Archives for November 2015

Missing Abalone Diver Found Deceased

A mssing diver was found deceased over the weekend.

On Saturday evening just after 7, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 45000 block of Light House Road in Point Arena for a report of a missing diver. Two men had gone diving for abalone aroun d 2:45PM that day, and one of the divers reported he had not heard from his friend as it began to get dark, and called 9-1-1. The missing diver was last seen in a cove about 300 yards north of the Point Arena Light House. Helicopters, boats, and personnel on land were utilized to search the area. At about 10:05 AM yesterday, the missing diver was located, deceased, by members of the Mendocino County volunteer Search and Rescue Team approximately ¼ mile north of the Point Arena Light House in the surf at the Manchester State Beach. The man’s name was being withheld pending notification to family.

Main Street Road Closure Begins today Lakeport

THE CITY OF LAKEPORT IS ADVISING MOTORISTS OF A SCHEDULED ROAD CLOSURE SET TO TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 30TH ON S. MAIN ST. FROM LAKEPORT BLVD TO LUPOYOMA AVE.  ALL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC AND PARKING LANES WILL BE CLOSED FOR A PERIOD OF 3 TO 5 DAYS WHILE WORK IS BEING COMPLETED IN THE 900 BLOCK OF S.MAIN ST. ALL NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC IN THE AREA WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE CENTER TURN LANE. 
MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO USE ALTERNATE ROUTES OF TRAVEL DURING THIS TIME.  AS ALWAYS, BE CAUTIOUS AROUND WORKERS AND DRIVE SAFELY.

City Leaders in Ukiah Look to Promote More Water Conservation

The City of Ukiah just barely conserved as much water as the State of California asked it to last month. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the city used an average of 2.35 million gallons a day last month, or used 21 percent less. This summer, conservation efforts averaged a 30-percent decrease in use. The city council is considering ways to encourage more convservation. They are looking at letting the public know what the municipal facilities are doing to conserve water indoors, and trying to get a program installing free low-flow toilets up and running.

NWS Says Rain and Gusty Winds Coming Thursday

The National Weather Service says another storm system will bering rain and gusty winds to Lake and Mendocino Counties on Thursday. That follows a blast of cold winter air over the weekend. The low temperature of 19 degrees yesterday morning in Ukiah broke the previous record for November 29th of 22 degrees, set back in 1906. The normal low temperature for the date is 37 degrees. In Willits, overnight low on that same day was 15 degrees.

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Nice

A man has been arrested for attempted murder following a stabbing incident in Nice.

The stabbing happend just before midnight on Sunday at a residence located in the 6000 block of Crump Avenue. Deputies arrived to find a male victimwho appeared to have been stabbed multiple times and was bleeding profusely. The victim told deputies that during a discussion, he’d suggested that the suspect, James Ledesma was a thief. That led to an argument with Ledesma, who then stabbed him three times. Deputies located a surveillance system at the residence which recorded the entire incident. Ledesma was arrested for attempted murder, transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and was booked.

City Agrees to Conditional Mediation for Hotel

The City of Ukiah has conditionally agreed to mediation regarding the Palace Hotel. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that the attorneys representing the City of Ukiah, and the attorneys representing the owner of the Palace Hotel haveverbally agreed to a course of action that includes mediation, as long as the hotel owner agrees to the city’s stipualtion. City Attorney David Rapport did not say what that stipulation is, but did say it doesn’t involve more work being done on the building. The city had filed a petition to appoint a receiver to oversee the hotel’s rehabilitation. A judge wanted both sides to talk again about the possibility of mediation as an alternative to seeking a court-appointed receiver for the building.

FEMA Remains in the State to Help Fire Survivors

Even though the deadline for Lake County wildfire survivors to register with Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, FEMA remains in California to work with the state and local governments to provide assistance with recovery. Survivors who registered with the FEMA are urged to stay in touch with the agency. There are also other forms of disaster assistance available for those who didn’t register. For more information, visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Middletown Senior Center. Normal hours are weekdays 9AM-6PM. They will be closed from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, reopening Monday, November 30th.

County Offices – Library Branches Closed for Thanksgiving

A reminder that all Lake and Mendocino County offices will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving. Also, All branches of the Lake County Library system will be closed Nov. 26 and 27. Normal hours at all branches will resume on Nov. 28. In Mendocino County, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, & Willits library branches will close at 3:00 PM today. Branches will resume normal hours on Saturday .

Forecasters Call for Snow in Northern Lake County

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but it will begin to look a lot like Christmas for some in northern Lake County today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory throught 6 this evening. Forecasters say the winter storm moving into the region today through early tomorrow will bring heavy snow to the mountains and upper foothills. Snow accumulations are predicted to range between 2 and 4 inches above 2,500 feet and 4 to 7 inches at the highest elevations. For the High Glade Lookout above Upper Lake and north – forecasters are predicting a 70-percent chance of precipitation today, with up to 2 inches of snow possible and gusts of wind up to 21 miles per hour.

Plea Deals Reached in Double Homocide

Three people involved in a Lake County 2014 double homicide have reached plea agreements. Conrad Velez, his son Dakota Velez, and Dakota’s girlfriend, Dahnna Burrows are accused of killing William Frank Busch of Lakeport and Edward Harry Morgan of Kelseyville in January of 2014. Both men had stab wounds, while Busch also had skull fractures. Conrad Velez was responsible for killing both Bush and Morgan, is facing 50 years to life in prison. Dakota is being placed on formal probation. Burrows, who has been in jail since last January, has already served the time required for her sentence.