Archives for May 2015

Still no answer in Clearlake murder/suicide

There is still no answer on who may have been the victim in the murder suicide in Clearlake Oaks. According toThe Lake County sheriff’s office, Deputies found the bodies of Laura Matthews and Carl McHughes Jr. last Saturday. The two died from apparent gunshot wounds. A gun was discovered in the home. The Sheriff’s spokesperson says they’re not sure of what a motive may have been and there hasn’t been any reports of previous domestic violence with the couple. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept.

Arrests made after video surfaced of a street fight

A witness’ video led to the arrest this week of several teenagers suspected of being involved in a large fight near Laws Avenue earlier this month. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports, deputies responded to the 1400 block of South State Street around 2:30 p.m. May 12, when it was reported that a group of about six to eight people were fighting there. When deputies arrived, all of the people involved in the fight had left, but one of the witnesses provided deputies with a video of the fight taken on a cell phone. Deputies posted the video on the Departments Facebook page and asked the public for assistance in identifying the people involved. Several people then either posted comments on the site or contacted the MCSO with identifications of the suspects. Deputies located six of the suspects from the fight and arrested them. They were all males between 13 and 17 years of age, and all were booked into the Mendocino Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of criminal conspiracy and fighting in public.

UHS Principal Warns About Senior Cut Day

The rumour is that today is a so-called senior cut day – but Ukiah High School Principal Gordon Oslund says it definitely isn’t. In a statement, he said that senior cut day isn’t an activity sanctioned by the school and it concerns him greatly. Oslund says his greatest fear is that we lose a student in a senseless, preventable accident. He asks parents to help them keep students safe and make sure your seniors are in school today.

Lake County Planning Commission Votes Against Kelseyville Dollar General

Lake County Planning Commission has unanimously denied the proposed Dollar General project in Kelseyville. The majority of citizens, business owners and officials who were in attendance at the planning commission meeting also opposed the project. Dollar General wants to build a store on 2 parcels of land across from Kelseyville High School. Kelseyville Unified School District Superintendent Dave McQueen expressed concern over traffic and pedestrian safety surrounding the proposed site. The President Kelseyville Business Association said they are concerned about stores closing. This doesn’t mean the project is dead. The Board of Supervisors will now take up the proposal.

Clearlake Man Who Hit 2 Children Charged with DUI

A Clearlake man who struck two children with his car is facing mulitple charges, including: driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment, reckless driving with injury, driving with a suspended license and violation of Post Release Community Supervision, which relates to his state parole. Sunday evening, Thomas Mark Nordahl, 30, crashed through chain link fence and and struck two girls, ages 8 and 10, who were playing in the front yard of a residence. Witnesses say before the crash, Nordahl had been driving in the area at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner. He remains in custody at the Lake County Jail. The Lake County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case.

Items from Memorial Site of Crash Victim Stolen

Items from a memorial site at the crash site for a 19-year-old killed in a car crash have reportedly been stolen. Friends of Francesca Schetter, who set up the memorial on Park Way north of Lakeshore Boulevard near Lakeport, are asking that whoever took the items, return them. A clear treasure chest with personal letters to her from friends, a ladybug and a tiara are missing. A candlelight vigil for Schetter, which was supposed to be held this week, has been rescheduled to be held at Library Park next Wednesday evening at 7PM.

El Nino to break the drought?

El Nino! Will it break the drought? Maybe. The torrential rains in Texas have ended the drought there, but also have created devastating floods. Forecastors and experts say something similar could be coming to California in a few months in the form of El Nino. The nonstop rains pummeling Texas and Oklahoma are probably influenced by a building El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. If a full-blown El Nino develops, that could mean drought-busting conditions in California this fall or winter.

Two Upper Lake Schools merge

During a joint meeting Wednesday night, board members from the Upper Lake Union Elementary School District and the Upper Lake High School Union High School District voted unanimously to approve a final report on the feasibility of unifying the two districts. Lake County News says, the two boards first met last summer to discuss the possibility of unifying. They will now move forward to formerly merge the two districts.
Guidelines set up by the California Department of Education for final unification must be followed.

Clearlake man arrested for DUI and hitting two kids

A Clearlake man has been arrested and charged with DUI after driving into a fence and hitting two kids. 30 year old Thomas Nordahl was taken into custody Sunday night at the scene of the crash. Police say Nordahl crashed through a chain-link fence and struck two young girls, ages 8 and 10, who had been playing in the front yard of a house. Both girls were taken to the hospital and treated for non- life threatening injuries.
Nordahl was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment, reckless driving with injury, driving with a suspended license and violation of Post Release Community Supervision, which relates to his state parole. He remains locked up in the Lake County jail for a parole violation.

Arrests Made in Murder Case

Two people have been arrested for the murder of a Hidden Valley Lake man. The Clearlake Police Department has made two arrests and expects to make more in the homicide last fall of a Hidden Valley Lake man. 30 year old Gary Williams and 41 year old Crystal Pearls both of Clearlake were charged with the murder of 36 year old Guillermo Figueroa. Lake County News reports, Figueroa, a husband and father of three was reported missing last October after he left to visit a friend in Clearlake. Officers found his car abandoned on Burns Valley Road. On the night of November 28, police responded to a report from a resident on Oleander Street regarding the discovery in his yard of a human skull, which the man believed his dog may have brought to the residence. The following day, a police dog found the partial remains of the man’s body near where the skull was found. An autopsy and DNA results confirmed it was Figueroa. Williams and Pearls have been in custody since last November after they stole a house trailer. Both are being held without bail.