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Faulder Sworn In

Faulder Sworn In

A row of black robes, a jury of nine, as best I could count, were the sitting and retired judges who attended the swearing in of Mendo’s newest judge, The…

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Goodbye to Judges David Nelson and Richard Henderson, who are both retiring. Goodbye to prosecutor and memoirist Timothy Stoen, who is retiring for health reasons, or would otherwise stay on…

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Random Physical Assault…

The scene of the crime was the upscale Park Place Apartments, alongside shady Orr Creek bridge at 621 North State Street. The time was 2:30 the sunny afternoon of October…

Melodrama In The Haunted House

It was a spooky old Victorian farmhouse with a lot of furniture and boxes piled up in front of the door because the home’s occupants said 400 zombies armed…

Flip The Muffins While I Beat This Guy To Death

The preliminary examination of the evidence against Joshua R. Ruoff in the murder of a co-worker, Timothy Sweeting, at a pot pharm on the Charlie Hurt Highway near Covelo last…

Prop 64: Now The Legal Questions

The impact of Proposition 64 has been reverberating through the courtrooms these past two weeks and a number of cases have stalled to assess how things will shape up. On…

Patricide In Laytonville

Jewel Evern Dyer — finally cornered after attempting to elude trial as a nutcase — at last went through the first step in the direction of justice for killing his…

When Hill Muffins Fall Out

When Hill Muffins Fall Out

Last Tuesday (election day), a pot trial got underway featuring some of the area’s most noted growers, activists and Deadhead celebrities were mentioned in open court — names like Wavy…

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

Lorenzo Rodriquez took the stand at the end of his court trial last week, opting to appear before a judge rather than a jury. The defendant proceeded to pitch a…

On The Eve Of Legalization…

A three-day jury trial ended last Wednesday with a hung jury, but the defendant will be going to prison anyway. Manuel Carl Turchan, 37, ran from a bust in Covelo…

Deputy Massey’s Last Patrol

After 20 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Mendocino County, Orell Massey has retired, although we understand he may return as a jail transportation officer for a while. Here’s a…