Skip navigation

A home and a 3 other buildings have been burned in two fires that started minutes apart in Covelo. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department reports the fires ignited by mowers and did not appear suspicious. One of the fires burned about 5 acres and another about 30. Cal Fire reports the largest fire near Cemetery Drive at the north end of town. The sheriff’s department tweeted three outbuildings and one home have been destroyed, but there were no injuries. They were still figuring out the damage yesterday. They had several air tankers, a helicopter, air attack plane, two hand crews, 13 fire engines and two battalion chiefs on the fires. There were other regional departments on the scene too.

Sheriff’s departments finally tallying up the amount of pot plants found in a four-day eradication operation in Northern California’s Emerald Triangle. The triangle of Mendocino, Trinity and Humboldt counties. The cops saying there were major environmental violations. They located 86,500 plants, a massive bladder of water, illegal water diversions, cash, guns and thousands of pounds of dried pot on the remote Island Mountain region where the 3 counties meet. The Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman spoke about the case Friday saying it was one of the biggest eradication operations since 2011. 4 people have been arrested in connection to this garden including three in Mendocino County and one in Trinity County. The operation starting mid-spring after many complaints from area residents. Pilots flying over the area also apparently complaining about the environmental desecration.

The name of a boy killed in Ukiah about 10 days ago has been released. Police say 11-year-old Antonio Rodriguez-Victor was from Oakland. He was taken off life support last week and died. Police suspect 19 year old Jaime Rodriguez was waving a loaded gun around when it went off. The boy was found by police on the road with a face and neck wound. They say the boy was with Rodriguez and another boy when he was hit at near point-blank range. Rodriguez faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter, with a special allegation that he personally used a firearm. He could get up to four years in jail.

The retiring city manager in Clearlake had a going away party. City Manager Joan Phillipe has been in the area about 4 years, first spending time as a city manager in Colfax, Colusa and Loomis. She was also the executive director of the California State Sheriff’s Association before coming to Clearlake. She was the first city manager in town, starting in March 2012. She announced in January she would be leaving effective tomorrow. The city has hired Greg Folsom as her replacement. He’s been in town a couple weeks working with Phillipe.

Laura’s Law delay had the chairman of the Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board speaking out. John Wetzler says they need to hire an outpatient treatment coordinator first. He says the program for mentally ill patients who’ve been either in treatment or refused it in the past, was delayed due to budgetary reasons. Apparently the county’s mental health budget has been overdrawn almost $4 million because of past audits and settlement charges. The Board of Supervisors has approved a one year trial of the program which is now set to start in January, not this summer. Laura’s Law provides voluntary advanced outpatient treatment for those who can’t get the help they need. Patients have to apply and be approved by the county.

The Clearklake City Council’s approved the new budget. The budget unanimously approved by the council for the 2015/16 fiscal year after two workshops. The operating budget for the city, just over 6 million dollars, the general fund holds almost 4 and a half mil of that. There’s money for a rainy day, about 326-thousand in uncertainty reserves. There’s also 150-thousand in risk management reserve, required by the city’s insurance. There’s a need for more than 3 million for capital projects, but about 2 of that comes from Community Development Block Grants and the Active Transportation Program.

Fourth of July gaining on us and hot dry weather has settled in with fire danger. Lakeport Police says the city’s allowing Safe and Sane Fireworks within the incorporated area of the city. The dates they can be discharged starting Wednesday and going thru Friday, 9am-10pm then on Independence Day itself, until 11pm. There are designated areas for the discharge too. Check with local police. In Mendocino County, CalFire says no to all burn permits in the County effective June 29th, today. Fire officials say fuels are ripe for burning and there’s already been several fires reported, not usually this many seen until early August. Fireworks are illegal in Mendocino County.

The Clearlake City Council considering an ordinance regarding residential solar panels. The city council has to adopt an ordinance after an assembly bill passed regarding streamlining the permitting process. The Governor signed the bill into law last fall to stop companies from creating unreasonable barriers to solar panel installation. It means there can be no local regulations beyond those necessary to making sure solar energy doesn’t have a specific, adverse impact on public health and safety. The council unanimously approved the ordinance, which will have its second reading at its July 9 meeting.

The Skunk Train line on the Fort Bragg side is closed down until further notice. This after the railroad let go of the contractor trying to stabilize a hillside over the westernmost tunnel on the line. The project is taking longer than anticipated, running several months past when it was supposed to be done. That also caused problems during heavy rains in Fort Bragg last winter when earth around the tunnel’s western side collapsed onto the tracks. The Skunk Train general manager says the tunnel has remained intact, just the hill above it needs major work, The work was first supposed to be done in May, then July 1st. But there’s no end currently in sight.

If you’ll name you baby Quinoa, you might be able to win a $10,000 gift card to BJ’s Restaurant and Brew house. The restaurant chain’s announced a contest to coincide with the release of their new quinoa bowl dishes. The franchise’s chief marketing officer says their quirky contest would have only one winner. It also wasn’t going to anyone using a middle or nickname. The winner had to back it up with a birth certificate.

A man in Aspen, Colorado says he had quite the scare when a bear approached on his deck during an afternoon nap. Peter Rizzuto says the animal was nibbling on his ankle, he thought at first it was his neighbor’s dog and started to pet it. He said he looked up and the bear backed up and looked at him then the man went into his house and the bear left.

