Archives for December 2015

Man Wanted in Fatal Shooting in Custody

A man wanted in a fatal shooting in Lake County is in custody.

Javier Martinez has turned himself into police. He was the suspect in a fatal shooting of another man that was reported at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday near Middletown. According to reports, the man who died was in a vehicle with a female who was also injured.

Butts Canyon Road was closed from Highway 29 to the Napa County line, around the shooting scene as CHP and LCSO investigated. Police were told Martinez fled the scene in a silver SUV, and Lake County sheriff’s deputies learned Martinez could be in Clearlake. They were looking for him there, when Martinez turned himself in.

Truck Knocks Down a Streetlight in Ukiah

The driver of a pick-up truck towing an ATV in a trailer lost control of his vehicle and knocked down a streetlight in Ukiah near J.C. Penney on North Orchard Avenue yesterday morning. City crews used a crane to pick up the streetlight, which will be replaced in the coming weeks. The driver was uninjured and no other vehicles were involved.

Scammers in Willits

Scammers are approaching women at businesses in Willits asking them to vote for them by buying magazines or to call a number to give them points to win a trip to a certain destination. Women have reported they’ve been approached at gas stations, Rite Aid and Grocery Outlet. Authorties warn that you shouldn’t give out personal information or offer money. Residents are asked to call police if you are approached by these individuals.

Advocacy Group Wants Medical Marijuana Regualations Not Bans

A national medical marijuana advocacy organization says California cities and counties should regulate the cultivation of medical marijuana instead of banning it.

The memo published is part of a project by Americans for Safe Access. The group supports patients and advocates against bans on growing and pushes for local licensing and the regulation of medical marijuana businesses. The Record Bee reports, In Lake County regulations vary, with Lakeport, Clearlake and the county establishing different limits. Clearlake is set to again attempt a change in their ordinance. Mendocino County doesn’t ban medical marijuana cultivation in its unincorporated areas, but currently has a 25 plant per parcel limitation. The Board of Supervisors’ marijuana ad hoc committee is considering revisions in the new year, as the state’s new medical marijuana regulatory package starts Friday.

California roads and possible gas tax

California lawmakers are struggling to climb out of a deep hole. The gas tax that supports road repairs ranks among the highest in the country but the state has some of the worst roads in America. A recent report from the state Senate said 68 percent of California roads are in poor or mediocre condition, the 44th-worst record in the nation. It also said the cost for all of the unfunded repairs could cost as much as $135 billion over ten years. Lawmakers are looking to fund repairs with billions for the most urgent repairs, possibly with a higher gas tax. Caltrans, says for each dollar spent on preventive maintenance that could avert as much as $10 in repairs later.

Enforcement Stop Leads to 2 Arrests

An enforcement stop which escalated into a vehicle pursuit has resulted in two arrests.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday, just after 3AM, a deputy on patrol in the Clearlake area pulled over a van on Lakeshore Boulevard. As the deputy talked with the driver, Amy Jonas, a second deputy arrived and noticed a man lying in the back of the van, who was later identified as Derek Boudreaux. As the deputies opened the cargo doors to contact Boudreaux, they immediately noticed two loaded AR-15 type magazines beside Boudreaux’s feet and a rifle barrel under his head. As the deputy announced the presence of the rifle, Jonas sped away.

Both deputies pursued the van. The chase reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. It ended when Jonas pulled into the the parking lot of the St. Helena Clearlake Hospital and stopped. Both Jonas and Boudreaux were detained.

Fire Recovery Task Force Meetings Resume Next Week

County meetings and office hours for those impacted by the Valley fire will resume next week. Fire Recovery Task Force meetings will resume at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Twin Pine Casino Event Center in Middletown. Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Coordinator Carol Huchingson will resume open office hours at the Gibson Museum in Middletown on Monday, Jan. 4, between 1 and 3 p.m.

Lake County Tree Pickup

Lakeport Disposal no longer has a drop off location behind the fire station for people to dispose of live Christmas trees. Instead, trees may be picked up curbside on regular days of pickup. No fake trees, flocked trees or otherwise decorated trees will be accepted. Trees will be picked up today and tomorrow, and again in January on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Trees may also be picked up by special request on Jan. 12, 13 and 14. For information call 263-6080.

Improvements Coming to Oak Manor Park

A state grant is helping to fund improvements of the picnic area at Oak Manor Park. The city of Ukiah will use the $142,000 grant to add seating and shade. The existing barbecue area will be expanded to accomdate up to 100 people, and a smaller picnic area will be placed near the play structure. The project will be completed by spring.

Underground Utility Work Delayed in Ukiah

Underground utility work in Ukiah has been delayed.

The Ukiah Electric Utility Director says, the project which will underground the utilities along East Perkins Street and remove all the power poles into Ukiah has been delayed due to the fires earlier this year in Lake County. The Daily Journal reports, The utilities such as phone and cable are doing repairs in Middletown and that crews helped out in Lake County as well, replacing about 60 poles. So far, all of the infrastructure such as the conduits, vaults and pedestals for the transformers have been installed, and the next step is to install the underground network which will be brand new. That project will allow crews to find the cause of outages much faster, and will shorten the duration of outages in the area. There’s no estimated completion date on the project which was to be completed early next year.