Archives for August 2018

Police Believe Body of Missing Woman Found

Lake County authorities believe a body that has been located is that of a missing Kelsyeville woman. The Ford Crown Victoria belonging to 67-year-old Sharon Foley, along with human remains, was discovered earlier this week on private property in a remote area of Sierra County. A family member reported Foley missing to on July 9th, after she hadn’t been seen or heard from in six days. Lake County Sheriff’s Office said she suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and hadn’t been taking her medications. Foley could drive, but not walk on her own. The body hasn’t been positively identified, as DNA test results are pending.

Several Areas on Clear Lake at Caution Level for Blue-Green Algae

The Lake County Public Health Department says samples taken on August 15 and August 21, revealed “caution” levels for blue-green algae cyanotoxin for several areas on Clear Lake. Those areas are: : the center of the Oaks Arm, Clearlake Oaks shoreline, Elem shoreline and Cache Creek at Highway 53. It is strongly recommended that people and their pets avoid contact with water and avoid swallowing lake water in an algae bloom area. Samples will be monitored again on September 10th.

Lakeport Fire Protection District Will Have to Make Cuts

The Lakeport Fire Protection District is facing a budget shortfall, and as arsult, may have to cut staff. Based on current projections, up to three full-time position could be cut, but board members are working with the numbers in hopes of only having to cut 1 full-time firefighter position. The board has tabled the 2018-2019 budget proposal while they work out the details.

Investigation Shows Sherrifs Departments Understaffed

A McClatchy investigation shows that multiple sheriff’s departments are understaffed, with response times possibly takinghours. The report states Mendocino County has only four deputies for every 100 square miles they cover, while Lake County has only five deputies on patrol at a time.

Lake County Department Offices to Reduce Hours

The Lake County Board of Supervisors have voted to cut office hours for county deparment offices temporarily. This is for all county offices in the Lake County Courthouse building on Forbes Street, Lakeport and some surrounding and satellite offices in Lake County. The hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday with holidays off. The new hours will go into effect on September 11 and continue through March of 2019. County Administrative Officer Carol Huchingson said the hour reduction is necessary due to lack of staff, low morale, and repeated natural disasters.

Community Meeting on Ranch Fire Phase 1 Assessment

A Burned Area Emergency Response team was recently established by the Mendocino National Forest to begin a survey of the Ranch Fire that burned on private, state and federal land. The team has completed its review of the Phase 1 Assessment Area and will share the results during a one-hour community meeting starting at 6 this evening at the North Shore Event Center, 2817 E. Highway 20, Nice.

=Carjacking Suspect in Custody

A man wanted in a carjacking has turned himself in. On Monday, at approximately 4 p.m., 37-year-old John Bellotti Jr., of Cloverdale, carjacked a person he knew who was driving a rented Mercedes Benz and carrying a large amount of cash. The armed theft happened in Redwood Valley, in front of Eagle Peak Middle School. Police pursued Belloti who got away, prompting a nixle alert to be on the lookout for an armed and dangerous suspect. He turned himself in Tuesday morning, and was booked on charges of carjacking, robbery, and evading a peace officer.

CHP Stepping Up Patrols for Labor Day Weekend

The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a “maximum enforcement period” this Labor Day weekend. The “MEP” will last from 6 p.m. tomorrow through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, and will mean that “all available CHP officers will be on duty,” with the goal of reducing drunk or impaired driving. Over last year’s Labor Day weekend, 30 people were killed in traffic accidents and the CHP made over 1,000 arrests for driving under the influence.

Student Arrested for Making Theats at School

A Clear Lake High School student has been arrested for making threats at school. Yesterday afternoon, Lakeport Police Officers were contacted by a student from Clearlake High School advising he overheard another high school student saying he was going to bring a gun to school. Officers, along with a police detective, school resource officer and Clearlake High School Vice-Principal and Superintendent began a detailed investigation into the circumstances. Last night, officers, with the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at an address in north Lakeport and arrested the 14 year old male student. Although no gun was seized, several items of evidence were recovered. The student was turned over to the Lake County Probation Department for booking.

DA Completes Review of Officers-Involved Fatal Shooting

The Mendocino County District Attorney has completed his full review of the officers-involved fatal shooting of 48-year-old Dawn Elika Center, formerly of Redwood Valley. Back in February, Center. took a Chevrolet Camaro from an Auto Plaza in Ukiah. After she crashed the Camero, Center reportedly exited the vehicle holding a handgun and was confrontational. Three officers fired their weapons. The report states that according to all accounts of the shooting, the officers involved acted reasonable considring the degree to which the situation was tense, uncertain and evolving, especially after the suspect had led a dangerous, high-speed chase, fired her handgun twice, and refused commands to drop the firearm and surrender. The DA says this matter is now closed and there will be no further investigation.