Archives for February 2016

Abandoned Trailers in Lake County

The city of Clearlake has seen an increase in the number of motor homes and travel trailers abandoned in residential and business areas. The Record Bee reports, the Police Department believes some of the increase is from abandoned marijuana growing operations and increased code enforcement efforts and says the trailers are being left on the side of the road, sometimes blocking roadways and driveways. The vehicles are extremely difficult and costly to remove. The city of Clearlake is looking into several different options and cost-effective ways for dealing with abandoned vehicles. Police are asking the public, if they see anyone engaged in dumping recreational vehicles or any vehicles to call them immediately.

Ukiah Man Killed in Head-On Crash Friday Night

A Ukiah man was killed in a crash Friday night.

According to CHP, the man was struck and killed, and his wife was injured when their car was hit head-on by a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The two were returning home from dinner. The couple’s daughter and son-in-law were following in a separate vehicle when the crash occurred on Vichy Springs Road near Lewis Lane. The driver of the truck, a 40-year-old Redwood Valley man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was treated for minor injuries, then transported to the Mendocino County Jail.

6 Candidates for Willits School Superintendent

The Willits School Board is interviewing six candidates for School District superintendent.

The school board met in closed session on February 19th to consider applicants for the position. Their names are not being released to the public. The committee involved in reviewing the superintendent candidates includes three appointees by Willits Teachers Association, three appointees from the Willits California School Employees Association, three administrators and three appointees of the board. The Willits News reports, The person hired for superintendent will replace Patricia Johnson who chose not to seek a contract extension. An advisory group will interview the candidates on March 2 and the board will interview them on March 3. The board also unanimously agreed to hire an outside consultant to investigate a series of employee complaints.

Grant to Support Purchase of Weather Alert Radios

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has recieved a grant for weather alert radios. The $10,000 grant from State Farm will support the purchase of hundreds of emergency weather radios for county residents living in the Valley fire area. The insurance company provided the funds because they believe it is important to support proper communications and to be prepared for the next disaster.

Mail Thefts Occur Again Over the Weekend Lakeport

Mail thieves were at it again in this weekend…

the Lakeport Police Department reports that more mail thefts happend on Friday night. Officers were dispatched to the Todd Road area for subjects in a white Honda driving around looking in people’s mail boxes. It’s unknown at this time if the thieves got any mail, or if this is related to the other mail theft incidents reported last week. The police department has posted a link to tips on how to protect your mail gainst thieves on their Faebook page. The tips come from the U.S. Postal Inspectio Service.

Link to USPS mail theft tips
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/MailFraud/fraudschemes/mailtheft/TipThieves.aspx

Sports Highlights – Girls Baskeball Playoffs and Wrestling

In Girls basketball playoff action:

The #2 seed Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team outscored the Middletown Mustangs in the NCS Division 4 quarterfinal game Saturday night 63-22

The No. 9 Kelseyville Knights lost to No. 1 Salesian 73-18.

In Wrestling:

Three Lake County wrestlers picked up medals Saturday from the North Coast Section Boys’ Wrestling Championships in Union City. Junior Fernandez of Upper Lake finished fourth at 120 pounds, Lower Lake’s Blake Fredrickson was fifth at 106 pounds, and Lower Lake’s Peerless Brooke was sixth at 195 pounds.

Upper Lake’s Christina Wilson finished 2-2 at the CIF State Girls’ Wrestling Championships, her second straight trip to the state finals. This season, she became the school’s first wrestler to win a North Coast Section championship.

Ukiah Water Rates May Go Up

Ukiah residents may soon see an increase in their water rates.

The Ukiah City Council is considering a plan to raise water rates by more than 17 percent over the next five years. The Ukiah Daily Journal is reporting, the first increase of nearly 5 percent is set for this July. At its meeting last week, the council voted unanimously for the City Manager to mail out the required Prop. 218 notices and schedule another public hearing before the council will vote on the five-year plan. The first year the rate would increase by 4.5 percent, then level off to 3 percent a year. The plan calls for a “shortage surcharge,” which means that if drought conditions continue or worsen and the city is required to cut water usage by more than 20 percent, residents may be charged an additional amount to make up for the lack in revenues.

Westport Man Arrested by MCSO in Child Porn Investigation

A Westport man has been arrested following a child pornography investigation.

A Mendocino County Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant this week for 47-year-old Matthew Thomas McCarthy after a 2 year investigation. In September of 2014, a minor female reported that several years earlier she had been molested by McCarthy. While the investigation was ongoing, a second victim came forward with the same allegations. In September of 2015, Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office seized multiple computers and computer components from McCarthy’s Westport home. After the computers were analyzed additional charges of possession of child pornography and cruelty to animals were sought. McCarthy, who was arrested on Tuesday, is facing numerous charges, and is being held at the Mendocino County Jail in lieu of $850,000 bail.

Parole Denied for Former Redwood Valley Man Convicted of Murder

Parole for a former Redwood Valley man convicted in a 1990’s killing has been denied…This week the state prison parole board denied the parole application of 62-year-old Jerome Hunter Smith, who murdered his brother-in-law with a shotgun on May 10, 1994. Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in November 1994 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. District Attorney David Eyster says Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney Caitlin Keane attended Smith’s parole hearing to argue against his release.

Sports Highlights – Girls Wrestling and Basketball

In sports:

Lake County is sending seven wrestlers to the CIF State Girls’ Wrestling Championships today and tomorrow in Visalia. They include wrestlers from Middletown, Upper Lake, Clear Lake and Kelseyville. They are all hoping for a medal, which goes to the top six in each weight class.

In basketball,

North Coast Section Division IV playoffs continue this weekend. The Kelseyville Knights girls team plays in the quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Salesian at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Salesian High School.

The Middletown Mustangs girls team plays Cardinal Newman in the quarterfinals tomorrow in Santa Rosa at 7 p.m.