ANDY GRAMMER-HONEY, I’M GOOD

DAVID GUETTA W/NICKI MINAJ & AFROJACK-HEY MAMA

FIFTH HARMONY W/KID INK-WORTH IT

MAROON 5-THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT LIKE A MOTHER

OMI-CHEERLEADER

TAYLOR SWIFT W/KENDRICK LAMAR-BAD BLOOD

ED SHEERAN-PHOTOGRAPH

FALL OUT BOY-UMA THURMAN

GEORGE EZRA-BUDAPEST

MAJOR LAZER W/DJ SNAKE & MO-LEAN ON

NICKI MINAJ-THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG

OMARION W/CHRIS BROWN & JHENE AIKO-POST TO BE

PITBULL W/CHRIS BROWN-FUN

RACHEL PLATTEN-FIGHT SONG

SIA-ELASTIC HEART

SKRILLEX & DIPLO W/JUSTIN BIEBER-WHERE ARE YOU NOW

WEEKND-CAN’T FEEL MY FACE

ZEDD W/JON BELLION-BEAUTIFUL NOW

ADAM LAMBERT-GHOST TOWN

FLO RIDA W/ROBIN THICKE & VERDINE WHITE-I DON’T LIKE IT, I LOVE IT

JEREMIH W/FLO RIDA-TONIGHT BELONGS TO YOU

SAM SMITH-LIKE I CAN

SHAWN MENDES-STITCHES

TORI KELLY-SHOULD’VE BEEN US

YEARS & YEARS-KING

CHARLIE PUTH W/MEGHAN TRAINOR-MARVIN GAYE

JIDENNA W/ROMAN GIANARTHUR-CLASSIC MAN

KAYA STEWART-IN LOVE WITH A BOY

MKTO-BAD GIRLS

NICK FRADIANI-BEAUTIFUL

SAGE THE GEMINI W/NICK JONAS-GOOD THING

SILENTO-WATCH ME (WHIP/NAE NAE)

All bridge and viaduct work on the Willits Bypass Project should be done by the end of the year. A Cal Trans spokesman says barring unforeseen circumstances, that is. He also says all of the asphalt work should be done by the end of next summer. The project had been delayed until 2017 but CalTrans re-engineered the northern interchange so the impact on wetlands would be lowered and the use of longer piles so the concrete bridge construction could start sooner. It’s now said to be about 70 percent complete. The first herbicide application is supposedly on the way but a permit needs to be approved first.

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency says Laura’s Law’s not starting next week. The agency says it needs more time to implement the mental health program which helps severely mentally ill patients who’ve been in jail or the hospital or may have not wanted prior treatment. It will be in place next January instead. The County Board of Supervisors has agreed to a one-year trial at a cost of $160,000. Patients participate in outpatient care and one on one rehabilitation. Those who want to apply have to be approved by the county.

Grant money has been released to buy the Old Coast Hotel to be used as a mental health and homeless services center. This after a judge said no to a preliminary injunction against the idea by a group calling themselves the Concerned Citizens of Fort Bragg (CCFB). The injunction would have held the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds back until a court hearing in the fall. The City Manager says there’s still a case pending, so the lawsuit is not over because the group is not giving up. The group citing several reasons to stop the purchase, all of them the judge tossed. The group says its considering an appeal.

A new substation of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has opened. The Northern Sector Substation opened June 18th, fully equipped with new technology and state-of-the-art capabilities in a cabin across from Recreation Grove Park. The building had been owned by a silent film star in the county’s Willits Integrated Services Center. The new substation was dedicated to the memory of Deputy Sheriff George “Bob” Davis killed in the line of duty in April of 1995. There’s also a new K-9 training facility paid for with a donation from Morgan Ruddick’s widow Pauline.

Keep an eye out for the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol if you’re out on the water. They’re looking for boaters piloting under the influence. “Operation Dry Water” this weekend, today thru Sunday following last year when every state and federal agency participated. Three people were arrested for Boating Under the Influence in Lake County during the operation last year. This year, there’s been one arrest so far in connection to a boating accident. Glenn, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties are also participating in Operation Dry Water this year.

The Governor’s signed the new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown signing the $115.4 billion spending plan into law for the fiscal year that starts next Wednesday, July 1st. It’s more than $7 billion more than last year’s budget with money for several of the Legislature’s top priorities like expanding health coverage for immigrant children living in the country illegally and more for low-income families’ so they can find child care.

The governor says no to funding for the protection and restoration of Clear Lake. It’s not a total loss though, the Governor asking the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to work with Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Rep. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to find other ways to help water quality problems at Clear Lake. The two lawmakers finding $1 million for Clear Lake in the state budget, but Brown removed it from the budget. The water resources control board says as part of Proposition 1, they’ve found other funding sources, like low interest loans and possible Proposition 1 allocations to cover the cost.

A woman reported missing in Lakeport has been found safe. Amanda Maher, described as developmentally disabled, disappeared just after midnight, from the porch at Tailored Living Choices a care assistance program Tuesday. She was considered at-risk because of a past history of running away, suicidal behavior and her disabilities. S he had been known to go out of state, hitching rides with truckers. She was said to be at a local’s home then back at TLC within an hour or so of disappearing. She was examined at Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s coming to Ukiah. The planning commission granted a permit to build at the corner of East Perkins Street and Orchard Avenue. The business has asked for major concessions to the Downtown Zoning Code, including not being two stories as the code required for another location. The planning director for the city says a 2 story building would stick out like a sore thumb in this location. The business also looking for way more parking, but the commission thought it was too much in light of the parking in Pear Tree Center, which they say mostly has empty spots.

A 12-year-old Ukiah boy shot last week has died. The shooting last Thursday on Canyon Drive near Laws Avenue. The accused shooter, 19 year old Jaime Rodriquez has upgraded charges now of involuntary manslaughter with a special allegation that he personally used a firearm. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Ukiah Police Department sent to the area of the shooting last week, finding the 12 year old with a gunshot wound to his face and neck area. Rodriguez accused of negligently firing a handgun, hitting the boy at close range. He then supposedly carried him to the street and a neighbor called 911.

California drivers can get a blast from the past, buying old fashioned black license plates. The plates are being reissued after first coming out in the 1960s. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1Gyvn6w ) the DMV announcing it’s going to start up with the black plates again after a state legislator introduced the California Legacy License Plate Program. The new ones will have a clear coating on them so they can be easily seen at night. They’ll cost $50. There are already 7,500 pre-orders.

