Archives for January 2018

Fort Bragg Restaurant Owner Settles Abalone Poaching Case

The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office has settled three major abalone poaching cases – one of them involving a Fort Bragg restaurant owner. 47-year-old Steven Yuan Qin Liang pled guilty to felony conspiracy involving the purchase and black market sales of sport-caught abalone for personal profit. Liang, owner of the Asian Buffet restaurant in Fort Bragg, was ordered to serve 360 days in the Mendocino County Jail, placed on probation for 36 months and ordered to pay a fine of $15,000. He is prohibited from obtaining a sport or commercial fishing license for life.

Ukiah City Council Hearing on Home Demolitions

The Ukiah City Council is considering the demolition of two homes and a building to make room for housing developments. One of the homes is on Norton Street, near the property the city already owns at the corner of Norton and Main. The other home and building are at 245 and 237 East Gobbi Street. Council members will answer questions and address concerns at their continued hearing today at 3 p.m.

Another Candidate for Department 4 Superior Court Judge

Shanda Harry, who currently serves as Deputy County Counsel for Lake County, has announced her candidacy for Department 4 Superior Court judge. Also in the race to succeed retiring Superior Court Judge Stephen Hedstrom is District Attorney Don Anderson. Harry has 17 years of legal expertise and an extensive background as Deputy County Counsel, Deputy District Attorney, Tribal Prosecutor/ICWA Attorney and Litigation Associate for several large law firms.

Brooktrails Fire Dept Responds to Fire with an Explosion

The Brooktrails Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire, with an explosion on Poppy Drive south of Bear Drive at around 7 last night. Upon arrival, they found heavy fire from a shed that started to extend into the residence. Units were able to rapidly extinguish the fire preventing further damage. Units from Brooktrails Fire, Little Lake Fire, CAL FIRE, CHP and Mendocino Sheriff’s Office responded. The fire is under investigation.

Arrest Made in 2016 Clearlake Murder

An arrest has been made in a murder case in Clearlake that dates back to 2016. 30-year-old David Alex Ward was taken into custody yesterday for the murder of 24-year-old Brandon McAfee. He was shot during a home invasion when he refused to comply and get on the ground. McAfee was struggling with the armed man when the gun went off. The investigation has concluded that the altercation was over a marijuana transaction. Ward is facing several charges including murder, attempted robbery, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Lake Mendocino Drowning Victim Identified

Officials have identfied the man who drown in Lake Medocino on Sunday afternoon following a boating accident. The body of 44-year-old David McGowan, of Ukiah, was pulled from the water hours after he’d fallen in while not wearing a life vest. He’d been fishing with his children who were wearing theirs. They made it to shore safely.

Insurance Group Working with Lake County

An Insurance group will be working with residents of Lake County who are seeking fire insurance. Since the destructive fire seasons of 2015-2017, insurance companies had been reducing or dropping coverage for residents living in high risk areas. District 3 Supervisor Jim Steele says Vale Insurance Partners is working with him to ensure fire coverage is available for homeowners.

2 Critically Injured in Dirt Bike Crash

Two people suffered critical injuries after a crash with their dirt bikes in Clearlake last night. The crash happened on southeast side of Highway 53. Both men were flown to out-of-county trauma centers.

Driver Injured When Big Rig Topples Over

The driver of a big rig suffered minor injuries when his trailer toppled over and down an embankment on Highway 175 yesteday morning. It happened between Lakeport and Hopland at a curve in the road, and authorities closed the highway to through traffic for most of the day to get the truck and trailer hauled away.

Body of Drowning Victim Pulled from Lake Mendocino

The body of a drowning victim was pulled from the waters of Lake Mendocino yesterday. The man reportedly fell into the lake while out boating with his children. Authorities arrived at the lake at around 1:20PM. Divers were called to the scene and located the body just after 4PM. The victim’s name was not released yesterday.