AM News Monday 6.24.13
A Second WET storm system MOVEs INTO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY...BRINGING RAIN AND MUCH COOLER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES TO THE REGION THROUGH TUESDAY.
DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS ToDAY AND TUESDAY WILL LIKELY BE BROKEN FOR MANY LOCATIONS.
The rare summer precipitation is coming courtesy of an “atmospheric river” expected to wash ashore from the Pacific, dropping up to 2 inches of rain, said Duane Dykema, National Weather Service meteorologist.
Wet conditions could linger until late Tuesday. Daytime highs will be in the low 70s and drop to the upper 50s at night.
By all accounts, fire season has arrived early this year and grasses and other fuels are noticeably drier than usual. The rains will put a damper on the action, albeit a temporary one,.
Mendocino County's medical examiner's credibility was called into serious question and the public defender was put on the stand over the possible bungling of a murder case, in an unusual all-day hearing in county Superior Court Friday.
At issue is whether Timothy Elliott, 40, of Hopland, got a fair trial in 2010 and whether he deserves a new one. He claims his public defender, Linda Thompson, was ineffective legal counsel . He was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
County medical examiner Dr. Jason Trent has sworn that the knive in the case caused the fatal wound, sworn twice that it was not and Friday swore that it was the weapon.
Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman on Friday, concluded "Dr. Trent's credibility is damaged,".
In the afternoon, Public Defender Linda Thompson was called to the stand to explain the things she did in her defense case for Elliott.. According to Elliott's court-appointed attorney Jan Cole-Wilson, Thompson made three grave errors: not asking for a special hearing on the knife, not cross-examining Trent about the size of the knife. And finally, not raising the issue of the knife and Trent' during her closing argument.
Moorman scheduled another hearing in August, instructing Sequeira and Cole-Wilson to write briefs explaining why a new trial should or should not be granted.
A man who evaded arrest for almost 13 years was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the brutal killing of a Ukiah man in August 2000.
“It’s a relief” to finally bring the suspect to justice, the victim’s brother, Dan Williamson, said during a break in a preliminary hearing held to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
Jerred Hernandez, 32, was tracked down in Mexico and returned to Mendocino County in May. He is charged with murder, burglary, arson and several special circumstances and allegations in connection with the bludgeoning death of Michael Williamson, 44 at the home of his parents, who were away at the time.
Hernandez is accused of ransacking and burglarizing the home following the killing and trying to cover his tracks by setting fire to the house.
The charges carry the possibility of a death sentence.
Hernandez’s next court appearance is July 9.
This summer the city of Ukiah Community Services Department will be presenting two more free, fun-filled events at our parks.
Each event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will have exciting activities including arts and crafts, team-work games, bounce houses, healthy snacks and beverages, and other fun activities.
The first event was held last Saturday, June 22, at Vinewood Park.
“Family Fun in the Sun” is presented by the city of Ukiah, with special thanks to California Exterminators Alliance, Observatory Surgery Center and Pamela L. Rones, CPA for sponsoring this event.
For more details, call Ukiah Community Services at 707-463-6231.