The case by a man accusing police of unnecessary restraint ending in his brother’s death, starting their depositions. Steven Neuroth’s brother says police used unnecessary physical restraint at the Mendocino County Jail in June 2014. His brother says Neuroth was a mentally ill man with schizophrenia. His lawyer says they expect to go to trial in the case next year, but there’s a settlement conference set for Sept. 20.
Two chickens and seven mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. And Vector control reports there may be a human case too. The chickens come from Upper Lake, and the mosquitoes were found in Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Kelseyville, Lakeport, and Upper Lake. So far there’s been 29 mosquito samples, 3 dead birds, and two sentinel chickens in Lake County with the virus this year. But Vector Control says right now is the peak for West Nile virus activity.
A Child Safety Seat Check-Up event is planned for victims of the Clayton Fire. The California Highway (CHP) and the Lake County Fire Protection District are holding the event this Sunday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Lake County Fire Protection District Fire Station 65, that’s in Lower Lake. There will be folks providing free Child Safety seats and helping set them up. Any seats damaged or destroyed in the fire or that have expired will be replaced, as supplies last. For more info (707) 279-0103.
Some neighbors in Ukiah have started a petition to do something about noise, loud parties, trash and other problems. The neighbors on Hortense Street say there’s a home that has a group of Mendocino College football players living in it. It was a rest home and just recently it was a group foster home. Now about 12 ballers from out of the area are renting the home. Neighbors, including the former Ukiah Mayor Fred Schneiter say it’s more like a “frat house.” Police have been out several times. But the home owner says he thinks it’s more about race since most of the football players he’s renting to are black.
A new executive director’s been hired by FIRST 5 Mendocino. Roseanne Ibarra takes over after leaving Congressman Jared Huffman’s office where she worked as a Field Representative for Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. She’s also worked for a major health insurance company and used to work at FIRST 5 Mendocino. Ibarra says she’s excited to get back to work, in her new role and help support the great work they do for children in the early stages of life. The organization invests money in local nonprofits across the county.
Not quite top marks for Lake County students in English and math. Across the state, students’ scores were up from last year to this spring. But the scores also show there are fewer than 50% of students who scored as proficient — 49 percent in English and 37 percent in math. They were 30 percent and 19 percent in Lake County. But the scores were better than last year’s which was the first year of the new version of standardized tests in Calif. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson calls it progress toward upgrading the state’s education system.
A consultant hired by a wine company that wants to build on 80 acres in Hidden Valley Lake says another company is taking credit for the environmental impact report. Northwest Biosurvey says SHN Consulting Engineers & Geologists did not have the full biological study of potentially impacted plant species included in the report. They also claim the company presented the study’s information and produced graphics without any attribution. Northwest says they’ve never run into this before, but they’re more concerned about late-blooming plants not being included in the impact report. A lawyer working for Wild Diamond Vineyards, says they disagree with the assumptions.
A new report shows California legalizing recreational marijuana could mean the industry could earn $6.5 billion by 2020 . The market research firms ArcView and New Frontier research the possibility of recreational cannabis which is on the ballot in November. The report says if the Adult Use of Marijuana Act succeeds and is implemented by 2018, legal weed sales would skyrocket earnings to the neighborhood of $1.6 billion the first year alone. The report says the size of Calif and its economy already accounts for almost half of all the country’s legal cannabis sales.
Almost $16 million dollars is being awarded to local fire departments and fire safe councils by Cal Fire. The 2016-2017 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund and tree mortality grants to reduce the possibility of wildfires and dead and dying trees in and around communities of the State Responsibility Area (SRA). The Cal Fire Director says in the last couple weeks it’s been shown how destructive a fire season can be and how helpful fire prevention projects can be to protect lives and property.
The official candidate list for the November ballot has been released by the Lake County Registrar of Voters. It shows the races for city councils, local school district seats and other elections in the area. Clearlake and Lakeport have three city council seats open with six candidates vying for the seats. Two school districts — Yuba Community College District and Konocti Unified don’t have much competition but in Middletown there are four candidates running for three vacancies.
A man accused of stabbing another man in Clearlake has pleaded not guilty. Police say Craig Fenno, who was on the run for a couple of weeks after the incident last month, is charged with several crimes including Obstructing/Resisting Executive Officer, Battery on a Peace Officer With Injury and a Probation Violation. Attempted murder charges have not been filed but police suspect him of being at a home August 8th where he tried running away and had to be tazered after the stabbing.
A man in a superhero costume combo is accused of stealing beer. Police in Buffalo, New York say they’ve been searching for a man who was seen in a Batman costume but with a Captain America mask on. They say he went into a convenience store Tuesday with two 18-packs of beer and didn’t pay. The man is further described as being in his 20s.