Archives for May 2016

Police looking for a man who assaulted a woman and grabbed her child in Austin Park

The Clearlake Police Department is looking for a man who they say assaulted a woman and grabbed her young child in Austin Park. Police recieved a call Saturday to a home in Lower Lake to a report of a kidnapping. Police say, the woman and her 3 year old son were at Austin park sitting at a table near the restrooms, when a man approached them and started a conversation about her child. The man asked to hold the child, but when the woman refused, the man pushed the woman down and she hit her head. The man then took the child and ran into the woman’s restroom. The woman found her child in the restroom, uninjured, but traumatized. The man was described as wearing a white sweat shirt and blue jeans. He’s in his 30s, between 5’6 and 5’9 with a thin build, a dark mustache, a possible beard and long dark hair – which may have been a wig – and a deep voice.

Body of Missing Man on Clear Lake Found

The body of a man who went missing while boating on Clear Lake has been found. The man was reported missing after his boat sunk on Saturday. A dive team located his body early yesterday afternoon in the area of Anderson Island near Kelseyville. The victim was a 74-year-old man. The boat’s operator, a 55-year-old male, suffered moderate injuries. Another passenger, a 73-year-old male, sustained serious injuries and was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Pot Grow Caused Weekend Fire

A pot grow may have been the cause of a fire in Ukiah over the holiday weekend.

According to the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, a fire destroyed two commercial buildings Sunday afternoon in the Carousel Industrial Park. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the back of the building. The Daily Journal reports, 10 engines from the UVFA, Cal Fire, and the Calpella-Redwood Valley and Hopland fire departments were battling the blaze in the buildings while more engines were battling a vegetation fire behind the industrial park. About three acres were burned near the Lake Mendocino Estates trailer park. Division Fire Chief Kevin Jennings said, the back of the building appeared to be a marijuana grow operation. Lights and fans were found in the back, and he says most likely the cause was an overloaded electrical circuit. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.

Suspect in Mendocino County Murder Arrested in New Hampshire

A man suspected in a Mendocino County murder was apprehended in New Hampshire.

The deadly physical assault occurred earlier this month in Covelo. The victim is 27 year-old Timothy William Sweeting. During the investigation, witness statements and physical evidence supported the belief that 30 year-old Joshua Richard Ruoff, from South Lake Tahoe had murdered Sweeting and disposed of his body. Deputies learned Ruoff had rented a U-Haul truck and left the area for the state New Hampshire, where he previously resided. Detectives contacted the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit and requested their assistance. Last week, that unit arrested Ruoff in Concord, New Hampshire. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives traveled to New Hampshire for further investigation. Ruoff remains in jail there as the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office works to get him extradited back here. Ruoff is reportedly challenging extradition to Mendocino County The remains of Sweeting have not yet been located and MCSO is asking anyone who may have information about this case to contact them.

Complaint Filed Against Music Teacher Leads to Resignation

A Ukiah High School teacher named in a complaint by a student has resigned. A student last year, told police that her male music teacher made an inappropriate comment that had sexual inneundo. A police investigation determined that no sexual offense had occurred, but submitted a charge of a harassing and annoying a juvenile to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review. Now that the teacher has resigned, the case is closed.

Lake County Registrar Testing Voting Machines

The Lake County Registrar is testing the accuracy of the voting machines today, ahead of the June 7th Presidential Primary Election. The logic and accuracy test will be conducted for the ballot tabulation computer and software to be used.

Lakeport Police Warn of Dangerous Transient

The Lakeport Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a dnagerous transient. 25-year-old Michael Anthony Arriola claims an address in Spring Valley, CA but has been transient in Lakeport over the past week. Since last Friday, police officers have been called to investigate his behavior at least three times and in all cases he has been verbally abusive, uncooperative and threatening toward police officers. Last night he was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine after he was seen chasing a man north on Hartley St from 16th Street and then reported to be brandishing a knife and threatening to stab the same man in the area of N. High and 20th St. See a picture of Arriola on the Lakeport Police Department’s Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Lakeport-Police-Department-176101292414821/

Police would also like to locate, identify and interview the victim from the brandishing and threatening incident last night. Anyone with information is asked to contact LPD by private Facebook message here, call us at 707-263-5491 or send officers an anonymous tip from your cellular phone by texting the word TIP LAKEPORT followed by your message to the number 888777.

Former Teacher Causes School Lockdown

A former Clearlake High School teacher that was arrested for drug possesion in April caused quite a disturbance at the school yesterday…

According to the Lakeport Police Department, yesterday morning former teacher Michael Olson returned to the campus and caused a disturbance at the district office. Olson demanded access to his former office at the high school campus. He left the district office and went over to his old office at the Clear Lake High School Campus. Police responded in conjunction with the school, and temporarily locked down the campuses as a precautionary measure. Police conducted a search of the campus and determined Olson had left. Back in April, 58 year old Olson was placed under arrest for misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana on school grounds and concealing evidence.

Ukiah Police Investigate Pub Assault

UKIAH POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A VIOLENT ASSAULT OUTSIDE OF A BAR.

UKIAH POLICE WERE CALLED OUT TO THE PUB ON NORTH STATE STREET MONDAY NIGHT BECAUSE A FIGHT OUTSIDE. WHEN THEY GOT THERE THEY FOUND A 23-YEAR-OLD MAN UNCONSCIOUS WITH A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY. THE MAN REMAINS HOSPITALIZED IN STABLE CONDITION.

DETECTIVES WANT TO TALK TO A MAN AND WOMAN SEEN ON SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE OUTSIDE OF THE PUB AROUND THE TIME OF THE ASSAULT.

THE WOMAN APPEARS TO BE IN HER MID 20s…WITH A THIN BUILD AND SHOULDER LENGTH BLONDE HAIR. THE WOMAN ALSO HAS A TATTOO ON THE SIDE OF HER FACE. THE MAN IS HISPANIC…IN HIS 20s…SHORT …WITH A THIN BUILD. HE ALSO HAS A GOATTEE. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE INCIDENT…CALL UKIAH POLICE.

Clearlake Moves Forward with Sales Tax Ballot Initiative

Following a public hearing last night, the Clearlake City Council has approved a first reading of an ordinance that would that would ask voters in November for a sales tax measure to raise funds for city roads and infrastructure. The 1-cent sales tax is estimated to raise $1.6 million a year with 85 percent of the annual proceeds going for road maintenance and improvements,10 percent for maintenance equipment and personnel, and 5 percent for matching grant funding.