The general manager of a local water agency says no water will be granted for the proposed Dollar General store in Redwood Valley. The Daily Journal reports some residents also confused by the Mendocino County zoning regulations in regards to the proposal. This at the planning commission meeting this week. The paper reports if land is designated as commercial and if it meets the objectives under the County General Plan then the construction can move forward. Apparently the Dollar General store meets all the needed criteria. That means there’s not public comment on the project. The general manager of the Redwood Valley County Water District says they’ve not been approached by the Dollar store and it wouldn’t be eligible because it’s a commercial development and they have water moratoriums in effect since 1989.

Emergency cardiac arrest rescue equipment coming to Ukiah Schools. 16 Automated External Defibrillators for the district. Death rates can be lowered in unexpected cardiac arrest with immediate CPR and early defibrillation. Money from court fines, penalties and forfeitures for criminal offenses pays for the equipment. Coastal Valleys EMS Agency, along with Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency, Public Health releasing the money for the purchase of the Defibrillators to be distributed to Mendocino County schools.

Fort Bragg’s got a balanced budget. The City Council has approved this fiscal year’s budget which is just under 31 million in 2015/16. The city manager says the city’s in solid financial condition, partly due to very prudent fiscal policies. They had a budget workshop in May, and a draft budget was presented for input. The last fiscal year had a projected year-end balance of $13.4 million and the 2015/16 balance is projected at $11.4 million.

The Mendocino City Community Services District agreeing with the latest Grand Jury report. The report’s main item says the district wasn’t posting the agendas for their board meetings quickly enough, a Brown Act violation. Another complaint was that the size of the room for meetings was too small. The board says its instructed staffers to take care of the timeliness issue. The board’s also got a plan for a bigger space for meetings, but that’s been delayed due to the Mendocino Town Plan update. The jury saying the district board should check itself yearly in regards to the Brown Act, the district agreeing to do so.

Quick work of a small fire that charred the picnic area at the Yorty Creek Recreation site at Lake Sonoma. The bar-b-q area ignited because of winds yesterday afternoon. The Cloverdale Fire Department along with Geyserville Fire and CalFire on the scene. The fire blackened about an acre of mostly grass. The fire surrounded in about 10 minutes. Fire officials reminding the public to watch closely when a fire’s going to make sure it’s totally put out and to use extra caution right now due to the drought.

Two men in Sonoma County arrested in connection to a large marijuana grow on Boy Scout land. The Sheriff’s dept. says the men caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in environmental damage in Cazadero. Nicholas Henderson and John Henry have been charged with felony cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and malicious mischief in connection with the pot grow which was found last summer at Camp Royaneh. Deputies say they got a tip and found more than 100 clear cut trees and stumps being used as a terrace. The plants being watered by a tank at a neighboring property. The cleanup there is estimated to be a cost of about 300-grand. 65 plants pulled, weighing more than 1,500 pounds. The two men in court this week saying they were within legal limits for growing medical marijuana with doctor recommendations posted on the property.

No good evidence has come out of a fire investigation for a gutted home on Waugh Lane. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority says they’ve hit a wall in their investigation and cannot figure out the cause and point of origin. They do say however they believe it was intentionally set just before 9 p.m. last Wednesday, June 17th. They say the best evidence they have that it was arson was witnesses saw someone leaving the home before the flames started, but they were about 70 yards away, and the description was very vague. They do say they don’t suspect the owner started the fire for insurance money.

A local church in Ukiah’s been burglarized of items that are priceless. The Daily Journal reports the relics stolen from St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church on Orr Street. The pastor says they realized there had been a break in early yesterday morning and called police. The thief, or thieves went in thru an open window, stealing items, some said to be invaluable, including an Ark, a large Gospel book, two chalice sets and other items. Cops say they think the person who stole the items will try to sell them so they’ve notified local pawn shops in the area of the burglary.

A semi-truck has overturned in Ukiah, dumping its load of hay. The accident yesterday morning on the on-ramp to the southbound 101 at North State Street so the ramp had to be closed for a couple hours. The driver made a left turn and his load of about 24,000 pounds of hay was tossed onto the roadway. The California Highway Patrol reports the truck landed on its side. The driver was not injured.

A developmentally disabled woman is reported missing from Lakeport. Amanda Maher disappeared late Tuesday night. She’s reported as an at-risk missing adult from Tailored Living Choices, or TLC. The home says the woman took her meds before 10pm then went to a porch area, but when someone went to check on her, she was gone. They also say she’s disappeared before and has shown suicidal behavior in the past and needs to have her regular medications. Police say Maher likes to go to casinos and take rides from truckers and other strangers.

A woman who died in a car crash in Lucerne has been id’d. Lisa Hamblock of Lucerne in the crash last Thursday on Highway 20 at Grove Street. She went off the road, at the Sandy Beach Trailer Lodge trailer park, then hit trees, and got thrown over a 6-foot-high wooden outbuilding, before hitting a singlewide mobile home and a travel trailer then stopping. She died at the scene, those in the trailers at the time, not hurt.

Upper Lake Union Elementary getting high marks for all day kindergarten. The principal says she made it a priority after finding out there was no all-day classes for kindies. Kindergartners used to go from 8 until 11:30 a.m. but now they stay until 2 p.m. with the rest of the students. Enrollment has gone up at the school since the start of the all day program. Lake Co News reports according to the National Education Association, all-day kindergarten is better for kids because it allows teachers more time to identify student needs, helps the children prepare for first grade, and offers intellectual, social and emotional benefits.

The 3rd District Supervisor on the Mendocino County Board says he’s none too happy with the latest version of the county budget. Tom Woodhouse says he’d like the Board to get more say in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget which is at just under $240 million. Woodhouse has voted against the proposed spending plan which was put together by the Executive Office. He says he wants changes in the Planning and Building Services department because the county’s losing money. He also says he’s got some worries about big commercial marijuana grows, he says are wrecking the county. He’s also concerned about money going to Mental Health services even though there’s been millions spent on privatization. He says he’s also got concerns about some county employees and their morale.

