Smoke from Southern California Fires Now in Lake County

Smoke from the Southern California wildfires reached Lake County yesterday and will linger. The Lake County Air Pollution Control says that there could be smoke here off and on for a couple of weeks until the fires are contained.

Local Lawmakers Call for Cultivation Cap

Second District Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood are both asking the state to cap commercial cannabis farms to one acre per person, to allow small farmers to compete with large companies. The lawmakers sent a letter to the Office of Administrative Law last week calling for the cap to be included in the state’s cannabis regulations, which are currently being finalized.

Last Day to Register for Disaster Assistance-Low-Interest Loans

The deadline is here to Register for Disaster Assistance/Low-Interest Loans. Survivors of the October 2017 wildfires have today left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Residents of Mendocino County who suffered damage may be eligible for federal grants, which do not have to be repaid. Find contact information for both FEMA and SBA with this story on our website. You must apply by today.

Applicants can apply for disaster assistance by going online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using
the FEMA app on a smart phone or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.
Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers
are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. In-person registration assistance is available at the
Mendocino Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) at 1375 N. State Street in Ukiah (the storefront left
of Raley’s).

Business owners and nonprofits located in the designated counties may qualify for up to $2
million in low-interest SBA disaster loans both for physical and economic damage. Homeowners
may qualify for up to $200,000 for home damage. Homeowners and renters can apply for up to
$40,000 to replace personal property. Call 800-659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov/disaster for
more information.

Man Arrested for DUI Hit and Run

A Kelseyville man was arrested on Friday for driving under the influence and hit and run. Police say 22-year-old Cesar Arroyo Ceja, fled the scene of a crash that left another driver with major injuries.on Highway 29 south of Bottle Rock Road. 47-year-old Douglas D. Anthony, of Lower Lake, was flown via a REACH air ambulance to a hospital with head trauma.

Woman Enters Plea in Perjury Case

the Lake County District Attorney’s Office’s Perjury Intervention Unit says a Lincoln woman has entered a plea in a case involving a custody fight over her child. 33-year-old Shannon M. Mick pleaded no contest to one count of perjury. She testified in court under oath that there was no domestic violence between her and her boyfriend, and no alcohol abuse in the home where her 3-year-old child was present. However, there was substantial evidence that proved otherwise.

Students Install New Gazebo in Ukiah

Mendocino College students built a gazebo along the Rail Trail in Ukiah that serves a purpose. On Friday, students from the Construction Fundamentals class taught at the college, built a rainwater catchment gazebo, which is designed to provide water for the nearby native plant garden. Students hope the gazebo will inspire others to build something similiar for watering their own gardens.

LCSO Investigate Vague Threat Made at Area Schools

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating a threat that was made at area schools yesterday. They say the vague threat was written on a school wall between the Middletown High and Middletown Middle schools. As a result, there will be Lake County Sheriff’s deputies on the school campuses today.

Explosive Device Dstroyed at Ukiah Business

An explosive device was found at a Ukiah business yesterday. An employee of a Daycrare facility on South State Street was on the roof of the business, repairing a leak, and found a possible bomb. The Ukiah Police Department was called and upon further investigation determined it was an improvised explosive device. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called in. The block surrounding the business was taped off. The device was an explosive and was destroyed at the scene.

Disaster Recovery Center in Lake County to Close Saturday

The disaster recovery center in Lake County that opened following the Sulphur fire will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow. The DRC, jointly operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is located at the Clearlake Senior Community Center at 3245 Bowers Avenue in Clearlake. Once closed, survivors can continue to receive in-person help at three other DRCs in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. To find the closest DRC, go online at www.fema.gov/drc

Lakeport Police Warn About Fake Guns that Look Real

Lakeport Police recieved a call yesterday of two subjects in a vehicle brandishing a gun. Multiple officers responded to the call and the located the vehicle. The gun was actually a BB pistol – but it looks like a real gun. LPD posted a picture of it on their facebook page:

Today we had a call of two subjects in a vehicle brandishing a gun. Numerous peace officers responded to the call. The…

Posted by Lakeport Police Department on Friday, December 8, 2017

Police warn that fake guns that look real can lead to very real consequences.