A defendant who planted a pipe bomb under the kitchen sink in an attempt to inflict injury on his wife in August 2018 was committed to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation this week. The Mendoncino County District Attorney’s Office reports that 63-year-old Gerald Richard Orth, formerly of Ukiah, was sentenced to 7 years in state prison from his January conviction by plea. Because the defendant also admitted a prior felony conviction from 1982 in Lake County, a “strike” under the current version of the Three Strikes law, the defendant’s sentence was doubled to 14 years.
Archives for March 2019
The city of Clearlake said goodbye to their longtime Public Works Director, Doug Herren. He was honored last night for his years of work and dedication to the city. Back in January the new Public Works Director, Christopher Shaver, started work alongside the outgoing Herren to get up to speed on several projects. Shaver had previously worked in Lake, Mendocino, and Humbolt Counties.
The Lake County Public Services Department will be applying for state park grants to make improvements at three county parks: Hammond Park in Nice, Kelseyville Community Park and Middletown Trailside Nature Preserve. As part of the application process, , the county is holding three public meetings tomorrow:
– Middletown: 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at Trailside Park
– Kelseyville: 1:15 to 3 p.m., at Kelseyville Community Park
– Nice: 4:15 to 6 p.m., at Hammond Park
Community members can stop in at any time during the meetings.
Willits is hosting a sustainable energy forum today. The event will feature a presentation from Sonoma Clean Power, followed by a forum. Panelists include Supervisor John Haschak, staff from the City of Willits, and local experts on sustainable energy practice. The event takes place is at 7PM at Willits Hub, 630 S Main Street.
According to ballot counts reported to the Lake County Board of Supervisors yesterday, four new zones of benefit have been approved, to address vegetation and reduce wildland fire risk. The zones of benefit are for Buckingham, the Clear Lake Riviera, Riviera Heights and Riviera West. Under the proposal, property owners in certain areas will make a one-time payment based on their size. Any property that hasn’t been cleanup and is designated as high risk, will be cleaned up by the county. Property owners will repay the costs through liens assessed on their land.
The Ukiah Unified School District his hosting a Community Forum this evening to get your input on how to invest taxpayer dollars by prioritizing goals and services. School District officials want to hear from parents, staff, students, and other community members to gain a variety of perspectives about student achievement, school climate, and equity. The forum starts at 5:30 p.m. in the District Service Center Boardroom at 511 S. Orchard Avenue in Ukiah.
Congressman Mike Thompson has named the 2019 Woman of the Year in Lake County. Marie Beery is being recognized for her hard work and dedication that has touched every part of the community. Thompson said that as a business leader, she has helped to put Lake County food and wine on the map. As a community leader, she’s helped support many important charitable causes. Each year, Thompson honors women from the Fifth Congressional District who make exceptional contributions to the community.
The Millview County Water District is getting $3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. Currently, Millview does not own the water rights to their four well sites, the money will be used to help the water district purchase property to gain access to its water source.
The man accused of setting the Clayton fire and several other arson fires around Lake County will go to trial. After a long preliminary hearing, a judge ruled that there is sufficient evidence that Pashlik may have committed the crimes and should therefore be held over for a trial. Pashlik is facing 23 counts for allegedly setting 16 arson fires around Lake County, including the Clayton fire. between July of 2015 and August of 2016. He also allegedly set a 17th fire, but it went out on its own. Pashlik is due back in court for an arraignment today.
Lake County’s jobless rate dropped last month. It went from 6.6 percent in January down to 6.1 percent in February. That number is up slightly from February 2017 when it was 5.8 percent. Mendocino County’s jobless rate for February was 5.0 percent.