Still at about 80% surrounded for the Sanhedrin fire. The Mendocino National Forest reports about 25 acres charred by the fire. They’re removing some firefighters and equipment from the area as they get closer to total containment on the fire which started over the weekend on private land. Forest officials say smoke from the fire will probably be seen the next few days along Highway 101 and on the west side of the forest. The fire burning south of Little Signal Peak and east of the Sanhedrin Wilderness on the Upper Lake Ranger District. The cause is under investigation.

Ukiah Valley Medical Center has announced lower prices for imaging services… the hospital’s President and CEO made the announcement yesterday that they’ve lowered most of their prices for MRI, CT, Diagnostic X-rays and Ultrasound. She says since most people have different deductibles with their insurance, most will still have a major lowering of out-of-pocket expenses for common procedures and other imaging studies.

Lake County’s home prices are going up. The Lake County Association of Realtors reports the month of May’s median sale price on homes was up about 7-grand from last year. The association reported single family residences in Lake County were up from $199,765 in April 2015 to $207,000 in May. That’s also about 24 percent more than a year before when it was just above $167,000. There were 72 home sold in Lake County in May, the same as in April but 10 more than a year before. In California, the median home sale price was $485,830.

The Lake County Planning Commission set to meet and discuss the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Valley Oaks development in Middletown. There was supposed to be a hearing on the project earlier this month but it was continued so county staff could have more time to prepare. If the report is certified, it would be recommended to the Lake County Board of Supervisors for development.

Sheriff’s deputies in Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties busted up a giant marijuana grow. Multiple search warrants served in the Island Mountain area. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports several deputies from the three Sheriff’s offices in three counties went out to the grow in the Emerald Triangle area where they were supposedly expecting to find more than 100,000 plants. The marijuana grows apparently home grown from wealthy locals, not Mexican cartels. Cops also concerned about mass water theft and other environmental violations so the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was assisting deputies.

A woman in Lucerne’s been killed in a crash where her car went airborne over a 6-foot-tall outbuilding. The CHP reports the woman heading west on Highway 20 at a high rate of speed, speeding thru a left curve in the road, then driving over double-yellow lines into an eastbound lane. Officers say the woman over corrected and lost control, sending her off the road, thru some trees and into a wooden outbuilding into two trailers by the Sandbeach Trailer Lodge. The woman didn’t have on a seat belt and died at the scene. Folks inside the two trailers she hit were not hurt.

The second of the budget workshops in Clearlake shows the city’s got enough money to meet basic operating needs. They city’s finance director reported the info to the city council last Thursday. The director explaining that the city’s basic operating needs should be met first including essential public safety, minimal infrastructure maintenance and community development needs. The total operating budget lower than $6.1 million. Apparently salaries and benefits are mostly what the city spends money on, then health insurance is the second largest expenditure. Payments to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) was accounted as the third largest cost at about $641,000, or 14 percent.

A fire quickly doused at a trash company in Lakeport. Timberline Disposal had a fire in a garbage bin Thursday afternoon. Lakeport Fire Protection District (LFPD) on the scene on Soda Bay Road with Kelseyville and Northshore fire protection districts too. 20 firefighters in all responded to the incident. Firefighters got in thru a locked gate, putting the fire to bed in less than a half hour. It was another couple hours of cleanup afterwards. Soda Bay Road was partly closed during the operation.

The resolution for the asphalt plant proposed by Grist Creek Aggregates has been rescinded. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will take up the matter at their meeting after a group of local residents calling themselves the Friends of Outlet Creek had sued saying they wanted a review in accordance to the California Environmental Quality Act, trying to potentially stop the whole project. The group says it could create environmental hazards for nearby bodies of water, endangered species, air quality and also concerns of noise and increased traffic. A 10-year use permit was approved in June 2002 but the previous owner of the site never acted on the permit. Then in August 2009, the Board of Supervisors changed the zoning. Grist Creek Aggregates looking to start asphalt production at the site more efficiently.

Cockroaches taking over at Ukiah High School. Staff at the school trying to get rid of the pests which have multiplied because there’s been no rain. The Ukiah Unified School District reports when they get rain they don’t have the problem as it pretty much washes insects and their eggs thru storm drains and pipe conduits where they breed and lay eggs, but apparently the drought means the pests breed there instead, causing the infestation. The school superintendent says they’ve been working on a way to safely eradicate the pests working with the Mendocino County Environmental Health Department.

Another step forward for an old hotel in Fort Bragg to be converted into office space for a homeless service provider as well as short-term housing for the needy. The judge denying a group’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the project as a lawsuit filed against the move makes its way to trial. The judge saying the group didn’t establish strong merit on the case and that stopping the project would cause more harm to the hospitality center than to its critics. The vacant Old Coast Hotel is proposed for homeless, mental health and drug rehabilitation services. Those against say it’s the location that’s bad, in the middle of a business district, so those who need services would not have privacy. Those against saying they’d rather have a hotel, restaurant and bar or something else to potentially attract tourists and commerce.

A missing man in Ukiah’s been found in what police say was a gang-related attack. The missing man found at a home Friday with several stab wounds but denied being kidnapped. Another man with him had serious injuries too but was released from the hospital. Police say they’ve grabbed many of the suspects involved in the stabbing last week after a high-speed chase. The driver of the car, Roman Jose Soto of Point Arena has been arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon, criminal conspiracy and possessing stolen property. He’s also charged with reckless vehicular evasion and violating probation. Ryan Raya and a 16-year-old boy charged in the case too, for assault with a dangerous weapon, possessing stolen property, and criminal conspiracy.

