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January 22, 2015

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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 By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The Abalone Room at the Lit- tle River Inn was filled to capac- ity Sunday night for a Celtic mu- sic concert. About 100 people attended the benefit for the Albion-Little River Volunteer Fire Department. About $1,000 was raised for the fire department, said Pat Becker, of the Little River Inn. Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely, members of the Irish band Lunasa, brought round af- ter round of applause with their infectious two-man groove with Irish bagpipes, whistle and flute. While the audience was appro- priately sedate and reserved for the close quarters, there was no mistaking that the jigs and reels Crawford and Vallely brought from across the Atlantic were MUSIC Irish jigs reel in the audience at Little River Classifieds ...... B7 Crossword ....... A8 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports ..............B5 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Kelci Parks reporter@advocate-news.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The two suspects who robbed Mendocino Vintage last month have been taken into custody and booked at the Sacramento County Jail. The capture Local authorities have been chasing leads for more than a month regarding the where- abouts of the man and woman who made store owner Gloria Rogers hand over cash and gold jewelry before leaving on foot after the Dec. 10 robbery on Franklin Street. Sacramento law enforce- ment recently informed the Fort Bragg Police Department that a male and female match- ing the descriptions and photo- graphs of the Fort Bragg rob- bery suspects were involved in a high speed vehicle pursuit that resulted in the apprehension of the female suspect, identified as Chanzie Cox, age 27. Cox was booked at 1:05 a.m. on Jan. 12. The male in the car, later identified as Michael Angeno Ortiz, age 33, eluded author- ities at the time but was later found and taken into custody at a motel in the Sacramento area. Police say he was armed with a stolen gun at the time he was apprehended. CAUGHT Crime spree ends Mendocino Vintage robbery suspects captured in Sacramento aer high-speed car chase MATTHEW REED-BEACON PHOTO Chris Hayter took eight months to design and build the scale model of Dick's Place in 2012. By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Being an artist does not mean you studied art. And building a diorama does not mean you are in a 7th grade English class. Chris Hayter, a Mendocino Coast native, built a 1/12 model of Mendocino's singular water hole, Dick's Place. The diorama doubles as a table in the bar and has become an attraction. T he model shows Dick's Place as it was in March 2013, when Hayter extensively photo- graphed the establishment. De- tails in the piece include scale replicas of the framed photo- ART ON DISPLAY Diorama of local bar built on dare By Matthew Reed reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter About 80 residents of Elk at- tended the town's annual commu- nity meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The Greenwood Community Cen- ter was filled with residents who shared dinner before they heard presentations from members of the area's community groups and agencies, including repre- sentatives from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office. Capt. Greg Van Patten, field services commander, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, kicked off the evening with a review of the county's efforts to increase law enforcement on the coast. He said it is usually Sheriff Tom All- man who gives a presentation at the annual meeting, but Allman was in Colorado this year meeting with other law enforcement about the effects of the legalization of marijuana on Colorado. Van Patten acknowledged there are staffing issues in the MCSO that meant not having personnel to provide sufficient services on the coast. However, the county has two cadets at the academy from the coast, he said, and they will be assigned to the coast full time. Lt. Greg Stefani, MCSO coast operations commander, said he understands the issues with the South Coast because he lives in Point Arena. He said it is difficult to retain a resident deputy in the area, but the department is work- ing to get the situation resolved. Regarding the repercussions of the fiber optic break in August, Van Patten said the MCSO now has direct lines of communication with AT&T and has phone num- bers for company contacts they did not have during the outage. Dav id Eyster, Mendocino County District Attorney, said his agency maintains the Fort Bragg office with two prosecutors, Tim Stoen and Kevin Davenport. He said the DA still holds courts in Point Arena. The DA said his office is work- ing on some very serious cases, but only one murder case. In con- trast, Humboldt has 16 murder cases, Eyster said. Two of the ma- jor issues that the DA's office con- tinues to confront are bath salts and methamphetamine. Eyster said he has been to a ELK TOWN MEETING Elk community unites for annual town hall meeting Residents break bread before discussing local business SUZETTE COOK — BEACON PHOTO There was a record turnout at this year's Elk Town Meeting to find out about local issues. RECREATION » PAGE A5 Coastal trail to get so opening SPORTS » PAGE B5 Cardinals declaw Panthers in victory KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE A6 A MacCallum who was fond of flowers THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Special pages: Balancing health and daily life. Page B1 Concert packs the house for Albion's fire department. See below. INSIDE THIS WEEK MEETING » PAGE 7 CONCERT » PAGE 9 DIORAMA » PAGE 9 CRIME SPREE » PAGE 3 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, January 22, 2015 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 16

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