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October 16, 2014

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Follow The Mendocino Beacon on Twitter to keep pace with breaking news and events. @MENDOCINOBEACON FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Pot raids raise ire of county's medical growers. See below. Lodging association ends contract with Visit Mendocino. Page 5 INSIDE THIS WEEK An abalone fisherman died while diving near Mendocino on Saturday, Oct. 11. The diver was identified as Mi- chael Sean Lipsmeyer, 46, of Au- burn, said Capt. Greg Van Patten, public information officer for the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. Lipsmeyer was diving near Road 500D north of Mendocino, Van Patten said. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Shortly after noon on Saturday, the Mendocino Volunteer Fire De- partment received a dispatch for an adult male with CPR in prog- ress. The radio dispatch called for an "echo" response, which is the highest priority emergency re- sponse, according to a statement from the MVFD. MVFD learned that Lipsmeyer became unresponsive while div- ing for abalone. Others at the scene pulled him to the shoreline and performed CPR. However, large swells washed Lipsmeyer off the rocks and pulled him to open water, the MVFD said. The fire department launched two jet skis from Big River beach, each with an operator and a res- cuer/swimmer. Lipsmeyer was found and pulled onto the jet ski sled and brought to shore, MVFD said. Cal Fire, Mendocino Coast Dis- trict Hospital Ambulance, the Coast Guard and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office also re- sponded. Three other abalone divers have died this year on the Men- docino Coast. A diver died on July 2, near Elk, while in a sea cave. Another died June 6 after fall- FATALITY Abalone diver perishes in ocean near Mendocino Standing in the overgrown Kelley Pond, Dan Godeke, attorney for the Clyde and Elspeth Smith estate, gives a bequest to Mendocino Fire Department President Barry Cusick and Treasurer Sally Swan to help restore the pond. See story on page 2. RESTORATION Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department receives bequest to help restore Kelley House pond MVFD COURTESY PHOTO By Adam Randall udjar@ukiahdj.com @udjadam on Twitter The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors continued its dis- cussion about acting county counsel Doug Losak's position in closed session during the Oct. 7 board meeting. Losak was unanimously ap- pointed to the interim county counsel position Sept. 22 by the board. A closed session perfor- mance evaluation of his work was added to the Oct. 7 agenda. Third District Supervisor and Chairman John Pinches said that at the next meeting on Oct. 21, another closed session evalu- ation will occur. In addition, sal- ary negotiations won't take place until a future open meeting where the supervisors can discuss the matter in public, and it's not un- common to have multiple perfor- mance evaluations of a county employee, Pinches said. No official salary determi- BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Losak's performance evaluated DA against salary hike Classifieds .......14 Crossword ........12 Obituaries ......... 6 Opinion .............. 4 Sports ............... 11 Weather ............ 3 INDEX By Adrian Baumann abaumann@willitsnews.com A lawyer for a group of local growers has filed a request for public records with the Men- docino County Sheriff's Office for documents connected to al- legations of illegal raids, and other police misbehavior, seek- ing a huge swath of documents related to raids by County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradi- cation Taskforce and the Men- docino Major Crimes Task Force, over the last several years; the document was also sent to the state Department of Justice. Allegations of sev- eral raids alleged to be abusive or illegal, have also been com- municated in detail to The Wil- lits News. PRA requests are similar to federal Freedom of Informa- tion Act requests, but on a lo- cal level. The PRA request was issued by Joe Elford of a med- ical marijuana lawyer in San Francisco, and formerly chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access, on behalf of a group of growers from across the county who are seeking to un- derstand the nature of several recent raids that have left many throughout the county scratch- ing their heads. Finding that they could not get to the bottom of these raids, and believing the tactics prac- ticed during the raids were abu- sive, and in some cases uncon- MARIJUANA Police raid misconduct claims spark legal action Litany of alleged abuses masked by fear of reprisal and gray pot law GOING GREEN » PAGE 10 How to have a green Halloween SPORTS » PAGE 11 Cardinals fall to Panthers KELLEY HOUSE » PAGE 6 Doghole schooners special to the coast THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Visit our Facebook page for daily posts PHOTO COURTESY OF MFPD/CLOE RICE Fire truck rides through town were a crowd favorite. Submitted Article The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department's annual open house on Saturday was a success — en- tertaining, feeding, and educat- ing children and adults alike. Attendees saw demonstrations of the department's century-old hand pumper and a vehicle ex- trication using the "jaws of life." Firefighters demonstrated meth- ods of using forcible entry to gain access to a simulated burning building and performed skills necessary to rescue victims us- ing ladders and specialized tech- FIRE SAFETY MVFD open house and barbecue a big hit Kids and adults have fun while learning about fire safety, meeting first responders POLICE » PAGE 9 SAFETY » PAGE 16 BOARD » PAGE 16 DIVER » PAGE 16 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, October 16, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 2

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