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Monthly Archives: May 2018

One of three would be thieves who the Mendocino County D-A says tried robbing money and marijuana from a home in Laytonville is going to prison. The D-A says James Richardson of Discovery Bay was one of the trio of armed men involved in the November 2017 caper. He got more than six years at San Quentin, for the bungled robbery with a firearm. The D-A posted on their Facebook page that Richardson had tried several times to get a continuance, but it was denied and he was taken to prison to begin serving his time. He had previously been in prison for four other felonies in San Joaquin County.

A man who’s not new to DUI arrest has been convicted again. The Mendocino County D-A’s office reports John Paul Wilson II of Willits has been found guilty of driving under the influence and driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol .08 or greater, but both as misdemeanors. But the D-A says the man actually measured .26 by a breathalyzer at the time of his arrest. He admitted he was driving on a suspended license. Since one of his four DUI’s was not allowed as evidence, he got off without a felony. He was found not guilty of recklessly evading a peace officer. He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The city community development department in Willits has come up with an amendment to the city’s municipal code requiring registration and maintenance of all empty facilities. The Willits News reports the recommendation comes from the city’s Revitalization Economic Development Committee and other city agencies. The City Council will now set a public hearing on the matter. The presentation to the council included that vacant, commercial buildings not only pose a threat to the environment, community development, fiscal and economic opportunities and public safety, they are also a potential liability to the neighborhood. There will be penalties unless the owner can show they’ve made updates to their property.

Several fire chiefs and firefighters from across the state have been with elected officials, community leaders and local lawmakers asking the state Legislature and the Governor to bolster funding to protect communities from natural disasters. Money set aside could be used for firefighting mutual aid and dispatch systems for both local fire departments and CalFire. There were several groups at the Capitol earlier this week looking for $100 million for pre-positioning fire resources in high-risk areas, $84 million more for new CalFire engines, cut from the state budget in 1975; and to hire more skilled and trained personnel to staff the rigs.

The Mendocino County grand jury has released its latest report, this one about street repairs and now the Ukiah City Council is responding. The Daily Journal reports the council has approved several responses to the report about how it should spend sales-tax funds for street repairs from Measure Y. The council’s response says it was a fair report and represented concerns from the community. That from the Public Works Director. He also says streets are being repaired now in the mild weather as opposed to when the report was prepared. Specifically about streets that were not being paved in a timely manner.

PG&E has committed to respond to extreme weather with its Respond, Rebuild, Resilience campaign. The utility company announcing it’s doubling new construction energy efficiency incentives for homes and businesses lost in the October 2017 wildfires. The incentives that fall under the California Advanced Homes Program and Savings By Design program are for those in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba counties. Standards in Calif. make sure energy efficiency is a priority in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and lower energy costs. The utility says it’s going to increase incentives for customers who take part in the California Advanced Homes Program.

Several dedications by the Lakeport Main Street Association after the Memorial Day Parade. The sponsor of Lamp Posts of Life is dedicating three new light posts. The dedication ceremony includes a mural dedication, one of several that are planned in locations around the downtown area to represent historical and cultural aspects of the city. There’s also a dedication of the Downtown Memorial Street Tree Program on Main Street. The parade is this Saturday.

The Flynn Creek Circus is headed back on the road and will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The human circus out of Mendocino County will be in town July 26-29. The circus called, “Adrift” with circus artists from Brazil, France, Las Vegas, Mendocino, and elsewhere. It features award winning aerialists, jugglers, clowns and acrobats. Tickets are available for purchase. The prices go up at the door. For more info you can visit www.flynncreekcircus.com.

Staff from police and fire agencies including the Interim Clearlake Police Chief Tim Celli and Fire Chief Willie Sapeta get together to talk fire prevention and abatement of properties due to overgrown vegetation or other fire fuels. Celli says since the community has experienced so much over the last few years, fire prevention is a major concern so they want everyone to be proactive to take the threat away. From now thru July 1st, the police and fire departments will be investigating complaints about overgrown vegetation or other fuels. They say if they’re not fixed whoever is responsible for the property could be fined or cited. They have completed code enforcement on one property were a fire happened and thousands of pounds of trash were removed.

State Supreme Court is deciding whether or not Facebook and other social media outlets have to turn over user content to criminal defendants. The case comes up today for the high court with some of the biggest companies out of the Silicon Valley duking it out against public defenders after a defendant accused of a murder in San Francisco wants video and Twitter, Facebook and Instagram content by the victim and a witness included as evidence. The former girlfriend of one of two men charged with murder in 2013 is who’s social media posts are up for grabs. They say that would show she was jealous and angry because her ex was involved with other women. The Supreme Court takes on the case that could substantially change the companies practices.

Ahead of the upcoming primary in Calif. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein changes her stance on the death penalty. This after years of supporting the practice, but as she runs up against fellow Democrat and Democratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, for the seat she’s held for years. Feinstein says it become crystal clear to her the risk of unequal application is high and the effect on deterrence is low, but says her decision changed several years ago, she just wasn’t publicly discussing it until now. The two biggest vote getters advance to the November ballot regardless of party and so far there have been no prominent Republicans in the contest. De Leon won the state party’s endorsement over Feinstein.

