Archives for August 2015

Clearlake man arrested for child sexual assault

A Clearlake man is behind bars for sexually assaulting a 3 year old girl. Lake County News is reporting an investigation resulted in the arrest on Friday of 39 year old Joseph Flores. Earlier this month the Clearlake Police Department received information that a 3-year-old girl had possibly been the victim of a sexual assault, with two concerned citizens bringing the child to the police department to report the incident. The child was taken into protective custody and released to the care of Child Protective Services and placed into temporary housing. On Friday, a Judge issued a $1 million arrest warrant for Flores. The multiple charges against him are to appalling to mention. He’s now locked up in the Lake County Jail.

Lake County Unemployment numbers

Unemployment has ticked up a bit in Lake County in July, according to the state’s latest employment on jobs. The California Employment Development Department says Lake County’s July unemployment is at 7.2 percent, up from 6.7 percent in June but below the July 2014 estimate of 8.8 percent. The State’s overall jobless rate is down slightly to 6.2 percent in July. Lake County’s 7.2-percent unemployment rate has it ranked at No. 33 statewide in July.

Lake County Teen Injured in Fall from Pick-Up Truck

A Lake County teen has suffered major head injuries after falling off the back of a pick-up truck. According to the Calfornia Highway Patrol, the incident happened Friday night around 8pm along Todd Road Extension. The CHP said, 50 year old Barbara Sowash of Lakeport was driving the pick-up at an undetermined speed, with the 15-year-old boy and another juvenile riding in the back of the pickup on the tailgate. The investigation continues into how the teen fell off the back of the truck onto the dirt and gravel road. The boy sustained major head trauma and was taken to Sutter Lakeside Hospital. From there the CHP said, he was flown to a children’s hospital in Oakland. Sowash the driver was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and felony child endangerment.

2 in Covelo Arrested for Burglary

Two people have been arrested for burglarizing a home in Covelo. The burglary happend back in July at a home in the 25000 block of Fairbanks Lane in Covelo. The homeowners told Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies that they returned home to find several items had been stolen. A Deputy received several leads during the subsequent investigation, which included the possible location of some of the stolen items. Using those leads, the Deputy was able to establish probable cause to identify the suspects as Sherrie Petty and Steven Lawson both from Calpella. Last week, deputies went to a residence in the 4000 block of North State Street to locate the suspects, who were found hiding inside. Deputies arrested them for the Fairbanks burglaries, and other possible cases. Investigators have since recovered some of the stolen items from several burglary cases and have returned the items to the victims.

Police Seek Information Concerning Wanted Suspect Lake County

The Lake County Police Department is seeking information concerning a search for wanted suspect in the community of Riviera Heights. The suspect fled from Sheriff’s Deputies after a vehicle pursuit, and has been identified as 40 year old Daniel Winger. Winger was able to elude law enforcement after the pursuit and subsequent search, involving multiple law enforcement officers and a K9. WInger is wanted on an out of county warrant for hit and run, with great bodily injury or death.

Winger is wanted in Lake County for felony evading, vandalism and driving on a suspended license. He is described as being 5′ 10, 150 pounds, shaved head and blue eyes. Police believe he is currently staying in the Kelseyville area. You can see a picture of him on the Lake County Sherrif’s Department nixle page: https://local.nixle.com/alert/5482337/

Anyone with information regarding Wingers location is asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 263-2690.

Public hearing set for final budget in Mendocino County

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing for the new budget. The Public Hearing on the final budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 is on Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 a.m. The Daily Journal reports, However, if not concluded that day, the hearing can be continued on a day-to-day basis for up to 10 days until completed. Details of the recommended budget include revenues of $228.8 million and appropriations of $239.3 million, which the document states represents an overall increase of nearly 1.5 percent in spending from the prior fiscal year, along with approximately $179.4 million in general fund spending. Members of the public can appear to ask questions, but the county is asking that any related correspondence be submitted to the Clerk of the Board by Sept. 2.

Car crash in Lake County causes wildland fire

A small wildland fire was caused by a car crash yesterday afternoon in Lake County. It happened around 4:30 on Highway 20 and Paradise Valley east of Lucerne. The CHP says, the vehicle crashed into an embankment and caught fire. The driver suffered minor injuries. Lake County News reports, Northshore Fire units arrived at the scene to find the car was fully involved and had spread to wildland. Authorities quickly closed down Highway 20 while Northshore Fire and Cal Fire worked to contain the blaze. An aggressive attack was made by Ground and air resources – including air attack, tankers and a helicopter which quickly made good progress. Just after 6 pm the fire was reported to be fully contained, with a few hours of mop up. Size estimates from the scene put the fire at two acres.

Fire Relief Funding Coming to Lake County

Fire relief funding is coming to Lake County. Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order to expedite assistance and emergency state funding for fire relief in Lake and Trinity counties. The governor’s order should bring millions of dollars to Lake County to help with the costs of debris clean up and repairs to damaged infrastructure. Lake County could recieve anywhere from $12 million to $15 million in funds. Both the Rocky and Jerusalem fires together burned more than 94,500 acres, primarily in Lake County, but the neighboring counties of Colusa, Napa and Yolo also were impacted. The Rocky fire destroyed 49 homes and another 61 outbuildings, with the Jerusalem fire burning six homes and 21 outbuildings.

Punches thrown at Radio Shack

Punches were thrown at Radio Shack in Ukiah. According to the UPD, officers were called to the store on East Perkins Street Wednesday afternoon for a customer who tried to hit an employee. James Jenkins, of Ukiah was asked to leave the store and became irate. Once outside, Jenkins reportedly began hitting the employee several times. The employee then put Jenkins in a headlock, pushed him to the ground, and held him there under citizens arrest until police arrived.

Lake County Detecties Seize Drugs Weapons Cash

The Lake County Sheriff’s reports several arrests were made this week while conducting a search warrant for narcotics.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at the residence, which was formerly known as Red Lava Wine Tasting, in the 8000 block of South State Highway 29 in Kelseyville. Inside, authorities found methamphetamine, processed marijuana, over 100 marijuana plants, firearms, and 80,000 in cash.were all found. Detectives estimate that the six pounds of methamphetamine siezed, had a street value of over $272,000 in Lake County, when sold in personal use quantities. Six people were arrested and transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility.