AM News Friday 10.18.13
Wednesday, after Casimir Janusz brought his
unresponsive 5 month old male child to the Ukiah
Valley Medical Center and the child was declared
dead, Janusz disappeared.
After he left the hospital, he drove to his family’s ranch property in the Hopland area and abandoned his
vehicle. He has not been seen or heard from since.
The Ukiah PD with assistance from the Mendocino
Sheriff’s Department has been working non-stop to locate Janusz and determine the cause of the child’s death.
The Ukiah PD and the Mendocino Sheriff’s are
continuing to search the Hopland area for Janusz.
Anyone with information about Janusz or his
whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Ukiah PD at (707)463-6262.
With a deal to reopen the federal government
approved, local tribes remain unsure whether they
will receive their benefits.
While federal workers who were furloughed during
the shutdown will receive back pay under the deal,
Yurok Education Director Jim McQuillen said he
hasn't heard of any similar agreements to reimburse
the tribes for their losses.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs halted its funding to tribal governments, programs and grants during the
Yurok Executive Director Troy Fletcher said the tribe
furloughed around 15 percent of its approximate 300-employee workforce last week. Tribal employees
should be able to return to work within two days.
The shutdown also cut off access to funding for the
General Assistance Program, which serves 20 of the
tribe's neediest families.
All three of the Yurok child care centers in Eureka,
Kepel and Klamath, which serve low-income parents who are working or attending college, were closed as a result -- affecting more than 45 families.
McQuillen said 10 staff members from the Johnson
O'Malley tutoring program were furloughed during
the shutdown, and because their salaries are grant-based, he does not know when they will resume
work or if they will be paid for their time off. He said
the program serves students from kindergarten
through high school.
After a weekend during which CalTrans allowed
protesters on to former wetlands for a healing
ceremony, the members of SOLLV seem to be
spending their time in court this week.
Wednesday was Will Parrish’s fifth pre-trial conference, carried over because his attorney, Omar Figueroa, was in the midst of a federal trial in
San Francisco, and because the CHP still had not
produced videos of Will’s arrests as they are required.
Earthworm and Feather had their hearing yesterday as well.
Thursday is the arraignment for Peggy Backup of Redwood Valley and Lucy Neely of Ukiah, who were arrested on September 16th after locking down to a dump truck which delayed the filling operation by about two hours.
Friday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. is an arraignment for tree sitter “Blue Heron.” Monday, October 21st at
8:30 a.m. is an arraignment for tree sitter “Condor.”
Both were arrested on September 18th.
A Clearlake PD investigation has resulted in several
arrests and the recovery of thousands of dollars'
worth of stolen property in connection to three
burglary cases in the city.
Officers arrested Clearlake residents Shelly Leann
Brown, 30; Robert Eugene Bradley, 32; Charles
Edward Young, 46; Ronald Lee Whitmire, 44; and
Crystal Cruise, 28, on various charges during the
course of the investigation.
As a result of the lengthy investigation, which
continued into the late afternoon hours, three open
burglary and theft cases were closed with arrests
made and several thousand dollars worth of stolen
property recovered, police said.
Stay tuned to "All About Money" with host, John
Sakowicz, at 9 am, when the in-studio guest will be Supervisor, John McCowen. The call-in guest will be Hedrick Smith, Pultizer Prize and
Emmy winning journalist.