A man near Tampa, FL in trouble with the law for trying to drown his pet rabbit in a hotel swimming pool. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Steve Rodd purposely dropped the rabbit in the pool. He’s been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. Sheriff’s officials say Rodd tossed the rabbit into the water, then walked away a couple minutes as the animal went still.

A Chinese teenager texting so intently fell into a drain in the street. The girl’s leg got stuck in the metal grill of the drain up to her thigh in China. She couldn’t move or get out without help. People passing by her called the fire dept. who removed the bars to the drain and got the girl out. She had scratches and bruises but was not seriously hurt.

A man in South Williamson, Kentucky apparently really hot, so he went into Wal-Mart to cool off.. naked. The Pike County Sheriff’s Department arrested the man who went into the Big box store and poured cold milk all over his naked self, yelling "I’m on fire". As he left, he hopped into another car, but deputies caught up to him after a video posting on a social media site. Timothy Smith of Phelps and David Daniels of Belfry were both arrested, one the getaway driver.

Police in Logan, Utah have arrested a man they say tried stealing a car, then called a cab because he didn’t know how to work a stick shift. Cops say Alexander Katz was busted last Tuesday with his underage girlfriend for trying to take a car with keys left inside. They ditched the car and hailed a cab then ran when they saw police. He was busted from information given to the taxi driver. His girlfriend was also arrested but released to her parents.

Investigators finishing up a jail drug smuggling ring found an inmate’s apparent escape plot. Cops say Ernest Murphy who was waiting for his attempted murder trial to start had stashed 64 neatly tied together bed sheets so he could slide down from 11 stories up to the street. The commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation says the bedding stretched the length of a gymnasium nearly four times. Murphy was arrested May 11 for promoting prison contraband.

A fire in the Mendocino National Forest has blackened about 25 acres. Fire officials say the fire on private land south of Little Signal Peak and east of the Sanhedrin Wilderness on the Upper Lake Ranger District was reported Friday night. It’s 80% contained. Officials report it burning thru dead and down trees, in an area burned in 2008. Smoke could be seen along Highway 101 and on the west side of the forest.

U-C Davis is using West Crockett and Middle Creek Campgrounds for archaeological field school. Starting today about 25 field school participants will be at the West Crockett Campground in the Snow Mountain Wilderness on the Grindstone Ranger District until July 10th. Then Monday, July 13th, they’ll be at the Middle Creek Campground on the Upper Lake Ranger District until Friday, July 21st. They say campers may want to camp elsewhere because there will be a lot of activity there. There will be archaeological surveys and maybe even excavations.

A woman in downtown Guerneville’s been arrested for crashing a rental pickup truck with a stolen scooter in the truck bed. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the scooter’s owner seeing their scooter in someone else’s truck at a supermarket parking lot Saturday. The driver sped off after the confrontation with the scooter owner but a sheriff’s deputy saw the incident and stopped. Then the truck crashed into a parked car at the intersection of First and Main streets. Someone got trapped between two cars in the crash. Folks nearby helped police move one of the cars away from the other to free the person who was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Kristy Chavez, the driver of the truck has been arrested for suspicion of possessing stolen property, felony evading an officer and for an outstanding warrant from the California Department of Corrections.

The Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have agreed on a new budget, $115.4 billion dollars with money going to public schools and universities starting in the fiscal year that starts July 1st. There’s also more money going to social welfare programs. There’s about $265 million so 7,000 state-subsidized preschoolers will be covered and about 6,800 get child care covered. Plus the state’s health insurance program for the less fortunate and for kids in the country illegally which is about $40 million a year. Another vote on the budget to get it approved prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year July 1st.

The Walmart in Clearlake is getting a makeover. Plans have been in the works several years. The store went in in the mid-90’s. There’s a total remodel and expansion planned that had been given to the city of Clearlake last Tuesday. The store looking for a major add on, about 39,000 square feet more of building area. That will bring the store to nearly 150,000 square feet. Walmart says they’re looking to build a larger grocery department, with more food and general merchandise, a larger stockroom/receiving area, ancillary space and food tenant space. There will also be a pickup service for customers to order groceries and general merchandise online from the store website then pick up their stuff in the drive-thru.

4 fires extinguished over the weekend along Highway 20 and near Clearlake. The fires said to be responded to, each within a half hour of each other Saturday. The first on Olympic Drive and Highway 53 in Clearlake, Witter Springs Road near Upper Lake, Old Long Valley Road and Highway 20 and Highway 20 and Walker Ridge, east of Clearlake Oaks. Many regional fire departments responded. One of the fires in a vineyard, with 6 foot tall weeds growing. A man was mowing the weeds when the area caught fire. All told, the fires burned under 9 acres. No homes or other buildings reported damaged and no injuries either.

Pavement and other highway work in Kelseyville starting. The work on Route 29 from Kelseyville to Lakeport over 5 miles. The $5 million project to be worked on at night, and there will be one-way traffic control with about 15-minute delays anticipated. Failing sections of asphalt will be replaced. All of the work is supposed to be done before the July 4th holiday weekend. All paving work to be done by the end of July.

City leaders in Willits to decide how much money to spend on pool operations. The City Council asking for a public hearing this Wednesday during the regular city council meeting. City staff says there could be a loss of as much as $45,000 for 2015-2016. One proposal was to double those fees so it would cost $8/day per person, instead of $4 . But public input showed doubling the fees might have meant less revenue so the discussion was tabled for now. The pool has been discussed year after year since it’s a money loser for the city. Since it’s extra for lifeguards, that’s what creates a loss for the city. The council considering if residents want to spend $50,000 a year to keep the pool open during summer months.

A 300-thousand dollar fine for the owner of a marijuana grow in Shasta County and its contractor. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board fining the owner of the pot grow and the contractor who graded it for violations of the clean water regulations. Both the Central Valley and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Boards in cooperation with the State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife working partners of a Northern California Cannabis Pilot Project. The charges after an inspection warrant for several properties in Shasta County. Inspections in Mendocino and Humboldt counties by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board but there’s been no fines imposed.

