Archives for April 2019

Armed Felon Arrested While Reisisting Officer and Reaching for Gun

An armed felon was arrested after resisting an officer while reaching for a gun. The incident happened on Friday. Clearlake Police Officer Barreto responded to the 3600 block of Risher Drive to assist with an ongoing Code Enforcement case. While there, 38-year-old Shawn Fox, 38, was contacted and Officer Barreto saw the handle of a handgun protruding from Fox’s pant pocket. Fox is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. Officer Barreto attempted to place Fox under arrest for the concealed firearm and Fox physically resisted while reaching for the firearm. Officer Barreto was able to gain control of Fox and he was placed under arrest. The firearm was a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

New Complex to Provide Housing for the Homeless in Ukiah

There was a grand opening on Friday held at the new apartment complex on East Gobbi Street. The 38-unit apartment complex will provide housing for seriously mentally ill adults who are homeless. The project also involves using services provided by Mendocino County and Redwood Community Services to help the residents remain successfully housed. The creation of the Willow Terrace complex was collaborative effort between RCHDC, Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Mental Health Services Act, Community First Credit Union and Enterprise.

First Meeting on Lake Co Low Health Rankings Tonight

Lake County officials are holding town hall-style health meetings to discuss the county’s low health rankings. A meeting will be held in each district of the county. Tonight’s meeting is in District 1. It’s from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Twin Pine Event Center, Middletown. Lake County was ranked as least healthy county in California in the recent County Health Rankings national report.

Shed Fire in Redwood Valley

Structures were threatened when a shed caught fire in Redwood Valley on Friday afternoon. Fire crews from Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire Department, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, and Cal Fire extinguished the flames.

LPD Releases 1st Quarter Statistics

The Lakeport Police Department has released statistics for the first quarter of 2019 . From January 1st through March 31st, the department took 1223 calls for service, made 405 traffic stops, and recorded 485 other officer initiated incidents. The highest crimes committed during that time frame were: 29 larceny crimes, and 10 domestic violence incidents. As for traffic related incidents there were 32 DUI offenses, 14 DUI arrests, and 13 traffic collisions. There were 85 misdemeanor, and 23 felony arrests.

Gas Fueled Generators Blamed for Cannabis Farm Deaths

Gas fueled generators are being blamed for deaths on cannabis farms over the past 5 years. At least four men working on rural farms in Mendocino County and one in Lake County have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in recent years by using gas-powered generators. The most recent death occurred in Covelo on March 31st. There is currently no state regulation guiding work conditions on cannabis farms. Cal-OSHA is drafting regulations.

Red Cross Awards Millions in Donations for Fire Recovery

The American Red Cross has awarded more than $3 million in donations to fund communities recovering from the 2017 wildfires. Local agencies receiving funds include: North Coast Opportunities of Lake County getting just over $476,000. North Coast Opportunities of Mendocino County received $386,000 and the Hope Crisis Response Network, the parent organization of Hope City, which has been rebuilding homes in Lake County, was awarded $500,000.

MADD Urges Using Designated Drivers on 420 Day

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging those who will be celebrating 420 day to also plan a designated driver. MADD says drugged driving is a growing problem. They say nationwide, 1 in 4 drivers tested positive for at last one drug that could affect safety. Drugged driving can come from marijuana and legal substances like prescriptions and over-the-counter medication.

Huffman Announces New Federal Support for Mendocino County

Congressman Jared Huffman announced that this week that Mendocino County has been awarded just over $397,000 in new federal support for fire recovery efforts from the Economic Development Agency. Huffman said, “The Redwood Valley Fire had devastating effects for Mendocino County’s economy and community at large.” The new support includes funds for hiring a disaster recovery coordinator for Mendocino County; will be used to develop Mendocino County’s Economic Recovery and Resiliency Plan, broadband plan, and support long-term disaster recovery; and will create 30 jobs, save 10 jobs, and leverage $500,000 in private investments.

New Superintendent Named for Konocti Unified School District

The Konocti Unified School District has announced the selection of a new superintendent. Dr. Rebecca Salato will succeed Superintendent Donna Becnel, who is retiring. Solato has 22 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher, principal and district office investigator. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Action Learning Systems, Inc., which provides educational services and supports school district reform through research-based instructional strategies. Burton will start in her new position on July 1st.