Amanda & Chris Go Digging

Ms. Amanda Marsh and her boyfriend, Chris Geurts, were invited to go on a dig at a vacation house out on Woodland Park Road between Laytonville and Dos Rios.  No, Virginia, Marsh and Geurts are not archeologists; “dig” in the parlance of burglars means a place where fencible goods can be stolen.  And when the […]

Court Notes (December 4, 2019)

Congrats to two Santa Rosa lawyers who try a lot of cases in Mendoland and serve the interests of justice: Andy Martinez and Chris Andrian. The two trials started last week ended today, Monday, November 25, in a remarkable flurry of NOT GUILTY verdicts; the first in was the jury in the case that started […]

West Hills Gunslingers Association

A jury trial for James Robert Nix, 65, of Ukiah, on two counts of assault with a firearm began with jury selection last Monday in Judge Cindee Mayfield’s court. At the same time a jury trial for Pablo Gonzalez, Sr. on similar charges (assault with a firearm, felon with a gun, theft of a firearm) […]

Court Notes

Marcus Caldwell pled guilty to forcible rape and three counts of penetration with a foreign object, along with one count of first degree burglary on the morning set for his jury trial, Tuesday, November 12th. Details of the crime did not come out in court – one of the chief reasons for a plea bargain […]

Shell Shock & Carcinoma for Those Who Served

Michael Grunwald has been awaiting judgment and sentencing for several weeks. He has been scheduled several times for the procedure but each time more legal aspects of his case have to be looked into and considered. Most recently, it was section 1170.9 of the Penal Code that caused delay. Michael Grunwald faces four years and […]

Boonville Drive-By

Attempted murder charges stemming from an incident in Boonville have been filed on two Hopland men, Marshall Stillday and Asher Knight, for firing a shot at Jesus Alvarez-Ceja around 10 pm on August 7th. Ceja was in his vehicle at the Boonville Fairgrounds parking lot when a bullet fired from a passing car containing the […]

Murder at Rancho Navarro

Is Michael J. Saner sane? The trial for Michael J. Saner finished up last week. But the jury, due to the long weekend, was still deliberating at the filing of this report on Columbus Day, known west of State Street as Indigenous People’s Day.  The State’s case, charging Murder One, was finished after only two […]

Kill or Be Killed

The jury trial for Michael J. Saner, accused of murder in the killing of William Martinez at Rancho Navarro on August 6th, 2017, finally began last Monday only to go into recess before noon on Wednesday when one of the jurors had to go to the emergency room to pass a kidney stone.  The trial […]

‘Tis the Halloween Season for Crazies

It is mildly irritating that in Mendocino Officialdom there’s a pervasive pretense that the homeless population, especially the criminal elements of the homeless “community,” come from elsewhere; this is patently untrue: 80% are locals.  And so when a homeless man recently attacked two people near the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op, the public was informed by […]

Low Gap Raiders Come to Court

The Low Gap Gang came to prelim last week and we learned some details about the charges the trio of home-invading hip-dopes from Sonoma County are up against.  The “heavy” seems to be Nathan Kurtz; he was charged with pistol-whipping the victim and then stealing the victim’s pickup, while all three (the other two being […]

The Bicycle Thief

Last week a bicycle thief was sentenced to four years in prison, a deterrent, at last, at long last, to the decades-long impunity bicycles thieves have enjoyed in Ukiah, the stolen bicycle capital of the world. Only a few weeks ago some young pup of a bike thief loitering by my driveway bragged to the […]

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