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June 26, 2005
It may look like North Africa, but it's Northern California. In March, Kurt Brotcke and his family took a guided hike with Lodging and Llamas along Ten Mile Beach, just north of Fort Bragg. That's where he took this picture of his 4-year-old daughter, Clara, with a digital Canon EOS Rebel. She and the llama were set in high relief against the sky, said Brotcke, a transportation planner for Orange County who lives in Santa Ana. "And the colors were just perfect."
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April 23, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A U.S. soldier faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday on charges he unlawfully killed two unarmed teenagers in an Iraqi battle zone. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera has been charged with several counts, including premeditated murder, and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of the killings. The preliminary hearing, known in military parlance as an Article 32 proceeding, is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The Army has been reluctant to comment on the case, which was pushed into the limelight in 2012 by an investigative report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in which soldiers who served with Barbera said they were troubled that no legal action had been taken after the shootings.
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November 19, 2010 | Freda Moon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fifteen years ago, the century-old redwood train trestle at the north end of Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino coast, was where teenagers went to smoke cigarettes and make out. The towering bridge ? gorgeous even at the height of its decay ? was closed to pedestrians because of rotting beams and gaping holes. But the view, high above Pudding Creek and out over the churning Pacific, was irresistible for romance and rebellion, the wire fence at the bridge's mouth a feeble barrier against young, bored Fort Braggers.
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March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A Mendocino County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot Wednesday and authorities were pursuing at least one suspect who fled the scene, a Northern California TV station reported. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told the Ukiah Daily Journal that a deputy had been shot around noon Wednesday in the Cleone area, just north of Fort Bragg. Allman said no further details would be available until a 5 p.m. news conference, but a source told KTVU  the deputy had died from his injuries.
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August 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The woodsman Paul Bunyan may be pure Western folklore, but here's part of his legacy that's real: Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg, Calif., happening this weekend. The festival features real lumberjack skill competitions in logging and hatchet throwing as well as an ugly dog contest and Labor Day parade. And it's all free. The deal: There's a lot going on at this event in Fort Bragg, a coastal town about 550 miles north of L.A., and most don't require a fee -- unless you plan to enter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2011 | By Sam Allen and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
A monthlong manhunt in the rugged redwood forests around Fort Bragg in Northern California came to an end Saturday when authorities shot and killed Aaron Bassler, a fugitive who was suspected in two killings, including that of a local city councilman. A three-man SWAT team found Bassler around midday Saturday and fired at him, said Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman. The 35-year-old fugitive, who was said to have schizophrenia, was armed but did not shoot at sheriff's deputies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2001
Three Fort Bragg, Calif., men have been arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery and conspiracy in the death of a Santa Ana man. The body of Donald Perez, 39, was found Thursday east of Fort Bragg. He had been missing since Sept. 15. Authorities said August Stuckey, 19, Tai Abreau, 19, and Aaron Channel, 20, were arrested and are being held on $100,000 bail. Deputies received a tip Thursday that Perez may have been killed.
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January 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
The city of Fort Bragg has been ordered by a Mendocino County judge to permit a developer to open a hotel that has been empty since it was completed 15 months ago. Local officials said the hotel was too tall and refused to issue an occupancy permit. "The structure exists and no public benefit will be gained by requiring it to remain vacant," Superior Court Judge Conrad Cox ruled Tuesday. He said neither the city nor the state can enforce a disputed height regulation.
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October 8, 1986 | Associated Press
A police bulletin was issued Tuesday for a 26-year-old man described as armed and dangerous in the deaths of four people in a house wracked by an explosion and fire. The deaths were described by Mendocino County sheriff's investigators as possibly drug-related. Sgt. Rich Wiseman said the case was being investigated as possible arson and homicide.
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November 13, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An earthquake that registered magnitude 4.25 struck about 20 miles off the coast of Point Mendocino. No damage or injuries were reported, according to the state Office of Emergency Services. A Ft. Bragg radio station reported three calls from residents who felt the temblor. "I had one lady call and ask if we'd just had an earthquake," said Mendocino County Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Craver, who did not feel the quake. "There was no feeling, no sensation of an earthquake at all."