Visitors to the Loch Ness, the actual spot in Scotland where people claim to have seen the monster, is being tested for DNA to see if it’s an actual thing. There have been stories about "Nessie" for hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths. Now an international team led by a scientist from New Zealand will go get samples of the water for DNA tests to see what species live there. The lead scientist says he’s not a believer but wants to take people on an adventure and share some science with them. Some folks say an actual long-necked plesiosaur lived beyond when dinosaurs became extinct in the waters and another is that it’s just a sturgeon or giant catfish. Others say it’s floating logs or a hoax.

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Three people recovering after escaping a burning car after a single car crash. The Hopland Fire Department Chief reports crews got the call to the crash on the 101 just north of Hopland right after midnight last Sunday for a car into a tree and those in the car trapped. The chief says it was a full-size pick-up that went into the tree and caught on fire. A family of three apparently pulled from the truck by some good Samaritans. A man had to be airlifted from the crash with major injuries, an adult female and a 17-month-old child were taken by an ambulance to a hospital with moderate injuries. The fire spread a little in the area but was quickly put out.

The third quarter budget’s been accepted by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors for departmental spending and revenues for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The board has also given the green light to the County Executive Office recommendations for the 2018-19 budget. About $500,000 dollars is being carried over to the new budget for reserves. The county CEO and Auditor-Controller prepared the budget report. Some of the things the board’s looking to expand includes road work, economic development including broadband and grant writing and support for EMS.

The driver of a car a CHP officer had just stopped​
in Santa Rosa, visibly pours a beer out in front of the cop. The Press Democrat reports the cop pulled over 24 year old Alejandro Gonzalez Tuesday. The guy then failed sobriety tests and got himself arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and child endangerment for having two kids in his car. He’s also facing other charges like driving with a suspended license, driving without an ignition interlock device and violating probation, because it was his fourth DUI arrest in a ten year period. He had three other DUI convictions and was held on $100,000 bail.

The state has agreed to fix homes damaged in the October fires that had heavy equipment damage. The debris removal work was managed by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, and in some cases, home sites were over excavated as we’ve reported. In Mendocino County the over excavation program started several weeks ago, but it’s now starting in Sonoma County, where soil will be put back into places where the cleanup went too deep. The debris removal is just about done on about 4,500 sites in four counties. A construction company from Orange County is doing the soil refill work.

The state attorney general wants an appeals court to block a judge’s ruling against the state law to let terminally ill people end their own lives. Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked for an immediate stay in the case and for a reversal of the judge’s decision last week which said the 2016 law was unconstitutionally approved by the state legislature. Becerra says it was actually passed legitimately in a special legislative session on health issues. The judge last week gave the state attorney general five days to appeal the decision.

A man is wanted from Ukiah police say violated his probation. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. posted for their Warrant Wednesday on Facebook that Garrett James Matson is wanted. He’s described as a 41 year old man, 5 foot 8, 133 lbs with blond hair and blue eyes. They’re asking anyone who may know him or have seen him to call the sheriff’s dept. His picture is posted on the sheriff’s Facebook page.

A man from Willits accused of driving drunk and child molestation has been sent to prison. The Mendocino County D-A’s office reports Michael Cruce was sentenced in the two separate cases to nearly 25 years in state prison. In one case he got 15 years to life for unlawful sex acts with a child 10 years of age or younger. The D-A says in this case, the child was between 5 and 6 years old. In the same case with another child, between 10-12 years old, he got six years. Then Cruce received 44 months for DUI causing injury to four people.

3 people recovering after a single car crash near Clearlake Oaks. The CHP in Clear Lake reported on the Sunday afternoon crash on Highway 20 west of Walker Ridge Road. They say the driver, Aquilino Vazquez-Garcia of Los Angeles was headed west on Highway 20 with passengers Christian Vazquez, Sabino Rios-Garcia and Cristian Figueroa-Roque when they didn’t make it around a curve because of driving at an unsafe speed. They came off the shoulder and rolled into a tree. One person was trapped, while the driver had a minor injury and was arrested for DUI. Two people in the car had major injuries and ended up in the hospital. The driver, Vazquez-Garcia charged with several crimes including felony driving under the influence, and misdemeanor driving without a license.

A hiker has died after slipping on their way back down Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. The fall happened Monday when a man and his friend hiking in a thunderstorm called for help from park rangers. The hiker’s body was not taken from the park until the next day. Their identity has also not been released. The National Park Service reported it was the first death on the Half Dome cables since 2011, and the first visitor fatality this year. The hike is 14 to 16 miles round trip with cables so hikers can get up and down the 400 feet of granite without climbing equipment.

A 30 year old man had to be ordered out of his parents house by a court. Mark and Christina Rotondo had left notes for their son and asked him to leave, but he would not. Michael Rotondo was back in their house the last eight years. He says he’s appealing the judge’s "outrageous" ruling. The parents started to bug their adult child to leave in February, giving him 2 weeks to get out. They even offered him cash to leave and help finding a place to live and told him to get a job. He still didn’t listen so they went to court, and he lost.

The legislature is working to allow school employees to be able to ask judges to temporarily take guns away from potentially dangerous people after the latest high school shooting in TX. There’s already a new law in place that allows immediate family members and police to get gun violence restraining orders against anyone showing warning signs of violence. This new bill in the Assembly would extend that to school employees and co-workers. If the bill gets to the Governor’s desk and he signs it, it would allow a judge to issue a restraining order, then the gun owner has to surrender guns and ammunition to law enforcement. And they can also ask who requested the restraining order against them.

