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Breaking News: Napa Earthquake; Lodge Lightning Complex Fire

Sunday morning earthquake (Updated at 7:20am Tuesday August 26): According to the USGS, an earthquake and several aftershocks were recorded this morning. The original quake at 3:20am Sunday morning was measured at 6.0 and was centered near American Canyon. Three aftershocks were recorded near Napa: at 5:01am (2.5), at 5:47am (3.6), and 7:22am (2.5); two more near American Canyon at 7:54am (2.8), and 10:38am (2.6).

KQED reports the following information:
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake epicentered at the southern edge of Napa struck at Sunday morning at 3:20 a.m.
• The quake is the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake of Oct. 17, 1989.
• Napa’s Queen of the Valley Hospital reports treating 208 people between the time the earthquake struck at 3:20 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. The hospital says a total of 17 people were admitted, most in fair to serious condition. One person remains in critical condition. Vallejo is reporting 25 minor injuries.
• The city of Napa has reported 33 buildings have been deemed unsafe. Officials in Vallejo have closed a two-block stretch of one of the city’s principal streets because of concerns that a church bell tower could collapse, and Napa’s school district announced that schools will remain closed Tuesday and possibly beyond. KQED’s Craig Miller reports that Vallejo’s First Baptist Church, at the corner of Carolina Street and Sonoma Boulevard, has been red-tagged. Among the church’s structural concerns: that the bell tower has been weakened to the point where it might collapse. This fear has prompted officials to close Sonoma Boulevard, which is also Highway 29, for two blocks on either side of the church. The closure also affects Lincoln Elementary School, immediately across the street from First Baptist.
• Napa officials updated the number of buildings red-tagged there to 64. Among the buildings shut down is the city’s historic courthouse building, and county officials announced today that the building will be closed indefinitely as it undergoes structural analysis. Several other major public buildings, including the Napa County Administration Building, were closed Monday.
• The Napa Valley Unified School District announced schools across the city will remain closed Tuesday as staff cleans up after the quake. The district will make a decision Tuesday about whether the closure will be extended.
• The Napa Fire Department reported Monday it responded to 50 fires after the quake, including one in a mobile home park that destroyed four units and damaged several others. Fire officials said an initial lack of water due to water-main breaks led to some of the destruction.
• Napa’s water system is undergoing repairs after suffering 60 water-main breaks. Officials say that some residents will lose water service during repairs and are advising affected residents to use boiled or bottled water until further notice.

Additional detailed information can be found at KQED's website: KQED reports.

Lodge Fire: The fire status has not been updated by Cal Fire since Wednesday evening. It appears that there will be no additional updates until/unless there is a significant change in the status. KZYX will monitor Cal Fire and other fire, police, and safety sources and advise if needed. At last report the fire had consumed 12,535 acres and was 96% contained.

Morning News for Wednesday, May 8th

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The discovery of a pickup down an embankment on the Hopland Grade last Tuesday turned out to be an important piece of evidence in the Jan. 18 murder of Forrest Seagrave at a convenience story in Lake County.

The Lake Sheriff’s Office confirmed  that the pickup was one that they have sought in connection to the killing during a late-night robbery by a masked assailant .

Detectives identified the black 2008 Toyota Tacoma, which had been reported stolen from the Kelseyville area on the same day as Seagrave’s murder.

The pickup was transported to a secured location and processed for evidence by detectives and crime scene technicians.

A $10,000 reward, raised from community donations, is offered. .Anyone with information related to the Seagrave murder  should contact the Lake Sheriff’s Office at 707-263-2690.










Jerred Hernandez, wanted for a thirteen year old Ukiah murder, has been arrested in Ensenada, Mexico and booked into the San Diego  Jail for the August 2000 murder of 44-year-old Michael Williamson.

Ukiah Police reported that Det. Rick Pintane and Det. Sgt. David McQueary interviewed Hernandez Monday in San Diego , and arranged for his transportation back to Ukiah in connection with no-bail warrant charges of murder, arson , first-degree robbery and first degree burglary.

Williamson, who had been staying at his parents’ Carolyn Drive home while they were out of state, was found dead after firefighters responded to a reported fire Aug. 2, 2000, which was believed to be  an attempt to disguise the murder.

a federal arrest warrant was issued in the U.S. District Court Aug. 9, 2000, after investigators determined that Hernandez fled Ukiah.

Williamson, who was in recovery for drug addition, was trying to mentor other addicts including Jerred Hernandez. Investigators determined that Williamson died from severe blunt trauma to his head.  Hernandez’s arrest is the result of a joint collaboration by the Ukiah PD, FBI San FranciscoSan Diego & Mexico City; U.S. Customs  and Baja California State Police.

The owners of the Compassionate Heart medical marijuana Dispensary are trying to find a new home after their landlord received a letter from the U.S. Attorney's Office demanding they evict the business or risk losing the property.

The letter is part of a national wave of cease-and-desist notices sent to marijuana dispensaries and their landlords in California, Washington and Colorado. 

After property owner Ed Busch, 86, received a certified letter Monday and consulted his attorney, he reluctantly handed his tenant a notice of eviction. He is sending a copy of the eviction notice to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag .

“I'm very sorry to do it because they're running a very legitimate business as far as the state is concerned,” Busch said. The tenant declined to comment, saying he feared losing his bank account if he was identified.








Lakeport Police are searching for two people alleged to have kidnapped a woman who jumped out of the car at the Lake County Courthouse.

John David Jaquint Jr. said to be armed and dangerous,and Danielle Weisler, are wanted .The alleged victim said she was held at gunpoint overnight then driven to Lake County Monday in her car, because both she and Jaquint had court proceedings.

As Jaquint left for the courtroom, she left her vehicle and contacted  security, who called police.

Jaquint , driven by Weisler, fled in a 2004 burgundy Volvo with California plate 6XUZ573 with a cracked front windshield.

John Jaquint Jr. is white, 5 feet 10 , 210 pounds, bald, with partial sleeve tattoos on both arms .

anyone with information is asked to call the Lakeport P at 263-5491.








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