Archives for March 2017

Lake County Woman Arrested for Making False Claim About Assault

A Lake County woman has been arrested for making a false claim about an assault. According to the Lake County District Attorney’s Perjury Investigation Unit, 23-year-old Danee Kristine Patterson perjured herself when she stated that her employer, with whom she denied having any romantic relationship, had assaulted her. Patterson could get a maximum seven-year sentence for her testimony if convicted.

Albion Man Tries to Fight Off Eviction with a Sword

An Albion man was arrested this week for brandishing a sword at MCSO deputies during an eviction. 61-year-old , Kenneth Bradford Morris and 59-year-old Wendy Lynn Kennedy barricaded themselves inside the home. After unsuccessful negotiations, deputies forced their way inside, and tasered Morris who was holding a 3-foot sword.

Girl Hit by Vehicle in Ukiah Crosswalk

A Ukiah girl was hit after stepping out in front of a vehicle in a crosswalk. Police say the girl was crossing North State Street at Low Gap Road. The driver, who was preparing to cross North State Street and head east onto Brush Street. slammed on her brakes, but was unable to avoid hitting the girl Tuesday morning. Police say the girl had some abrasions and complained of pain, and was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment. The collision remains under investigation.

City of Lakeport Extends Help to Willow Point Residents

The City of Lakeport is working to help the residents of Willow Point who still can’t go home after the flooding of Clear Lake. They’ve wavied the the maximum 30 day stay at local hotels, as well as deposit fees associated with sewer and water services. The city is also appropriating more funds to help displaced residents with deposits and rental assistance.

Congressman Hosts 26th annual Lake County Ravioli Dinner

Congressman Mike Thompson will host his 26th annual Lake County Ravioli Dinner tomorrow night at the Boatique Winery, in Kelseyville. Tickets can be purchased in advance, at the door the day of the event or at .

Sales Tax Goes Up in Ukiah Saturday

Sales taxes are going up in Ukiah on Saturday. The tax increase, approved by voters through measure Y, will make the new tax rate be 8.375 percent. The money collected is to be used to fund repairs and maintenance on roads. A challenge to the validity of the approved tax has been filed, so the money will go into escrow pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

Trial Begins for Man Charged in Fatal Punch

The trial of a man charged with felony assault with a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury, began this week. Charles Reynolds is accused of hitting Kenneth Fisher on the head back in August outside a bar and grill in Laytonville. The blow tore Fisher’s vertebral artery, causing a hemorrhage, which killed him. the trial is expected to last into next week.

State Plans to Fix Roads Through Tax Increases

The California legislature has proposed raising $52 billion to fix the state’s roads through an increase in gas taxes along with higher car registration fees and a $100 charge on emission-free vehicles. The 10-year plan would boost gasoline excise taxes by 12 cents a gallon – a 43 percent increase. A sliding fee on vehicles, with owners of cheaper vehicles paying less, is projected to raise $16.3 billion. The $100 annual fee on zero emission vehicles would start in 2020 and raise $200 million.

County Health Rankings Released

An annual ranking that shows the healthiest and least healthy counties in California puts both Lake and Mendocino Counties low on the list. Lake County was ranked #56 for health outcomes, and came in at #49 – for health factors. Mendocino County was ranked #43 for health outcomes, and came in at #31 for health factors. Both counties scored well for physical environmnent, with Lake coming in at #36, and Mendocino coming in at #23. The eighth annual County Health Rankings were released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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No Injuries in UUSD School Bus Crash

A Ukiah Unified School District school bus was in an accident on Tomki Road at Fisher Lake Road yesterday. According to the California Highway Patrol, the bus was at a complete stop. 76-year-od James Gowan, of Redwood Valley was stopped behind the bus as it began backing up into Fisher Lake Road while Gowan started going around the bus, partially entering the southbound lane. The left rear end of the school bus and the right front side of the Gowan’s Honda collided. No students or either of the drivers were injured.