The search continues for an elderly woman from Piercy who the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. says has been missing since Friday. The 76‑year‑old Margit Pritchard was last seen around 1 PM that day at her house. Her husband started looking for her that evening and called police. Now dozens of search and rescue volunteers have been scouring hillside areas of Piercy north of Leggett. Police say she didn’t have a phone or purse, but was last seen wearing blue capri‑style pants and a purple T‑shirt. They also say she may have dementia and may be confused, but was an avid walker. She had disappeared before and walked seven miles, but was found. Now deputies are using blood hounds to look for her. They also want the public to know they’re not searching for illegal marijuana grows. There’s also been a silver alert issued for the northern half of the state.

On the one year wedding anniversary of a couple in Napa Valley, the husband’s killed while their Uber car was hit by another car. 28 year old Jaryd Dock was killed in the three car crash near Yountville. His wife, Sara and two other people had major injuries in the wreck that happened on Highway 29. The couple celebrating their anniversary Saturday night and hired an Uber to take them from their hotel to a restaurant. The other driver, Hilda Arroyo, of Angwin, was headed north on the Highway and lost control of a curve, and crossed the double -yellow lines into the Uber and another car.

The Governor has a proposal to start an entirely online California community college. A vote is set for a subcommittee of the state Assembly tomorrow, but many instructors say they’re wary of the idea. The governor wants to spend 120 million dollars now and 20 million every year thereafter for an online community college to target those without a post-secondary education. Wynd Kaufmyn teaches in-person and online engineering courses at the City College of San Francisco says she thinks working adults who go back to school need the support of a campus community – and worries that an all-online approach would lead to more dropouts.

Cut 54345 :14 "I can’t think of anything more wrong-headed. It’s duplicating efforts that are actually better placed to serve the students. I think the best way to go is to fund the programs and the wraparound services that will ensure their success at their local community colleges."

Tag: The governor says he hopes a new online community college would fit better into students’ busy lives and entice the 2-point-5 million adults aged 25 to 34 in this state who have a high school diploma but nothing more. However some educators worry that it would simply drain students from existing community college programs.

Second Cut: David Lau, who teaches English at Cabrillo College in Aptos, says he favors the hybrid of in-person and online courses that most community colleges currently offer. He adds that busy adults are more likely to succeed if they have personal contact with students and teachers.

Cut 55345 :17 "In face-to-face course offering, as an instructor you can often make all kinds of different attempts to intervene, offer assistance, mandate that they come to office hours, give them makeup assignments for missed work, and you’re much more likely just to see a student disappear from an online course offering."

Tag 1: If the subcommittee votes the proposal down, the online college becomes a conference item between the California Senate and Assembly. If it does pass, then it goes to a separate vote of the full budget committees of both houses.

The Lake County Registrar Of Voters Office is processing the vote-by- mail ballots for the June 5th Statewide Direct Primary Election. This Thursday, the office will start their tally of the ballots which continues thru Election Day. Then the official ballot count will start the day of the election, but no results will be announced until the polls close at 8:00 p.m. Then the official canvass will start Thursday, June 7th. Anyone who wants to observe is allowed to attend.

The first semester of Pomo Pathways for Pomo tribes is done. The project in its first year at the Coyote Valley gym is three semesters long and offered by Mendocino College for kids to go from pre-college level to college-level math and English so they can prepare for college. It’s for recent high school grads or others who’ve been out of school a while who are considering a new career or going back to college. There are three tutors for high school and college students who meet with the attendees. The Mendocino College President was at the celebration last week to congratulate those who finished and encouraged them to keep up with their education for themselves and their community.

A couple of lawyers in Humboldt County want the county to refund millions in marijuana grow tax money. The two filed a lawsuit against the county saying there’s about $4 million that was collected from 2017 taxes which may be illegal. The lawyers, one from Alderpoint, Eugene Denson, the other from Eureka, Frederic Fletcher, say the Board of Supervisors made illegal changes to the tax in June 2017. The tax passed in 2016 by voters as Measure S so money would flow to local services. But the lawyers say changes made by the board should have gotten voters approval. The two filing a lawsuit as part of the Humboldt-Mendocino Marijuana Advocacy Project, the Humboldt Cannabis Taxpayer’s Association, the Humboldt Voters’ Association and two Bridgeville property owners, Karen and Dennis Silva.

A man accused of animal abuse in Clearlake has been arrested again… this time for the assault of police officers and resisting arrest. Cops say they say James Miranda was “acting erratic, yelling and chasing vehicles” and witnesses say he was “screaming irrational statements” Sunday. Police say the guy grabbed one officer by the throat and punched and kicked at officers who tried arresting him. Then a police dog, “Zip” came to the scene and took him down. He’s charged with several crimes including battery on a peace officer and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was held on $15,000 bail. He was arrested last year after his dog was found dead on a highway with its mouth tied shut. He was cleared after it was found the dog had internal injuries, something he said happened after being hit by a car.

