Archives for December 2017

MCSO Bust Man on Probation Stealing Mail and Packages

An surveillance effort between local citizens and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office targeting thefts from rural mail boxes netted an arrest yesterday. It was reported to MCSO that a suspect was taking mail and packages from the Oak Knoll Road area. The suspect fled in a vehicle as deputies approached, and led them on a chase. The suspect bailed from the moving vehicle and ran through residential yards, but was captured. Javier Mejia was on probation after being released from state prison.

Pilot Uninjured in Crash Near Upper Lake

A pilot is OK after an airplane crash near Upper Lake. An FAA report on the crash said that the single-engine, two-seat aircraft landed hard on the Gravelly Valley Airportn just after midight yesterday. The aircraft sustained some damage, while the pilot was able to walk away. Northshore Fire Protection District units responded to the crash but were cleared to leave by the FAA shortly before 1:15 a.m.

Man Who Ran Pickup into Lakeport Store Arraigned

The man who ran his pickup truck into a store in downtown Lakeport has been arraigned in Lake County Superior Court. 46-year-old Jason Kaluna Fugit, of Nice, is charged with felony vandalism, burglary and reckless driving, for crashing his truck into the Campos Casual store on Christmas night.

CHP Ready for New Year MEP

The California Highway Patrol wants to remind motorists to celebrate the new year safely and responsibly by designating a sober driver. The CHP will observe the holiday with a maximum enforcement period, starting at 6 this evening, and lasting through to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. During last year’s New Year’s Day maximum enforcement period, 29 people died in collisions on California roadways. In addition, CHP officers made more than 750 arrests for driving under the influence.

AAA Tipsy Tow Offering NYE Safe Ride Home

AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will be offered on New Year’s Eve. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 for a free 10-mile tow and ride home.

County of Mendocino Tax Payments

The Mendocino County Tax Collector will accept postmarks by 12/31/17 for early payments on the second installment of 2017-2018 tax year. Due to 12/31/17 falling on a Sunday, as well as Monday 1/1/18 being a holiday, postmarks by 1/2/18 will be accepted as December 31, 2017 timely payments.

Lakeport Has New Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem

Lakeport has a new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for 2018. Mireya Turner was named Mayor by the Lakeport City Council with a unanimous vote. After being named Mayor, Turner said that it’s a great honor to serve the diverse city of Lakeport as Mayor. Turner’s spot as Mayor Pro Tem will be filled by council member Tim Barnes. He was also unanimously selected for his spot. Outgoing Mayor Stacy Mattina says it has been a pleasure serving the city, adding that there is no greater honor than being Mayor of the City of Lakeport.

Ukiah Ready for Rail Trail Extension Phase 2

The Ukiah City Council is ready to move forward with phase 2 of the extension of the Rail Trail to the south. The next phase extends the Rail Trail south from Gobbi Street to Commerce Drive. The extension may include pedestrian crossings and a new bridge over Doolin Creek. City Council members have approved spending for the costs to prepare bid documents for the project.

Mountain Lion Sighting Near School Campus Reported in Lakeport

Lakeport police responded to a report of a mountain lion sighting. Lakeport School administration forwarded police a report from a citizen who said they saw a mountain lion in the brushy area along the northern boundary of the Lakeport Unified campuses. It’s the fourth reported mountain lion sighting within the city of Lakeport this year and the second unconfirmed sighting that occurred close to the school campuses. Lakeport police say they will continue to work closely with LUSD and CDFW. They also want the community, parents and students to be alert and aware.

Explosive Device Found at Home in Willits

Authortiies are reporting on an explosive device that was neutralized in Willits. They say
Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about the device found at a residence on the morning of December 18th. After the device was contained, it was secured as evidence for an investigation.