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Investigating the Disappearance of Kathy LaMadrid

The rumors aren't pretty. Like pornography, they're crass. As with any small town police investigation, they can be all-consuming. But after all the sightings and psychic readings, after the cadaver…

Give Us The Dope Or We’ll Take Your Kids

Every time a judge denies a motion to suppress evidence, the judge is saying to the cop, “Good job, your methods are perfectly legal, no room for improvement; keep up…

Potter Valley Pomos Buy Fort Bragg’s White Ranch

Here we go again. After sitting on the market for a year, the White Ranch property has sold. This time the buyer is not a predatory, out-of-town developer with his…

Peregrine Falcons In Mendoland

Peregrine falcons, the fastest birds on earth, like Mendocino County. In fact, our county has more peregrines breeding here than any other county in the lower 48 eight states. They…

The Cloverdale Road

Dear Cloverdale Road, I won’t say it’s been too long, but even now my feelings are mixed. Over the years our relationship has been complicated, happy, tumultuous. With you I…

Nevermind Unfunded Pensions and the Mentally Ill in Jail: Let’s Buy A Big New Courthouse!

Coast psychiatrist Dr. Mark Klein was back before the Board last week to present a follow-up to his previous informal request: a draft of a resolution “supporting treatment not incarceration…

Taking Back the Mendocino Arts Center

The good news: Attorney Brandt Stickel has been removed as President of the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Art Center (subsequently resigning) and a new slate of officers have…

Judge Lehan Speaks

Note: Before I left my assignment at the Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg I asked Judge Jonathan Lehan for an interview. The judge agreed to answer written questions in…

Getting Away With Murder

It was a perfect early afternoon in May when a young Mexican couple saw the car under the overpass with the man holding a knife to a terrified woman's throat.…

The Cold Case Desk

Here at Boonville’s cold case desk, the phone will ring and an anonymous someone will ask, “Do you remember the murder of…?” The caller seldom recalls the specifics of the…

Guns, Germs & Steel

James Stephens, felon, up on charges that he was in possession of a .22 rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun, nar­rowly missed four more years in state prison because, apparently,…