The sales tax in Clearlake and Lakeport has gone up so the County is explaining why. The county prepared a statement for the public saying the 8.75 percent sales tax is a point and a half higher like more than 120 other California cities and 55 percent of the state’s counties which have also increased their sales taxes. Apparently only about one penny per dollar can be set by local government. Which the county says is very limited. They say the County Administrative Officer is also reviewing written feedback on the tax and more for their Vision 2018, 10-year plan.

Hospice Services of Lake County with several sponsors has planned their Hike for Hospice. The fourth year of the fundraising and friend raising event is June 9th at Highlands Springs Park near Lakeport. Anyone who wants to participate in the Hike can pre-register online at www.lakecountyhospice.org, or you can get your registration form at any Hospice thrift store in Middletown, Clearlake or Lakeport or they’ll even mail you a form if you call them. If you raise at least $25 for the five mile trek, you’ll get a T-shirt. After the hike is a light brunch, live music, and an awards presentation.

Congressman Mike Thompson has announced the Student Leaders Of The Year. He’s bestowed the honor on the entire Middletown High School Leadership Class. Thompson says the students represent the best about the district, saying he met with them after they wrote to him about preventing gun violence. Thompson says he felt inspired by their passion and willingness to engage on the issue.​
More than 30 kids from the school honored at a ceremony in Vallejo. They were nominated based on their academic achievements, leadership among fellow students, engagement in the community, and overall contributions to the county.

The State Water Project has been increased by the California Department of Water Resources. The agency says water storage is in fair condition but the snowpack is still low so they upped the 2018 allocation to 35 percent – up slightly from the 30 percent announced last month. The statewide snow water content was down from 44 percent of average to 15 percent over the last month.

A kayaker stranded during a fishing trip has been rescued by the Coast Guard after his rig started taking on water on the Albion River. The man’s wife called the Guard for help saying her husband was supposed to come back before dark and never showed up. So a Lifeboat crew and a helicopter went out searching for the man with an Albion Fire Department ground party. The man found stranded on a rock by Albion Point. A rescue swimmer was lowered down from the helicopter after midnight Monday morning. He was in good condition. The man had a dry suit and life jacket on and the guard says, he was a great example of being prepared.

A new report showing during the October firestorm landlines, cellphones and internet service were out, another reason many residents weren’t alerted to the impending danger. The 85 page report by the North Bay/North Coast Broadband Consortium shows two thirds of respondents in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, lost some or all landline phone and internet service. Another three-fourths lost some or all cellular phone service. The report will go to the State Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission showing the area was ill prepared for the disaster due to a lack of a well-designed telecommunications network resilient enough to survive the wildfires. The consortium says they got more than 3,700 responses from residents in the three counties.

A teenager in Washington in trouble for a cruise on a golf cart with his cat. Cops in Redmond say the teen on a city owned golf cart in the downtown area wearing a life vest with his face painted black, had his cat in a pet carrier. Police went after him, but didn’t arrest him, instead, they called his mom.

Some residents in southern Mendocino County north of the Sonoma County line on Highway 101 want help with a dangerous stretch of highway. The Press Democrat reports a 15-mile stretch of highway between Hopland and Cloverdale has had several serious car crashes the last ten years, several were fatal. The latest​
accident​ ​
was a driver losing control and going over the cliff into the river​,
both people in the car survived. But two years ago a 6 year old girl from Stockton was killed. The Cloverdale Fire Chief says it’s a very dangerous stretch of road with weather being an issue and speeding. Caltrans apparently aware of the issues there and says they regularly run reports and use crash data for safety improvements. Caltrans also just put up a nearly 3 million dollar concrete and metal barrier in one part of the area.

A new lifeguard tower in Northern Calif at Goat Rock Beach is the first on the Sonoma Coast and the only one north of the Golden Gate. The tower put in Thursday after the deaths last year of a man and his son, both from Santa Rosa. There’s also been dozens of water rescues in the area including 81 of them in the year 2016. Lifeguards also working to educate beachgoers each year, but the fiberglass tower, six feet above the sand was put up instead of having lifeguards in trucks on roving patrol. The tower is on the south side of the Russian River estuary flowing into the ocean at Jenner beach near the end of Sonoma Coast State Park on the north side.

A big turnout for the annual Clearlake Oaks Catfish Derby. Lake Co News reports the organizers of the Derby, in its 35th year, say it’s the biggest derby west of the Mississippi and possibly the most well attended event like it in North America. More than 900 adults and children participants were at the Lake from as far away as Delaware, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and of course, California. But organizers say most were from outside the County. The top prize for adults of of $4,000 was for at 24,34 pound catch to Lee Her of Sacramento. But the biggest catch of the day Sunday was a 27.36-pounder caught by a 9-year-old. Scarlett Ocheltree of Yuba City won a $100 cash prize.

Some Indian tribes, fisherman and city officials along with environmentalists asking the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to get behind the idea of a full removal of PG& E’s Potter Valley Project dams. This comes after the utility announced they were going to auction off the project. The more than 100 year old dams supply water and power to several hundred thousand people. One of the supervisors said they wanted the dams removed, but weren’t sure how to pull it off. Tribal representatives at last week’s meeting asked to be part of the discussion. The two dams in the Potter Valley Project, the Cape Horn and the Scott Dams provide flows to a federally protected species of salmon too.

