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California City Councilman Killed After Finding Marijuana Field

Published August 29, 2011

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Print Email Share Comments Text Size FORT BRAGG, Calif. - A well-respected California community leader who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation was a two-term mayor whose fundraising and goodwill helped build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium.

The city of Fort Bragg was reeling Monday after the death of longtime Councilman Jere Melo, a forest land manager who was fatally shot Saturday while he and a co-worker were walking through a rugged area of timber land just outside town.

A manhunt continued for the suspected gunman.

Melo was in his 15th year on the City Council and had dedicated most of his life improving Fort Bragg.

"He was always the first one there, and the last one to go," current Mayor Dave Turner told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "No one put in as much as Jere did, and I don't think they ever will."

City Manager Linda Ruffing told the newspaper, "Jere was just loved and respected by so many people."

Fort Bragg officials met on Sunday to discuss how to handle the grief among city staff.

Melo, who spent five decades in the timber business, was most recently working for Campbell Timber Management in Fort Bragg.

On Saturday, he and a co-worker were patrolling forestland for a suspected marijuana grow along the Noyo River when he was shot and killed, authorities said.

Melo's co-worker managed to escape and called for help on his cell phone.

Deputies suspect the gunman was Aaron Bassler, a transient in his mid-30s with a history of run-ins with the law, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said.

Bassler was last seen with a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/29/california-city-councilman-killed-after-finding-marijuana-field/#ixzz1WWDZRk6Q
 

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i have a simple solution, legalize it.
 

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bruzz123 said:
i have a simple solution, legalize it.
Heh... That is the solution to a lot of "problems" we have these days.

I mean, you can't smoke in a bar, you can't drive without a seatbelt, you pay rent to the state for your own property, you need a permit to build anything on said property, our 20 year old service members can't even have a beer before they ship off to Afghanistan, and internet posts like this one can be monitored by homeland security.

...This is the land of the what and the who, again?
 

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crashguy said:
If shooting councilman was legal we would run out of councilmen pretty fast.
the down side of that being? ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) the extra simely faces indicates that i'm JOKING.
 

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AkunaMatata said:
Heh... That is the solution to a lot of "problems" we have these days.

I mean, you can't smoke in a bar, you can't drive without a seatbelt, you pay rent to the state for your own property, you need a permit to build anything on said property, our 20 year old service members can't even have a beer before they ship off to Afghanistan, and internet posts like this one can be monitored by homeland security.

...This is the land of the what and the who, again?
how does the old saying go? America, the home of the FREE.
 

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LOL.. clever
 
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