The Front Door

Top ‘o the mornin’ to you, Homer, in your all-white uniform, in your shiny new Dickies paint pants and a crisp white long-sleeve button-down oxford shirt — J. Crew, no doubt, single-needle tailored — Jesus, Joseph and Mary, you glow with the saintly halo of The Great White Hope! But from the contrast between your […]

Hints for Homer, the DIY Homebody

Hello, Homer! How ya been, buddy? Doin’ well, I hope. Now, I know that Simpson’s caricature has given you a bum rap, but I’m of the opinion that your reputation can be rehabilitated. How would like to save a bunch of dough and at the same time put a glow of pride on your spouse’s […]

Little Todd’s Tool Box

Christopher Todd Mangrum and his co-defendant in the stolen scanner case, Sarah Walker, were in court again, facing a petition to revoke Mr. Mangrum’s probation, as he had been pulled over by a deputy who found two knives and a hatchet in his vehicle. One of the knives was a “survival knife,” a ten-and-a-half inch […]

Rainville Relief

Joan Rainville was in court Thursday for an expungement hearing, having completed her five years of probation imposed for a 2014 conviction of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a car, her mother’s car, which Ms. Rainville drove through a fence in Ukiah and into the neighbor’s backyard, disrupting a Labor Day barbecue […]

Honor Thy Father

David Schwindt, 77, took the stand feebly, his palsied hand trembling as he raised it to be sworn in. The old man’s hearing was poor so the bailiff fitted a set of earphones over his head before Deputy DA Elizabeth Norman could begin her direct examination.  When he was all set, Ms. Norman asked, “Where […]

Local Bank Robber Sentenced

Travis Strickland robbed a string of banks from Ukiah to Santa Rosa until he was finally apprehended after robbing the Chase Bank in Cloverdale on December 4th 2018. Mr. Strickland was arrested by Cloverdale police officers only a half-block from the bank on South Cloverdale Boulevard while Strickland was in his black Mercedes in what […]

Judge Dolan Goes Light Too?

On Friday of last week, January 3rd, your trusty courthouse correspondent saw colleague Mike Geniella’s SUV parked nearby and realized that Mr. Geniella would be working closely with DA C. David Eyster to deliver another fair and balanced press release regarding the judgment and sentencing of Jakell Malik Watts.  With the Watts case being so […]

Courthouse Year-End Awards

Now that Coast prosecutor Tim Stoen has retired, The Eldest Practicing Lawyer in the Criminal Defense arena would have to be Albert Kubanis, a guy on the cusp of 80. Having moved to Ukiah back in the early 1970s, Mr. Kubanis still gets up at five in the morning to play racquetball at his health […]

Justice Is Not Blind…

Last week, a jury found Paul Rivera, a deaf and dumb homeless man, not guilty of possession for sale of methamphetamine, a felony. Rivera was found guilty of the misdemeanor possession — something he admitted all along.  Meth addicts inevitably claim “personal use,” even when the amount in possession is grossly more than what reasonable […]

Eight Years for Murder?

Isaiah Bennett pled to two counts of possession of methamphetamine, just before he was sentenced to eight years in state prison for fatally assaulting a poor old blind beggar, Jimmy Isenhart, on the streets of Ukiah. It wasn’t Bennett’s first go-round (as they say in the parlance of incarceration), he’d done time in the local […]

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 […]

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