A citizen’s petition of sorts filed by firefighters in Mendocino County due to the danger of the millions of trees killed, but still in the forest. The initiative is to help keep firefighters and residents safe should a fire break out. It would place people before private industry profit so if there is a fire with major damage losses, corporations are held accountable. There are dead standing trees which firefighters say burn hotter and faster. The initiative after more than 200 residents and firefighters were at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting April 21st to request action. Organizers will be circulating petitions throughout the county, but mostly in the western half where the industrial timberlands are located.
A man from Clearlake found guilty of torturing his puppy. Emilio Vega Mendoza convicted of three felonies including intentionally and maliciously torturing Remy the German Shepherd. The dog not yet a year old was hung from a tree and punched. He’s also convicted of making threats to a police officer responding. He’s waived a jury trial and was found guilty by the Judge. Vega Mendoza was seen by a woman living in the house where he was staying beating the dog. He apparently threatened her and her baby as well. The man claims he was playing with the dog, who bit him in the face. He’s due to be sentenced in Sept. He faces three years in state prison and is currently on an immigration hold. Remy was adopted to a new home this past spring.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office warning residents about a possible money transfer scam. They say they’ve had a bunch of calls from residents who say they were called by someone claiming to work for the Sheriff’s Dept. saying they missed jury duty and had a warrant out for their arrest. They say they have to pay thousands in order to pay off the warrant, but the sheriff’s office says that’s not something they ever do. They warn if you receive any call like this to report it to police and to the Federal Trade commission.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s office on the lookout for a man they say didn’t register as a sex offender. 60 year old John Kacher wanted on a $15,000 warrant. He’s described as 5′ 10", brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 255 lbs. Anyone with info about where he might be is asked to call the sheriff’s Dispatch at (707) 463-4086.
A permit’s approved by the Ukiah Planning Commission for a home to be built in the western hills. There’s already a home on Janix Drive, now the planning commission agrees to allow applicant Jared Hull get a Major Use Permit to build a single-family home of about 2,000 square feet. Plus he wants to put in a pool, and a three-car garage on the private road. It’s part of a subdivision that’s been there several years. There was concern the house may not blend with what’s there already.
A woman from Nice has been killed in a head-on collision near Clearlake Oaks. The 40 year old woman driving a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier on Highway 20 west of the junction with Highway 53 early Tuesday morning when the CHP says she drifted into an oncoming truck and trailer. That driver tried to avoid the woman, but they crashed anyway and she was killed. Her name’s not been released. The driver of the truck was not hurt.
A fire in Lake County first reported at 150 acres quickly exploded into at least 5,000 acres forcing evacuations southeast of Clearlake and sending a giant plume of smoke up over Sonoma County. It was first reported at about 3-30 yesterday afternoon near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake. Emergency crews ordering residents of Morgan Valley Road between the Napa County Line and the intersection of Highway 29 and Highway 53 in Lower Lake to evacuate. ABC7 in San Francisco did a flyover over and reported flames could be seen destroying several structures and another section burning steep and heavy timber. Temperatures reported above 100 degrees with low humidity and 11 mph winds. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Lake County Office of Emergency Services at (707) 263-2360
More than 2 dozen University of California employees made more than $1 million last year. A new report shows the elite group made up of athletic coaches, doctors and hospital chief executives. The data released by the university system Tuesday of detailed payroll information for employees. The top-money maker in the UC system and of all state workers was Jim Mora, head football coach at UCLA, with 3.5 million. The university system reports the payroll reached $12.6 billion in 2014.
Mandatory Evacuations for the Wragg Fire, that’s the one near Lake Berryessa. Emergency officials ordering folks on Mix Canyon, Sky Ranch Road, Wild Horse Canyon Rd., and Blue Ridge Road to leave immediately. That’s about 136 homes /200 residents. There’s also an advisory, meaning a warning for those on Gates Canyon Road and the area west of Pleasants Valley Road. Lake Solano campground has been closed for the use of fire equipment access. An information line’s set up (707 469-4000) 7,500 acres – 80% contained
No movement yet by the Willits City Council on two proposals regarding the development of the Remco property. It could be at least a month until any movement’s made until several conditions are satisfied. Then at that time, the council will decide if the Skunk Train depot and/or the Ed Mitchell-Burton business park meet the definition of “legitimate public purpose.” Willits Environmental Remediation Trust (WERT) oversees the Remco property. Sales contracts were in escrow until Tuesday including both the Skunk Train and the partnership of Mitchell and Burton. The trust looking to sell the property so it doesn’t have to pay about $1.5 million to get rid of the building still there.
John’s Place in Willits cannot reopen at a new location. The City Council, acting as the planning commission, turned down the move because it’s 175 feet from Willits High School. The owner of the full service bar applied to move into the old Suncycle building across from what used to be Vassar’s Pizza. The old John’s Place is now just an empty lot, it burned last November. The owner says he wants to move back to the old spot, but first wants to be on Main Street while the bar’s rebuilt. A letter from about 2 dozen teachers to the council opposed the new location and residents opposed more traffic coming to the neighborhood.
UPDATED EVACUATION INFO:
The Rocky Fire near Lower Lake had explosive growth overnight, moving from 150 acres to 5,000. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has also expanded evacuations for Spruce Grove Road, north of the intersection with Jerusalem Grade Road; Noble Ranch Road; Jerusalem Grade Road; and Cantwell Ranch Road. That along with mandatory evacuations in the Lower Lake area for Morgan Valley Road, east of Bonham Road. The Highland Senior Center in Clearlake on Bowers Ave. is the place for folks to stay. Plus Middletown High is also being used as a shelter location. Animals can be taken to the parking lot of the Department of Social Services off of Highway 53 in Lower Lake. All summer programs in Lower Lake, Hidden Valley Lake and Middletown are canceled until further notice. The Lake County Emergency Operation Center has also been activated. For more information a phone line’s set up at 263-2360 and emergency services is posting updates on their Lake County OES Facebook page. You can also visit this radio station’s website for updated information and see our Facebook page too.
Police in Clearlake on the lookout for a man they say disappeared from a local hospital earlier this week. 33 yr old David Uribe has not been seen since Tuesday morning at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. Hospital staff tell police the man was a patient at the hospital who was there for some sort of evaluation – but he walked away. Police searching the area but couldn’t find the man. A family member says he has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old but is very friendly to strangers. His picture on Lake Co News dot com. He’s described as last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, white shorts and sandals. 5 foot, 7, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and he could be wearing glasses.
3 injuries reported after a chain-reaction car crash in Ukiah. Four cars crashed near the intersection of Talmage Road and Airport Park Boulevard around 2-pm yesterday. Police say a green Mercury minivan looks to have rear-ended a Chevy Trailblazer which then rear-ended a pickup truck which hit another pickup sitting at the intersection waiting to turn onto Airport Park Boulevard from Talmage Road. Two adults and one child had to go to the hospital, but Fire officials say they had what looked like minor injuries. Four others involved refused treatment. Part of the accident scene was blocked for 45 mins due to the crash.