Archives for October 2017

Mendocino County Girl Dies from Fire Injuries

The death toll from the Northern California wildfires is now up to 43.  A 17-year-old Mendocino County girl who was severely burned in the Redwood Valley Fire died Sunday night. Kressa Shepherd’s 14-year-old brother, Kai, died earlier from fire-related injuries.  Their parents are both still hospitalized with severe burns suffered as they tried to escape the fast-moving fire in the early morning hours of October 9th.

Traffic Advisory Issued for Lakeport Halloween Festivities

The Lakeport police department has issued a traffic advisory for Halloween events today. Activities start this afternoon and last through 10 this evening. They in clude the Lakeport Main Street Association – Trick or Treat Main Street event, from 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM. The Harvest Revelation Halloween event, between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. The Lakeport Kiwanis Kids Halloween Fair, between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. And trick or treating near the Lakeport Unified School District campus from 5-10 PM.

See the full list of activities plus get some safety tips from LPD here:

Local Assistance Center for Mendocino County at New Location

The Local Assistance Center at Mendocino College has moved to a new location effective today. The new location is at 1375 N. State Street in Ukiah, which is the storefront to the left of Raley’s. The center will be open from 10am – 7pm from Monday through Saturday until services are no longer needed. Staff from state and county agencies, FEMA representatives, and more, are on hand to help fire victims.

Slurry Seal Projects this Week in Ukiah

The city of Ukiah has awarded a contract to California Pavement Manitenance Co., Inc. for the construction of slurry seals on various streets in Ukiah beginning tomorrow thorugh Friday. Find a link to see the affected streets and dates with this story on our website.

Clear Lake Riviera Fire Destroyed in Weekend Fire

Fire claimed a home over the weekend in the Clear Lake Riviera. In addition to Kelseyville Fire, Lake County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire responded to the incident. There was a small vegetation fire as well, and a neighbor’s home sustained some minor heat damage to its siding. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

US Army Corps of Engineers Performing Cleanup Work After Fires

Lake County has started the preliminary phase of debris clean up in the Sulphur Fire area. In previous years CalRecycle has performed cleanup work after fires, but Lake County Environmental’s Health Director says the the US Army Corps of Engineers has been assigned to Lake & Mendocino Counties for cleanup. CoE is helping get Rights of Entry Permits signed by survivors so the counties can get in and clean the area with permission.

Redwood Valley Man Charged for Shooting at Fire Crew

A Redwood Valley man has been charged for shooting at a Cal Fire crew fighting the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire. The incident happened on the night of October 13th. Police say 73-year-old John Maxwell Heron, thought the firefighters were intruders on his property. He’s been charged with discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and resisting an officer.

CHP Officer Injured in Shooting Spree Recovering

The CHP officer who was injured during a shooting spree in Clearlake Oaks is recoving. Officer Steven Patrick was shot by Alan Ashmore Monday morning, when a shotgun slug struck him in the abdomen.It’s beleived that Patrick’s bullet-proof vest saved his life. Patrick is an 11-year veteran with the CHP.

All Involved in Covelo Armed Robbery Sentenced

Four other men who were involved in an armed robbery on Covelo Road in July were sentenced yesteday to state prison. A day prior, 34-year-old Trevor Michael Jackson was sentenced to 25 years. The group drove to the rural property, armed, wearing ski masks. and claiming to be law enforcement. The victim was forced to help the men steal marijuana plants and was released when the gunmen drove away.

According to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, these were the sentences:

Alejandro Nunez, age 24, of Willits, was convicted by plea on Oct. 11 of robbery in concert of an inhabited dwelling while vicariously armed with an assault rifle. He will be formally sentenced on Nov. 5 to an agreed-upon 12 years in state prison.

Daniel Hernandez Sanchez, age 24, of Covelo, was convicted by plea on Oct. 25 of robbery in concert of an inhabited dwelling while vicariously armed with an assault rifle. He also was convicted in a separate case of assault with a deadly weapon (automobile) and domestic violence causing a traumatic injury. He will be formally sentenced on November 27th to an agreed-upon 14 years in state prison.

Joshua Clayton Hanover, age 29, of Redwood Valley and Covelo, was convicted by plea this morning of robbery in concert of an inhabited dwelling while vicariously armed with an assault rifle. He will be formally sentenced on Dec. 14 to an agreed-upon 12 years in state prison.

Matthew Jay Sturges, age 31, of Willits, was convicted by plea this morning of robbery in concert of an inhabited dwelling while vicariously armed with an assault rifle. He will be formally sentenced on Dec.14 to an agreed-upon 12 years in state prison.

Because of the nature of these convictions, the custody credits each of these defendants may attempt to earn in state prison is limited to no more than 15% of the sentence imposed. Any person interested in these cases or one or more of the named defendants is welcome to attend the various sentencing hearings on the dates noted above. All sentencing hearings will occur in Department H at the Ukiah Courthouse at 9 o’clock in the morning before the Honorable John Behnke, Presiding Judge of the Mendocino County Superior Court.

Walmart No Longer Seeking Expansion Project in Clearlake

Walmart has decided to not pursue an expansion project for the store in Clearlake. Plans have been years in the making, and the announcement caught local officials by surprise. A company spokesperson says it was a business decision and acknowledgex the effort of city leaders.