Two grant ceremonies held for Redwood Valley and the Santa Rosa Community Recovery Fund after the October wildfires. On Friday the Mendocino Family of Companies had one of the two grant ceremonies at the offices of the Mendocino Redwood Company in Ukiah. The money to be matched up to $400,000 by the Mendocino Family of Companies and then helps local organizations. This time a group of 15 organizations who serve youth, elderly, animals, and educators, especially those that impact local communities. The $261,000 to communities impacted by the October wildfires. They included the Arts Council of Mendocino County, Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County, North Coast Opportunities, Potter Valley Youth & Community Center, Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians, and SAFER: Sonoma Action for Equine Rescue.

The man accused of setting the Clayton Fire has his trial delayed. Prosecutors asking for a continuance in the case against Damin Pashilk because of the amount of discovery needing to be gathered. It will reportedly take a couple more months to collect all of the discovery. This continuance after the judge in the case announced his retirement and was replaced. And his replacement had been Pashilk’s lawyer, so he had to get a new lawyer too. Pashilk faces 19 arson charges for the fire complex from back in the summer of 2016, burning up to 4,000 acres and destroying 300 structures, including 180 homes. He’s pleaded not guilty. A preliminary hearing and an update on missing discovery is set for August 14th.

A man from Clearlake accused of stealing more than 100 Redbox movies appears in court. Jason Mifsud has pleaded not guilty to charges he had as many as 140 movies that were taken from the movie rental machine at the Carl’s Jr on Dam Road. He was found at a home after a disturbance call with a gun. Police say he had been illegally camping on a property and when he was searched, the movies were found. He was charged with felony possession of stolen property and had bail set at $15,000. He’s due in court next Tuesday.

A search for a missing woman from Piercy did not lead to where she may be. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue conducted a search in the Piercy area for 76 year old Margit Prichard. She was last seen on Friday and may have dementia like symptoms. Police say she may be confused, but is otherwise very fit and has been known to take long walks. The woman is described as a white female, 5′ 1/2″ tall, 110 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes.

A new report shows not very many Sonoma County residents got official alerts about the October fires. The poll by the Press Democrat also says many residents never got any advance warning. People who responded say if they were warned it was from friends, family and neighbors. The newspaper conducted a telephone poll of 500 registered Sonoma County voters the first week of May. Those surveyed said they did think the county was more prepared now. And 59 percent of respondents said they thought county officials provided effective leadership the first week of the fires. The fires in Sonoma County took down almost 5,300 homes and killed 24 people.

A California assemblywoman who used to be a voice for the state’s #MeToo movement, but was then herself accused of sexual misconduct allegations, has been cleared. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia will face disciplinary action even after being cleared of supposedly groping a male staffer, for using vulgar language, which is a violation of the chamber’s sexual harassment policy. She will get no committee assignments when coming back to work Wednesday after she volunteered for a three-month absence. She also has to go to sensitivity training and another session regarding the chamber’s sexual harassment policy. The man who complained she groped him says he may appeal.

Police in Ohio say they thought a caller was drunk when he called to ask for help about a pig following him home. But North Ridgeville police say they found that indeed when the man called Saturday morning, there was a pig following him as he walked home from a train station outside Cleveland. The caller’s incident was posted to the police department’s Facebook page. They said they thought he was drunk or hallucinating, but they went to the call anyway and found a very sober man followed by a pig, named Zoey… the officers took the pig to the city’s dog kennel. It was then returned to its owner Sunday.

A man in Covelo reports going away for a few days and coming back to a burglarized home. Mendocino County deputies went to the man’s home after the burglary April 29th and looked at surveillance video where they saw a suspect had forced entry into the home. The suspect identified as Spencer Asher, who also lived in the neighborhood. The deputy says the some of the stolen property was recovered by the victim after confronting the suspect’s girlfriend. Then Asher was arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary. He was also on probation at the time so he was charged with Felony Probation Violation and held on $50,000.00 bail.

A man police say was disguising himself as a cop, complete with red and blue lights flashing on his car, has been arrested. Police put out a Be on the Lookout alert for the guy they say used the lights on the vehicle to stop a female driver in the area of Kits Corner in Kelseyville. A Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy saw the vehicle soon after the alert and recognized the man as being in trouble with law enforcement in the past, as Grant Washam of Clearlake. The deputy reports Washam had on a black beanie saying “Police” on the front in yellow letters, and he had a pistol on him. He told the deputy it was a fake gun, but he was arrested anyway. The Deputy found other items including a semi automatic handgun, a badge that said “U.S. Department of Homeland Security ICE”, and suspected methamphetamine and another badge from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Dept. Washam was positively identified by the woman who says he stopped her. He’s held on several charges in the Lake County jail on $15,000 bail.

A man in Covelo’s been arrested after a report of a disturbance. No crimes were committed, but the responding deputy found Patrick Hanover at the home. He was wanted on a felony warrant of $50,000 for not appearing in Napa County Superior Court for a criminal threats case. He was turned over to the deputy by Round Valley Tribal Police officers, who said they had previously detained Hanover for the arrest warrant. The man was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on that of $50,000.00 bail.

A man in Willits has been arrested by the Bypass after a woman reported she was in a physical altercation with the man. The responding deputy reports a woman visibly upset and found that she and Tate Madson were camping in the area when he assaulted her, pushed her on the ground and punched her in the face. The deputy reports the woman had a visible injury on her neck and had pain coming from her face, head, and jaw. Madson was arrested for Felony Domestic Violence Battery and booked at the Mendocino County Jail on $25,000.00 bail.

