Archives for January 2020

Man Who Held Son Hostage in Standoff Being Evaluated

The man who was involved in a standoff in Lakeport in early November is being evaluated for mental competence. 31-year-old Francisco Morales-Gomez was arrested Nov. 8th, following a standoff that lasted well over 24 hours, while holding is six-year-old son hostage. Prior to the start of his trial, which was scheduled for this week, Morales-Gomez’s defense attorney raised questions about his client’s mental competence. Next month, 2 doctors who are evaluatingn Morales-Gomez will report to the judge, who will make a ruling.

Covered CA Deadline Midnight

Covered California’s new enrollment has surpassed last year’s as the deadline arrives tonight. Officials said that as of last week, more than 318,000 consumers had newly signed up for health insurance through Covered California during the current open-enrollment period, which surpassed last year’s total of 295,000. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee is reminding residents that you have until midnight to sign up and not only avoid paying a penalty to the Franchise Tax Board but also get new help from the state to lower your health care costs. People who sign up by the deadline will have their coverage start on Feb. 1. Visit

Narcan Saves Inmate Who Overdosed

This week an inmate at the Mendocino County Jail was hospitalized after an overdose. The man, who was in a holding cell, was found unresponsive. There were 2 empty baggies beside him. A nurse determined the inmate was overdosing so deputies administered Narcan – 3 doses total – before the man was transported by ambulance to a hospital. He was later returned to the jail.

Vehicle Catches Fire in Kelseyville

Kelseyville Fire put out a vehicle fire last at the intersection of Highway 29 and Renfro Drive in Kelseyville. The fire department says the engine caught fire in the Nissan sedan. No one was injured and no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

2 Teens Arrested for November Drive By Shooting

Two people have been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that happened back in November in Ukiah. The drive by shooting happened the night of November 11th at the intersection of Observatory Avenue and Helen Avenue. Surveillance video showed two vehicles traveling on Observatory Avenue – a light colored four-door sedan, and a light colored Toyota RAV4. At the intersection, the sedan made a U-turn, and faced the RAV4. Then several gunshots are fired from the sedan at the RAV4. Both vehicles then sped off. Officers found several expended casings in the roadway at the intersection. 18-year-old Alexis Navarrete, and an unidentified 17-year-old male have both been charged with attempted murder.

Motocyclist Dies in Crash West of Ukiah

A motorcyclist died in a crash just west of Ukiah . According to the California Highway Patrol, the 26-year-old male driver was traveling eastbound on Masonite Industrial Rd, when he lost control of the bike, causing it to travel down a steep embankment. The motorcycle collided with a tree, ejecting the driver who sustained fatal injuries.

Many Felt Wednesday Morning Earthquake

Around 130 reported feeling the 3.5 mag earthquake that struck around 4:30 yesterday morning just west of Redwood Valley. The majority of “feeling it” reports came from Redwood Valley, Ukiah, and Willits.

Great Redwwod Trail Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

Great Redwwod Trail Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening event is being held tomorrow in Ukiah. Senator Mike McGuire and local Ukiah dignitaries will be on hand for a brief ceremony to commemorate the opening of phase 2 and 3 of the Great Redwood Trail Ukiah. The ceremony starts at noon., at the corner of Clara and Mason Street in Ukiah.

Lakeport Police Win Life Saving Tool

The Lakeport Police Department won an AED unit from AED.US. The automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. LPD says all officers just completed their First Responder update which included use of AED’s.

Ukiah Man Killed in Crash

One person was killed and another injured in a crash yesterday morning on Highway 20 near Calpella. According to the California Highway Patrol’s Ukiah Area office, 32-year-old Joseph Denson of Ukiah, was driving eastbound, and approaching Road A, at approximately 55 miles per hour. At the same time a vehicle driven by 48-year-old Christian Hunt of Lakeport, was traveling westbound. The eastbound vehicle lost traction on the roadway surface, causing the car to enter the westbound lane, directly in the path of Hunt’s vehicle. Conditions were rainy and cloudy at the time. Denson died of his injuries at the scene. Hunt suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center.