Funds Approved to Remove Abandoned Vehicles Lake County

You’ll soon see fewer broken down cars in Lake County. The Board of Supervisors have approved funds to help with getting rid of abandoned vehicles in the unincorporated county and the cities of Clearlake and Lakeport. The board also approved continuing collection of the fee, which is a $1 vehicle registration fee.

Rafters Stranded Overnight Found Safe

Three rafters who were stranded overnight on Sunday near Ten Mile Creek managed to free themselves and get to safety. The Mendocino County sheriff’s office reports that the rafters were stranded in the south fork of the Eel River. Their raft had gotten pinned against a large boulder on Sunday afternoon. CalFire sent a helicopter to the area to attempt a rescue late Monday morning, but by that time, the rafters had freed their raft and had successfully floated the river to their extrication point, The Big Bend Lodge just south of Leggett.

Lake County Annual Address Tomorrow Middletown

Lake County community members are invited to the annual State of the County address tomorrow at 1PM at the Middletown Luncheon Club. New District 1 Supervisor Jose “Moke” Simon III will give his first annual address on his district and District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown will also provide an update. The two will provide details on how the fire recovery is going as well as the plans for Lake County’s government this year.

Reservations are required: Call 707-987-3113 before 6 p.m. Tuesday. After 6 p.m. Tuesday, call the Middletown Senior Center directly at 707-987-3113 to cancel or reserve your spot.

Woman Arrested for Arson in Gualala

A 21-year-old female from Anticoch California has been arrested for arson in Gualala. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says that the fire occurred inside a residence, and the woman who reported the fire told them she was able extinguish it with the help of friends. the woman’s cousin Ashaki Satomi Scott, had been temporarily staying at that residence and reportedly started the fire after an argument over unauthorized purchases she’d made with a credit card.

Police Unable to Find Suspects Who Fled After Chase

CHP and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office were unable to find two suspects who were possibly armed, that fled on foot after a vehicle pursuit in the area of Old Lake County Road and Highway 20 in Upper Lake on Friday. The male with long brown hair in a red jacket or dark colored shirt and a female with shoulder length hair wearing all black clothing, were last seen on foot going towards Mendocino County.

Narcotic Task Force Executes Series of Search Warrants Lake County

Narcotic Task Force Detectives executed a series of search warrants throughout Lake County on Friday for retail “smoke shops” illegally selling methamphetamine glass pipes and for distribution of nitrous oxide gas for the purposes of intoxication. During the search, Narcotics Detectives located a total of 803 glass methamphetamine smoking pipes and some firearms. In addition, Detectives seized 3,812 Nitrous Oxide canisters along with the canister “crackers” and balloons for inhalation. Criminal Complaints are being sought for the owners of each establishment and several employees for violations

Power Pole Damaged in Crash

A single vehicle crashed and sheared off a power pole at South State Street and Washington Avenue in Ukiah yesterday morning. Two witnessses of the accident and broke the rear window of the vehicle with a large rock to gain access to the driver. Crews worked yesterday to replace the power pole.

Sheriff Issues Local Emergency Due to Damage Caused By Storms

Sheriff Brian Martin as Lake County’s Director of Emergency Services has issued a declaration of a local emergency in response to widespread damage caused by the storms and subsequent flooding last week. Homes were flooded as well as falling trees which damaged homes, vehicles, and utility lines. Two roads in Lake County, Elk Mountain Road and Socrates Mine Road, were washed out rendering them impassable.

The Sheriff’s Declaration of Emergency has been forwarded to the State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for consideration by the Director of Emergency Services.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 17th, 2016 to hold a Draft Cannabis Ordinance Workshop. This emergency declaration will also appear on that agenda for consideration of ratification by the Board. As a reminder, this special meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:00 PM in the Board Chambers.

County of Lake employees are working diligently to respond to this most recent emergency, and urge the public to be prepared for additional rain events which are forecast to hit Lake County next week.

Woman Dies After Vehicle Crashes Into Outlet Creek

A 19-year-old woman died and another survived after their vehicle ended up in Outlet Creek following a collision. At approximately 8:19 yesterday morning, the California Highway Patrol received a report of a traffic collision on US-101 in Mendocino County, involving a vehicle which had run off the highway and was in the creek. The accident had happend the night before and the surivor was able to make it to the roadway to flag down a car the following morning. Little Lake Volunteer Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team responded to the scene. A rescue swimmer found the driver of the vehicle still inside. She was extricated and pronounced dead at the scene.

Lake County Among Those in CA No Longer in Drought

For the first time in four years, the drought is over for almost half of California – including Lake County.  The U.S. Drought Monitor says normal conditions have returned to 35-percent of the state and another seven-percent is considered only abnormally dry but not in a drought.