A woman from Nice recovering after reporting a domestic violence incident in Willits. The Sheriff’s office and Willits police got a call from a woman who says she was dating Javier Garcia and the couple had been staying in a trailer when Garcia threatened the woman, later choking her. She says the man also hit her in the face with his elbow, so she called police. The officers who reported to the incident say the woman had injuries to her neck and mouth. She also apparently had a domestic violence restraining order against Garcia. He was arrested for Felony Domestic Violence Battery and Violation of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order and held on $25,000.00 bail.

A man in Laytonville busted on drug charges. A Mendocino deputy on patrol was contacted by a probation officer who said Levi Lamoureux was nearby and on active order for arrest because he violated the terms of his probation. The man was arrested without incident on several charges including growing marijuana without registering, possessing marijuana by a person with a prior conviction for not registering, prohibited person possessing a firearm, and for not registering as a sex offender at a new address within 5 days. He’s on no bail.

A man in Potter Valley has been arrested for several crimes after police find he didn’t register as a sex offender at a new address. Several law enforcement officers get a call to a home after finding the man got a permit to sell weed, but it turns out he became a convicted sex offender after getting the permit. Officers from the sheriff’s office, marijuana enforcement officers, Calif. Dept of Fish and Wildlife and Ukiah police went to the home, finding Shane Sawdon. Sawdon told police he was staying at a mobile home on the site of a marijuana grow and elsewhere in Willits. But police say that wasn’t true and he was violating the terms of his registration requirements as a sex offender. Cops found about 1,500 marijuana plants and processed marijuana and a handgun. He was booked for cultivation of marijuana as a person prohibited by law due to a conviction requiring registration as a sex offender; Possession of marijuana for sale; being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm; and failure to register a new address within 5 days. He was being held on $25,000.00 bail.

A man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 39 years in prison has been awarded state compensation. The now 70 year old man, Craig Coley, won almost $2 million dollars, $140 per each day he was incarcerated. Coley found guilty for the 1978 murder of his girlfriend and her son. The governor pardoned him last fall after the Simi Valley police chief and Ventura County district attorney cited faulty evidence. The man has said the money wouldn’t make up for the quote "worst nightmare" of spending 13,991 days in prison. The money is the most California has paid under its Erroneous Conviction Program.

Wildlife experts working to restore an area in central Calif. where southern sea otters have long had habitat. The Press Democrat reports the southern sea otters were nearly extinct because of centuries of industrial-scale hunting for their fur pelts. Their numbers have gone from just about 50 in the 1930s to more than 3,000 today now because of both federal and state protection. The animals are still only on about a quarter of their range. The manager of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sea-otter program says for their population to grow, their habitat needs to expand in Moss Landing. And wildlife experts say predators should stay in their historic range.

A small fire that grew to five-acres on Vichy Springs Road east of Ukiah is thought to be arson. The Ukiah Fire Chief says they encountered about five small fires in a two acrea area near the old landfill east of Ukiah Wednesday. He says there didn’t seem to be a natural cause for the fires, like controlled burn that got away or anyone around where the fire broke out. He also checked with a nearby resident to see if they had power and the weather was overcast, so that wasn’t creating the right condition either. Cal Fire is now investigating.

A new Street Medicine program is coming to Mendocino County thanks to a partnership with the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center and Mendocino Coast Clinics and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. The program in Fort Bragg so that homeless people can get healthcare services. The program to screen people then refer them for medical and mental health issues, share health education with them, reduce emergency room visits and help the local homeless population get access to health care resources and services. There’s been a similar program in Ukiah for two years and the hospital says that’s meant a major drop in ER visits.

A man from Kelseyville charged with shooting at a group of Caltrans workers and cops has been released from custody and is on formal probation. Joshua Brown had pleaded no contest last month for negligently discharging a firearm at the group. He was sentenced after a report from the Lake County Probation Dept. with his sentence suspended, but getting three years of formal probation. If Brown violates the terms of probation, it can be revoked and he would have to go to jail. He will have to regularly visit with a probation officer and could have periods of electronic monitoring, flash incarceration periods, and increased community service hours. He also has to go to treatment/counseling programs, and cannot leave the State of California without permission and have no firearms.

A new bill has been signed into law further bolstering the Sanctuary State status of Calif. The governor signing the bill to restrict the disclosure of a person’s immigration status in open court. The Senate got bipartisan support for the bill last week which was put up for debate after reports ICE agents were tracking down undocumented immigrants in courthouses. Some advocates say that’s meant some immigrants don’t end up testifying in court, reporting crimes or showing up to pay a ticket. The law takes effect immediately.

A man from Lakeport has been charged with the murder of his dad and more crimes related to the incident. Steven Fredericks formally charged this week with murder, attempted murder, causing injury to an elder adult and assault with a deadly weapon. The charges after the incident near the Nice Lucerne cutoff across from Hwy 29 where officers say Frederick’s father, David Fredericks was found dead of stab wounds. His mom was also stabbed in the neck, but apparently survived. Witnesses told police the younger Fredericks took off into a wooded area after the incident. He came out and surrendered and has a preliminary trial set for June 6th. He was being held on $1,275,000 bail.

