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The victim: Fort Bragg Councilmember and veteran forester Jere Melo was murdered on August 27, 2011 — but not by a marijuana farmer.

‚ÄčBy Jack Rikess
Toke of the Town
Northern California Correspondent
The sham, the tragedy, is that this press release should have said it all… 
Fort Bragg, CA (PRWEB) January 19, 2012

Along with a group of concerned citizens, Madeleine Melo has formed the Jere Melo Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

When Fort Bragg Councilmember and veteran forester Jere Melo was murdered on August 27th, 2011 the entire community of Fort Bragg, California was in shock. Melo was gunned down while investigating a report of a marijuana grow on private timberlands.

Madeleine, Jere’s widow, wants to put a stop to the violence and environmental damage caused by illegal marijuana grows. “Nobody else should be killed over marijuana,” said Madeleine, “we need to clean up our woods and that’s what Jere tried so hard to do.”

The foundation’s initial focus will be to create public awareness of what JMF Board Chairman Stephen Horner called a situation that has “reached a crisis level.”

A board of directors was appointed and represents various public sectors. The initial board members are:

John Andersen – Area Manager, Mendocino Redwood Company
Maribelle Anderson – Anderson Logging
Dan Catone – Owner, Financial Advisor, Redwood Investments
Stephen Horner – Manager, Campbell Timberland
Roy Kornmeyer – Real Property Appraiser, Mendocino County
Scott Mayberry – Fort Bragg Police Chief
Madeleine Melo – Retired Certified Nurse-Midwife
Lindy Peters – Sports Director and Radio Personality, KUNK
Paul Trouette – Mendocino County Fish and Game commissioner, President of Mendocino County Blacktail Association

About the Jere Melo Foundation
The Jere Melo Foundation ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the community about the need for safety and environmental health in forest lands and open space on public and private property.
As stated above, a foundation in Jere Melo’s name was established by his widow. Sincerely, I wish them the best of luck for their new endeavor.
I just wish that they had told the truth.
While I was on assignment for Toke of the Town covering this story, the L.A. Times had printed the erroneous headline, “Ft. Bragg Councilman Killed in Marijuana Grow!” and continued to print this report that former Ft. Bragg mayor and timber corporation advisor, Jere Melo, was killed while investigating illegal marijuana grow or garden.