KZYX News, Tuesday, Octiber 30th
A serial bank robber was convicted Friday of the August robbery of the Redwood Credit Union in Point Arena. Frederick Orlando, 55, of Magalia, California, plead guilty to the August robbery.
While his sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 21, Orlando has already agreed that he will receive a sentence of 45 years to life under California’s Three Strikes laws. Orlando has previously served time for four separate bank robberies in Southern California as well as serving state prison time for a burglary conviction.
"While Orlando targeted Point Arena because he believed it to be a sleepy, coastal town ” said Eyster, “he didn’t appreciate the great cooperation and communication that exists on our South Coast between the Sheriff’s Office, the CHP, and Sonoma’s Sheriff’s Office.
The Mendocino Office of Education’s Career Department, in collaboration with Cal Fire, will offer entry-level Basic Wildland Firefighter training at Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Headquarters in Willits.
The program’s mission is to provide quality instruction to local students that will give them the skills, resources and motivation to obtain fire service employment. Upon successful completion of the 180-hour fire services training program, students will earn certifications and be eligible to apply for Cal Fire Basic Fire Fighter employment beginning June 1st 2013.
This fire services training program is free and open to 30 qualified local high school seniors and young adults.
Applications are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2. The program begins November 9, 2012.
For enrollment information contact the MCOE Career Technical Education office at 467-5123 or visit www. mcoe.us/d/cte.
The Ukiah Planning Commission approved the necessary permits to allow an 80-foot cell tower disguised as a redwood tree on Hastings Road, but only if there is no flashing light on top. If the FAA requires such a light, then the structure will be only be allowed at the lowest height the FAA will accept.
The man who attacked a CHP officer & was shot to death near Lower Lake was identified as 52-year-old Ronald Ossenberg of Southern California. Lake County D. A. Anderson said Ossenberg had a lengthy history of criminal offenses, including crimes of violence against police officers, domestic violence and drug offenses, and was a registered sex offender.
Anderson also told the Lake County News that Ossenberg had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for the theft of a 2010 Toyota Camry from a Fullerton car lot last week.
Ossenberg attacked the officer while she was calling information about the stolen vehicle. As they struggled for the gun, a Good Samaritan stopped to assist the officer and ran toward the officer, distracting Ossenberg.
With Ossenberg distracted, the officer was able to gain control of the situation and fire the shot that killed him.
The Ukiah City Council will hold a workshop Wednesday night to hear Public Safety Director Chris Dewey's proposal for dealing with the high costs of ambulance services: replace EMT's & ambulances with paramedics on fire engines.
With layoffs and attrition, the number of firefighter/paramedics available in the Ukiah Fire Department has been reduced from 15 to nine.
As a result, four on-duty personnel are required each day, and overtime expenses have increased significantly.
According to Dewey if the use of overtime continues "it is estimated that the department could be over budget by as much as $193,000."
Rather than continuing to provide an ambulance service and hospital transportation, Dewey is recommending the city respond only with paramedics on a fire engine.
"All of our firefighters are paramedics, and all the equipment that's on an ambulance - the cardiac care, the defibrillator - is on a fire engine," he said. The council will not be taking action at the meeting, and instead is asked to "listen and ask questions."
Dewey did not say what provisions would be made about transporting someone to the hospital.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the council chambers at 300 Seminary Avenue.
The manager of a Clearlake Oaks shopping center said he is retracting his offer to give the Lake Sheriff’s Office a $1 a month lease for a substation location after he said the sheriff mischaracterized and attacked his offer.
Milt Pereira contacted Lake County News to say he was no longer willing to rent to the sheriff’s office in the wake of statements Sheriff Frank Rivero made at the Board of Supervisors Oct. 16 meeting.
Pereira, who watched the meeting on television, said Rivero acted “like a juvenile. I’m not going to deal with that clown,” said Pereira. “I really don’t need the 12 bucks.”
When asked to respond to the news, Rivero called the reporter, Elizabeth Larson, a liar and said he would refuse to release further information to the Lake County News, nor to respond to requests about public safety matters except through the lengthy Public Records Act process, which he previously has used to block Lake County News’ information requests.