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More visioning forums in Lake County planned. The county started their Community Visioning In January and with the public’s input have ten pillars in their ten year plan, Vision 2028. The Board of Supervisors supporting the Community Visioning Forums on economic development. So the Lake County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the forums in Clearlake and Lakeport which will be attended by community business leaders, and experts in workforce development, real estate, health care, education, and more. The first forum is June 21st at 6 PM at the Twin Pine Center in Middletown, the next is June 26th at 6 at the Lakeport City Council Chambers and the last one is the next day, June 27th at the Clearlake City Council Chambers.

A man in Willits has been arrested for an assault on his partner. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call Memorial Day weekend and found Willits police had already separated the couple, Christopher Doak and a female after a night at a bar. Cops say Doak and the woman started arguing after they got home from the bar, and say Doak poured a beer over the woman’s head, grabbed her and dragged her. They say she had an injury to her wrist and was treated and released. Doak was on probation and now arrested for Felony Domestic Battery and Violation of Probation and held on $30,000.00 bail

The Mendocino County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder says they were making their way thru about 14,000 more ballots, all Vote by Mail and another 410 Provisional ballots. In the 3rd District Supervisor race, there were nearly 2,900 ballots to count and in the 5th District, about 3,800 ballots to count. For the Mendocino Coast Health Care District, Measure C, there were more than 5,100 to county, 1,835 for the Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District’s Measure D; just over 800 for the Coast Life Support District and just 31 ballots to county for the Southern Humboldt Community Health Care District’s Measure F. They have 28 days to make their way thru the rest of the ballots before a final Statement of Vote.

A man in Boonville has been arrested for attempted murder, saying there were people in his house walking thru walls. Mendocino deputies went to the home for a report of suspicious circumstances amd found Ruben Thommason with pistols in each hand. They say he pointed them at the deputies then went back in his house. So deputies took cover and tried to negotiate with the guy, along with Ukiah Police officers, officers from the CHP, California Fish and Wildlife, and SWAT members. They say he fired a round toward officers, but he didn’t hit anyone, then surrendered and was booked on Attempted Murder charges.

A man in Willits is arrested for having weapons including an automatic weapon. Deputies had a search warrant and went to Fred Danforth’s home May 31st. SWAT members along with deputies served a warrant and detained the man, finding an assault rifle, large capacity magazines, and ammunition. Police say he’s prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his prior criminal conviction so he was arrested for being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition and for Possession of Large Capacity Magazine. He was being held on $25,000.00 bail

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in Kelseyville after a report of a burglary where scores of items were stolen from a home. Apparently the victim had a surveillance system where he saw three people removing things from his house. The three id’d as Misty Scott, of Clearlake Oaks, Ian Sanders of Clearlake Oaks, and Jessica Sanders of Lucerne. Scott was on found to be on parole and Sanders on felony probation. Apparently the victims knew Scott thru a family member. So they went to her house anf found all three people and a fourth, Michael Jackson, who was also on felony probation. All of the stolen property was recovered and the four were all arrested on various charges including Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

The Lake County Registrar of Voters office reminding the public their count from the Primary is not final. They have 30 days for the official canvas. There were still more than 2,300 Vote By Mail ballots to be counted received on election day and another 700 or so which arrived before that. And a couple hundred others for various reasons not included in that bunch. The Registrar of Voters office says it’ll put out a Public Notice with any updates as they come in, along with a breakdown of ballots to be counted in the Unincorporated County and Supervisorial 2 and Supervisorial 3 districts as soon as they’re available.

The Mendocino County D-A reports the former Ukiah Gun Club president and another former board member are being arraigned on theft charges. The D-A’s office says the preliminary hearing last month for former president Audie Norbury and former board member Pamela Mathis led to the arraignment which is set for next Friday. The charges for possession of an assault weapon, grand theft, and buying or receiving stolen property. The two women busted last fall after a search warrant was served at their house. Officers took a bunch of stuff as part of the investigation, including office equipment, tools, firearms and ammo and documents.

The Mendocino County Juvenile Hall is staying open after all. The Board of Supervisors discussing the possible closure during budget discussions and have decided to put forth more money to keep it open. A quarter million dollars is being put toward the hall staying open from county general fund reserves. The decision after a budget presentation by the Chief Probation Officer who said after the unexpected end of the contract with Lake County’s detention, they lost more than a half million dollars of projected revenue for Fiscal Year 2017-18. So that would mean juvenile offenders would be sent out of the area the juvenile hall closed, but it would also cost a million dollars.

A bunch of suspicious fires reported in Ukiah. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reports three fires in one week on the Rail Trail. Police say there are homeless encampments in the area, but it didn’t look like there was one near the fires. One mobile home park had to be evacuated after one of the fires. The police department says the same thing happened last year and cameras were placed around the area, but the fires stopped. This time cops looked at footage from a surveillance camera at a nearby business, but no word if any suspects have been named yet.

More housing in Ukiah… the Planning Commission has given the green light to a new development with 35 market-rate apartments near downtown and the hospital. The Daily Journal reports the commission chair saying the area was stagnant and needed more housing to attract and retain professional employees for the Ukiah Unified School District, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Mendocino County, the city of Ukiah and other large employers. Some spoke out at the meeting though about the possible impact of the development. The commission unanimously approved the permit for the project.

Several thousand pounds of illegal fireworks have been rounded up by Cal Fire. The agency announcing 49,000 pounds of illegal fireworks confiscated in Northern California, they say it’s one of the largest seizures in state history. Seven people have been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges. Officers say they think those arrested illegally transported, stored, distributed and sold the products and that it had been going on as long as 30 years. They were investigating for three years and rounded up the fireworks from Montana and Nevada, where they’re legal.


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