A multimillion dollar contract has been awared to a company to fix the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Fort Bragg. The City Council unanimously voted to award the $15 million dollar project to Wahlund Construction out of Eureka, the lowest of four bidders. The project to replace the trickling filter system with an activated sludge system. It’s to update how the system handles solids, its storm water system, create equalization basins and move the bio-solids storage area. The project to be paid for thru grants and a Wastewater Enterprise Fund and a loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund the remainder. It should be done sometime in 2020.

A new parcel tax has been approved by the Fort Bragg City Council to help the hospital. Measure C for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, which is the largest employer on the coast, will bring in money to help stabilize cash flow and revenue. The hospital has 320 staffers who get almost $2 million in monthly payroll and physician payments.

The name of deputies involved in an incident at a car wash with an employee waving a gun. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. had deputies out Sunday at the Jolly Wash Car Wash/Gas Station, after an employee, Ryan Pritel, pulled the gun and shot and injured one of them. Mike Matelli, Greg Hals and Mike Schemmel were on the scene that day and Matelli was shot with a pellet that spread out and hit him on various parts of his body. He is recovering out of the hospital now. Santa Rosa police are investigating. As many as 17 people witnessed what happened and the officers had body cameras on. Plus there was car wash surveillance showing the guy pull a gun and the deputies approach him.

A sketch has been released by Lakeport Police of a man a woman says tried abducting her downtown. The sketch after the woman said a black man in his mid-50’s asked her if he could pay her for sex near Library Park. She says when she turned him down he tried grabbing her and putting her into his red, shiny Lexus with gold details. The woman got away. The man’s described as about 6 feet tall, 225 pounds, with short curly salt- and pepper hair, clean shaven, wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, black jeans and black and gray shoes.

A man in from Los Angeles has been arrested for sex offenses that happened in Garberville. Michael Franco also had been previously in trouble with the law for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old. The man busted this week for the crimes in Southern Humboldt County.

A man trying to conceal his face from a sheriff’s deputy in Covelo, found to be high on meth, has been arrested. The Sheriff’s deputy on patrol got a call and found a man walking on the side of the road, the man quickly turning away from him, putting a hand on his face and ran away. The deputy tried to stop the man, who then told the deputy he had a knife and then some suspected meth fell out of his pocket. He was arrested and found to have more meth on him, then charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. Robert Huang also charged for giving a fake name to the cop and was held on $15,000.00 bail.

A man convicted of an armed robbery in Mendocino County has died in prison. The Mendocino County D-A’s office reports Isidro “Blackie” Lopez Bernal who was in the High Desert State Prison in Susanville died in March. Lopez Bernal was convicted by plea of second degree murder and for using a gun after he and two other people devised a plan in Cloverdale to carry out an armed robbery of an illegal marijuana garden in Yorkville. A man watching over the garden was killed by the three men. One of the men was also accidentally shot by his associates and used a cell phone to call for help after leaving the other two behind. Lopez Bernal’s death is being investigated.

A man accused of a 2013 drive by shooting in Gualala has been convicted after a plea. The jury trial was supposed to start Monday, but Christopher Ochoa pleaded guilty to assault with a shotgun and also admitted he shot a woman who was partially blinded by the shotgun blast. The plea agreement says Ochoa will get between 5 and fourteen years, which will be decided by the judge next month. Apparently Ochoa had left town after the crime and was a fugitive from justice from May 2013 until November 2017.

The law in California allowing those who are terminally ill to take their own lives with the use of drugs is no longer. A judge in Calif. has ruled lawmakers illegally passed the law during a special session on other topics. But the Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the state strongly disagrees with the ruling and will go for an expedited appeal. The law meant those who were given six months or less to live can get a prescription for life-ending drugs. Those suing against the law in court said it didn’t have safeguards to protect against abuse. A lawyer for the group, Life Legal Defense Foundation, one of the plaintiffs, says the legislature hijacked the special session they were called into which was for access to medical care.

Some arrests made in Clearlake after reports of an armed robbery involving marijuana. Police got a call to a home for a robbery in progress, someone telling police there were two black men holding three Hispanic men at gunpoint. So when officers got there they say they saw a Cadillac take off, and they stopped the car finding, 18-year-old William Hutton and 23-year-old James Deshawn Celestin Willis, both of Clearlake. Police found a .357-magnum handgun in the car, and detained the two. They went back to the house and found marijuana packaged to be sold. Apparently the two already detained had gone to the house for a drug deal but pulled the gun and tried taking 25 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana. Two men at the house were arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and Willis for carrying a loaded firearm in public and carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

A man from Hidden Valley Lake recovering after his motorcycle crashed into a deer. The CHP reports Daniel Sweet had moderate injuries after the wreck Tuesday night outside Middletown. The CHP says the deer wandered out on the road in Sweet’s path and he was tossed off the bike after colliding with the animal. He was taken from the area in a REACH air ambulance. Police say they don’t suspect alcohol or drugs as factors in the crash. This was the second motorcycle crash in Lake County in two days. Another when a rider from Lucerne slid into a guardrail near Upper Lake.