DAVID GUETTA W/NICKI MINAJ & AFROJACK-HEY MAMA

DJ SNAKE W/ALUNAGEORGE-YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT

FIFTH HARMONY W/KID INK-WORTH IT

JASON DERULO-WANT TO WANT ME

TAYLOR SWIFT W/KENDRICK LAMAR-BAD BLOOD

TOVE LO-TALKING BODY

ANDY GRAMMER-HONEY, I’M GOOD

CALVIN HARRIS W/HAIM-PRAY TO GOD

ED SHEERAN-PHOTOGRAPH

GEORGE EZRA-BUDAPEST

MAJOR LAZER W/DJ SNAKE & MO-LEAN ON

MAROON 5-THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT LIKE A MOTHER

NICKI MINAJ-THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG

OMI-CHEERLEADER

PITBULL W/CHRIS BROWN-FUN

SIA-ELASTIC HEART

SKRILLEX & DIPLO W/JUSTIN BIEBER-WHERE ARE YOU NOW

WEEKND-CAN’T FEEL MY FACE

ADAM LAMBERT-GHOST TOWN

FALL OUT BOY-UMA THURMAN

JEREMIH W/FLO RIDA-TONIGHT BELONGS TO YOU

OMARION W/CHRIS BROWN & JHENE AIKO-POST TO BE

RACHEL PLATTEN-FIGHT SONG

SHAWN MENDES-STITCHES

ZEDD W/JON BELLION-BEAUTIFUL NOW

FLO RIDA W/ROBIN THICKE & VERDINE WHITE-I DON’T LIKE IT, I LOVE IT

MKTO-BAD GIRLS

NICK FRADIANI-BEAUTIFUL

SAGE THE GEMINI W/NICK JONAS-GOOD THING

SAM SMITH-LIKE I CAN

TORI KELLY-SHOULD’VE BEEN US

YEARS & YEARS-KING

A man from Fort Bragg’s been arrested for the theft of several redwood split rails off fencing on someone’s private property. Plus cops say John Cooley, Jr. also had meth paraphernalia on him. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call from someone in Caspar, CA saying someone came in the middle of the night and took their railing. Another Deputy caught a black Dodge Durango with redwood split rails which matched the description of the stolen rails. So Cooley was arrested and the methamphetamine smoking pipe and rails were taken from his possession. He’s charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Possessing a device for ingesting methamphetamine.

Some residents in Lakeport say no to a cell tower in the neighborhood. The 72-foot-high tower would be a “monopine” – in other words, it’s supposed to look like a pine tree to disguise it. But those living near where Verizon Wireless is proposing to build it, 1875 N. High St. say there are no other trees of that size in the area so it will stick out plain as day, and it will block some views to the lake. The Lakeport Planning Commission has approved Verizon’s use permit though. The representative for Verizon said one appeal by a local shopping center owner lacked merit. The matter is continued until the next city council meeting, July 7th.

A couple of people suspected of stealing mail from boxes in Mendocino and other Northern California counties arrested. Donald Powell of Cottonwood and Lawanda Jean Parks of Corning suspected in the ripoff of about 22-thousand dollars. They were also found to have meth on them. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to a home in Leggett where a man said he saw the two near his mailbox, then they took off when he approached. He chased them to Laytonville then deputies took the chase. The two caught but denied they stole mail. Charges against them include receiving stolen property, conspiracy and misdemeanor drug possession.

Body cameras likely coming to Fort Bragg after positive response at a workshop. The dept is applying for a federal grant to pay for body cameras which are now being used across the country because of concern about police misconduct. The police dept.’s forum last Sunday had some folks in attendance, but not a lot. The idea to make the public aware. But apparently the chances of getting the grant to pay for the cameras is not a given. Grants will be awarded in October.

Fort Bragg once again considering the fire sprinkler ordinance after a technical error voided a revision. The first ordinance from 1985 with several passes at revisions for the downtown core. Then last fall more ideas and the ordinance reintroduced. The amount needed, raised to $75,000 and a clause that folks downtown have four years to install sprinklers and follow the rules of the proposed ordinance. The council will take up the matter for a first reading next month.

A fire’s been put out on Waugh Lane. No word on how the fire started in the vacant home but word is there had been squatters there in the past with plenty of debris sitting around. Firefighters on the scene had it under control about 11:30 Wednesday night but got a call overnight about a hot spot flare up. Folks on the Ukiah Daily Journal Facebook page say there was quite the traffic backup as lookie loos were stopping to see and photograph the fire. There is video up on that page of the fire burning too.

A man who tried to be a good Samaritan is in jail. Police in Wyoming County Pennsylvania say Christopher Ratcliffe was trying to free a man with a leg trapped under a riding mower but when he tried to free the trapped man he knocked him and his mower down a 12-foot embankment and the mower landed on the man. Ratcliffe got a ticket for uninsured, uninspected and unregistered vehicle, plus he had pot on him.

A man arrested for robbing a bank in Pennsylvania because he stopped at a restaurant to eat biscuits has been sent to prison. Shane Lindsey pleaded guilty to ripping off the Citizens Bank in downtown New Kensington in Jan. He was spotted by witnesses at a restaurant pretty soon thereafter eating. Cops saw him on surveillance video and busted him.

Union workers are going back to work at the golf course at the Hidden Valley Lake Association. Starting Monday employees who’ve been striking have agreed to come back. They were picketing a couple months without pay, working without a contract since last fall. A settlement agreement between the union and the association with the neutral National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says they have to start negotiations again. The board investigated nearly a dozen grievances by the union and finding enough evidence from the union.

Legislation proposed by state senator Mike McGuire for regulatory policy for medical marijuana has passed from the Senate floor. The senator’s office says most of all the marijuana grown in the United States comes from Senator McGuire’s Northern California District. McGuire says the legal, multibillion-dollar industry is virtually unregulated in the State of California. But his bill, the Medical Marijuana Public Safety and Environmental Protection Act would set rules for zoning, licensing public health related to edibles and product testing marketing and more.

