District Attorney Susan Krones is among a coalition of 41 District Attorneys throughout the State who are filing a petition with the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation requesting the repeal of temporary emergency regulations awarding early release to more than 76,000 state prison inmates. The district attorneys are calling for the regulations to be nullified by a court so they can pass through more traditional methods, allowing for public input and greater transparency.
Archives for May 2021
MCSO is reporting about an officer-involved shooting. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to residence in the 3000 block of Cameron Road in Elk, where the homeowner reported a burglary. Sheriff’s Deputies encountered the male suspect outside of the residence during a foot chase, the man discharged a firearm multiple times at one of the pursuing deputies. The Deputy returned fire. No one was injured. The suspect got away and is considered armed and dangerous.
An inmate who tried to hang himself was saved yesterday by Mendocino County Jail staff, who were alerted to the attempted suicide by a fellow inmate. Correctional deputies were able to lift the 32-year-old man and relieve pressure long enough to untie a sheet that he had fashioned into a noose from around his neck. The deputies confirmed the man was breathing and had a pulse, just as jail medical staff arrived. He transported to an area hospital for assessment of any injuries.
After taking a year off due to COVID, the popular Catfish Derby is returning to Clearlake Oaks this weekend. The event traditionally draws fishing enthusiasts from around the country. This year will mark the 37th Derby. The event has always been good for the local economy boosting sales at bait and tackle shops, stores, coffee houses, restaurants, hotels, and more.
The sentencing of a Lakeport man in a child pornography case has been delayed a week. 59-year-old Jeffery Scott Cramer, who plead no contest to felony possession of child pornography, was set to be sentenced this week, but the local judges have disqualified themselves. The DA doesn’t know why they’ve taken that action, but the court will need to bring in a visiting judge. Cramer was arrested in May 2020 after detectives were able to identify social media accounts associated with him that had been used to upload child pornography on at least five occasions between August 2019 and February 2020.
Arraignment for the man accused in a double murder case in Brooktrails has been delayed a week to give him more time to find legal representation.46-year-old Christopher Gamble is accused of two counts of murder of Ulises Ayala and his 17-year-old son Anwar.
Lake County will likely remain in the orange tier until the state ends its color-coded system on June 15. According to acting public health officer, Dr. Evan Bloom, what’s holding the county back is the percentage of the local population that has received a COVID-19 vaccine. Over 52% of Lake County residents 16 years old or older are partially or fully vaccinated. As for those 65 and older, 41% have not yet been vaccinated in the county.
A driver was trapped for nearly three hours in his vehicle following a crash near Mill Creek dam. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority says the Dodge Ram pickup truck was wedged into a large oak tree on the side of a steep hill along the road. Three juvenile passengers were able to exit the truck, but UVFA crews had to use the Jaws of Life and other tools to remove the vehicle’s interior before they could get to the 20-year-old male driver from Ukiah.
The Lake County Board of Supervisors took action by Resolution yesterday to ratify the Proclamation declaring a Local Emergency due to Drought Conditions which was made by Sheriff Brian Martin on Thursday, May 6. As a result of local conditions and the declaration Lake County Special Districts is implementing the first Stage in the Drought Management Plan for the water districts they manage. Stage 1 encourages voluntary conservation measures and compliance with any State conservation requirements. The goal is to achieve a 20% reduction in consumption through the Stage 1 efforts. Tips for conservation can be found on the State of California’s website at saveourwater.com.
CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit will suspend burn permits in Mendocino County as of May 17th. The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting the action.