Archives for January 2015

Two men arrested after robbing elderly man at Austin Park

Two men are behind bars in Lake County after police say they robbed an elderly man in a city park yesterday. A 76-year-old Clearlake resident called police to report that he had just been robbed of his wallet by two black male adults at Austin Park on Lakeshore Drive. The man said one of the suspects held him while the second suspect removed his wallet. The two then took off on foot. Police were able to find the two men in the area by the description they were given by the victim. Darius Louis of Contra Costa County and Clifford Joseph McDonald of Clearlake, both 18, confessed to the robbery. The two men told police that the victim was chosen as they could see his wallet in his pants pocket and believed it to be full of cash. Police said the two worked together to rob the elderly victim of his money as Louis needed money to get back to Contra Costa County. Louis is a convicted felon on parole who also had a felony arrest warrant for a prior parole violation. Both Louis and McDonald later were booked into the Lake County Jail on felony charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and elder abuse.

Trial Underway in Clearlake Oaks Home Invasion

A trial is underway for two men who are accused of taking part in a home invasion in Clearlake Oaks. The men, Dion Andre Davis II, 27, and his half-brother, Gregory Pierre Elarms, 30, are accused of robbing the home of Ronnie and Janeane Bogner, during which their adult son, Jacob, was pistol-whipped and shot in the leg.. Charges against the two men include robbery, burglary, assault with a firearm on the victim, and and on a lieutenant of the Clearlake Police Department. Three other suspects have also been arrested in the case. They are Tyler Christopher Gallon and Sean Douglas Foss of Clearlake, and San Franciscan Jenaya Drevelyn Jelinek. Foss and Gallon have yet to stand trial and Jelinek pleaded out to lesser charges. District Attorney Don Anderson is handling the prosecution of the case. He says the trial could continue through late February.
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Basketball Player Taken to Hospital After Game Injury

The Clear Lake-Willits varsity girls’ basketball game in Willits was temporarily stopped in the fourth quarter last night that medics could attend to a Clear Lake player with an injury. Regina Faalelea bruised her ribs in the Cardinals’ 49-20 loss to the Willits Wolverines. Clear Lake coach Kory Reynolds says it was a very physical game, and that his player got pushed down while going after the ball and fell on somebody’s knee or foot. was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, treated and released.

Coastal Trail to Open Saturday

The City of Fort Bragg’s newly constructed Coastal Trail will be officially opened tomorrow for public use. The trailhead and parking lot are located at the west end of Elm Street adjacent to Glass Beach. A new 8-foot wide paved trail extends along more than a mile of carefully restored coastal bluff drainage, soils and tender native seedlings with access to a stretch of coastline that has been behind the fences of the former mill site for more than a century. The trail will be open from dawn until dusk. Visitors are urged to not go beyond the security fencing because the area outside of it is owned by Georgia-Pacific. public access is NOT permitted beyond the fencing and trespassers will be cited.

Lake County Teen Missing – Police Ask for Your Help

Lakeport Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl who did not return home yesterday. Kirsten Layton was last seen yesterday in the 200 block of S. Main Street, where she was getting a drink at a gas station. Layton called her mother on her cell phone at around 5PM to say she was on her way home, but didn’t show up. Her mother tried to call her daughter back just ten minutes afterwards, but the call went straight to voicemail. Kirsten Layton is a white female, 5 feet 1 inch in height and 130 pounds, with blue eyes and long reddish brown hair. She has a freckle over her eyebrow and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with the word “Cali” on it and Levi’s jeans. Anyone with information about Layton’s whereabout is asked to call 911 or the Lakeport Police Department at 707-263-5491.

CA State Senator pushes ban on electronic cigarettes

A state senator is pushing a ban on lighting up electronic cigarettes in public places in California. The bill would classify the devices that heat liquid nicotine into vapor as tobacco products similar to cigarettes. That would prohibit Californians from vaping in restaurants, buses, hospitals and other places they cannot smoke. Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco who proposed the bill says, says e-cigarettes are tobacco products in a trendy disguise. Public health advocates are pushing to regulate the fast-growing market while e-cigarette safety research is in early stages. A similar bill introduced in 2013 failed to pass amid opposition from the tobacco industry.

Hunting on the decline

Hunting has fallen out of favor in California, while sportsmen try to keep it alive, forces pull from all sides to silence the guns in favor of anglers. In 1970 there were 700 thousand hunters in the state, Last year there were only 250 thousand…..a 70 percent decline. In California, hunting advocates say sportsmen are being driven out of the state because of mounting gun laws, rising fees and public opinion.

Lake County Real Estate Report

The Lake County Asscociation of Realtors has recently reported over a ten percent increase in Median Home Sales Prices in 2014 compared to two years ago. In Lake County, prices rose from $149,000 in 2013 to $169,000 for 2014, a 13.4-percent increase. Foreclosures dropped from 10.5 percent in 2013 to 26.4 percent last year. The state average is 9.5 percent. Cash-only purchases made up 32.4 percent of the sales in 2014 which was down slightly from 34.9 percent of the sales in 2013.

Ukiah Brewing Company closes it’s doors

The Ukiah Brewing Company has closed it’s doors, but will soon be replaced with a new restaurant. The new eatery will be opening next week and will include an eclectic menu that will change seasonally and will be based on what local farmers, ranchers and fishermen provide. Craft beer will continue to be brewed at the new restaurant and the opening is planned for February 5th.

Many Felt The 5.7 Quake

Yesterday’s 5.7 quake off Cape Mendocino was felt by many on the coast yesteday afternoon. People living near the coast in Northern California say there was plenty of shaking going on. The U.S.Geological Survey says the moderate quake was centered 40 miles southwest of Eureka in Humboldt County. No injuries were reported. Residents in Fort Bragg, Willits, Mendocino, Little River, Albion,, Laytonville and Elk all reported feeling the temblor. There have been 12 small earthquakes since that quake yesterday and the USGS estimates that in the next seven days, 20 – 30 small aftershocks are expected, some of which could be large enough to be felt in the Cape Mendocino and Ferndale areas.