Archives for September 2019

Clearlake Oaks Man Arrested for Arson

A Clearlake Oaks man has been arrested for setting a fire near a senior apartment complex. Crews responded to the fire last Monday near the Eskaton Clearlake Oaks Manor Senior Apartments. 35-year-old Matthew Samuel Miravalle was arrested for arson for that fire, and has reportedly admitted to setting other fires this summer in Clearlake Oaks. One was in the area of Oak Grove Avenue and Highway 20 on June 23rd. The other fire was behind the Dollar General store in Clearlake Oaks on June 27. Miravalle is schedule to appear in Lake County Superior Court today.

Harmful Toxin Detected at 3 Locations in Clear Lake

The results of recent testing of samples of water in Clear Lake confirms the detection of a harmful toxin in three locations. Lake County Public Health says anatoxins were found at: Jago Bay/Jones Bay Anderson Road in Lower Lake, Redbud Park in the city of Clearlake and at the Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine. County health officials are urging boaters and recreational users to be cautious as anatoxins can pose health risks, particularly to children and pets.

Cannabis Microbusiness Appealing Denial of Waiver

A cannabis microbusiness that was denied a waiver by the Ukiah Planning Commission, is appealing the decision. The Ukiah City Council will consider that appeal this week. The business would consist of indoor cultivation, distribution, would operate in three suites in a building on East Smith Street. However, a church occupies two other suites in the building. The location is also adjacent to a mobile home park.

State Funding Helps Ford Street Project Help More Families

The Ford Street Project has received funding from the California Emergency Solutions & Housing program to expand housing options for homeless families. Almost $540,000 in state funds were awarded to help families. With the funding, Ford Street Project will be able to provide dorm-style accommodations for six families.

Fort Bragg Man Sentenced for Arson that Killed a Dog

A Fort Bragg man has been sentenced for arson. 62-year-old Ted Eugene Demits was convicted by plea of arson of an inhabited dwelling, a felony, and animal abuse, also a felony. In March, Demits intentionally set fire to his on again, off again female friend’s residential trailer and motor vehicles while she was away. He did so knowing that the victim’s dog was inside the trailer. The dog died in teh fire that fully consumed the 5th wheeler. Demits was sentenced to 68 months in state prison yesterday morning in the Mendocino County Superior Court.

Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Handgun

Lake County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man after finding a stolen handgun in a truck he was driving. Deputies arrived at the Robinson Rancheria Casino for an unrelated call at 1 a.m. yesterday. While there, they saw 26-year-old Leopoldo Bravo, of Kelseyville, who was wanted on a narcotics-related felony warrant out of Los Angeles County. While searching his vehicle, deputies found a loaded .38 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

CA Department of Public Health Urges People to Stop Vaping

The California Department of Public Health recommended people stop vaping. The warning follows an executive order from Governor Gavin Newsom last week that jump-starts a new 20-million dollar public awareness campaign focused on the potential dangers of vaping both tobacco and marijuana. The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are now 12 deaths nationally linked to vaping-related lung injuries. The number of people with lung illnesses linked to vaping has risen to 805, from last week’s figure of 530 cases.

Civil War Reenactment in Middletown

The American Civil War Association will present a two-day reenactment in Middletown this weekend. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Battle times tomorrow will be 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; on Sunday, battles will take place at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the organization visit

Trial for Man in Shooting Spree Pushed to 2020

The trial for a man who killed two people in a shooting spree in October of 2017, has been continued to next year. 63-year-old Alan Leroy Ashmore, of Clearlake Oaks, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges against him, which include murder, and attempted murder. His next court date is now scheduled for January 31, 2020.

Clearlake City Council to Discuss Rental Housing Inspection Program

The Clearlake City Council will consider bringing back a rental housing inspection program. The ordinance was enacted in 2001 in response to dilapidated dwelling units throughout the city. The ordinance was suspended, and hasn’t been enforced in about 15 years. During their meeting this evening, City Council members will discuss whether to restart the rental inspection housing program. The meeting starts at 6PM at Clearlake City Hall.