Archives for September 2014

Ukiah man tased and arrested for stolen rental car

Trouble for a Ukiah man. 56 year old Brett Harlan was arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving a stolen rental car after officers responded to a report that he violating a protection order.
When officers arrived at the house on El Rio Court they saw Harlan parked in front of the caller’s residence in a black Hyundai. When Harlan began to drive away, officers tried to stop him, but he continued driving with officers in pursuit. Harlan reportedly made a U-Turn, leading officers back to the caller’s residence. Reportedly Harlan backed his vehicle into one of the patrol cars, nearly striking the officer. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, Officers then deployed their Tasers, hitting Harlan, who reportedly still struggled against arrest. After being Tased a second time, Harlan was taken into custody. Methamphetamine was found inside the car.

State’s obesity rates

A new report out shows that California is one of only seven U.S. states and one district with obesity rates below 25 percent. Vermont, Montana, Utah, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. Colorado is the least obese state in the country, and Hawaii, has the second least, registered obesity rates below 22 percent. Nowhere in the U.S. are Americans more overweight than in Mississippi and West Virginia, where more than 35 percent of the adult population is now obese, according to a new report.

AAA Gas Prices

AAA says gasoline prices should fall in September through the end of the year as people drive less and because refineries can produce a less expensive winter-blend gasoline. AAA expects gas prices nationally could decline another 10-20 cents per gallon by the end of October, barring any major refinery or overseas problems. The national average has remained under $3.50 per gallon for 31 consecutive days. In Ukiah gas is at 3.68. Lakeport is at 3.63

Lucerne Man Suspect in Humbolt County Homicide

A Lucerne man who police believe is responsible for a double homicide in Humbolt County in custody. A be on the lookout was issued by officials who thought the suspect may flee to Mendocino or Lake Counties. Officers tracked him down in Eureka yesterday morning.

MCSO K-9 Tracks Missing Woman

Yesterday at 3AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an area on South Highway 101, rearding a lost/missing disabled elderly female. When Deputies arrived and spoke with the man who called in the report, he told deputies that he was traveling with his elderly disabled wife. He had pulled over to stretch his legs and rest before they continued, and after a short break outside the vehicle he instructed his wife to get back into the car so they could leave. When he turned around his wife was missing. He searched the area for over 20 minutes trying to find his wife, but he couldn’t locate her anywhere, so he called 911 for assistance. Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol searched the area on foot where the man said he last saw his wife standing. The searched continued for over 30 minutes, but the missing elderly female could not be located.

Newly aquired Mendocino County K-9 “DOC” and his handler were on scene and deployed to try and track the missing elderly female. DOC obtained a scent from the passenger side seat where the elderly female had been sitting. DOC also located a scent from a cloth handbag that was left on the ground. DOC immediately obtained a track that went south from the area of where the couple had pulled over and parked. DOC climbed through a barbed wire fence and tracked the missing female for over a half mile. When DOC arrived in the area of the 7300 block of South Highway 101, he located the missing woman near some grape vinyards. She was scared, cold and confused but in good spirits, and was reunited with her husband.

Saratoga Fire 90-Percent Contained

The Saragtoga Fire burned 87 acres with 90-percent containment as of last night. The fire was allegedly started when a drunk driver crashed her vehcile near Saratoga Springs Road on west Highway 20.

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights from the Record Bee:

The Middletown Mustangs lost a non-league varsity boys soccer game Wednsday afternoon to Booneville 3-0

Clear Lake High School varsity volleyball got a win in their season-opening match against Upper Lake last night in Upper Lake. Clear Lake won 25-15, 23-25, 25-11, 25-20.

The3 time Division 6 Girls Volleyball Champions, Anderson Valley, won their second match of the season 3-0 yesterday in Boonville over Fort Bragg

In football action, Salesian [ suh -LEE-jhun ] is at Middletown tonight t as the Mustangs, defending North Central League I champions, open up their new season.

Clear Lake Cardinal Sports Night is tomorrow with live auction items!! Kings Tickets, Redneck Party, Superbowl Party, Abalone Feed, Guided Duck Hunting, Guided Pig Hunting, The Cardinal Crawl dinner extravaganza, Football Team WORKERS, Baseball memorabilia galore and new this year – The Amazing Race adventure! I guarantee there is something for everyone in here so make sure to get your tickets today!

The seventh annual Cougar Classic cross country run takes place tomorrow at Upper Lake High School. The cost is $10 per runner or $100 per team, whichever is less.Awards go to the top 10 finishers in each race. Sign up at

4th Annual Cardinal Sports Night is tomorrow, featuring silent and live auctions, a BBQ dinner provided by Lakeport Fire Department, and the Coaches Competition. All proceeds go to CLHS Athletics. The event is 6PM at Phil Lewis Hall

There’s still time to sign up for the Sept. 28th Harvest Ride, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah. Costs for the longer rides is $65. For the shorter rides, it’s $50 or $45 for three or more family members. Get more information at

Potter Valley house fire

No injuries were reported in a house fire this week. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, a structure fire broke out in Potter Valley off of Old Wagon Road at around noon yesterday. No suspicious circumstances are suspected at this time, according to Potter Valley Fire Chief Bill Pauli. The home was a total loss, and the fire was contained to only that structure. Pauli said he didn’t believe anybody was living in the home, he believes the fire started in the area of the electric stove in the east side of the house.

Two injured in one vehicle accident

An adult and a child were taken to the hospital with minor injuries in a single vehicle collision yesterday afternoon. According to the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, a car driving south in the 2400 block of North State Street went off the road and struck a power pole before landing in front of the Twin Palms Mobile Home Park. The accident is under investigation.

Woman gets DUI after crashing her car that started a fire

A woman was arrested yesterday for DUI after she crashed her vehicle on Highway 20, an incident which sparked a wild land fire. 52 year old Shellie Boulais of Jackson was driving east on Highway 20, near Scotts Valley Road, at an unknown speed when the crash occurred around 4pm.
Due to Boulais’ level of intoxication, she allowed her car to travel off the highway and down an embankment, the CHP said. Lake County News says, The crash sparked the Saratoga Fire, which spread to both sides of Highway 20. The highway was closed while state, local and federal firefighters worked at the scene. The highway was reopened last night.
Boulais, who was wearing her seatbelt, suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. She was later was booked into the Lake County Jail on the misdemeanor DUI charge.
As of Wednesday night, the Saratoga Fire had burned 100 acres and was 30-percent contained, according to Cal Fire.