Archives for May 2019

Woman Killed in Crash on Highway 101 Identified

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has released the identify of the person killed in a crash along Highway 101 near Frog Woman Rock earlier this week. A vehicle driven by 69-year-old Suzanne Bentley, of Ukiah, was discovered along the Russian River below Hwy. 101 south of Hopland. Police say Bentley had been traveling south on the highway when her vehicle went off the roadway and off a dirt and grass embankment. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Lakeport

A traffic stop in Lakeport led to a drug arrest. According to LPD, Officer Casey Debolt pulled over a vehicle for equipment failure on Wednesday evening. The officer ended up finding cocaine, a large number of opioid pills and cash. 25-year-old Leopoldo Bravo, who was on probation for selling heroin, was taken into custody.

Volunteer Help Needed at Cow Mountain

The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office is inviting volunteers to help repair fire-damaged recreation facilities and trails in the South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area tomorrow and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. Check in is at 8AM the Westside Staging Area on South Cow Mountain.
The OHV area has been closed since July 2018, being heavily damaged by the Mendocino Complex fires. Helping hands are needed for several tasks. The BLM will provide all necessary tools and materials.

Head of California PUC to Retire

The President of California’s Public Utilities Commission is stepping down. Michael Picker announced his retirement yesterday. He won’t leave his position until Governor Gavin Newsom names his successor. Picker was the state’s utility regulator for five years, a time of some of the most devastating wildfires in state history – including the Mendocino Complex, the Redwood Valley Complex, and Valley Fires.

CHP Releases DUI Arrest and Fatal Crash Numbers from Holiday Weekend

The California Highway Patrol reports that nearly 1,000 people are facing possible DUI charges following the Memorial Day Weekend. In the Northern Division, which covers Lake and Mendocino Counties, there were 47 arrests for DUI, up by about 4 percent from last year.

There were at least 21 people who died in collisions state-wide. One of the fatalities was a motorcycle crash on Highway 20 in Lake County near Nice late Monday night.

Final Lake County Health and Wellness Forum Tonight

The final Lake County health and wellness town hall meeting is being held this evening. The Lake County Board of Supervisors and County of Lake Health Services Department have been hosting the forums to promote the well-being and economic resilience of residents. The goal of the meetings is to lead to improvements in Lake County’s public health rankings. The meetings also open the county up to grant funding for health-related issues. The forum this evening is in District 5, and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church on Third Street.

UUSD Announces Free Meals for All Children During Summer of 2019

Ukiah Unified School District (UUSD) has announced their Seamless Summer Food Program that will provide FREE meals to children when school is not in session during the summer months of 2019. Any child 18 years of age or younger may participate in the program regardless of income. Attendance at Summer School or any other program is not a requirement to receive free meals. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday – Friday at the sites and on the dates listed below, except for Todd Grove Park, where lunch only will be served. Times for service may vary slightly but will be approximately 7:45 a.m. for breakfast, with lunch at 11:45 a.m.

Ukiah High School

1000 Low Gap Rd.

June 12, 2019 – July 10, 2019

Grace Hudson Elementary School

251 Jefferson Lane

June 11, 2019 – July 26, 2019

Yokayo Elementary School

790 S. Dora Ave

June 12, 2019 – July 10, 2019

Todd Grove Park (Lunch only)

Corner of Walnut & Live Oak

June 11, 2019 – July 26, 2019

There will be no service at any of the sites on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Please contact the UUSD Food Service Office at 707-472-5789 for questions or additional information.

State Assembly Passes Police Use-of-Force Bill

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed a police use-of-force bill that could give California one of the toughest standards in the nation. If Assembly Bill 392 passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, the bill would require officers to use deadly force when “necessary,” not if they have “reasonable” fear, as the current law stands. The bill has support from law enforcement.

Fatal Accident Near Hopland

There was a fatal accident yesterday near Hopland. Police say the 69-year-old female driver, from Ukiah, drove her vehicle, a silver Mercury Tracer, over the embankment on U.S. Route 101, in front of Frog Woman Rock. The car overturned onto its roof, on along the bank of the Russian River. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Ukiah Woman Chargeed with Child Abuse

A Ukiah woman is facing child abuse charges. According to the UPD, 74-year-old Audrey J. Hernandez, was arrested last week on suspicion of one count of felony injury to a child and four counts of misdemeanor child abuse.Officers began investigating Hernandez earlier this month after someone reported a girl who had several injuries to her body. UPD detectives obtained search warrants and reportedly found evidence of suspected child abuse. Hernandez was the guardian of this child and four others. All children have been removed from her care by Child Protective Services.