Hundreds of pot plants and a honey oil lab found by police in Clearlake. Police serving search warrants to a couple homes in Clearlake they identified as illegal gardens and found 550 marijuana plants which were taken from the home. There was also evidence the weed was being sold, plus cops found a honey oil lab. Two men, Stephen Steppe and Gregorio Soto-Mora have been arrested for illegally growing marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, manufacturing a control substance and maintaining a residence for unlawful drug activity and conspiracy. At another home 86 pot plants were found and connected to the two men.

Some bones have been found where the new Dollar General Store is being built in Lakeport. Now the construction of the store could be on hold because of the discovery. Lakeport Police got a call to the site after the discovery. The police chief says there was one large bone and several smaller ones taken for further investigation. He says they’re not sure if they’re human bones. The area’s been a site for the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians who have a monitor. That’s usually someone provided by tribes for projects near their boundaries. Monitors apparently provided if anything’s found on site, to make sure it’s handled properly. It’s protocol if bones are found that certain procedures are followed like having the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office called, have an archaeologist examine what’s been found and take pictures to see if the bones are ancient.

Lakeport Police asking for the public’s help trying to find a man they say tried abducting a woman near Library Park. Police say they got a call to the 26-year-old woman who says the man approached her at the end of Fourth Street Tuesday, offering her money for sex, then when she said no he grabbed her and tried pulling her into his car. She described the car as a “shiny, red” Lexus sedan with gold details. The suspect described as a black, man in his mid-50s, 6-feet tall, 225 pounds, with short, curly salt and pepper hair, clean-shaven and wearing a black, short sleeve shirt, black jeans and black and grey shoes.

Mendocino Supervisors take up mental health services at the same time a former Child Protection Services worker files complaints saying there’s no accountability in how mental health service money is managed. The Daily Journal reports after there was a presentation to the board by the county’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, then resident James Marmon spoke out saying the public has not heard everything going on behind the scenes. He also sent an email to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the California Department of Health Care Services saying Mendocino county has serious problems, spending as much as $28 million a year of taxpayers’ mental health dollars.

A Cloverdale High School student is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Jared Huffman made the announcement about Jaslyn Ortiz who’s winning piece of art will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. It will sit with other artwork from every congressional district in the country. Ortiz gets two round-trip tickets to Washington, D.C., to go to the ribbon- cutting ceremony and reception for the display next month.

The Lake County Land Trust is taking reservations for their annual Spring Celebration fundraiser. The event planned for Sunday, June 10th with food, wine and music. The event hosted by Lynne and Bernie Butcher, the owners of the Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake. The event is $50/person and reservations are required. Visit lakecountylandtrust.org for more info. Click on “Spring Celebration Tickets.” The money raised goes to support the Lake County Land Trust, including preservation of the Clear Lake shoreline and operation of the trust’s Rodman Preserve near Upper Lake and Rabbit Hill Park in Middletown.

Applications are being accepted until this weekend for the Hanson Memorial Scholarship. Saturday’s the deadline for the Christine Hanson Memorial Scholarship which is open to all Kelseyville High School seniors wanting to go to college in the fall. The scholarship awards, $1,000 to the winner. The scholarship in the name of a school teacher at Kelseyville Primary School for several years, but this year is the last, after a decade.

Cal Fire’s announced some fire prevention grants. The program part of California Climate Investments to bolster carbon storage and sequestration in forestlands. The state budget for 2017 and 18 put aside as much as $195 million dollars for Fire Prevention and Forest Health Programs. So the grants pay for local projects and activities to help bring down the risk of wildfire in forested and forest adjacent communities. It includes hazardous fuel reduction, fire planning, and fire prevention education, focusing on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more info, visit calfire.ca.gov/fire_prevention/firepreventiongrants

A woman from Phoenix faces a bunch of charges after sending more than 65,000 text messages to a man after they went on one date. Police say some of the texts from Jacqueline Ades were threatening and downright bizarre. She’s charged with threatening, stalking, harassment and failure to appear in court. She says she met her soul mate and thought she would marry him. Some of the texts anti Semitic in nature and threatening to murder the victim. Cops say she sent up to 500 messages a day since last year, then she broke into his house and took a bath.

ANNE-MARIE – FRIENDS
SHAWN MENDES – IN MY BLOOD
BAZZI – MINE
THE WEEKND – PRAY FOR ME
MAROON 5 – WAIT
IMAGINE DRAGONS – WHATEVER IT TAKES
SZA – ALL THE STARZ
HALSEY – ALONE
TAYLOR SWIFT – DELICATE
CHARLIE PUTH – DONE FOR ME
LAUV – I LIKE ME BETTER
DUA LIPA – IDGAF
DRAKE – NICE FOR WHAT
ARIANA GRANDE – NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY
NIALL HORAN – ON THE LOOSE
CALVIN HARRIS – ONE KISS
POST MALONE – PSYCHO
SELENA GOMEZ – BACK TO YOU
LOGIC – EVERYDAY
LIAM PAYNE – FAMILIAR
ZAYN – LET ME
KHALID – LOVE LIES
FOSTER THE PEOPLE – SIT NEXT TO ME
AJR – SOBER UP
RUDIMENTAL – THESE DAYS
BIG BOI – ALL NIGHT
LIVVIA – CATCH A BODY
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS – MOVE TO MIAMI
G-EASY – SOBER
IN REAL LIFE – TATTOO