Archives for June 2019

Coalition Moves to Take over Potter Valley Project

A coalition of governments, agencies – including Mendocino County and several Mendocino water districts, have announced they will move forward with a plan to take over the Potter Valley Project. Yesterday, the coalition announced that they would be filing a “notice of intent” with the Federal Energy Regulator Commission today, stating that they intend to file a permit for the project.

Suspect Sought in Connection to Fatal Shooting

Clearlake Police have made one arrest and are seeking another suspect in connection to a June 17 fatal drive-by shooting. Last night, 37-year-old Miguel Becerra was arrested for the shooting of Steven Stone. The 40-year-old victim was shot at Trombetta’s Resort, located at 5865 Old Highway 53. Police are looking for Becerra’s younger brother, 26-year-old Christian Becerra. They say he may be driving a 2005 Legend Lime Ford Mustang. He has ties to Clearlake and the Indio area.

overnor Signs Budget

Governor Gavin Newsom signed at $214.8 billion operating budget before the midnight deadline last night. It’s the largest budget in the state’s history. The bill includes a plan for spending on housing and homelessness. The twenty-one-point-five billion surplus will be used to expand health care to illegal immigrants. As for schools, the new budget includes $103.4 billion for education from kindergarten through 12th grade

Another Continuance in Pashlik Case

There’s been another continuance in the setting of the jury trial for Damin Anthony Pashlik. He’s facing 23 counts for allegedly setting 16 arson fires around Lake County, including the Clayton fire. between July of 2015 and August of 2016. Pashlik also allegedly set a 17th fire, but it went out on its own. He’s pleaded not guilty to all counts. The setting of the jury trial is now scheduled for July 9th. Pashlk will remain in custody in Lake County.

Ukiah Woman Charged in Death of Baby

A Ukiah woman has been charged in death of her newborn baby. The death of the baby girl, who was less than a day old, happened last year. The arrest of her mother comes after an extensive investigation.Yareli Diaz is accused of giving birth to the baby at her home in the bathroom and cleaning up afterwards to conceal it from her parents. She wrapped the baby in a towel, put her in the car and went to work. Later that evening, she took the baby to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Diaz was arrested on Tuesday, and has been charged with murder.

Lake Co Sheriff Adds Info to Website for CA Public Records Act

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has made available to the public videos and investigative documents related to some Use Of Force incidents that occurred between 2014 and 2018. They are doing so to be compliant with a new state law, The California Public Records Act, that requires a state or local agency to make public records available for inspection, subject to certain exceptions. he newly created “Use of Force” tab can be found at the top of: www.lakesheriff.com.

3rd District Supervisor John Haschak Hosts Town Hall

Third District Supervisor John Haschak is hosting a town hall event in Willits this evening. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Little Lake Grange. Third district residents are encouraged to attend with any questions or concerns they have for Haschak. The even tis ponsored by the Willits Branch of the American Association of University Women and Little Lake Grange.

Iaccino Attends Last Board Meeting at Superintendent

The Lakeport Unified School District will soon have a new superintendent. Interim Superintendent Patrick Iaccino attended his last school board meeting yesterday. In May, the board hired Jill Falconer to take over, and she’ll do so on July 1st, as the new school and fiscal year begins.

Ukiah Motel Damaged by Fire

A portion of a Ukiah motel was destroyed in a fire yesterday. The Motel 6 was evacuated when a fire that started behind the motel on North State street, spread to the building. According to the owner, almost 50 rooms, as well as a conference room and other areas in the hotel sustained damage from the fire. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Chief says they are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. There were no injuries reported.

Citation Warnings Going Out in Lakeport

The city of Lakeport is sending out citation warnings to property owners who haven’t abated weeds and other nuisance vegetation. Last week, the city council voted to adopt a resolution declaring the presence of dry weeds, brush and similar vegetation on lots in the city as a public nuisance. That allowed city staff to proceed with the administrative citation process for non-compliant property owners.