Archives for April 2016

Judge Signs Order for Wrongly Convicted Man

A Lake County Superior Court judge has signed an order for a man convicted if a crime he did not commit. 71-year-old Luther Jones was convicted in 1998 of child molestation and was sentenced to 27 years in prison based on testimony by the 10 year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend. But in February, his accuser recanted her allegations, saying her mother coerced her into lying. Jones was released from prison and is due almost $1 million for time wrongfully spent in prison – but he is having problems getting the claim approved. The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board’s Senior Attorney doesn’t agree with analysis that the court found that the new evidence unerringly pointed to Jone’s innocence. The judge’s order signed yesterday grants a factual finding of innocence in the case, and should expedite the wrongful conviction claim with the state.

Clearlake Police officer Seize Close to 7,000 Marijuana Plants

Clearlake Police seized close to 7,000 marijuana plants this week.

Police served search warrants at residences and several properties on 28th Avenue that were involved in the cultivation of commercial marijuana. One arrest was made at the main residence, where officers contacted 37-year-old Ricardo Perez of Napa. At that residence alone, police found 2,300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, and a loaded handgun.

Perez was booked at the Lake County Jail for cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, being armed during the commission of a felony, and a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

MCSO K-9 Helps Apprehend Murder Suspect

A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K-9 helped to apprehend a murder suspect in Ukiah. 28 year-old Oscar Alvarez Carillo is accused of fatally stabbing 63 year-old Salvador Hernandez. Police found the victim unresponsive and suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 3300 block of North State Street in Ukiah Sunday evening. Deputies who were searching for Carrillo saw him running nearby in the area of Portlock Lane and Lake Mendocino Drive. He barricaded himself inside a room in a home the 3200 block of Portlock Lane. K-9 “Doc” was deployed and he successfully apprehended Carrillo who was later booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a charge of murder.

Robbery at Fort Bragg Nursery

A Fresno man has been arrested in the theft of a Fort Bragg nursery.

Deputies from the Fort Bragg Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary Monday morning at the Hare Creek Nursery located on Highway 20. Suspect information was made available and broadcasted out to Sheriff’s Office units county wide. A short time later a Willits Police Department Officer located a vehicle in the Willits Safeway parking lot that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Deputies responded to assist and arrested 22 year old Danny Spear who was in the pickup that was reported stolen from the Fresno area. 27 items valued at $14,000 including, Chainsaws, motorized trimers, blowers and a water pump were found in the bed of the pickup, that were confirmed to have been stolen from the nursery. Spears was arrested and locked up on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.

Tobacco ban set to pass

A proposal to ban tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses is gaining traction in the Statehouse. The California Assembly passed the bill Monday, sending the proposal to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty would prohibit chewing, dipping, smoking or vaping natural or synthetic tobacco products on 136 California campuses.About 2.5 million students attend those schools, which have about 100,000 staff and faculty.

Burn permits in Lake County

Starting this Sunday Cal Fire, will require a burn permit for any outdoor open burning in State Responsibility Areas within Lake County. Those areas include the unincorporated, rural, grass, brush and timber covered lands. Failure to maintain control of an open fire will result in the permit being voided and the permit holder could be potentially held responsible for fire suppression cost, civil damages and fines. For more information on burn permits or wildland fire safety, go to www.fire.ca.gov or by visiting readyforwildfire.org

Memorial Service for Deputy Jake Steely Saturday

A Memorial Service for Deputy Jake Steely is planned for this weekend.

The memorial service will be held at Clear Lake High School’s Don Owens Stadium in Lakeport on Saturday, starting at noon. Parking for vehicles will be provided at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The public will be shuttled from the fairgrounds to the Clear Lake High School and then back to the fairgrounds after the memorial service. No privately owned vehicle will be permitted to park on the school grounds due to the lack of available spaces. Personnel will be available at the fairgrounds to assist the public as where to park, as well as where to catch the shuttle.

Shuttle services will begin at 10:00 am to transport the public to the high school. More details will be provided as the planning process progresses throughout the week.

Board of Supervisors to Consider New LTA Hub

The Lake County Board of Supervisors will consider a new location for the Lake Transit Authority hub today. A recent report showed there needs to be a new transit point where passengers can make connections between routes in the Clearlake area, because he existing primary transfer site at Ray’s Food Place includes several deficiencies. The Lake Area Planning Council has recommended using a portion of a vacant county-owned property parcel south of Center Drive and west of Dam Road Extension. They say that location would allow for extra bus parking, overed passenger waiting area, public restrooms, additional office space, and more.

UPD Officer Threatened During Arrest

A Ukiah Police Department officer escaped injury in a struggle during an arrest at Denny’s. Police were called because 49-year-old Timothy Fischer was behaving aggressively in the parking lot, and it was reported he’d put a knife in his pocket. When the arriving officer attempted to cuff Fischer, he displyed the knife. As the officer took him down to the ground, Fischer clawed at his eyes and face. A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived to assist and they were able to take Fischer into custody. He’s charged with assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and violation of his probation.

MCSO Investigates Domestic Violence Shooting

An Anderson Valley man is in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds after a domestic violence incident.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday night deputies responded to a reported disturbance in Philo. While Deputies were responding, an additional call was made reporting a man had been shot. Sometime after that another 911 call was made from a residence on Anderson Valley Way in Boonville of a gunshot victim requesting medical assistance. Deputies arrived to find 34 year old Lorenzo Gomez Rodriguez suffering from gunshot wounds. He was able to get away and drive himself over to the residence in Boonville. He was transported to an out of county hospital where he was last known to be in stable condition. Officials say, Rodriguez was a suspect in a domestic violence incident with a 26-year-old woman, When other people at the scene tried to intervene, Rodriguez grabbed a knife and attempted to assault an 18-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman. The 18-year-old male defended himself and the woman with a handgun by shooting Rodriguez multiple times. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.