Archives for October 2015

Clearlake Man Shot by Police in Hostage Situation

A Clearlake man was shot and wounded by police yesterday…

Police responded to a home on 18th Avenue where 25-year-old Brenden Fanucchi, was was armed with a gun and holding a female hostage inside the garage. Officers attempted to talk with Fanucchi and tried to get him to surrender. At one point, when it appeared the woman’s life was in danger, shots were fired. Fanucchi suffered apparent gunshot wounds and was flown to an out-of-county hospital. An officer on scene suffered a minor injury but it was not related to gunshots.

Man Stabbed on Grace Hudson Elementary School Grounds

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is reporting another stabbing incident in Ukiah.

Deputies were dispatched to the Emergency Room of the Ukiah Valley Medical Center last Sunday to meet with the victim. The 18 year-old male suffered multiple stab wounds to the back. The victim reported that earlier in the evening he had been at the soccer field at the Grace Hudson Elementary School when he was approached by two Hispanic males who appeared to be between 18-20 years of age.The victim said the two males confronted him because he was wearing a blue T-shirt, and they repeatedly asked the victim if he was a gang member. The victim denied any participation in a criminal street gang. The two Hispanic males then began to stab and beat the victim. The victim was able to flee the area on foot and received a ride to UVMC where he was treated for his injuries.

Cannon to be Fired During Bass Bowl Football Game

You’ll hear loud booms tonight in Lakeport, but don’t be alarmed. Police are reminding residents that this evening between 7:30 and 10:00, a Civil War reenactment team with a cannon, will be firing blanks at various times during the annual Bass Bowl football game between Clear Lake and Kelseyville High School’s. The cannon is expected to be fired at various times during the game including each time a team scores. The the cannon will be placed in a manner and location to reduce the sound effect to area residents. Residents who may be affected and those with animals that may be affected by the noise should take precautions during the time of the cannon fire.

3 Arrested foe Stealing Mail in Mendocino County

Three people were arrested after allegedly stealing mail in Mendocino County…

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were called Tuesday to the 6000 block of Ridgewood Road in Willits regarding the theft of mail from a roadside mailbox. As Deputies were responding to the area they were provided a description of the suspect vehicle seen by a witness. Deputies located the suspect vehicle at which time they conducted an investigative stop. They noticed a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Deputies also determined that one of the occupants of the vehicle had two No-Bail out of county arrest warrants. During a more thorough search of the vehicle Deputies located heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, a firearm, stolen mail from local mailboxes and pry tools used to pry open locks/doors. Caroline Kendzior, Claude Turman and John Ruybal were all arrested and transported to the Mendocino County Jail. The trio were booked on a long list of charges.

Traffic Advisory for Lakeport Elementary Halloween Parade

A Traffic Safety Advisory reminder for the Lakeport Elementary School Halloween Parade.. between approximately 12:15 PM and 1:15 PM, Main Street between 9th and 1st Streets will be closed for the Lakeport Elementary School Halloween parade. Motorists are advised to be aware of the parade route and use caution when driving in the area. Lakeport Police and Lakeport Public Works units will be on site conducting traffic controls.

Fatal Crash Near Willits

One person was killed yesterday morning in a crash on southbound Highway 101 near Willits. The California Highway Patrol indicated that the driver was possibly asleep at the wheel while traveling in the wrong direction on the highway iand left the road, went down an embankment and into a tree. The CHP responded to the scene about 8:30 a.m. yesterday. Caltrans District 1 closed down the No. 2 lane of southbound Highway 101 about three miles south of Willits so crews could remove debris and clean up fluid spills from the site of the crash. The highway fully reopened just before 5 p.m. As of this morning, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office had still not released the identity of the vicitm, pending notification of next-of-kin.

Death of Lake County Jail Inmate Ruled a Suicide

The death of an imate at the Lake County Jail was a suicide.

According to the final report by the Lake County District Attorney’s Office, 56-year-old Elizabeth Dara Gaunt was found unresponsive on the floor of her sobering cell on the afternoon of August 2nd. She had a strip of blanket tied around her neck. The officer who found her called for assistance, and CPR was performed, but efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. Gaunt was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The district attorney’s office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) launched independent investigations into the incident, reviewing officer’s reports and interviews, jail records and video surveillance.

UPD Investigate Stabbing

The Ukiah Police Department is investigating a stabbing that happend Tuesday night. Officers responded to Ukiah Valley Medical Center after is was reported that a woman was in the emergency room was being treated for stab wounds. The 18-year-old woman from Willits, said she was walking with a friend in downtown Ukiah when she was suddenly hit multiple times. When she realized she had been stabbed, she went to the hospital. Police say the victim had multiple stab wounds on her upper torso and head. The victim could not tell police the location of the incident. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call the UPD

Potter Valley Property Tax

Residents in Potter Valley will be asked to vote on a school bond measure next week.

If it passes, property owners will pay $60 for every $100,000 of the assessed value of their property toward upgrading the school buildings, playgrounds and parking lots. Potter Valley has its own school district, with 277 students. The Ukiah DailyJournal says the Potter Valley interim school superintendent hopes the bond will raise $3.1 million, with a 30-year payback. The earliest the school would have access to the funds would be spring of 2016.

Two vehicles burned in Ukiah

Two cars burned after accidentally being set on fire in Ukiah. It happened in a driveway on Fairway Avenue. The Daily Journal reports, A neighbor reported the fire yesterday afternoon after seeing smoke. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority says there was some charring to the home’s porch. A resident of the home was using jumper cables to charge batteries between his two vehicles, a Jeep and a Toyota RAV4. Later on he was using a leaf blower when he noticed smoke and flames coming from his driveway. The man tried to put out the flames with a hose because the fire had grown too large at that point already. His wife and four young children watched as firefighters from the UVFA and Cal Fire worked to keep the fire from spreading to the home. No injuries were reported.