Fort Bragg Police Chief Staying on For Another Year

Fort Bragg’s Police Chief signs on for another year. John Naulty returned to the Fort Bragg Police Department on February 3, 2020, to serve as Interim Chief. The position was temporary until the City could fill the position vacated by Chief Lizarraga. Chief Naulty had retired as the Lieutenant with the Fort Bragg Police Department in April 2015 after 35 years in law enforcement. City Manager Tabatha Miller continues to praise Chief Naulty’s leadership of the department. Chief Nautly says as challenging as the last six months have been, he is grateful for the opportunity to serve Fort Bragg again.

Lake County Adds New COVID-19 Cases

Yesterday’s update from Lake County Public Health included another rise in the number of overall COVID-19 cases. There are 13 additional confirmed cases bringing the number of overall cases up to 253. There are 5 more active cases for a total of 30 and 8 more recovered cases for at total of 221.

Mina Fire Update

The Mina Fire in Covelo as of last night was at 177 acres and 70-percent contained. According to the CAL FIRE update, one structure was destroyed, but there are no structures threatened. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

UHS Chromebook Pick-Up Scheduled

Chromebooks for Ukiah High School students will be distributed tomorrow and Friday as a Drive-Thru Pick-Up Service in the UHS Student and Staff parking lots from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The 9th grade and 12th grade students are assigned to the Staff lot, with the 10th and 11th grade students are assigned for pick-up in the student lot. Anyone who missed their assigned Chromebook pick-up day should contact the Tech office to schedule a time to pick it up.

MCSO Lifts Evacuations for Mina Fire

All evacuations were lifted last night in the Mina Fire. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported late last night that the fire is now longer a threat, and that Cal Fire advised the evacuation warning can be lifted and were in the mop-up stage. The fire, which started yesterday near Covelo, grew to 171 acres as of last night, and the cause remains under investigation. Cal Fire says a second fire near Hopland was quickly controlled.

Lake and Mendocino Counties Report New COVID-19 Cases

Both Lake and Mendocino Counties reported double-digit increases in COVID-19 cases yesterday. Lake County has 240 overall cases, which is up 20 since Friday/s update. Recoveries were also up by double digits as the country reported 19 more for a total of 213. There are 25 active cases.

Mendocino County reported 22 more virus cases yesterday – with 21 of the new cases from the Ukiah Valley. One additional person is in ICU for a total of 3.

UUSD Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Ukiah Unified School District employee has tested positive for COVID-19. UUSD was notified yesterday, and out of an abundance of caution, they canceled UHS Chromebook distribution for today. The district contacted Public Health to ensure they are taking all of the steps necessary to keep students and staff safe in this situation. In a statement posted online, the district said it’s unlikely that there would be any exposure due to having picked up a Chromebook; however, if you picked up your Chromebook yesterday morning, you are advised to let the Chromebook sit for 72 hours and disinfect the Chromebook with disinfecting wipes. Ukiah Unified will be doing additional disinfecting of Chromebooks before any further distribution this week and next week. Chromebook distribution will begin again Thursday with a revised schedule distributed this afternoon.

Mendocino County Jail’s First COVID-19 Case

Mendocino County Jail’s First COVID-19 case was reported yesterday as an inmate tested positive. The 42-year-old male had been extradited from out of state on a Mendocino County warrant. Since the individual was being brought into custody from out of state, jail procedures direct that they are quarantined for 14 days. A COVID-19 test was also administered at intake. Because of the procedures the jail has in place, the individual was immediately isolated and was not in contact with any other inmate in the facility.

Temporary Closure of Assessor Clerk Recorder’s Office

The Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk Recorder’s offices will be closed due to possible exposure to COVID-19.A small number of Elections staff will remain in the office to finish the extended candidate filing deadline (August 12) and prepare the ballot and sample ballots for production and mailing. At this time, the offices are anticipated to re-open later this month.

Willits Man Fires Gun at MCSO Deputies

A Willits Man is facing attempted murder and other charges after firing a gun at sheriff’s deputies. Last week, MCSO was dispatched on a disturbance at a residence located in the 4500 block of Ridgewood Road in Willits. A family member said Jacob Everett McKey was responsible for causing the disturbance. While at the residence, a deputy noticed McKey shine a flashlight, then a laser dot at his patrol car, then heard multiple gunshots. The deputies retreated and additional agencies responded. McKey ended up exiting his house peacefully.