Archives for March 2015

Man Injured in Rollover

A weekend accident sent a man to the hospital with major injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol, 57 year old Dana Montgomery of Corning was travelling Westbound on Highway 20 Saturday morning around 3:30 when the semi truck he was driving overturned spilling a tank trailer full of 5000 gallons of milk and trapping him inside the truck. The CHP said, The semi hit a roadside call box and continued out of control, hitting the embankment and overturning. The truck’s trailer ruptured and the milk entered a culvert that led to Clear Lake and got into the water. It took four main stations two hours to extricate Montgomery from the crushed semi. He was flown to a trauma center for treatment of his injuries. Lake County Environmental Health and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were called to the scene due to the milk spill.

Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Stepping Down

Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Debra DeGraw is stepping down. After serving in that role for 12.5 years, she’s leaving to become the new Director of Retail Operations for North Coast Brewing Comapny. DeGraw, who also serves as the County Film Commissioner, will volunteer her time in that role until a new person is named to the position.

Santa Rosa Man Arrested in Connection with Fatal Shootings

A Santa Rosa man has been arrested and is being held in the Lake County Jail in connection to the fatal shootings of two people on Thursday night. Francisco Leon-Sarmiento, 26, was arrested by Clearlake Police just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, about two hours after two people were fatally wounded in the shooting in the 16000 block of 35th Avenue. According to police, Leon-Sarmiento is a person of interest, whose role in the shootings is still being investigated. Police are still searching for additional individuals who they believe were also involved.

VA Making A Change to Milage for Medical Care

Veterans living on the Mendocino Coast will soon be able to get medical care closer to home. Representative Jared Huffman has been working to change the program which only allowed people living more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility to seek care from private providers who are closer. The problem with the program rules, is that the mileage didn’t take into account the mountainous nature of the area’s rural region, as Huffman wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Gualala, and Point Arena in Mendocino County are all within 40 miles of the nearest VA medical facility in Ukiah – but add in the terrain, and the actual driving mileage is anywhere from 50-80 miles. The VA now says it will change the mileage calculation from straight line distance to actual distance. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the change is expected to double the number of veterans eligible for the program.

Thieves Steal Flags from Little League

The Southshore Little League has been hit by theft. Sometime between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday someone went to the league fields on Ballpark Avenue and stole some flags. A US flag and two smaller league flags were stolen. Each of the smaller flags – one for baseball and one for softball – costs $85 dollars.

MCSO Deputy Credited for Saving a Man’s Life

A Mendocino County sheriff’s deputy is being credited with saving a man’s life. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Last Friday around 12:30 am Deputy Zemanuel Lima was on routine patrol in the Fort Bragg area and overheard emergency medical and fire personnel, on another radio channel, being dispatched to a residence on Ocean View Drive. They were responding to a report of an unresponsive man receiving CPR by his wife. Deputy Lima responded without being requested, to provide any assistance that he could, and arrived within minutes, before emergency medical personnel. Lima found the victim’s wife struggling to provide CPR to her husband, who wasn’t breathing. The man also didn’t have a pulse and his eyes were fixed and dilated. Deputy Lima was able to effectively perform CPR on the victim for about five minutes until medical personnel arrived, and he continued to for an additional 20 minutes until the victim had a spontaneous return of circulation, The victim was taken to the hospital in serious, but stable, condition.

Lakeport City Council Special Meeting

The Lakeport City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning to set goals for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The public is invited to attend the meeting which starts at 9AM in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall on Park Street. Public workshops on the draft document are expected to take place in June.

Update on Willits Bypass Project

The Highway 101 bypass around Willits project is about 65 percent complete. The damaged columns have been replaced when the viaduct collapsed in January and the contractor is also planning to install new falsework to replace the failed section starting this month. The viaduct section is expected to complete in September. According to Caltrans, the quarrying and import of fill from the Mendocino Forest Products site to the northern interchange is expected to resume in May.

Sheriff Allman Supports Prescription Drug Bill

A bill has been introduced that would make it easier for healthcare providers to prescribe pain medication for a shorter day supply to help cut down on prescription drug abuse and deaths. It’s a bill that Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman supports. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that Bill 623 would make it easier for healthcare providers to prescribe opioid pain medication for a less than 30-day supply to limit the number of pills circulating for theft or misuse. Allman was in attendance at the state capitol this week when the bill was introduced.
During a press conference there, Allman said that Mendocino County is almost double the statewide average in deaths and rehabilitation of prescription drugs.

Upper Lake District Boards Consider Unification

Upper Lake’s two school district boards worked together last night on the details for a possible unification. If approved, the Upper Lake Union High School District and the Upper Lake Union Elementary District would be unified in the 2016-17 school year. The two districts must review and approve 10 criteria before taking votes in June. The two boards will next meet jointly again on April 22nd.