Archives for September 2017

Lakefront Revitalization Plan Approved

The Lakeport City Council has adopted the Lakefront Revitalization Plan. Among the goals are: improving parking and circulation, enhancing the promenade, and hotel development to increase visitation along the lake.

Driver Uninjured When Jeep Overturns

The driver of a Jeep was uninjured early Friday evening when he lost control of his vehicle after turning left onto the Perkins Street overpass from the southbound Highway 101 off-ramp. The jeep landed on its side and witnesses to the accident helped the driver get out. Authorities say the roads were slick at the time of the accident due to brief rain showers.

Clearlake Police Department Receives Surplus Ambulance

The Clearlake Police Department recently received a surplus ambulance from the Lake County Fire Protection District. The Acting Chief says the vehicle will serve the Police Department as an Incident Command vehicle, and will be useful to police officers and staff in a variety of functions including crime scene investigation as well as other scenes, or incidents where it might be necessary to form a unified command or have bulk equipment on hand. He adds that the vehicle will help staff be more efficient when timing is critical.

BLM Lifts Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on public lands managed by the Ukiah and Arcata field offices in several counties including Lake and Mendocino counties. The easing of restrictions means that public land visitors can again use campfires outside of developed campgrounds and posted recreation sites.Campfire permits are required, and are available at the BLM Ukiah Field Office, 2550 N. State St.in Ukiah or the Arcata Field Office. The BLM is also lifting restrictions on target shooting that have been in effect since midsummer on public lands managed by the Ukiah Field Office.

Homes Destroyed in Hidden Valley Lake Fire

Two homes were destroyed in a fire that broke out yesterday morning in Lake County. Firefighters were alerted to the firen the 16000 block of Buckhorn Road of Hidden Valley Lake at 5:43 a.m. South Lake Fire and Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mike Wink says the first units on scene found a fully involved structure and several vehicles on fire, with a neighboring home also catching fire. The fire also spread to the nearby vegetation, with multiple spot fires developing in the general area. Power lines were also down.
Fire crews spent 7 hours working to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

2 Convicted of Felonies for Embezzlement from Ukiah Business

Two people from Redwood Valley were convicted of felonies this week for embezzlement. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office reports that 46-year-old Deborah Ann Sears, former office manager at Deep Valley Security in Ukiah, plead no contest to three felony counts. Sears stole over $37,000 from her employer in 2014; over $79,000 in 2015; and over $63,000 in 2016. Her husband, Jason Eagle Sears plead no contest to being an accessory after the fact.

Improvements to Ukiah Intersection Under Way

Work near the corner of Low Gap Road and Brush in Ukiah is being done at night. Improvements to the intersection include sidewalks, dedicated left-hand turn lanes, and storm drain improvement. Brush Street is closed between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.until the work is complete. Blocks or lanes of North State Street and Low Gap may be closed during thos times as well.

Lab Equipment Found Outside of Location of Explosion in Willits

Investigators have determined what the piece of equipment is that blew through the roof of a building in Willits following an explosion. MCSO says the lid of a cylinder used to extract cannabis oil was found outside a suspected cannabis lab.

Traffic Advisory for Clear Lake High School Homecoming Parade

Clear Lake High School will have their homecoming parade in downtown Lakeport later today and street closures will begin at 3:30PM. Here’s more from the press release from the Lakeport Police Department:

At approximately 4:10 PM, Clear Lake High School will have their homecoming parade in downtown Lakeport. The parade route will travel south on Main Street between 7th Street and Martin Street.

Starting at approximately 3:30 PM, street closures will begin on Main Street between 9th Street and C Streets. Closures will be in place until the parade ends at approximately 4:45 PM.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

MCSO Identifies Homicide Victim Found on Covelo Road

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has identified the homicide victim found along Covelo Road on the morning of September 13th, as 19-year-old Ramon Naranjo of San Jose. An autopsy conducted Friday confirmed Naranjo was killed, though his cause of death has not been released. Sheriff Tom Allman said this week it’s likely Naranjo’s death was related to marijuana.