Archives for April 2015

Tooth found near Willits bypass is an animal tooth

A partial tooth found near the Willits bypass earlier this month during an archaelogical dig turned out to be that of an animal according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office. A Chico State University anthropologist has confirmed its non-human origin. Upon finding the tooth earlier this month a tribal monitor asked for the work to be stopped, which didn’t happen. The archaeological study was being done as part of an agreement with local Pomo Indian tribes as the area was once ancestral land.

Marijuana cultivation waiver

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued a draft of a marijuana cultivation waiver that would allow growers to come into compliance with state water regulations, regardless of the legality of marijuana under state or federal law. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, The proposed regulations containing provisions for a waiver is in a 30 day public comment period. If the proposal is finalized as drafted, sometime this year all private property growers, with more than six plants, must apply for this waiver if their operation could impact water quality. This process provides a pathway into compliance for growers in an otherwise totally unregulated industry.

Mendocino County DA – Guilty Pleas and a Trial Verdict

The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office has released information about some guilty pleas and a trial verdict returned yesterday in Mendocino County Superior Court.

Ina Selena Medina: plead guilty to aiding the sexual abuse of a child. She faces a sentence of 20 years to life. She’ll be sentenced on June 12th.

Jeremy Jason Freeman: plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and personal
firearm use. He Faces 19 years to life. Sentencing will be on May 22nd.

In the case of James Lawrence Perkins: a jury returned a guilty verdict of assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury, and found true that the defendant actually inflicted great bodily injury. His sentencing will be on May 22nd.

Fatal Crash Clearlake Oaks

There was a fatal crash yesterday morning, after a vehicle rolled over and hit a utility pole. The single-vehicle crash occurred at around 1 a.m. on Highway 20 near Schindler Street in Clearlake Oaks. The vehicle’s driver was trapped and unconscious when emergency personnel arrived. Lines were down, so firefighters needed PG&E on scene to remove the lines so the recovery process could move forward. Firefighters requested an air ambulance, with REACH 6 responding. A short time after taking off, incident command reported that the vehicle’s occupant had died.

Search Warrant Nets Hundreds of Marijuana Plants

A recent search warrant resulted in an arrest and the discovery of hundreds of marijuana plants in Ukiah. Deputies from the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team assisted by agents from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force served the warrant and found 737 marijuana plants, approximately 3 pounds of processed bud marijuana, items used to manufacture concentrated cannabis by a chemical extraction method and a digital scale. Brian Woodson, who was at the residence was arrested.

New Hidden Valley Lake Sewer Rates Take Effect in July

The New Hidden Valley Lake sewer rates will take effect July 1st. The proposed sewer rates consist of a “fixed charge” and a “volumetric charge.” All customers will pay the same fixed charge. The other charge is determined by the average monthly water usage for the months of January through April. The district was also considering water rate increases using a tiered water rate structure. But they are waiting to implement that rate change because the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeals found that another city’s tiered water rate structure was unconstitutional for charging more for water than the cost to provide the service. Since there is uncertainty with tiered water rates, the district will look at an alternative rate structure and introduce it in the near future.

Mobile home fire in Clearlake

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home and a fifth wheel trailer last night in Clearlake. Lake County News says, The fire was first dispatched at about 8:30 pm on Sixth Street. The structures were vacant at the time. The property was said to have been used by squatters. Firefighters arrived to find power lines were down and arcing, so they couldn’t access the fire directly for nearly an hour while waiting for PG&E to arrive on scene. Mobile homes on both sides of the burning structures sustained superficial fire damage.

Fire at Noyo bridge

According to the Fort Bragg Police Department, someone started a fire under the north end of the Noyo Bridge Sunday night. No damage was found to the structure. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, officers were flagged down by a pedestrian who told them he had seen the fire under the bridge. The officers determined that someone had ignited the foam insulation between the joints of the bridge. The man who had flagged down the officers said he had extinguished most of the blaze with his own drinking water, then ran to find help. The fire was completely put out with assistance of the Fort Bragg Fire Department.

Governor Brown talks heavy fines for water wasters

Governor Jerry Brown is calling for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought. The recommendation was part of a proposed legislation to expand enforcement of water restrictions. Brown previously ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in statewide water use in cities and towns after voluntary conservation wasn’t enough to meet his goals. California is in its fourth year of drought, and state officials fear it may last as long as a decade. State water officials on Tuesday toured the High Sierra by helicopter, finding snow at only one of four sites that normally would be covered.

Mendocino County Using Grant to Keep People Out of Jail

Mendocino County is trying to keep people out of jail. Mendocino County received a Community Recidivism Reduction grant of $25,000 and is in the process of accepting bids for agencies or groups who want to keep crime down and people out of jail. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, The goal of the project is to engage people coming out of jail or prison or other detention programs that will teach them how to refrain from engaging in crime, reconnect with family members and contribute to their communities. People eligible to get help under the grant may have been released from state prison, county jail, a juvenile detention facility, and under supervision by a parole or probation department. Also eligible are people the authorities think are susceptible to criminal activity and could be helped with delinquency prevention, homelessness prevention and re-entry services.