Archives for December 2018

Man Shot by Customer During Robbery

A man who was allegedly attempting to robbing a restauarant in Ukiah was shot by a customer. The incident began around 7:15 p.m. last night when a man entered the Subway in the Pear Tree Shopping Center and reportedly robbed the employees at gunpoint. During the robbery a customer inside the store shot him. The wounded suspect ran outside of the restaurant and first responders found him lying on the ground. Police say the suspect was transported to an out of county hospital for treatment.

Ukiah Man Found Guilty of Murder

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury deliberated for approximately two hours before returning to the courtroom yesterday afternoon to deliver its verdict in a murder case. 30-year-old Oscar Alvarez Carrillo, of Ukiah, was found guilty of the premeditated and deliberate murder causing the death of his neighbor, Salvador Hernandez. Carrillo faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life.

MCSO Releases Identity of Body Found in Eel Riverg

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the body found in the Eel River. On Tuesday, an autopsy was performed on human remains found in the South Fork of the Eel River in Piercy on Dec. 5th. According to MCSO, the body is that of 52-year-old Bruce Allen Thompson, from Santa Rosa. Thompson was last seen by a relative in Eureka on November 13. The family member said he was going back home to Sonoma County. A missing persons case had been filed with the Santa Rosa Police Department.

Regulators Consider Taxing Text Messages

You could be taxed for text messaging. The state’s Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a vote next month on a proposal to add a fixed, but unspecified texting surcharge to monthly cell phone bills to pay for low-income phone service programs. The tax wouldn’t apply to independent texting services like iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Fatal Accident Involving a Pedestrian

A pedestrian who was struck Monday night has died from her injuries. Clearlake police say the crash happened on Highway 53 between 18th and 40th avenues. Officials say the victim, 31-year-old Bernadette Marie Patrick, of Clearlake, had possibly been hit by two vehicles. She was taken by air ambulance to Adventist Health Clear Lake Hospital, but was confirmed dead when she arrived.

Mendocino County Has New Cannabis Program Manager

Mendocino County has a new Cannabis Program manager. Building inspector Sean Connell has been hired, and will take over on December 31st. The position has been vacant since Kelly Overton – who was hired as the Program Manager last February, resigned in June. The cannabis program manager’s role is to coordinate the county’s cannabis programs and to manage cannabis strategies, policies, and programs for the county, providing permits and licenses through the Mendocino County Cannabis Program and overseeing the county’s Cannabis Cultivation and Facilities Programs.

Ukiah Electric Relocation and Rennovation Plan Moves Forward

The Ukiah Planning Commission has approved a request by the city’s Electric Utility to relocate and rennovate the existing building at 1350 Hastings Road. Plans include to add solar panels to the roof to generate electricity for local residents.

Deck the Walls Winners Announced

The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced that the winner of the 2018 Holiday Decorating Contest “Deck the Walls” is: Hair by Angel, located at 14656 Lakeshore drive almost directly across from Red Bud Park. Coming in Second and third place is People Services and Harts Treasures Within. People Services are located at 14560 Lakeshore drive and Harts Treasures Within is located at 14380 Olympic Drive.

Video Post Leads to Arrest of Purse Thief

After posting surveillance video of a female purse theft suspect online – Lakeport Police say numerous citizens came forward to identify the suspect. As a result, thirty-six year old Jodi Mary Rodriguez of Lakeport has been arrested for felony theft from an elder. The video shows Rodriguez taking the victim’s purse at a car wash at South Forbes and Martin Street on December 4th.

Clearlake Police Looking into Leads Regarding Attack of Local Man

The Clearlake Police Department is looking for leads to help them find those responsible for leaving a man with serious injuries. Police say on the afternoon of December 3rd, 29-yaer-old Nicholas Vining, who is known locally as “Caveman,” was found near his mother’s home with severe injuries. He was reportedly attacked on Old Highway 53. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his mother with travel and lodging costs, as well as medical expenses: