Archives for March 2016

Lower Lake Man Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

A Lower Lake man has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

The Lake County CA Sheriff’s Department says deputies responded to a reported stabbing Monday evening in the 700 block of Park Way in Lakeport. 64-year-old Terry Alan Rucks he stabbed a man during a confrontation near the county’s temporary warming shelter for the homeless, the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Rucks told the deputies he stabbed the victim while acting in self-defense, saying the victim kicked the passenger side of his vehicle and was yelling at him. The victim said Rucks was among transients who were on his property waiting for the church to open, and that the confrontation happened after he yelled at them. The stabbing victim was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital and then flown to an out-of-county hospital for additional medical attention

LCSO Giving Away NOAA Weather Radios Today

The Lake County Sheriff’s office will be handing out NOAA Weather Radios today.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office & County Office of Emergency Services received grant funding from the State Farm Insurance Company to purchase approximately 333 Desktop Weather Alert Radios. Officials also purchased approximately 40 Visual Alert-Strobe Lights that will also be given out with some of the Weather Radios for those residents who have hearing difficulties. The equipment will be handed out today, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Middletown Senior Center & Middletown Library.

To qualify, you must live in the footprint of the Valley Fire. Bring along proof of residency by showing either a valid California Driver’s License or Identification Card, or a bill that lists your physical address.

Lake County’s Economic Outlook

Lake County’s economic outlook is looking pretty good despite the disasters in 2015.

Lake County News is reporting, the County’s overall economic picture is bright and has shown marked improvements over the last several years, according to a recently completed report. The report was presented to the city councils this month and was produced by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board in association with the Lake County Regional Economic Development Committee. The report looks at factors including population and demographics, income and employment, real estate, consumer spending and taxable sales, and education through 2020. Median home prices in Lake County increased by 22 percent from 2014 to 2015, with the 2015 median price at $205,900. Last year, Lake County’s median household income was $37,063. Good news is that’s expected to jump by about 15 percent to $42,491 by 2020. It also shows improvements in unemployment.

Mountain Lion Sighting

A large Mountain Lion was spotted yesterday afternoon in Mendocino.

The sighting was reported to be at the Junction of Powers road and Little Lake in Mendocino. Other sightings have been reported recently. Officials are advising people to be aware of their surroundings, and keep pets on leashes. If you come into contact with a mountain lion, don’t run. Appear larger. Raise your arms and open your jacket if you are wearing one. If you have children with you, pick them up to protect them. Mountain Lions rarely attack humans, but if a lion does attack, you should fight back.

Man arrested after high speed motorcycle chase in Ukiah

A 19 year old Ukiah man was arrested Sunday after leading police on a high-speed chase through the city on a motorcycle. Police say an officer saw a yellow motorcycle speeding up South State Street at about 65 mph. When the officer tried to pull the driver over, he sped up and took off and led the officer in a chase throughout Ukiah. Police say the driver identified as 19 year old Manuel Rodriguez led the officer on a pursuit where Rodriguez ran stop signs and a red light, and driving into oncoming traffic while trying to out run the officer. He eventually lost control and wiped out near the intersection of Talmage Road and Babcock Lane. Rodriguez was arrested for felony evading a police officer, violation of his probation and driving without a license. He was treated for his injuries at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center before being booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Fort Bragg Man Arrested for Domestic Violence

A Fort Bragg man has been arrested for domestic violence.

On Monday afternoon, a woman called the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and reported that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. The victim had fled the residence and met deputies elsewhere. After interviewing the victim and collecting evidence, the deputies went to the suspect’s residence, but he was not there and deputies were unable to locate him. Yesterday morning, deputies returned to the suspect’s home and found him there.52-year-old Karl Barth was arrested for felony violation of Domestic Violence, as well as violating terms of his probation. Barth was lodged at the Mendocino County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Active Threat Training Today at Mendocino College

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an Active Threat training exercise at Mendocino College. The training will take place tomorrow between 10 AM and 2 PM. They want the public to be aware that simulated gun fire and explosions will be used during this training exercise. There will also be a heavy presence of public safety personnel and vehicles on the college campus.

Fort Bragg Voters to Decide on Transient Occupancy Tax Increase

The Fort Bragg City Council has decided to let voters choose whether or not to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax from 10 to 12 percent. It’s projected that the increase would generate $400,000 in additional funds that could be used for Coastal Trail maintenance and security, promotion of Fort Bragg, and more.

Fatal shooting by police officer in Clearlake

A fatal shooting in Clearlake this morning. Lake County News is reporting, an officer shot and killed someone in a confrontation that occurred during a response to a burglary call. Police have not released the name of the officer nor the person who was fatally shot. Just before 12:30 this morning, Clearlake Police officers responded to a burglar alarm located in the 3200 block of Park Street in Clearlake Park, with the first officer arriving several minutes after the initial dispatch. The first arriving officer confronted the burglar and tried to detain the subject in a wooded area. A physical fight occured between them. The officer was able to use his Taser but the struggle continued. Police say, during the struggle the burglar attacked the officer, striking him in the head with an object and causing significant injury. The officer then drew and fired his service weapon at the subject, who was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The officer was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Fort Bragg man arrested for burglary

A Fort Bragg man is behind bars after allegedly burglarizing a home. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home over the weekend in the 23000 block of North Highway 1 where the victim told them she believed her cousin 34 year old Joshua Bell may have been responsible for the burglary. Deputies were able to find Bell and established probable cause and arrested him. Bell was also in possession of a controlled substance believed to be intended for sale, and was on active Mendocino County probation. He’s locked up in the county jail on $55,000 bail.