Archives for April 2015

Two Day Sweep Nets Several Arrests

A two-day sweep by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office resulted in several arrests. Last Tuesday and Wednesdsay, law enforcement officers from the MCSO’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, Mendocino County Probation Department, California State Parole, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Napa County Sheriff’s Office conducted sex registrant compliance checks throughout the surrounding unincorporated areas of Mendocino County.

The purpose of the operation was to verify the registered addresses of persons required to register as sex offenders. The law enforcement officers verified over seventy (70) registered sex offender addresses and found three (3) out of compliance with their registration requirements, three (3) were arrested for parole violations, one (1) for an out of county warrant and two (2) people requiring further follow up investigations. Anyone with information regarding out of compliance sex registrants is urged to contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in that area.

State of the Air Good in Lake and Mendocino Counties

There’s good air to breath in Lake and Mendocino Counties. the American Lung Association’s 2015 State of the Air gives high marks to both counties. Mendocino County recieved an A for having no high ozone days between 2011 and 2013. Lake County received a “B” grade for ozone, but was named the “Cleanest County in the Nation” for annual particulate average concentrations. It’s the 3rd year in a row that Lake County came in at #1.

Lake and Mendocino County to Recieve Dollar Tree Settlement Money

Lake and Mendocino Counties will both recieve money in a settlement with Dollar Tree Stores, Incorporated. The company will pay a $2.7 million settlement in civil penalties and costs for illegal disposal of hazardous wastes at its retail stores and distribution centers across the state. Dollar Tree has three stores in Mendocino County with locations in Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg. In Lake County, Dollar Tree has stores in Lakeport and Clearlake.

Dollar Store ordered to pay $2.7 million for illegal dumping

Dollar Tree Stores have to pay $2.7 million dollars in settlement costs and penalties for its participation in illegal dumping. The Mendocino County DA’s office says, the company was found to be dumping hazardous waste across the state. Mendocino County’s Environmental Health Department will receive $1,000 and the DA’s office, $1,250. Dollar Tree has several stores in Mendocino County, located in Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg. According to the DA’s office, Dollar Tree Stores has since adopted and implemented new policies, procedures and training programs designed to properly manage the disposal of hazardous waste.

Man with machete arrested

A machete weilding man is behind bars. 23 year old Devin Walker was arrested for allegedly swinging a machete at several people. Lake County Sheriff Deputies responded to a residence located in the 1400 block of East State Highway 20 in Upper Lake Sunday afternoon. Deputies arrived to find Walker with a machete. A deputy told him to stop, but Walker threw the machete and took off running. Authorities says, Walker was apprehended a short time later, approximately a mile from where the incident started. Witnesses told deputies that Walker had set up a tent on their property without permission. They had asked him to leave several times, which he refused. Walker’s locked up in the Lake County jail with bond set at $25,000. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and for an unrelated warrant.

Fort Bragg City Council Approves Agreement for Old Coast Hotel

Late last night, the Fort Bragg City Council approved The Forgivable Loan Agreement to the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center. They are set to receive $1.16 million in CDBG grant funds to acquire and rehabilitate the Old Coast Hotel as a mental health and homeless services facility. It’s reported that thousands of business owners, and residents in the city, and outside of it, signed petitions in an effort to halt this project. They oppose the use of the hotel in the heart of their business district for social services for the homeless and transitional housing, and want those services to be situated in the larger General Commercial District.

Quake Rattles Upper Lake

The USGS reported a 3.4 temblor at 4:53 pm yesterday with an epicenter 11 miles northeast of Upper Lake (22 miles NNW of Clearlake). It was 8.5 miles deep and generated 17 responses of “feeling it.” Shake reports were filed online with the US Geological Survey by residents of Clearlake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lucerne, Nice and Upper Lake. Lake County News reports that people on their Facebook page described the quake as a quick jolt that rocked furniture and homes.

Cal Fire to Require Burn Permits Starting Friday

Lake and Mendocino County residents who want to burn outdoors in any state responsibility area will be required to get a permit starting this Friday. Cal Fire defines state responsibility areas as the unincorporated, rural, grass, brush and timber covered lands of the county. All open burning permit requirements include continual monitoring of the fire by an adult, a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet to bare mineral soil around the fire, adequate control resources (tools, water, etc.) and do not burn on a windy day. For more information on burn permits or wildland fire safety, visit www.fire.ca.gov .

Environmental impact report for Albion River Bridge

The Mendocino Beacon is reporting, The public has until May 4 to comment on a draft environmental impact report for replacing or fixing up the Albion River Bridge. Caltrans has been working toward replacing both the Salmon Creek and Albion River bridges for more than five years, with at least five more years to go. Due to input from members of the public interested in saving the Albion River Bridge, Caltrans’ stated intent for that structure, now being considered for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, has been changed from replace” to replace or renovate. If it were to be replaced, the entire structure would have to be taken to a landfill as hazardous waste. That would cause extra truck travel and classify as hazardous waste a lot of wood that is not unlike much of that used in fences and other structures in this area. There is information on the Caltrans Albion Bridge website on how to comment on the Draft.

Lake Mendocino levels

The Mendocino County board of Supervisors last week, agreed to send a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board asking to temporarily lower Russian River flows that could further save Lake Mendocino’s water supply. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, The board unanimously approved sending a letter of support in the hope of changing the state’s 1986 decision that sets yearly minimum flow requirements for the Russian River. Besides drought implications, county officials believe the current water releases are also in violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act. Because of obsolete criteria, Lake Mendocino is being operated under “normal year” conditions even though the drought has continued which is only further depleting critical water storage levels.