Archives for September 2017

MCSO Investigating Homicide After Body Dumped in Covelo

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after a man’s body was found in Covelo. On Wednesday, MCSO responded to mile marker 25 on Covelo Road for the report of a dead body ofa Hispanic male, believed to be between 25 and 35 years old. Investigators say it’s clear the man was the victim of a homicide. MCSO believes the  body was dumped at the location. Anyone who may have seen a vehicle or people acting suspiciously, along Highway 162 (Covelo Road), or parked in any of the dirt pullouts along the road, between 9:45 AM and 12:00 PM on Wedesnday, is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Communications Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-234-2100

Demostrators Rally for DACA in Lakeport

A group of demonstrators from Lake and Mendocino counties rallied in downtown Lakeport yesterday for DACA. The program, which the President says he will phase out, offers protections from deportation for immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S. as children . District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele was among the speakers.

Sentence Reduced for Man Involved in Drug Trafficking Ring out of Mendocino County

An out-of-state man who was part of a marijuana trafficking ring out of Mendocino County, will spend less time behind bars. Last October, 42-year-old David Simmons, from Massachusettes, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He was part of an eight-person ring that was shipping marijuana from Mendocino County to Fall River, Massachusetts where it was then sold and distrubted. Simmon’s 51 month prison term has been reduced to 33 months due to the fact he is not a career offender.

Lake County Approves Budget

Lake County has approved their budget of $230 million for this fiscal year. The county is still facing some challenges with rebuilding after the fires of 2015 and 2016, increases in labor agreements and increases in retirement contributions.

Clear Lake Splash & Fly In 2017

A couple of seaplanes landed yesterday afternoon with more coming for the Clear Lake Splash & Fly In. The event runs through Sunday in Lakeport.

Get more event details online: https://www.lakecochamber.com/clearlakesplashin/

Area Fire Update

Crews are battling several fires across the Mendocino National Forest after thunderstorms on Tuesday. The largest incidents are the Skeleton fire and the Slides fire, located on the Upper Lake Ranger District. The Slides fire is approximately four miles west of Lake Pillsbury and is estimated at 50 acres. Smokejumpers, airtankers and helicopters are contributing to the effort. The Skeleton fire is approximately four miles east of Lake Pillsbury near the boundary of the Snow Mountain Wilderness. That fire is estimated at 200 acres in chaparral, timber and grass.

Ukiah Domestic Arrest

A Ukiah man is arrested in a domestic violence call. Deputies were dispatched to a South State St. residence, where they found a pregnant victim. Already showing signs of a beating, she told officers, her boyfriend, Martin Valencia, knocked her down and proceeded to kick and hit her several times. Valenica was arrested and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Charges Against Little River Man

A Little River man is arrested after assaulting his girlfriend in Fort Bragg. Robert Brockway faces several weapons charges as well. Deputies responded to Brockway’s girlfriend’s home in the Simpson Lane area when she reported that he had assaulted her. He left the property before deputies arrived. Later, the victim reported that Brockway was outside her house holding a handgun, screaming and kicking her car. After a short chase, Brockway was brought in. Other charges are pending.

Fatal Logging Accident

A logger is killed east of Fort Bragg when a yarder cable that a crew was using to haul timber up a steep hillside stopped suddenly. Jose Flores, 31, of Fort Bragg, died when he lost his grip on the cable and fell into a pile of logging debris. The incident happened in Jackson Demonstration State Forest in steep terrain. The accident is under investigation by both state and local authorities.

Man Leaves Dog To Die

Clearlake Police arrest a local man for animal abuse, after he left his dog to die on the side of Highway 53. James Miranda, 40, of Clearlake was brought in for felony animal abuse and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. His bail is set at $15,000, with a tentative arraignment date planned for Thursday in Lake County Superior Court.