The Lake County Board of Supervisors held a short special meeting on Friday morning to renew local emergencies proclamations. The continued proclamation of a local health emergency was requested by the Lake County health officer due to the Mendocino Complex fire and ongoing recovery efforts from that fire. Local emergencies were also continued for the June Pawnee fire, the October 2017 Sulphur fire, the August 2016 Clayton fire and the 2017 atmospheric river storm.
Archives for December 2018
The Mendocino County District Attorney’s office has released a year end report. It states that District Attorney and his deputies have a weighted 85% success rate — spanning the eight years DA Eyster has been serving as the county’s chief law enforcement officer — at being able to prove to jurors the guilt of defendants charged with local crimes and demanding their constitutional right to a jury trial in the Mendocino County Superior Court. The DA’s office also thanked the hundreds of local citizens who take time away from work and family to be jurors, and thanked all local law enforcement deputies, officers, and investigators for jobs well-done in 2018.
The judge who struck down Obamacare says it will remain in place through the appeal process. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas issued an order saying the Affordable Care Act will be enforced at the state and federal levels during the appeal. O’Connor ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, invalidating the law. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is leading 17 attorneys general in the appeal process and they asked O’Connor to issue the order.
If you watch the 130th Rose Parade tomorrow, you’ll see some familiar faces. California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley, Deputy Commissioner Scott Silsbee, Assistant Commissioner Nick Norton and the CHP’s Mounted Patrol Unit will make an appearance.
An Upper Lake man has accepted a plea deal in the death of his wife. 64-year-old William “Bill” Morton Henry was originally charged with first-degree murder in the June death of his wife, 51-year-old Cindi Henry.
She was choked following a fight. Henry told police she had been verbally abusive to him in the past and was remorseful for what he’d done. Last week, Henry pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge.
Details about a pursuit and arrest on Hwy. 101 near Laytonville have been released. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Offices says the incident happened last Friday – and the vehicle involved had been taken in a robbery in southern Humbolt County. Once the vehicle was stopped, there was a lengthy standoff with the 21-year-old male driver from Los Angeles, who still was uncooperative when he finally exited the vehicle. He tried to flee on foot, but was taken down by K-9 Ruddick.
Ukiah police recovered two stolen vehicles on Wednesday. One of the vehicles was stolen in the 100 block of Ford Street – it was left running while warming up. Police found it in the in the Walmart parking lot on Airport Park Boulevard and arrested two suspects. A few hours later, another vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Lake County on December 25th was located. A 27-year-old man from Nice, who was inside the vehicle was arrested.
The California Highway Patrol will observe the New Year with a maximum enforcement period which starts at 6:01 p.m. this evening and lasts unril 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1st. The CHP will focus on impaired drivers, but officers will also watch for distracted driving, speeding, and seat belt violations. During this time frame last year, 40 people died in collisions on California roadways.
According to the California Association of Realtors, home sales are experiencing the largest decline since 2014, while locally year-to-year home price gains are moderating. The median sold price of existing single-family homes in Lake County in November 2018 was $255,000, compared to $262,000 a year ago. In Mendocino County the median price this November is $414,000 compared o $374,500 in November 2017.
The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority Captain is crediting a homeowner’s quick thinking for keeping a home fire contained. On Monday, a tree toppled – pushing power lines into a neighbor’s home in the 4100 block of Eastside-Calpella Road. According to UVFA, the homeowner quickly shut off the breakers, keeping the fire contained mostly to the electrical wires.