2 Injured in Morning Crash in Hopland

Two people were injured when a semi carrying grapes, collided with a pick-up on Highway 101, in Hopland yesterday morning. The crash blocked the southbound lanes of Hwy. 101 and caused a 3-mile backup. According to the California Highway Patrol, the truck, going northbound, failed to slow for traffic. The truck driver turned into the southbound lane, hitting the back of a vehicle stopped in the northbound lane, and then collided head-on with a southbound pick-up truck. The 73-year-old driver of the pickup truck sustained major injuries and was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. His 70-year-old passenger was airlifted.

Public Hearing on Lakefront Revitalization Plan

Lakeport Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Lakefront Revitalization Plan later today. The plan has several alternatives, including a promenade, water park, hotel development and beach access. The meeting begins at 5PM in the council chambers at Lakeport City Hall.

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Another Request for Speed Bumps in Ukiah

The Traffic Engineering Committee in Ukiah yesterday discussed a request to add speed bumps on North Pine and Gibson streets between Low Gap Road and Bush Street. A recent request for speed bumps by residents on Marshall Street was denied, with city staff recommending a speed limit sign, or painting the speed limit on the roadway.

Traffic Advisory in Lakeport as Kids Head Back to School

The Lakeport Police Department has issued a traffic advisory for today as students head back to school. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when traveling near Lakeport schools as heavier than normal vehicle and pedestrian traffic is expected in the mornings and afternoons during these first few days of school.

Also road construction work is still being done on Giselman Street between Lakeshore Blvd and Lange Streets. The street will be open for traffic this week. However between 7 AM & 9AM, crews will be working along the roadway shoulders and between 9 AM and 1 PM working in the travel lanes which will cause minor delays.

Navarro Man in Custody in Fatal Shooting

A Navarro man is in custody for a fatal shooting. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department responded to 2700 block of Sea Biscuit Drive in Navarro on Sunday evening and found , a 55 year old male, deceased . Witnesses at the scene identified 58 year old Michael Saner, of Navarro as the suspect and MCSO followed up on a tip that his vehicle had been seen in the area of Flynn Creek Road. Saner was found inside the vehicle and taken into custody. Investigators say Saner knew the victim, and the the shooting may have been the result of a property dispute.

Traffic Back to Normal After Fire Near Hwy 101 North of Willits

Caltrans reopened Hwy 101 north of Willits near Ryan Creek Road last night after it had been closed due to a slow moving fire. The northbound lane was blocked causing a major backup right as commuters were heading home from work yesterday.

Lakeport City Council Special Meeting

The Lakeport City Council will hold a special meeting later today to take up several items of business, including delinquent utility fees. According to staff reports, just over $2,650 in in water and sewer bills were delinquent as of June 30. The city will also award a contractor for the Giselman Street Overlay project.

Suspect Arrested in Clearlake Shooting

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Clearlake that happend last week. The 22-year-old man is accused of shooting a 48-year-old woman inside a residence in the 15600 block of Sharpe Drive last Thursday. The victim’s 2003 Toyota Camry had been taken along with other personal belongings following the shooting. The suspect was taken into custody on Friday in Los Angeles County.

Appeal Filed Over Homeless Shelter in Ukiah

A appeal is being filed against the city of Ukiah over a planned homeless shelter. The Ukiah Planning Commission recenlty approved the permit for a homeless shelter on South State Street. Redwood Community Services has proposed to rennovate the facility to be used as a year-round daytime shelter, and as a permanent winter homeless shelter. A a veterinarian who owns the nearby Ukiah Veterinary Hospital, wants there to be more input on the plan from the city and other nearby businesses.

Firefighters Battle Small Weekend Fires in Mendocino County

Firefighters battled a couple of wildland fires in Mendocino County over the weekend. A small fire in a vineyard in Laytonville was quickly contained on Saturday. That fire burned about 2 acres near the vineyard on Bauer Road.

A small fire then broke out Saturday evening southwest of Ukiah near the intersection of State Route 253 and Robinson Creek Rd. Powerlines were reported down, and structures were threatened. The fire’s spread was stopped in under an hour.