The Mendocino County DA’s office reports petition gatherers in front of supermarkets in Mendocino County misrepresenting Senator McGuire’s marijuana legislation so folks would actually be signing a petition for a competing initiative to be put on the ballot. The DA’s office warning the public to know what they’re signing before doing so.

2 people in Point Arena have been arrested for meth possession. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call Monday morning to Point Arena City Park regarding someone camping there, they found Rosamond "Lopie" Owston of Pt. Arena and Mitchell Orrick of Stockton hiding at a makeshift camp site near the children’s play area. Cops say they found a Nunchaku as well and found Orrick had a warrant for his arrest for burglary. The two both arrested on drug charges. Owston had bail set at $15,000.00 and Orrick on $30,000.00.

Long Meadow Ranch out of Rutherford has purchased a 145-acre parcel of land in Anderson Valley. They plan to turn it into a farm-to-table business and will grow their wine business, selling high-end pinot noir and chardonnay. The owner of Long Meadow Ranch, is a former Robert Mondavi chairman Ted Hal. The Press Dem. Reports this sale as one of the biggest in the last 10 years in the Mendocino County appellation. The property is near Philo and the Navarro River and will be organic like the other Long Meadow Ranch vineyard properties.

A better rating for the Little Lake Fire Department’s Insurance Services Office. This gives homeowners a scale by which to price their insurance. The rating’s done about once every ten years. The fire chief made the announcement last week at the Board of Directors meeting. The board has also approved their 169-thousand dollar payment to CalPERS. So now the payment is over and it won’t have to be amortized over several years. There was also an anonymous donation made of rescue equipment, 2 – 600 foot ropes for rescues and extractions.

A major reorganization in Willits as the city council approves a makeover for the next fiscal year. Several positions will be cut and new ones added. Plus some will change entirely. Apparently the whole things been discussed since 2013. The Public Works Department sees the most changes. There will not be a city engineer position, lead public works maintenance worker position and an administrative assistant position. There are other changes too including in the police dept. and the hiring of a new planner.

The Willits Kids Club’s been preparing for the summer by catching its own rainwater, 15-thousand gallons worth, which someone has now stolen. The water was for the kids to support the landscaping they were doing, but it was stolen last week. The kids club exec. Director says it feels like a violation. Apparently the kids landscaper was getting things ready for summer watering and found empty tanks. The kids had been collecting it for several months. Those caught would be penalized as if they were shoplifting, with a misdemeanor. There are no leads as of yet.

A little surplus in the state’s bank accounts. Just about a month after the governor revised his proposed budget, it turns out there’s about $69 million more. The State Controller’s monthly report of California’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements also showed receipts were nearly 318 million less than had been anticipated but above last year’s by about 12 percent.

An elderly man in Ohio’s pleaded not guilty in court to charges he accepted cash from a kid accused of stealing $25,000 from his grandfather. The man and his wife accepting less than $7,500 from their grandson who got it from another teen. Court papers say the man’s wife and another woman were also charged with receiving stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Some of the money’s been found. The two teens face charges too.

A top administrator in the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is driving a Mercedes SUV taken as part of a drug case. It’s his state-issued vehicle. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1N2gP4y ) the office forked over $6,000 to repair the acting chief of staff’s Mercedes R-350 instead of leasing a new one. The administrator driving the SUV for more than a year.

A couple of new electricity circuits are sending power to the south end of Ukiah along the railroad tracks south of East Gobbi Street. Crews put up the power ropes along poles between East Gobbi Street and Hastings Avenue. They also put them up between Cherry Street and Talmage Road. The poles will help bring more power to the Redwood Business Park, which could eventually include a Costco store.

A body’s been found in a crashed up SUV believed to be that of a missing veterinarian from Hidden Valley Lake. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports a woman’s body has been found in a vehicle registered to doctor Helen Sharp. But they’ve not officially confirmed it. On the Facebook Page, Bring Helen Home, there are several condolence notes and one confirmation by a family member that it’s her. A property owner in Lake County reportedly found the SUV with a dead woman inside in a remote area off Jerusalem Grade in Middletown. Sharp was reported missing last week after getting into an accident in her Toyota 4Runner. An autopsy is being scheduled to formally identify the body and find out the cause of death.

The Service Employees International Union 1021 has started negotiating with Mendocino County. A communications coordinator for the SEIU has confirmed the talks and says they should go thru the week. The union’s asking for a three- year agreement that includes restoring lost wages in the recession, increasing on-call and longevity pay and the elimination of county job outsourcing. The bargaining unit was also asking the Board of Supervisors to restore a 10 percent wage cut from 2011. The current agreement expires at the end of the month.

A man from Clearlake Oaks is busted for trying to leave the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Napa County. Kenneth Schussolin is accused in the death of Harley Kellner of Napa. The accident last Tuesday afternoon on Highway 29. The CHP reports Schussolin headed north at an unknown speed and Kellner – on a Harley Davidson headed south, also at an unknown speed. But Schussolin went into a curve and overcorrected over the double yellow lines and hit Kellner’s. Kellner was tossed from the bike and hit a power pole, then Schussolin took off. Several witnesses saw the whole thing. Schussolin and a passenger were taken by police. Schussolin charged with on felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol causing injury.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors says no to an appeal of an aquatic weed management contract. The appeal made by Pestmaster Services who lost the contract to another company, Clean Lakes, Inc. for work on about 230 acres across the lake which need to be treated for aquatic weeds. Apparently the two companies had been splitting the project until now, then decided on a new direction because of budgets. Pestmaster complained about the other company’s pricing and says the company’s unreliable. But the board voted unanimously against Pestmaster.

