The Stolen Scanner

Deputy DA Houston Porter is leaving the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for a post with the DA’s office in Marin County. Porter’s last case involved the alleged theft of a scanner from Grocery Outlet in Ukiah by co-defendants Sarah Walker and Christopher Todd Mangrum, the latter raised in Boonville. At last week’s preliminary hearing, […]

Anchor Bay Elderly Get State Prison

“Mr. Eyster’s sentencing brief resembled a lurid crime novel, your honor, and I need time to go over it with my client,” defense attorney Monty Hansen said to Judge John Behnke as the judgment and sentencing of Anchor Bay gunslinger Harry Miller got under way last Friday. Miller had plead guilty to shooting one neighbor […]

The Father of a Righteous Child Has Great Joy

Joseph Gates was acquitted last Wednesday of assault with a deadly weapon, a knife, against his own dear old dad, an anthropologist for the California Energy Commission, Thomas Gates, PhD. What Joseph Gates really did, as opposed to the patently false charges brought against him by his progenitor, was fail to live up to his […]

The Accidental Arsonist

For those of you who are in danger of becoming homeless on the streets of Ukiah — Heaven forfend — remember this: Don’t expect to be toasting marshmallows around a cheerful campfire. People who have never been homeless and had to live out on the streets may think of it as a kind of fun […]

Home Invasions Change Colors

The latest home invasion for pot – and after legalization, who’d a-thunk it? Yet here we have another trio of armed stoners, with several more of the white boy bandidos still on the loose who came up to Mendo to grab some buds and/or cash at gunpoint. We just got one trio processed through the […]

Wrong Way Dope

Officer Jason Hinds of the Highway Patrol arrived on the scene of a collision on Highway 101 at about ten after nine the evening of January 7th. The collision had occurred in the northbound lane and the large Dodge Ram 1500 truck that Ransome Fred Anderson, 51, of Covelo, had been driving was blocking the […]

Flores Case Tossed

Last week we tried a practice run here at America’s Last Newspaper of re-instating a traditional element to court reporting, and that is the courtroom sketch artist. As the astute reader knows, in unusually high-profile cases like the O.J. Simpson trial and a very few others, the protocol has always been for newspapers to employ […]

Barbara Howe’s Day In Court

Judge Jeanine Nadel called the case of Tammy Moss-Chandler v. Barbara Howe first thing on Wednesday morning in the Ukiah courthouse. She gave each party a copy of the Standard Settlement Agreement and sent them into the hallway to talk it over and “see if this can be resolved” – either that, or come back […]

Tai Abreu Case Delayed Indefinitely

After waiting all this time to get the Tai Abreu case back on the court calendar we are reduced to reporting only that the new felony murder law, Senate Bill 1437, is still on hold as being “unconstitutional” in the opinion of some prosecutors across the state. They say the legislators passed the bill in […]

Susan Miller’s Crime

Sixty-eight-year-old Susan Miller, a retired teacher and librarian, an active volunteer in her community, and the parent of two successful adult children, was sent to prison last week even though there was not even so much as a traffic ticket on her record. Readers may recall that Susan Miller was recently found guilty of “accessory […]

On the Way to Jail…

Richard McCormick has done a terrific service to the Sheriff’s office by demonstrating how utterly incorruptible the deputies are. On March 27th, Mr. McCormick, having been picked up on a misdemeanor offense, while out on bail for another felony, and was being transported to jail, tried to bribe the deputy into letting him go. The […]