Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is asking the communit to help them find two missing 12-year-old girls who are believed to be runaways. Athena Fausset and Catrina Johnson are believed to have left the Ukiah Boys & Girls Club around 5 pm yesterday. Athena was last seen wearing a blue pullover hoodie, black leggings and black slip on shoes. Catrina was last seen wearing a grey zipup hoodie, dark blue jeans and a light color blouse. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact MCSO at (707) 463-4086. Here’s a link posted with a picture of the girls:
A DUI crash in Lakeport last night left one person seriously injured. The crash, on South Main Street between the Kmart entrance and Grace Lane involved two vehicles and a scooter. LPD reports the drivers of the two vehicles are expected to be charged with intoxicated driving, one on felony charges for causing injury. Multiple departments and agencies are involved with the response and investigation. The critically injured person was flown to an out of county hospital.
The Mendocino County Executive office issued a statement yesterday officially closing Bell Springs Rd. to through traffic, and warning that law enforcement will be checking for ID, a piece of mail, or to ensure that the road is only used by locals. Due to the closure of Hwy. 101, many drivers were using Bell Springs as an alternate route, which has resulted in several collisions. Officials also cite deteriorating road conditions as a reason for its closure.
Search warrants conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit last week in Lower Lake resulted in the seizure of heroin, cocaine, firearms and 1,400 marijuana plants. There was also one arrest, and the 27-year-old man is facing several felony charges. The Sheriff says this is part of an ongoing effort to eradicate narcotics from the communities of Lake County and seize the suspected profits of drug trafficking for asset forfeiture whenever possible.
Congressman John Garamendi will host a senior center conversation in Clearlake Oaks this afternoon. Discussion will be about issues affecting the senior community and new legislation The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Live Oak Senior Center, 12502 Foothill Blvd, and is free and open to the public.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Santa Rosa man in connection with a homicide attempt in Covelo. 47-year-old Paulino Marin, allegedly firing several shots at a 19-year-old Covelo man who was struck at least once. The shooting occurred in an area that belongs to the Round Valley Tribe. Marin was reportedly setting up a commercial marijuana growing operation at the location, and law enforcement says there was no evidence that the marijuana operation was for medical purposes or allowable under state and county guidelines. 788 marijuana plants were eradicated.
US 101 is still closed just north of Leggett, and Caltrans 1 says due to continuing slide activity, they can’t yet put a date on reopening. Their contractor began work yesterday, removing 82 dump truck loads of material and removing a small portion of the rock fall fence, but had to shut down early because the slide became too active to continue safely. They intend to resume today working 12-hour days, 7 days per week, until the highway is reopened. Motorists are advised to not use Bell Springs Road as a detour – there have been several accidents reported, including a couple just last night.
Congressman John Garamendi will host a senior center conversation in Clearlake Oaks this afternoon in Clearlake. Discussion will be about issues affecting the senior community and new legislation The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Live Oak Senior Center, 12502 Foothill Blvd, and is free and open to the public.
Almost four in ten Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution – but those living in Lake County are breathing easy. The American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air report listed Lake County the third-cleanest county in the nation for annual particulate average concentrations. You can read more of the report online at: www.stateoftheair.org/
By a vote of 3-2, the Board of Supervisors has granted an appeal of the Lake County Planning Commission’s denial of plans for a Dollar General store in Middletown. Community members at the meeting argued against the store citing traffic concerns, its close proximity to schools, impacts on other businesses, and and the store’s fit with the community’s small town character. Next Tuesday, the supervisors will consider another denial appeal on plans for a Dollar General in the Clear Lake Riviera area of Kelseyville