Archives for October 2015

Mistrial in double murder case

A mistrial was declared in a double murder case against a Lake County man. The jury told the Judge last Friday they could not reach a unanimous verdict due to a lack of convincing evidence. The Record Bee reports 30 year old Jason Arreaga is accused of the murders of Harley Hammers and Angel Tully, both 37, in Fieldbrook over a year ago. The jury cast votes twice and hung at a 9-3 vote in favor of convicting Arreaga. The judge declared a mistrial and dismissed the jury. A new trial has been set for December 14.

Arrest Made in Clearlake Bank Robbery

Clearlake police say FBI agents have made an arrest in a Clearlake bank robbery.

Samuel Campbell, 25, formerly of New York, has taken into custody by the FBI, who found him in Flint, Michigan. The armed robbery happened back in July at the Bank of the West on Olympic Drive in Clearlake. There were two suspects, a male and a female. The investigation led to the identification of the male subject as Campbell. Last Tuesday, the FBI located and arrested Campbell in Michigan. He is currently in custody in Flint, awaiting extradition to California. According to Clearlake Police, the investigation is still underway to positively identify the female suspect despite Campbell’s refusal to provide a statement for police.

Fire Clean Up Deadline

A deadline for Property owners who need to clean up structures burned in the Rocky and Jerusalem Fires is quickly approaching..

Property owners have until this Friday, Oct. 30, to file a right of entry permit or a private cleanup application. The deadline was set by Lake County Environmental Health, CalRecycle and the California Office of Emergency Services to get the clean up done in a timely manner. Many property owners in the two fire areas have completed the paperwork that will allow the teams to remove the debris from their properties. Some property owners have chosen to submit private cleanup applications to do the work themselves. Property owners who miss Friday’s deadline will be referred to the Lake County Planning and Community Development Department for future action.

Reduced Rate Adoptions for Rescued Animals

Lake County Animal Care and Control will waive or reduce adoption fees tomorrow for animals displaced by the Valley Fire. They’ll have 25 cats, 10 dogs, 8 goats, 3 horses and 2 chickens rescued from the fire, up for adoption at the Lake County Animal Care and Control offices in Lakeport. For dogs and cats, the only the cost to the adoptor will be for spaying or neutering the animal. A supply of microchips has been donated, so microchipping the animals will also be provided free of charge.

New Hospital in Willits Opens Tomorrow

The new hospital in Willits will open tomorrow. Patients from the current hospital will be moved to the new facility about a mile away on One Marcela Drive. Amy Ford, project manager for the construction of the Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, told the Ukiah Daily Journal that the new facility is designed to foster a healing environment for patients. The $64 million dollar hospital is also earthquake-proof. The process of moving patients to the new hospital will start early tomorrow morning.

DUI Crash and arrest of Lower Lake man

A Lower Lake man was arrested for DUI after suffering serious injuires in a crash early Sunday morning. According to the Calfornia Highway Patrol, 28 year old Kyle Pearce was driving South on Highway 29 when his jeep rolled over. Lake County News says, radio reports from the scene had indicated that after the crash the vehicle caught fire and the driver was trapped but successfully extricated. The vehicle fire was reported to have resulted in a quarter-acre of the nearby hillside burning before firefighters put it out, according to reports from the scene.
Pearce, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered major injuries. Pearce was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI before being flown to the hospital.

Judge Gives Order to Mendocino County Mental Health Staff

Mendocino County’s Mental Health Department has been ordered by a judge to speed up evaluations, or face jail. The Mendocino County Superior Court Judge gave the ultimatum last week to staff for not getting mentally ill patients, held on misdemeanor charges, in a condition to be able to go to court. The process includes getting the patients an evaluation to determine if they are mentally incompetent to stand trial. That process is currently leaving offenders waiting for months.

Corrected Tax Bills to be Sent For Fire Damaged Homes

Property tax owners will be receiving their property tax bill within the next few weeks.

Your property tax bill will be sent out by the County of Lake, Treasurer-Tax Collector and will reflect the property tax owed for all property on record as of January 1, 2015. Property owners who have had property damage related to the recent fires will be receiving a corrected property tax bill with a new due date. The corrected property tax bill will reflect the reduction in property value related to the fire damage. If you have any further questions, please call the Assessor’s Office at 707-263-2302.

FEMA Urging Californians to Buy Flood Insurance Before El Nino

FEMA is urging Californians in flood prone areas to to buy flood insurance before El Nino hits. Accroding to recent numbers, between 50% – 70% of Californians who live in high risk flood areas don’t have federal flood insurance. With a strong el nino predicted, officials warn that one-third of California flood insurance claims in the past 27 years came in just four El Nino years. Flood insurance has to be purchased 30 days before a flood hits.

1Lake County Fire Protection District Debate Thursday

The Lake County Fire Protection District will host a candidates’ debate for its upcoming board election this week. The public is invited to attend. The vote for the three board positions will be part of the Nov. 3 General District Election. The debate will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, on Olympic Drive.