Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Regional

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — The Napa County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday it has filed a criminal complaint charging Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, with driving under the influence causing injury for a crash that occurred last month.

Paul Pelosi, 82, was involved in a crash on Highway 29 and Oakville Cross Road at 10:17 p.m. May 28.

A blood sample taken from Pelosi about two hours after the crash was sent to the California Department of Justice for testing, which found his blood alcohol conte was .082%, just over the legal limit.

The charges filed against Pelosi on Thursday include driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with .08% blood alcohol level or higher causing injury.

Under California law, these charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony. Based upon the extent of the injuries suffered by the victim, the District Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges.

“This decision is consistent with how our office handles these cases with similar injuries,” the agency said.

The punishment for driving under the influence causing injury as a misdemeanor is set by California law. It includes up to five years of probation, a minimum of five days in jail, installation of an ignition interlock device, fines and fees, completion of a court ordered drinking driver class, and other terms as appropriate, officials reported.

Pelosi was released from custody upon his promise to appear for an arraignment in Napa County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

The court date was selected by the Napa County Department of Corrections at the time of Pelosi’s release, officials said.

CHICO, Calif. — Authorities have taken a 14-year-old boy into custody after police said he attempted to kill a woman on the grounds of Chico High School.

The Chico Police Department said the name of the teenage suspect is not being released due to his age.

Police said that at 6:30 a.m. Friday, custodial staff at Chico High School located a severely injured 71-year-old female on the Warner Street side of Chico High School Campus, on the grounds of the school’s athletic stadium.

The agency said its Patrol Unit, Violence Suppression Unit and crime scene investigators conducted the investigation.

Investigators determined that the victim regularly utilized the campus track for exercise.

Approximately an hour after the conclusion of the Chico High School commencement ceremony, the victim was exercising at the facility grounds, police said.

Authorities said the woman was pursued and attacked from behind by a suspect with a large, bludgeoning weapon.

The teenage suspect fled the area and the incapacitated victim was left on the facility grounds until her discovery the following morning, police said.

Investigators determined the identity of the suspect to be a 14-year-old male.

He was located and arrested for attempted murder at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Additional details about the case were not immediately available.

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. — Caltrans will begin the Champlin Slough Bridge Replacement project starting on May 23, which will completely replace the existing bridge structure located just south of Los Molinos on State Route 99 in Tehama County.

The project also includes new guard railing, and the addition of numerous safety features.

Preliminary work will begin on May 23, with nightly one-way traffic control. SR 99 will be fully closed to through traffic tentatively on June 6th for seven weeks. Please see the attached detour map to plan your commute/trips accordingly.

The $7.5 million project includes 90 working days, with 40 calendar days requiring the SR-99 closure. The entire project is expected to be completed by mid-August 2022.

To stay up to date on highway projects, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Project information can also be found on the District 2 webpage.

The public can also call 530-225-3426 during working hours or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Updated highway conditions for California can be found on QuickMap and on One-Stop-Shop for the Western U.S.

Contractor Viking Construction Co. Inc., North Region Construction and Caltrans District 2 thank the traveling public and local communities for their patience during the construction of the project.



The Meridian drawbridge on Highway 20 at the Sutter-Colusa County line in Northern California. Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

MERIDIAN, Calif. — Motorists may expect travel delays Thursday, June 23, on State Highway 20 at the Meridian Bridge on the Sutter-Colusa County line.

The bridge is scheduled to be closed intermittently between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. as Caltrans crews open the swing bridge to conduct their annual routine inspection of the historic steel structure over the Sacramento River.

Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes during each of the two planned openings.

Motorists are advised to find alternate routes during the temporary highway closure, which is subject to change due to unexpected weather or other events.

Electronic roadside message boards will be used to post the latest information.

Built in 1977 to replace an earlier bridge destroyed by fire, the swinging, turntable bridge is swung open once a year for inspection.

The U.S. Coast Guard requires the structure remain operational to allow large maritime vessels to pass through.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.

For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.

Jack Stanley Seprish, 43, was arrested for arson following a fire in Monte Rio, California, on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire.

NORTH COAST, Calif. — Cal Fire said its law enforcement officers have arrested a man on suspicion of setting a fire in Monte Rio in Sonoma County last week.

Jack Stanley Seprish, a 43-year-old transient, was arrested in the case, officials said.

At 6:12 p.m. Thursday, May 26, firefighting resources from Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit along with Monte Rio Fire Protection District and Sonoma County Fire District responded to a vegetation fire in Monte Rio located in the 9500 block of Bohemian Highway.

While firefighters were at the scene a second fire was reported nearby, Cal Fire said.

Cal Fire said residents reported seeing a white male adult later identified as Seprish in the area of the fires.

After a search of the area by law enforcement officers from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire, Seprish was located by sheriff’s deputies, who arrested him, transporting him to the Sonoma County Jail on a charge of burglary to a house in the area of the fires.

As the result of an ongoing Cal Fire law enforcement investigation, Seprish has since been charged with 10 counts of arson to forest land for 10 separate fires to which he has been linked.

Seprish was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon, and bail has been set at $920,000.

If you suspect an arson-caused fire, call Cal Fire’s anonymous hotline at 1-800-468-4408.

On Monday, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced the distribution of over $1 million in Historic Preservation Funds, or HPF, to 17 tribal historic preservation offices in California’s Second Congressional District.

The HPF grants fund preservation programs at tribal offices ensure preservation of tribal sites and cultural traditions.

“My district is home to many tribes, whose culture and history have been a deeply important part of the fabric of our community since time immemorial,” said Rep. Huffman. “Thanks to the investments made by Congress in this year’s funding bill, over a million dollars is heading their way to preserve places of cultural significance, ensuring America’s diverse history is protected and celebrated.”

These funds, totaling $1,166,615, are being delivered to 17 tribes in California’s Second Congressional District:

• $65,029 to the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria;
• $65,281 to the Blue Lake Rancheria;
• $65,270 to the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria;
• $65,184 to the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians;
• $66,925 to the Elk Valley Rancheria;
• $66,378 to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria;
• $81,586 to the Hoopa Valley Tribe;
• $69,511 to the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians;
• $67,921 to the Karuk Tribe;
• $67,275 to the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria;
• $65,433 to the Pinoleville Pomo Nation;
• $66,258 to the Resighini Rancheria;
• $77,617 to the Round Valley Indian Tribes;
• $67,285 to the Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California;
• $64,732 to the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation;
• $65,512 to the Wiyot Tribe;
• $79,418 to the Yurok Tribe.

Administered by the NPS, these funds are appropriated annually by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund.

Since its inception in 1977, the HPF has provided more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations.

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