Archives for January 2019

Lakeport Man Charged for Having Child Pornography

Police have arrested a Lakeport man for possession of child pornography. According to the police department, an investigation involving 37-year-old Justin Daniel Sylva, began in the summer. After detectives believed Sylva was in possession of the pornography at his residence, a search warrant was issued where the evidence recovered was given to the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force for further examination. Their report said Sylva was in possession of over 100 digital images consistent with child exploitation. Charges have been filed against Slyva, who was arrested last week.

Mendocino College Workers Picket Over Lack of COLA

Mendocino College workers held an informational picket yesterday at the Ukiah Campus over an issue of “fairness and equity” in their contract negotiations. The picket was organized by SEIU Local 1021, which represents more than 150 workers at the Mendocino Lake Community College District. Among the issues is the negotiation over the yearly cost of living allowance, which workers say the administration is denying them for the first time in college history. Contract negotiations with the college will continue on February 4th.

UPD Vehicle Involved in Crash

A Ukiah Police Officer who was responding to a domestic violence call collided with another vehicle in downtown Ukiah yesterday. The officer was northbound on North Oak Street when his patrol SUV collided with a Ford Focus sedan going eastbound on East Standley Street. There were no injuries and the crash is being investigated.

Cal Fire Reports Shows PG&E Not Responsible for Tubbs Fire

The deady 2017 Tubbs Fire was not caused by Pacific Gas & Electric. Findings from Cal Fire’s investigation into that fire shows it was almost certainly ‘an electrical-caused fire originating from a private home. The company despite the finding, they still face extensive litigation, significant potential liabilities and a deteriorating financial situation. PG&E plans to file for bankruptcy protection next week

Clearlake City Council Agenda

During their meeting today, the Clearlake City Council today could give final approval to the city’s 11th cannabis business. The manager ofr Bliss X. LLC has proposed a cannabis manufacturing business on a property on Olympic Drive. The City Council will also begin the process of finding a replacement for the planning commissioner, since Dirk Slooten is now a city council member. Three applicants are being considered.

Mulheren to Run for Supervisor Seat

Ukiah Mayor Maureen Mulheren has announced her intention to run for the 2nd District Mendocino County supervisor seat currently held by John McCowen. Also up for election are the 1st District supervisor seat held by Carre Brown, and the 4th District seat held by Dan Gjerde. Since the the state’s primary election has bumped up from June to March,the election date for the supervisor seats and three Superior Court seats will be March 3, 2020.

PG&E Lines Up Financing Ahead of Bankruptcy Filing

PG&E has lined up $5.5 billion in financing to fund its operations during its pending bankruptcy process. Four banks agreed to provide debtor-in-possession funding including a $3.5 billion revolving credit facility.
The utility faces $30 billion in potential wildfire liabilities from the deadly and destructive wildfires of 2017 and 2018 in Northern California.

Arrest After High-Speed Chase

30-year-old Clearlake resident Daniel Neufeld was arrested on several charges Monday afternoon after a high speed chase in a stolen pickup. Clearlake Police officers were dispatched to the area of Brookdale Assisted Living for a car theft that had just occurred. They located the truck driven by Neufeld in the area of Pomo School and lead them on a high-speed pursuit. He lost control of the truck and slid off the roadway causing minor damage to a boat and the truck. His charges include felony evasion and disregard for public safety.

Plea Rejected in Human Trafficking Case

A plea deal in a human trafficking case has been rejected. 37-year-old Sam Lindsey Massette, and his wife, 27-year-old Krystina Marie Pickersgill were arrested in June for forcing teenage girls into prostitution. In October, Pickersgill pled guilty to one count of human trafficking, and was sentenced to probation with a maximum prison sentence of 12 years if she does not comply. Lake County Superior Court J. David Markham refused to sentence Pickersgill, calling it too lenient. As a result, Pickersgill exercised her right to withdraw her guilty plea, and the case will start over.

Identity of Man Killed in Crash Near Willits Released

The man who died Friday in a crash on U.S. Route 101, north of Willits, has been identified. 51-year-old Michael Paul Andrus, of Kelseyville died at the scene of the crash. His vehicle was struck when a 71-year-old man from Leggett man, driving a pickup truck north on Hwy 101 drifted into the southbound lanes.