Consultant on Homlessness Gives Recommendations

Mendocino County’s consultant on homelessness, Dr. Robert Marbut, presented his six-month report to the public last night. He said communities that successfully reduce the amount of homeless use a combination of providing services with treatment and recovery plans. He also said there must be a common understanding of who is experiencing homelessness, and a realization that treating different groups with the same services can make the situation worse. Marbut says more beds for substance abuse and mental health treatment are needed in the County, along with more affordable housing.

Possible Hate Crime Committed Against Church

A Fort Bragg man accused of committing a hate crime against church was arrested this week. Police say 25-year-old Dylan Morris broke into the Calvary Church on North Main Street, and and set off several fire extinguishers, which covered the interior and expensive office equipment with destructive fire retardant powder. Morris had also reportedly broken into a clergy member’s home the night before the church break-in. Police say Morris is a former member of the church.

Utility Pole Sheared in Hit and Run

A hit and run crash early this morning destroyed a utility pole and knocked down lines across Highway 20. The crash was reported at 3 a.m. on Highway 20 at Ogden Road. Traffic controls were put into place because of the the low-hanging lines. Pacific Gas and Electric crews were on the scene, along with Caltrans and Northshore Fire units.

Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff

A free household hazardous waste dropoff event is being held today and tomorrow at Quackenbush Mountain Recovery & Compost Facility , adjacent to the landfill in Clearlake. Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Households can bring up to 15 gallons of toxic items free of charge. Fees will be charged for amounts over 15 gallons.

Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder of CHP Officer

The man who attempted to murder a California Highway Patrol officer in south Willits in December of 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison. The Mendocino County District Attorney reports that 29-year-old Ryan Joseph Maxstadt of San Jose, was sentenced in Ukiah on Tuesday. Maxstadt has served two prior state prison sentences: one in 2010 and another in 2012.

Students Call for School Safety During Walkout

Students in Lake and Mendocino Counties joined hundreds of thousands of students across the country who walked out of school yesterday – which was one month to the day after the mass shooting at a school in Florida.  Local students joined in a movement calling foraction from legislators to improve school safety. In Washington D.C. A bill to fund school safety is headed to the Senate. The bipartisan measure is intended to help U.S. schools boost security to prevent acts of violence. Senator Diane Feinstein said lawmakers cannot continue to “do nothing, because nothing means more lives are lost.”

Crandell Enters District 3 Supervisor Race

The Tribal Chairman of Robinson Rancheria has entered the race for for District 3 supervisor. E.J. Crandell, who has served as a local tribal leader since 2014, made the formal announcement yesterday. Incumbent Supervisor Jim Steele is not running for reelection. Also running for the seat is businesswoman Denise Loustalot. The primary election is June 5.

Costco Construction Ahead of Schedule

Ukiah’s Public Works Director Tim Eriksen says the Costco construction is ahead of schedule. Work on the roads and intersections on Airport Park Boulevard is progressing, as well as work on the building. The roof trusses have been fully installed, along with some roofing and siding. Additional concrete work has also been done on the north end of the building.

Cal Fire Chief Gets Woman of the Year Honor

Cal Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief Shana Jones was honored as Woman of the Year by Senator Bill Dodd. For Women’s History Month, the state Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their districts and communities.

High Powered Weapons Found in Clearlake Home

The Clearlake Police Department found several high powered weapons in the possession of a convicted felon. Law enforcement in Fresno County arrested 53-year-old Robert David Cooper of Clearlake for firearms violations and alerted local police that he had additional firearms and ammunition concealed in his home. Police conducted a search warrant yesterday a the residence in the 16100 block of 36th Avenue in Clearlake. They discovered a cache of weapons that included AR-15 semiautomatic rifles and a machine gun. Numerous felony charges will be filed against Cooper with the Lake County District Attorney’s Office.