   The law enforcement for the hotel where Ray Rice allegedly knocked his girlfriend out in the elevator has stated to Al Jazeera that they turned that video over to the NFL months ago.

  UH OH!!

Fire in Valley Springs

   UPDATEat 4:35 PM:  Air support is assisting in the attack on this fire. They have the fire contained at 2 to 3 acres at this time.

Robert Pachinger appointed Interim Public Works Director

   Instead of the appointment of a new Calaveras Public Works Director in Closed Session, as expected, the Pontiff Chair Ponte announced that they have appointed Robert Pachinger Interim Public Works Director, assumably replacing Mr. Miller, who was Interim Director last week.

   We had believed, as many other did, that they were searching for and found a permanent Public Works Director to replace Tom Garcia.

Angels Camp City Council meeting Cancelled

   The regular meeting of September 16, 2014 for the Angels Camp City Council has been cancelled.

   No reason was given for the cancellation.

Cross Country running comes to the Tryon Ranch

      The Bret Harte Cross County Season has begun and there are big meets on September 20, 2014 and November 8, 2014.

   The runs begin at the Calaveras County Fairground and run the Tryon Ranch.

Traffic Collision at Camanche

   September 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM:  CHP is en route to a traffic collision was reported at Wallace Lake Drive and Camanche Parkway South.

   No injuries have been reported.

Illegal Shooting in Dorrington

  Illegal shooting was reported on Hwy 4 in Dorrington on September 9, 2014. The Calaveras Sheriff took no report when told that shots were fired.

Disturbance at Rusty Knife Gun Store in Arnold

     On September 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM a disturbance was reported at the Rusty Knife Gun Store on Hwy 4 in Arnold.

   A deputy initiated a stop where an altercation was taking place.  Apparently no report was made by the Calaveras Sheriff and no one was arrested.

Failing to Register as Sex Offender

   On September 9, 2014 Christopher Brian Dodge, of 1066 Fir Street in Arnold was in Superior Court facing allegations that he Failed to Register as a Sex Offender, a felony.

   Dodge was booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

It's dangerous to be the Tax Assessor?

  At an Iowa Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday, a disgruntled former employee opened fire on the Tax Assessor, angry about his property assessment.

   Apparently after being tackled and held down, his gun went off and he had shot and killed himself.  Looks like what used to be a cushy job may not be so cushy after all.

Car hits Tree at Hwy 4 and Pool Station Road

  UPDATE at 12 Noon :  The roadway is now open.

OP-ED....Consolidating Water Systems

   The Problem with Consolidating Water Systems  by Dennis Dooley

   A lot has been said over the years about the need for consolidating water systems

Car hits pole in Modesto

   September 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM:    CHP is at the scene of a car that hit a power pole at Hwy 108 and Skittone Road in Modesto.

   An ambulance was dispatched but the driver refused to be transported.

Happy Camp Fire enormous

Caused by lightning, this fire is massive,
 as you can see on this map.
   As of 8 AM on September 10, 2014 the Happy Camp Fire in the Klamath National Forest is over 105,000 acres and is only 30% contained on its perimeters.

   Mandatory evacuations are in place within the fire area and advisory evacuations for areas surrounding the fire.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 120

   UPDATE: CHP just released the name of the passenger who succumbed to their injuries in this accident as Sarmite Zommers (67) of Mississuaga, Ontario.

   UPDATE by CHP on September 9, 2014 at 8 AM:  According to CHP on September 9, 2014 at around 12:45 PM George Zommers (68) of Mississuaga, Ontario was driving his 1999 Harley

Head-on Crash in Turlock

   UPDATE:  One vehicle is on it's roof.  Ambulance is taking injured to Doctors Medical Center. This is now a major injury car crash per CHP.