Archives for January 2019

Mendo Humane Society Has Overflow of New Arrivals

The Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County has an overflow of new arrivals. On Sunday, they rescued over 16 dogs from a hoarding situation in Clearlake, and seven puppies that were abandoned outside the Little Lake Fire Protection District station in Willits. You can help by fostering or adopting a dog, or by making a donation. Learn more at: mendohumanesociety.com

Lakeport City Council to Consider Property Purchase

The Lakeport City Council is holding a special meeting this evening to consider a proposed property purchase. The property is at 2033 S. Main St. – the city would purchase it from AutoZone Parts Inc. at a price just over $17,400.00. The meeting to discuss the proposal will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall.

City of Clearlake Warns of Social Security Scam

The City of Clearlake Police Department is alerting residents that scammers are targeting the 707 area code with fraudulent Social Security calls. As part of the con, scammers try to convince you to give up personal information, like Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, over the phone. Alternately, a caller claims to be from SSA headquarters and asks you to confirm personal information, such as an SSN, “new” Medicare number, address, and date of birth. City Manager, Greg Folsom, says he and other city staff members recently received calls from these scammers and they can sound fairly legitimate as they threaten to cut off your benefits. Folsom says to be cautious and to avoid providing information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet

Fatal Crash Near Willits

A crash near Willits left one mad dead. According to the CHP, a 71-year-old man from Leggett man was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck north on Hwy. 101 just north of Reynolds Highway around 4:40 p.m. on Frday, when he allowed it to drift into the southbound lanes, where it struck a Mercedes Sprinter van. The 51-year-old driver of that vehicle died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was transported to a hospital with major injuries.

Man Seriously Injured in Motorized Bike Crash

A man riding this motorized bicycle in Clearlake on Saturday was seriously injured when he crashed. Witnesses told police the man was eastbound on the south shoulder of Lakeshore Drive when he suddenly lost control and crashed. Police say the driver suffered major head trauma. He was transported via ambulance to Adventist Health Hospital Clear Lake. Police believe the gas-powered bicycle experienced a mechanical failure, which led to the crash.

Fugitive Steals Vehicle from Bail Bond Agents

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is looking a man who reportedly stole a vehicle from bail bond agents who were attempting to apprehend him on Saturday. 40-year-old Gary Crumpler is wanted in Mendocino County for charges related to drug sales. Bail agents say Crumpler was able to gain access to one of their vehicles and fled. An extensive search was conducted but so far, he hasn’t been located.

Arrest Follows Fire at Building in Ukiah

A man was arrested on after a fire broke out in an empty building in Ukiah. Police say the man had been camping in the building on North State Street – which had been gutted by a fire in 2018. On Saturday, the belongings of the 56-year-old man camping in the building caught on fire. Police think a lit candle may have sparked the blaze. The man was arrested for two outstanding warrants and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Ukiah Declares Shelter Emergency

The Ukiah City Council this week approved a resolution declaring a shelter emergency for one year. Nearly $5 million worth of funding is being allocated to Mendocino County for homeless services. In order for Ukiah to be able to apply for and use funds for capital improvements that are related to affordable housing or existing service providers’ facilities, the city had declare a shelter crisis by resolution.

Lake County Point in Time Homeless Count

The annual Point in Time count of Lake County’s homeless is planned for Tuesday, January 22nd. The Lake County Continuum of Care for the prevention of homelessness is running the count, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations around the County. The survey results help in many ways..the count helps to determine eligibility for federal funding through The Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies for housing-related programs and support services. The survey also provides base for planning services to meet the needs of those who are homeless in Lake County.

Uninsulated Power Conductors Blamed for Wildfires

A federal judge issued an order yesterday, which tentatively finds that uninsulated PG&E power conductors sparked recent wildfires. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup wrote that, “that the single most recurring cause of the large 2017 and 2018 wildfires attributable to PG&E’s equipment has been the susceptibility of PG&E’s distribution lines to trees or limbs falling onto them during high-wind events.” PG&E on Monday said it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of the month to shield it from its debts and liabilities that could exceed $30 billion.