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July 21, 2016

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Like The Mendocino Beacon and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ MENDOCINOBEACON LIKE US ON FACEBOOK CHP conducting community service survey. Page A2 Fiscal analysis of mental health facility proposal. Page A5 INSIDE THIS WEEK ARTS & CRAFTS IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY OF TALENT BEACON PHOTO - ZOE YUDICE People perusing booths at the 57th Summer Arts and Cras Fair organized by the Mendocino Art Center last weekend. There was a wide range work from 50 artist specializing in a variety of skills from ceramics to jewelry to woodworking and photography. Calendar ..........B3 Classifieds ......B5 Opinion ............A4 Religion ...........B4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Sarah Reith sreith@willitsnews.com on Twitter@sarahmariareith A judge and a commissioner from the California Public Util- ities Commission heard numer- ous horror stories from resi- dents Friday about failures in the telecommunications sys- tem, which included loss of ac- cess to emergency services. About 60 people attended the proceedings on July 15 in the Board of Supervisors' cham- bers. Commissioner Katherine Sandoval and Administrative Law Judge Katherine Macdon- ald heard testimony from 36 people. Sandoval told those assem- bled that, while the proceeding was opened originally "to look at issues involving rural call completion," which has become a national concern, the Com- mission "kept hearing stories, over and over again, about peo- ple losing access to 911 calls," as well. "California is one of about eight states that has a very spe- cific law that requires telephone and telegraph companies to carry and complete calls," she informed the public. North Coast Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) tes- tified about the "hardships of telecom outages," which in- clude the fact that "there is no provision to let California citi- zens know" about an outage. "At a bare minimum," he said, the PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION Residents testify about failures Commissioners hope to propose a decision by the fall GUNS » PAGE B6 Concealed weapons interest grows MCBG » PAGE A7 Gardens host fun outdoor activities SOFTBALL » PAGE B1 Dick's Place named champions THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook Staff Report Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Fort Bragg man last Thursday afternoon for a burglary and fire at the Men- docino K-8 School and a car theft Wednesday night. A false report of armed men in the area of the fire, which drew nearly two dozen law enforcement personnel to the area around the school was traced to the same sus- pect. Simon Raye, 18, of Fort Bragg was arrested about 4:30 p.m. in Fort Bragg and charged with bur- glary, vehicle theft, arson and false report of an emergency. He is be- ing held at the Mendocino County jail with bail set at $25,000. Prior to the fire, an employee of the Mendocino K-8 School, lo- cated in the 44000 block of Lit- tle Lake Road, discovered a facil- ity had been burglarized around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, according to MCSO Lt. Greg Stefani. School was not in session. When reviewing video surveil- lance of the area, deputies de- termined that the suspect had been on the campus at 2 a.m. that morning driving a silver car, which a bystander noted seeing a similar car stuck in the sand on Big River Beach that morning. The car was confirmed to be at the beach location by deputies. It was unoccupied, and near several transient encampments, accord- ing to Stefani's report. After run- ning the car's registration, dep- uties learned that officers of the California Highway Patrol had taken a report that the vehicle was stolen from Mendocino dur- ing the previous night. While deputies were conduct- ing investigations into the car, at about 8:30 a.m. a motorist on Lit- tle Lake Road was flagged down by a subject matching the sus- pect's description, who told the motorist that there was a fire in the brush near the Mendocino K-8 School and that he had seen two men with rifles wearing masks near the fire. The suspect contin- ued walking west bound and the motorist called 911. Upon responding to motorist's report, Mendocino County Dep- uty Sheriff's and CHP officers lo- cated a slowly spreading fire in the brush to the east of the park- ing lot. The fire was quickly attended to by the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department and CalFire while deputies, assisted by Cal- Fire officers, CHP officers, Cali- fornia Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens, and California State Park rangers continued to search the area for the reported armed subjects. After exhaustively searching the area on foot and on vehicle for over three hours with the help of more than 15 law enforcement of- ficers, no armed subjects were lo- INCIDENT Fort Bragg man arrested for burglary, arson MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Simon Raye Staff Report Last weekend, a 56 year-old man from Santa Rosa was found dead in Mendocino after being declared missing the previous night. Accord in g t o Mendocino County Sheriff's Office report, Benedet Pearson and his wife were staying at a vacation home in the Mendocino area on Friday. At around 6:30 p.m., Pearson told his wife he was going for a walk on some nearby trails on the north side of the 44000 block of Little Lake Road and intended to return within the hour. By about 8:30 p.m., Pearson had not returned. Having no way of contacting him because he had left his phone in his room, Pear- MCSO Santa Rosa man found dead in woodlands By Zoe Yudice reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter An appeal by the county De- partment of Transportation was brought before the Board of Su- pervisors on Monday to over- turn a decision made by the Men- docino Historical Review Board in April of this year to design an ADA compliant ramp on the cor- ner of Main and Kasten streets contingent on the construction of stairs and a railing. Several Mendocino residents attended the meeting advocat- ing for the stairs and railing, ex- plaining that having a barrier to foot traffic has been detrimental to businesses on the west side of town as well as being extremely hazardous. "It has hurt the income to the merchants, which hurts the rent they can pay, which hurts the value of the building and the property tax that you get," said Barry Cusick, part owner of the Jarvis-Nichols building, to the supervisors. Due to the fact that a num- ber of people had injured them- selves, in September of 2015, DOT removed the prior asphalt ramp at that intersection and con- structed a wood fence and barri- cade. A temporary wooden ramp was also added on Kasten Street. "People don't walk that far up to use the temporary wooden ramp. They climb down the curb and they climb over the fence in- stead of walking up 20 feet and back down again," said Cusick. People will also jaywalk or walk in the middle of Main Street to avoid the barrier. SUPES MHRB appeals: Ramp and tool shed CONTRIBUTED Department of Transportation designs for the disabled-access ramp on the corner of Kasten and Main streets. Board agrees to pay for stairs in Main/Kasten project UTILITIES » PAGE 10 MHRB » PAGE 10 MCSO » PAGE 7 RAYE » PAGE 10 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, July 21, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 138, issue 42 8 52659 03865 7

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