Archives for May 2014

Fire Damages Vehicles and Wildland in Upper Lake

A Wednesday afternoon fire near Upper Lake damaged several vehicles and boats and a small amount of wildland The fire burned on a property located between Three Brothers Chevron and Lake County Car Audio and Security, near the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 29. Firefighters controlled the fire within about 15 minutes. About a a quarter of an acre of berry bushes and weeds burned.

RVCWD Considers Merging with RRFC

The Redwood Valley County Water District this week moved moved closer to becoming a part of the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District. Sean White, general manager of the RRFC & WCID, referring to the application that needs to be sent to Mendocino County’s Local Agency Formation Commission before the organizations can merge. The RVCWD would be dissolved and become part of the flood control district, and Redwood Valley’s board would also dissolve. Both agencies’ boards are still discussing the merger possibility.

Mendocino County Bus Fares to Increase

Bus fares will increase countywide on July 27. The Mendocino Transit Authority board of directors voted to raise cash fares by 20 percent, meaning that a one-zone fare would increase from $1.25 to $1.50. The 75-cent cost to travel into a second zone will stay the same. The cost for 16-ride punch passes and most monthly passes will increase by 13 percent, and the youth summer passes will increase next year from $40 to $45. The increase will help close a $200,000 budget gap and meet state and local requirements that fares cover a certain percentage of MTA’s operating costs in order to qualify for other funding.

Clearlake Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

Clearlake Police officers have arrested a local man on a host of charges including human trafficking, pimping and kidnapping. On Wednesday Clearlake Police officers driving through the parking lot of the Travelodge Motel, observed an adult male sitting in the seat of an expensive Mercedes Benz which was backed into a parking stall at the rear of the business. Not far from the Mercedes Benz, was a female, who appeared to be in distress, standing next to another vehicle. The officers asked her if she was all right and as she walked toward them, and stated, “That’s my pimp,” and said he was threatening her. As police were talking with the woman, the man, Clearlake resident Darryl Dwayne Williams, 53, slipped out of the car. The officers found him at a neighboring auto parts business on Lakeshore Drive. The female told officers that she had been abducted by Williams in Fresno and forced into prostitution with the threat of harm being done to her child if she refused. Williams, who is a convicted and registered sex offender for pimping and pandering, was arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail for pimping, pandering, kidnapping, possession of narcotics and human trafficking.

Big Valley Grange Yard Sale

Big Valley Grange will host a yard sale tomorrow and Sunday. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m at 1510 Big Valley Road in Finley. Money raised will be awarded to a Lake County high school senior to assist their pursuit of a college education. Yesterday was the last day of school for seniors at Clear Lake, Lower Lake, Middletown and Upper Lake high schools. Graduation ceremonies for all four schools is today. Congratulations graduates! Ukiah High School Graduation is next Saturday.

Arrests made in homicide investigation

Authorities arrested two people, and subsequently released one of the suspects, yesterday in the ongoing investigation of a Covelo homicide. Earlier this week, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, reported that a woman identified as Rosalena Bell Rodriguez, 21, was found shot to death in the middle of the road in the 78000 block of Hopper Lane in Covelo Sunday morning. A Tuesday autopsy revealed she died of multiple gunshot wounds. Sheriff’s detectives and the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate Rodriguez’s death, and made three arrests. Two of them were connected with Rodriguez’s death, according to the MCSO, and only one is still suspected in the homicide. Anyone with information that could help the investigation of Rodriguez’s death is urged to leave a message on the MCSO tip line at 234-2100.

Charge Replaced for Ukiah Doctor

A felony charge of furnishing or selling hydrocodone was dropped to a simple possession charge for a Ukiah surgeon. Dr. Brian Cable was in court yesterday to be arraigned on the amended complaint, which includes six charges of felony prescription fraud, and, a seventh charge of possessing the controlled substance. Cable’s attorney says the charge was replaced because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that his client gave or sold the prescription drug to anyone illegally. After a tip by Ukiah Valley Medical Center personnel, Ukiah Police Department detectives arrested Cable last July after searching his home and office. Cable and two co-defendants are due back in court late next month for a pretrial conference.

Hoberg Use Permit Being Reviewed

The use permit application for Hoberg’s Resort is being reviewed by agencies throughout the state. Along with the permit application, Lake County Partners, LLC, submitted a project overview narrative, as well as a site plan map detailing the group’s plans for the property. Comments from approximately 20 agencies, including Caltrans, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Public Health and local tribes, are anticipated to be received in three weeks. Community Development Director Richard Coel said the plan and vision for the site are good. Lake County Partners, LLC, Managing Member Silvester Rabic, says the plans for the property will be broken into four phases over the course of several years. Phase 1 includes asphalt repair work, landscaping, fencing, general cleanup and maintenance, as well as renovating and opening 15 guest rooms, a spa, fitness center and deli. Phase 2 includes timeshare condos and chalet models, the main lodge restaurant, ballroom, wine tasting room and bar. Lake County Partners, LLC, recently paid off multiple liens filed against the property, as well as $100,000 in back property taxes.

Lake Mendocino Tested for Koi Herpes Virus

A sample of Lake Mendocino was sent to be tested as officicials try to determine what killed hundreds of carp this week. The the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are hopeful the cause was the Koi herpes virus, so a water sample has been sent to to the University of California at Davis to be tested for the virus. Other samples of the water and fish were taken and sent to scientists with the California Fish and Wildlife Department.

Resurfacing Work in Ukiah to Begin

The ramps to and from Highway 101 in Ukiah will be resurfaced beginning next week. The work will require closures of ramps between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Sunday evening through Friday morning. Caltrans says while the work is happening, no two consecutive ramps will be closed at the same time. Beginning June 4, crews will be installing a high-friction surface that is designed to increase traction year-round.