Archives for June 2015

DUI Injury and arrest in Lake County

A Lakeport woman was injured in a single-vehicle rollover that occurred early Saturday morning. Lake County News reports, the driver 25-year-old William David Findlay of Lakeport was arrested following the wreck, which occured on Highway 29 just north of Kelseyville Auto Salvage.
Findlay was driving at an unknown speed with 24 year old Natalie Schneder as his passenger when he lost control in a right curve, drove off the roadway and rolled over. Schneder was flown to a hospital with lacerations to her head, face and legs, and complained of abdominal pain. Findlay was arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail for DUI causing bodily injury, with bail set at $30,000. Jail records showed he posted the required percentage of bail and was released.

Governor Brown signs vaccine law

Governor Jerry Brown wasted no time today in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. The Governor issued a signing statement just one day after lawmakers sent him the bill to strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year. California now joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict rules on vaccines.

Couple Arrested for Child Endangerment

A Ukiah man has been arrested for DUI and child endangerment. According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday night, around midnight a Deputy pulled over a vehicle driving southbound on Highway 101 in Ukiah for swerving out of the lane of traffic. The driver 20 year old Orlando Munoz and his passenger 21 year old Mychell Vega-Ayala appeared intoxicated. Also in the vehicle was the couple’s 1 year old daughter in a car seat. Munoz was arrested for DUI and child endangerment. He was on felony probation for a prior DUI and his driving license privilege had been suspended. Vega-Ayala was taken into custody for child endangerment and public intoxication. The toddler was released to a family member and the couple were transported to the Mendocino County jail.

Fires Yesterday Lake County

Lake County fire crews were busy yesterday as the heat keeps fire danger high. Yesterday morning, there was a fire at an abandoned travel trailer in Lucerne. There was a grass fire near Lower Lake in the afternoon, and a fire on the deck of a Clearlake home in the evening. In Mendocino County yesterday, firefighters fully contained the Covelo fire, which started Sunday. That fire burned 35 acres before it was fully contained, according to Cal Fire.

Local Student Going to National High School Rodeo Competition

A local student has qualified to compete at the world’s largest rodeo. Gracie Pachie, a 12th grade student at Middletown High School, has earned a position on the California National High School Rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyoming July 12-18 to compete at the 67th annual National High School Finals Rodeo. Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo where students compete for more than $200,000 in prizes, over $350,000 in scholarships, and the chance to be an NHSFR National Champion. Gracie is the first young lady in 15 years from the North Coast who has earned this title- the last gal was from Lakeport in 2000. Gracie is the first young lady in 15 years from the North Coast who has earned this opportunity.

High Speed Chase Reaches 120MPH

A driver took law enforcement on a chase that reached speeds of 120-miles-per-hour. It started after 12:30 Saturday when Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies suspected the driver of a white Acura sedan to be under the influence. The driver, 19-year-old Johny Delgado, of Fort Bragg refused to pull over for a traffic enforcement stop. Instead, he increased his speed to approximately 70 MPH in the residential area of South Caspar. He reached Highway 1 at speeds in excess of 120 MPH, until turning east onto Simpson Lane. He continued to refuse to stop, and even drove around patrol vehicles set up to block him. Delgado’s run ended when he drove over a “stop stick”, which deflated his tires. Delgado stopped his vehicle at the end of Ocean Drive and fled into the brush holding a can of beer. Mendocino County Sheriff’s K9 “CAM” was deployed and located Delgado a short time later hiding in a small creek. Delgado was taken into custody without further incident. A Fort Bragg Police Officer was injured while deploying the tire deflation device used to stop Delgado, and was subsequently treated at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Emergency Room for his injuries. The pursuit of Delgado covered 20.5 miles over a 17 minute period.

Nonlead ammo for California hunters

Starting Wednesday July 1st nonlead ammunition will be required when hunting on all California Department of Fish and Wildlife lands and for all Nelson bighorn sheep hunts anywhere in the state. CDFW reminds hunters who plan to hunt bighorn sheep or at any wildlife area or ecological reserve where hunting is allowed on or after July 1st to acquire nonlead ammunition well ahead of their hunt. Hunters are also encouraged to practice shooting nonlead ammunition to make sure firearms are sighted-in properly and shoot accurately with nonlead ammunition. Nonlead ammunition for some firearm calibers may be in short supply so hunters should plan accordingly.

Mendocino County burn ban

CalFire has suspended all burn permits in Mendocino County effective today. This announcement follows the burn bans imposed on June 1 by the Brooktrails and Little Lake Fire Protection Districts. Willits News reports, Little Lake Fire Chief told the Willits City Council last week that fire personnel across the state have responded to twice as many fire starts in 2015 as in 2014 and that 2014 was heralded as one of the worst in history. Temperatures have been at record high levels throughout the year and higher than normal temperatures are predicted for the next few months in the region as well.

Fatal Fiery Crash Near Lower Lake

Two people have died in a fiery crash near Lower Lake. According to the CHP, the crash happened around 2:30 Saturday morning along Morgan Valley Road east of Bonham Road. Lake County News reports, the two male subjects who died in the crash are in the process of being identified. The driver and his passenger were traveling westbound on Morgan Valley Road in clear conditions and at an undetermined high rate of speed when, for unknown reasons the car went out of control, hit a tree and burst into flames. The CHP said the driver and passenger died of their injuries at the crash site. Both were wearing their seatbelts. Fire personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the flames. The crash sparked a small vegetation fire that was quickly contained. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a coroner’s case for both parties. The crash remains under investigation.

Clearlake City Council Approves Budget

Following two workshops held this month, the Clearlake City Council has approved their budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The total operating budget for the city is a little less than $6.1 million. The budget priorities include economic development, finance, public safety and code enforcement.