Archives for December 2019

New Mendocino County Sheriff Sworn In

Mendocino County’s new sheriff, Matthew Kendall, has been sworn into office in Ukiah. Longtime serving Sheriff Tom Allman announced his retirement earlier this month, and said his decision was based in part, because Kendall, was a good undersheriff who is ready to take the helm. Kendall served as Undersheriff for two years and was sworn in as the new Sheriff yesterday by Mendocino County Assessor – County Clerk – Recorder, Katrina Bartolomie . The room was filled to capacity and included Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo , County Supervisor John Haschak , County Supervisor John McCowen, County Supervisor Ted Williams and County Supervisor Carre Brown

Man Fatally Shot by Lake County Deputy Identified

The man who was fatally shot by a deputy in Lake County has been identified. Police say 34-year-old Craig Ellis See, of Lower Lake, was shot by Deputy Wesley Besgrove during a confrontation on Saturday night. Few details have been released about the incident.

CHP Maximum Enforcement Period to Begin for New Year

The California Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to buckle up, avoid distractions while behind the wheel, and have a plan in place if you intend to consume alcohol or other intoxicating substances. The agency will start off the year with a New Year’s Day Maximum Enforcement Period starting at 6:01 this evening and lasting through o11:59 p.m. tomorrow. The CHP reported that during its 30-hour-long Christmas Day Maximum Enforcement Period, CHP officers made 271 arrests for driving under the influence.

Law To Cap Rent Hikes Starts in 2020

One of the many new laws beginning tomorrow will cap rent hikes for about eight-million Californians.  Some landlords will only be able to increase rents by five-percent, plus the rate of inflation.  They’ll also have to provide just cause for evicting tenants when a lease is up.  The new law doesn’t apply to single-family home rentals unless owned by investment firms.

Man Fatally Shot and Deputy Injured in Weekend Incident

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has released some details about an officer-involved fatal shooting. The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday near the Clearlake Oaks Dollar General store. Deputy Wesley Besgrove was in the parking lot when he and a man who was reported to have been armed with a knife, came into contact. The Sheriff’s Office said that the reason for the contact, number of shots fired and where the male suspect was struck is all part of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the D.A.’s Office. The man died from his injuries at the scene. The deputy suffered several injuries related to the altercation including a fractured leg, head contusion and bite marks. He was treated and released at a hospital.

Community Event Planned to celebrate Outgoing Sheriff

The Mendocino County community is invited to celebrate Sheriff Allman’s service and retirement. The event will be Saturday, February 1 starting at 4pm at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. The event will be a benefit for the all volunteer Mendocino County Search and Rescue team.

CHP Releases Name of Victim in Fatal Christmas Day Crash

The California Highway Patrol’s Ukiah Area office released the name of the victim involved in a Christmas Day fatal crash. The collision occurred at 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday on Highway 20, west of Eastside Potter Valley Road. 80-year-old Janice Kespohl, of Lakeport, was driving westbound on Highway 20 within the No. 2 lane, and attempted to make a u-turn lane directly in front of another vehicle, causing a collision. Kespohl died from her injuries at the scene.

Mendocino County Historical Society Announces New Hours

The Mendocino County Historical Society has announced new hours. Beginning on January 1, 2020,
the MCHS will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The MCHS, located at 603 W. Perkins Street, in Ukiah, preserves and shares the history of Mendocino County with its members and the general public. The new archival building houses and provides access to photographs, books, maps,
periodicals, pamphlets, and more, for study and research.

Lake County Woman Arrested for Arson

A Lake County woman was arrested in Willits on Christmas Eve for arson. According to the WIllits Police Department, around 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Little Lake Fire Department reported that it had responded to multiple fires in the Willits area that morning which were believed to have been intentionally set. During their investigation, officers identified the arson suspect as 47-year-old Michele L. Gray, of Lucerne. WPD said that thanks to the great work of Willits community members, officers were able to find Gray in the 300 block of Creekside Drive. She was arrested on suspicion of three counts of arson and booked into Mendocino County Jail under $100,000 bail. Officers believe that Gray may have started additional fires, and the WPD is still investigating those incidents.

Hope Harbor Warming Center Gets Generous Donation

The Hope Harbor Warming Center received a generous donation for the holidays. A small group of Lake County residents started a donation drop-off at the Boathouse in Nice. In the end, they were collected a large amount of warm clothes, jackets and sleeping bags, as well as over $150 to give to the center.