The body of a man who disappeared over the holiday weekend in a boating accident has been found in Clear Lake. Lake Co News reports a dive team went in after the man, finding his body early yesterday afternoon by Anderson Island near Kelseyville. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office had not released the name of the victim as of late yesterday. They say the boating accident happened around 2 p.m. Saturday. They get a call to Braito’s Marina in Buckingham for a report of a single vessel that went down near Anderson Island with some witnesses reporting the boat fell apart in the water. The cause is being investigated.
The sheep shearing business in Ukiah, once a pipedream, may be up and running by years’ end. The Daily Journal reports Matt Gilbert has been demonstrating how to shear sheep in Hopland. On Saturday he had a shearing audience at the Hopland Research and Extension Center. The center had their yearly Barn to Yarn event. Gilbert’s the self-proclaimed only shearer in Mendocino County. He says he shears as many as 3,500 head a year. He says his dream to have his own wool mill at his home in Ukiah has already gathered $350,000 in startup funding.
A couple new wells coming to Ukiah. The biggest one is 260 feet near the Orchard Avenue Bridge. Another one at 100 feet, also near the bridge. The well to be cleaned out this week, before pumping water and testing the area’s supply. Engineers say if there’s as much water as they hope, another well will be drilled about 20 feet away, with the second one adding to the city’s water supply. But if there’s not enough water, it will monitor groundwater supply.
A man from Fort Bragg busted for DUI after a power pole was hit. Fort Bragg Police Department reports they found a crash in the 100 block of North Main Street early Saturday morning. One car with three people inside hit a light pole. Officers on the scene say the driver, 31 year old Carlos Sanchez-Ku of Fort Bragg, was drunk. They’ve arrested the guy on suspicion of DUI causing injury, which is a felony. He was booked into Mendocino County Jail under $50,000 bail. The other two people with him were taken to a hospital for treatment.
A man from South Lake Tahoe’s been arrested in New Hampshire in connection to the death of another man in Mendocino County. As we reported Joshua Ruoff was being held without bail at the Merrimack County Jail in Concord, N.H. for the murder of Timothy Sweeting, in Covelo between May 17 and May 18. They say the two were connected to a pot farm in Covelo where 300 to 400 plants were found on property owned by New Hampshire residents. Police went to the property after finding out Sweeting had been attacked the day before. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office went to New Hampshire to investigate further and the DA’s Office is working to extradite Ruoff who’s challenging the process.
Police in Clearlake are on the lookout for a man they say assaulted a woman and grabbed her young child in a park. The child was found later in a restroom at Austin Park. Police got a call to a home in Lower Lake Saturday to a report of a kidnapping. Police found the woman and her 3 year old were at the park and a man approached and started a conversation about her toddler. She says the man was in his 30s, between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 9, with a thin build, a dark mustache, possibly a beard and long dark hair – which may have been a wig – and a deep voice. She says he asked to hold the tot and she said no, he then pushed her down and she hit her head and he took the child. She found her child, uninjured, but traumatized.
Fire officials say a fire over the weekend may have been caused by a kid playing with fire. Two homes in the Blue Lakes area west of Upper Lake had serious damage. Firefighters called to the garage fire Friday night. They say when they arrived they found the fire had spread to a second home. There were also utility lines down. The fire was under control in about an hour. Lake Co News reports the fire started in the garage of the first home. Three adults and one child had to find another place to live.
The search for a missing teenager goes on after police narrowed the search to the area of Jenner. The Solano County Sheriff’s Dept. reports they moved to search for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson over the weekend, but she’s still not been found. The man suspected of abducting the teen was killed after a shootout with police Thursday. 19 year old Fernando Castro was killed after police saw his car and he tried to get away. A witness told police they saw Castro with a gun, pulling a screaming Pinson across a freeway overpass in Vallejo, where they both lived. The witness reported hearing a gunshot while running for help.
A divorced man has been acquitted in an Italian court for offering to pay child support with pizza. Nicola Toso promised to continue paying to support his daughter in 2002 after the parents divorced. A local newspaper reported the amount at about 300 euros, or about $335, per month. But apparently after the recession hit, the professional pizza maker from Padua couldn’t pay anymore so he offered pizzas, calzone and other meals instead. The ex took him to court, but the judge found no evidence of any crime.
A man in Texas says he was sitting on his porch and was shot in the butt. Police outside of Waco say the man thought he was shot in his left buttock but instead they say he was too high from smoking marijuana to notice that as a thunderstorm passed by his dog was frightened and nipped him in the butt instead. The man called police because he believed he was shot.