Archives for February 2018

Candleight Vigils Held for Missing Woman

Candlelight vigils were held in Covelo and Ukiah last night for a missing woman. 23-year-old Khadijah Britton, went missing last 2 weeks ago after an altercation with her boyfriend. Negie Fallis was arrested on Monday for suspicion of kidnapping at gunpoint. Britton has not been heard from since February 9th. This week, her family increased the reward for information for the safe return of Britton to $25,000.

There’s also a Facebook group called “Help Find Khadijah Britton”
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1911095978933042/about/

And a GoFundMe page to assist with the search
https://www.gofundme.com/we-need-to-hire-a-private-detective

Tax Measure to Benefit Northshore Communities Will be on April Ballot

A tax measure to benefit fire services in Northshore communities in Lake County will be on the ballot in April. The Northshore Fire Protection District serves around 12,000 residents in an area that includes Upper Lake, Nice and Lucerne. The North Shore Fire District Chief says if Measure E doesn’t pass, they’ll look at reorganizing the department, and could potentially close some stations and limit services like emergency medical services to stay within their current budget.

City Hosting Forum on Police Chief Recruitment

The city of Clearlake will be hosting a public forum regarding its police chief recruitment next week. City Manager Greg Folsom said the forum will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive. He says they want input from the community about the qualities they feel are important to seek out in their next chief of police. The city has set a strategic goal of making Clearlake a statistically safer city. Chief Craig Clausen retired in December after taking a leave of absence, and while Lt. Tim Celli has been serving as acting Chief, he doesn’t intend to apply for the position.

Update on City Council Considerations for Orr Street Bridge

It looks like the Orr Street Bridge will get some improvements, but will remain closed to most vehicles. The Ukiah City Council is considering an option to make the bridge safe and fuctional, allowing one lane for emergency vehicles.

Willits High School Student Makes Threat

A student has been removed from Willits High School after making a threatening comment at school yesterday. Mark Westerburg, the Superintendent of Willits Unified School District, says that the incident has been turned over to the Willits Police Department. While Westerberg says he’s unable to release details about the student, he’s assuring parents that school officials have taken the comment seriously and will have their school safety plan in place for today to ensure a safe and normal day of school.

Contract Awarded for Carnegie Library ADA Project

The Lakeport City Council this week awarded a contract to complete accessibility upgrades to the historic Carnegie Library. R&C Construction, based in Middletown, was the low bidder at just over $385,000, The project, which will make the 100-year-old faciity compliant with the American Disabilities Act, includes installing an elevator, and remodeling bathrooms.

Another Enters Race for Lake County Superior Court judge

Another person has entered the race for Department 4 Superior Court judge. Local attorney Andre Ross has filed a declaration of intention. Also in the race to succeed retiring Superior Court Judge Stephen Hedstrom is District Attorney Don Anderson, Deputy County Counsel Shanda Harry. Hedstrom, who is in his third term, will not seek reelection when his term ends in 2019.

Fort Bragg Mayor Joins Others in Support of Clean Power Plan

Fort Bragg Mayor Lindy Peters joined more than 200 mayors from across the U.S. to express her support for the Clean Power Plan. In a letter, the mayors from 46 states and territories strongly opposed efforts by the Trump administration and EPA to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, as it would have devastating health and economic impacts on their communities, including exposure to increased air pollution, worsening climate change, and stronger and more destructive extreme weather events. You can read the full letter at http://climatemayors.org/

Names of Deputies Who Fired Weapons at Robbery Suspect Released

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the the three deputies who were were involved in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect last week. The armed robbery occured the morning of February 12th, when 48-year-old Dawn Center, took a Chevrolet Camaro from an Auto Plaza in Ukiah. After she crashed the Camero, Center reportedly exited the vehicle holding a handgun, and confronted the deputies and officers. Lieutenant Kirk Mason, Deputy Miguel Vazquez and Deputy Jeremy Mason all fired their weapons at Center.

Plea Agreement in Middletown Murder Case

A plea agreement has been reached in Middletown murder case. District Attorney Don Anderson says 22-year-old Javier Martinez Cachu, has pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Luis Pimentel-Arroyo, the attempted murder of Pimentel-Arroyo’s fiancée, and special allegations of being armed with a shotgun. Anderson says the shooting occurred on the night of Dec. 30, 2015, involved drugs and insurance money. Under the plea agreement, Martinez Cachu will serve 90 years to life in state prison.