Archives for April 2017

Man Dies from Gunshot Wound in Fort Bragg

A 25 year old man died last night from a gun shot wound to the head. The shooting occurred on Hare Creek Rd., in Fort Bragg. It’s being reported that it was a self inflicted gun shot wound.

Lakeport Getting Business, Neighborhood and Community Outreach Police Officer

The City orf Lakeport and the Police Department have announced that there will be a Business, Neighborhood and Community Outreach police officer later this spring. Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasummen says that businesses, neighborhood and community groups can expect the officer to be reaching out to them to strengthen relationships and start launching crime prevention and safety programs within business districts and neighborhoods throughout the City of Lakeport. The goal of this project is to work with the community to reduce crime and improve safety for all those who live, work, own a business or visit the city of Lakeport.

Public Hearing on Ukiah Costco EIR Pushed to May

A public hearing on the updated Environmental Impact Report for the Ukiah Costco that was supposed to happen this week, has been pushed to May 10th. The Planning Commission will be considering the updated energy section, which a judge determined must be analyzed before the EIR can be certified.

Latest Employment Numbers for Lake and Mendocino Counties

The California Employment Development Department’s latest report on joblessness showed that Lake County’s unemployment rate in March was 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in February. Mendociono County held steady at 5.4% for both months. Lake County had a workforce composed of 27,540 individuals in March, while Mendocino County’s workforce was at 37,310.

Weed Abatement to Begin in Lakeport

The Lakeport Public Works Department will start its annual roadside weed abatement program soon. They’ll be applying herbicides on city-maintained streets.Those who don’t want weed abatement to occur
adjacent to their residence or property, must contact the Public Works Department before May 5 at 707-263-3578.

Fire in Fort Bragg Downtown Building

A fire broke out yesterday afternoon in a building in Fort Bragg that houses several business. Fort Bragg and Mendocino volunteer firefighters battled thick smoke and large flames for about an hour that was coming from the windows of the second floor of the building at 542 N. Main Street. Businesses like Severed Head Art Gallery and Cafe Del Mar escaped the flames, but suffered some smoke damage. A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Pomolita Middle School Gril Reports Attempted Abduction

A Pomolita Middle School girl may have been the subject of an attempted abduction. The 12-year-old was walking home from school in the 600 block of Dora Avenue, when a van pulled up along side her. She says the driver asked her to get into the van. She ignored the driver, who continued to follow her and continued to try to get her into the van. The girl then ran back to the school and told staff what happened. The driver is described as a white man, aged 30-40 with a full beard and dark hair, wearing dark sunglasses and a dark leather jacket. The vehicle was described as a white panel van, with a broken rear tail-light and porcelain dolls on the front passenger seat. UPD is investigating.

Sprint Boat Race Event A Go

A sprint boat race event planned for this June on Clear Lake is a go. The Lake County Board of Supervisors approved the appeal this week by Clear Lake Motorsports Enterprises. Sheriff Brian Martin had denied the application for the Lakeport Sprint Boat Grand Prix in Lakeport on June 2-4. The supervisors also approved an encroachment permit to close a portion of the lake for the race

Ukiah Restaurant Owner Sentenced

A Ukiah restaurant owner was sentenced yesterday for obstructing tax laws and harboring illegal immigrants for profit. 56-year-old Yaowapha Ritdet will spend two years in prison and must pay over $500,000 in restitution to the IRS, and over $70,000 to the employees she underpaid at her two restauarants.

Driver in Classic Car Tour Killed in Car Crash

A driver participating in a classic car tour died yesterday after crashing into a tree on State Route 128 near Ukiah. The California Highway Patrol reports that the driver of a 1939 Jaguar was going east, when the car veered south off the road, onto the dirt shoulder, and crashed head-on into a tree. The driver was partially ejected and died on scene.