Archives for October 2014

Teen leads Ukiah Police on high speed chase

The Ukiah Police department is continuing to search for a 16-year-old Ukiah boy suspected of leading officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday night. The incident happened around 9:20 when an officer saw a vehicle heading east on Brush Street at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it. The driver took off onto Mason Street with the officer in pursuit. The car ran a stop sign at Perkins Street, almost slamming into another vehicle before continuing south on Leslie Street at speeds of more than 70 mph. The driver stopped on Observatory Avenue and that’s when the occupants fled. According to The Ukiah Daily Journal, A 16-year-old boy who had taken his parents’ vehicle without permission, jumped a fence and escaped, along with one of his 15-year-old passengers. A second passenger, also 15, was captured by pursuing officers. When officers searched the vehicle, they reportedly found a meat cleaver and a baseball bat, along with other weapons, and believe the teens were searching for “members of an opposing street gang.

Authorities Looking for Missing Hidden Valley Lake Man

Authorities are trying to find a Hidden Valley Lake man who was reported missing earlier this week. Guillermo Figueroa, has been missing since Sunday night. Hidden Valley Lake Association officials say he’s a husband and father of three. Figueroa has been visiting a friend in Clearlake and telephoned his wife that he was coming home. However, he never arrived. Clearlake Police officers found an abandoned car registered in Figueroa’s name in the vicinity of Burns Valley Road. Figueroa’s cell phone was pinged and tracked to a general area in Clearlake, but officers couldn’t get an exact location. Anyone with information about Figueroa or his whereabouts is asked to call the Clearlake Police Department or the Lake County Sheriff’s Office .

Fall Behind and Change Smoke Alarm Batteries

Lake and Mendocino County officials are reminding people not only set their clocks back this weekend, but to also change your smoke alarm batteries. Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 am, so before you go to bed, change your clocks and take time to also check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly and replace batteries. All smoke alarms, hard wired or battery powered, should be replaced every ten years.

Halloween Safety Tips from Lakeport Police Department

The Lakeport Police Officers have been leading Halloween Safety Assemblies for all students at Lakeport Elementary school this week. And the safety tips they’ve been sharing for children and parents include:

Go trick-or-treating with a grown up.
Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly.
Put “Glow in the dark” patches or stripes on your costume so that drivers can see you.
Carry a flashlight.
Don’t eat treats until you show them to your parent or guardian.
Visit only people you know.

..and have a safe, fun and happy halloween!

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record-Bee:

In girls soccer, the Clear Lake Cardinals edged a 3-2 league win over the Fort Bragg Timberwolves yesterday afternoon in Lakeport. It was the final league game for both teams. Clear Lake will advance to next week’s North Coast Section playoffs.

The Kelseyville Knights needed a tie or a win against Willits to clinch the undisputed North Central League I boys’ soccer championship yesterday in Willits and they came through with a 1-1 draw.

In volleyball: the Kelseyville Knights beat the Clear Lake Cardinals. Middletown defeated Cloverdale. Willits lost to Lower Lake. Fort Bragg fell to St. Helena. Maria Carrillo won 3-0 over Ukiah.

Unemployment Down in Mendocino County

The New California Employment Development Department Report for September shows good news for Mendocino County. The unemployment rate is at 5.7 percent, which is down from 6.1 percent in August and 7 percent a year ago. Lake County unemployment for September was at 8.7 precent. The statewide unemployment rate is at 7.3 percent for September, dropping from 8.8 percent a year ago. The state’s professional and business industry added over 12,000 jobs- posting the largest increase over the month.

UVSD Requests Millions from City of Ukiah

The Ukiah Valley Sanitation District is requesting that the city of Ukiah transfer $7.6 million of the district’s money it claims the city is holding. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the city owns and operates the Ukiah Waste Water Treatment Plant, but shares operating costs with the UVSD – who wants the check to ensure to the city’s compliance with bond agreements. The city and UVSD made an agreement to upgrade the Ukiah Waste Water Treatment Plant in 1995, and are still paying back bonds for the $75 million project. This isn’t the first time there’s been money issues between the two entities. The UVSD claims in a lawsuit that the city mishandled and owes them $16 million.

Ukiah shed fire

Firefighters were called out yesterday morning to a storage shed fire on Lovers Lane in Ukiah.
The fire was reported around 2:00 am by residents on a nearby street who “saw the glow” of the fire.
The shed contents, which were mostly tools were burned, along with the bumper on a 2012 Mustang that was parked nearby. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, Captain Pete Bushby said, there was electricity in the shed, so the start of the fire was “probably electrical” in nature and does not appear suspicious, though the cause is still officially under investigation. He said firefighters “got it knocked down in about 15 minutes,” and the person living on the property was unaware of the fire until Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies knocked on his door.

Police warn of internet scams around the holidays

With the holidays approaching the Clearlake Police Department would like to remind the community to be mindful that Internet scamers will be out in full force to get their attention and their hard earned money. Sgt. Nick Bennett warned that, during the next few weeks leading up to the holiday season and beyond, citizens will be reporting they have been defrauded out of their money by the IRS calling for a payment of delinquent taxes, utilities calling for payment or phone/power will be turned off or some lottery calls with the good news that they have won money and need to send a certain amount of money to receive their prize. Bennett reminded community members that, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

California job numbers

The California Employment Development Department has released a new report for September, indicating Mendocino County’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, or 2,470 reported cases, down from August’s rate of 6.1 percent. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, Nearby counties of Lake had an 8.7 percent unemployment rate for September, Sonoma, 4.9 percent and Humboldt a 6.5 percent rate. The statewide rate decreased to 7.3 percent in September. This increase in the labor force is the biggest in California since December 1999, the EDD reported. In comparison, The U.S. labor force shrank by 97,000 people in September.