Archives for October 2018

UPD Chief Announces Promotions

Ukiah Police Chief Justin Wyatt announced two big promotions this week. Detective Sgt. Cedric Crook has been promoted to lieutenant, and commander of the UPD patrol division. Wyatt says the patrol division has the most officers, the most calls and is where most of the training occurs. Wyatt says Crook has the skills needed for this demanding position. The Chief also has named his second in command. Sergeant Sean Kaeser is now a Captain. He’s a 26-year veteran of the UPD.

Hopland Grade Closure Extended Through Today

Hopland Grade will be closed again today until 4 p.m. As what was to be a three-day cleanup now extended to a fifth day. Caltrans says the full closure of Route 175 is needed for recovery of an over length semi-truck that went over the embankment last week. The contractor needs another day to retrieve all the plywood the truck was hauling.

Military Ordnance Found in Lakeport Safely Destroyed

A military ordnance located in Lakeport has been safely destroyed. Yesterday morning, Lakeport Police responded to the Veteran’s Museum on Eleventh Street regarding a military ordnance. Officers contacted the United States Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team from Travis Airforce Base. When they arrived, the team took the device to the Clearlake Municipal Sewer District Property on Linda Lane in Lakeport and destroyed the device by use of explosives.

Vegetation Fire Near Willits Quickly Contained

The small vegetation fire west of Willits yesterday was contained in under an hour. The Pepper Incident, was called in at 2:26 p.m., with full containment occurring at 3:05 p.m. The fire was kept to about 1.5 acres.

Free Household Hazardous Waste Dopoff Event

A free Household Hazardous Waste drop off event is being held today and tomorrow at Lake County Waste Solutions Transfer Station and Recycling Yard in Lakeport. Hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.both days. Get more details at: www.recycling.co.lake.ca.us

Man Accused of December 2016 Shootings Pleads Guilty

A man accused in shootings in Clearlake has reached a plea agreement. In December of 2016, 24 year old Ezequiel Junior Bravo forced entry into the home of Shian Brown’s parents- where he fatally shot Theresa Jones, wounding her daughter who was 6 at the time, and wounding Brown’s parents. Jones was Brown’s aunt. On Friday, Bravo pleaded guilty to several charges – including murder. Under the plea deal reached, Bravo is expected to be sentenced to 45 and a half years in prison.

Men Convicted of Poaching Natie Succulents Sentenced

Two men convicted of poaching for profit native succulents that grow wild on the bluffs of the Mendocino coast were sentenced yesterday. The men, both of South Korea, were each convicted of grand theft of property. In March, the men were found in possession of 30 moving boxes full of the bluff lettuce. As part of their sentence, the defendants have paid $10,000 each to the California Fish and Wildlife for habitat restoration. While a prison sentence was suspended in lieu of probation, they were also ordered to leave the U.S. and not return unless their immigration status allows them to legally return.

Clear Lake Athlete Collapses on Race Track

A Clear Lake cross country athlete is fine after collapsing on the race track at the Coastal Mountain Conference yesterday. Paola Garcia’s coach, who is a doctor, tended to to her while EMT’s were called. Garcia regained consciousness.and was fine. Her coach says she may have had low blood sugar.

Compensation Study Could Be Completed by Spring

A study on compensation for Mendocino County employees could be completed by spring. The Mendocino County Human Services department is working with an agency to speed up the process of going over information in the report that helps to find and correct imbalances in the county compensation system. Delays have left county employees frustrated.

Compenstaion Study Could Be Completed by Spring

A study on compensation for Mendocino County employees could be completed by spring. The Mendocino County Human Services department is working with an agency to speed up the process of going over information in the report that helps to find and correct imbalances in the county compensation system. Delays have left county employees frustrated.