Archives for May 2014

Shredding Event Today

Savings Bank of Mendocino County and Integrity Shred have teamed up to offer the public an opportunity to shred outdated confidential documents, and today they’ll be in Lakeport: 9 to 11 290 S. Main St. A limit of three 35 pound boxes will be accepted. Hours and number of customers accommodated may be limited to truck capacity. According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history and reputation – and can take time, money and patience to resolve. One way to deter criminals from stealing personal information is to shred confidential financial documents and paperwork. Savings Bank representatives will be available to supply information about preventing identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen.

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record Bee:

Last-chance sign-ups for the Konocti Youth Soccer League is today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Terrace Middle School cafeteria in Lakeport. The league is open to boys and girls ages 4-16. Birth certificates are required for first-time players or players who did not participate in the 2013 season. You can also sign up online at

Congrats to Gabe Strong and Kelcie Reynolds awarded male and female athletes of the year at senior awards night. Nathan Powers and Kelcie were also awarded the “Iron Man” athlete awards.

Point Arena Baseball Coach Arrested for Ramming Car

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department has issued a press release on the arrest of Point Arena baseball coach, school teacher, and city council member Trevor Sanders. On Saturday, at approximately 5:48 pm, Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies were called to the 100 block of Main Street, Point Arena, to a report of a collision involving three vehicles and a physical altercation. Sheriff Deputies arrived at the location learned that Sanders had used his vehicle to strike several parked vehicles multiple times with enough force to cause significant damaged to each of them. It was reported that one of the vehicle owners was forced to jump out of the way of Sanders’ vehicle to avoid being struck. Sanders backed his vehicle and then struck the victims vehicle two additional times.The victim attempted to remove the keys from Sander’s vehicle and a fight ensued. Subjects at the scene detained Sanders until Deputies arrived. Sanders was placed under arrest for multiple violations including [Assault With A Deadly Weapon and Driving Under the Influence and booked into the Mendocino County Jail. Sanders bail was set at $30,000.00 dollars.

Man Arrested for Indoor Marijuana Grow

A 65-year-old man was arrested on marijuana charges after Lake County Code Enforcement officers inspected a property that allegedly contained 236 marijuana plants. The marijuana grow was discovered inside the home in the 3000 block of Meadow Wood Drive in Kelseyville. Two bedrooms were reportedly being used to cultivate marijuana and detectives reportedly counted 236 marijuana plants considered mature. LSCO narcotics detectives arrested Alan James Estrada on charges of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, being armed in the commission of a felony and failure to register as a sex offender.

Clearlake City Council Reaches Consensus on Tax Measure

The Clearlake City Council discussed the potential placement of a tax measure on the November ballot last week. The council considered whether the tax should be a general or a specific tax; what the funds from the tax should go toward; whether the tax should include a sunset clause and if the tax should be .5- or 1-percent. During public comment, the majority of people who spoke supported using the tax for code enforcement. The council reached consensus to place a specific .5-percent tax to be used for code enforcement, with a review of the tax in five years, as well as a 10-year sunset clause, on the November ballot. An ordinance will be drafted for council consideration at a future meeting.

Authorities Investigate Theft of Water

Authorities are investigating the reported theft of 3,000 gallons of water from a full storage tank at a Gualala home over the weekend. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a home on Substation Road Saturday afternoon. The 87-year old woman at the home said the water was stolen from her full storage tank on her fenced property. She told deputies this was not the first time water had been stolen from her storage tank, and estimated the stolen water was worth $1,000. Anyone with information that could aid in the ongoing investigation is urged to call the MCSO tip line at 234-2100.

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record Bee:

In baseball playoffs, Fortuna beat Clear Lake 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs Saturday at Fortuna. Clear Lake finishes the season at 20-6.

The Cardinal softball team also lost in game 2 of the playoffs 11-2.

#6 seed Point Arena beat #7 seed Mendocino 13-3 Saturday. #1 St Bernard Catholic took out #4 seed Ferndale 7-5. So it will be St Bernard vs. Point Arena for the Division 6 Championship next Saturday.

Congratulations to the seven Lake County track and field athletes who finished third or higher on Saturday at the North Coast Section Class A Championships at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa. They will all advance to next weekend’s Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium on the U.C. Berkeley campus. Nick Santos goes into the Middletown High record books as the first section track champion in the school’s history.

Lower Lake eighth-grader Ayvree Smith and her horse Julia have a date June 22-28 in Des Moines, Iowa, where they will be participating in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo competition.

Lakeport basketball club’s 5th grade boys come in 1st place in Reno Jam on it tournament!!!

8th Grade Lake County Storm girls team got 2nd Place at Reno Jam on it. These are all the same girls that won the Middle School Championship and went to State.

Citizen Helps Officer Subdue Suspect

A Lake County citizen provided assistance with an arrest of a Lucerne man for felony resisting a peace officer over the weekend. It happened on Friday just before 5PM, when Lakeport Police Officer Joe Eastham was called to the area of N. Main and Third St. to investigate the report of a male acting erratically and obstructing traffic while out in the roadway taking off his clothes. The man was Joseph Taylor of Lucerne. As the officer attempted to put Taylor in handcuffs, the suspect continued to ignore orders and started to physically fight back. Lake County Resident Mauro Lopez Jr. who had been driving past and witnessed the incident, tackled Taylor from behind immediately taking him, by surprise, to the ground which allowed while Officer Eastham to handcuff the suspect. While the police department strongly discourages and recommends against citizens from attempting to assist in these types of situations for their own safety and protection, they do appreciate, thank and commend Mr. Lopez for his actions in helping to take Taylor into custody quickly and safely without injury to himself or Officer Eastham. Taylor was booked into the jail on felony charges of resisting an executive officer by means of threat or violence and misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing a peace officer and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Homicide in Covelo

A woman was found dead in the middle of a road in Covelo with several gunshot wounds. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release, they were contacted by a motorist at around 7:14AM Sunday morning who found the woman laying in the road in the 78000 block of Hopper Lane in Covelo. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the presence of the deceased female adult who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds to her torso. Sheriffs Detectives have identified the victim as 21-year-old Rosalena Bell Rodriguez of Covelo. A forensic autopsy has been tentatively scheduled for today and Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their investigation into incident. Anyone with information that could assist Sheriff’s Detectives with their investigation into this incident is urged to leave a message on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

Free Vessel Safety Checks

In recognition of Safe Boating Week, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 88 of Lake County will offer free-of-charge vessel safety checks on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fifth Street launch ramp in Lakeport and at Redbud Park and Thompson Harbor Marina docks in Clearlake. The safety checks can be made on vessels on trailers or in the water at the docks. There will be a table set up by the flotilla to provide the public with boating safety facts and other information.