California Highway Patrol Officers will be out in force during the New Year’s weekend as part of a maximum enforcement period which begins tonight at 6pm and continues until Midnight Sunday. Last New Year’s enforcement period there were 14 people killed in accidents across the state and more than 450 DUI arrests. The CHP asks, that if your New Years plans include alcohol, please make the right choice and have a designated driver.
Archives for December 2014
Two men were treated for hypothermia after there canoe capsized on Clear Lake Monday. Lake County News reports, firefighters were dispatched early Monday afternoon to a report of two people in the water. The Northshore Fire Protection District fire boat out of Clearlake Oaks and the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol also were dispatched. Fire personnel found Two men, in their early 50s about 300 to 400 yards offshore of Galaxy Resort, on Highway 53. The two men were pulled from the water and taken to St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. They were treated for hypothermia and released.
Clearlake Police have released information about a chase that happened late Monday afternoon. An officer tried to stop a motorcycle for a traffic voilation, but the driver, 29 year old Clearlake resident Berret Brown, fled. A chase ensued throug city streets and wooded areas with speeds topping out at around 60 MPH. The chase ended when the motorcycle crashed. During a search, police found over 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine, over a gram and a half of suspected cocaine, several hypodermic syringes and marijuana on Brown. He booked into the Lake County Jail on several charges
Ukiah police arrested an ex-felon in possession of a gun on Sunday. Police responded to a call about someone breaking into vehicles at the Ukiah Stadium Six parking lot on South State Street. The investigating officer ended up at a nearby motel and checked on a suspicious vehicle parked there with occupants inside. Instead of complying with the officer, passenger Jose A. Peredia, 35, of Calpella, tried to push the officer to get away. He was tasered and placed under arrest. Officers reportedly located a knife and a sawed-off shotgun where he had been sitting. Peredia, a convicted felon prohibited from owning firearms. He was booked into Mendocino County Jail
Tomorrow starts the new year and with it comes new laws. If you plan on fishing in 2015 – one of those laws affects you. Those who want to fish in Lake, Mendocino, or any county in the state will be required to have a fishing license. The basic resident license will cost $47.01. The Department of Fish and Wildlife does offer residents who qualify, a free or reduced-fee fishing license. For instance, low-income seniors and qualified veterans can get their fishing license for only $6.95. DFW officials say many people who qualify for reduced-fee licenses don’t take advantage of t program. To see if you are qualified, visit: wildlife.ca.gov
The South boat ramp is open as Lake Mendocino is on the rise. According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, A spokesman for the United States Army Corp of Engineers said, the boat ramp had been closed earlier this year because the water level was so low, people could not drive far enough down the ramp to launch. He said, Everything had to be hand-launched, adding that the heavier-than-normal rainfall so far this season boosted the level of the lake so much that “water has come up into the channel.According to Accuweather, the lake had 28,370 acre-feet and was 709.64 feet high on Dec. 2, before the most significant rainfall. As of Monday, the lake had 55,976 acre-feet and its elevation was 29.80 feet. Boaters should “watch for floating debris, submerged objects and shallow water levels.” Currently, 25 cubic feet per second is being released at the Coyote Valley Dam and will continue until “either the lake gets to 68,000 acre-feet, or Feb. 10, 2015,” whichever comes first.
The San Francisco Giants have announced a public tour of all three recent world series trophies. As part of the annual trophy tour, the trophies will appear at Kelseyville High School Thursday January 8th from 5 to 7pm. On Friday January 9th, Willits will also host the trophies. You can view them at the Willits Community Center on East Commercial Street from 5-7pm.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Lake and Mendocino County. Forecasters say, the biggest impact of the storm will be felt today as winds of 15 to 30 miles an hour effect the area, with 40 to 50 mile per hour wind gusts. The winds are expected to continue through tomorrow, New Years Eve. Stay alert while driving. The winds can produce downed trees and power outages along with some rain showers.
Here’s a reminder on a road closure. The Lake County Public Works Department has closed a portion of Soda Bay Road in order to conduct repair work. The closure will take place between Soda Bay Road and Westlake Drive and Marina View Drive. The Horsehoe Bend area – will be closed to all traffic in order for Public Works crews to perform emergency storm drainage repairs. Officials expect the closure to remain in place through January 16th.
A lawyer for a former Fort Bragg says new evidence in the case may have exonerated his client. Former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance is serving 20 years for ordering his soldiers in July 2012 to shoot three men when they were riding a motorcycle near his platoon in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan. The soldiers attorney says records have surfaced since last year’s court-martial that indicate that one of the three Afghans had connections to bombings and terror networks. If the government had found and shared that information sooner, perhaps the Army would have decided not to court-martial Lorance. The case is being reviewed.