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March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A Mendocino County sheriff's deputy died Wednesday in a shootout with an armed suspect who fled the scene and was later found dead in an apparent suicide, authorities said. Mendocino Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino died in the shootout about noon, the Press Democrat reported. The suspect was identified as Ricardo Antonio Chaney, 32, of Oregon. He is suspected in a crime spree that started early Wednesday with a reported armed robbery in Eugene, where he allegedly stole a black four-door BMW by forcing its occupants into the trunk, the Press Democrat reported.
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March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Law enforcement agenices in Mendocino County and surrounding areas searched Wednesday for armed suspects who shot a deputy, media in Northern California reported. Mendocino County law enforcement officials closed Highway 1 near MacKerricher State Park by Fort Bragg in response to a police pursuit and officer-involved shooting, the Press Democrat  reported. Sheriff's officials did not divulge further information but said they would hold a press conference at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Fort Bragg, the newspaper said.
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March 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. He was 71. McGinniss died from complications of prostate cancer, according to his attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan. Few journalists of his time so intrepidly pursued a story, burned so many bridges or more memorably placed themselves in the narrative, whether insisting on the guilt of MacDonald after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.
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March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, one of the highest-ranking officers ever to face a court-martial, pleaded guilty at the start of his trial Thursday morning to several charges, including an illicit affair with a female captain, possessing pornography, impeding an investigation and pressuring other female officers to send him nude photos of themselves. The general  pleaded not guilty to the most serious charges against him. They include twice forcing the captain to perform oral sex, groping her, committing sodomy, engaging in public sex and threatening to kill the captain and her family if she revealed their three-year affair.
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October 27, 2013 | By Tom Bentley
Mendocino gets most of the ink when the virtues of quaint, oceanside Northern California villages are written up, but Fort Bragg, its more working-class neighbor to the north, is no slouch when it comes to charms. My sweetheart and I spent a few days here last winter and could have filled a few guidebook chapters with all the good goings-on. Tallied up, we spent about $650, which included $340 for two nights at the North Cliff Hotel, just listed on TripAdvisor as a 2013 Travelers' Choice for Romance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Dozens of friends and family members of slain Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver came together outside AT&T Park on Sunday before game time to pass out fliers seeking witnesses to the Wednesday night stabbing preceded by taunts of team rivalry. Clutching one another for support, Denver's father, brother, mother and aunt also stood before a bank of cameras to make their plea and offer more personal details about the 24-year-old apprentice plumber from Fort Bragg, Calif., nicknamed "Burrito.
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October 20, 1996 | ANTHONY DAY, Day is a former editor of The Times' Editorial Pages
Ft. Ross had always tugged at my imagination. An unsustainable 19th century outpost of the Russian empire at its most expansive, home of sea otter and seal fur trappers, eventually sold to John Sutter (yes, the very same), it was part of the romance of California, the weathered redwood boards of its several buildings now a state historic park. So there we were, crawling along Highway 1 toward Ft. Ross north from Jenner, negotiating tight curves and switchbacks far above the Pacific.
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September 25, 1997 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some books should be heard, not read. Consider the moment in Tom Wolfe's new novella when a redneck Marine first opens his mouth. Many English-speaking readers might feel utterly lost. They might even toss the book aside. "Man was some adder wit chew?" asks Jimmy Lowe, drunk and agitated. "You in see no snakes. I mean, hale, you caint tale me you seen no snakes outcheer in no broad daylight." Translation: "Man, what's the matter with you? You aren't seeing no snakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Dozens of friends and relatives of slain Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver passed out fliers at AT&T Park Sunday before game time seeking witnesses to the Wednesday night stabbing triggered by taunts of team rivalry. Clutching one another for support, Denver's father, brother, mother and aunt also stood before a bank of cameras to make their plea and offer more personal details about the 24-year-old apprentice plumber from Fort Bragg, Calif., nicknamed "Burrito. " Robert Preece of Alhambra -- Denver's father and a security supervisor at Dodger stadium -- described losing a child as "a heartache no parent should have to endure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The grandparents of slain Dodger fan Jonathan Denver   released a statement Friday that expressed devastation at their loss and stressed that Denver and his father were "calm, level-headed personalities and ... not the type to initiate an altercation. " Robert Sr. and Anne Marie Preece, of Covina, asked for privacy and said that "until we have some time with our son, we will not have clear details on what ensued -- only that everything went bad very quickly.
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