Firefighters responded to a fast-moving wildland fire in Lake County. The Pomo fire was first reported yesterday just after 4:45 p.m. at Highway 20 at the Pomo Pumps gas station near Reclamation Cutoff. Tt was reportedly a passenger car fire that spread into the vegetation. The fire grew quickly with the wind and stated moving toward structures, prompting evacuation orders and the closure of a portion of Highway 20. Forward progress was stopped just after 6PM, and the fire was held at 25 acres.
The man wanted in a burglary and officer-involved shooting was spotted this week 40-year-old William Allan Evers was seen on security camera inside the same home in Elk he burglarized last month, in which he fired at a deputy during a foot pursuit. Police have been unable to locate him following a search in a heavily wooded area.
Lake County was recently the recipient of $12.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides money to states and local governments to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic. From that funding, the city of Lakeport is to receive $1.2 million. The city of Clearlake will receive an allocation of $3.6 million. Last week, Congressman Mike Thompson, whose represents the Fifth Congressional District, visited Lakeport to present ceremonial checks to city and county officials.
A Clear Lake Shoreline Clean-Up Day is being held tomorrow from 9 AM to 1 PM. No pre-registration is required. Participants will check in with at tables in Library Park (Lakeport), Redbud Park (Clearlake), or Lucerne Harbor Park (Nice/Lucerne) anytime between 9 AM to 1 PM tomorrow. Gloves, masks and bags will be provided. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
A statewide flex alert has been issued as extreme heat strains California’s energy grid; Customers are asked to conserve power during peak hours of 5-10 PM today. The grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use due to the heat wave. The hottest days will be today and tomorrow, with temperatures in Lake and Mendocino Counties expected to reach 100 to 110-degrees both days. Hot temperatures will linger into the weekend.
A man from Murrieta has been arrested by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for sexually assaulting a teenage girl. 31-year-old Trevor Noel Reynoso was taken into custody Tuesday night after the the mother of a 15-year-old girl contacted the sheriff’s office to report that her daughter had been sexually assaulted. According to investigators, the teen initially met Reynoso on a social media app.
The Lakeport Police Department received a Gold Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Policy Management. Chief Brad Rasmussen says recent national incidents have created calls for police reform and changes in policing policies across the country and prior to these incidents, the Lakeport Police Department had updated its best practice policies, putting them in line with changes the public was seeking.
Police arrested a woman on Monday who stole a vehicle with a baby inside. The mother told police she had parked in front of North Coast Opportunities on North State Street in Ukiah and left her vehicle running, while she walked to the front door. That’s when she saw the vehicle being driven away. About 20 minutes later CHP located the vehicle and took 30-year-old Christina Rojas-Perez, of Fresno, into custody. The child was found safe and still secured in the back seat.
U.S. Route 101 was closed near Frog Woman Rock, between Hopland and Cloverdale in both directions yesterday morning due to a head-on collision. CHP has confirmed there was a fatality in the crash. The accident occurred before 7:30 a.m. It took about three hours for both lanes of the 101 to reopen.
The Lake County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday in favor of lifting the mask mandate for vaccinated employees as soon as state rules are revised.
Mendocino County’s Health Officer, Dr. Andy Coren, updated the county’s Face Covering Order yesterday. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings in indoor public settings and business settings. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear face coverings in those settings. Businesses can require everyone to wear face coverings, allow people to self-attest they are vaccinated, or require a method of verification.