Archives for April 2018

Recovered Body Identified As That of Another Hart Child

The body that was recovered April 7, in the vicinity of where Hart family crashed along the Mendocino Coast, has been positively identified as 12 year old Ciera Hart. She is the fourth adopted child of Jennifer and Sarah Hart to be found deceased since Jennifer Hart drove their vehicle off a cliff, north of Westport on Hwy 1 on March 26th. Hart was intoxicated at the time of the crash and other family members had a sedative in their blood . Authorities believe that the crash was intentional.

Area grades in State of the Air Report

The American Lung Association has released its annual State of the Air 2018 Report, and both Lake and Mendocino Counties scored well. Lake County got a grade score of A for Ozone, B for Particle Pollution 24-hour, and a Pass for Particle Pollution Annual. Lake County is also ranked the fourth-cleanest county in the nation for particulate matter. Mendocino County got a grade score of A for Ozone, C for Particle Pollution 24-hour, and a Pass for Particle Pollution Annual. The grades are quite the accomplishment considering the state of California was listed leads the nation in air pollution.

Clearlake Man Pleads Not Guilty in Armed Robbery of Jack in the Box

A Clearlake man accused of robbing a local fast food restaraunt at gunpoint, pleaded not guilty during his recent arraignment hearing. 19-year-old Giovanni Madrigal-Rincon, allegedly entered the Jack in the Box in the early hours last month, carrying a loaded shotgun, and orderd an employee by gunpoint to empty a safe. He faces several charges of kidnapping, robbery, and assault.

Lake County Cultivation Ordinance Goes Into Effect April 19th

After the cultivation ordinance becomes effective tomorrow, the County of Lake will collect cultivators’ first tax payments upon issuing permits. The first permits are expected to be issued six to 18 weeks after April 19. In November of 2016, Lake County residents voted to authorize the County to tax “legally-authorized” cannabis cultivation. An Ordinance for the tax was added to the Lake County Code as a result of the vote. The Ordinance established tax rates for cultivation sites.

All Bodies of Missing Thottapilly Family Recovered

All of the bodies of a missing family have been recovered in the Eel River. Search and Rescue crews in Mendocino County found the family vehicle on Sunday and recovered the bodies the father and 9-year-old daughter. The body of the 38-year-old mother was found Friday. The body of the couple’s 12-year-old son was found yesterday.

Search and Rescue Personnel Injured in Crash Near Leggett

Search and rescue personnel were injured in a crash yesterday. The two men from Shasta County, who were on assignment in Mendocino County, suffered major injuries when their vehicle crashed in the southbound lane of the 101, south of Leggett. The crash report states the driver left the road, attempted to correct, but slid, crashed into the guardrail, and then rolled over onto its top. Both the driver and his passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle, and both suffered major injuries. They were transported to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits.

New Evidence Shows Children in Deadly Crash Were Sedated

New evidence released by the Sheriff’s Office in their investigation of the deadly crash off the Mendocino Coast shows family members were sedated. MSCO investigators say Jennifer Hart was behind the wheel, and had a a blood alcohol level of point-one-zero-two when she died. In addition, toxicology tests show her wife, Sarah Hart, and at least two of their six children had a “significant amount” of an ingredient found in Benadryl that causes drowsiness in their systems. The presence of that chemical has not been determined in the third child. Police are still looking for the three missing children, and believe a body that washed up last week could belong to one of them.

Deadline is Today for Filing Taxes

The IRS has extended the deadline for filing taxes to midnight tonight..it’s because April 15th fell on a Sunday. If your taxes are not done yet, and you can’t get them in the mail by midnight, then you can file an extension with the Internal Revenue Service. If you can’t pay your taxes by the deadline, tax experts say you should still file your returns, as the failure-to-file penalty is much higher the the failure-to-pay penalty.

SUV of Missing Family May Have Been Found

There were some developments over the weekend in the search for a missing family whose SUV was suspected to have crashed into the Eel River. Search and rescue crews had found a vehicle part and personal items that belonged to the family last week. On Friday morning, the body of a woman was found about seven miles north of the site on the Eel River where the vehicle crashed on April 6th. Then yesterday, crews announced that the vehicle belonging to the missing family of four may have been found and recovery efforts were underway. The family was reported missing after they didn’t return home to Santa Clarita from a vacation in Oregon.

Woman Who Was Driving When Vehicle Plunged off Coast Had Been Drinking

The woman who was driving the SUV that plunged off a cliff along the Mendocino Coast was was over the legal limit for alcohol. The investigation has determined that 38-year-old Jennifer Jean Hart, was behind the wheel at the time of the suspected intentiona crash which killed her wife, Sarah and presumably all six of their adopted children, though only three have been located and identified.