A driver in a two car wreck seriously injured after his truck rolled off Highway 101 north of Ukiah. The CHP reports the crash between a small blue car and a large white Chevy pickup near Calpella when the car drifted into the pickup’s lane. Both drivers then lost control, the car flipped and landing on southbound lanes. The driver of the truck had to be cut from the wreckage and had major injuries. The driver of the car with minor injuries. North State St. was closed for almost an hour after the crash.

A local veterinarian from Hidden Valley Lake still missing after almost a week. Dr. Helen Sharp seen last Wednesday after a crash in her SUV. Her boyfriend reported she was missing a couple days later. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. is checking Sharp’s financial records and talking to coworkers and relatives in an attempt to find her. Fliers and pictures are circulating of the doctor and a new Facebook page has been set up with info on her disappearance called Bring Helen Home. She was last seen in Middletown in her crashed up Toyota 4Runner, a picture of the SUV can be seen on Lake Co News dot com. The Sheriff’s dept has also said Sharp was upset about an argument with her boyfriend and had a history of depression.

The public got to meet new police officers from the Clearlake Police Department who were introduced to the City Council. Current cops have also been commended for their services to the community. The presentations came at the start of the city council meeting. Even police dog, Harley was there. The two new officers are Leonardo Flores, from the Fresno area and Matt Huot from Rohnert Park. The police dog received a commendation along with the human officers.

The $1 million appropriation for Clear Lake restoration projects is in the hands of the Governor. State lawmakers passed the new state budget. The $1M dollar appropriation progressed due to Assemblyman Bill Dodd and Sen. Mike McGuire’s work. The money would come from the Fish and Game Preservation Fund Budget for water quality, wetlands restoration projects and protecting the lake against invasive species. Dodd’s chief of staff says the bill should be in the governor’s hands soon and he has 12 days to sign or veto the bill.

More scientists on the case as the NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle finds a massive algae bloom on most of the West Coast. Now there’s a bunch of beach closures and shellfish fisheries in Washington, Oregon and California. The bloom goes from the Central California Coast north to Washington and maybe as far out as Alaska. Scientists says it’s some of the highest concentrations of domoic acid ever seen in Monterey Bay and off the Central Oregon Coast.

A man from Eureka’s been killed in a crash. The CHP says the 69 year old man was killed Monday night as his van flipped on North State Street. CHP reports the man headed north on North State Street south of Highway 101 when for an unknown reason his van went off the road, up an embankment and overturned then rolled back down the hill. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP says they don’t think alcohol was involved.

The new Ukiah city manager is being sworn into office. Sage Sangiacomo takes office today after the city council approved his contract. He’s getting a higher base salary than his predecessor Jane Chambers. Her last salary was nearing 160k/year but Sangiacomo has a base salary of $161,000. He then receives the same benefits as any other department head. The city finance director says Sangiacomo’s total compensation package is nearly $252.000. That’s almost $20,000 more than Chambers last compensation package. There’s also no time limit on Sangiacomo’s contract.

A local group in Mendocino County is working to bring a Family Medicine Residency program to Ukiah. Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County, a nonprofit working to bring the 24-7 docs to Ukiah Valley Medical Center by 2018. The group had a townhall and invited a professor from the University of Wisconsin and former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the World Organization of Family Doctors. He now advises towns about organizing healthcare effectively. Some say Mendocino County is short about a dozen family docs and recruiting is costly. The Residency Program would train docs who would hopefully commit to stay in town. The costs could be $1.5 million over the next four years with Health Partnership donating $50,000, Adventist Health Corporate $100,000 in matching funds.

The Kelseyville Unified School District has announced their teacher of the year. Cheryl Mostin was chosen. She’s a math teacher at Mountain Vista Middle School. The principal there says Mostin is a dynamic and passionate educator who is dedicated to her students’ success. Mostin has also coached high school volleyball and basketball. She says she’s honored, but the best recognition is when she’s recognized by a student or parent out and about and they say she’s made a positive impact in their life.

The final budget’s been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. The budget just barely under 200-million dollars for the fiscal year 2015-16. The County Administrative Officer says the budget has to be totally finalized and approved by state law by the end of this month. Lake Co News reporting the officer saying the new budget has minimal impacts on service levels for the public, improves services when possible, holds onto general fund reserves and won’t include massive layoffs, work furloughs or other compensation reductions.

Going against animal and environmental advocates, the Mendocino County board of supervisors has unanimously approved renewal of the federal wildlife trapping program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services contract means the county will still be catching or killing animals that cause property damage or kill livestock. Some activists had appealed to the board to try alternatives which was being considered. They even sued the county, but dropped that cause when the supervisors agreed to consider other ways. The activists say they’re considering filing again saying the trapping program is cruel and unnecessary.

A new report by the site 24-7 Wallstreet shows each state’s poorest city, in California, it’s Clearlake. The report shows a typical household earnings against the state’s median income. In Clearlake, the median household income is about 25-grand, the state’s 61. Total poverty in town is at about 30% compared to the state’s 16%. The typical Clearlake household earned around $182,000 less than the average household in the wealthiest town in the state, Piedmont City. The report says most poor cities against the wealthier cities had a lot to do with education attainment.

A random person has left some little houses nearby where a bunch of pigs got loose after a semitrailer crash last week in southwest Ohio. 3 small houses left on the side of the highway in Xenia (ZEEN’-uyh) Township west of Dayton. One of the homes, made of straw, one of sticks the other of bricks, just like the fable the “Three Little Pigs”. Half of the 2,200 piglets were killed when the truck flipped, most of the rest were found.

A man in Pennsylvania $500 richer after another guy accidentally left his winning scratch-off lottery ticket behind. State Troopers from the Bedford barracks say a man from York accidentally left a voucher on a machine which was even scanned in to verify the winnings. But then he left the paper voucher with the winning info showing on the lottery machine. So another guy swooped in and claimed the winnings and used them to buy $78 worth of tickets and the other $422 in a money order.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.