Archives for November 2014

MCSO Reminder About Tsunami Siren Test

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office is reminding residents that the Monthly Tsunami Sirens Will be Tested again on December 3rd, and that there is a difference in sound. When it’s a monthly test and if it is a real emergency is the length and pattern of the sound. During a test, the siren will “wail” for 5 seconds and then take up to 20 seconds to wind down. During an actual emergency, the siren will “wail” ramping up for 5 seconds, then down for 5 seconds and will continue this pattern for 3 minutes.

Stolen Bicycles Found in Ukiah Home

Ukiah police have arrested a 31-year-old man after police a number of stolen bicycles inside his home. Noey Johnson Jr was placed under arrest yesterday afternoon when UPD officers went to his home to perform a probation search. Police haven’t released a the number of bicycles found inside the home.

Red Box raises prices

If you’re thinking about renting a movie from RedBox…you’ll pay a little more. The company raised prices by a quarter to $1.50 per night, Blu-rays will be $2 a night. Redbox is hoping the increase revenue will allow them to expand their service.

Suicide attempt ends with arrest

A Willits man admitted firing a shotgun at himself while driving a pickup northbound on Highway 101 near White Deer Lodge on November 17th about 10:30pm. Willits News reports, A California Highway Patrol officer driving in the adjacent lane heard the gunshot and observed the driver’s side window explode outwards. The officer called for backup and pulled over 34 year old Kevin Norton. He was bleeding from minor wounds to his face and left cheek. A loaded sawed off shotgun and a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol were found in the truck. Norton, a convicted felon, is forbidden to possess firearms or ammunition.
Norton admitted to police after he was in custody “that he had intentionally discharged the shotgun at himself while being followed by the CHP Officer.
Norton was arrested on suspicion of possession of a short barreled shotgun, being an ex felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, carry in a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm and driving under the influence.

Turkey Tips

Thanksgiving is just two days away and most cooks are already focused on the turkey…If your turkey is frozen…you better start thawing it out now.
Charla draper with the butterball turkey talkline says temperature is also key: white meat should be 165-degrees. The dark meat should be about 180-degrees. If you have any questions…you can call the turkey talkline at 1-800-butterball.

Dollar General Considering Three New Locations

Dollar General would like to add some new locations in Lake County. The company has two stores under construction already – and are exploring adding three additional locations in the county – including in Kelseyville and Middletown. Dollar General hasn’t applied for permits yet – but rather looking into the feasability of each site. The Lake County Community Development Department will host a preapplication development meeting to discuss the three Dollar General proposals at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, in conference room C on the third floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport. The the proposals are for buildings that will be identical to those going up on the Northshore.

Emergency Drought Declaration Continues in Lake County

The Lake County Board of Supervisors voted again during their last meeting to extend an emergency declaration due to the drought conditions. It’s the eighth extension of the drought declaration since the first one was passed back in March. The board has to review the emergency declaration’s status every 30 days. The Lake County Office of Emergency Services Manager reported to the board that winter weather forecasts are indicating below-average conditions, and that continuing the emergency, is critical to assist the county’s districts with grant funding.

Ukiah Will Have a New Mayor

Ukiah will have a new mayor. The final election results were released on Friday, confirming that Phil Baldwin has lost his bid for a fifth term on the city council. After the election results are confirmed for the November 4th General Election, there will be three new faces on the city council, who will be sworn in during the December 3rd meeting. Baldwin lost a close race to Maureen Mulheren by only 23 votes.

Threat Against School Discredited

A threat that was posted on social media site against Ukiah Schools has been discredited by the Ukiah Police Department. Someone said they were going to take a gun to an unspecified school. Police were able to track down the person who made the threat and do not believe the person had intent of causing harm.

Bicyclist killed in crash

A fatal accident Saturday night has left a bicyclist dead. The 62-year-old St. Helena man, whose name has not been released was hit by two vehicles on Highway 29 near Middletown. The CHP’s report said that at a little after 10pm Saturday, 62-year-old Alma Cross of Clearlake was driving her SUV northbound on Highway 29 with the bicyclist traveling southbound. Lake County News reports,
For unknown reasons, The man allowed his bicycle to veer into the northbound lane, where he collided with Cross’s blazer. The man was thrown from his bike and landed in the highway’s southbound lane. 21 year old Aria Mulvihill of Hidden Valley Lake, who was driving on Highway 29 hit the bicyclist while he was lying in the road. The man died of his injuries at the scene. The two drivers and passengers were all uninjured. The crash is under investigation.