Archives for April 2018

Mendocino Co Native Guilty in Fort Bragg Murder

A Mendocino County native has been found guilty of killing Fort Bragg man. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office reports that on Friday, a a jury found 27-year-old Caleb D. Silver, guilty of murdering Dennis Boardman, who was 67 at the time of his death in December of 2015. Boardman was found dead at his residence the morning of Jan. 2, 2016, after officers were asked to do a welfare check. Silver was found guilty of first-degree murder and the special allegations that he used a hammer and knife in the killing of Boardman. Silver’s sentencing has been scheduled for May 16 at 9 the Mendocino County Courthouse.

Lake County Superintendent of Schools Forum

The two candidates vying for Lake County’s superintendent of schools will participate in a forum this evening. Incumbent Brock Falkenberg and challenger Patrick Iaccino will answer a series of questions beginning at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the Lake County Courthouse.

Talking While Driving Leads to Arrest for More Serious Charges

A man who was pulled over for talking on his cellphone while driving, ended up being arrested for having a weapon and drugs.The 43-year-old man from Nice was stopped last week in Lake County by a Sheriff’s Deputy. After noticing a strong smell of marijunana, it was determined the suspect was under the influence of the controlled substance.The deputy oals found an unregisterd, loaded 9mm handgun in the vehicle. The suspect also had a felony arrest warrant out of Texas for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mendocino-Lake Community College District Appoints New VP of Academic Affairs

The Mendocino-Lake Community College District has appointed Debra Polak as its new vice president of academic affairs. Polak has been at Mendocino College since the Spring of 2000, starting as a full-time English instructor. in 2014, she was hired as the District’s Dean of Instruction. In 2016, Debra took over as the Dean of Centers and managed all operations of the Lake, North County, and Coast Centers, and was also appointed to Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. College President Arturo Reyes says her experience as both a faculty member and dean, make her an excellent fit for the vice president role.

Search and Rescue Helicopter Awareness Training

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office along with Mendocino County Search and Rescue will be conducting a rehearsal and safety planning helicopter event today between 9am and 5pm at Lake Mendocino. This event is in preparation for our annual Search and Rescue Helicopter Awareness Training hosted by Mendocino and Napa Search and Rescue Teams in June. There will be there will be a total of 4 helicopters in and around Lake Mendocino for the event today, 3 from the California National Guard and 1 from CalStar.

Verdirct Against Hidden Valley Lake Association to Stand

A federal judge has denied the Hidden Valley Lake Association’s motion to overturn a $2 million jury verdict The verdict was awarded in February to the association’s former golf pro, Wayne Clark, who said his supervisor, Cindy Spears, defamed him. Clark was fired from his job as director of golf by Hidden Valley Lake Association in Hidden Valley Lake in April 2015. Clark said the general manager told other people a variety lies, including that he kept child pornography on his work computer.

Caltrans Workers Memorial

Caltrans honored the lives of two of its employees during the 28th annual Workers Memorial at the State Capitol. State and local leaders, Caltrans employees, and family and friends were on hand to pay tribute to the workers. There have been a total of 188 Caltrans employees who have lost their lives on the job since 1921.

Spring Sulphur Fire Benefit

The Spring Sulphur Fire Benefit will be held at the Soper Reese Theatre at 275 S. Main Street in Lakeport. This is the 10th benefit concert for Lake County fire survivors produced by Spotlight On Productions in partnership with The Time Bank of Thrive Lake County and other community volunteers.

Mendocino College Annual Spring Plant Sale

The Mendocino College Agriculture Department’s annual Spring Plant Sale is today and tomorrow. The sale attracts thousands looking who will find an assortment of vegetables, annuals, perennials, trees, native plants, crafts, food and more. See more here:

Air Ambulance Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

An air ambulance, REACH helicopter 18, performed an emergency landing yesterday evening at the Willits Airport. The pilot was able to perform the safe emergency landing after reporting a strong smell of fuel. The patient that was on board the helicopter was transferred onto a CalStar helicopter, and then taken to their destination. No one was injured and there was no damage to the helicopter.