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Like the Advocate-News and stay in the loop on local news, sports and more. VISIT FACEBOOK.COM/ FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Police Department purchases K-9 unit. Below New Thanksgiving Coffee will help honey bees. Page A2 INSIDE THIS WEEK By Kelci Parks email@example.com @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The identities of two murdered teens whose bodies were found along Highway 20 in 1979 have been released nearly 37 years af- ter their deaths. Francine Marie Trimble and Kerry Ann Graham were insep- arable best friends, according to Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. The two were last seen in Forestville in 1978 after stat- ing they were going to the Cod- dingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, All- man said at a press conference in Ukiah Tuesday. The case has been shrouded in mystery since the very be- ginning. On top of the normal hindrances to investigating a 1970's homicide, like a lack, at the time, of DNA testing, social networks, expansive databases or even cell phones, handwritten law enforcement reports on the incident were only partly legi- ble. There's also a discrepancy between reports on the date the girls were last seen, according to Allman. HIGHWAY 20 MURDERS MCSO shares IDs in 1979 cold case KELCI PARKS — ADVOCATE PHOTO Events meant to raise funds for the Mendocino Coast Clinics generated an estimated gross of about $75,000. Combined, the Cioppino Din- ner and the Anything But Crab Cake Cook Off served a total of about 750 people. See A5 for photos and cook off winners. ANYTHING BUT CRAB FUNDRAISING BRINGING IN BIG BUCKS By Ukiah Daily Journal staff SACRAMENTO» Legislators Monday urged Gov. Jerry Brown to take im- mediate action following what has been a disastrous crab season for fisheries on the North Coast. Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healds- burg, also chairman of the state Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, said Brown should declare a fishery disaster after un- safe levels of domoic acid found in California Dungeness crabs in November forced the delay of the crab season, and made the indus- try miss out on the peak holiday season with projected losses in the millions of dollars. "The delayed crab season is unprecedented in duration and magnitude and California crab- bers need our help now more than ever," McGuire said in a statement. STATE GOVERNMENT Legislators urging state action on crab season Dungeness crabs found to have unsafe domoic acid levels in November Classifieds ......B4 Crossword .......B4 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A6 INDEX By Kelci Parks firstname.lastname@example.org @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter The Fort Bragg Police De- partment will soon have a K-9 unit. The four-legged part of the team is currently named Jerr y, but police say that's likely to change. Officer Bran- don McGregor will be the dog's handler. The new team will undergo six weeks of training together. Jer r y w i ll be prot ec t ion- trained first, learning how to help apprehend suspects, and then move on to narcotics de- tection, say police. McGregor will be trained not only in how to handle the dog, but also in case law, policies and proce- dures surrounding K-9 units. Jerr y is about 20 months old and w ill live w ith Mc- Gregor. He's expected to ar- rive in Fort Bragg to begin training within the next few weeks. Funding for the K-9 unit was prov ided b y the Men- docino Public Safety Founda- tion. "We asked for a donation from the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation for $11,500 dollars. They unequivocally said yes," said Fort Bragg Po- lice Department Lt. Charles Gilchrist. "Great hardwork- ing group of people." T he money donated w ill cover the cost of the dog and all his training. FBPD New K-9 unit is in training SPORTS » PAGE B1 Teams battle it out on the court YOUTH » PAGE A2 Four complete CalFire Academy AGRICULTURE » PAGE A7 New certification programs launched THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook ADVOCATE PHOTO A fire last Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Chestnut Street Apartments damaged a downstairs unit but was prevented from spreading further aer a response by 20 Fort Bragg volunteer firefighters in three engines and the department's aerial truck. There were no injuries but a family lost their home. The cause of the fire was undetermined at press time. APARTMENT FIRE Blaze on Minnesota Ave. K-9 » PAGE 11 ADAM RANDALL — UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Kerry Ann Graham (le), 15, and Francine Trimble, 14, were identified Tuesday at the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office as two bodies found in 1979 west of Willits. CRAB » PAGE 12 CASE » PAGE 9 » advocate-news.com Thursday, February 4, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/FORTBRAGGADVOCATENEWS Volume 127, issue 36 8 52659 03864 0