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Witnesses describe bloody Lakehead area murder scene

Witnesses describe bloody Lakehead area murder scene

- Record Searchlight
A Shasta County sheriff's deputy took the witness stand in Shasta County Superior Court Tuesday as he described in graphic detail the horrific scene of a September stabbing at a Lakehead area RV park and campground that left a 50-year-old man dead.
"He was covered in blood," said deputy Justin Brewer after finding Michael Douglas Graves lying next to an RV with numerous stab wounds and gasping for breath. "I asked him who stabbed him. He said, Chris, and then lost...

Up in smoke: When the law gets hazy

Up in smoke: When the law gets hazy

No contest plea ends long-running drug case

- Enterprise
His court case resolved, a retired UC Davis fire captain convicted of illegal marijuana sales says he was the focus of a “witch hunt” by overzealous Yolo County drug agents and prosecutors.
“For what? What did they get out of it?” said Paul Fullerton, whose home and hydroponics business, Lil’ Shop of Growers in Woodland, were raided by the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (YONET) in February 2016.
The result was felony drug, child endangerment and...

Reggae Icon’s Son Was Caught With Marijuana. It Nearly Cost Him His Life.

Reggae Icon’s Son Was Caught With Marijuana. It Nearly Cost Him His Life.

- Marijuana.com
Jawara McIntosh was living a good life in June 2013. A budding recording artist, father, devout Rastafarian and son of a legend, he was traveling from New Jersey to his home outside of Boston.
With dreadlocks swinging and music mellowing, McIntosh heard sirens. He was pulled over, his car searched. Police officers found a large amount of cannabis in the car and arrested him. He was taken to the Bergen County, New Jersey, Jail in Hackensack.
McIntosh’s arrest reads much like...

How To Hook Up On A Plane Without Getting Caught, 'Cause You Know You Want To

How To Hook Up On A Plane Without Getting Caught, 'Cause You Know You Want To

- Elite Daily
Let's be real: Everyone's got a sex bucket list. Maybe it consists of trying crazy acrobatic positions in the bedroom, or attempting to get it on in all sorts of spontaneous and risky locations. (Like a romp between the stacks of your college library, perhaps?) Whatever the case may be, I'm guessing it involves joining the Mile High Club, which means you're probably wondering how to have sex on a plane...
So, like, hey, I'm Genevieve. And I'll be your captain on this instructional, plane...

Judge says he’s leaning toward dismissing Benno case

Judge says he’s leaning toward dismissing Benno case

- Record Searchlight
Medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons had a pretty good day Friday in Shasta County Superior Court.
So did their lawyers.
That's because they may be one step closer in seeing their long-running criminal case dismissed after it's slowly gone through the court system for nearly four years.
"Everything is looking good," Benno said after court Friday morning.
Benno, who declined to elaborate, made his comment after Superior Court Judge...

Fullerton’s controversial cannabis case closes among saddened Yoloans

Fullerton’s controversial cannabis case closes among saddened Yoloans

- Daily Democrat
Tightly holding the hand of his wife, Maricel, Paul Fullerton waited for his sentencing to begin. Perhaps in impatience, he sighed and crossed his legs; one of his pant legs lifts just enough to reveal a sock depicting a green cannabis leaf, a knitted outcry of opposition.
This past Monday marked the end of a long and controversial case, in which long-time Woodland resident Fullerton has found himself in the cogs of the ever-changing cannabis issue. Surrounded by fellow firefighters,...

Strangers Defend Alleged Sex On Flight: Woman 'Fell Asleep' In Man's Lap

Strangers Defend Alleged Sex On Flight: Woman 'Fell Asleep' In Man's Lap

- International Business Times
Strangers who were reportedly caught engaging in sexual activity Oct. 29 on a Detroit-bound Delta Air Lines flight seemingly tried to hide their activity while a passenger seated beside them was asleep. The man involved claimed in a nine-page police report that the woman had "fallen asleep in his lap" and he simply "grabbed her breasts."
The 48-year-old woman and 28-year-old man received FBI citations after the failed attempt at joining the Mile High Club. The two individuals...

Controversial cannabis case continues to test local laws

Controversial cannabis case continues to test local laws

- Daily Democrat
A controversial marijuana possession case settled into the Yolo County Superior Court again on Tuesday, starting up yet another discussion regarding the legality of cannabis in the county.
Paul Fullerton Jr. and his wife Maricel appeared before the court again for a preliminary hearing. Paul faces felony charges for possessing marijuana for sale, as well as charges and enhancements including firearms and child endangerment based on those firearms.
Paul and his wife, Maricel, are...

Deputies shot suspect multiple times in gunbattle near Rastafarian church, autopsy shows

Deputies shot suspect multiple times in gunbattle near Rastafarian church, autopsy shows

- The Sacramento Bee
An autopsy determined that a man killed during a shootout with Yuba County sheriff’s deputies died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The autopsy on 33-year-old Mark Anthony Sanchez was completed Thursday morning. Although the manner of death is pending conclusion of the shooting investigation, it was determined that Sanchez was struck multiple times by return gunfire from the two deputies who were shot by Sanchez during the gunbattle in a residence...

Deputy rescues 2 colleagues after shootout near pot farm

Deputy rescues 2 colleagues after shootout near pot farm

- Palm Beach Post
A sheriff's deputy ran into a house in Northern California to pull two wounded colleagues to safety after a shootout with a suspect near a marijuana farm belonging to a Rastafarian church.
The two deputies were expected to survive after their fellow officer, a 22-year veteran, went alone into a house where the gunman had fled, Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor said. The wounded deputies were in fair condition at a hospital, the sheriff's department said Wednesday on Twitter.
The...