Three more COVID-related deaths have been reported in Mendocino County. The death toll from the virus now rises to 64. According to the latest information from Mendocino County Public Health, an additional 100 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported after the weekend. Also increasing since Friday is the number of people hospitalized – four more for a total of twenty-seven, and two more in ICU for a total of ten.
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The City of Clearlake issued an advisory notice about Cache Fire ash and burn debris clean-up and removal. The City and County are working to secure assistance from State agencies to ensure proper handling and disposal of debris and ash from the fire. In the meantime, property owners are strongly encouraged to not begin cleanup activities at this time, in order to protect your health and the health of neighbors.
A former Lake County Social Services employee has been arrested for thefts from individuals under the agency’s conservatorship. 44-year-old Susan Marlowe, was a deputy public guardian and deputy public administrator for Lake County Adult Protective Services. An investigation began in April when personnel from social services reported the theft of debit cards from one of their offices. It was determined Marlowe had access to the debit cards. The investigation also found she had made over six thousand dollars worth of withdrawals from the bank account of a resident who was under conservatorship.
Visitors to the Lake County Fair can get a COVID vaccination. The vaccination van will be set up near the front fairgrounds gate on Thursday, Sept. 2, and Friday, Sept. 3: Noon to 9 p.m. Also on Saturday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A Lakeport couple charged in a fraud scheme, could be facing drug charges too. While investigating 56-year-old James Mcaulay, and 50-year-old Michelle Darlene Curtis for an unemployment insurance fraud scheme, police also believed that Mcaulay was involved with opiates including fentanyl. During a search of the residence last week, numerous items of evidence related to the unemployment insurance fraud were located, along iwth an illegal firearm, and suspected narcotics which were seized and are pending analysis. The investigation remains ongoing.
A three-vehicle collision on Highway 20 on Saturday night, left several people injured. The crash, east of Clearlake Oaks reportedly had six injuries, two were serous. According to the California Highway Patrol, one of the three vehicles involved ended up 30 feet down an embankment. Firefighters and deputies searched for additional crash victims in the creek, but found none.
A Ukiah man facing a jury trial changed his mind Friday and admitted to a January 21st robbery of the Ukiah branch of Chase Bank. The Mendocino County DA’s office reports that 54-year-old Dean Michael Stevens, entered a no contest plea in Mendocino County Superior Court to the robbery. He also admitted a Strike sentencing enhancement alleging a felony robbery conviction in Sonoma County Superior Court in 2015. Stevens’ trial on the charges was scheduled to begin today. As part of the no contest plea agreement, the District Attorney required the defendant to agree to a 10-year state prison term. Formal sentencing is set 9 a.m. Septemer 9th.
The City of Lakeport’s Public Works Department is advising that the parking lot area between Fourth and Fifth Streets by Library Park will be closed to through traffic due to construction. The closure will take place today and tomorrow. The Fifth Street Boat ramp will remain open.
A fourth COVID-related death in four days has been confirmed by Mendocino County Public Health. The death reported yesterday was a 44-year-old man from Ukiah, bringing the total number of deaths from COVID in the county to 61. There are currently 23 hospitalized, and 9 in ICU. Lake County added five COVID related deaths this week. There are currently 19 people hospitalized, 3 people in ICU.
North Coast Opportunities has reopened its wildfire relief fund for those most impacted by the Cache Fire. The amount of financial relief available to Cache Fire survivors is dependent on donations. You can find applications at www.ncoinc.org; That’s also where you can make donations.