Archives for July 2016

Brooktrails Embezzler Pleads Guilty to Perjury Charges

A woman who embezzled money from her employer has pled guilty to more charges.

33-year-old Christine Kelsay of Brooktrails, was sentenced back in May to 5 years in prison for embezzling in excess of $450,000 dollars over a seven year time frame, from the Long Valley Market in Laytonville. Yesterday, the Mendocino County District Attorney filed a felony complaint in the Mendocino County Superior Court charging Kelsay with perjury and creating false financial declarations for use in a family law court proceedings. Kelsay entered three guilty pleas and admitted two sentencing enhancements. Formal sentencing for the perjury charges will occur on September 13th.

Free Chipping for Valley Fire Survivors

Free chipping is being offered to Valley Fire survivors. The Lake County Resource Conservation District and Lake County Air Quality Management District are offering the chipping of brush, branches and tree trunks up to ten inches in diameter to owners of small residential parcels (one acre or less) in the Recovery Area, with thoswe who intend to rebuild having priority.

For more details, download the application form or call the RCD office at 262-7089 and leave a message. For general program information you can also call LCAQMD at 707 263 7000.

Application form:

Lake County Delegates Witness History

Three delegates from Lake County witnessed history last night in Philidelphia at the Democratic National Convention. After Hillary Clinton got the votes she needed to secure the nomination at the DNC, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made a motion that the nod be made by acclamation. Clinton has become the first woman in U.S. history to win a major political party’s presidential nomination.

Governor Appoints Kelseyville Man to Board

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed a man from Kelseyville to the 49th District Agricultural Association’s Board of Directors. 33-year-old Steven Brown, an attorney who applied for the position, has been involved in in youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. His sons are also involved in 4-H. The position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

National Night Out in Lakeport Next Tuesday

The City of Lakeport is gearing up for this year’s National Night Out Against Crime event. It will be held nextTuesday evening, August 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the far north end of N. Main Street, just north of 16th Street. The road will be closed on North Main Street, starting from the intersection of 16th Street and North Main Street. The road closure will be from 4:00pm-8:30pm. The annual event is designed to increase and improve police and community partnerships in the city. City of Lakeport Management and Staff, City Council Members, Lakeport Police Officers and Staff, Lakeport Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol and other local safety officials will be on site to meet and greet those who attend.

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The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man yesterday for being out of compliance for his sex offender registration. 63-year-old Garrie Hoaglin of Covelo was arrested for violation of probation for failing to register as a sex offender.

Ukiah man arrested on suspicion of fraud

A Ukiah man was arrested on suspicion of fraud last week, according to the Ukiah Police Department. Details from Lin McDowell…

An employee at the Mendocino County Farm Supply on Talmage Road reported that a man identified as 32 year old Merrill G. Walrath was trying to return items he claimed he had purchased on an account at the store. However, the employee recognized Walrath as not being the person who owns the account and asked him for identification. Walrath said his identification was inside his vehicle, then left the store without returning. While Walrath was leaving, the employee noted the vehicle he drove off in. Walrath was later arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of personal identification and violating of his probation, and was booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Clearlake Police Looking for Suspect in Weekend Stabbing

Clearlake Police are trying to find the man involved in a stabbing over the weekend. 28-yer-old Craig Allen Fenno Jr, is wanted in the attack, and is considered to be armed and dangerous. The incident happened in the 3000 block of Seventh Street in Clearlake Park late Saturday afternoon. The male victim was taken to an out-of-county trauma center via air ambulance, and was listed in stable condition as of last night. Fenno is described as a white male adult, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. See a picture on the Clearlake Police Department’s Facebook page:

Special Weather Statement for Lake County

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for cities in Lake County, including Clearlake, Middletown, and Lakeport. Forecasters warn that triple digit heat brings increased fire weather concerns this week. Widespread valley and foothills highs of 100-111 degrees are expected through Friday and near record heat is possible tomorrow and Thursday. Temperatures will remain hot on Friday but

start to trend downward slightly, returning to near normal by Sunday.Humidity levels will be low with poor overnight recovery for higher terrain, bringing increased fire weather concerns.

Independent Auditor to Evaluate UPD

Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey will be hiring an independent auditor to evaluate the police department’s performance.The City Council approved the request last week. According to the Ukaiah Daily Journal, Attorney Robert Aaronson has been hired for $20,000. Over the course of 12 months, he will review all internal investigations, citizen complaints and reports of use of force. He will also accompany some officers on patrol and review footage from their body cameras. Dewey says the audit will help to find ways to improve the department.