Archives for January 2016

Lake County oil spill test results

PG&E has finished its first removal of soil from the Lakeport site where mineral oil was spilled two weeks ago. The Record Bee says, Cleanup crews have been on the corner of South Main Street and Industrial Avenue in Lakeport since Jan. 13, when a PG&E contractor tipped over three transformers and spilled 24 gallons of mineral oil. At the site they have excavated the potentially contaminated soil and removed it from the area.
A PG&E spokesman says, their waiting for test results sampled from the soil that remains at the site. Their looking for traces of PCB a synthetic chemical used in the mineral oils of old transformers. If the soil tests come back negative for the chemical, they will be able to leave the area. If the tests return positive, They’ll have to excavate more soil. Tests results are expected by the middle of next week.

Arrest in Clearlake shooting

A Clearlake man has been arrested in connection to a shooting. 57 year old William Mitchell was taken into custody at his home yesterday after police responded to a report of gunshots Wednesday night in the area of 15th Street and Country Club Drive. Officers arrived to discover the victim 24 year old Anthony Monize was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his torso. Witnesses identified Mitchell as the shooter.
He’s locked up in the Lake County Jail on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The victim is in stable condition.

Lakeport Police Looking for Older Man Who Approached Girl

The Lakeport Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a an older man who approached high school girl yesterday morning. It happened at around 7:45 near the Umpqua Bank. The 10th grade student told authorities that the man pproached her on foot and offered to give her a ride to school although there wasn’t a vehicle nearby. The male was described as being 60 to 70 years old, thin build, wearing a brown heavy winter coat, no facial hair, wrinkled face, with a bald spot. If you have seen someone matching the description or might know who this person is, you’re asked to contact the Lakeport Police Department at 707-263-5491. This follows three other reports of female students being approached by strangers while either walking to or from school in Ukiah. There have been three incidents reported since January 15th.

Round Valley Classes Resume Following Shooting

The Round Valley Unified School District had to suspend classes yesterday due to nearby gunfire.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, there was a dispute at a residence near the elementary school in Covelo just before 8AM, and someone fired a gun into the air to break up a fight. MCSO deputies and officers from the Round Valley Tribal Police responded to the scene. Authorities say neither the public nor anyone at any of the Round Valley schools were in danger, but students were sent home as a precautionary measure. Classes will run as normal today. No suspects have been identified or arrested from the shooting.

Plans for New Westshore Pool

The Lakeport Unified School District has plans to build a new and improved Westshore Pool…

Due to the high costs of renovating and refurbishing the current Westshore Pool, the district will go forward with construction of a new pool. Lake County News reports, the project will be financed through a 2014 voter-approved bond measure. The $17 million bond measure is meant to fund new facilities including the pool and a fitness center at the high school; expansion of current cafeteria and kitchen facilities; upgraded playgrounds and play structures; improved roadways, utilities and grounds; Americans with Disabilities access projects; and an overall modernization of school facilities. A timeline for when the construction will take place has not been set.

SPCA Shelter to Close This Weekend

The SPCA of Clear Lake will close its shelter by the end of the day tomorrow. Staff has been working, since the announcement earlier the month, to find new homes for the remaining dogs and cats. The SPCA determined that the organization can serve the community better by changing its focus to providing affordable spay and neuter programs.

Grant money going to CalRecycle

Grant money is coming to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Lake County News reports, (CalRecycle) will receive the federal share of nearly $143 million in two grants from FEMA for reimbursement of costs for the Butte and Valley wildfires. The funding for the program comes from the Robert T. Stafford Act and includes close to $85 million for private property debris removal for the Butte Fire in Calaveras County. The Federal share is $63.7million. $57.8 million will go to private property debris removal for the Valley Fire in Lake County. The Federal share is $43.3 million. FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of the total costs through this PA program and the state of California is covering the remaining 25 percent of the nearly $143 million total cost.

Lake County Unemployment Up Slightly

Lake County’s unemployment rate for December 2015 increased slightly. According to the latest data released by the state’s Employment Development Department, Lake County’s rate of unemployment last month was 7.3 percent, up from November’s 7.2 percent. The state’s unemployment rate edged upward as well to 5.8 percent. The national rate is at 5 percent. Among the state’s 58 counties based on the lowest unemployment rates, Lake County comes in at #32, while Mendocino County came in 24th at 5.9 percent unemployment.

Arguments on Prop 172 to be Heard Tomorrow

Arguments regarding the constitutionality of a ballot initiative by area fire districts will be heard tomorrow in Mendocino County Superior Court.

Area fire districts filed a petition to gather signatures to ask voters to decide if the Board of Supervisors should consider allocating Proposition 172 funding to districts. Proposition 172 was passed by voters in 1993, but volunteer fire departments were excluded from recieving sales tax revenue because the the Board of Supervisors determined they were’t considered public safety entities. The new initiaitve would allow for a 30 percent share of the revenues to go to fire districts, if approved by voters. Mendocino County’s Acting County Counsel will go before a judge tomorrow to argue that allocating Proposition 172 funding to districts, is unconstitutional.

Boy Critically Injured in Wreck Doing Well

Justin Chellberg, the 2-year-old critically injured in a wreck earlier this month, is doing well. His mother told Fort Bragg Advocate-News reports that he’s off all medication and hasn’t had a fever in over a week, which is common with head injuries. An account has been set up at Mendo Lake Credit Union for donations to help with his medical expenses.